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7 Tips for Writing About Politics (…When You’re Not a Political Writer)

This guest post on writing about politics is by Allen McDuffee governmentality.

While it’s an exciting time to write about politics, bloggers who ordinarily don’t write about politics can easily be intimidated by just the thought of it. Can I write authoritatively about the subject? Do I know all sides of the issue? What if my readers know more about the subject than I do? What if I don’t have all the facts?

There certainly are some risks involved but if you get it right, the potential rewards can range from sparking a heated debate to informing your readers about something important to testing the waters on going a little off the beaten path in the future.

These 7 tips can help avert disaster and build your confidence to write on politics.

1) Keep it simple and stay focused. It’s easy to get caught up in every detail about a particular issue, especially if this is one of your only political posts and you feel like you need to get it all out. Do your best to simplify the post as much as possible. If your readers are interested, you can always tease out some of the nuances in the comments section. Or, if there is real interest, you can write follow-up posts.

Think about your organizing principal. Are you writing about an organization, an issue, a law, a policy, a budget…Or has your mayor gone just too far and it’s time to let him or her have it? Whichever it is, the best thing you can do is focus on that primary subject. Focus on the exact reason the issue is important to your readers, who the key players are, and what the potential outcome is. Once you’re done, edit away anything that isn’t necessary—this is precisely the time good editing skills come in the handiest.

2) Keep writing in your voice. When you’re out of your comfort zone, it’s really easy to take on the voice of the subject matter rather than you’re own. Fight this the best you can—your readers notice! On more than one occasion when I’ve written about subjects that I knew would be important to my readers but weren’t exactly comfortable, I received reader emails asking if somebody else wrote the post or why I was dispassionate (unfortunately, politics writing has a higher propensity for getting boring). Work hard to make it your own and what your readers are used to seeing from you stylistically. Again, editing comes in very handy here and this might be the time to put yourself back into your post.

3) Make sure your audience knows why it’s relevant to them right away. This is good advice for any post, but more than ever your first line or two need to be carefully crafted. If readers aren’t used to seeing politics posts on your blog, you should help them understand why it’s there. And right away! Try tying it into a previous post you’ve written. Or express outrage that your readers would likely share. If they don’t get why it’s for them right away, you run the risk of them skipping it. Or worse: they’ll think you’re shifting focus and that it’s not “their” blog anymore.

4) Get an official statement. This sounds daunting, but you don’t always have to call a press officer to get one. Almost every governmental agency posts dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of press releases on their website each week. If you write about technology, look at the FCC website. If you’re writing a post about your city’s school system, look at the Department of Education website. You don’t have to agree with the statement, but using it lends credibility to your post and your readers will know exactly what you’re standing for (or against), officially.

5) Use video to launch your argument. Sometimes all the background knowledge required to write a good politics post can scare bloggers with otherwise good ideas away. Let seasoned reporters take that pressure off of you. News agencies like Reuters [http://www.reuters.com/news/video] provide fairly well balanced reporting pieces in video that you can embed in your post. You can always add a line or two to cover a part of the story they left out. Now you have the reporting foundation to carry out your viewpoint.

6) Use a picture to spruce up your post. The great thing about writing on political issues is that you can use photographs from governmental websites on your blog because you’ve already paid for them in taxes. Not only does it dress up your post, but it also connects a name with a face. There are lots of times your readers will know who somebody is from television or the newspaper, but can’t remember their name–a picture would be a good reminder and adds another level of why the post is relevant to them.

7) Check to see if you’ve reached the outcome you wanted.

  • Was it your intention to be strictly informative? If so, did you give as much information as possible with links to resources?
  • Were you calling people to political action or some type of advocacy? If so, was it clear what position you were advocating and what you hope your readers will do?
  • Or are you just trying to open up a true debate on a topic your community faces? If so, what have you outlined the tough questions?

These tips might not make you Andrew Sullivan, but who wants to post every 90 seconds anyway?

Allen McDuffee writes on politics for places like The Nation, Mother Jones and New York Observer. Allen is currently working on a book project, No Child Left Unrecruited, and blogs at governmentality. He lives in Brooklyn.

