20 Best Free Blogging Resources (for All Bloggers to Grow Faster) in 2023

There are an overwhelming number of excellent free blogging resources out there on the Internet today, to help grow your blog. And because I’ve created dozens of them myself (including courses, books, templates, tools and more), here’s my collection of all the best blogging resources.

You want to be a successful blogger, but right now, you don’t have much money to spare. Enter: today’s roundup of the best free blogging resources to grow your blog quicker.

Every time you look at your email marketing, it seems like yet another well known blogger is promoting an expensive course.

And a lot of free resources just end up disappointing you. Perhaps you attended a “free” webinar only to find it’s a half-hour of very basic tips followed by a massive sales pitch.

Do you really need to spend a fortune to get the information you need? No. Absolutely not.

Yes, there are lots of great paid resources that can help you on your blogging journey—but when you’re just getting started, there are tons of excellent free resources you can utilize as well. If you want even more, check out my list of top blogging courses and blogger books —some of which are paid, though they’re all a great value for what they offer.

Just remember: your time is valuable, too. You want the best free blogging resources you can find. You don’t want to waste your time on a hastily thrown together PDF that’s several years old.

20 Best Free Blogging Resources (for All Bloggers) in 2023

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).

Here are a collection of my favorite free blogging resources. If you want more, check out my list of top blogging courses and blogger books —many of which are paid, though they’re all a great value for what they offer.

Note: For many of these resources, you’ll need to sign up using your email address to gain access (you’ll likely be added to an email list for marketing purposes).

Beginner Bloggers: Resources for Launching Your Blog

Beginner Free Blogging Resources (to Grow Your Blog Faster)

If you haven’t yet launched your blog, or if you’ve had a go at blogging in the past but didn’t get very far, these are the resources you need to get off to a fantastic start.

1. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days

Format: Text (delivered via email)

Structure: 6 lessons

This course teaches you my step-by-step process for getting your blog set up in just minutes.

It also takes you through how to create high-quality content: the type that attracts thousands of readers. We cover effective ways to monetize your blog as well, so you can make real money blogging.

You can work through the course day by day — but if you want to go faster, there’s a link in each email to advance straight to the next lesson.

2. Free Keyword Research Tool by Ryan Robinson

Format: Free Tool

Structure: Type in your keyword phrase and get monthly search volume, difficulty & suggestions for other keyword phrases to target for your blog content

Free Keyword Research Tool (AI-Powered) SEO Keyword Research and Ideas

I built this free AI-Powered Keyword Tool to solve a problem I’ve had in the blogging industry for nearly a decade. Anytime a new (free) keyword research tool comes out and gains popularity, a switch flips and it’s suddenly only a paid tool—or has dramatic limitations on usage. This keyword research tool was build to be forever free.

When you type in a keyword you’re considering blogging about, you’ll get dozens of research-backed ideas for keywords & topics to write about on your blog today. You’ll get insights like:

3. AI-Powered Blog Title Generator Tool (Blog Topic Ideas)

Structure: Input your keyword phrase and get dozens of AI-powered blog title & topic ideas

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I built this free AI-Powered Blog Title Generator Tool to help my readers come up with unique, research-backed blog post ideas to write about.

When you type in a keyword phrase, you’ll instantly get dozens of SEO-friendly headline ideas to inspire your blogging efforts (and make your headlines stand out against the competition).

4. WordPress Training Course: Learn How to Build a WordPress Website Using Elementor (Simon Shocket)

Format: Video

Structure: 3 lessons, split into 17 videos (1 hr 11 mins total)

I love WordPress: it’s the blogging platform I always recommend using. But I know WordPress can feel like a steep learning curve when you’re just getting started.

This detailed, free training course from HubSpot takes you through everything you need to know, from setting up your website (including getting a domain name and web hosting), understanding how WordPress works, installing WordPress plugins and WordPress themes, and using the popular page builder Elementor.

5. WPBeginner’s WordPress 101 Video Tutorials (Syed Balkhi)

Structure: 34 separate videos, each around 2–7 minutes long

These videos, created by Syed Balkhi and his team at WPBeginner, are a fantastic introduction to everything you’ll want to know in your early days of blogging, including WordPress.com vs WordPress.org , using the block editor, creating and editing posts, adding images, installing and customizing themes, enabling and managing comments, and much more. Side note: I recommend using Grammarly in your Google Docs to help as an extra set of proofreading eyes.

As Syed puts it, “I am tired of self-proclaimed ‘blogging experts’ charging hundreds of dollars to teach how to use WordPress. I believe basic education like this should be FREE.”

6. What is Social? (Randy Hlavac)

Format: Video and text

Structure: Four weeks, including videos, readings, and peer-graded assignments

This course from Northwestern University is designed, in instructor Randy Hlavac’s words, to “give you an overview of social and the important ways you need to view social to build successful marketing strategies.”

The videos include full transcripts, not just in English but also in a range of other languages. It’s designed to take four weeks, though you can go faster or slower if you want to.

The course is designed to give you a big picture overview of the social media landscape, along with specific tips for creating your own content strategy, designing social communities, and positioning yourself as a brand authority. It touches on using tools like Canva for creating social images, too.

