Five Minute Blogging? Yes (and you can make money too)

Image

Think blogging takes too much time? 

As I said on my freelance writing blog:

Blogging’s popular, and perhaps you’ve considered blogging, but: “It takes too much time,” you decided.

Untrue.

Let’s create an “instant” profitable blog, a blog to which you can devote just five minutes a day. To do it, we’ll take a lesson from the popular blogging platform Tumblr, which in late March of 2013, hosted 100 million blogs.

Just follow the directions. 🙂

Once you’ve created your blog, you’ll want to promote it. Here’s an excellent article which describes five simple ways to promote your “five minute” blog:

Take Advantage Of Free-To-Use Sites
There are many, many sites out there that allow you to publish content free-of-charge, so take advantage of them to get additional exposure. Places like HubSpot or Squidoo are good places to start if you don’t want to deal with a lot of setup. Tumblr, WordPress and Blogger blogs are free, easy to create and fairly well-optimized for search engines. I call these types of sites “supporting sites,” as they help me get additional exposure in Google and help my target market find my work.

Enjoy your blogging, but do remember SEO…

Get up to speed on SEO for writers

This week on the freelance writing blog, our theme was SEO (search engine optimization) for writers. I created a slide deck for you, if SEO is new to you.

Photo Credit

SEO and Writing: This Week’s Theme

SEO Strategy

Sell your Web content creation services to clients.

This week on the Fab Freelance Writing Blog, our theme is writing, and search engine optimization (SEO.)

We kicked off with an article on selling your services to clients:

If your clients have websites, they’ve been affected by the ongoing Google updates. This provides a HUGE opportunity for you, the competent freelance writer.

Your clients need you, and they need you to be up to speed on search engine optimization (SEO.) Although you don’t need to be an SEO wizard (that would be impossible, because SEO requires advanced Web engineering skills at the highest levels), it’s essential that you understand how today’s increasingly complex content and search landscape affects writing for the Web.

In this article, we’ll look at five easily-understandable points you can make to your clients to sell them on your SEO-enhanced content creation services. It’s an easy sell.

Watch for more on Web writing and SEO on the blog, and in our weekly writing tips ezine.

Flipboard, Springpad, Evernote, and more

On the Creativity Factory, I wrote about:

* Using Evernote’s shared notebooks if you hate paperwork (but love your business);

* Flipboard – an iPad news app  which lets you create magazines, and share them with others. I’m creating one for this blog, and I’ll post the link soon;

* Springpad: a cross between Evernote and Pinterest. Springpad’s created a fascinating way of sharing notebooks with others: embedding them into websites.