• Get The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Quality Online Content by Alicia Rades

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 17, 2014
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    Everyone thinks they can write for the web these days. But not everyone can do it well. Freelance blogger, Alicia Rades, is an exception. I've been a fan of her style since her own blog first came to my attention. And she was a guest earlier this year at All Indie Writers. Read Alicia's "Discover the 6 Variables to the […]
  • Quick Tip: Use Google Webmaster Tools for Your Writer Website or Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 16, 2014
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    Readers and colleagues often come to me with questions about problems they're having with their websites or blogs. In some cases, such as sudden search engine ranking issues or site indexing problems, one of the first things I tend to ask them is to check Google Webmaster Tools. That's when I sometimes get the mind-blowing responses of "What's that?" or "I […]
  • How Important are Creative Writing Degrees for Freelance Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2014
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    This morning I received the following question from Susan Brewer: "How important is it to have a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing in order to launch a writing job as a freelance writer? Or, I should say, "How helpful," is it?" I told her the short answers are "not at all," and "it depends what you want to do with […]
  • Plan Your Writing Projects With Gantt Charts

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 11, 2014
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    Rather than release a new tool this week, I want to share a third party planning and productivity tool that can help you better organize and schedule your writing projects. This tool is called a Gantt Chart, and a great tool for creating them is TomsPlanner.com. Let's take a quick look at what Gantt Charts are and what you might […]
  • Is Your WordPress Database Too Large? Thin Out Revisions

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 9, 2014
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    A great feature of WordPress is its ability to save different versions of your posts as you go -- such as when you hit the "save draft" or "preview" buttons. These saved versions are called "revisions," and they give you restore points if anything goes wrong. Awesome, right? Well, it can be. But WordPress revisions have to be saved to […]
  • Quick Tip: Mute Twitter Accounts to Cut Back on Social Media Noise

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 3, 2014
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    Do you wish you could spend more time using social media to connect with colleagues, clients, or readers? Do you ever feel like trying is almost a waste of time because of all the noise? If so, here's a simple solution for you on Twitter. Use the "Mute" feature. Why Mute Twitter Accounts? Twitter gives you a few different options […]
  • Want to be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger? Do These 3 Things

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 28, 2014
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    Are you tired of competing with countless other bloggers for every advertised gig you find? Do you wish you could reliably earn $100, $200, $500, or even more per article as a freelance blogger? If you’re looking to build a more stable and higher-paying freelance blogging career, you can. Opportunities are practically endless, if you know how to look and how to […]
  • Free Action Plan Template for Writers and Bloggers

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 27, 2014
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    For this week's free resource for writers, I'm giving you an action plan template loosely based on my own action plan format (though mine are usually scribbled out on 5x8" index cards). Here's a bit of background on what an action plan is and how you can use this template. And near the end of the post you can find […]
  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 26, 2014
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    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
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    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, […]