There are quizzes and assignments along the way to help you consolidate what you’ve learned.

Tip: Don’t click the “free trial” button when you sign up. You want the “audit the course” link to get the course for free, for as long as you want it.

7. The Beginner’s Guide to Branding (Laura Busche)

Format: PDF ebook

Structure: 6 short chapters

This 35 page ebook covers all the basics of branding, explaining what branding means, and going through all the basics like what name to choose, how to craft your brand identity, and how to create style guidelines.

You’ll get tips on choosing colors that work well together and on picking the right typeface for your blog.

The ebook also runs through some key pitfalls that people run into with branding, explaining how to avoid them.

As the author, Laura Busche, explains, “Branding is not just about fancy graphics on your landing page. A strong brand, or lack thereof, could make or break you.”

More Experienced Bloggers: Resources for Your First Year of Blogging

Once you’ve got your blog up and running, you’ll still want to keep learning. During your first year, your focus is likely to be on creating regular content, growing your traffic, and getting ready to make money from your blog.

8. Free 5-Day Mini Challenge for Traffic & Monetization  (Lena Gott)

Format: Text-based online course

Structure: 5 separate days of lessons plus homework

This free challenge takes you through some key ways to get more traffic and make money from your blog.

It covers simplifying your strategy, implementing income pathways on your blog, crafting strong calls to action, finding hidden niches other bloggers aren’t targeting, the importance of your conversion rate, and more.

The course is text-based, with less than 15 minutes of reading each day — though you’ll need to allow time to put what you’re learning into practice, too, with the homework tasks.

You get access to the whole course as soon as you sign up, so you can tackle multiple days at once, or you can go through it more slowly.

9. The Complete Collection: Content Creation Templates (Hubspot)

Format: Google documents, spreadsheets, and slides

Structure: Multiple separate sets of templates

This mammoth collection of templates includes every type of template you’re likely to need for your blog: blog post templates, buyer persona templates, ebook templates, infographic templates, powerpoint templates, and much more.

There’s also an editorial calendar and social media calendar to help you plan out your content. You can save all the files to your computer or you can access them in Google Drive.

10. The SEO Bootcamp (Stupid Simple SEO) (Mike Pearson)

Structure: 5 separate videos,

This series of five videos explains how to scale your traffic and income, covering topics like domain authority, keyword research , relevancy, and creating content that ranks.

It’s a beginner-friendly SEO course, taking you through everything you need to know and understand about search engine optimization. Each video is around 7–12 minutes long.

11. Free Graphic Design Training (Kristin Rappaport)

Format: Video (via Teachable)

Structure: Several course sections, each split into short (1–2 minute) videos

This detailed course from Kristin Rappaport runs through basic design principles, including proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast, and hierarchy, before tackling some common graphic design mistakes to avoid — like bad color choices, hard-to-read text, and adding unnecessary elements.

You’ll get 30 different graphic design tips in under 30 minutes, all delivered in a simple, beginner-friendly way.

Even if you’re using pre-made templates for your graphics and content, it’s still really helpful to learn graphic design basics.

Advanced Bloggers: Free Blogging Resources to Take Your Established Blog Further

Ready to take your blog to the next level?

If you’ve been blogging for months or years, you may have all the best blogging tools out there already. Perhaps you feel there’s not too much left to learn. But all these blog resources can help you hone your skills — and make more money.

12. 10-Step Copywriting Framework (Arman Assadi)

Format: Webinar (on-demand)

Structure: Video webinar

This free masterclass takes you through writing persuasive copy (without sounding salesy or full of hype) and making your copy more engaging, personal, and entertaining. You’ll learn how to quickly write copy — even if you’re a beginner.

Note that you need to wait about 9 minutes to view the webinar, after signing up, during which time you can watch an introduction video from Arman Assadi.

One drawback to this resource is, there aren’t any controls to pause, speed up, or slow down the webinar recording, so you’ll want to set aside about an hour and a half to watch it.

13. BabelQuest: Content Audit Template

Format: Excel spreadsheet

Structure: Spreadsheet plus link to instructions

Although this is a small free resource, it’s a really useful one if you’re revamping a blog that already has a lot of content — or even if you’ve purchased or taken over someone else’s blog.

It’s designed to help you conduct an audit of the content you already have, figure out where you may have content gaps, and list the changes and updates you want to make.

14. SEO Unlocked (Neil Patel)

Structure: Seven weeks, split into short 10 – 20 minute videos

This detailed SEO course from online marketing guru Neil Patel takes you through all the basics of SEO, then digs deep into keyword research, on-page and technical SEO, content marketing, link building, and more.

Toward the end of the course, you’ll also get tips on user engagement and conversion optimization.

SEO Unlocked also gives detailed instructions on setting up Google Analytics and Google Search Console.

There’s a lot of content here — but you can work through it all at your own pace. Although the course is designed to take 7 weeks, there’s nothing stopping you from taking longer (or getting through it faster).

15. Free Weekly Newsletter Planner (Kate Doster)

Format: Planner with prompts (PDF)

Structure: 24 months with four prompts for each, plus a few bonus prompts.

