Write Wednesday: Vol. 3


Welcome to another edition of Write Wednesday!

So I am a bit late in getting this posted on the blog. Balancing client work with your passion projects is a difficult task. In this case, writing this post on time had to take a backseat so I can accommodate clients and get paid for this week.

It’s all part of the freelancing process, but I do intend to make a better effort of keeping up with my schedule. Take this is a speed bump towards our journey to a more successful freelance writing career.

Enough with the malarkey! Below are the best resources about content marketing, blogging, and freelance writing for the week.

Content marketing

Crafting click-bait headlines have been the M.O. of sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy to drive more site traffic. However, as audiences become more sophisticated, click-bait headlines will lose its efficacy in the long run, according to Kristina Libby in this article at Entrepreneur. Kristina addresses the need for site owners and bloggers to develop a more sustainable content marketing strategy which includes creating less content and relying on influencers to create your stories, among others.

We need to make less click-bait content and more high quality content. @KristinaLibby Click To Tweet

Related: How to Make Click-Worthy Headlines for Your Blog Post 


Last week, I shared with you the story on how I got my first $1,000 as a freelance writer and tips on how I did it. If you want more ideas on how you can jump-start your career, here’s another impressive post about becoming a profitable freelance writer at Layered Indulgence. Author Kate describes the different things she did to drive up her income from $200 to $2,000 a month like laying a foundation, building your portfolio, and others.

Your ability to showcase your writing style on your blog can help drive more writing clients your way. It is all about having a system in place that will let you write the kind of content that you can be proud of. This post at Six Sisters’ Stuff sheds light on different ways on how you can make amazing blog content on a consistent basis. Tips include brainstorming for things you want your blog to be known for, sharing curated content, and more.

For writers and bloggers like yourself, the written word is your currency. You need to make every word in your content matter to make your readers care about what you are writing. That includes using power words shared in this Jeff Bullas post to make your audience feel something and compel them to action.

Don’t neglect the tips of using power words in the content as well as in the headline. @jeffbullas Click To Tweet

Building a profitable freelance writing career is similar to creating a money-making blog. You need to have a plan, execute it, and track the results. For these travel bloggers in this post, author Dennis explains how they turned TravelDudes into a profitable blog. He shares the tactics they have done to reach an average of 4,000,000 site visitors in a month that took years to achieve. The post is an inspiring read for bloggers with big dreams.

But before you get to this point as a blogger, you need to correct your blogging habits. By learning the best practices from 21 of the best bloggers in this post at Blogging Wizard. You can develop content that will keep your readers come back for more.

At the same time, even the best bloggers have made mistakes along the way. It is through their mistakes that they were able to learn how to blog the right way. This post at Spiderworking.com shares the worst mistakes that bloggers like Mark Schaefer ({grow}), Andrew Hutchinson (Social Media Today), and Ian Cleary (Razor Social) have made in their career. Apparently, their mistakes only made them better bloggers in the process.

To cap off the section about blogging, here’s something that beginners can sink their teeth into. The 72 influential bloggers featured in this post at Launch Your Dream should help you get an idea of what it takes to build a successful blog.

Freelance writing

Part of being a successful freelance writer is developing habits that will help you becoming more productive. Simple things like getting up early, listing down your to-do list, among others mentioned by Mark Ellis in this extremely helpful post at Productive Writers, can make a big difference.

I’ve developed a daily routine that best supports my writing (to) help aspiring writers like you. @businessfiction Click To Tweet

As a freelance writer, you need to draw inspiration from other successful writers to help push yourself to the limits. It is through their success that can empower you to carve your path and make an even better career. In this article by Elna Cain, she shares with us seven must-read blogs about freelance writing to keep your fire to succeed from flaming out.

Now, I turn the tables to you — do yo know of great content marketing, blogging, and freelance writing resources published this week that I failed to mention above? If so, please share them by commenting below so our fellow writers and bloggers can improve their skills and become better!

About the author

Christopher Jan Benitez

Content marketer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice (It's still real to me, damnit!). Family man all the time. Hire me to write your content!