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May/11

23

Being a People Person

Obviously, to make it as a freelancer, you need to be among the best in your field. Whether you are a writer, programmer or designer, your skillset has to be in the top handful of percent in order to make a decent living. Of course, mediocre freelancers also survive but they will never thrive. Having the ability to deal with people is also a crucial skill you must have to climb the ladder. One mistake new freelancers make is to believe they no longer have to tolerate people they don’t like. Indeed, this is one of the main reasons why they left their traditional job.

Being Respectful

However, combustible people will soon find that there is no place in the world of freelancing for them if they continue to act irresponsibly. It is true that employers are desperately seeking talented individuals to bring their company forward. Yet do not make the error of thinking you can get away with being rude and surly when dealing with an online boss. In most cases, they will still choose a moderately talented employee who is wonderful to deal with over a curmudgeon who just happens to be exceptional at their job. Online companies have enough issues without having to cater to a spoiled brat of an employee.

First Impressions

It may surprise you to learn that a freelance worker has to be even more of a people person than someone in a ‘regular job’. This is because you may have to make half a dozen first impressions per week as you are interviewed for a host of positions. Compare this to a 9-5 job where you are interviewed once and will probably never have to worry about making a first impression again as long as you are employed with that company. Online companies need to know that the person they hired are solid and dependable. Having to constantly worry about the status of a project because of a temperamental employee is no way to conduct a business.

Among the skills you will need to make a good impression include listening, politeness, reliability, honesty and the ability to accept constructive criticism. If you are incapable of the above traits, you will not last long in the freelancing world. Organizations unsatisfied with your performance will not only terminate your contract, they may let the world of GetACoder know just how unreliable you are. This will massively affect you chances of securing future contracts.

An excellent writer, proficient in a variety of topics, Patrick Lynch has four years creative writing experience, which began in the National University of Ireland, Galway where he received a grade in the top 10 of his writing seminar.He is an editor for the University journal, ROPES, and is also a content writer for venusdatingmagazine.com, thirdage.com and kenetixcreativecontent.com. His fluent writing style has received high praise from several quarters. This, coupled with his attention to detail and propensity to complete a project well within any deadlines set, ensures that whomever hires him will be an extremely satisfied customer. Patrick is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Sep/10

22

How to Advance Your Freelance Writing Career

As a young freelancer most start out with just basic article writing. This is actually good as this gives the writer time to adjust to type speed, research needs as well as getting in tuned to the process that is involved in freelance writing in general. Once a writer is familiar with their article writing skills and strategies they may find they have more time left over. Some of this time can be used to learn new skills that are also a part of the freelance writing world that they may be unfamiliar with.

Utilizing Write Sites

Learn to post on many topics. You can even use alerts like Google offers to keep up with trends in writing. If you see a consistent trend it may be a good idea to get to your favorite write site and post a few different topics on that keyword or keyword phrase. Be sure to vary your topics though as it makes for a great overall link portfolio to have a good list of many different topics you have managed to post around the net. Using strict write sites for these portfolio links is recommended. The harder the site is to give article acceptance, the better the reference link it is.

Learn Marketing Strategies

Learning the marketing strategies your clients are attempting to utilize will not only help you in communications with them, but it will also enable you to gain yet more knowledge about what their submissions require. As you are learning these for the sake of others, it is very beneficial to tuck this information away for yourself and your own career.

If they are marketing a product or service consider the way that their strategies may benefit you as a freelance writer. Perhaps following some of those strategies, tailored to fit your own choice of keywords or topics will help you to gain some attention as well.

Blog Yourself, Then Tweet It

It can be helpful to create a blog for yourself where you can post topics that relate to your specialties or skills as a freelance writer. In doing so, do not forget to employ all of the strategies your clients use for the same purposes. SEO and LSI are just a couple of marketing tactics that you should keep in mind for your own posting. If you need an idea of what a blog should look like check out the blog at GetACoder.

Social medias are a great way to share your post as well. Some of the great blog sites available for free actually give you the capability to automatically send a short link tweet to anyone on your twitter list that will display your blog post to them on a click.

Once you have advanced a good bit in your freelance writing career you will be able to begin to either refuse lower paying jobs or even help to set the pay scale yourself. Regardless, higher pay and better jobs are only going to come to those who put some time and effort into their freelance writing careers above just doing the articles themselves. The best part about advancing your freelance writing career is that the strategies to do so are within your grasp daily as you complete these articles daily for the marketing purposes of others. Being observant of the tactics your clients use for their products or services just may be the key to gaining attention for yourself as well.

Joy Lynskey is a married mother of two sons. Joy’s career has included a wide variety of employment which has given her great knowledge on a large amount of subject matter. Joy has been a freelance writer since October 2001 and regularly writes for strict write sites such as Associated Content, Ezine Articles, Bright Hub and Suite 101. Additionally Joy is a published author in the field of  Psychology. Joy is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Aug/10

25

Meta Tagging for Freelance Writers

Often a freelance writer will come in contact with projects where the client may be looking for someone who can create web page content. This is different then article writing as in simple article writing, the client purchases a word document from you, and uses it however they choose. Article submission sites are the most common, while some will turn over the document to their own web master, who will then create a page, tag and SEO the content, than publish it.

