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Home Based Opportunities for Writers to Consider

Anyone who has ever been laid off, dismissed or had to accepted an early retirement, knows that there is no such thing as job security, the only thing that is secure is that the cost of living will continue to rise.  The lack of jobs and/or the possibility of losing a job have caused quite a number of people to seek an additional income.  And if you’re fortunate enough to be able to put scribe to paper, then…

The opportunities can be plentiful when you have writing skills. If you are a skilled writer and are looking to ditch the commute and cash in on your talent, or you need to supplement your income, you may want to consider a few of the home based business opportunities that are readily available.

As an online writer, you can publish your own electronic magazine or ezine. The Internet essentially levels the playing field for writers as you don’t have to wait for a publisher to discover you. If you have the desire to publish an ezine, you can get started with very little upfront money.    By using various self-promotion techniques, writing your own ezine can become a very good home based business opportunity.  Alternatively, you could publish your own weblog or blog, pick your own platform or just write to get your name out there. The possibilities are limitless.

Another home based business opportunity for writers is blogging or writing for hire. Many businesses and individuals want to maintain blogs for different reasons but don’t have the time or the experience to do so. They will often pay a professional writer to maintain this aspect of their business. They may also require other types of writing for their web sites or offline needs. To learn more about these types of opportunities you should check the various writing magazines both on and off the Internet.

And, of course, one of the best home based business opportunities for any writer is freelancing. You may choose to sign up at a site like Elance.com where you can bid on different writing jobs from all over the world.  So many different possible projects exist for a freelancer. You could write sales copy for businesses, write book reviews or even ghostwrite books. The list goes on and on.

Many of the best home based business opportunities for writers are available either on the Internet or through the Internet. You just need to get out there and find the best one for you.

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Stealing Article Content Is On The Rise

Quality articles are becoming an endangered species – as article automation and theft are on the rise.

There are a number of writers that don’t even bother to do anything even when they are aware someone has stolen their article. Most don’t have the time or the patience to play content-cop; then again there are others who exhaust too much of their time and energy checking and tracking down each one of their site links; which can be very time consuming – taking away precious time they could be using to writing good content.

Writers that take another Writer’s content and make a few changes to the heading and/or text, then actually take credit for the article as an original piece of work, should be contacted by the originating author – who should at the least, request that the writer (thief) who borrowed (stole) it, to make the proper changes. At the same time, if someone pilfers your article you just may want to look at it as a form of flattery, apparently they thought your content worthy enough to rip off. Besides, if the content and links are still in place, don’t worry about it.

Keep in mind, as a Writer your job is to write and you can better serve your fans, followers and publishers if you were to concentrate your efforts on doing just that, “write”? Otherwise you may find that you will waste a lot of your time, money and effort trying to track down petty article-content thieves.

Article Automation – A Contributing Factor to Article Theft

One of the reasons article thefts are on the rise, besides greed and laziness, is because article writing is one of the most utilized Internet marketing media’s today. And as most Writers know, content is king.

So, in strolls automated article creation –programs created to change words within an article to make them unique enough to bypass the duplicate content filters. Used along with PLR articles aka Private Label Rights articles (that are freely available for use), this method provides the lazy Writer with a way to give potential customers a link back to their site where they will hopefully buy products.

Although Publishers have begun to recognize the different methods of article abuse and are making it more difficult to get articles approved and web sites are being penalized by search engines for duplicate content, the abuse still continues with the help of new automated program software.

The upside of Automation

Automation allows writers to submit their articles to a lot of sites quickly and easily, allowing more time to write original content. A problem occurs when those get-rich-quick-seekers are on the hunt for another shortcut to making money.

Eventually, the repetitive regurgitated content as provided by the use of automated software, PLR packs, and article spinners, etc. will run its useful course and quality content will once again rule. Until then, we may just have to wait for the get-rich-seekers to discover yet another marketing alternative to automate and abuse.

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Blogging, Lazier/Easier Than Writing an Article???

In today’s seriously more developed (or is it) blogosphere world, the viewpoint of most journalists, is that blogs are basically a laymen’s non-fact-finding opinion of their own views, or merely a journal entry.

This post is still under-development, the meat and potatoes of this topic is still resonating in my head. Once it’s fully developed I will of course serve it up and share it with readers, I suspect since it is a blog post, it is my choice to do so. BTW, this wasn’t as easy as it may appear.

Stay tuned…


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Blogging the News Stories As They Happen

Blogging news stories as they unfold can be one of the most exciting and debatable applications of technology that bloggers have discovered. One thing that makes the blogosphere so active is the fact that it is possible to update a blog instantaneously, so the news on blogs tends to be more current than the news in the paper, or on television. Unlike news delivered by these other media, news that appears on blogs does not have to travel through a series of editors and administrators before it reaches the public eye. Of course, this has some advantages, and some distinct disadvantages.

