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Resources for Writers: How to Find Amazing Clients

A quick note if you write for a living: This week you have the chance to get on our list of recommended writers by joining the Certified Content Marketer program. We will close registration on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, so if you’d like to learn about the content strategies that
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A Chance to Join the Copyblogger Certified Content Marketers

The other day, I was talking to a friend who has a very cool business. Lots of customers, lots going on, very profitable. He just has one annoying problem: He’s had a really hard time finding strong writers. He tried a bunch who have a decent knack for putting words together, but not much understanding
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Writers: It’s Time to Get Paid What You’re Worth

This week is for our professional writers — whether you’re a freelancer or you work for a bigger organization. We’re tired of you missing out on the great gigs and the plum jobs, while you watch people zoom past you who can hardly type The Cat on the Mat. Poverty is overrated. Let’s get you
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Why the Best Writers (Sometimes) Aren’t Paid What They’re Worth

Maybe you don’t say it out loud. It sounds like bragging, and bragging is obnoxious. But you know you’re good. When you see a sentence that isn’t right, you know what needs to change. You twitch a little when you see a clumsy turn of phase, or a sentence that doesn’t mean what the writer
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30 Tips that Help You Become an In-Demand Freelance Writer

You may or may not know that I haven’t always been Copyblogger’s editor. For many years, I was a Copyblogger reader. I didn’t know Brian. I didn’t know Sonia. But I pretended that I did. Of course I didn’t tell anyone that … I just received so much guidance from Copyblogger that helped me position
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How to Feel Good as a Writer: an Origin Story

You may be surprised to see the lyrics in this article’s image attributed to Leslie Bricusse, because one of the most widely known versions of the song “Feeling Good” was recorded by Nina Simone (no relation to Sonia Simone). So, with no disrespect to Leslie Bricusse … Who the hell is Leslie Bricusse? Leslie Bricusse
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Clickbait or Damn Good Headline?

When I review applications from students in our Certified Content Marketer training program, I get to read some great content. And giving feedback on headlines to make them more powerful is one of my favorite parts of the process. My reason for that is simple. No one will ever know how good your content is
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Writers: Doors Are Open for the Copyblogger Certification Program (through Monday, June 12)

"Apply to join Copyblogger's list of recommended writers." – Sonia Simone, Chief Content Officer

You may have noticed that we’ve been talking up our Certified Content Marketer program lately. We’ve already had some amazing folks join us and get started … but we still have room for you.

Click here to get all of the details.

Here’s the two-minute run-down:

Who it’s for

Strong writers who want to make more money and find better clients.

What it will do for you

  • Teach you solid content strategy, so you can get better results for your clients
  • Give you tools to improve your professionalism with clients, so you look better and do a better job
  • Get featured (if your application passes review) on Copyblogger’s list of recommended writers

What you should do next

Go check out the program details. We have no plans to open the program again in 2017, so if you want in, don’t wait. We’ll close the doors on Monday, June 12 so we can keep our focus on delivering an excellent experience to our students.

If you really want to join us but you worry it might not be what you need — don’t stress. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee — no questions, no hassles. If you get into the program and realize it’s not a good fit, just let us know in those first 30 days and we’ll part as friends.

Click this link for all of the program details — and I’ll look forward to seeing you there. :)

P.S.

If you’re a member of our Authority community, make sure you’re signed in when you click the link — as an Authority member, you get special pricing. :)

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Writers: Here’s Why You Aren’t Getting More Great Clients

"It’s a particularly good time to join our list of recommended writers." – Sonia Simone

We’ve been saying it for years — writers run the web.

The internet depends on a wealth of content that’s worth reading, watching, and listening to.

And writers are the ones who put those words together. Who create and shape ideas, who teach us, who move us to action … while making all of it interesting and engaging.

It’s difficult work, and it’s necessary work if we want to attract and persuade the people who will become our customers.

So why do so many writers have a hard time making a living?

There are two ugly problems that keep writers from making what they’re worth, and I’m going to talk about both of them today.

Ugly Problem #1

The first ugly problem of freelancing is finding enough clients.

It turns out that getting really good at putting words together doesn’t always translate to marketing our own businesses.

