Easy Freelance Writing - Pro Blogging: Get Paid To Write Snippets

Most freelance writers are unacquainted with the profitable world of freelance blogging (pro blogging.) In essence, you're paid healthy sums to write snippets.

If you're thinking "huh?" and that there has to be a catch to this writers' nirvana, relax. There's no catch. Blogs have caught on because of the high visibility they offer online. Not only do newspaper and magazine sites have blogs online, businesses both large and small know they need a blog to stand out above the crowd. Gartner Research estimates that in 2008, 80 per cent of businesses will have blogs.

Enter you, the fabulous freelance writer. Only a tiny number of writers have caught on to pro blogging as a writing gig. This means that there's little or no competition from other writers. And this is a great position to be in :-)

The article below originally appeared in Fab Freelance Writing Ezine; it introduces you to the glittering, golden and glamorous world of the pro blogger.

Get Started Pro Blogging - It's A Freelance Writers' Gold Mine

** Imagine... $1,000 A Week For Just Ten Hours **
You can get paid to blog. The current rate for experienced bloggers is around $1,000 to $1500 a week for from two to five posts a day - VERY nice writing income.

Find out how to blog with the blogging best-seller
"Blogging For Dollars: How to become a career blogger -- in your PJs, if you want". It's my complete new ebook package, with free coaching/ consultations as well.

Pro blogging (also known as professional blogging, freelance blogging or entrepreneurial blogging) is a freelance writer's gold mine. You get well paid for writing snippets of information each weekday, or several times a week.

For around ten hours of work the top freelance bloggers earn upwards of $1000 a week. In word count terms, it equates to ten blog posts a week at 100 to 200 words, that is, a thousand words.

This compares favorably with respectable print freelance rates of a dollar a word. Some pro bloggers in specialist fields like health, business and technology earn $3 a word.

Now, heaven forbid that you think this is a myth - I've been paid these rates, and regularly turn down work, because I've got more blogging work than I can handle.

Pro blogging contracts are usually for three to six months. Since this is steady work, it's very appealing to many freelance writers. Your pro blogging client becomes your "anchor client", the client who pays your bills. Other freelance work you do is gravy.

You Set Your Own Pro Blogger Rates: Charge What You Want

The big benefit of pro blogging for both new and established freelance writers is that pro blogging is a new market. Only a tiny fraction of working freelance writers are aware of pro blogging. So if you start now, you have no competition, and it's easy to find businesses which are eager to have you start blogging for them. Established pro bloggers regularly turn down work - you can't blog for everyone. Currently in 2007 and for at least another five years, pro blogging is a provider's market: you get to be a price maker, instead of a price taker, as most freelance writers are.

If You Can Use A Word Processor, You Can become A Pro Blogger

Writing a blog "post" as a blog item is called, is easy and fast. It usually takes around fifteen minutes to half an hour to write a post, including research time.

But what if you're not technically inclined? Even if you're a novice computer user, blogging has become super-easy. If you can use a word processor and send an email message, you can blog. Setting up a free blog at the world's largest blogging application, Blogger.com (owned by Google) takes around five minutes, even if you're totally new to the process.

Got A Specialty? Pro Blog In Your Freelance Writing Specialty And Get Very Well Paid

Many pro bloggers/ freelance writers find that pro blogging in their speciality, whether it's health, technology, or business, gets them faster work at a much higher rate. Specialists are always paid more than generalists, and if you're a specialist writer, the world is your pro blogging oyster.

Pro blogging is fun, it's easy, it's profitable - and it's the key to more highly paid work. When you blog, you get known as a writer, and getting known is vital for freelance writers in 2007 and beyond.

** The Unlimited Writing Market, The Web **
Pro bloggers are essentially Web writers. When you write for the Web, you're never out of writing work. All Web sites need writers, and as the competition online grows, site owners hire writers to improve their sites.

The writing world in general hasn't caught up with the Web. Now, YOU can -- and you can cash in. Freelance writers just don't realize how much money there is to be made by writing for the Web: many writers use the Web as a research tool, they don't see the Web as a mass of millions of markets. They don't realize that Web sites are STARVED for good writers.

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My Pro Blogging Resources For Freelance Writers

I've been blogging since 2001; I started my first Blogger blog before Blogger was purchased by Google. At the time, I had NO idea why I was blogging, it just seemed like a fun thing to do.

I've written an ebook,
Blogging For Dollars, to get you up to speed on pro blogging. The ebook has a companion blog, the Blogging For Dollars Blog.

Blogs are fantastic marketing tools for writers, so if you want to use a blog to market your freelance writing business, my ebook
Writing Success With Blogs by Angela Booth will help.

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