Struggling to come up with ideas for your newsletter list? This free weekly newsletter planner has four prompts each month (plus four bonus prompts each year, for months where you need to send five newsletters).

It’s designed so you can print it out and fill in the monthly calendar, though if you just want the prompts, this does take up quite a bit of space.

There’s at least one “MM” (money maker) prompt each month that’s designed for you to promote one of your own products/services, or something from an affiliate. Most of the ideas will work for any blogging niche.

Bonus: 5 Can’t-Miss Blogging Resources Here on ryrob.com

The 12 resources above are my favorites picks from other top-notch bloggers around the world. But I’d be remiss not to also share my own resources.

I’ve made a whole bunch of freebies, based on what RyRob readers want most. You don’t have to pay a cent for these — they’re all completely free to download.

16. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days

17. blog business plan template.

Format: Google Doc (you can also download it as a Word document or PDF)

Structure: 6 sections, each with multiple questions and space to type your answers

My blog has been earning well over six figures for years. During the years I built my blog, my business plan kept me on track. My free business plan template guides you through everything you need to figure out to build a successful blog.

That includes uncovering your reasons for blogging, setting goals, positioning and branding your blog, understanding your audience, doing a competitive analysis of other blogs, and much more.

18. Blog Planner Bundle

Format: PDFs and Google Docs

Structure: Multiple separate resources

This isn’t just one resource — it’s a whole bundle of resources to help you grow your blog. These include:

If you’re fitting your blogging around a day job, kids, or other big responsibilities, you need these resources. They’ll help you stay on track regardless how busy things get.

19. 3 Free Blogging Books

Format: PDFs

Structure: 3 separate books, totaling 311 pages

Want to dig deep into the world of blogging? I’ve got 3 completely free books for you. They’re a great read for new bloggers, but you’ll also learn a lot even if you’ve been blogging for a while. They are:

20. 10 Free Blog Post Templates

Format: Google Doc

Structure: Filled-out examples, then blank templates you can complete

This free blog post template has an SEO brief to fill out, plus an outline for your blog post itself.

It includes lots of tips to help you craft a great blog post, from having an introduction that hooks the reader to splitting your blog post into key sections that deliver real value for your reader.

Ready to Dig Into Some Amazing Free Blogging Resources?

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Whew! There are a lot of amazing blogging resources on this list … all completely free of charge. If you work through all of these, you’ll know more than a lot of people who’ve been blogging for months or years.

If you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed, though, here’s what to do.

First, sign up for my free course How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days . You’ll get each lesson straight to your inbox, so it’s super-easy to follow the course.

I’d recommend tagging the emails or saving them in a special folder so you can easily refer back to them if you want to.

Once you’ve worked through that course, you should have your blog up and running — though if you get stuck at any point, do check out the “Beginners” resources above for detailed help with WordPress.

Next, download my Blog Business Plan Template . You don’t need to have the perfect business plan from day one … but even a little bit of planning can save you a lot of time. Have a go at coming up with a business plan for your blog.

After that, pick any resource from the list above that you think will help you. Try to set aside 15 minutes every day to work through it … and make sure you put what you’re learning into practice, too.

Ready to get started? Head here to sign up for How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days .

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Great question, Jim! I’d say having a more tangible goal of say a specific amount of monthly traffic or income would be a better target, that way you can measure your progress. Check out my guide to setting realistic blogging goals here and that’ll steer you in the right direction: https://www.ryrob.com/blogging-goals/

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Thank you Ryan for this edition of “18 Best Free Blogging Resources in 2022. I have always kept you subscribed in my list of email contacts, however, financially I end up finding myself disappointed that even though as little as it sometimes costs, I still can’t afford to spend what little money I have. This time I think I can go through with committing some time and effort to get something going. Thank you this message of what I believe will help me to fulfill a desire and dream to become a successful blogger. God Bless! Sincerely, Raymond Duran, 72 years and still kicking!

You’re welcome, Raymond! Thanks for tuning in and glad to hear you got some useful tidbits here—sorry to hear your blogging journey has had some fits & starts, but I’m wishing you luck 🙏

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The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2023

The Internet is full of writing websites and blogs to help people reach their creative goals. If you’ve always dreamt of writing your own book, but don’t know how to get there — or if you’re in the process of writing, but feel unsure about what to do next — then it’s your lucky day! Here we have all the best writing websites of 2023 in one single place for your convenience. They’re also organized by category, and alphabetically within each of those categories, to make each one easier to find. Enjoy!

Best writing websites for writing craft and inspiration

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1. Almost an Author

Offering up new content every day, Almost an Author covers a grand scope of writing topics. From genre-specific advice to emotional support on your writing journey, there's tons of useful info here for beginner and veteran writers alike.

2. Association of Writer & Writing Programs

Having just marked their 50th anniversary, AWP is one of the premier authorities on writing. The AWP website provides resources and ample opportunities for authors, teachers, and students at every point in their career. Here you’ll be able to find information about writing programs, career options, and conferences all over the world. Keep in mind, though, that access to some of these features is restricted to members only.

