You Can Do It: Develop and Hone Your Writing Skills and Earn a Full-Time Income!

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Freelance writing offers you a lot of perks. You can work at home and you are in control of your schedule. When it comes to how much you can earn, the sky's the limit. You Can Do It tells you ow to start a freelance writing career. This 45-page e-book can help you to: - Know if you're good enough to be a freelance writer. - Improve your writing skills. - Show you how to write an article and optimize it for search engines. - Find writing jobs online. - And so much more. It's a value-packed e-book and, yes, it's FREE. If you have any questions, just send me an email at theproactivepro@gmail.com.

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<ul><li> 1. Income and Liability Disclaimer This e-book contains some pieces of business advice which may not produce the same results for you as they have in my experience. I absolutely make no guarantee that, by following the advice in this e-book, you will make any money or improve your current income as there are several factors and variables that may affect your business. The results will depend on the conditions of the marketplace, your experience, your skills, situations, and elements that are beyond our control. By following my advice, you assume all the risks with the full understanding that you are solely responsible for anything that may happen as a result of putting the information in this e-book into action. In other words, I, as the author, cannot be held responsible in any way for the success and failure of your business as a result of the information presented in this e-book. It is your responsibility to do due diligence and ensure the safe and successful operation of your business if you intend to apply the information in any way in your business operations. Terms of Use You are encouraged to give away copies of this e-book. However, you are not allowed to claim authorship, sell, or modify the contents of this document. You are also prohibited from using or copying any part of this e-book without permission from the author. Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 2 </li> <li> 2. Table of Contents Introduction ........................................................................................................... 5 Why Get Into Freelance Article Writing ................................................................. 7 How Talented Should an Article Writer Be? ........................................................... 9 Developing Your Skills as an Article Writer........................................................... 10 Research ........................................................................................................... 10 Websites You Can Use for Topic Research ..................................................... 10 Where to Find Information for Your Articles .................................................. 12 Writing .............................................................................................................. 14 Diction is Crucial ............................................................................................ 14 12 Common Grammatical, Usage, and Spelling Errors that Can Make You Look Stupid ............................................................................................................ 15 Improving Your Writing Skills ............................................................................ 21 The Website that Writers Absolutely Need to Bookmark ................................. 23 Other Helpful Websites .................................................................................... 24 Need to Know Whether Your Sentence Construction is Correct or Your Diction is Acceptable? Google is Your Friend! .................................................................. 25 Writing Your First Article ...................................................................................... 29 The Anatomy of an Article ................................................................................ 29 SEO Article Writing: Trust Me, It Isn't Such a Big Deal .......................................... 35 Keyword Density ............................................................................................... 35 Keyword Placement .......................................................................................... 35 Writing an Article Using a Keyword Phrase ....................................................... 36 Dealing with Awkward Keyword Phrases .......................................................... 36 Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 3 </li> <li> 3. Let's Make Some Money! .................................................................................... 38 Conclusion ........................................................................................................... 42 List of Resources .................................................................................................. 43 Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 4 </li> <li> 4. Introduction Writing is one of the most useful skills that you can use to make money online. There are hundreds of writing jobs being posted online each day on hundreds of websites. There is an inexhaustible demand for good quality web content. The pay is quite good, if you know how to attract the right clients and know where to get the best writing jobs. It is not surprising that a lot of people want to get into the freelance writing business. Newbie and wannabe writers often ask me a lot of questions. Among them are: How talented do I have to be to be an article writer? What skills do I need to have if I'm going to be an article writer? How do I improve my writing skills? How do you write an article? Where do you find writing jobs? And many more. This e-book is an attempt to answer these questions. It is a comprehensive guide for newbie writers who want to build their skills and make some serious money online. It focuses on two essential skills that every freelance writer should develop and hone: research and writing. Here, I share some tips and point my readers to some online resources that will help them build their skills as freelance writers. I also discuss the most common mistakes that even native English speakers make when they write. In the last two sections of the book, I give a list of websites where newbie writers can find opportunities to earn. Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 5 </li> <li> 5. This e-book is my welcome gift to all newbie writers. I hope that it will somehow help you become the best writer that you can be and get paid what you deserve. Now, let's get going! Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 6 </li> <li> 6. Why Get Into Freelance Article Writing I've been a freelance web content writer for more than two years. I love what I do and I'm quite good at it. When I was younger, I never thought that writing would become a full-time career for me. I have no regrets. In fact, I'm enjoying it. Here are some of the perks that you will enjoy when you become a freelance writer: 1. The money is good. I charge my clients $12 for a 400- to 450- word article. I can write a 450-word article in about 30 minutes, and that's after I've done my research. If I'm going to factor in research, I'd say it takes me about an hour to write an article. Actually, I'm pretty slow. There are actually writers who can produce three articles in an hour. Let's look at the income potential here. Let's say you're going to charge your clients $10 per article. If you're going to work eight hours a day, then you can earn $80 per day ($10 x 8 hours). You can potentially earn $1,600 a month if you work 20 days a month, more if you can write faster than I do. However, keep in mind that your earnings may depend on some factors such as the availability of projects and the rate that you and your clients have agreed upon. You can charge higher rates as you acquire more experience and gather good feedback from satisfied clients. 2. You can get the money relatively quickly. You can get paid weekly if you get your clients from freelancing sites like oDesk and Elance. Some content marketplaces also pay their writers weekly. (Content marketplaces are websites where writers can claim writing assignments.) If you get clients from online forums, you can get paid in advance. Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 7 </li> <li> 7. 3. You will never run out of jobs. The demand for web content (articles, blog posts, etc.) will always be there. Go to oDesk, Elance, and other freelancing websites and you will find that there are literally hundreds of writing jobs that you can bid on every single day. Content marketplaces never run out of writing assignments that writers can claim. If you go to online forums, you will find a lot of advertising threads offering article writing services, and yet, there aren't enough writers to fill the needs of potential clients. 4. You can do this almost anywhere. All you need is a computer and Internet access, and you're all set. If you have a laptop, you can go to a WiFi hotspot like a coffee shop or a McDonald's and work there. Just make sure that you won't get distracted. 5. The job offers a flexible schedule. Your job doesn't have to prevent you from attending PTA meetings or taking your kids to school (if you have kids). You can build your schedule around the people that matter to you. You can work anytime you want. However, this doesn't mean that you can work only when you feel like it. You have to remember that you do have deadlines to meet and that you should put in the required number of hours demanded by the project that you're working on. 6. The job requires minimal technical skills. You don't have to be a computer maven to be an article writer. You simply need to know how to use the notepad, MS Word, and a web browser like Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 7. Earn while you learn. One of the best things about being an article writer is you will learn a lot of things for free. If you want to be an Internet marketer later on, you're in for a real treat. You will learn what niches are hot. Not only will you get your Internet marketing Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 8 </li> <li> 8. education for free, your clients could be your future joint venture partners if you maintain good relationships with them. How Talented Should an Article Writer Be? One of the misconceptions about article writers is that they have talent oozing out of their pores. The truth is you don't have to be massively talented to be a good article writer. In fact, if you're going to be an article writer, you should be able to write articles that are simple enough to be understood by eighth graders in the US. You should resist the temptation to use big words because they're off-putting to clients and their target readers. Nobody has the time to look up the meaning of those high fallutin' words in the dictionary. Most clients prefer their articles to be written in a conversational style. However, this doesn't mean that you're allowed to use slang or words like "gonna" and "wanna" instead of "going to" and "want to." Your spelling and grammar definitely have to be decent. You also need to know how to organize and structure information in such a way that the readers can easily scan and digest the article. One way to do is by using numbered lists and bullet points to make the content "scannable." You will find the basic structure of an article at the end of this report. Like I said, to be a good article writer, you don't need a lot of talent, but you do need to be skillful. Talent is something that you are born with. One the other hand, a skill is something you acquire and develop through learning and constant practice. Talent may enable you to acquire skills more easily than others, but still, no matter how talented you are, you still need to work hard to hone your craft. Will Smith, one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, says it best, "No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you're not skilled." Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 9 </li> <li> 9. Developing Your Skills as an Article Writer As an article writer, you need to develop two skills: research and writing. You need to know what information your client's target readers want and how to look for them, and you also need to know how to present the information in a way that's engaging and easy to digest. Research All research boils down to knowing what to look for and where to look. There are two types of research that you need to do as an article writer: 1. Topic research 2. Information research First, you need to do a topic research. Sometimes, you won't have to do this. The client may provide you with a list of topics to write about. However, sometimes, the client will leave everything up to you. When you do topic research, you should look for topics that your client's target readers would be interested in or that they will find useful. Usually, these readers go to the Internet to look for information that will help them: Solve a problem (How do I get rid of my pimples?); Learn how to do something (How do I find an online job?); and Make a good decision (Should I invest in Write Less, Earn More?) Keep these reasons in mind when you do your topic research. You can also look for new trends and breakthroughs related to your client's niche that his or her readers may find interesting. Websites You Can Use for Topic Research Where do you find topics to write about? Here are the top five places that I go to for topic research: Ubersuggest.org This is one of my favorite topic search tools. All I have to do is type a keyword or a key phrase related to the niche I'm writing about and boom! The tool unlocks topic ideas by suggesting keywords. You can pick the words you like and use them later when you do your research. Copyright 2014 by Diane de la Cruz. All Rights Reserved. 10 </li> <li> 10. Online forums Online forums are websites where people start and/or participate in discussions. Usually, people ask interesting questions on online forums and those...</li></ul>