The Freelance Writing Blog is excited to announce that we have issued our very first Freelancer Magazine. Please feel free to browse through the Magazine and give us your inputs.
Our aim is to in future afford other writers the opportunity to publish their work and advice to fellow authors in the Magazine.
Joining the Blogosphere
Everybody these days know what the term Blogging means. It has quite literally become part of the common vernacular. Blogging is an integral part of online business, social media and hobbyists who have realised the potential of having a computer and access to the Internet.
Writing to Sell
As a published writer and having written many Newsletters and articles for Magazines during my career as a Negotiator, I thought I would be able to jump in and start writing as a Freelance Copywriter. I had no idea what a Copywriter was, but I could write. How difficult could it be? I set up my LinkedIn account and signed up for all the Freelance Writing sites I have mentioned in my Blog. I was ready, willing and able to be a Freelance Copywriter. Hello World, here I come!
Big mistake!! Being a writer and even being able to write to communicate with people does provide you with writing skills and even skills to influence people with what you have to say. It however does not prepare you for the world of Copywriting.
Selecting a WordPress Theme:
In the previous two parts in this series of posts we had a look at acquiring a server, a domain and how to install WordPress on the server.
Now that we have WordPress installed on our server, it is time to give your blog-to-be a fresh look that reflects you, your brand or your product. We need a blog that immediately tell visitors who you are and what your blog is all about.
What is Content Marketing?
I have covered differences between copywriting and content marketing in a previous Blog post, which you are welcome to read for yourself.
To recap however, according to Copyblogger, ‘Content marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you’.
What do Copywriters do?
‘A copywriter is a salesperson behind a typewriter’ – Judith Charles.
This quote obviously stems from the time before computers, but the basics of what a copywriter is has not changed in this new era of technological change. Copywriting is still regarded as writing that is promotional in nature and is created (written) to appear in any medium whether it is in print, television, radio, video, web copy (the internet) etc.
YOUR IDEAL AUDIENCE
With the advent of digitalisation, we can now establish our businesses online with great looking websites, sell products through e-commerce stores and we can even market that business online and get other people who are not connected to that business in any direct way, to market the business for us through affiliate marketing programs.
The main question we are however continually confronted with, is how do we reach our customers online, create a community, grow our reputation and bring in new business?
In one of our previous posts, Fast Facts about Digital Branding, I mentioned that people tend to think that Branding is all about visual identity, but that any brand (irrespective of whether it is a personal or a business brand), is the sum of people’s experience of you. I also indicated that how people experience your brand online matters and that in the midst of this Digital Revolution, so to speak, you need to pay attention to the digital branding of your personal brand (or that of your company).
I have been writing (in some form or another) for my entire career which spans more than 30 years (yes, ok – I am THAT old :)). I have obviously gained a lot of experience, which I am very thankful for.
After all of this experience with writing (which includes writing and publishing a historical romance novel), I can honestly say that nothing has been so fulfilling than starting a Blog and creating content for that Blog. This has however not been my only source of income (yet).
The Resumé (see a mockresume for your easy reference) you submit to a recruiter is how you make a first impression to your potential new employer. Obviously, you will want it to wow recruiters, and leave them wanting to know more. The single most challenging thing about the job search process is getting a recruiter interested in you just by this one-page document.
In part 1 of this article we considered the primary needs to get a blog up and running. You will recall that we considered a domain name, a server and WordPress.
In this part of the tutorial we will see how to register a server and domain in your name and how to install a fully functioning WordPress installation on your server.
Digital disruption is impacting professionals and businesses around the world. So much so that according to Dell, an estimated 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 are yet to be invented. The influx of new jobs presents an enormous opportunity for individuals to elevate, accelerate, and transform their careers.