Minterest » Internet Marketing http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Sat, 30 May 2015 15:48:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Make Money Writing Articles: 37 Blogs That Pays Up To $300 For Your Guest Posts http://www.minterest.org/how-to-make-money-writing-articles/ http://www.minterest.org/how-to-make-money-writing-articles/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:45:57 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=3213 First Published: June 25, 2012; Last Updated: Sunday, April 12, 2015 Freelance blogging is a great way to make money writing online because there is immense demand for awesome blog posts, always! But that doesn’t make it easy! The problem is… finding high-paying freelance writing jobs will take time and loads of efforts, especially if you’re a newbie. In fact, if [...]

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First Published: June 25, 2012; Last Updated: Sunday, April 12, 2015

Freelance blogging is a great way to make money writing online because there is immense demand for awesome blog posts, always! But that doesn’t make it easy! The problem is… finding high-paying freelance writing jobs will take time and loads of efforts, especially if you’re a newbie.

In fact, if you visit any of those freelance marketplaces or job sites, you can see that it’s crowded with hundreds of thousands of writers/bloggers. And if you don’t have an author profile or pricing that is not  attractive enough then your would be clients can easily find a dozen of other writers.

Another problem is, content agencies or clients on freelance sites do not pay much. Even if you meet their criteria you may not earn more than $10-$15 per 500 words (unless you are a native English speaker).

Read: Over 121 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online

Make Money Writing — As A Freelance Blogger

First things first. Let me differentiate three terms: freelance blogger, guest blogger, and content marketer. A freelance blogger is someone who is paid for writing blog posts for his clients (can be individuals or companies).

Guest blogger is someone who writes a blog post and gets it published on another person’s website. He can be paid for it or is usually done for free — in exchange for a credit, in the form of a backlink at the end of his guest post.

Guest blogging can be done for clients as well. It means that a client will pay a guest blogger for writing about his business on another website. And a content marketer is someone who writes content to attract targeted traffic to his website.

For example, I’m not a freelance blogger or a guest blogger as I haven’t written any guest posts on another blog, yet. And I personally do not write for clients either. But I can be called a content marketer as I’m writing blog posts that is attracting targeted traffic.

Read: The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

I have already listed over 51 freelance writing gigs (plus 25 freelance writing tips) few days back. And it was a comprehensive list of freelance marketplaces, content agencies (I haven’t included any of them here), and other websites that are hiring freelance bloggers and writers.

But like I have already mentioned, the problem is… most of the websites that are listed on that blog post are big media companies and their acceptance rate and payment rate is on the low side. Also, a good percentage of them accepts only native English writers.

So, if you are a freelance writer who want to make money writing but is tired of low-paying writing gigs, then here is a collection of websites that are paying up to $300 (or sometimes more) for your articles and blog posts. In other words, you get paid when you contribute content to the following websites and blogs.

Note: The idea of this entire blog post is to show you that there are a ton of websites out there willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a single blog post. Just don’t consider this blog post as your ultimate destination for writing gigs. And you know what it takes to get there? Be an expert in at least one topic! Now, go get paid to blog!

1. TopTenz

TopTenz serves over 2.4 million pages per month to more than 1.6 million satisfied visitors. We publish top 10 lists that inform and entertain, focusing on topics that vary from the norm and touch on the bizarre.

  • Alexa Rank: 22,580
  • Topics: Bizarre, Lifestyle, Travel, Entertainment, Science, etc.
  • Payment: $50
  • Quick: HomepageApply

2. ListVerse

Listverse serves over 30 million pages a month to more than eight million readers. We publish lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser-known trivia. Every day we present three or more new, unique lists.

  • Alexa Rank: 3,674
  • Topics: Entertainment, General Knowledge, Lifestyle, Science, Society, etc.
  • Payment: $100
  • Quick: HomepageApply

3. The Dollar Stretcher

The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to “Living Better…for Less”. The goal is to provide readers with ways to help them save time and money.

  • Alexa Rank: 97,537
  • Topics: Money, Food, Home & Auto, Lifestyle, Family, etc.
  • Payment: $0.10 per word or $50 per post, of 500 words.
  • Quick: Homepage | Apply

4. Reverb Press

Reverb Press is a news and lifestyle webzine which is the product of the talent and dedication of a team of smart, savvy, talented writers, artists, and technicians dedicated to the maxim Ad Extremum Vero, Semper – The Truth Always Wins In The End.

  • Alexa Rank: 36,148
  • Topics: News, Politics, Justice, Business, World, Entertainment, etc.
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: Homepage | Apply

Reverb Press is different from other websites that are listed here as they expect content from you on a regular basis. So, if your application is accepted then you can consider it like a job and not as another writing gig. You can write about topics that you are passionate about and at the same time they may also give you optional assignments. The pricing is not mentioned but it says you will be paid depending upon your “output and audience engagement.”

5. The Everyday Windshield

The Everyday Windshield is an online magazine dedicated to the journey of life through faith, family, fashion, food, and fun.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,259,36
  • Topics: Faith, Family, Fashion, Food, Fun
  • Payment: $10 for the 1st post, $25 for the 2nd-5th posts, and thereafter $50 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

6. The Daily Heckle

The Daily Heckle is a blog for bloggers who want to get paid for sharing their opinions. Writers can earn money based on how popular their posts are.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,634,887
  • Topics: News, Sports, Politics, Travel, TV, Music, Movies, etc.
  • Payment: $7.5-$30
  • Quick: HomepageApply

Note: The Everyday Windshield and The Daily Heckle are listed here as they are regularly publishing new blog posts.

7. CollegeHumor

CollegeHumor Media delivers daily comedic content, including videos, pictures, articles and jokes, created and/or curated by the CollegeHumor staff. CollegeHumor Media attracts more than 15 million monthly uniques and generates more than 100 million video views per month.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,875
  • Topics: Humor
  • Payment: $25 per post plus bonus
  • Quick: HomepageApply

 8. WritersWeekly

WritersWeekly.com is one of the oldest and most respected sites on freelance writing. It has been published continuously since 1997.

  • Alexa Rank: 240,429
  • Topics: Freelance
  • Payment: $60 per post, of 600 words
  • Quick: HomepageApply

9. WOW! Women On Writing

WOW! is a global magazine, designed to support women’s creativity, energy, blood, sweat and tears, throughout all stages of the writing process.

  • Alexa Rank: 461,290
  • Topics: Writing
  • Payment: $50-$150 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

10. Funds For Writers

FundsforWriters is an online resource for writers. We emphasize finding money to make writing a realistic career. Of course, you’d write anyway. That’s the way of a writer.

  • Alexa Rank: 501,141
  • Topics: Writing
  • Payment: $50 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

11. A List Apart

A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

  • Alexa Rank: 8,707
  • Topics: Web Design & Development
  • Payment: $200
  • Quick: HomepageApply

12. InstantShift

InstantShift is a design and inspiration related community for web designers and developers daily resource, inspiration and premium web design and development.

  • Alexa Rank: 13,841
  • Topics: Web Design & Development
  • Payment: Depends upon quality and word count.
  • Quick: HomepageApply

13. Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers, with a focus on useful techniques, best practices and valuable resources.

  • Alexa Rank: 2,032
  • Topics: Web Design & Development
  • Payment: Depends upon quality and word count.
  • Quick: HomepageApply

14. SitePoint

SitePoint provides cutting-edge content for web professionals — developers, designers, programmers, freelancers and site owners.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,248
  • Topics: Web Design & Development
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

15. SpyreStudios

SpyreStudios is an online magazine about web-design & development and the myriads of other topics that fall in between.

  • Alexa Rank: 35,424
  • Topics: Web Design & Development
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

16. Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop tutorials for beginners to experts. Learn tips and tricks on how to use Photoshop for photo editing, manipulations, designs, and more.

  • Alexa Rank: 43,636
  • Topics: Design
  • Payment: $25-$300
  • Quick: HomepageApply

17. UX Booth

UX Booth is a publication by and for the user experience community. Our readership consists mostly of beginning-to-intermediate user experience and interaction designers, but anyone interested in making the web a better place to be is welcome.

  • Alexa Rank: 35,436
  • Topics: UX, Design
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

18. Crazyleaf Design

Crazyleaf Design is a web design, illustration, and programming company. We build functional, standards-compliant and aesthetically rich unique web sites.

  • Alexa Rank: 90,714
  • Topics: Design
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

19. AppStorm

AppStorm brings you not just reviews of great (and not so great) apps, but we also round them up into categorized lists, give you how-to tips and tricks to get more out of them, and combine it with a healthy dose of related news.

  • Alexa Rank: 11,891
  • Topics: Apps (Mac, Windows, Web, iPhone, iPad, Android)
  • Payment: $60 per post
  • Quick: Homepage

AppStorm is an app review network and it’s composed of Mac AppStormWeb AppStorm, iPhone AppStorm, iPad AppStorm, Android AppStorm, and Windows AppStorm. You can contribute to any of those websites and get paid for it.

20. Techopedia

From defining the latest tech buzzword to exploring enterprise-level decisions, Techopedia aims to help you understand technology.

  • Alexa Rank: 20,342
  • Topics: Tech
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

21. WorldStart

WorldStart is looking for tips for our e-mail newsletter, WorldStart’s Computer Tips. This is published daily to 300,000 readers and focuses on tips and tricks the average computer user can utilize. We are also seeking feature articles for our website covering any and all aspects of computing.

  • Alexa Rank: 69,214
  • Topics: Tech
  • Payment: $25-$50 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

22. Make Tech Easier

Make Tech Easier focuses on computer tutorials, how-to, hacks and fixes. Our motto is to “Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier”.

  • Alexa Rank: 10,478
  • Topics: Tech
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

23. Wise Bread

Wise Bread is a community of bloggers here to help you live large on a small budget. Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to sacrifice your financial independence to enjoy life.

  • Alexa Rank: 17,441
  • Topics: Personal Finance
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

24. International Living

International Living have been helping people discover the world’s best places to live, travel and retire since 1979.

  • Alexa Rank: 31,196
  • Topics: Entrepreneurship, Retired Overseas, Travel & Adventure, Short Blurbs
  • Payment: $75 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

25. Matador

Matador is the world’s largest independent travel publisher, with over 12 million unique monthly visitors.

  • Alexa Rank: 5,278
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $20-$25 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

26. GloHoliday

GloHoliday is a travel articles site that provides complete resources for traveling all over the world, including holiday destinations, festivals, public holidays, hotel booking, flight information and travel tips attracting thousands of monthly visitors.

  • Alexa Rank: 228,735
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $40 per post + $3 per image
  • Quick: HomepageApply

Note: When GloHoliday contacted me to include their website on the previous version of this list, I forwarded their website to my sister without notifying them and she contributed one article. And yes, she got paid!

