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Our Online Writing Service Experience and Tips for Budding Writers

 Our Online Writing Service Experience & Tips for Budding Writers

Online Writing Service

Want to make a living writing? Here’s what you need to know to start an online writing business.

Most common mistakes writers make

  1. Settling For a low price – 1-3 cents/word is very low and you will not attract premium clients
  2. One Rate for multiple projects – don’t get yourself locked in for a low price for large number of projects

 

Setting Rates

  1. Write down the number of words you can comfortably write and proofread in one hour and your current hourly rate.
  2. Eg: 300 words = 1 hour. If your rate is 15$/hour, this will come out to be 5c/word.
  3. Now double that price to 10c/word and for your first clients, offer a lower price by offering a discount.
  4. Never offer a lower price, only give discounts for a limited period.
  5. Offer dollar amount discounts and not percentage based.

Language and style

  • Keep your writing at least at the 8th Grade level.
  • To improve writing do the following
    1. Write in friendly conversational tone as most readers will be casual online audiences
    2. Use descriptive adjectives & verbs
    3. Spend one hour a day reading top blogger posts on problogger & copyblogger
    4. Write, write, write. Start with 500 words a day and increase it by 10% every month.
      • First month – 500 words/day
      • Second month – 550 words/day
      • Third month – 605 words/ day and so on..
    5. Buy a copy of Elements of Style by Strunk & White, read it and practice it

 

Focus

  • 15-30 Focused Hours/week = 10,000 – 20,000 words projects. Focused hour implies that you can only work on your writing related work and nothing else.
    1. Use time tracking software like rescue time to set productivity goals.
    2. Leechblock can help you block distracting websites.
    3. Try to use the computer without internet to avoid distractions.
    4. Go to place with no wifi/cell service for more productivity
    5. Read more on time management here.

Work management for big writing tasks

  1. Do a preliminary research and jot down the topic you want to cover in current project
  2. Save research documents in offline mode
  3. Before starting any writing task break the big work into chapters further break the chapters into 3-4 sections
  4. Chapter will be 1000-2000 words
  5. Section will be 250 – 500 words

Online Promotion – Finding Clients

  1. Make a list if website your potential clients visit. Make long helpful comments . Dont Spam. 1 comment/day is sufficient.
  2. Sign Up for forums your clients are part of – Again only post well thought out 5-10 posts per week
  3. Look for Guest blogging opportunities (Become an inbits Guest Blogger)
  4. Freelancing sites are hard work – Odesk, Upwork, freelancer Elance have large number of opportunities but remember the following
    1. Make a list of all the projects you bid on.
    2. Keep an eye out on the ratio of total bid you made, number of project closed by client without awarding to anyone, number of project awarded in total, number of clients initiated a conversation with you and finally the number of clients actually closed by you.

 

How to find projects if you are not an expert

  • Look for projects that you will like to learn more on. This will solve 2 problems. One – you will be able to learn on something you always wanted to. Secondly, you will get paid to do so.

 

Set up a writing business website

  1. Simple website with basic pages – about, service list, prices, testimonial & contact us page & a blog. Nowadays there is a trend to have all this on a single page. That works well as well.
  2. Testimonials – Go a forum where your clients hang out. Private message them and offer to write 400-600 word article free of cost in return of a testimonial. Get 4-5 testimonials with the permission to use the client’s image and their website link.
  3. About us – should be less about you and more about what benefits the client will have if they start a work relation with you. Kind of ironic ? About us is actually about them.
  4. Service List- This is what all is on offer. Don’t add price on this page. This will basically be what all you will be doing for the client.
  5. Price page – make a separate price page related to every service on the service list page. The price page will have the following element
    1. Price of the service
    2. Benefits the Client will get from the service
    3. Either Buy now Button to a payment gateway page (paypal)
    4. OR a contacts Us now form
  6. BLOG this will bring organic traffic to your website
    1. On weekly basis convert your daily practice writing into a 1500-2000 word blog.
    2. Make sure you polish it up and remove errors.
    3. Add some images or graphics.
    4. Include a subscribe button for readers.
    5. Add a subscribe button for clients wanting to hire you as writes.

How online writing is different from writing for print

  1. Paragraph
    1. Online Paragraph = 1-3 sentences
    2. Print Paragraph = 3-5 sentences
  2. Tone – friendly conversational style and informal (Active voice)
  3. SEO – Writing online needs to focus on SEO otherwise your article has a very low chance of being found by anyone looking for the information you are writing about. (Read More on SEO)

All You Need to Know: WordPress Multisite

Important Terms

Site – One website running wordpress

Network – Group of Sites

Multisite – Group of sites that use same wordpress Install simultaneously.

Why do we need multisite?

This is normally for people who run multiple sites on wordpress.

  1. Superadmin can login in once and manage all sites together
  2. Themes and Plugins are stored once. This saves lot of space. All themes & plugins can be updated from one place.
  3. Share users across sites
  4. Important use cases & Examples
    1. Single person managing network of blogs/websites
    2. Set up a network that allows others to create their own sites
    3. Eg of business that need multisite:
      1. News sites that require dedicated site for each topic
      2. Large businesses that require dedicated site for each business vertical
      3. Dedicated site for each Franchise chain location
      4. Dedicated site for each department in university/school
    4. Real life examples
      1. Newyork times
      2. WordPress.com

Cases where there is no need (or not posible) to use  multisite

  1. Running site in different languages
  2. When sites are on different hosts
  3. Giving subsites their own IP/database
  4. Running staging, developmental or main sites of different clients by web developers

Drawbacks

  1. Security – If you get hacked, all sites are vunerable
  2. Point of failure – if main install breaks all sites get affected
  3. Admins have reduced capability
  4. Multisite has server requirements that are not provided by ll hosts

Service Providers for multisite

  1. ManageWP
  2. InfiniteWP
  3. Jetpack Manage

 

WordPress: Single Site Vs Multisite

Differences in Dashboard

New Dashboard for Super Admin: Role above admin only found on multisite with special permissions to

  1. Download & Install Theme
  2. Download, Install & Manage plugins
  3. Add new site

Difference in file structure

  1. wp-config file is different
  2. Separate folders on uploads directory to manage files for different sites withing the multi-site network

Difference in Database

It has separate tables for each site so content could be different

Getting Started with WordPress Multisite

Organizational Structure for WordPress Multisite Setup

The multi site network can be set in 2 different ways.

  1. Sub Directory Organization Structure: The sub sites reside on folder inside the root folder eg.
    1. http://example.com/site1
    2. http://example.com/site2
  2. Sub Domain Organizational Structure: The sub sites resides on the sub domain eg.
    1. http://site1.example.com
    2. http://site2.example.com

 

Steps for Setting up WordPress Multisite

View Our Video to See Step by Step Guide to Setting up WordPress Multisite

  • Video 1 – Setup MultiSite on a new Site
  • Video 2 – Setup Multisite on Existing Site

More to Come.

  1. MANAGING THE MULTISITE NETWORK (p11)
    1. Installing themes & plugins on wordpress Multisite
    2. Managing Themes on multisite install
    3. Plugin Management on Multisite Setup
    4. Updating components of WordPress Multi Site
    5. Network settings
  2. BEST & MOST HELPFUL PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS MULTISITE
    1. Multisite enhancements
    2. WordPress MU domain mapping
    3. User Role Editor
    4. User Switch
    5. WP Migrate DB Pro
    6. Yoast SEO
    7. WP Super Cache

Final Thoughts

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