Word-of-mouth can be a great way to find clients — but it’s not necessarily how you’re going to find the right number of clients to fill your schedule, or to find them when you actually need them.

We talk about freelancing as though it’s different from other forms of business … but it isn’t. Every business needs to have marketing systems in place, so you’re putting a compelling message in front of enough people, and converting a sufficient number to customers or clients.

“My clients love me” is not a marketing system.

Some day, if you’re very good, your marketing might be able to rest on your reputation alone.

You don’t have to starve before you get there.

Make sure you have a reliable way to get in front of people looking to hire a good writer. That might be spending time on LinkedIn, it might be cold-calling, or you could do the work to get onto our list of recommended writers.

The important thing is to make yourself visible to the kind of people who hire writers.

There’s another reason professional writers struggle, and it’s even uglier than the first one.

Ugly Problem #2

What’s even worse than not having enough clients?

Not having enough good clients.

Crummy clients burn all of your time, energy, and enthusiasm getting you to do ineffective work for lousy rates.

You won’t have the time, much less the emotional energy, to work on your own marketing. You’ll be too busy writing dreadful listicles for pennies — for people who don’t respect you or what you do.

What causes a lack of good clients?

Bad positioning.

Your marketing can’t just communicate, “Hey, I’m available.”

It has to communicate, “Hey, I’m different.”

Well-paid writers work hard to become true experts. Many of them specialize in desirable formats (sales letters, email sequences) or lucrative niches (healthcare, law). And they understand the structures that make marketing effective.

Well-paid writers don’t write dreadful listicles, because dreadful listicles don’t create great results for clients.

And knowing what kind of content creates results — and what kind of content should be kicked to the curb — is an important part of why well-paid writers deserve those great rates.

How to fix your positioning

Writers need to do two things to improve their positioning:

  1. Get very good at things that clients care about.
  2. Communicate that they’re very good at things that clients care about.

One of those, “sounds simple, is actually really hard” things, I know.

So how do you do it?

Well, getting very good is a matter of becoming a bit obsessed with your craft, and doing a whole bunch of it. Learn everything you can about persuasive copy. Read this blog, listen to podcasts, connect with writers whose voices you enjoy.

Study content strategy, then try it out. Write. A lot. Publish — on your own blog, on someone else’s blog, on any copywriting project you can. Pay close attention to what works and what doesn’t.

Once you’ve got the “being really good” part down, if you’re having trouble getting that across, you may just need a supportive community to get you over the confidence hurdle. In my experience, nothing quiets impostor syndrome better than finding a community of professionals who have your back when you’re feeling low.

So is Content Certification the answer to everything?

Right about now, you probably think I’m going to tell you that our Certified Content Marketer program is going to solve all your problems for you.

Well, it might … depending on what problems you’re having.

  • It will get you in front of people who are looking for writers.
  • It will teach you the strategies that allow you to get better client results.
  • It will give you the opportunity to ask questions about specific hurdles you’re encountering.
  • It will open a door to a supportive community that can help you find your professional confidence.
  • It will show you models for marketing systems to find an abundance of really good clients.

Here’s what it definitely won’t do for you:

It won’t teach you the art and magic of stringing the words together. You have to bring that magic with you. This program is intended for folks who are already solid writers.

This is a particularly good time …

At this point, I’ve seen a lot of writers get fantastic benefits from the program. Which has been a lot of fun to watch, to tell you the truth.

But I have reason to believe that we were just getting started … because once Copyblogger starts offering done-for-you services for the Rainmaker Platform, we think the demand for “our kind of writers” is going to spike pretty dramatically.

Now I don’t have a crystal ball, and I’m not going to make any guesses about precisely what the demand will look like.

But I do know that if I was still freelancing and I had a chance to be on the list of recommended writers right as Copyblogger was ramping up their ability to offer writing services … I’d be all over that.

Here’s how to take the next step

We’re going to be reopening the Certification program in the next few days. Just add your email address below to get all the details, and you’ll be the first to know when we open the doors to our new group of students.