27. BootsnAll

BootsnAll provides inspiration and resources to get you on the road.

  • Alexa Rank: 47,836
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $30-$50 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

28. Viator Travel Blog

At Viator we believe that travel has the power to make the world a better place. This is our place on the web to share our passion and inspire all of us to make that next trip.

  • Alexa Rank: 47,836
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $40-$150 per post, depends upon word count.
  • Quick: HomepageApply

29. TheExpeditioner

TheExpeditioner is a travel site for the avid traveler featuring travel articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe.

  • Alexa Rank: 127,005
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $30 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

30. Wand’rly Magazine

Wand’rly is an online magazine for full-time travelers.

  • Alexa Rank: 756,621
  • Topics: Travel
  • Payment: $0.05 per word for articles,and $10 per photo for galleries
  • Quick: HomepageApply

31. Scary Mommy

A parenting website for imperfect parents.

  • Alexa Rank: 9,084
  • Topics: Parenting
  • Payment: Up to $100 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

32. MetroParent

MetroParent is an online parenting community offering expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues, and numerous ways for parents to enrich their experience raising the next generation.

  • Alexa Rank: 206,889
  • Topics: Parenting
  • Payment: Up to $350 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

33. Alaska Parent

Alaska Parent is a free, full-color family and parenting magazine, published 4 times per year. As Alaska’s exclusive, all-in-one parenting resource, our readers include parents with children ages newborn through teens, as well as expectant moms.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,781,147
  • Topics: Parenting
  • Payment: $40-$200 per post
  • Quick: HomepageApply

34. WorkingMother

WorkingMother is the digital hub of career-focused and entrepreneur moms, including best companies to work for, tips and features focused on work and home.

  • Alexa Rank: 52,971
  • Topics: Parenting
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

35. Vela Magazine

Vela has taken steps to help close the byline gender gap by publishing exceptional nonfiction written by women.

  • Alexa Rank: 682,123
  • Topics: Women
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Quick: HomepageApply

36. The Sun Magazine

The Sun is an independent, ad-free monthly magazine that for more than thirty years has used words and photographs to invoke the splendor and heartache of being human.

  • Alexa Rank: 236,324
  • Topics: Essays, Short Stories, Interviews, Poetry, etc.
  • Payment: $300-$2,500 for non-fiction; $300-$1,500 for fiction; $100-$250 for poetry; from $1,000-$2,000 for interviews
  • Quick: HomepageApply

37. Grasslimb

Grasslimb is a twice-yearly literary journal featuring prose, poetry and artwork. Just the thing to read while you’re having a nice cup of coffee or tea!

  • Alexa Rank: 3,458,789
  • Topics: Poetry, Prose, Cartoons, Book & Music Reviews
  • Payment: $5-$20 for poetry; $10-$70 for prose; $15-25 for book & music reviews; $15-$25 for cartoon
  • Quick: HomepageApply

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 75+ Tips, Resources & Guides

Finding More Freelance Blogging Gigs

Wondering how to find more freelance blogging gigs? Okay, before that let me give you a word of caution about the above mentioned blogs, websites, and magazines. There is every possibility that ALL the above mentioned websites are already getting a ton of guest post requests. Why? Because they are inviting everyone. So, be first or be smarter.

Becoming first is obviously going to be difficult. But you can definitely become smarter. Anyways, if you want to become one of the first to apply for a writing gig then try the following blogging job boards:

Again, all these job boards are also flooded with pitches by freelance bloggers. In fact, ProBlogger gets 100+ applicants in just few days. So, make sure that you are doing it the right way or you won’t even get a response for your pitch/application.

Want Even More? Google Search!

That’s right! You can easily find new writing gigs with few Google searches. You only have to filter the search results with some advanced operators and I will show you how.

Just in case if you haven’t noticed, most of the above websites uses a page called “Write for Us” to invite blog posts from their readers and guest authors. So, it means that you can easily find such sites by doing an advanced Google search.

Here’s a sample query:

Google Advanced Search

Google Search: How To Find Freelance Blogging Gigs

 

The above Google search query finds web pages whose title has the phrase “Write for Us” in it. Only the above highlighted fields are essential. You can also do this query directly on Google search by using the search operator: allintitle.

Here are few sample search queries that you can Google directly on Google.com.

  • allintitle: write for us
  • allintitle: “write for us”
  • allintitle: write for us and get paid

Also, you can even find freelance/guest blogging opportunities from your country or can further narrow your search results by using additional filters.

Here’s another sample query that narrowed the search results even further:

Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced Search: How To Find Freelance Blogging Gigs

You can then go through the search results and pitch relevant blogs by using the criteria that I have set to come up with the above list.

13 Things To Remember Before You Even Think of Applying:
  1. Do not apply to each and every website that is listed here. Your applications are reviewed by real people, so apply only if it’s relevant, and do respect their time.
  2. You dont have to be a native English speaker to contribute a blog post to any of the above blogs. But you must be passionate about the topic and must possess outstanding writing skills (especially if you are pitching a high authority blog).
  3. You can show your skills by including a link to a sample blog post that you have written. Just make sure that it’s related to the theme of the blog that you are pitching.
  4. An active blog and an active social media presence (especially Twitter and LinkedIn) is always appreciated.
  5. You can also make a real connection with one of the authors or editors of the blog (via email or social media) in a genuine way so that you can eventually pitch them in a friendly way.
  6. None of the above websites are for beginners — that is, for those who have never written a blog post before. If you are new to freelance writing then check out The Freelance Writer’s Handbook.
  7. It may take several days (if not weeks) to get your articles published on a top blog as most of them are flooded with queries and requests. If you didn’t get a reply, say in a week or even in a month, then it probably means that they are either not interested or you didn’t match their expectations (it’s okay to follow-up but at least wait a week or two).
  8. Finally, do not send the exact pitch to all websites (even if they are in the same industry). Instead, send a custom one to each website and make it short and simple.

Read: Over 51 Freelance Writing Gigs — For Anyone & Everyone

Conclusion

While I have tried my best to maintain accuracy of this blog post by reviewing each website personally before adding it to the list, I’d expect you to check the “Guidelines” for successfully pitching these blogs.

Additionally, do a research from your side as well to get some idea about the editorial philosophy of the website that you are pitching. And you can use their site search to see if the topic that you are pitching is already covered or not. If there’s already similar topic then most probably your article will be rejected.

If you know any other reliable blog that’s paying freelance/guest bloggers for contributing content or is facing a problem with any of the above mentioned website — whether it’s slow response time or low acceptance rate — then do share your experience as a comment below. I only want the best of the best to remain in this list.

Happy Freelancing! :)

P.S.: I considered the Alexa traffic rank, blogging frequency, social media activity, and the overall user experience as a criteria for curating this list. And I also made sure that the “Write for Us” page of the above websites is reachable from its homepage. The descriptions may contain excerpts from the original web page.

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Journal, Glasses, Coffee, Pen

I know you are here because you are looking for freelance writing jobs and want to make money by becoming a freelance writer, right? Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money online from home and you don’t even need a website to get started. That said, if you own a blog (or even a portfolio website) it gives you instant credibility and a lot more exposure because you will be able to showcase your skills and your portfolio.

Okay, let’s get to the basics. Who is a freelance writer? Well, a freelance writer can be anyone who writes content for another individual or for a company. And the content can be blog posts, web content, press releases, infographics, ebooks, whitepapers, product descriptions, etc.

Don’t Miss: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 75+ Tips, Resources & Guides

So, How Can You Make Money As A Freelance Writer?

If you are really serious about freelance writing and want to make big money writing then the first thing would be to select an industry or otherwise known as “niche” — and make sure that there is demand for content in your niche.

Don’t be that person who is ready to write about anything. Focus only on topics related to your industry because niche bloggers and writers are always in great demand. If you are curious and passionate about your “niche” then there is every possibility that you will become an expert writer in all topics related to your niche and you can charge a premium for all your work.

Once you select your “niche” you have got two options to make a living writing online: either you become a freelance writer and make money by writing for your clients, or you can make money by contributing content to other websites or blogs. The first option needs a lot of patience and effort to make big money because unless you have got a proven track record it’s somewhat difficult to convince high paying clients.

Contributing content to an established website or a relevant blog is somewhat easier than getting clients because you can sell your high quality content and get paid (almost) instantly. Either way you MUST be able to deliver quality content on time. Period.

I’m now going to introduce you to over 51 freelance writing gigs that pays for your content. Yeah! Just contribute articles to the following sites and get paid for that. It’s that simple!

Note: Please do not apply to each and every website that is listed here. Your applications are reviewed by real people, so apply only if it’s relevant, and do respect their time. Also, please make sure that you read the Guidelines and FAQs and do your own research about each websites that are listed here before applying. The more you know about the client and their needs, the better your chances. :)

Premium Portals

Here is a list of some premium websites that pays contributors. However, they are for professional writers and not necessarily for beginners or wanna-be writers.

If you are a beginner (who can write well) then the best thing is to contribute content to some of the most popular revenue sharing websites mentioned on this blog post and then build a portfolio to prove your writing skills.

1. About.com

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

About.com creates content that educates, answers and motivates millions of readers around the globe. As a freelance writer, you can publish content on a topic of your choice (provided you are an expert) whenever you want. Writers must have the ability to create clear, understandable, impeccable, and reliable content.

2. Tuts+

  • Topics: Computer, Design, Code, Business, Gaming, Photo, Music, etc.
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Tuts+ creates videos, courses and tutorials to help people nurture their skills and technical knowledge. Creative and experienced coders, designers, illustrators, photographers, web designers, or anyone with expert knowledge on a particular subject can join their team as tutors/writers because they have a lot of categories and subcategories.

3. Examiner

  • Topics: News, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Leisure, Sports, Tech, etc.
  • Countries: U.S. & Canada
  • Payment: Depends upon your writing skills.
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply

Examiner is an online entertainment, news and lifestyle network with content posted by independent writers or Examiners (as they term it), from the U.S. and Canada. You need not be a professional writer or journalist, your passion for writing factually accurate and interesting stuffs will make your write-ups appear on this site.

4. Break Studios

  • Topics: Humor
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Break Studios owns highly popular and humorous websites like Break.com, MadeMan.com, CagePotato.com, ScreenJunkies.com, HolyTaco.com and Chickipedia.com. This well-trafficked community employs freelance writers with a passion for writing about leading men’s entertainment brands. You can freely choose the topic you love before creating some really smart, crisp, and witty content.

5. Cracked

  • Topics: Humor
  • Countries: Unknown
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply

Cracked is one of the most popular comedy site in the U.S. It is ready to give a chance to anyone who loves writing. Buy hey, the contribution should be funny, smart and creative – be it articles, images, videos, or infographics. If you are a humorous and witty writer, then it’s for you.