Would you Prefer More Blog Readers or Twitter Followers?

I’m running this poll over at TwiTip but thought it’d be interesting to run it here on ProBlogger too as the topic is relevant to both audiences and I was curious to see if there would be any difference in the responses on the two blogs (given their topics cover the two options.

Which do you value and prefer most – Blog Readers or Twitter followers? And why?

Would You Prefer More Blog Readers or Twitter Followers?
Total Votes: 1713 Started: 3/13/2009 Back to Vote Screen


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

How to Shut Down A Blog

In this post Michael Gray looks at how to shut down a blog.

While there are numerous articles and blog posts with best practices on how to start and grow a blog, there are very few on how to properly shut down a blog. There are many reasons why you’d want to shut down a blog, perhaps the topic cooled down, maybe you’ve lost interest, or maybe you simply don’t have the time to devote to it any longer. In this article I’m going to walk you through some best practices for how to shut down your blog. I’m going to be using some WordPress specific plugins or tools. If you’re on a platform other than WordPress look for ways to adapt the process to suit your needs.

Shutting Down or Just Pausing

The first issue you need to address is are you shutting down the blog “permanently” or are you just putting it on pause for a little while? If you are pausing it leaving the door open to start it up again, you probably don’t want to stop the posts cold turkey. One option is to dramatically slow down the post frequency, instead of your normal posting routine, go to a one or two blog posts per month schedule. This keeps you blog alive in the eyes of a search engine, and avoids those awkward blank spots in your blog. Don’t have the time to do it yourself, outsource the content creation. With short blog posts of 200-400 words costing $7-10 each the expense is fairly minimal.

Letting Your Readers Know

If you have a significant number of readers it’s just polite to let them know you won’t be posting as much or are stopping posting entirely. The danger is of course they will probably delete you from their feed readers, making it harder to start the blog back up again. An alternative would be asking them to join a mailing list so you have a way to let them know if you do decide to start things back up again.

Authors and Contributors

If your blog has multiple authors or editors, you should reduce their level of access. Lower everyone except yourself to contributor or subscriber status. This removes the potential loop hole someone else might post to your blog. Next you want to turn off the ability for new users to register, keeping unauthorized people out of your WordPress back-end is just good security. As of WordPress 2.7 this option is in the admin panel > settings > general settings screen, you want to make sure the “anyone can register” box isn’t checked. While you’re here it’s also a good idea to make sure that the default new user role is set to subscriber, just in case a vulnerability is discovered that allows people to still register as a new user.

Comments and Spam

If you’ve been blogging for more than 90 seconds chances are you’ve had the privilege of dealing with blogspam. Hopefully you’ve installed a plugin to help you manage spam comments such as akismet or bad behavior, to help you block spam comments. You’ll also have to worry about trackback spam you can use a simple trackback spam plugin or disable trackbacks completely. To completely lock things down you want to use the close old posts plugin which allows you to prevent comments on any posts older than a specified number of days you define.

Backups

There are a number of backup plugins for wordpress I’m a fan of simple wordpress backups, which allows you to backup the entire database to a file or to email it to yourself. I’m also a big fan of off-site backups so I’ll mail myself a copy and keep it in a gmail account. You should also backup your template folder, and uploads folder (you should do this even if you aren’t shutting down your blog). If something goes wrong with your hosting account this provides you with a bit of insurance.

Monetization

Since your new posts will have stopped or slowed to a trickle, you can afford to be a little bit more aggressive with your monetization strategy. If you are using AdSense place it more “aggressively” within your template, you’ll probably get the highest CTR in the beginning of your posts. Also consider sponsored banners, advertisers are willing to pay more if they can get prime above the fold real estate. Negotiate a long term deal if possible.