Learning to actually create the content for a web page in this manner is not as hard as it may sound. GetACoder will often have freelance writing positions that will include the tagging for the content but normally also include more money than an average article.  However, it does require some very basic html coding as well as the knowledge of keyword importance, meta description tagging and meta keyword tagging. For an example, the keyword phrase will be Remote Control Toys.

Meta Title Tag

You will need to create the meta title. This title is what the search engines short description will show below the link to your article. This is not the same as the article or blog title. A correct meta title tag for a remote control toy site would read:

<title>Remote control toys such as boats, planes, trains and cars can be a great source of family fun. Rc trains, rc boats, rc cars and rc planes are available here </title>

This explains what the searcher can expect to find on this site. Make sure you get the keyword in as early as possible in this description as only the first sixty characters and up are displayed on search engine results, depending on the search engine you are browsing.

Meta Keyword Tag

Meta keyword tags are of the utmost importance. This is similar to keyword tagging you may already be familiar with in some freelance blogging requirements. Entering keywords or keyword phrases into a web page is very similar. The only difference is once again, the requirement for the hmtl coding surrounding the keywords. As well as the format of the tag itself. Between each keyword a comma is required. The remote control toy company may have a page that has the following meta keyword tag. This would be an appro

<meta name=”keywords” content=”remote control toys, remote control cars, remote control planes, remote control boats, remote control trains”/>

No more than five keywords are required or encouraged. Make sure that the five you pick will be the best way to get across the point of the content page itself.

Meta Description Tag

The meta description tag will give a bit more of a visible description than the title tag does. This is also information that is seen first by people who may be browsing for your topic. Again make sure to get your main keywords in the first few words of your meta description tag. This is also a tag that requires the html coding to be copied.

<meta name=”description” content=”Remote control toys and products. Find the remote control toy for your loved one among the remote control planes, trains, cars and boats on our site.”/>

One very important aspect of the meta description tag is to always remember to end the description with a period. Without the period it is incorrect code.

Your View from the Search Engine

So if the above tagging elements are applied and you go to a search engine the site and short description would look similar to the sample one below.

Remote control toys such as boats, planes, trains and

Remote control toys and products. Find the remote control toy for your loved one among the remote control planes, trains, cars and boats on our site www.fakeremotecontroltoysite.com

Why is Meta Tagging Important for a Freelance Writer?

Plain and simple. Money. Outsourcing employers who are looking for someone to keep their site updated will have to pay a freelance writer to create their content as well as a web master to code and upload their content. This can also take twice as long. It is much better for the person who wrote the content or informative article to be the one to create the tags, as no one knows better what keywords are included in it than them.

It is not uncommon to make twice the amount for a full page of web content including all meta tagging requirements. Additionally, and of utmost importance. Never copy paste any coding from a word or office document into a blog or a web page. Always paste directly from a text pad that has no formatting. Although you cannot see it, word documents and other office program writing documents contain hidden formatting that can throw off the content you paste into the site.

Joy Lynskey is a married mother of two sons. Joy’s career has included a wide variety of employment which has given her great knowledge on a large amount of subject matter. Joy has been a freelance writer since October 2001 and regularly writes for strict write sites such as Associated Content, Ezine Articles, Bright Hub and Suite 101. Additionally Joy is a published author in the field of  Psychology. Joy is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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Aug/10

17

Keeping Up With Freelance Writing Trends

Freelance writing is much a career in practice. Since the world wide web and its capabilities seem to be changing by the second, this will definitely require a freelance writer to be just as innovative and flexible. Keeping an eye on the job bids at GetACoder can also help you to see what employers are requiring for their work. Some of the best ways to keep up with what may be going on in the freelance writing world you frequent can be as follows:

RSS Feeds

Perhaps you have a particular site you frequent for current news in freelance writing. Or it could be the outsourced work site that you use for a lot or all of your work who keeps an update blog that details new trends in writing. Regardless if there is an RSS feed capability you may want to think about utilizing it. When you set up an RSS either onto your browser or even through your email, this can give you quick and easy access to informational news, job prospects or whatever you choose to RSS.

Keyword Alerts

There are many different ways to set up keyword alerts in different types of mail servers. Google Alerts gets a bit of attention among freelance outsourcing employees and writers as it gives you the capability of inputting a keyword and getting the top hits for that day on that specific keyword or keyword phrase.

For instance if you are a frequent writer on the topic of music promotion, inputting that keyword phrase into Google Alerts will supply you daily, hourly, or in real time with news, blogs, articles and other types of information on your topic. Not only can this give you ideas for new articles that you may have to write on repetitive topics, but it also gives you the trend for that day, what topics people checked the most and what they found when they did.

Mailing List or Blog Subscriptions

If there is a site you find yourself frequenting for your choice in information it may be the best idea to check around and see if they support email alerts or blog subscriptions. This is another means, similar to RSS feeds but in a bit slower way. Instead of being able to click one button to locate current post, one will be sent to your email directly to alert you to new information and postings.

