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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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An Email Signature Can Be A Good Way to Promote A Blog

If you are planning to promote a blog, you may be asking yourself – how can I do it? And can it be done at a reasonable cost? Do not worry because there is an easy way to promote your blog and it can be done at no cost to you. All it takes is a few lines and that’s how the magic starts. A few lines in your email signature can make quite a bit of difference!

Tips for Writing an Effective Email Signature

An email signature doesn’t have to be long, your name, number, and perhaps a short pleasant phrase. Another way to look at an email signature is as an equivalent to a real world business card – its main purpose is to introduce you to visitors and readers and to provide them with a means to get in touch with you or find their way to your blog. Once you’ve composed your signature, include a link to your blog, and saved it in your email settings, and you’re all set.

Creating Your Email Signature Is Simple

An email signature is easy to set up and better yet, you can use it a thousand times each week and still not spend a single cent. Most popular email applications have a tool that allows you to set up your own email signature. This tool will then automatically add your signature to every email you send out.

If you have a Gmail account, just click settings at the top right of the page, under the general tab scroll down to signature, enter your name and/or a short phase, use the hyperlink option to include the URL to your blog, scroll to the bottom of the settings page and click the save button to save your new signature.

WiseStamp is another method of adding an email signature to bring functionality in every email you send. It not only works with Gmail, but also with other email service providers, such as Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, or any other webmail service. WiseStamp offers a little something extra, besides the ability to have a personal and business email signature; it has various apps, for sites like, Twitter, eBay and others. It allows you to share your latest tweet in your email, add the latest product you are selling on eBay to each email you send, and many other promotional options.

Imagine The Number of People You Send Email To

Branding is big business. Brands identify a product and are used by consumers to associate a company with a specific business or service. When you’re marketing online to promote your blog or your business, easily one of the most effective means to build your brand is using an email signature, one that will identify you and associate you with a specific type of service or information.

It is possible to send an email to thousands of people in just a single click of a button. That’s how powerful the Internet is, and it is an easy way to promote your blog. With your signature linked to your blog all the recipients of your email will be getting the direct link to your blog. This will certainly increase traffic on your site. It is obvious that with high traffic, the chances of your blog becoming more successful increase drastically. That’s the magic of email signatures.

With these tips in mind, you will have higher traffic of visits on your blog and that is definitely a win – win situation for you.


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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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Interested In Blogging? Try Exploring Debt and Financial Topics

If you are interested in blogging, you may want to explore consolidation, debt, and other financial topics; considering the state of the economy, these topics are sure to appear in many of the blogs that you regularly read.  Techniques to make and manage money are some of the most popular topics for Bloggers to explore on the web, so it is little wonder that so many Bloggers turn their attention to dealing with debt.  Falling into debt is all too easy, and getting out of debt can be very difficult for people who do not have a lot of financial expertise.  For people who have a knack for dealing with finances, blogging about their insights and knowledge can be a great way to literally and figuratively share the wealth.

If you are considering getting into blogging, consolidation, debt, savings, and investment topics can prove to be very fruitful things to write about.  Many professional bloggers who make a living off of their blogs spend their days writing about money.  If you know how to court advertisers and build a blog fan base, you can make money just by talking about money.  If you are familiar with loan consolidation, negotiating settlements with credit card companies, or any other financial topics, consider using your knowledge to create a successful blog.  By sharing your expertise, you may be able to help your readers get out of debt while you reap sizable monetary rewards for your time and knowledge.


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A Great Idea For a Blogging Web Site is No Longer Enough

Because there are so many blogs and web sites about blogs on the internet, it can be tough to distinguish your blogging web site from all of the others. Whether you are starting up a new web site aimed at bloggers or whether you are looking to make your existing blogging site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is finding your niche. If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other web site does, you’ll be able to Continue reading