Maintenance and Upkeep

In another article I wrote The Downside of Using WordPress maintenance and upkeep was one of the key issues I brought up as being a negative aspect of WordPress. If you aren’t writing for a blog chances are you aren’t going to be too motivated to keeping it up to date, and this presents a huge opportunity for hackers. Try to remove or disable as many non essential plugins as possible. Before you turn off the lights make sure everything is up to date. Eventually though you will need to come back in and perform some upgrades, just to keep your blog from being hacked. If you are absolutely 110% sure you will never come back to the blog, you can you can use a site ripper like HTTracks to make a flat file HTML copy of the site and upload it in place of wordpress, freeing you from the update cycle. Just make sure you have a backup of the DB first in case you weren’t 110% sure :-).

Long Term

If you’ve got a monetization strategy in place and it’s covering your hosting and registration costs you could keep things running indefinitely. If it’s been over a year you might want to use the flat file solution, just to keep you from spending any time on the site site at all. If your blog isn’t covering costs, or you simply don’t want the loose end, you may want to consider selling the domain. Contact other bloggers who are in your vertical market about buying your domain. Potential buyers will be much more interested if your domain has traffic, has links, and you are willing to give them copyright to the content.

About the Author

You can find Michael Gray speaking at many search engine industry events such as SES, SMX and Pubcon. Michael has over 10 years experience with internet marketing projects. He consults on their website, marketing, and search engine optimization. You can read his blog at www.wolf-howl.com, companies looking to promote their products can use his new product review service at ViralConversations.com.

How to Blog for a Global Audience

In this post Liz from Pocket Cultures shares 5 tips on how to develop a blog that is friendly to those from around the world.

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First of all, why do you want to blog for a global audience? Well, the world is getting more connected, and people in more and more countries are becoming active online.

PocketCultures.com had visitors from 83 different countries over the last month (note from Darren: here on ProBlogger Google Analytics tells me that visitors come from over 200 countries and territories) – some of you will have even more international readers. In December 2008 there were more Chinese than Americans online for the first time in history.

These trends are set to continue. So what does that mean?

You can keep up with the changing web demographic and increase your reader base more successfully if you take steps to adapt your blog for a global audience.

Here are 5 things you can do to make your blog more friendly to people from other cultures:

1. Use clear English

Most English conversations in the world don’t involve a native speaker, likewise many of your blog readers might not be native English speakers. Think about whether you have written clearly, or whether you can use simpler words and constructions.

For example, before I publish a post I go through it, asking myself for every idea, ‘is there a clearer way to write this?’

As a reader of ProBlogger you probably write in English but of course this applies if you blog in another language as well. Just substitute ‘English’ with your choice of language.

2. Offer translation options

Other languages on the web are rising fast. If you only publish in English you are missing out on a lot of potential readers.

The Italian actor and comedian Beppe Grillo publishes his blog in English, Italian and Japanese. As a result he is one of the most widely read bloggers in the world.

Let’s face it; most of us can’t go as far as translating our blogs, but an easier option is to put a translation tool (such as Google translate or a translation plugin) in a prominent place.

3. Write culturally aware

In other words don’t assume all your readers behave like you do. This is probably the most difficult point, because it’s hard to imagine what can be different in another culture when you haven’t experienced it yourself.

Increase your global awareness by reading blogs written by people in different countries – it’s a great way to find out about what’s different in other cultures. International films are another good way to get insights into other places and points of view.

4. Meet people on their own terms

With blogging and social media some people are more comfortable sharing personal information than others. Also, different cultures encourage different levels of sharing – what’s normal in one culture may be too much or too little information in another. People in some countries can even get in trouble for their opinions, including what they say online.

This means that some people you meet online may choose not to give away personal information and may seem guarded until they get to know and trust you. That doesn’t mean they are unfriendly, just that they feel comfortable taking things at a different pace.

5. The weekend is not always the weekend

In many Middle Eastern countries the weekend is on Thursday and Friday (including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria) or Friday and Saturday (including UAE, Egypt and Israel). For maximum impact release your best posts on Monday or Tuesday, that way you can be sure the whole world is paying attention.

How about you? What do you do to make your blog more accessible to international readers?

Blogging vs Twitter [A few Random Thoughts on the Two Mediums]

On Twitter yesterday Yaro asked me whether I like Twitter more than Blogging.