6. Listverse

  • Topics: Entertainment, General Knowledge, Lifestyle, Science, Society, etc.
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $100 per post
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Bitcoin
  • Quick: ApplyAbout

Listverse is the ultimate place for writers who love interesting, mind blowing, informative, and unusual listicles. You need not be an expert. Just get your facts right, write great English, and create humorous articles. You can earn $100 for 1500 words (for 10 items in the list).

7. A List Apart

  • Topics: Coding, Design, Business, UX, Marketing, etc.
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $200 per post
  • Payment Method:
  • Quick: Apply | GuidelinesAbout

A List Apart is always looking for people (designers, developers, architects, project managers, and assorted specialists) who have brilliant ideas that can move the website’s industry to a new high and, at the same time, intrigue readers. However, your submitted article should impress the team of reviewers!

8. TopTenz

  • Topics: Society, Entertainment, Science, Lifestyle, etc.
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $50 per post
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply

TopTenz presents engrossing, explanatory and atypical liscticles on topics like Bizarre, Culture, Entertainment, Miscellaneous and Science. To help writers create strong articles, the Toptenz team has put up an elaborate writing guide. You must read it before framing your content for final submission.

Content Agencies

A content agency is basically an online marketing company that hires a lot of  freelancers to write content for their clients. So, obviously you have to have some experience unless they are hiring new writers as well.

9. Demand Media Studios

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, & New Zealand
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Demand Media Studios is a content agency that delivers articles for its network of websites and publishing partners. Since they provide content to some of the premium web portals, I would say, apply only if you have a good work experience with a great portfolio.

10. Copify US & UK

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S. & U.K.
  • Payment: Up to $30 per 500 words
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Copify offers content creation services like copywriting, blog posts, web content, press releases, and ecommerce content. They consider only experienced copywriters who are from the U.S. or U.K. You can go to uk.copify.com if you are from the U.K.

11. eCopywriters

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: Depends upon your writing skills.
  • Payment Method: PayPal, EFT
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

eCopywriters produces web content, blog posts, infographics, content marketing documents and product descriptions, to generate sales and help organizations build a strong bond with customers. Only skilled writing professionals are preferred for creating well-researched, high-quality content. While applying, you will be asked to submit a sample write-up, based on which your skills would be determined.

12. iWriter

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Up to $15 per post (or 81% of the price of the article)
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

iWriter is a content writing service with thousands of writers onboard. You’ll be able to select the topic you like and the number of articles you want to create each day. iWriter pays writers 81% of the price of each article. And they have advertised on their homepage itself that one can get content written for as low as $1.25 per article. So, obviously you can’t expect big bucks from them.

13. BKA Content

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: $5.50-$18.38 per 500 words
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: ApplyHow It Works

BKA Content is a content agency that hand-picks their writers to make sure that they have the right skills. If you want to apply as a writer then you must be a U.S. citizen and must be able to write at least 3,500 words a week.

Note: They haven’t mentioned the payment rates but it says their writers are averaging $12-$18 per hour delivering 3-4 articles per hour. I doubt it!

Update: BKA Content responded to this blog post and confirmed that they are paying $5.50 to $18.38 for a 500 word piece of content.

14. WritersDomain

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France and New Zealand
  • Payment: $15-$38 per page
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ | Guidelines

WritersDomain is part of an online marketing company that is hiring freelance writers to deliver high-quality content to their clients. You have to write articles based on keywords provided by them and if it’s approved, you get paid.

15. Purecontent

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply

Purecontent is a content agency that aims at providing high-quality content to its clients. Skilled writers and editors (or both) from around the world can join their team. You need to specify your subject of interest, specialism on the same, and fluency in other languages.

16. ArticleDocument

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: Depends upon your writing skills.
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

ArticleDocument is a community for writers with different levels of experience and skillset. The community provides opportunities for every writer across multiple genres and industries. Once you become one of their writer, you can submit bylined assignments for clients. The initial writing assignments will be to showcase your writing skills and build a work portfolio. As you improve your writing skills they will unlock exclusive projects with higher payouts.

17. FreelancerCareers

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $7-$31 per page
  • Payment Method: PayPal, AlertPay, Skrill, Wire Transfer
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

FreelancerCareers is another online writing service that hires freelance writers. If you are accepted, and have  passed their online test then you will get access to their work and you are free to choose from any of them. The website helps you develop your writing skills encouraging your competencies to improve as a writer.

18. Writers.ph

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Up to $30 per page
  • Payment Method: PayPal, AlertPay, Skrill, Wire Transfer
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Writers.ph is a research agency in the Philippines that provides online writing services. If you are experienced with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PHD degree then you can apply as a freelance writer. But to get hired, you must possess specialized knowledge on a subject and pass their online grammar test.

19. BlogMutt

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: $8-$72 per post
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Blogmutt provides content to businesses with a blog. As a freelance writer, you will be writing blog posts for these business blogs. Only if your content is accepted and used, Blogmutt will pay you. Points are given to each writer for posting quality articles – more the points, higher the pay.

20. Hire Writers

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, & New Zealand
  • Payment: $2.25-$10.66 per 500 words
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Hire Writers is an author community where you can hire writers. So, if you are a freelance writer you can write or rewrite articles, poetry, e-books, and Facebook fan page posts and earn on the basis of word count and your writing experience.

21. Online Writing Jobs

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: $15-$50 per post
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Check
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Online Writing Jobs (formerly known as QualityGal) is a freelance writing forum allowing writers from the U.S. to join its content team. The website’s support team is always available to help writers improve their quality. Presently, the website pays $15-$50 per article, depending on the project size and the writer’s skill.

22. AllWriting

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $5-$15 per article
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Payoneer, Wire Transfer, Western Union, Debit Card
  • Quick: ApplyTerms

AllWriting looks dull but they mention clearly that you don’t have to be a native English speaker; perfect grammar and writing skills are enough to grab their attention. To qualify as a writer at AllWriting, you should have a valid email address and a cell phone number so they can reach out to you, if required.

23. EssayWriters

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $4-$16 per page (depends upon the turnaround time)
  • Payment Method: PayPal, AlertPay, Skrill, Wire Transfer
  • Quick: ApplyFAQ

EssayWriters offers article and essay writing services. After signing up, you’ll be asked to take a grammar test and finish a writing assignment. Upon qualifying the test, you will receive an approval notification, after which you can continue taking writing orders from the available list.

23. QualityText

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: Unknown
  • Payment: $4 per 100 words (for U.S. writers); $3 per 100 words (for non-U.S. writers)
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Apply

QualityText is a content agency that delivers all sorts of content. Their website looks fresh but is incomplete and lacks transparency. They have mentioned pay rates for U.S. and Non-U.S. writers but at the same time their “About” page says all their writers are native English speakers.

Ad Revenue Sharing Sites

Here is a list of some of the best revenue sharing websites. As you would have already imagined they DO NOT pay a fixed amount or upfront for your content. Instead, they share their ad revenue with you. In other words, you can submit as many articles as you want and if they are approved then they will publish it on their websites and will monetize it with ads. So, when they make money from your contributed content, you get a cut of it.

Note: While these websites are not so good for the long term it’s a good place to start and get some articles published in your name (without any investment) so that you can show your work to potential clients.

24. The News Hub

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $50/£30 for every article appearing in the top 10% of a category
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ | Payment Policy

The News Hub is an open journalism platform covering current affairs. Contributors have the full editorial freedom to decide the approach of their content. You can be a writer, journalist or photographer from anywhere and contribute. They pay a one-time $50/£30 for every article appearing in the top 10% of a category plus there is a bonus of $150/£100 paid to the top 6 authors.

25. HubPages

HubPages is an interactive and informative online community for people who love writing and exploring. As a ‘hubber’, you can share your ideas, questions, pictures, videos and words with the world and join Ad programs of your choice to monetize your contribution. Each unique Hub, as they call it, should be of 1150 words.

26. WhatCulture

  • Topics: Film, TV, Gaming, Music, Comics, Sports
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: £0.40 per 1,000 page views.
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: FAQ

WhatCulture is popular for its humorous, factual, and purely enlightening “listicles”. It accepts videos and other sorts of content too.

27. The Penny Hoarder

  • Topics: Money
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $75 per post plus up to $800 in traffic bonuses.
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: FAQ

The Penny Hoarder has over 2 million unique visits a month but it’s not exactly a revenue sharing platform. It’s just a blog where you can share your unique ideas and views (from anywhere around the world) on how to earn, save and invest money. When it’s pre-arranged they will pay a minimum of $75 per post plus a bonus of up to $800. The bonus payout is applicable for all submissions and it works like this: you will get $100 when your post hits 50,000 page views, and an additional $200 when it hits 100,000 page views, and an additional $500 when it hits 250,000 page views. That is, you can earn a maximum of $800 per blog post. So, if you can write fun, friendly, blog-style stuffs and have hands on experience with the aforesaid topics, just get in touch with their editor.

28. Daily Two Cents

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: $1.50 per 1,000 page views
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Daily Two Cents is a simple, but interesting, platform for sharing opinions, thoughts and observations. It also offers a lucrative opportunity for writers to earn from their posts. The payments are made on the basis of ‘ the number of unique views’ a post is getting plus you can make extra income via Amazon.

29. Xomba

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: 60% Ad Revenue Share
  • Payment Method: Google AdSense
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Xomba lets you publish articles and, at the same time, interact with readers, fellow writers and other users on this platform. Just make sure that you are writing proper English, not overusing keywords or anything that can drop your article in the spam folder.

30. Triond

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: 50% Ad Revenue Share
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Check, Western Union
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Triond lets you publish articles, photography, poetry, music, video and other sorts of online content on its network of websites based on literature, business, sports, health and lifestyle and many more. Triond shares 50% of the revenue generated by a content with its contributor.

31. Bubblews

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Unknown
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Bubblews is an online content creation and ‘holistic macro-blogging’ platform, present in over 240 countries, enabling writers to earn. The prime intention of this website is to encourage writers to share their opinion. Writers earn an amount for each view, like or comment on their posts. The payment, however, may vary from one country to another.

Note: I received a lot of negative feedback about Bubblews’ reliability, payment schedule, customer care, etc. But I’m still listing them as they have an active website.

32. Bonzo Me

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: 80% Ad Revenue Share
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Bonzo Me is an online community where you can make money from every action you take — watching videos, commenting on posts, and promoting/sharing posts on social media platforms. You can post cool videos and funny questions here too. If your posts become popular, advertisers will run ads on them, and you will be paid!

33. Pukitz

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: $0.50 per article per month
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Pukitz has a unique business model — it rents articles from bloggers and feature them on their website. You can write about anything and submit it here. Once your article is approved and published, you’ll earn a sum for keeping it published on this website.