3. Creativity Portal

This is a wonderful hub for creative resources that has been around for a whopping nineteen years! Here you can find writing prompts , creative coaching, printable writing templates, and interviews with authors that will help nourish the right side of your brain.

4. Daily Writing Tips

As the name suggests, this site offers daily writing tips ranging from open-ended prompts and exercises to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. It also covers all writing levels and professions, so it doesn't matter how far along you are in your writing career — DWT is sure to help you out.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a master’s degree, you can get your own "DIY MFA" right here! This site (founded by Gabriela Pereira ) aims to cover everything you would learn in a graduate program, while giving you the freedom to choose your own areas of concentration and allocate your time as you please. 

6. Electric Literature

While not exactly a craft-focused website — so no straight-up writing advice or prompts — this nonprofit digital publisher showcases literature-related essays, criticism, and recommended readings. If you're looking to brush up on both literary theory and recent literary trends, Electric Lit is the place for you.

7. Fiction University

This virtual university, run by award-winning author Janice Hardy, contains tons of advice and concrete examples to help authors build a strong writing foundation. It's full of blog posts by professionals who share their own processes and techniques, providing tips not just on what you should do as a writer, but on how  to make it happen.

8. Helping Writers Become Authors

Longtime author K.M. Weiland offers writing advice that ranges from outlining and structuring to characterization and dialogue — plus all the little details in between. She updates her blog faithfully with topical posts that would pique any writer's (or non-writer's) interest.

9. Insecure Writer's Support Group

Writing is intimidating for everyone , whether you're a multi-published author or you're just starting out. That's why getting support, guidance, and motivation throughout the process is vital! On IWSG, you'll discover a wealth of information on writing, publishing, marketing, and anything else you might need to ultimately overcome your insecurities.

10. Literary Hub

LitHub boasts a superb selection of content for all things literary. Here you can get all the latest book-related news, posts on design and the craft, your daily dose of fiction, and sparkling reviews of new works. One of this site's best features is its section on literature in translation — a great resource for those who want to read books and authors from around the world.

11. LitReactor

The LitReactor blog consists of writing classes, workshops, and a myriad of posts on writing and books ( some of which are even written by us! ). There’s also an online magazine that includes interviews, criticism and analysis, and seasonally appropriate reads and recommendations.

12. LitRejections

An unfortunate occupational hazard of with writing is rejection. This is where a site like LitRejections comes into play! It offers personal stories to help discouraged writers persevere through rejection, and maintain hope and motivation as they move forward in their careers.

13. Live Write Thrive

In this website by professional writer and editor C.S. Lakin, you’ll find plenty of nuanced writing anecdotes and tips. Lakin also supplies annotated critiques that can help you prep your book for publication.

14. NaNoWriMo

Besides serving as the official information hub for NaNoWriMo , this site also lends constant support for those struggling to "win" National Novel Writing Month. Make sure to check out the NaNoWriMo forums, which are chock-full of other people's personal writing tips and strategies to get you through November — and every other month of the year — as a writer.

15. Now Novel

This comprehensive website, founded by author Bridget McNulty , is a go-to for just about every writing-related question you might have. Here you'll also find advice, courses, and even an author dashboard where you can keep track of your own writing progress.

16. Positive Writer

If you often feel uncertain about your creative abilities, this is the site for you. Bryan Hutchinson created Positive Writer to encourage and inspire all those who want to write, no matter how much experience or confidence they have.

17. ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid offers a fantastic manuscript editing software that analyzes your writing and creates reports for you to learn from! This tool also includes a thesaurus, grammar checks, style suggestions, and more — you can learn all about it on the ProWritingAid blog, or in our review of the app !

18. She Writes

A well-established writing website with a feminist bent, She Writes is "the largest online community and content site for women writers... all around the world." The site features thoughtful posts and resources to help writers on their journeys, as well as a personal She Writes blog page for every user who signs up.

19. Well-Storied

Here you can find recent articles, workbooks, tutorials, and fascinating discussions on writing. Kristine Kieffer has an extensive archive of posts as well, where you can procure information on just about any topic related to books and writing.

20. The Write Practice

Fulfilling the promise of their name, every single post on this site emphasizes putting theory into practice! There's simply no better way to become a writer than by creating a routine, and that’s exactly what The Write Practice helps facilitate.

21. Writer’s Digest

Writer's Digest is one of the most encyclopedic writing websites out there — after all, the print magazine has been around for almost a century now! Here you’ll find genre and vocation-organized articles, events and competitions, webinars, templates, tutorials, and so much more.

22. Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed features articles by authors and industry professionals, focused specifically on the craft and business of fiction writing.

23. The Writing Cooperative

Plain and simple, this is a group of people who want to help each other become better writers. On Writing Cooperative, you will find articles that cover just about every aspect of the writing life. They also have monthly writing challenges to keep you incentivized, and there’s even a space where you can submit your own article to the blog!

24. Writing.com

This is an absolutely all-inclusive community for writers . It’s open to all levels and provides a creative, supportive environment for all members, as well as portfolios to store and display their writing. Like most writing websites, it also includes a plethora of writing tools , contests, and rewards.

