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I guess I should check in and let my readers know what I have been up to lately since I haven’t written much. I’ve been working on my three websites: AlinaBradford.com ArtQuestionsAnswered.com HomebodyStyle.com I decided I have too much on my plate so I’ve been whittling things down. I’ve raised my rates to weed out projects and I have also deleted all but one of my Blogger blogs.Yup, this is the last one. I’ll still be writing here, just not as often.

Hi Again, Stranger!



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Do NOT use GoDaddy for anything! Why? First, their customer support is awful. They won’t answer my questions and give me canned responses that don’t even make sense. Second, they’re hosting sucks. I spent days trying to get a site up because of all the glitches. I even had a web building savvy person help me and even she couldn’t believe how horrible GoDaddy’s hosting was. After a few days of trying, I gave up and asked for a refund. Customer service informed me that I couldn’t get a refund because I didn’t ask within 48 hours. So, they’re saying […]

GoDaddy is a Scam!





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How much sway does one word have when it comes to getting your followers to read your articles? Turns out one word can mean everything and even more words work even better according to Facebook research. This article on Huffington post is a good read if you are looking to get more readers through social media. Do you agree with the article? Do you have any social media tricks that you use to get followers to read your articles?

Saying the Right Word Can Get You More Clicks Through Social Media







Winter Depression by Ramzi Hashisho Winter is often a time of sad feelings and depression. This widespread phenomenon has been widely diagnosed as seasonal affective disorder, which comes from the lack of light during the winter solstice. As a writer, I get seasonal affective disorder because I’m indoors all the time. Or so I thought. Research suggests, though, that there may be another, overlooked, cause for winter depression: Mold. The Findings Edmond Shenassa, Brown University epidemiologist, who led a study on data collected from eight European cities, said that there was a link between depression and living in a home […]

How to Fight Mold-Related Winter Depression


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After months of being in read-only mode, Suite 101 has its writer system back up and running…along with a new payment structure. Here is what their support page says: To qualify, you must be in good standing, and have accumulated at least 25 readers in the past month. As a rule, if you write meaningful, engaging pieces, your audience will grow – and as it does, so will your fee.Regular readers Payment1000+ $1000500 $500250 $250100 $10050 $5025 $25 Unlike many sites, we don’t track (misleading, manipulable) vanity metrics like uniques, pageviews and impressions. Instead, we look at visitor behavior to […]

Suite 101 Payment Changes


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“How much should I get paid for freelance writing?” I hear this question all the time. Usually, I just answer with a vague, “It depends,” but for my HTBFW readers out there I’ll break it down. Before anything else, you need to decide how much money you need. You see, you can make anything from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars per week. As a freelancer, you get to decide what you get paid and what hours you work. So sit down and do the math. Start by deciding how much money you need to survive each month. […]

How Much Should I Get Paid for Freelance Writing?



In my last post, I talked about how writers should avoid Ozio Media because they have a tendency not to pay their writers. Now they are in the spam business, too. I’ve been getting emails from them like this gem: There’s no easier way than by creating acontent-rich money-making website on a topic youlove. Why? Low-risk (This is the ‘slow and steady’ approach). Get started for as little as $50-$100. Takes only 3 hours a week to do. Don’t need a product to sell. Make money doing something you love, livinganywhere in the world you choose to be. Last month […]

Ozio Media Sends Spam


Ozio Media is a company that hires writers, as freelancers, to complete copywriting projects for their clients. The projects are usually pretty easy and the pay is around $3 per 100 words. It’s a fair side job. That is, if they pay. Ozio is known for not paying their writers. Currently, they owe me over $500. Ann, who runs the payment section of the company, doesn’t reply to emails unless she feels like it (almost never) and then doesn’t pay you even after many promises. Here are some others that have had problems with Ozio Media: Ozio Media AVOID THIS […]

Writers Should Avoid Ozio Media


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I use Grammarly for proofreading because bad grammar makes the comma chameleon cry. I honor of National Punctuation Day, I thought I’d write a post on how to quickly catch errors in your writing. Here are just a few: Read your text backwards.  Read your text out loud.  Run the text through Grammarly’s proofreading system. Have a friend read the text out loud to you or record yourself reading the text and play back the recording. Don’t be afraid to turn on your word processor’s spelling and grammar checking tools. It’s wrong a lot of the time, but when it’s right it can save you some time. Do […]

Quick Ways to Find Errors in Your Writing




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Lately, I’ve been getting what I like to call “free” clients. These are clients that you don’t have to look for. They just fall into your lap. No cold calling. No emails. Nadda. So how did I get these clients? My website. These clients found my website and from the information on it, and nothing else, they wanted to hire me. That’s the power of a great writer’s website. Want to know my secrets to a great site that draws in free clients? No ads. If your website has ads, that’s a sure sign you’re a novice because you can’t […]

“Free” Clients for Your Writing Business


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I must admit. I’m a speedy writer. Not to say I don’t work hard to get stories in by their deadline, research new markets and craft queries. I just don’t like wasting time. I want to get it done and move onto the part I love, the actual writing. There are many sites made specifically to aid writers on their quest for information, resources, and education. Below are some of the best to help you save time and get writing. Reference at Your Fingertips Everyone knows that you need a good dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and, of course, The Writer’s Market. […]