34. InfoBarrel

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: 75% Ad Revenue Share
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

InforBarrel is inviting everyone to become a contributor. You can submit articles, videos, reviews and how to guides. There are two benefits: your content will be visible to everyone on the internet and you can make extra money by sharing your knowledge.

Read: Over 121 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online

Content Marketplaces

If you are looking for a marketplace where you can sell your written content then look no further. Here’s a list of some of the most popular content marketplaces where you can sell your articles. And it’s equally good for beginners and experienced writers. Most of them allows you to set your own prices and if a client likes your article then you get paid almost instantly.

35. GhostBloggers

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: Not Applicable
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

GhostBloggers is a marketplace for publishers looking to buy top-class content written by ghostwriters from the U.S. Each article is meticulously checked by their in-house editors before publishing. So, if your article is accepted then buyers can discover and purchase it. The standard pricing is $3.5 per 100 words (or in other words, you will get $19.25 for a 550 word article) but you are free to change the pricing.

36. WriterAccess

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: 1.4 cents to $1.40 per word (or 70% of the price of the article)
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

WriterAccess is a content marketplace that connects clients with freelance writers via the cloud. As an experienced writer, you can deliver write ups, blog posts, white papers, product descriptions, etc.

37. Zerys

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Not Applicable
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Sign Up | FAQ

Zerys is a content marketplace that brings writers and buyers together. You can sign up for free and check your job board to see a list of available jobs. If you find something interesting then you can accept a job and work directly with the client.

38. TextBroker

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, & Ireland
  • Payment: $3.5-$25 per 500 words
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

TextBroker provides opportunities to experienced as well as new writers to create content for corporations, small businesses, social media communities, e-commerce websites and publishing houses. You have to submit a sample writing and they will review your content quality before approval.

Note: Textbroker.com accepts only U.S. writers but if you are an English writer who is from Canda, U.K, New Zealand, Australia, or Ireland then you can go to Textbroker.co.uk and apply as a writer.

39. Scripted

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Not Applicable
  • Payment Method: Bill.com (U.S. Residents), PayPal (for non-U.S. Residents)
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Scripted is a content marketplace that allows businesses to hire freelance writers for blog posts, articles, social media posts, etc. You can access jobs on Scripted via the Unclaimed Jobs tab in your account or by pitching clients directly.

40. Writtent

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S., Canada, U.K, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and few others
  • Payment: Not Applicable
  • Payment Method: PayPal
  • Quick: FAQ

Writtent is a platform where clients can find and hire freelance writers by entering the requirements. Before joining as a freelance writer here, make sure you’ve gone through the Wirttent Academy website to get clear ideas on the quality and style that must be followed to meet their standards. If you are accepted then potential clients can discover your profile and can hire you at a rate that you have set for yourself.

41. Content BLVD

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: All
  • Payment: Not Applicable
  • Payment Method: Unknown
  • Quick: Sign Up | How It Works

Content BLVD is a marketplace for content creators and advertisers to work together. If you are a content creator then you can showcase yourself on the platform so that an advertiser can hire you.

42. Content Runner

  • Topics: All
  • Countries: U.S.
  • Payment: 85%-93% of the price of the article
  • Payment Method: EFT
  • Quick: Apply | FAQ

Content Runner is a content marketplace that connects people who need content with people who can write content. Also try, Constant Content.

Freelance Marketplaces

Freelance Marketplaces are platforms that connects buyers and sellers of services. And if you check any of the following freelance sites then you can see that “Writing” is one of the top skills in demand. Why? Because content is the King on the internet and there’s an immense demand for great content and writers.

The only problem is… all these marketplaces are crowded with hundreds of thousands of freelancers and agencies. And that’s the reason why experienced writers won’t recommend it. But I would say if you have got the basic writing skills then it’s still a great place to kick-start your freelance writing journey.

  1. Elance
  2. oDesk
  3. Guru
  4. Freelancer

Read: 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Job Boards

47. Digital Point

Digital Point is one of the most popular webmaster forums on the web. They have an Article Marketplace where the members are able to sell their written content. So, if you have already written a few articles then you can post its details there as a new thread and any of the members may buy it. Don’t expect premium rates but if it’s a fair deal then it’s easy to sell things there. They also have a Content Creation Marketplace where the members can request content or offer their writing services.

48. ProBlogger Job Board

ProBlogger Job Board is a marketplace by Darren Rowse where anyone can post a job (mostly related to blogging & online marketing) for 30 days, for $50. So, if you are looking for premium writing gigs then you can go there and apply (it’s free to apply!). But what you should keep in your mind is that they are looking for high quality writers only. It’s not a place for beginners! If your pitching is not right or is just another pitch then it’s less likely that you get a response. Why? Because Darren once shared an email on Facebook that says one of his Job Board advertiser got 200 quality applicants in just 8 days. So, when you pitch you have to give a reason to the advertiser to hire you and not someone else.

49. BloggingPro Job Board

BloggingPro Job Board is an alternative to ProBlogger Job Board. Because you never know who is going to hire you.

Search & Find

50. LinkedIn

If you are doing any sort of freelance work then make sure that you have a complete LinkedIn profile that looks professional. Add potential clients to your network (and accept them too) and send a custom pitch by offering help. The good thing about linkedin is that linkedin clients pays more than your regular clients or freelance job sites. And it won’t take much time to connect with someone as it’s just like reaching out on Facebook.

51. LinkedIn Jobs

LinkedIn Jobs is a job search engine and the best thing about LinkedIn is that you can narrow your searches using different filters like location, experience, industry, etc. It also shows whether any of your LinkedIn connection is already working for the company that is hiring. Also try, Simply Hired.

52. CrowdSource

CrowdSource is a marketplace that provides their clients access to a skilled and scalable workforce. There are writing jobs, micro-tasks, editing jobs, and transcription jobs available and you can create your own schedule and work when you want, where you want.

Before You Apply: 21 Freelance Writing Tips

  1. You simply don’t need a college degree to become a successful writer but if you have one then it’s going to be great.
  2. If you are a beginner then your biggest challenge will be to find your first real client. That is, someone who is willing to pay what you desire.
  3. Don’t be that person who is ready to write about anything. Focus only on topics related to your industry because niche bloggers and writers are always in great demand. If you are curious and passionate about your “niche” then there is every possibility that you will become an expert writer in all topics related to your niche and you can charge a premium for all your work.
  4. Ask yourself what you are passionate about, and focus only on that topics.
  5. It’s highly recommended that you start a blog that focuses on topics that you are passionate about. Tip: Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow!
  6. A blog will make you a better writer, thinker, and will immediately act as your portfolio. And it’s the first step to your own personal brand.
  7. When your blogs traffic picks up you will have to network with more people than you do on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media channel. Be ready.
  8. If you are unable to start a blog, then the least you could do prepare an online resume. Check out over 51 publishing platforms where you can showcase your awesomeness.
  9. You don’t need to make your presence felt on each and every social network out there, but be active on few social media channels, especially LinkedIn, Twitter, and About.me. Tip: Write a professional social media bio. Now!
  10. Share content on your social media channels that’s related to your industry.
  11. Be fair when it comes to pricing. Make sure that your services are not cheap or expensive.
  12. Deliver on time. Because that’s one quality expected from all freelancers. If there is any kind of delay then communicate with the client and keep them in the loop. And do overdeliver whenever it’s possible.
  13. Do not apply to each and every freelance writing gigs that you come across. Apply only if you feel that it’s relevant and is something that you are perfectly fit for.
  14. If you are pitching a big brand then it’s a good idea to make a deal at first. For instance, you can connect with one of their editors in a genuine way and eventually send your pitch. But make sure that your pitch is short and simple. And follow-up if you didn’t hear back.
  15. Your client will value you much more than anyone else if you solved their problems or showed them how you stand out.
  16. When you receive great feedbacks or testimonials, showcase it on your profile.
  17. Make sure you’ve published few content before applying to high-paying jobs. Because there’s 99.9% chance that your client will ask for your writing portfolio and will ask its links. It doesn’t matter where it’s published but it must be your original, best work.
  18. If you are a beginner and do not have a great track record then be prepared to face a lot of rejections. In fact, your potential clients may not even respond if you do not give them a reason to hire you.
  19. If you do not have previous experience or a portfolio then your focus should be to build it up. So, be willing to take few low paid (or even unpaid) writing gigs.
  20. It’s much, much, much better to become an expert writer in a single topic than a mediocre writer in all topics.
  21. Practice, practise, and practise. Never stop learning. Ever!

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger

Conclusion

There are many other sites that would help you make money online through writing. So treat this blog post as a starting point to your freelance writing journey and do not make it your ultimate destination for writing gigs. 😉

The fact is — getting high paying freelance writing jobs is not that easy. Dedication and patience are the keys to success. Not to forget quality! If you think you have all the right skills then with little perseverance you will be able to establish yourself in the market and generate good income. Guaranteed!

Happy Freelancing! :)

Note: This is a repurposed version of this blog post and in this update I have organized all the websites into categories and subcategories based on the feedback received from my readers. If you are facing a problem with any of the above mentioned websites then do share your experience as a comment below as it would help other writers as well.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is evolving. And the good thing is… you no longer need a ton of backlinks to rank higher on search engines. In fact, all the Google algorithmic updates that happened over the past several years were to filter out low-quality websites.

For instance, there was an algorithmic update to penalize content farms and websites that were engaged in spamming. And there was another update to penalize web pages with slow loading speed or one with lot of ads.

Here is a comprehensive list of SEO resources that I have collected over the past several years. I have made sure that only the best resources that are comprehensive and simple to understand remain in this list. And to make it easier to consume I have organized all the resources into the following categories and sub-categories.

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SEO Basics: What You Need To Know

First things first. What is SEO?

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines. — Search Engine Land

In other words, SEO is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engine results pages (SERPs).

If you are totally new to SEO then it’s very important to know its basics. So, here are some of the key aspects of SEO that you need to know as a beginner.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Guides

SEO is changing changing rapidly and if you are a beginner then you probably don’t know where to start, what to follow, and what to ignore, right?

If so, the following resources will help you understand how search engines work and assist you in kick-starting your first SEO campaign from nowhere.

  1. What Is SEO And Why Should I Care?
  2. How Google Search Works
  3. Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide
  4. SEO: The Free Beginner’s Guide
  5. The Advanced Guide To SEO
  6. Google Webmaster & SEO Guidelines: Everything You Need To Know
  7. 40 Essential SEO Terms Marketers Should Know [Glossary]
  8. 120 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained [Glossary]
  9. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Expert Quiz

Don’t Miss: Over 101 SEO Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

On-Page SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is classified into two: On-Page SEO and Off-Page SEO. On-Page SEO refers to anything and everything that you do on your website to make it more search and user friendly. Some of the key aspects of on-page SEO are: keyword research, website audit, content creation, and web analytics.