25. Catapult: Don’t Write Alone

Don’t Write Alone is a blog written by the Catapult team dedicated to helping writers grow their skills. As a publisher and magazine founded in 2005, Catapult has seen a lot of works and now they’re spilling all the details. From interviews, to craft essays, to writer lifestyle essays, Catapult covers it all.

26. Kirkus Review’s Writers’ Center

Kirkus Review is known for its prestigious $50,000 dollar annual prize and its bi-monthly issues where they critique hundreds of recently published books. But, did you know they also have a section of their website devoted to helping emerging writers grow their skills and navigate the publishing industry? They’re always up to date on the latest trends — if they aren’t creating new trends themselves.

27. Writers Write

An invaluable resource for creative writers, business writers, or bloggers, Writers Write offers over 1400 articles, courses, and workbooks to help you take your writing practice to the next level. Alongside their educational content, they offer book reviews, trivia on famous authors, and prompts. Sign up for their inspirational newsletters for regular hits of motivation that will keep you writing.

Best writing websites in the publishing industry

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28. Agent Query

This database allows authors to perform in-depth searches for literary agents . You can narrow your search by genre and keywords, view agents’ full profiles, and see if they are currently accepting queries — all for free!

29. The Creative Penn

Besides being a bestselling author on various topics, Joanna Penn is also a leading voice in self-publishing . On her punnily named site, you’ll find abundant information related to writing, self-publishing, marketing, and everything else you mind need to make a living as a writer.

30. Digital Pubbing

Digital Pubbing provides industry news, interviews with indie authors, and resources for learning all about ebooks and the publishing industry. In accordance with the name, this is the perfect site for any author hoping to absorb some serious digital knowledge.

31. The Independent Publishing Magazine

We know it might seem like we're repeating ourselves, but this website really is all about publishing (both independent and traditional, despite what the name indicates). Whatever info you need about self-publishing, trad pub, or hybrid publishing , you’ll definitely be able to find it here.

32. Publishers Weekly

And if you have a specific question about the publishing world, you’ll most likely find the answer here. This weekly magazine is packed full of news, reviews, announcements, and many other resources on the industry. It has been dubbed as "the Bible of the book business" and with its extensive archive, it’s easy to see why.

33. Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives is another leading source of publishing info, specializing in industry news and topical articles. Aimed at publishers, agents, and authors alike, it features a variety of posts that cover book fairs, distribution, education, and much more.

34. Query Shark

Not sure where your query letter is up to snuff? Query Shark offers the opportunity to have your query critiqued, and to read detailed query critiques of other authors' letters, so you can get the best possible results for your book. Be warned, though, that this sharp-toothed feedback isn't for the weak of heart.

35. Writer Beware

This amazingly thorough site compiles information on schemes and scams that affect authors , especially those run through email and the Internet. It’s sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, but obviously applies to authors everywhere. If you're a fresh-faced author trying to get published, definitely check it out — it could save you from losing thousands of dollars in an elaborate scam.

36. The Darling Axe

When the industry professionals at The Darling Axe aren’t working on manuscripts, they flock to the internet to share their hot takes on the publishing industry. They also host writing contests throughout the year to build a writing community and give unpublished authors the chance to get feedback from professionals.

Best writing websites for marketing and design

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37. David Gaughran

An experienced author of historical adventures, short stories, and popular books for writers , David Gaughran is one of the definitive writing experts out there. His eponymous blog contains plenty of info on marketing and self-publishing, plus workshops to help aspiring authors. And similar to Writer Beware, he's the noble opposition of online publishing scams and scammers — so if you're frustrated by these issues, you'll discover a blissfully sympathetic voice on his blog.

38. Kikolani

Focused specifically on marketing, Kikolani offers tips and strategies for bloggers who want to grow their presence and attract more readers. Here you’ll find information on brand development, social media, customer retention, and other useful tips that you can put to good use as a blogger. (If you're just getting started, though, we'd recommend this course .)

39. Kindlepreneur

Dave Chesson is — in his own words — a “digital marketing nut.” His blog has all the information you could ever need about Kindle book publishing , how to write to market, increasing your rankings on Amazon, and lots more practical tips and advice.

40. Storiad

Storiad is a marketing platform that helps authors and publishers sell books. Go here for essential information on writing apps , databases, tools, and budgeting to help you run your own publishing campaign from start to finish.

41. Writers & Artists

Part of the distinguished Bloomsbury, Writers & Artists has quite a few articles on writing and the self-publishing process. They also offer editorial services and events on many different topics, like genre-specific writing courses and how to get connected with agents .

42. Your Writer Platform

Naturally, this site is dedicated to building your very own writer platform. There are tons of tips, resources, tools, how-tos, and even individual consulting services to help you build the platform that works best for you and your marketing needs.

Best writing blogs by industry professionals

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43. Goins, Writer

Bestselling author Jeff Goins created this blog to share his thoughts on writing and to inspire others to chase their creative dreams. He's especially good at breaking complex topics down into digestible bits — new writers, go here for your primers.