One of the most notable cases of news hitting a blog before appearing in other media took place in July 2005 when terrorism struck London. As passengers were evacuated from a subway car near an explosion, one man took several photos of the scene with his cell phone, and within an hour the images were posted online. First-person accounts of the disaster began appearing on blogs soon after these photos appeared, and people all over the world learned about the events in London by the information posted by bloggers.

The fact that these stories and images were being spread directly by individuals operating without the added filter of a reporter helped to make the crisis feel very immediate to people across the globe. When it comes to blogging, news often appears in a very personal context. This has the potential to be an exciting era of reporting, one that takes “Journalism” to its logical next step by putting the power to shape how the news is written and read directly into the hands of the public.

Many bloggers and cultural commentators who are champions of the weblog movement feel that this growing trend of individuals getting their news from blogs is a good thing, because it makes the flow of information more democratic-‘freedom of the press’ at its best. By decentralizing the control of news, blogs allow more voices to enter the field of debate about important current events. However, many people are adamantly opposed to the use of blogs as news outlets, and there are plenty of good arguments on this side of the debate. Unlike newspapers or television stations, few blogs have fact-checkers, and there is little attention paid to journalistic accountability on many blogs. This can lead to the rapid spread of misinformation, and more than one falsehood has taken the blogosphere by storm. The questions about whether blogging news as it happens is ethical or not are very complicated, but no matter where you stand on the topic of blogging current events, you are almost sure to agree that this movement has the potential to revolutionize how many people get their news.


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Author, Writer or Pimped 2?

Do recall, I posted an article entitled Author, Writer or Pimped? in that article I addressed issues concerning the (lack of) pay being offered to Writers.   It is not my intent to rewrite that particular article, but instead to periodically update and add information as it becomes available or considered noteworthy.  You’ve guessed it, I’ve run across some information that is truly worthy of attention.   As most Writers know, jobs in our profession have continue to lessen as time goes by and to make matters worst the few that are available aren’t offering  a decent enough rate to warrant ones’ attention.   As a matter-of-fact, the pay rate has become down right minuscule, which is not only insulting but degrading as well.   Needless to say, I have come across an ad that not only claims to need Writers but wants those Writers to be loyal and not abandon them.   And I’m just guessing, but I imagine they believe the rate they are offering for the skill level and loyalty they expect is an acceptable rate.  You be the judge.

“I am looking for great writers to add to my staff!

**PLEASE DO NOT TAKE WORK THEN DISAPPEAR. IF YOU CANT DO IT, AT LEAST HAVE THE DECENCY TO TELL ME**

Hiring Writers for:

>UAWs (1 original article, 2 rewrites)

>Basic Articles (written in 3rd person, meaning do not put yourself in them at all.. no “I” or “me”)

Writers Should Be:

>Native Canadian or Native American (sorry but I’ve had too many issues from people of other countries)

>Excellent English (language, spelling, grammar, punctuation) Skills

>Reliable

>Professional (meaning, able to act in a professional manner. Able to take constructive criticism)

Pay Rates (USD):

100 words: $0.25

200 words: $0.50

300 words: $1.00

400 words: $1.50

500 words: $2.00

600+ depends on the project, but most are only 500 words.

Rewrites up to 500 words: $0.50

The ability to meet deadlines is necessary for any successful business. If you have frequent computer problems or other issues that prevent deadlines from being met (meaning if it becomes a habit), you will be let go. Please include your first name in a PM with your bid. Bids without this will not be considered, as it proves you read this posting.

Thanks, and I look forward to your bids!”

I think the above ad, cut & pasted from this site, goes beyond the pimp mentality, it is straight up Slavery!  Enough said, from me – I’m looking forward to your feedback.


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Making Money with Articles: Use Search Engine Optimization Techniques

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Learn to use search engine optimization techniques when writing your articles. If hiring a writer to write articles for you, you can choose one who already knows about SEO or you can supply them with a list of keywords and let them know where they should be placed and how many times they should be repeated throughout the article. Optimizing your articles for search engines will help them rank higher when someone searches for a keyword relating to your subject, which means that you will receive more visitors because more people will actually see your URL. It is a fact that most visitors don’t look past the first search engine result page and by the third search engine results page there is practically no audience left for you to promote to. What this means for those on the third or high page is no traffic. This is why it is very important for you to make sure that your articles are prepared in a way that will eventually get them to that first or second search engine results page.

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Making Money with Articles: Picking Articles for Your Niche Site

 

Pick the articles for your niche sites very carefully to ensure that you are able to successfully get traffic and gain profit from these sites. If you are going to try and utilize free website content articles, then it may be difficult for you to find ones that have your exact keywords, so you may have to either make revisions to the articles (which may not be allowed on some free articles) or base your keywords on the articles that you find (which could leave you with very competitive keywords that would take a lot of time or money to attain a high ranking for). If you are going to buy content, make sure that you let the writer know what your niche keywords are and what your specific preferred keyword density and placement are. Remember, the wrong articles can leave you with little traffic and very low search engine rankings if they do not fit in properly with either your niche or with keywords that are easy to attain high rankings for.

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