Keyword Research

Keyword research is crucial to any SEO campaign and its goal is to identify keyword phrases that can bring targeted traffic to your website.

  1. Keyword Research: The Definitive Guide
  2. A Visual Guide To Keyword Targeting And On-Page SEO
  3. Why You Should Target Long Tail Keywords For SEO
  4. How To do Keyword Research In 90 Minutes
  5. How To Easily Find The Best Keywords To Write About

Tools

Website Architecture

When you improve your website architecture it will improve your search rankings as well. Because a better site architecture offers better user experience.

Improving the site architecture involves addressing duplicate content, managing redirects, improving site map, increasing search engine crawling efficiency, tweaking design, and almost all technical things “on-page”.

  1. On-Page SEO Factors: Which Ones Have The Most Impact On Rankings?
  2. How To Create a Site Structure That Will Enhance SEO
  3. How To Make Your Website Source Code Optimized For SEO
  4. 15 SEO Best Practices For Structuring URLs
  5. Pagination: Best Practices For SEO & User Experience

Tools

Content Marketing: Strategy, Creation, Audit, Promotion

Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you’re educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you. — Copyblogger

Content Strategy

Content strategy is about efficiently and effectively managing the website content to achieve business goals.

  1. The Psychology Behind Content And Why It Works
  2. What Is Content Strategy?
  3. How To Build A Content Strategy
  4. How to Build A Content Marketing Strategy
  5. A Content Strategy Template You Can Build On
  6. How To Produce High Quality Written Content
  7. Reverse Engineer Perfect Content Marketing Strategy

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger

Content Creation

Want to write search engine friendly content? Look no further!

  1. How To Write A Blog Post That Is Perfectly Optimized
  2. 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post
  3. How To Generate 36k Readers And 1k Subscribers From Your Next Blog Post
  4. The Guide To Getting Traffic, Subscribers & Sales With Your Articles
  5. 37 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content
  6. 21 Content Curation Tools That You Never Thought You’d Need
  7. 40 Image Sources & Tools For Free Stock Photos, Images & Cliparts

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 75+ Tips, Resources & Guides

Content Audit

Content audit is all about analyzing the existing content on your website to see how well it’s performing.

  1. A Complete Content Audit And Spreadsheet Template
  2. How To Do a Content Audit  [Step-by-Step]
  3. How To Conduct A Content Audit On Your Site
  4. A Beginner’s Guide To Content Audits [Infographic]

Content Promotion

Because, if content is King, promotion is Queen!

  1. 16 Explosive Content Promotion Strategies
  2. How To Increase Traffic 272% In 30 Days (Without Spending A Penny)
  3. 31 Ways To Promote Blog Posts & Get Blog Traffic
  4. How To Get Your Blog Post Shared 1000 Times
  5. 13 Steps To Take Your Content Promotion To The Next Level
  6. How To Create A Winning Content Promotion Plan
  7. Top 30 Social Networking Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Content Marketing Guides

The following resources will take your content marketing to the next level.

  1. The Ron Swanson Guide To Content Marketing
  2. A Not-So-Brief Guide To Better Content Marketing
  3. The Beginner’s Content Marketing Guide
  4. The Advanced Guide To Content Marketing
  5. How To Structure A Killer Content Marketing Campaign
  6. Your Content Marketing Will Fail Without These 10 Features
  7. 11 Content Marketing Lessons Learned From 20 Of The Top 100 Blogs

Don’t Miss: The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips & Tools

Tools

Don’t Miss: Over 101 Content Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

SEO Audit

SEO Audit is the process of inspecting the technical aspects of a website to make sure that it’s search and user friendly.

  1. SEO Website Audits: Everything You Need To Know Part I & Part II
  2. 10 Tips For Conducting The Ultimate SEO Audit
  3. Technical Site Audit Checklist
  4. How To Perform The World’s Greatest SEO Audit
  5. How To Perform An SEO Audit – FREE $5000 Template Included
  6. How To Perform The Ultimate Local SEO Audit
  7. 96 Quick SEO Wins — What Can You Do With An Hour?
  8. The Ultimate Guide To Google Webmaster Tools

User Experience (UX)

“Your goal should really be to make a fantastic website that people love and tell their friends about and link to and want to experience. As a result, your website starts to become stronger and stronger in the rankings.” — @MattCutts

Modern SEO is all about user experience (UX). So, it basically means that whatever you do to enhance the user experience of your website automatically strengthens your SEO as well.

  1. Google Web Fundamentals
  2. 4 Things Online Marketers Should Know About User Experience (UX)
  3. How to Increase Traffic with a Better User Experience
  4. Why SEOs Need To Care About User Experience
  5. UX Is The New SEO
  6. Designing For SEO
  7. Reduce Bounce Rate: 20 Things To Consider
  8. Google Doesn’t Use Bounce Rate
  9. The Late, Great Bounce Rate Debate
  10. How Important Is Time On Site For Ranking In Google?
  11. SEO Ranking Factors You Can’t Ignore!

Tools

Mobile SEO

Mobile SEO is the process of optimizing your website to make sure that it’s mobile-friendly.

  1. Making Websites Mobile Friendly
  2. Google Webmaster’s Mobile Guide
  3. How Do I Make My Site Mobile Friendly?
  4. How To Optimize Your Mobile Site For Search Engines
  5. How To Do A Mobile SEO Audit [Step-By-Step Guide]

Read: The Internet Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips & Tools

Page Speed Performance

Google has incorporated site speed in search ranking, back in 2010. It basically means that websites that load faster will be ranked higher than sites which are slow.

  1. Why Website Speed Is Important
  2. How Load Time Affects Google Rankings [Infographic]
  3. How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line [Infographic]
  4. Why Site Speed Optimisation Should Be Part of Your SEO Strategy
  5. 20 Quick Tips To Optimize Page Load Time
  6. How to Make WordPress Sites Load 72.7% Faster
  7. How To Speed Up Your WordPress Site
  8. How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website
  9. Why Trying To Get 95+ On PageSpeed Insights For Your Site Will Drive You Mad!
  10. Top CDN Services to Make Your WordPress Site Blazingly Fast & Reliable

Tools

Content Delivery Network (CDNs)

Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a large system of servers distributed throughout the world. The CDN caches the static content on your website so that when a user requests a web page it delivers the content from the server that is closest to the user.

WordPress Plugins

The following plugins helps you improve the performance and page loading time of your WordPress blog.

Don’t Miss: Over 101 WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything

Web Analytics

Web Analytics is the process of analyzing your website’s audience. So, it will give answers to your questions like: where your visitors are coming from, what they’re doing on your website, why are they leaving your website, are they coming back to your website, etc.

  1. The Complete Guide To Setting Up Google Analytics
  2. Beginner’s Guide To Google Analytics: Setting Up Your Account
  3. The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Web Analytics [Videos]
  4.  11 Google Analytics Tricks To Use For Your Website
  5. Building Your Marketing Funnel With Google Analytics
  6. Find Which Social Media Links Perform Best In Google Analytics
  7. The Definitive Guide To Conversion Optimization

Tools

Read: 13 Google Analytics Alternatives You Probably Don’t Know

Off-Page SEO

Off-Page SEO is all about increasing the popularity of your website. And it involves, but is not limited to, competitor analysis, link building, influencer outreach, and social media marketing.

Competitor Analysis

Competitor Analysis is the process of analyzing and understanding your competitors’ internet marketing strategies and techniques. It’s all about learning from your competitors so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

  1. Become A Content Marketing Secret Agent With Competitive Intelligence
  2. The Illustrated SEO Competitive Analysis Workflow
  3. Competitive Link Analysis – How to Outsmart The Competition
  4. How To Use Competitive Auditing To Pinpoint And Outsmart Your Competitors
  5. Building Better Content By Improving Upon Your Competitors
  6. Guide To Competitive Backlink Analysis For SEO

Tools

Link Building

Link building is not dead. In fact, it’s still the most popular off-page SEO technique. Basically, it’s all about increasing the authority of your website.

  1. The Beginner’s Guide To Link Building
  2. The Definitive Guide To Link Building
  3. The Advanced Guide To Link Building
  4. Link Building A-Z Guide [Definitions & Terms]
  5. 50+ Things Every Link Builder Needs To Know
  6. 59 Lists You Really Must Have To Build Links
  7. What Is a “Good Link Profile” And How Do You Get One?
  8. The Noob Guide To Link Building
  9. Link Building Methods That Work Right Now
  10. Link Building Tactics — The Complete List Point Blank SEO
  11. How To Build High Quality Backlinks In A Scalable Way
  12. 7 Proactive Ways To Get Backlinks That’ll Actually Boost Your Traffic
  13. 131 (Legitimate) Link Building Strategies
  14. SEO Copywriting Tips For Improved Link Building

Read: Over 60 Web 2.0 Sites To Get Instant Backlinks To Your Blog

Tools

Don’t Miss: The Link Building Handbook – 75+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

Outreach

Influencer outreach is perhaps the most powerful way to promote your work. The following resources will show you how to do it.

  1. The Five Stages Of Blogger Outreach
  2. 21 Better Ways To Do Blogger Outreach
  3. 22 Tips For A Better Outreach Response
  4. The Definitive Guide To Guest Blogging
  5. The Easiest Method To Link Baiting
  6. How To Include Influencers In Your Content Strategy
  7. Blogger Outreach: How To Get Influencers To Promote Your Content For Free

Tools

Social Media

You have already seen how social media has grown over the past few years and it’s still exploding like never before. So, here is a list of some of the best social media marketing resources. And if you are looking for more then check out The Social Media Handbook.

  1. The Beginner’s Guide To Social Media
  2. How To Create A Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch
  3. Building Brand Awareness On Social Media [Infographic]
  4. How To Conduct A Social Media Audit
  5. How To Build A Content Strategy Using A Social Media Audit
  6. What Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media
  7. The Social Media Marketer’s SEO Checklist

Don’t Miss: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

SEO Tips & Strategies

Here are some of the best SEO tips and strategies that will attract more search traffic to your website.

  1. 7 Concepts Of Advanced On-Page SEO
  2. The Ultimate Google Algorithm Cheat Sheet
  3. 21 SEO Techniques You Can Use Today To Get More Search Engine Traffic
  4. The Most Actionable SEO Tips Ever
  5. The Step-By-Step Guide On Improving Your Rankings Without Getting Penalized
  6. 7 Ways To Increase Your Rankings Without Leveraging Content Marketing
  7. How We Got Over Our Fear Of SEO And Improved Conversions 20%
  8. What You Can Learn From KISSmetrics’ SEO Strategy
  9. How I Would Do SEO For Rap Genius
  10. If I Did SEO For @Everywhereist, I Would…
  11. How I Increased My Traffic By 500% In 10 Months (And Doubled Them In A Year)

Read: Why Sponsored Reviews & Nofollow Links Are Highly Undervalued

Google SEO

Google Search Timeline

Google uses over 200 signals to rank a web page and changes its search algorithm over 500 times a year. Most of the algorithmic updates are minor and hence you won’t notice it.

