A Message to Spammers Everywhere and a Brief Guide for Site Owners

As early as 2009, the Google Webmaster blog has indicated that comment spam is of no benefit for increasing search engine rankings and can in fact penalize both the spammer and the website unfortunate enough to receive these ‘comments’. Surprising to learn that many years later, the practice is still carried out by dim-witted individuals …

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Welcome to “The Fiery Freelancer” – (includes warning)

The Fiery Freelancer This blog contains my opinions, insights and recommendations for those involved in the freelance writing industry. As the blog name (and photo) indicates, I have no tolerance for bullshit, time vampires and other annoyances. If you’re of a sensitive disposition or easily offended, prepare for something special… Seriously, if you find swearing …

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Being Paid Peanuts for Your Writing? A Reality Check for Writers

As some you may get defensive, be advised, I know what it’s like. I’ve been there too, receiving a pittance for my efforts. As a full-time freelance journalist, writer and blogger, I’ve often seen the phrase ‘paying peanuts’ used in forums, blogs, discussion groups and on social media. It’s not a flattering term and effectively …

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Using Job Boards to Hire a Writer is Pointless (Unless Prospective Clients Include a Key Detail)

As writers, regardless of experience level, we check out job boards, seeking suitable projects or clients that will pay us for our expertise in crafting exquisite blog posts that clearly demonstrate the attractive nature of the product or service involved. It makes sense to do so, right? In an ideal world, certainly. Unfortunately, prospective clients …

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Writing IS a Business: If you don’t Think so, I’m a Little Jealous

This post is aimed specifically at those who wish to start freelance writing or indeed those who have already done so but may not have considered the diverse considerations required to succeed in this area. I’ll briefly cover the main ones but the list is not exhaustive. Is Writing a Business? In my mind it …

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Is Freelance Writing an Option for you?

Why did you Choose Freelance Writing? My transition to freelance writing was driven by circumstance. Savings were running out, a baby on the way and a global recession, which meant that fat expatriate contracts in Asia were off the table for all but senior executives. On the plus side, I liked writing and I believe …

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