My reply was of course limited to 140 characters and as a result not overly comprehensive:

“no I like blogging more than Twitter but Twitter is fun and a useful part of the mix of what I do – both have their place”

I thought perhaps it was a topic worth expanding upon here on ProBlogger. While I’ve shifted most of my blogging about Twitter to TwiTip I thought it might be worth sharing a few of the thoughts on how I’m using Twitter here on ProBlogger.

What follows is both a more extended answer to Yaro (and others) but also a collection of thoughts on my experiences of working with Twitter over the last few months.

Blogging Remains My Primary Activity

While I tweet more often than I post to my blog – my blogs remain my primary focus and what I spend most time building.

It may not always seem like it when you look at the 20+ tweets that I produce a day on my twitter account but when you consider that a tweet takes seconds to write and a post can take hours – the blogs I run do take considerably more of my time and focus to produce.

My thinking around this is something that I’ve talked about previously in my description of how I use social media as outposts as opposed to my blog which I see as a home base.

In essence my use of twitter is something I do as a support to my blogging.

I guess the question will come at some point whether I will need to change this approach a little when my Twitter follower numbers go past my blog reader numbers. I suspect my approach won’t change at this point – however it’ll probably present some interesting challenges in working out priorities.

Blogging and Twitter have Different Strengths

Having said that blogging is my primary focus it is increasingly obvious to me that both mediums have their own strengths and that Twitter is able to achieve things that blogging can not (at least for me).

The immediacy of Twitter and the fact that it is a network that can spread word of a story, idea, question or thought quickly around the world to many thousands of people very quickly makes it unique.

For example one of the main ways that I find Twitter useful is getting quick feedback or answers to questions from a diverse group of people. While you can get similar feedback from a blog post Twitter is much faster. On the other hand a blog lends itself more to discussions among readers that are a little more considered, in depth and interactive (between those responding).

Blog are also great for more in depth posts. This post is a perfect illustration of this – when Yaro asked me his question on Twitter I had 140 characters to sum up a lot of different thoughts and experiences and ended up not really saying a lot whereas this post is able to explore the topic in depth.

While some people see the strengths of one and the weaknesses of the other as reason to choose between Blogging and Twitter – I’ve come to see the power of using both in tandem. The key is to know what you’re trying to achieve with your online presences and to understand what each medium can do to help you achieve this.

Twitter and Driving Traffic

I’ve written previously about the topic of Twitter driving traffic to a blog and each time have talked about how much traffic ProBlogger gets directly from Twitter. The figures have increased each time I’ve written on the topic as my own follower numbers grow and of late the numbers have continued to grow considerably.

My Google Analytics stats show that Twitter.com is now the 3rd largest referrer of traffic to this blog (only behind Google and Direct Traffic). This probably sounds a little more impressive than it is – overall it sends around 4% of my traffic (Google is 46% and Direct Traffic is 21%). This doesn’t count traffic arriving from Twitter applications – so the figure is probably closer to 10%.

My other two blogs illustrate that Twitter’s ability to send traffic is varied depending upon your site. TwiTip has over 16% of its traffic directly from Twitter.com and Digital Photography School gets 0.34% of its traffic from Twitter (although my DPS Twitter account has considerably less followers).

Twitter is Quick but Takes More Time to Use Well as Follower Numbers Grow

Actually tweeting on twitter is a relatively quick and easy process. I’ve used a variety of tools in my use of Twitter that have helped me manage the process really well – however as my number of followers has grown so does the amount of time needed to manage the account – at least if I want to remain interactive and engaging.

The number of @replies and DMs that one gets as follower numbers goes up also rises and there comes a point where a Twitter user needs to decide how interactive that they can be.

As I write this my follower numbers are just over 42,500 – to this point I still read all replies and DMs but it is becoming more and more challenging to do and I’m aware that I’m going to have to make some tough choices in the coming weeks and months if the number increases as it has.

The ReTweet is Powerful

The practice of ‘ReTweeting’ has really come into its own over the last 6 months. While people have always ‘re tweeted’ what others have tweeted – a lot more tools and services have risen up around the practice of late. Some see retweeting as a measure of authority of a twitter user – I’ve personally been more interested in its viral nature, particularly when your link is the one being retweeted.