And then there are major algorithmic updates called “Panda”, “Penguin”, “Hummingbird“, etc. that affects the search results in a big way. Learning more about it will make you a better SEO. Guaranteed!

Google Algorithms

Here is everything you need to know about different Google ranking factors and algorithmic updates.

  1. Google Ranking Factors: The Complete List
  2. The Myth Of Google’s 200 Ranking Factors
  3. Google Algorithm Change History
  4. Your Google Algorithm Cheat Sheet: Panda, Penguin & Hummingbird
  5. Google’s Content Quality Score
  6. The Complete Google Leaked Panda 4.1 Do & Don’t List

Google Penalty Recovery

The following resources plus case studies tells you how to recover from a Google penalty and it also shows how different webmasters recovered from various Google penalties.

  1. Ultimate Guide To Google Penalty Removal
  2. The Advanced Guide To Google Penalty Removal
  3. Your Start-To-Finish Guide To Using Google’s Disavow Tool
  4. One Site’s Recovery From An Ugly SEO Mess
  5. After A Link-Based Penalty Is Removed, Will Your Traffic Increase?
  6. Manual Spam Action Revoked! A Case Study
  7. Manual Penalty Revoked – A Case Study
  8. Recovery From Google Penguin — Tips From The Trenches
  9. Penguin 3.0: A Recovery Story
  10. Penguin 3.0: A Proven Roadmap To Recovery
  11. A True Story: From A Triple Whammy Google Penalty To $60K/Month Revenue
  12. 10 Things That Expose Good Sites to Google Panda
  13. Duplicate Content In A Post-Panda World
  14. 12 Common Reasons Reconsideration Requests Fail

Negative SEO

Negative SEO is all about using black hat SEO techniques to ruin the rankings of a competitor. If you feel that a rival is hurting your rankings then the following resources will help you.

  1. Sorry: Negative SEO Does Exist
  2. Negative SEO: Should You Be Worried? If Attacked, What Should You Do?
  3. How To Protect Your Website From Negative SEO
  4. Negative SEO – The 800 Pound Gorilla
  5. A Startling Case Study Of Manual Penalties And Negative SEO
  6. How To Recover From Negative SEO
  7. Negative SEO From Links, What You Can Do?

SEO Browser Extensions

Here is a list of some of the best SEO browser add-ons that you can try as a marketer.

  1. MozBar
  2. Alexa Traffic Rank
  3. Ahrefs SEO Toolbar
  4. Open SEO Stats
  5. SEOquake
  6. SEO Doctor
  7. WooRank SEO & Website Analysis
  8. Google Page Analytics
  9. Google Analytics URL Builder
  10. META SEO Inspector
  11. Check My Links
  12. Redirect Path
  13. Live HTTP Headers
  14. NoFollow

Don’t Miss: Top 30 Google Chrome SEO Extensions

SEO Blogs

If you are an SEO or a marketer then it’s very important to stay up-to-date with the latest industry news and tactics. So, subscribe to the following blogs and stay up-to-date with tips, strategies, and latest news.

  1. Moz
  2. Search Engine Roundtable
  3. Search Engine Watch
  4. Search Engine Land
  5. Search Engine Journal
  6. SEO By The Sea
  7. Social Media Examiner
  8. Social Media Today
  9. Razor Social
  10. Buffer
  11. Copyblogger
  12. Backlinko
  13. OkDork
  14. Quick Sprout
  15. Google Webmaster Central

SEO Forums

If you have questions related to SEO or would like to help others to share your expertise then join the following discussion forums and communities.

  1. Stack Overflow
  2. BlackHatWorld
  3. Inbound.org

Read: The Internet Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Conclusion

Now you have got almost all the SEO resources that you will ever need. So, the next step should be to apply everything you have learned.

I’m pretty much sure that once you have gone through the above resources you will learn a lot of SEO strategies, and find a ton of tips and tricks that you will want to put into practice.

If I have missed any interesting resource or an aspect of SEO then feel free to comment below and I will be glad to add it to the list.

Happy SEOing! :)

Note: This handbook is a revamped version of The Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook that I published a couple of years back. I have rewritten the whole blog post from scratch to make it more organized.

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12 Blog Marketing Resources To Promote Your Blog (Plus 21 Quick Tips To Increase Traffic) http://www.minterest.org/blog-marketing-resources/ http://www.minterest.org/blog-marketing-resources/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:36:53 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=10904 My blogging strategy is pretty simple. When I publish a blog post I just ask myself whether it solves some or any problem, or is it literally “just another blog post” on the blogosphere. And I try to make sure that each blog post of mine targets different audience (by focusing on different long tail [...]

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Blog

My blogging strategy is pretty simple. When I publish a blog post I just ask myself whether it solves some or any problem, or is it literally “just another blog post” on the blogosphere.

And I try to make sure that each blog post of mine targets different audience (by focusing on different long tail keywords). That’s why I do not have multiple blog posts covering the same topic over and over.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts (Or Less) Is All You Need To Become A Great Blogger

Also, I rarely do content promotion or link building because as an “on-page guy” I spend most of my blogging time over on-page stuff. For me, blog marketing is all about publishing and attracting organic visits — yes, I love organic traffic. :)

That said, today, content promotion is as important as content creation. If it was all about content creation back in 2000’s then today it’s like — 90% promotion and only 10% creation.

I have already written about different aspects of blogging over the past several years but I haven’t written much about blog promotion or traffic generation strategies. It’s simply because I don’t have a blog promotion strategy, yet.

Today I want to share some of the best blog marketing resources that I think is good for beginners as well as experienced bloggers.

If you have started a new blog recently and is wondering how to promote your blog then the following resources should help you.

Getting Started

1. How To Write A Blog Post That Is Perfectly Optimized | Minterest — It’s a definitive guide by me on how to write a perfectly optimized blog post covering almost all its aspects. Because writing a great blog post is half the battle. 😉

Don’t Miss: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

2. 15 Types of Content That Will Drive You More Traffic | Quick Sprout — It’s a list of 15 different types of content that can drive traffic to your blog. This blog post tells you how to do it with additional tips on how to make it even better.

3. Top 30 Social Networking Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog | Minterest — It’s a hand-picked list of web 2.0 sites by me that can drive a ton of traffic to your blog. But no, you don’t have submit your blog post to each and every website that is listed there. Instead, pick only the relevant ones.

Don’t Miss: Over 61 Web 2.0 Sites To Get Instant Backlinks To Your Blog

4. Double Your Traffic In 30 Days | Quick Sprout — It’s a step-by-step plan by Neil Patel & Sherice Jacob — that’s more effective for beginners — to double your website’s traffic in 30 days. The good thing about this resource is that instead of writing a lengthy 10,000 word article they created a step-by-step action plan in an easy to consume way that you can follow over the next 30 days. It’s not too lengthy so I would say do your homework after each step instead of finishing on the very first day.

5. 21 Tactics To Increase Blog Traffic | Moz — It’s a list of blogging tactics by Rand Fishkin that’s updated every year. It’s a great place to start with for beginners as it covers almost all aspects of blog marketing in a single blog post.

Promotion

6. 16 Explosive Content Promotion Strategies | Robbie Richards — It’s a list of 16 content promotion strategies that you can use to amplify the reach of your next blog post. And the good thing……it explains the strategies using a set of tools so that anybody can try it.

7. 31 Ways To Promote Blog Posts And Get Blog Traffic | NicheHacks — It’s a list of 31 on-page and off-page content promotion strategies that you can use to promote your blog posts. You can also explore thisthis, this, and this blog post for more such ideas. The only problem is… it will take a lot of time (and some money too) to learn and execute these strategies as a good percentage of them are off-page ideas.

Read: The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Strategies

8. Want More Traffic That Actually Converts? Follow These 4 Steps… | Backlinko —  It’s a 4-step action plan by Brian Dean to increase your traffic. This blog post tells you how to pitch influencers in your niche and how to create content that your influencers care about.

9. 7 Proven Strategies To Increase Your Blog’s Traffic By 206% | Neil Patel — It’s a comprehensive blog post by Neil Patel where he lists 7 traffic generation strategies that he used to triple his blog’s traffic. Most of the strategies that he has discussed may sound familiar to you but he gave a new approach to them.

Case Studies

10. How To Reach 100,000,000 Unique Visitors In Just 6 Months | ViperChill — It’s about how to hit your 100,000 visits a month goal in 6 months by starting a Facebook campaign. Yes, it needs a marketing budget. This blog post by Glen Allsopp also includes some websites that are getting a massive traffic from Facebook.

11. How I Increased Traffic 272% In 30 Days (Without Spending A Penny) | Robbie Richards — It’s about how Robbie Richards increased the traffic of his one month old blog by 272% in 30 days without any marketing budget. This blog post tells you how to find great content ideas and how to drive thousands of visits to your next blog post even when you don’t have any “connections”.

12. How To Grow A New Website To Over 100,000 Organic Visits Per Month | SEO Nick — It’s a case study about how Nick built a website that’s getting over 100,000 visits a month, in less than a year, without spending a penny on advertising. This blog post had gone viral when it was published and got over 500 comments. The domain name of the blog was registered just a couple of months before its launch and it hit 100,000 visits in 9 months and he achieved it through 100% SEO and content strategy.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000

BONUS: 21 Blog Marketing Tips To Get More Traffic

  1. First things first. Improve the navigation and user experience of your blog with a great design and also by minimizing the number of ad units and unwanted features. Because, it can increase the number of pages visited by a user (or page views).
  2. Blog comments. Yes, that’s right! Blog commenting is not spamming when you do it right. If you leave quality or useful comments on other blogs then it can bring a lot of traffic. Just make sure that you are not commenting for a backlink.
  3. Create useful content (even if it’s a micro post) and promote it whenever you get a chance.
  4. You don’t need a link from New York Times to get a ton of traffic. Just think about a powerful content strategy and it should help you reach your traffic goal.
  5. Increase the number of blog posts per week/month and make sure that each and every blog post that you publish is useful.
  6. But remember, it’s much, much, much better to write one quality blog post than 10 mediocre posts.
  7. Interlink your blog posts so that it will increase the number of page views and eventually your organic traffic as well.
  8. Ask your friends/family to promote your content.
  9. Collaborate with authority bloggers and leverage the relationship. For instance, you can easily connect with other bloggers for doing a roundup post and then email all the bloggers that you have mentioned in your blog post to share your work.
  10. You can also mention influencers and brands on social media, especially on Twitter, as it gets noticed very quickly.
  11. Interview other bloggers in your niche so that they will share the interview on their social media channels and will hopefully link to it whenever they get a chance.
  12. Answer questions on Quora and Yahoo Answers. If you are the first to solve a problem and is linking to your blog then it can send you a lot of traffic.
  13. Again, you can repeat it on relevant forums as well.
  14. Try broken link building to get quality backlinks and thereby traffic.
  15. Start guest blogging.
  16. Start collecting email addresses of your readers and send newsletters. Why? Because email marketing is more important now than ever and is still the best way to communicate directly with the customers.
  17. Leverage social media marketing.
  18. Accept guest posts on your blog or make it a multi-author blog. Because when you do the guest authors or co-authors themselves will promote the blog posts that they have written and that gets you free traffic + links. Note: I do not like this idea personally. Here’s why.
  19. You don’t have to update your blog multiple times a day unless you really need to.
  20. If you don’t know the topic then don’t write about it. Passion is the key. That said, you don’t have to be a guru. Just use your personal experience when writing a blog post so that it will appear more appealing.
  21. You don’t have to copy other bloggers in your space. Be yourself! And always learn from others.