44. Jane Friedman

With copious experience in the publishing industry, Jane Friedman offers online classes and articles on the entire process of book publishing. She's a real goldmine of business knowledge, so keep her in mind for when you're ready to publish your book.

45. Nail Your Novel

As a bestselling former ghostwriter who now publishes under her own name, Roz Morris provides advice about writing, self-publishing, and of course, ghostwriting . If you're interested in becoming a ghostwriter, be sure to check out her courses!

46. Nathan Bransford

Nathan Bransford is a former literary agent who posts all about the inner workings of publishing, as well and information on agents and self-publishing. He also does consultations, edits, and critiques . Plus, he’s a Reedsy professional   and  he's written for the blog !

47. Rachelle Gardner

Skillful agent Rachelle Gardner has negotiated over 200 contracts with over twenty publishers and helped more than 100 authors fulfill their dreams of publishing. On her blog, she offers writing, publishing, and social media coaching, along with general writing and publishing tips.

48. Kris Writes

For regular insights from a New York Times bestselling author, look no further than Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog. On Mondays, she posts free short stories for authors to find inspiration in, and Wednesdays she posts in her “Business Musings” collection where she breaks down news from the publishing industry and offers her inside opinions. 

49. The Marginalian  

Maria Popova describes her site as “a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually, poetically — drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tendrils of human thought and feeling.” She sends out a Sunday newsletter with thoughtful deconstruction of the week’s best liberal arts goings-on to help broaden her readers’ appreciation of the creative world.

50. John August

For all the screenwriters out there, John August co-hosts a weekly podcast with fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin discussing both the craft and business of screenwriting while breaking down popular movies. To help screenwriters really get a feel for the process of working with a studio, John has posted multiple versions of scripts from different stages in the production process on films and series he’s written, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Big Fish , and Chernobyl .

What are some of your favorite writing websites? Let us know in the comments below!

5 responses

Alex J. Cavanaugh says:

09/11/2018 – 15:10

I guess the Insecure Writer's Support Group is going to have to work harder...

↪️ Reedsy replied:

09/11/2018 – 19:51

Hey Alex, oversight on our part. The post has been updated :)

Harvey Stanbrough says:

16/11/2018 – 12:44

Many on your list regurgitate the same old clichéd information we all learned from non-writers that doesn't work. I'm amazed DeanWesleySmith.com and KrisWrites.com are not included. Invaluable information there. The former is a daily blog, the latter weekly. Also, I publish a daily Journal of the writing life at hestanbrough.com (often with topics) and a weekly Pro-Writers blog at harveystanbrough.com.

Bridget at Now Novel says:

17/11/2018 – 16:38

Thanks so much for the mention, team Reedsy. Wonderful to be mentioned on (and alongside) our favourite writing sites and blogs.

Emmiasky Ojex says:

25/02/2019 – 11:08

Such great list of the top-tiered (or will be) in the industry. I vouch for The ArtHut arthut.com.ng too to be amidst this sorta list soon.

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2020

by Farrah Daniel | Jan 6, 2020

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Editor’s note: Looking for our most updated list of best writing websites? Here’s our list for 2021 .

Your story deserves to be heard, but how do you get people to read it? How do you muster up enough courage and discipline to finish? What are the rules to writing well? 

You can find answers to all of these tricky questions on the web. That’s why each year, with the help of our readers, we hand-pick 100 of the best websites on writing, places where you’ll find helpful support, inspiration and advice. 

Louis L’Amour once said, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” You’ve got the water, now welcome others in to keep your faucet running.

How we hand-pick our annual list of the best websites for writers

Since 2014, The Write Life has celebrated the art of writing by releasing a list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers, and we’re excited to do so again for the seventh consecutive year.

We separated our 2020 list into 10 categories:


All the websites are listed in alphabetical order within their categories, with numbers for ease of reading (not ranking).

Many are tried-and-true favorites featured in our previous lists, but this year we’re thrilled to include more than 30 newcomers you recommended, along with one new category: travel writing!

Because we only want to bring you the best of the best, each website featured in this list meets the following criteria:

We couldn’t have created this list without your helpful suggestions. And with so many great options to choose from, we wished we could have included them all! If you don’t see your favorite writer website featured, please suggest it next year when we ask for recommendations.

If this list inspires you to start your own website or blog, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to start a blog . Your website could be next on our list!

Here’s our list of the best writing websites in 2020.

1. A Selfish Poet

Trish Hopkinson created A Selfish Poet for poets and creative writers seeking publication. She shares no-fee calls for submissions, writing prompts, and poetry groups and events. Articles from Hopkinson and guest bloggers share the latest opportunities for writing contests, journals and other publications that pay. They’ll also help you become a better writer and a savvier submitter.

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2. Elna Cain

The path to freelancing is made simple on Elna Cain’s website, where she shares a range of action-based content to help you grow a successful business as a writer. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, join thousands of writers in improving your skills with her valuable tips. 

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3. Freelancer FAQs

This website is a one-stop-shop for all the questions that feel unanswerable. Freelancer FAQs’ articles share solutions and answers to all the tricky, messy parts: marketing, running your business, money management and more.

