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Welcome to The Frugal Freelancer!

I hope you find information about where to write and resources to assist you on your freelance journey.

Be sure to check out the link lists at the bottom of this blog for valuable links to upfront writing sites, residual earnings programs, client referral networks and sites to help you monetize your articles and blogs.

Thank you again for visiting and happy writing!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Freelance Marketplace Comparison Site WhichLance.com Goes Up for Sale

Online PR News – 21-October-2010 – WhichLance.com was launched in April 2010 and is the only freelance marketplace comparison site on the web. The owners today announced the site has been put up for auction on Flippa.com the leading marketplace for buying and selling websites.

WhichLance.com enables buyers and providers of freelance services to find and evaluate freelancing or outsourcing marketplaces. Users of the site can compare the features, prices and niches covered by outsourcing websites in order to choose the one which best meets their needs.

Read more at:  http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/71053-1287657789-freelance-comparison-site-goes-under-the-hammer.html 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

How to Find Backlinks to Articles or Websites

As a matter of routine each morning you check your article stats, this morning you see that there is an unusual number of hits to your article or website. Is it a fluke, computer glitch or did you really receive that much traffic? How do you find out?

Backlinks are where other sites link to your article or website by posting a link to your site on their site. Backlinks are important because search engines, such as Google look at the number an quality of quality of sites that link to your site to determine your page's ranking.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Law Enforcement Shuts Down over 70,000 Blogs

Over the weekend BurstNet the hose of Blogerty, a Wordpress platform, shut down the server and subsequently over 70,000 blogs.   It is suspected to be due to copyright infringement but officials are keeping quiet about the matter.

Click here if you would like to read the original article, 70,000 Blogs Shut Down by US Law Enforcement, by Curt Hopkins.

Upon further search on the matter I found this article, U.S. Authorities Shut Down Wordpress Host with 73,000 Blogs, by enigmax, which explains more of the details.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Five More Essential Search Operators

Here re five more need to know search operators for searching the web.

Cache Search

If you are looking for a recently deleted article or are wanting on older version of a website’s home page, using the word “cache:” then the URL will generate the Google’s cached version of the web page.

     Note: Do not put a space between cache: and the URL (web address).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

80+ RSS Feed Submission Sites

Drive traffic to your blog or website by submitting your sites RSS feed to RSS Feed Submission sites.  Below is a collection of over 80 feed submission sites to help you in your quest for more traffic and exposure for your site.  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Paid to Blog Sites

eHow favorite telecommute mom, Heather Schulte, has written a great article with links to paid blogging sites, How to Make Money Online by Paid Blogging.

What has your experience been with these types of sites?  Anyone make any serious income?  Is it worth the time?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Travel Apps?

Traditionally in hard economic times new industries and fascinating new inventions are born out of necessity.  We are presently in the mist of a rebirth of our great nation and industry as we knew is changing before our eyes. 

For the travel writer, travel apps are the new up and coming wave to grace the industry.  Travel Writers News blogger, Laurie McAndish King recently published a very informative article on the subject, Apps - The Future of Travel Journalism?

Do you think Travel Apps will stay?  Or fall by the wayside as another technological advancement bulldozes its way into the industry?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog Building Traffic for Newbies

O.K. I admit it, I am terribly new to blogging and even more green when it comes to promoting my blog.  I understand SEO, unique content and posting often, but there has to be other tricks to this whole blog thing.

So I have searched for info on building traffic to my blog, driving traffic to my blog and blog traffic for newbies.  One article that seemed to stand out from the rest was Building Blog Traffic for Newbies written by Duncan Riley.  It features 6 steps just for newbies, no techy mumbo jumbo, just straight forward advise for the novice.  Anyone who is looking for the basics this is a great place to start.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

What is Blog Walking?

Blog walking is becoming a popular term.  But what is blog walking?

Well, if you were an active eHow writer you wrote an article and hoped people would RRRC (read, rate, recommend and comment) on your article.  In return you would then visit their site and do the same hoping to increase your earnings or at least increase the likelihood that someone would catch a glimpse of that comment post on the front page and visit your article.  This is the premise behind blog walking.

In essence, blog walking, is a nice way of getting link exchanges for your blog.  By visiting other blogs that use the same keywords you do, reading some of their posts and leaving a comment (with your URL of course), and if you like what you read follow them, those 'in the know' will do the same.