Read: 7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.

Conclusion

There are tons of blog marketing resources but I didn’t want to make this blog post another 101 list as it might confuse you. Also, I believe that the above resources are all you need to take your blog to the next level.

But in case I missed any resource that you think should be on this list then let me know as a comment below and I will be happy to review it personally and add it to the list.

Happy Blog Marketing! :)

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Free Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising Credits Worth Over $500 http://www.minterest.org/free-pay-per-click-advertising-credits/ http://www.minterest.org/free-pay-per-click-advertising-credits/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:30:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/2007/10/02/how-to-get-over-000-in-free-pay-per-click-ppc-advertising-credits/ Pay Per Click advertising (or simply PPC Advertising) is an Internet Marketing model where advertisers pay only when their advertisement is clicked. The most popular Pay Per Click advertising networks are Google AdWords, Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter and MSN adCenter), Yahoo Search Marketing, and Facebook Ads. What’s interesting about the pay-per-click advertising model is [...]

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Free Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising Credits

Pay Per Click advertising (or simply PPC Advertising) is an Internet Marketing model where advertisers pay only when their advertisement is clicked.

The most popular Pay Per Click advertising networks are Google AdWords, Bing Ads (formerly Microsoft adCenter and MSN adCenter), Yahoo Search Marketing, and Facebook Ads.

What’s interesting about the pay-per-click advertising model is that there’s no minimum spending requirement. For instance, you can set a daily budget of $5 and maximum cost per click (CPC) as 5 cents. And you pay only when someone clicks on your ad. It’s that simple!

Free Pay-Per-Click Advertising Credits

Start your Search Engine Marketing campaigns with free credits. Most of the pay-per-click advertising networks (Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing, Microsoft adCenter, Facebook, Ask.com, BidVertiser, Miva, etc.) offer free ad credits to attract new customers. So here are the various PPC networks and their available free ad credits. Sign up today!

Bing Ads Coupon

Bing Ads

Bing Ads is now offering higher credits to attract more advertisers. The promotional credit depends upon your location and is different for different countries. Bing ad credit for the United States and Canada is $50, for UK it’s £50, for France, Germany, Italy and Spain it’s €50, for India it’s Rs. 1,000, for New Zealand it’s $40 NZD, for Australia it’s $40 AUD, for Brazil it’s R$60, and for Mexico it’s MXN 670. Moreover, your address, currency, and the coupon code should match (e.g. U.K. address, GBP currency; UK coupon).

Bing Ads Coupon (USA)

Bing Ads Canada Coupon

Bing Ads UK Coupon

Bing Ads France Coupon

Bing Ads Germany Coupon

Bing Ads Italy Coupon

Bing Ads Spain Coupon

Bing Ads India Coupon

Bing Ads Australia Coupon

Bing Ads New Zealand Coupon

Bing Ads Brazil Coupon

Bing Ads Mexico Coupon

Yahoo Search Marketing Coupon

Yahoo Bing Network

As you probably know, Microsoft & Yahoo! formed the Yahoo Bing Network. So all you need is a Bing Ads account to advertise on the Yahoo Bing Network (an advertising marketplace made up of Yahoo, Bing, and their partner websites). But if your monthly budget is above $1,000 then you can sign up here and a Yahoo sales representative will contact you.

The Yahoo Bing Network is the combined advertising marketplace made up of Yahoo, Bing, and syndicated partner sites such as Facebook, Amazon, Monster, WebMD, CNBC, and Viacom, plus networks like The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

Google AdWords Coupon

Google AdWords

Google AdWords now requires you to accrue advertising charges $5–50 (depending upon the voucher) in order to get free ad credits. You have to request your code by filling out a form and they will email you the offer code.

Note: If the above AdWords links didn’t work for you or you haven’t received the coupon code by e-mail and you never opened an account before (an existing AdWords customer is not eligible for a promotional credit unless they invite you) or never redeemed a coupon before then you can call their support center and they will give you $100 credit (based on your location) to try AdWords.

BidVertiser Coupon

Facebook Ads Coupon

Note: If you run a digital marketing agency or is managing client accounts then join Facebook Small Business Agency Program and earn Facebook ad coupons worth up to $500 or 10% of your client’s ad spend, whichever is smaller.

Amazon Product Ads

Perfect Audience Retargeting Ads

Read: Kickstart Your First Perfect Audience Retargeting Campaign In 5 Steps

LookSmart Ads

  • Free Credits: $50
  • Initial Deposit: $50
  • Promo Code: 50LS
  • Sign Up URL: LookSmart Ads

Last Updated: May, 2015

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Why Multi-Author Blogs Are The New Content Farms (Sort Of) http://www.minterest.org/blogs-are-the-new-content-farms/ http://www.minterest.org/blogs-are-the-new-content-farms/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:56:35 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=11042 Blogging is very powerful as we all know, and at the same time it is fun and exciting too. Even better is the fact that it can get you a lot of money by way of ads, sponsors, reviews, affiliate sales, etc. But the problem is… today, a lot of blogs (especially multi-author blogs — no [...]

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Just Write.

Blogging is very powerful as we all know, and at the same time it is fun and exciting too. Even better is the fact that it can get you a lot of money by way of ads, sponsors, reviews, affiliate sales, etc. But the problem is… today, a lot of blogs (especially multi-author blogs — no offense) are becoming content farms.

First things first. What is a content farm?

Content farm (also known as a content mill) is basically a company that hires a lot of “niche writers” to write search engine friendly content so as to get organic traffic from search engines and ultimately make money selling ads.

So, their primary goal is to generate as much page views as possible to make even more money per visit (it reduces their cost of content creation). That’s why instead of linking out to external web pages they try to keep the visitor within their website by interlinking their own content.

I think content mills became popular in mid-2000s (maybe because of Wikipedia’s success) after the launch of Google AdSense. Because it was super-easy to generate a lot of Google traffic by publishing more and more search engine friendly content (no matter if it’s helping users or not).

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Google AdSense

A classic example is About.com or Answers.com. They are not as popular as they used to be but still they are successfully doing it. If you check the indexing status of about.com then you can see that it’s got over 9 million indexed pages on Google and they are all optimized for search engines.

For instance, you could choose a topic, let’s say ‘Health’, and then write as many health articles as possible. The more content you publish the more traffic you receive. It was that simple!

Not anymore!

Because along came the “Google Panda”. Google released an algorithmic update called the Google Panda back in February 2011 to identify and filter out low quality content from their search results. So, it rewarded high quality websites and at the same time penalized article directories, press release sites, low quality blog networks, and all the so-called content farms (including the massively popular Demand Media).

Since then, there were more algorithmic updates by Google to improve their search quality. And the good thing is… it makes SEO simpler (but more expensive). Why? Because Google is becoming more human.

Blogs Are The New Content Farms (Sort Of)

Today, the problem is not article directories or media companies. It’s “blogs” itself.

Blogging is now a phenomenon that is attracting new writers every single day. And they all start with the hope or idea of making money selling ads.

It’s like people want to start a blog to make money and not because they need to write/publish something.

Read: Write Today, Monetize Tomorrow.

The saddest thing is… your favorite blog is also becoming a content farm today. And you didn’t even notice it!

Of course, there are exceptions. Not all blogs are content farms like Jeffrey Swartz has mentioned:

There are exceptions, of course. Some sites exist because their creators love to produce content that will help, amuse or entertain people just for joy of doing it. Others include brilliant blogs like this one (ahem) in which underappreciated scribes toil endless hours for a little recognition. Oh hell, truth is we don’t have ads because we’re not big enough to attract them. Bugger!

Today, a good percentage of those authority multi-author blogs are becoming content farms. They are reposting the same topic over and over. Except that the new version is either written by another author or it could be a guest post.

What do we (readers) get? Nothing.

I am not criticizing any of my peers, and in fact I love blogs. I love to read interesting content irrespective of whether it’s technology, marketing, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, or even lifestyle.

I was just highlighting a blogging trend that’s annoying me — because it’s so common today. A few months back, I was following over 75 tech and marketing blogs via Feedly and now I have reduced the number to less than 30.

The reason….. information overload. And it became worse when the blogs I once admired started publishing mediocre/promotional/guest posts. The result? I have unsubscribed all of them and is now following only single-author blogs.

Conclusion

If you are a wanna-be blogger then make sure you want to start a blog to speak your mind (or to showcase your awesomeness) rather than with the purpose of creating an income stream.

For instance, when I started Minterest back in 2006 (as a personal finance blog) it was actually a “Made For AdSense” blog and was my first WordPress.org powered blog.

Gradually, when I transformed the blog into a technology and marketing blog, it was literally “Just another WordPress blog” (yes, that’s the default tagline of a new WordPress.org powered blog) as I was writing content that was easily findable elsewhere on the web.

Later in 2012, I revamped the entire blog with a new design and content strategy. Now the blog has become my personal journal where I curate content. You know why? I also believe that… content curators are the new superheroes of the web. 😉

Happy Blogging!

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Social Media

Social media has grown a lot over the past few years and is still exploding like never before. And that exactly is the reason why marketers are allocating more budget for search engine and social media marketing campaigns.

Social media marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social networks.

If you already have a strong SEO strategy then integrating social media with your existing campaigns will yield the best results.

101+ Social Media Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

The purpose of this social media handbook is to curate some of the best social media marketing resources for you. And if you are also looking for more internet marketing resources then check out my other marketing handbooks.

So, here is a list of some of the best social media resources — for bloggers, marketers, and everyone else — that I have collected over the past several months.

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First things first. Why social media?

