Monthly Archives: July 2011

Since Panda hit, people are frantic to find out exactly what Google wants from articles and websites so that they can rank high in search results. Well, the answers are forthcoming and view-able. Google’s Webmaster video series on YouTube answers actual writer and webmaster questions. I’ve learned a lot from this free series, so I thought I’d share this resource with my readers.  

How Do You Please Google? Here Are the Answers

For those of you that have been following my adventures in paid tweeting (Tweet for Moneyand Update on Tweeting for Money) you may be interested to know that Magpie has been purchased by IZEA. IZEA own several blogging- and tweeting-for-money sites, most notably, SponsoredTweets.  What do you do if you have a Magpie account? According to the email I received today, you will be able to access your Magpie account using the same log-in information at the SponsoredTweets site.  Since this switch-over I can’t even log into my SponsoredTweet account, but I can log onto my Magpie account just fine. Let me know if anyone else […]

Magpie Has Been Bought by IZEA

Yesterday, I saved 33% off my grocery bill by combining coupons and buy 10 sales. Our local Krogers was have a huge 10 Mega Event sale where you saved an automatic $5 extra when you bought 10 products with your store card.This is a great time to use those coupons that require you to buy more than one product. For example, Kleenex was one of the items on sale. After the automatic $5 was taken off, each box of tissue was $.99. I had two Kleenex coupons that required you to buy three boxes to get $.50 off. So, if […]

Saving with Buy 10 Sales

Though I don’t promote using Demand Media Studios (also known as Demand Studios and DS) as a full-time gig, it is great for when your freelance assignments are at a trickle. That’s what I’ve been using it for over the past few years. The trick to making decent DS income is to find titles quickly and write them quickly. Here are some of my tips: Make use of the “Save Searches” function. Choose what format you like and the rate, then use a certain keyword to find titles and save it. You can save up to 20 searches. This saves time because […]

Tricks for Making More Money With Demand Studios

Let’s talk fiction. Do you ever read a novel and want to toss it on the floor and stomp on it? I had that feeling the other day. I was reading a novel from a popular author that is both prolific, and, well, rich from his work. So you’d think the book would be good, right? I wish. I often work as a freelance editor for fiction writers and I usually can’t turn it off when I’m reading a book for fun. So, of course, with this stinker my critic went into overdrive. What sends my stinker meter into the […]

Let’s Talk Fiction

I’ve heard that combining coupons, sales and your store card is the trifecta of savings. So, I tried it. I ended up saving 23% off my grocery bill. Here are some tips: Grab your coupons and sales paper and write down items that are on sale and that you have a coupon for. Take advantage of 10 for $10 items and stock up. You can always freeze perishable items. Don’t have a coupon for a sales item? Check the manufacture’s website and Facebook page for printable coupons.

Combining Coupons, Sales and Shoppers Card

Let’s say you have several clients. That means you have several projects that need to be done at a certain time. So, when do you do what? I have a method I like for sorting out my writing schedule.  Do I need money right away? If so, I choose to power through assignments that pay me sooner. The ones that pay me on publication or next month are put on the back burner. If fast cash isn’t an issue, I go by my pay-per-day guideline. Each month I decide how much money I need to make, then I divide that number by […]

When to Do Freelance Assignments

If you’ve written for the web for very long, you’ve probably had your articles stolen and posted on another site. Often, the article thief will claim that he wrote your brilliant article. Well, here’s one way to thwart the lazier thieves: the No Copy Code. It keeps people from being able to copy and paste your articles or blogs. Simply copy and paste this code into your site’s HTML and you’re golden. Note: I use this code and it works great. <script language=”JavaScript1.2″> //Disable select-text script (IE4+, NS6+)- By Andy Scott //Exclusive permission granted to Dynamic Drive to feature script //Visit […]

How to Keep Article Thieves from Stealing Your Work

Freelance writers are supposed to be their own boss, right? I mean, the government considers you your own boss. Your mom considers you boss-free. Your best-friend envies your “free” status. But if you write for clients or residual income sites are you really boss free? Consider this: Clients tell you when projects are due. Residual income sites tell you what you can and can’t post. Clients control the subjects you write about. Residual income sites take a cut of your profits. Clients can cancel projects. Residual sites can go out of business. Both attempt to take as much rights to […]

Think You’re Your Own Boss? Think Again.