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4. Freelance to Freedom

Freelancing is a business, after all, so it’s important to have the tools and information that will push your business ( *ahem* money ) forward. At Freelance to Freedom, you’ll have access to a newsletter, a free Freelancer’s Toolkit, and informative articles, all of which will help you wade through some of the hard stuff, like managing your taxes and securing consistent clients.

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5. FundsforWriters

For 20 years, FundsforWriters has been supplying writers of all backgrounds diversified funding streams, and the site has only gotten better over the years. You can join 35,000 other writers in subscribing to the weekly newsletter or tour the expansive site and mine for grants, competitions or contests, jobs, publishers and agents, just to name a few. 

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6. Make a Living Writing

Through her blog, ebooks and paid community, Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice offers solid support and resources to help you grow in your career. Writers at any level can learn how to overcome writing fears, earn money from blogging and move up from low-paying markets. Tice also founded the popular Freelance Writers Den , an 1,100 member strong community for freelancers. Check out our Freelance Writers Den review .

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7. The Freelancer’s Year

Award-winning writer Lindy Alexander shares insider knowledge she’s picked up along the way of her thriving freelance writing career. Check out her website to learn the right way to follow up with editors, how to snag gigs with limited experience and why she doesn’t believe in networking for freelance writers. 

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8. The International Freelancer

Mridu Khullar Relph has sustained a 15-year writing career, landing bylines in top publications in the US, UK and India. Between the articles, e-books and free resources that cover topics like content marketing and querying, freelance writers anywhere in the world can learn how to manage themselves successfully. Her website boasts that it has “all you need to know about the art, craft and business of writing.” 

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9. The Quiet Type

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10. Wanderful World

Lizzie Davey quit her job and moved to Spain to start a freelance business. Now, she teaches writers everything she’s learned in the process. Between the e-courses, workshops and in-depth blogs, writers will leave feeling ready to navigate the wan-derful world of freelance writing. Don’t forget to check out her free 80+ page e-book! 

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11. Be a Freelance Blogger

Through Sophie Lizard’s blog posts, job board and Facebook group, you’ll learn what it takes to increase your blogging income. She and her team at Be a Freelance Blogger show you how to build an expert reputation and regain your freedom by blogging for hire, all without giving up your dream of working from the beach.

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12. Copyblogger

Whatever your business goals, Copyblogger can supply the tools you need to create the kind of powerful content that will achieve them. This leading resource for blogging and digital marketing has been leveling up copywriting and content marketing skills since 2006, so it wouldn’t hurt to see what they can do for yours. Its free membership includes an online-marketing e-course, free ebooks, forums and more. 

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13. Craft Your Content

Founder Elisa Doucette and her Craft Your Content team offer proofreading, editing and coaching services for entrepreneurial writers. On the website, you’ll also find a wide range of articles that motivate and educate writers to create better content. Don’t forget to sign up for the free 10-day email course, too!

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17. dream of travel writing.

Which travel magazine would you love to write for? Founded by Gabi Logan, this website provides all the resources you need to land the gigs of your wildest travel writing dreams. Between the free and paid options, writers can access 70+ webinars, blogs, coaching, and pitch letter critiques. 

Bonus: The site is also home to a travel magazine database that gives members detailed information on pitching the editors of more than 500 magazines.

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18. Pitch Travel Write

This website was recommended by quite a few of you! And it’s probably because Roy Stevenson is quite the aficionado. With over 1,000 published articles, this travel writing expert uses his site to gleefully share everything he knows about the industry: query letters and pitches that work, crafting content that sells, capturing compelling photography, and marketing yourself. To help you become a successful freelance travel writer, Stevenson offers workshops, coaching sessions, resource guides and instructive articles. 

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19. Travel Write Earn

Travel Write Earn will show you how to do exactly that. If you’re dreaming beyond the writing desk, James Durston can relate. His blog uses personal anecdotes to impart wisdom on the best strategies to use as a freelance travel writer, showing both what works and how you wind up at the bottom of an editor’s inbox.  

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20. Travel Writing 2.0 Blog

Want to earn a lot more money for your writing or blogging? Tim Leffel, the author of Travel Writing 2.0 , says you’ve come to the right place. A great starting point for any novice, his website features a job board, courses and workshops, and articles that share a range of advice directly from editors and experts in the field. You’ll get to learn about a lot of other travel writers, too! 

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21. abbiee emmons.

Abbie’s way of teaching writers how to make their stories matter is fun and engaging, as she often uses her own stories and projects as lessons to guide you in the right direction. By exploring mental health and sharing productivity, writing and blogging tips, Abbie hopes to help writers harness the power of psychology and storytelling to turn their ideas into masterpieces.

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When she isn’t freelancing or writing fiction and nonfiction, Ali Luke is helping writers master the art, craft and business of writing. This website will keep you inspired and motivated with blog posts that provide practical and motivational advice on writing books. If you’re interested in building a business around your writing, she covers that, too! Check out her self-study seminar packs, e-books and online courses. 