If a link gets retweeted widely it can drive many many thousands of visitors to a blog post.

In the last few months we’ve seen more and more bloggers adding retweet buttons to their blogs in a similar way to how social media buttons are often added to blogs – I’ve done it on TwiTip with a button from Tweetmeme which has worked well but I suspect we’ll see more and more tools released.

Usefulness Remains the Key to Both Mediums

I can’t stress it enough – the key to both success in both mediums is to become the most useful resource that you can to those who you come into contact with online. Solve problems, meet needs, connect with people where they are at and both mediums will come into their own for you.

All in All….

All in all I’m continuing to see the fruits of investing time and effort into both Twitter and Blogging. What about you?

How to NOT get Hired for a Blogging Job

Looking for a Blogging Job? Today Lynn Truong (co-founder of Personal Finance blog Wise Bread) gives some tips on how to apply for one.

I’ve read thousands of blogging applications over the last few years. And while explaining what I look for in a blogger is pretty much like trying to pinpoint what one looks for in a mate – generic and unhelpful for any prospects – I can very clearly describe what prompts me to put an application in the “no” pile before I even finish reading it. Unfortunately, these are the applications I get more than any others. Eight out of ten applications inevitably go into the trash because of the following.

1. Write in no caps.

Yes, you’re only applying to a blog, but we still publish all our posts with capital letters and proper grammar. Hit that shift key when you start a sentence, and refer to yourself as I, not i. This is a real, paying gig, so be professional.

2. Use the word blog incorrectly.

A blogger is so much more than a writer, so if you don’t understand this, at least don’t announce it. You can use blog as a verb. I blog frequently is fine. You can also refer to our site as a blog. After all, we are looking for a blogger. But never call a post or an article, a blog. Don’t tell me you can write several blogs for us per day. Don’t say you’ve attached sample blogs. When in doubt, just use write or articles or site instead.

3. Provide one link to your blog as writing samples.

It is human nature to be proud of every post on your blog. Selecting just a few for sampling purposes might feel like I’m asking you to pick a favorite child. However, it is not possible for me to look through your entire repertoire. By selecting two or three of your best posts, you are showing me that you know how to identify great content, and that you’ve put some thought and effort into the application. I also use the samples to determine how well you understand the type of posts that fit well on our site.

4. Let me know I can request writing samples.

Nothing tells me that you’re sending out mass emails to any publisher around like an email that says “writing samples can be provided by request.” My job posting only asks for two things: topic ideas and writing samples. Don’t write me a long cover letter explaining why you’re perfect for the job, attach your resume (which I didn’t ask for), and then say that I can request writing samples. Why would I bother hiring anybody I already know I’ll need to ask twice for anything?

5. Spell our site name incorrectly.

If the job description says Wise Bread, please don’t write Wisebread.

6. Ask me the next day whether I’ve gotten your application.

My autoreply message specifically says that we can’t respond to every single applicant, but that we appreciate every application and will consider each one carefully. During a recruiting round, I get hundreds of applications a day, on top of the daily load of regular emails. I honestly don’t know if I’ve gotten your application. Most likely I haven’t even read it yet. All I can do is tell you the exact thing my autoreply already did: “We’ll let you know if we find a good fit.” I know you want to show that you are a person who takes the initiative, but what you’re actually doing is slowing down the process for everyone.

7. Give me a 31 page writing sample.

Don’t send me your college thesis. I won’t have time to read it and your application won’t be considered.

8. Be a mercenary.

I know serious freelancers write for multiple sites. But if you tell me you write for 20 different sites, and can do 10 articles a day for us, you’re telling me that you’re just a content machine who’s only concerned about your ROI.

9. Give me irrelevant writing samples.

You might not have any samples that fit our site’s topic, but at least pick samples that have the proper tone, length, and style. I don’t want a press release, letter of recommendation, or book report you thought was fantastic (although these can be included as extra samples to show your range).

