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Published on 9th Aug., 2017

Easy Ways for You to Find New Article Ideas

We’ve all been there at least once, if not once a week. Staring at our computer screen with no idea what to write. As a freelance writer, sometimes it’s challenging to constantly be coming with new article ideas and new ...
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Published on 4th July, 2017

How to Write a Cold Pitch for Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is often a roller coaster ride of busy periods and dry spells. If you’d like to even out those highs and lows, cold pitching is a great place to start. Send out cold pitches consistently, even during your ...
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Published on 1st July, 2017

10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Writers

We’ve rounded up a list of thoughtful gifts that writers of all kinds will absolutely love. Maybe you need a gift for another writer’s birthday or maybe you’re just looking to treat yourself to something new. Either way, we’ve got ...
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Published on 13th June, 2017

Should You Write for Free?

I’m willing to place a bet that you’ve either already written for free or have considered it before. Whether or not you should write for exposure is hotly contested on the Internet and you’ll find that some writers stand firm ...
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Published on 3rd June, 2017

Information to Include for a Perfect Portfolio

Whether you’re focusing on copywriting for businesses, writing features for magazines, or reporting for your local paper, you need a good writing portfolio to get hired for more work. Obviously, you need to include your best articles but what else ...
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Published on 3rd May, 2017

Write More with the Perfect Writing Software for You

For a writer, finding the perfect writing environment can have a major effect on our productivity. We made a big fuss over finding the right desk, chair, coffee shop, beverages, snacks, and more. Fair enough though, because for me, the ...
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Published on 28th April, 2017

How to Bounce Back from Rejection Letters

A quick but polite “No thanks,” from a magazine editor. A short and rude “No way,” from a popular blog. Crickets on your short story submission. Rejections will stack up quickly during your writing career.
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Published on 1st April, 2017

Free Ways to Market Your Writing Services

One of the many great things about freelance writing is that business expenses can be kept pretty low. When it comes to marketing, sure, you could invest in fancy printed fliers, slick business cards, and catchy Facebook ads… but who’s ...
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Published on 27th March, 2017

4 Habits to Make More Money as a Writer

When looking to earn more money and find new writing projects, the first thought that comes to mind for many writers is sending out more pitches and scrolling through job boards. And while that can be an essential part of ...
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Published on 4th March, 2017

5 Creative Places for You to Write From

While we know that working from home is basically living the dream, it’s not long before I start to go a little mad with cabin fever. Sitting inside and staring at the same four walls all day, every day without ...
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Published on 1st March, 2017

How to Get More Views on Your Portfolio

There’s a classic philosophical saying out there: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I was thinking about it the other night and a similar question could ...
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Published on 1st Feb., 2017

Get Free High-Quality Images for Your Portfolio

When it comes building a beautiful online portfolio, your writing only tells part of the story at a glance. If you want a portfolio that will quickly catch the attention of potential clients and employers, you’ve got to add professional ...
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Published on 28th Jan., 2017

How to be a Healthy Writer

Working as a writer has a few advantages I would never want to give up. I get to choose my hours, work wherever I like, and partner up with interesting clients. Not to mention the fact I get to wear ...
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Published on 8th Jan., 2017

How to Trick Your Brain Into Writing

If there’s one thing almost all writers have in common, it’s being masters of procrastination. Set a blank screen in front of us, and we dread it so much that we can find any number of other things to do, ...
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Published on 1st Jan., 2017

5 Writing Goals You Can Set This Year

There’s nothing like a new year and the idea of a clean slate to renew the motivation in your writing career. Take advantage of the resolution-setting mindset and set yourself some new writing goals for the year ahead. Not sure ...
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Published on 8th Dec., 2016

Best Free Online Tools for Editing Your Writing

When you’re working on a new article, writing the first draft is only half the battle. The editing process is what makes your work start to shine. Yet no matter how good your first draft is, editing can feel like ...
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Published on 2nd Dec., 2016

Staying Productive During Slow Periods

Traditionally, the workload for writers starts to slow down during summer months and the Christmas season every year. As we approach this next slow period, you might already be seeing clients reducing their budgets and editors getting ready for vacation. ...
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Published on 12th Nov., 2016

Ways Your Writing Portfolio Gets You More Work

It is rare that a writer can get hired without providing work samples. Clients want to know that they are hiring writers who can effectively communicate messages within a certain industry or about a particular topic. Some clients are looking ...
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Published on 31st Oct., 2016

How to Improve Your Writing

As a journalist, blogger, or content creator, you should always be looking to improve your writing skills. After all, it’s a natural instinct to want to get better at something. Plus, you can find better writing opportunities and even increase ...
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Published on 13th Sept., 2016

Building ‘Brand You’

Every freelance writer has a brand, it may not be in the same format as the big company brands we are used to encountering in our every day lives, but it is a brand none the less.
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Published on 3rd April, 2016

The Importance of Finding a Niche in Sports Journalism

Competition in journalism is constantly increasing. In sports journalism, for example, a vast array of up and coming writers are attempting to make their name through covering football, tennis and a plethora of others sports. Like in any profession though, ...
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Published on 11th March, 2016

How to Write Outstanding Case Studies

Good case studies are a very powerful “soft-sell” business tool for promoting products or services, particularly in a B2B environment. Most case studies are short, only a couple of pages, and tell the story of how the customer benefitted from ...
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Published on 27th Feb., 2016

Top Tips for Pitching to Editors

Getting through to editors is sometimes difficult. They are always busy. Particularly on Press Day, for print publications. Although more and more content is online, there are still thousands of magazines, newspapers, and local publications which have a press day ...
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Published on 15th Feb., 2016

A Beginners Guide to Portfolio Analytics

On any website it is normally useful to use analytics to analyse how people find, use and behave on your portfolio. However, this isn't done just for the sake of it and is pointless unless you make use of the ...
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Published on 29th Dec., 2015

Guide to SEO for your Writing Portfolio

This article takes you through some of the best practices for performing SEO on your writing portfolio (not necessarily built on Journo Portfolio). Journo Portfolio makes your life easier by doing lots of the best practices automatically, but there is ...
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Published on 20th Dec., 2015

Version 3 Launch: Refinement & Evolution

Version 3 of Journo Portfolio has now been launched bringing together a few small changes to make a big impact on how the site works. Combined with a bold new branding and site design we think Journo Portfolio is better ...