Speedy Writing Tips for Beginners



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The other day, I was visiting one of my favorite forums and found a post by a writer that is down in the dumps because he can’t seem to make more than a few dollars per article. All he does is do work for content mills. I gave him some tips on how to make more money, and it occurred to me that some of my readers may like to read the tips, too. Here they are. Apply, Apply, Apply! What I do to make more than a few bucks per article is to apply to writing jobs. Gathering real life clients […]

Tips for Making More Money as a Writer


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I know many of my readers are also secret shoppers, so I thought it would be good to alert you to a scam that is going around. You sign up as a secret shopper, the guy, James Martins, sends you a check using express mail and the email, below. Of course, the check bounces and your account gets in the hole, but he gets the money scott-free. I didn’t cash the check he sent me, so don’t worry. I knew it was a scam, and even if I didn’t, If you look very closely at these checks you will see […]

James Martins Secret Shopper Scam


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Today I’m going to take a break from freelance writing and share a few sites that you can make money on. These are great breaks when you get burnt with your regular clients. There are a lot of online scams out there on the web, but there are also legitimate, easy ways to make money online. These free ways to make money online are companies that usually have the user perform small tasks for predetermined amounts of money. This money gradually adds up and is deposited into a PayPal account or bank account. Here is a list of sites that […]

Easy Ways to Make Money Online



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Here is another scam you all should be aware of. I got an email this morning offering me a job and I decided to do a little research on it before I replied. Turns out, many people have gotten this email and at least one person has been the victim of fraud. According to the person on this forum, she handed over copies of her identification and the scammers used it. Now, there is a legit company named Titan Escrow Group Inc., but they have nothing to do with this scam as far as I can tell. They are located […]

Titan Escrow Group Inc. Scam


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I stumbled upon a forum post over at WAHM.com about a site that hires writers called Gravytrain. This lead me to a disturbing article at BCBusiness about the site. It seems that any writing ethics are thrown clean out the window, at least that’s what the owners fessed up to. Not only that, but do you get paid well for all of this debauchery? Nope. It looks like they named themselves in a misleading fashion because a gravy train it is not. They claim you make around $25 to $40 per hour. You get around $12 per 500 word article […]

Freelance Writing Jobs: Gravytrain Isn’t a Gravy Train


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Since I wrote my blog on Grab a Writer a few days ago, I’ve seen many writers claim that Grab a Writer is a scam and doesn’t have any actual jobs. Well, I beg to differ. Today I was emailed a job opportunity for one of their clients. Here’s what the job looked like: Take a look at that price for 10 articles! I would get a whopping $2.50! Wow, somebody catch me because I’m about to faint at my good fortune. As a writer, you can click on the magnifying glass to see the details of the project: Sorry, I’m going to need […]

Grab a Writer Does Have Jobs



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Well, Suite 101 got around to posting scores and earnings for November. My score has gone up to 48, even though I haven’t done anything, really. My channel hasn’t launched yet because I haven’t written a new article for it. According to my stats, a score of 48 gets you an estimated $40. I have a buddy that has a score of around 100, and she will make around $100 this month. So, for each point, it looks like you earn a little less than $1. Take a look at my dashboard:

November Suite 101 Scores and Earnings Posted


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I just heard of a brand new freelance job site for writers named Grab a Writer. From what I can tell, they have some active clients hiring freelance writers. The site is a lot like Elance, except there is no bidding. People search the writers’ profiles until they find the person they want, then hire them through the Grab a Writer system. I think the part I like best about the site is that the writer gets to set their price, the amount of hours they are willing to work and their turn-around time. This helps insure that you don’t get somebody […]

Freelance Job Site: Grab a Writer


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Some of my fellow Suite 101 writers are confused about the new publishing process, so I agreed to write a post on it, complete with pictures. Here’s what the publishing dashboard looks like: Like with WordPress or other blogging platforms, you type in your title, an intro and your article body into the spaces given. You add images by pressing the little button that looks like mountains. This is a big upgrade from the old photo system, which wouldn’t let you put the photos anywhere but at the top and bottom of the article. This new process lets you put them where ever you […]

Publishing Articles on the New Suite 101



Way back in early 2010, Suite 101 was hit with the Google Panda smack down. Many writers lost vast amounts of income through the site. Since then, the site has been revamped and many writers are wondering if they should give it a try. During my six years with Suite, I amassed 314 articles, mostly about fine art, and thousands of dollars worth of income. The last time I checked, my income from the residual income site was around $10,000. That means that I’ve earned around $31 for each article on the site. Most of the articles took me around 30 minutes […]

Suite 101 Back in Action?


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I’m thinking about doing a writing event in my area. Maybe a write-a-thon type thing or a meet local authors type thing. I don’t have the budget to hire an event planner and I’m not sure I can hack it by myself. I mean, I’ve thrown small parties and I planned my wedding, but this is different. Have any of my readers ever used event management software? If so, how does it work? I was unaware that it even existed until today. Apparently there are companies that create this type of software and customize the software to your specific event. […]

Event Management Software?


The other day, one of my writing friends recommended OverBlog.  This site takes all of your social media posts and gathers them on one site. All you need to do is allow the site to link to your social media posts from Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Youtube, Flickr and Facebook. You can also create blogs on the site.Then, the site pays you for page views, or at least that’s how I understand it. It looks like they are in a flux right now. You could add your Adsense code…now I can’t find it and others say changes are being made. It’s in Beta mode, […]

What is OverBlog?