10. Tell me your life story.

Getting to know bloggers and connecting with them on a personal level is my favorite part of the job. The cover letter is a way to let your personality shine through, as well as make you stand out in the sea of generic cover letters. However, your cover letter is not the appropriate place to talk about your personal problems or struggles that are not related to the position. Please only give me relevant experiences and tell me how you feel about our site. Keep it professional, please.

11. Ask for more information without including an application.

Sometimes I get an email that says “I’d like to apply, but would like to get more information first.” I understand that some writers are wary about sending writing samples, because some unscrupulous site burned you before and published your samples without your permission. But you have to tell me what additional information you are looking for, so I can properly respond.

Concluding Thoughts

Many bloggers miss out on great gigs because they simply don’t take the application process seriously. Sure, blogs generally aren’t as corporate and stuffy. I might be in my PJs reading your application in bed, but that doesn’t mean I’m still not looking for bloggers who show professionalism.

Keep in mind that writing for a quality blog can really raise your profile. Many of the great bloggers we have hired from the Problogger Job Board get frequent mentions and interviews from major news outlets like the New York Times, ABC, FOX, CNBC, and Self Magazine. Many of our bloggers also contributed to our upcoming book, 100,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, which will allow them to put the coveted “published author” designation on their resumes. It is therefore worth your effort to complete a professional and compelling application.

My biggest tip for anyone applying for a blogging job (any job, really) is to read the job posting carefully. All the information and instructions you need is there, so just pay attention. It’s fine to send extra information and materials, but make sure to include everything that is asked for.

I hope these tips can prevent otherwise talented bloggers from missing out on great blogging opportunities!

Lynn Truong is co-founder of Wise Bread, a top Personal Finance site that helps readers live large on a small budget.

The Unlimited Freelancer [Ebook Review]

unlimited-freelancer-book.jpgI recently asked my followers on Twitter how many of them were currently looking for more work. The response was overwhelming with many expressing that they were looking at different types of freelance work.

Today Jade Craven from the Prolific Writer reviews an ebook by the name of The Unlimited Freelancer which is designed to help freelancers grow their businesses.

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve probably heard of James Chartrand. He’s one of the killer writers behind Men With Pens. He started out by producing great content and networking prolifically. He now writes for Copyblogger and has created a business that brings in over $200,000 in revenue every year.

James has joined Mason Hipp – editor of Freelance Folder – to create a resource that promises to “take your freelancing to the next level and turn it into a full-fledged, thriving business you can enjoy for years to come.”

In this review, I will examine how you can apply to principles from The Unlimited Freelancer to grow your blog to the next level.

The e-book covers three main topics.

  1. Systems, Software, and Automation
  2. Building a Freelance Team
  3. Revenue-Generating Assets

Lets look at each in turn.

Systems, Software, and Automation

The Unlimited Freelancer cover processes for:

  • Managing Projects Using Systems
  • Automating Your Accounting
  • Systematizing Your Communications
  • Marketing Automation and Systems

There are the specific topics I felt would be of most use to bloggers – they do cover many more. They detail:

  • Programs to use for project management. Bloggers could use this to plan a blog launch or when developing a specific aspect of their site
  • Ideas to automate the accounting: You can learn ideas to use should you need to pay affiliates or content writers.
  • How to systemize communications and marketing. Outside of the blogosphere, you may need to communicate with customers, potential customers, businesses and vendors. This section gives you a framework so you can focus your attention on building your business.

Building a Freelance Team

This chapter details how freelancers can leverage their time to get more results. The idea is to outsource simpler tasks to other members of your team so you can devote more billable hours to your clients.

This includes:

  • Outsourcing tasks to other members of your team, who get paid less per hour due to handle some of the easier, routine tasks
  • Partnering with those who have skills that compliment your own, so you have a larger share of the market.
  • Cross sourcing with other freelancers when you have a heavy workload.

Both their sites are examples of expanding their team. The Men With Pens team have expanded to include two additional freelancers. Mason Hipp regular hires other contributors who bring their unique knowledge and experience with over 10’000 RSS readers.

