I trust that by reading this post you are a blogger or at least have an interest in blogging? Blogging these days is an essential tool in the toolbox of most online entrepreneurs and businesses.
We use blogging as a platform to create trust and credibility, to build quality relationships with the targeted traffic that you drive to your content.
Whether you blog as a hobby with a personal interest to share it with the world or whether you are a serial blogpreneur offering your professional products or services to anyone interested, blogging is your business and the tool you can’t live without.
Blogging Is A Form Of Writing
Being successful as a blogger you need good writing skills, excellent language and communication skills and sure, you need to come up with regular content ideas. You also need to be able to write for an audience in order to create interest by firstly identifying a need or loophole within a certain market or niche, creating or duplicating a solution or answer to that need, offer your solution to the target audience in need of your “answer” and then convince them how your solution will benefit them and satisfy their need.
The point I am trying to make is that when you blog for a living or even when you blog as a hobby, sharing experiences or knowledge with the world, writing has to be part of your interests or else you wouldn’t be doing it, right? You love to communicate. So if you are looking to create an income by blogging, did you realize or think about the fact that you can write for a living too?
If you are looking to create income streams from blogging and you are already writing (seeing you are responsible for the content on your site), have you ever considered offering your writing services to others by actually charging them for it?
Freelance Writing = Offering Professional Writing Services At A Fee
Think about it for a second. You could be offering professional writing services to either your existing clients or followers or you could offer your services to any new prospects and clients, at a rate which you decide on, market related and reasonable of course. You don’t need any other skills or resources other than what you already have, seeing you are a blogger/writer of your own professional copy already.
All you need to do is attract clients and then (the same as with blogging) show them how you can be of assistance to them with your writing skills and services. That’s it. That’s all you need to do.
So How Can You Promote Or Offer Professional Writing Services To Anyone?
I can hear you all asking me now how on earth are you going to promote that you have writing skills that could come in handy to anyone looking to hire an expert on the subject. It’s actually very simple. Use your existing number one tool: your blog.
That’s right. All you need to do is tell people about your skills and writing services by using your current blog. When you write new articles, include a “P.S.” at the end of your posts mentioning it to them. Just tell people you offer professional writing services in any way you want on your site, banners, graphics or whichever you prefer.
I recently read an article by Bamidele Onibalusi from YoungPrePro.com he wrote for Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net in which he encouraged me to set up my own “Hire Me” page (link to sample in previous paragraph) on my blog in which I can offer my writing services to others as a freelance writer. I immediately went and set it up.
Another way to advertise your writing services is by commenting on related writing blogs. Speak about experiences you’ve had as a writer. All it takes is to sparkle the interest of that one person and you might land yourself a gig. A sure-fire way of even further advertising your services as a freelance writer is of course guest posting on related blogs. Follow their guest posting guidelines, and once you’ve done what it takes and get approved for your articles, include the service offering in your author bio. It’s really that simple.
In the meantime you just keep on doing what you’ve been doing all along. Write killer content for whichever destination you choose and keep gaining followers by building trust and credibility and creating meaningful relationships in the process. The interest will follow, sooner or later.
I’d absolutely love to hear what you guys think and even some of your own experiences would be very welcome in the comments section below.
As always, my best of writing and blogging success to you!