There is even a comment application by Intense Debate that allows people a space to leave their URL when they leave a comment.

Quite a nifty concept - don't you think?

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Friday, June 18, 2010

More Traffic Building Tips from the Experts

Daily Blog Tips ran an article awhile back where the blog community chimed in and listed their top traffic driving tips.  Thirty of the top contributors and their tips are listed in the article written by Daniel Scocco, Blog Project:  30 Traffic Generation Tips.  

Among the most popular tips listed were - participating in online forums, social networking and question & answer sites.  Some of the most unique tips were writing a Top10 "niche subject" article for your next post and writing something controversial.

When readers began to comment the collection just grew!  A must read for all blog newbies for sure.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

25 Free Blog Submission Sites

This list started out with over 100 blog submission sites.  I am in the process of testing each one, eliminating those with dead links and challenging submission routines, leaving the best for you!
The following FREE sites have been tested and relatively easy to submit to:  Read more...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blogger Auto Follow

I knew it wouldn't be long before the old chain letter got a techno update.  Remember those letter you received in the mail back in the 80's asking you to send $1.00 to each of the people at the bottom of the letter, then add your name to the bottom removing the top person and send to 100 people?  It promised that your mailbox would be brimming with free cash in a few days (I'd be interested if this actually worked for anyone...)

Well Blogger Auto Follow is very similar, but instead of money it promises to flood your blog with followers.  Blogger Auto Follow has a free version that is limited to auto follow 50 blogs by keyword and in theory they are supposed to return the favor, then your name goes on the list for the next round.  A backlink to Blogger Auto Follow is required for this free service. You can return to the site each day to blog walk 50 blogs by keyword but the auto follow is only allowed once. 

If you choose to the premium option it is $3.95 and allows unlimited access to each option.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Online Affiliate Marketing nets $160 at Commission Junction

I have to admit I am a bit of a stats nut.  For the first six months writing online I kept track of every penny and view earned.  To this day, I still record my earnings and views every Sunday morning for the previous week and at the end of each month.  I can see progress, slowly but surely. 

So it was quite a surprise when my online affiliate marketing and pay per click advertising generated over $160 this past month.  In previous months I had been excited when the few links I had thrown up here and there generated a few bucks, maybe $10 and really excited when it broke the $30 mark.   The funny thing was that they were not tallied during the month as they occurred.  They actually didn't show up for May until well into the second week in June. 

About two months ago I had embedded a few links into a couple of credit rebuilding articles on my website without any great hopes.  It seems these couple of articles generated a little over $160 this month in commissions at Commission Junction.  Not bad for a few minutes to embed a link!

Content Writing at Helium

Helium is an online writing community, where writers are also editors, reading and writing every article on the site.  Helium offers writers monetary incentives such as upfront payments, revenue share and cash prizes for writing contests.  They also offer their top writers recognition through citizen journalism awards, published articles through Marketplace and other professional journalism organizations.

To read more about Helium, find out where to apply and rate this site  

Pennies Can Really Add Up

From what I have experienced, everything you read about residual income and multiple streams of income from online sources is true.  The things they don't tell you is that it is a lot more work and takes a lot more time than one might think.

Not being very computer savvy myself I'll admit I'm impressed with my earnings thus far, but am way more impressed with the amount of knowledge I have attained learning the ropes.

I'm currently writing at 4 different sites, all with different compensation packages.  Added to those earnings are also affiliate and ad revenues.  Before writing online, I don't think I'd ever get excited about finding a penny on the ground or have a "great over $1 day".  Writing online, watching your earning grow penny by penny, dollar by dollar gives one a new perspective and has taught me that pennies a day really do add up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Online Writing Sites for International Writers

Only certain sites will accept International Writers.  As we see changes in the market almost daily, freelance writing sites are beginning to open up more and more to international article writers. Of course having a proper grasp on the written English language is a must, but also a way for funds to be transferred is also essential for international freelancer writers.

Each of the sites below

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Associated Content

At Associated Content (aka The People's Media Company) writers can contribute original content (articles, videos, images or audio) on any topic they choose and earn money on a pay per view basis.  There are also opportunities to write for upfront pay and additional income through their Featured Contributor program.