If you work through outsourcing companies subscribing to their blog may be the perfect idea. Since outsourcing companies are normally the first to gain inside knowledge on new trends becoming requested, they may just have the information that will give you the leg up on other freelance writers who do not frequent their blogs.

Joy Lynskey is a married mother of two sons. Joy’s career has included a wide variety of employment which has given her great knowledge on a large amount of subject matter. Joy has been a freelance writer since October 2001 and regularly writes for strict write sites such as Associated Content, Ezine Articles, Bright Hub and Suite 101. Additionally Joy is a published author in the field of  Psychology. Joy is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team

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Jun/10

21

Writing for Free: Advantages

If you are a new freelance writer, you might come across some scenarios where you have to give away your work for free. If you are registered at GetACoder, you’d always be paid. But sometimes there are situations when you might offer your work for free. Working for free is not exactly a pleasant idea, but sometimes there are some hidden benefits of writing for free.

Here are some cases where writing for free might be a good idea:

1. Getting published

If you do not have any published work, and you are getting a chance to get your name on the Internet, seize the opportunity. You might have to write a few hundred words for free, but in return you will get published work, which can act as a sample for prospect clients. Your future assignments might be about ghostwriting, so grab the chance of published work if you can.

2. Charity

People donate thousands of dollars to charity. Giving away a few words is not going to harm you. There are lots of websites that need writers who donate their work. You can donate your work at these websites or anthologies.

3. Sample

Sometimes, a client would want a sample to assess your skills. In that case, you can provide him a few hundred words. But you should know how much to give away for free. For example, if the client wants thousands of words, or wants the usage rights, then you should be paid for that work.

4. Work not getting sold anywhere

If you have some work that is not getting sold, it is better you give it away for free. Such work can be published in article directories, which gives you a published name, or you can even donate the work to anthologies.

5. Increasing visibility

If you are going to publish your work at places where it will be widely read, giving it away for free is a bargain. If your name appears at the high traffic sites, it will give you more credibility.

6. Back links

If your free work sets some pointers back to your blog or website, it is wise to give work for free. This will increase your page rank, and lead more people to your site, leading to more prospects.

There are many advantages of writing for free. It is not always bad. You can give away your work for free, and still get profits out of it. The profits might not always be in form of monetary compensations, but they still are profits nevertheless.

A very talented writer, Stacy Craig has a writing experience of many years. She is currently working as the senior editor at Raw Nuke, and has written content for many websites and blogs worldwide. She is working in affiliation with many companies, and her work has received much admiration from several clients. Stacy is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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May/10

18

Freedom of Employment on the Online Marketplace

It’s 6am, the alarm clock rings incessantly, the rain cascades against the window pane and is accompanied by a clap of thunder. You shiver as you crawl out of bed and into the shower. The boss wants a meeting, deadlines loom and you have to take two buses in that weather to make it into work. If this is you, and you fancy a change, go online and offer your freelancing services on GetACoder.

The first reason to do this is quite obvious. If you don’t feel like rising so early in the morning with a thunderstorm raging outside then you don’t have to. Even if you decide to have an early start, you still don’t have to contend with the barrage of hail and rain outside. Simply log online and start work with a warm cup of coffee by your side. Or, if you have not yet procured any employment for the day, have a look at the job availabilities on GetACoder.

Not only do you get to choose the hours you work, you also get free rein to seek whatever type of employment you wish. If you have always wanted to be a writer, an editor or a web designer, then GetACoder is sure to cater for you. No longer are you at the beck and call of a demanding manager. Unless you specifically choose it, there will be no more soul-destroying, monotonous tasks sent your way. Unlike your old office job, freelancing will allow you to explore new avenues, far away from your old, unrewarding line of work.

In a regular job, you are generally given one task to complete which may take up your entire work day. As a freelancer, you can take on board as many tasks as you feel you can handle. Although outsourcing companies sometimes set their own deadlines for you to adhere to, the majority are willing to accept a finishing date of your choosing, so long as it’s within reason. This will ensure that you never have to be put under strain, unless of course you thrive under pressure!

While a regular job offers you a set wage that will not change unless you earn a promotion, each freelancing job provides you with a different payment to go along with the new challenge. Experienced freelancers earn more money through genuine online work than they did in their old office job.

With no notice period, no long-term commitment necessary, no sniping co-workers or loathsome bosses to contend with, those who believe they can earn a living through freelancing work should certainly make an effort and see what‘s available. You can register free on most sites and browse through thousands of job vacancies before bidding on those which appeal to you the most. Even if you are unsure about leaving your job, freelance work is an excellent way to supplement one’s income.

An excellent writer, proficient in a variety of topics, Patrick Lynch has four years creative writing experience, which began in the National University of Ireland, Galway where he received a grade in the top 1% of his writing seminar.He is an editor for the University journal, ROPES, and is also a content writer for venusdatingmagazine.com, thirdage.com and kenetixcreativecontent.com
His fluent writing style has received high praise from several quarters. This, coupled with his attention to detail and propensity to complete a project well within any deadlines set, ensures that whomever hires him will be an extremely satisfied customer.
Patrick is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.

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