As writers we are asked to write shorter and shorter pieces packed with tons of information. As part of a writer’s group, I brought in some Sweethearts. At first I brought them in as a treat. Then when I gave them out, I asked them to rewrite the Sweathearts in their own words. Continue reading
In 2013 Toastmasters International, announced an increase in memberships for the 20th year in a row. The organization, founded over 89 years ago, added 10,000 members last year.
Toastmasters offers a great mix of the new and the old. They are planning to revitalize the education curriculum that will take advantage of technology such as mobile web applications and video. Toastmasters also offers a group of supportive members, who help each other achieve communication and leadership skills. Continue reading
The way writing is published and read changed greatly over the past twenty years. Some changes have been for the good and some changes are shameful. In this article for Freelancewriternow.com, I’ll explain guidelines for writing for new formats.
The medium we use for reading and the purpose for content determines the style of writing. Continue reading
After testing thousands of articles, we found that in order for any article to get over fifteen thousand page views, it has to be at least 80% original. If Google or Bing can find the original source and the article is only 40% original or less, the search engines will send traffic to the source, most of the time. Continue reading
The way companies are hiring freelance writers is not very efficient. Posting an ad on craigslist is inexpensive but also costly in work hours. Posting ads to journalism websites will give you journalism school graduates, who may or may not be great writers. What is the best way to find a great freelance writer? Continue reading
Information and numbers are hard for the human mind to grasp without pictures or icons. In the early days of computers, charting could be done in spreadsheet programs such as Excel. Now there are whole new crop of websites dedicated to art of creating infographics such a Visual.ly and Infogr.am.
Typically, a company makes an infographic and allows websites and media outlets to publish the infographic for a credit and a link back. Continue reading
In 2006, I wrote the following article under the title “How to Create Product Names that Sell and Tell.”
If you search the title today, you will find uncreative people who copied the article verbatim, some of whom put their own name on the article. These are not the kind of people you would to name your product, because if they can’t write an article about product naming, then they obviously can’t name a product!
If you are looking to hire a writer, it is important to understand the difference between quality and quantity. Continue reading
At one time Freelancewriternow.com showed on the first page of Google results for “freelance writer, Los Angeles” or “freelance writer L.A.” Then I stopped updating the website on a regular basis and stopped paying attention to what people where looking for when they wanted a writer in Los Angeles. Continue reading
Those of you who are wondering what happened to Feel-Goodies®. We have learned that they will be delivered in a completely new format, in the near future. We suspect, it’s going be revolutionary.