According to Business Insider, social media is the top activity on the web. Americans are spending over 37 minutes a day on various social networks and it’s higher than any other internet activity (including email).

“Engage, enlighten, encourage and especially… just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” — Susan Cooper (@BuzzEdition)

Social Media Guides

If you are looking for a complete social media guide in an easy-to-consume way then check out the following resources. They cover almost all aspects of social media in a systematic way.

  1. Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Social Media Marketing
  2. The Beginner’s Guide To Social Media
  3. The Simplified Guide To Social Media For Small Businesses
  4. How To Create A Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch
  5. A Beginner’s Guide To Social Media Advertising
  6. Search Engine Journal’s Social Media Strategy

Read: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Social Media Stats

If you want to take advantage of  social media’s full potential then it’s important to know its numbers. For instance, Facebook now has over 1 billion users and is attracting 7 times more engagement that any other network.

  1. 10 Surprising And Important Social Media Stats You Need To Know
  2. Building Brand Awareness On Social Media [Infographic]
  3. A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful [Infographic]
  4. Which Social Media Platforms Are Suited For Your Business? [Infographic]
  5. Social Media Marketing Industry Report [PDF]

Social Media Strategy

“These days, social media waits for no one. If you’re LATE for the party, you’ll probably be covered by all the noise and you might not be able to get your voice across. It could only mean that if you want to be heard by the crowd, you have to be fast; and on social media, that means you have to be REALLY fast.” — Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee)

Creating a profile on each and every social network out there won’t magically grow your business overnight. You need a strategy!

If you don’t have a social media strategy then it’s more likely that your campaigns will go unnoticed and be worthless. And I must admit that I don’t have a social media strategy… yet.

  1. How To Conduct A Social Media Audit
  2. How To Build A Content Strategy Using A Social Media Audit
  3. Social Media Strategy: How Much Time Does A Good Strategy Really Take?
  4. The 15-Minute Social Media Audit Everyone Can Do
  5. The 5 Keys To Building A Social Media Strategy For Your Personal Brand
  6. 10 New Social Media Strategies To Experiment With Today
  7. 7 Strategies That’ll Actually Drive You More Social Media Traffic
  8. Social Media Strategy In 8 Steps
  9. Growing A Social Following From Nothing: My Social Media Strategy
  10. The Social Media Advertising Guide For Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn

Social Media Posts

“Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence.” — Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight)

If you want to learn how to format your posts or want to know when to post an update on your social media channel. Then look no further!

  1. What Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media
  2. The Optimal Length For Every Social Media Update [Infographic]
  3. How To Create The Perfect Social Media Post [Infographic]
  4. How Often To Post To Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn And More
  5. 26 Creative Ways To Publish Social Media Updates
  6. 71 Ways To Write A Social Media Update: Tips To Engage Your Followers

Social Media Tips

“Social media will help you build up loyalty of your current customers to the point that they will willingly, and for free, tell others about you.” — Bonnie Sainsbury (@bsainsbury)

If you do it right then social media can be the most lucrative marketing tool for your business. Here, I have curated some of the best resources to help you streamline your social media marketing campaigns.

  1. How To Write A Professional Bio For Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google+
  2. 17 Quick Wins To Boost Your Social Media Marketing Right Away
  3. 7 Obsolete Social Media Tactics You’re Wasting Your Time On
  4. How To Build Brand Advocates Through Social Media Marketing
  5. How To Use Your Blog To Leverage Social Proof And Increase Your Authority
  6. 6 Research-Backed Ways To Get More Followers On Social Media
  7. Make Your Content More Shareable With These 5 Tricks, Backed By Research
  8. How To Build An Outreach Strategy To Earn More Social Shares
  9. How to Calculate the ROI of Your Social Media Campaigns [Infographic]

Facebook

  1. Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  2. The Best Facebook Marketing Advice, Tried-and-Tested
  3. Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page
  4. Groove Deleted Their Facebook Page. Here’s Why.
  5. 20 Examples Of Great Facebook Fan Pages
  6. 105 Facebook Advertising Case Studies

Twitter

  1. The Beginner’s Guide To Twitter
  2. Essential Twitter Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  3. How To Get Your First 100 Twitter Followers [Infographic]
  4. 15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into A Twitter Ninja
  5. 7 Counterintuitive Twitter Tips To Get More Out of Twitter

LinkedIn

  1. Essential LinkedIn Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide
  2. How To Structure A Perfect LinkedIn Profile [Infographic]
  3. Your Guide To Unleashing Killer Content Marketing On LinkedIn
  4. How To Increase Your LinkedIn Engagement by 386% [Infographic]

Google+

  1. Essential Google+ Marketing Resource: A Complete Guide
  2. How To Get At Least 500 More Google+ Followers By Next Week
  3. How To Set Up A Google+ Page For Your Business

Instagram

  1. Instagram Marketing: How To Get Started With Instagram
  2. What Spending $57,000 on Instagram Taught Me
  3. How to Increase Your Instagram Engagement by 182% [Infographic]

Everything Else

  1. 30 Little-Known Features Of The Social Media Sites You Use Every Day
  2. How To Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Major Social Network
  3. The Marketing Guide To Vine, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube & Hangouts
  4. 6 Ways To Grow YouTube Subscribers And Your Exposure
  5. 56 Ways To Market Your Business On Pinterest
  6. Tumblr Numbers: The Rapid Rise of Social Blogging [Infographic]
  7. The Lifecycle Of A Web Page On StumbleUpon [Infographic]

Read: Over 60 Web 2.0 Sites To Get Instant Backlinks To Your Blog

Social Media Marketing Case Studies

“Going viral is not an outcome; it’s a happening. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it doesn’t. Just remember, fans are vanity and sales are sanity.” — Lori Taylor (@lorirtaylor)

You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel,” instead learn from the competitors and their success stories. Also, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the best practices followed by different brands.

  1. 10 Unforgettable Customer Service Stories
  2. 5 Outstanding Social Media Campaigns
  3. 7 Creative Social Media Marketing Mini Case Studies
  4. 40 Expert Social Media Strategies
  5. 50 Social Media Case Studies You Should Bookmark
  6. How Coke, Cadbury, McDonald’s, Nike, Walmart & Microsoft Uses Social Media

Social Media Blogs

Hand-picking social media blogs and tools was the biggest challenge when I was writing this blog post. Here’s a list of must-follow blogs to stay up-to-date with the latest social media trends and happenings.

  1. Social Media Examiner
  2. Social Media Today
  3. Buffer
  4. RazorSocial
  5. Boom Social
  6. SocialMouths
  7. Social Fresh
  8. Sprout Social
  9. Moz
  10. Mashable

Read: Top 30 Social Networking Sites To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Social Media Tools

Social Media Tools

Here is a list of over twenty essential social media tools (they are either free or freemium!) to streamline your social media marketing campaigns. And if you are looking for a comprehensive list of tools — organized by category — then check out Social Media Tools 101.

  1. Hootsuite — is perhaps the most popular social media dashboard to manage all your social networks. Also try, TweetDeck (an official app by Twitter to manage all your Twitter accounts).
  2. SocialOomph — is another social app that supports multiple social networks, RSS feeds, post scheduling, URL shortening, etc.
  3. Postific — helps businesses find new customers and analyze their social engagement. You are allowed to connect unlimited social accounts and it features post scheduling, RSS feeds, engagement and leads tracking, etc.
  4. SumAll — is an all-in-one social media analytics and business dashboard that shows a comprehensive view of your social media and e-commerce data.
  5. BuzzSumo — to find out the best performing content of your competitors.
  6. Social Crawlytics — to identify the influencers in your niche and to discover your competitor’s most shared content.
  7. Mention — allows you to create custom alerts based on keywords (it can be your name, brand, or competitors) so that you will be be informed in real-time of any mention on the web (including social networks).
  8. Social Mention — is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content on web 2.0 sites.
  9. Sniply — attach a call-to-action to every link that you share.
  10. IFTTT — to connect all your web 2.0 apps (including social networks and productivity apps) to automate actions. Also try, Zapier.
  11. KnowEm — to reserve your brand name on all popular social networks. It checks your desired username on over 500 popular social networks. Also try, NameChk.
  12. ShareGrab — to find the most shareable content from any Facebook page.
  13. Canva —  is a free image creation tool for beginners and professionals.
  14. Awesome Screenshot —  is the best screen capture tool for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Also try, Page2Images, JingEvernote Skitch.
  15. PicMonkey — is my favorite web-based photo editor.
  16. Meme Generator —  is a free meme generator that you can use to create your own meme or to browse the most popular Internet memes.
  17. Topsy —  is a social search, monitoring, and analytics tool that’s maintaining a comprehensive index of all Tweets since 2006.
  18. Friend or Follow — to unfollow people who are not following you back.
  19. Commun.it — is a Twitter management software that helps you manage your Twitter relationships, followers, lists with free analytics and social insights. Also try, ManageFlitter.

Don’t Miss:

Read: Over 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Browser Extensions

You can’t live without your favorite browser extensions, right? It really saves a lot of time and makes us smarter. I have cherry-picked over ten browser extensions that are related to social media in one way or the other.

If you are looking for a comprehensive list then check out Productivity Extensions and SEO Extensions for Google Chrome.

  1. Evernote — lets you capture anything — from full web pages to bookmarks to screenshots.
  2. Pocket —  save web pages in just one-click and access it from any of your devices — even when you are offline.
  3. Feedly — is the best RSS reader to organize, read and share your daily news.
  4. Diigo — is a powerful research tool.
  5. Awesome Screenshot — lets you capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, etc. in few clicks.
  6. Facebook for Chrome — is the most popular (but unofficial) Facebook extension for Google Chrome. Also try, Twitter for ChromeInstagram for Chrome.
  7. Pin It Button — is the official Pinterest extension that lets you pin things that you find on the web. Also try, Facebook Like Button.
  8. Bitly — is the most popular URL shortening tool that is also good for updating your Twitter or Facebook account.
  9. Buffer — is the best app to schedule your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+
  10. Open SEO Stats — is one of my favorite Google Chrome extension as it shows a ton of marketing stats in one-click.
  11. Rapportive — shows everything about your contact — right inside your Gmail inbox. Also try, Vibe (is the Rapportive for the web).
  12. Riffle — is a smart Twitter dashboard for the power-users.

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Extensions I Can’t Live Without

Conclusion

“Social media is here. It’s not going away; not a passing fad. Be where your customers are: in social media.” — Lori Ruff (@loriruff)

If you want to leverage the power of social media then you have to listen to your audience. Remember, whatever you share on your social networks must be relevant and useful.

Have I missed your favorite social media marketing resource? If so, let me know as a comment below and I will be happy to list it.

Happy Networking & Marketing! :)

 Image Credit: Sean MacEntee

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