This chapter also applies to the new bloggers. If you don’t have the money for outsourcing, you can partner with another blogger and exchange your writing skills. As your blog grows, you will need to focus on the work that brings you the highest return on investment

Revenue-Generating Assets

Much of this chapter would be quite familiar to seasoned Problogger readers. Fortunately, instead of examining each asset in minute detail, they concentrate on how freelancers can adopt a business-like approach to creating a product. They discuss:

  • How to find the right asset for your business.
  • How to build an asset
  • Resources for creating and selling your products

This is relevant to bloggers because we often create the free content first, before creating a paid product. As this chapter demonstrates, it is often worth developing a revenue generating asset at the start so you can focus more of your time on unpaid projects.

Combine Strategies for Unlimited Potential

The final chapter details how you can put the core information together to create a self-sustaining business

As a freelance blogger, this chapter was my favourite. It really unified the previous chapters and gave me an insight into the minds of successful freelancers. It really demonstrated that if you want real success, you should treat your freelancing – or blog – as a business rather than another form of self employment.

Would I recommend it?

I would highly recommend this ebook to anyone who create a business based around their blog. Bloggers are exchanging their time for money but unlike freelancers, they are exchanging their time for anticipated income. Its value packed offering 200 pages of information for $29. I’ve paid a lot more for products that offer much less value. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for everybody.

This book isn’t for:

  • Those who are expecting extensive blogging advice. The book focuses on business advice for writers, and those looking to hire writers.
  • Those who want their hand held. The authors do their best to provide a solid framework but there is only so much you can say in 200 pages. They give the comprehensive advice needed to make individual business decisions.
  • Those who are just hoping for success, rather than planning for it.

If you aim to monetize via services, or have plans to expand your blog, then you should read The Unlimited Freelancer. If you can’t justify the expense you can check out the great content at Freelance Folder and Men With Pens.

Over to you

I offered to review this e-book because i felt that the Problogger audience could gain a lot from the authors experience. I know however that people can be reluctant to buy a product based on just one review.

Have you read the Unlimed Freelancer? Did it help you change your blogging or freelancing goals? Let us know in the comments.

Learn more about this resource at The Unlimited Freelancer.

New Blogger Jobs Available (and an Opportunity for those Looking for Bloggers)

Last week I tweeted a question asking my followers how many of them were currently looking for blogging work. The response was overwhelming – literally hundreds of responses within the next hour of people saying that they were in the market for a blogging job either as a full time thing or to supplement their current income.

While not hundreds of blogging jobs there have been quite a few good ones advertised on the Blogger Job Boards in the last week with four new ones in the last 24 hours.

If you’re on the lookout for a blogging job the best thing to do is to subscribe to the Job Board RSS feed and/or my Twitter account – both of which feature all new jobs on the boards.

Looking for a Blogger to Hire?

If you’re in the market to find a blogger to hire you’re in the lucky position to be hiring in a market where there is a lot of choice.

Among the thousands of people subscribed to the ProBlogger Job boards and the 40,000+ people who see them on my Twitter account there are some truly remarkable bloggers.

For just $50 you get the chance to put your job opportunity before them! Place Your Job Here.

Blog Tips (for Bloggers Who Have Been Around a While)

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running a series of posts here on ProBlogger about how to grow a blog to the next level once it has moved past its launch phase.

If you missed some of the posts – here’s a full listing of them:

  1. Building Upon Your Strengths
  2. Converting First Time Readers to Loyal Readers
  3. Keeping Fresh Content Flowing
  4. Growing Traffic to the Next Level With Search Engine Optimization
  5. Building Community a sense of Community on Your Blog
  6. Shaping Your Brand
  7. Expanding Connecting Points With Readers
  8. Extending Your Blog Audience Beyond Your Current Network
  9. Making Money – Moving Beyond AdSense

I hope you enjoyed this recent series on a topic that many bloggers struggle with.

A number of readers have asked for some more ‘beginner’ level tips on how to launch a blog – for those wanting this I’d recommend checking out the Blogging Tips for Beginners Series that we previously ran with a whole lot of tips more focused upon the launch phase.