To read more about Associated Content, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

InfoBarrel

Writing for InfoBarrel is described best by this intro blurb on their site, "InfoBarrel is redefining the way average users participate in online media sites. By contributing their knowledge in the form of media (articles, videos, picture galleries or sound clips) any user can generate an income stream via the Google Adsense program while simultaneously contributing to a community of knowledge hungry individuals."

To read more about InfoBarrel, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.   

Experts123

Experts123 is a question and answer search engine designed to help match people with questions to people who have answers. Experts123 offers writers upfront and revenue sharing opportunities for articles written on topics/titles in the content pool.  Some articles must be approved by editors as well as the client the article is being written for.

To read more about Experts123, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.  

BreakStudios

BreakStudios provides content to sties such as  Break.com, MadeMan, Holy Taco, Cage Potato, Screen Junkies, and Chickipedia..  Break offers upfront paying assignments to writers.


To read more about BreakStudios, find out where to apply and rate this site

Seed.com

Seed.com is part of the AOL Network.  It provides content to a variety of sties like Moviefone, Fanhouse, Gadling and many more.  Seed offers upfront payment to freelance writers and photographers, posting assignments daily.  

To read more about Seed.com, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

eCopywriter

eCopywriter provides content for major publications, media companies and agencies.  Writers cover topics in the  Finance, Travel, Insurance, Legal, Manufacturing, Automotive, Telecommunications, Restaurant, Clothing, Marketing, Public Relations etc...

To read more about eCopywriter, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here. 

TextBroker

Textbroker acts as a go-between for writers and clients.  Pay and assignment pool is based on a writers' quality rating.  Clients can also place direct orders to writers they are familiar and comfortable with.

To read more about TextBroker, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Get a Slogan

New and established companies alike can purchase a slogan or tag-line from Get a Slogan.  Contributors compete to offer catchy slogans and tag-lines for a flat fee.

To read more about Get a Slogan, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Examiner.com

Examiner.com is a 'Citizen Journalist News Site' providing the public with newsworthy articles from the average Joe's perspective.  Writers at Examiner.com are called Examiners and each are given a particular topic to write on, similar to a newspaper column.  Topics are organized by Channel and Channel Managers oversee these sections. 

Writers can be approved for either a National or Local topic based on their experience and writing quality.  Additional topics can be applied for by emailing an Examiner's current Channel Manager with their interest.

To read more about Examiner.com, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Demand Studios

Demand Studios provides content to sties such as eHow, Livestrong, YouTube, Trails.com, Golflink, the Atlanta News Journal, and Cracked.com.  DS offers flexible upfront and residual paying assignments to writers, photographers, and filmakers.

To read more about Demand Studios, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Suite101

According to their site Suite101 is the web's leading online writers' network that offers emerging and veteran freelance writers a new avenue to further their careers.  Suite101 is an online community of talented professional writers whose content reaches millions of readers each month."

To read more about Suite101, find out where to apply and rate this site - Click Here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Freelance Writing for a Living

Today will mark six months as a freelance writer, writing content on the web.  The journey has been quite interesting to say the least.

Working as a freelance writer has been much more work than initially anticipated and earnings have not exactly added up to what others have touted as easy money.  I can see how some have been able to make freelancing their primary source of income, but I have not been able to obtain that level of achievement....yet.

I am proud to say that between residual income, affiliate advertising and Adsense revenue I am averaging between $200-250 per month and have written.

232 articles. This is certainly not what I was expected.  There are plenty of others who make well over what I am, and still others who are making well under. Increasing my SEO and backlinking skills will be my primary goal this spring.  Which should increase earnings tremendously.


At this time we are fortunately not having to rely on my freelance writing income to make ends meet.  By allowing it to accumulate in my Paypal account and build up on a monthly basis has really motivated me to keep writing.  To date earnings are as follows:

          Residual Income                      $794.99
          Upfront Payments                        10.00
          Affiliate and Adsense Income     226.58
          Total for 6 Months                $1,031.57

And the best part is that I have truly enjoyed every minute of it.  I plan on increasing my library and resources to have a steady stream of residual income flowing to cover our basic .  It would be nice if by year end our mortgage and utilities were all covered with only residual income.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Welcome to the Frugal Freelancer

The Frugal Freelancer is dedicated to living life and living it well. 

All to often we spend to much time on the things that are not as important as we make them out to be.  At the same time allowing precious time to slip through our fingers without a second thought. 

It is time to grab life by the horns and live a little, enjoy the ones we care about and take time to smell the roses.
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