Find out when our Certified Content Marketer training program reopens:

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The Career-Expanding Discovery Many Profitable Writers Have Made

"This skill enables your professional life as a well-paid writer." – Stefanie Flaxman

The struggle when I started my freelance writing service business looked like this:

  • I was fascinated with crafting words that accurately conveyed a message.
  • I hadn’t extensively studied journalism or entertainment writing because those weren’t career paths I wanted to pursue.
  • I knew that offering basic content writing services for businesses — filling up pages with words — would not pay high rates.

And I completely understood why filling up pages with words was not valued. Nothing is worse than paying for a service that doesn’t produce results.

When writers charge low fees for content writing that doesn’t persuade prospects to take action, two dangerous things happen:

  1. It’s difficult to support yourself through your writing services.
  2. Your clients don’t make new sales.

If a client thinks that the money they paid you was a waste because they didn’t make it back in sales, they’ll view you as interchangeable with any other writer — and there’s probably someone else who charges even less than you for a comparable lack of results.

This situation perpetuates the cycle of writers thinking that making a living off of their craft is unrealistic and businesses devaluing writers because they aren’t familiar with the power of the right words.

When clients see what the right words can do, though, everything changes.

Smart businesses value copywriting

To end the disappointing cycle, you need to offer the proper balance of content marketing and copywriting.

As Jerod wrote yesterday:

“Copy’s for closers.”

Once I learned about copywriting, my writing business benefitted in two main ways:

  1. I was able to write copy that persuaded people to hire me.
  2. I had a skill set that justified competitive rates and delivered a return on investment for clients.

If the work you do for a client makes them a profit that exceeds the cost of paying you, everyone wins. You get paid what you’re worth and they are happy to pay high rates for your services.

Copyblogger’s Certification program teaches you how to be the kind of writer that businesses value.

If you’re interested in joining our list of Certified Content Marketers who we recommend to businesses, make sure to add your email address at the end of this post. You’ll be the first to know when the program reopens to new students.

3 resources to help you take control of your writing career

If you’re anything like I was, you’re looking for enjoyable, artistic writing work, but you’re also disciplined and practical.

So, you’re asking yourself questions like:

  • What types of new clients would I like to retain in the next year?
  • Am I open to learning new skills to attract those types of clients?
  • How can I prioritize the different steps I need to take?

You may even be thinking about possibilities down the road like becoming a different type of entrepreneur or joining a larger organization. (I joined the Copyblogger team after running my freelance business for six years.)

Here are three resources that will help you bridge the gap between the writing career you have now and the one you want in the near future.

7 Real-World Ways to Think Like an Artist for Better Content Marketing

"We make good sentences by starting with awful sentences." – Sonia Simone

Somewhere along the line, we got the idea that marketing was another word for lies. Don’t buy it.

Smart marketers don’t accept the excuse of “It’s just marketing” to hide the truth or produce crummy work that benefits no one.

Wise marketers embrace art as integral to what they do, as much as strategy and execution are.

5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action

"You’ve got to stir something in them before they’ll do something." – Brian Clark

Emotion moves us to act.

In fact, the Latin root for the word emotion means “to move,” because emotions motivate what we do. We don’t necessarily want to make them seethe with anger or burst into tears, though.

The goal is not necessarily to get someone to feel, but rather to want — and to act on that want.

How to Run a Sustainable Writing Business (Where the Backbone of Success Is Simply … You)

"Knowing the business of writing and content marketing gives you an advantage over other (directionless) writers." – Stefanie Flaxman

The success of a writing business depends on so much more than your ability to write.

It’s often difficult to balance writing for your existing clients and attracting new clients. Consequently, your writing income may vary at different times throughout the year and the work you love to do never quite feels sustainable.

Whether you’re just starting your writing business, or you’ve been building it for a while and are hoping to make it more financially secure, these 15 tips support a healthy, productive solopreneur venture.

Writers: Looking for even more proven ways to position yourself for greater success?

Our Certified Content Marketer training is a powerful tool that helps you learn new writing strategies and position your business for greater success.

We’ll be reopening the program to new students very shortly — add your email address below to get all the details. Registration will be open for a limited time, so procrastination is not advised. :)

Find out when our Certified Content Marketer training program reopens:

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