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What would you like to learn about copywriting? Chances are, you can find it on professional copywriter Ashlyn Carter’s thorough website. Seemingly a never-ending resource to help you make more money with your words, Ashlyn Writes will take you from novice to expert in copywriting, email marketing, social media strategizing and more. 

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Lucy V. Hay has won the hearts of so many of you! It’s no wonder she made it to our list again this year. Bang2Write is all about script reading, submission, genre, pitching and characterization. You’ll find tons of advice on how to develop great stories and pitch your scripts, along with best practices for writing research. 

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30. Horror Tree

The Horror Tree was created with the horror writer in mind. From its humble beginnings as an outlet for speculative fiction authors to connect with horror anthologies and publishers, this online resource has since broadened to cover pieces on each step of the writing process, non-fiction, poetry, non-anthology work, and audio to boot!

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31. Kristen Lamb

The self-proclaimed “professional troublemaker” Kristen Lamb is nothing short of a renaissance woman in the writing realm. Not only does she hold the titles of author, blogger and international speaker, she also offers consultations, on-demand classes and an academy for those looking to learn from one of the best. Her website is brimming with content and services that can turn writers into authors.

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32. Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter is a writer, but she’s also a writing teacher whose blog posts turn life lessons into writing inspiration and motivation. Her mission is to create deeply and help others to do the same, which she fulfills by offering one-on-one coaching and online courses to help writers focus and build a structured writing practice. 

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33. Leigh Shulman

Leigh Shulman wants writers to understand one thing: Chaos is part of the journey, so you might as well embrace it. Her free writing resources will be useful to writers at any given stage of the writing process, and her blog will gently nudge you to get out of your comfort zone and take the first step toward your ideal writing life. 

A reader of The Write Life says, “As one of the best resources for writers out there, Leigh’s timely and enlightening book, as well as her writing resources and workshop community is the much-needed practical nudge to help you break through life blocks and start writing again with intention!” 

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35. Savannah Gilbo

Savannah Gilbo is a developmental editor and book coach, and she’s certified in more ways than one. Her extensive experience will go hand-in-hand with your journey as a blossoming (or seasoned!) novelist, as her tips and guidance simplify the process along the way. Look into her free starter kit to see if it’s right for you.

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36. Word Wise Tips

Kathy Widenhouse is a freelance Christian writer, but you might know her as the “Nonprofit Copywriter.” Her blog is loaded with simple, clear writing tips and shortcuts to simplify any writing process and help you make the most of your time. Heeding the advice of this accomplished copywriter means writing blogs, newsletters, webpages, social media copy and other projects will never be easier.

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37. Writers in the Storm 

Weathering the storms of the writing process is absolutely necessary because, well…they’re inevitable. If you need a helping hand, the group of seasoned writers in charge of this blog are committed to using their unique perspectives and strengths to inspire you to get through the difficult stages. 

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38. Re:Fiction

Re:Fiction is a fiction writer’s magazine that believes the great writers of tomorrow are out there even now, “honing their skills and polishing their yet untold stories.” To help your work thrive, Re:Fiction provides a plethora of useful (and free!) resources.

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39. The Writing Kylie

One of the biggest issues with writing a book is finding the time to make it happen. Another dilemma is the dreaded writer’s block or a creative slowdown that hinders any further progress. Luckily, Kylie Day has created a site where writers can find courses, workshops and tips, like “Ultimate Guide to the 4-Step Goal Setting Formula That Will Help You Achieve Your Writing Dreams.”

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40. Tweetspeak Poetry

With Tweetspeak Poetry, you’ll find a team that’s dedicated to helping people become who they really are. There are great resources for teaching poetry, and readers and writers get to indulge in beautiful poetry, writing workshops, book clubs and more. 

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41. The Write Practice

If you struggle with transferring your thoughts to the page, spend some time at The Write Practice to learn about writing better and faster. Joe Bunting and his team will develop your writing rhythm, help you grow into your voice and identity as a writer through prompts, exercises and more.

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42. Writing Forward

Need help staying focused on your writing ventures? Melissa Donovan’s blog “Writing Forward” is loaded with tips on everything from staying inspired, to grammar, to 1,000+ writing prompts designed to keep your mind fresh and your pen fresher. 

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43. Writer Unboxed

Founded in 2006, Writer Unboxed is dedicated to publishing empowering, positive and provocative ideas about the craft and business of fiction. Kathleen Bolton and editorial director Therese Walsh host more than 50 contributors that share meaningful insight about writing. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on the buzzing comment section, where the conversation includes the input of community members.

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44. Writers Write

At Writers Write, where the motto is “Write to communicate”’ you’re welcomed into an all-encompassing writing resource for creative writers, business writers and bloggers. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of its vast archive of more than 1,200 informational and inspirational articles that provide solid advice, inspiration and writing assistance. 

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Be honest, how often do you flex those editing muscles? Daily Grammar Lessons is a simple and enjoyable way of mastering English grammar, even if you consider yourself a pro. By clarifying complicated rules and subjects of grammar, this blog of daily exercise proves to be advantageous to anyone.  

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Author Kathy Steinemann has an affinity for words, especially when they’re frightening, futuristic or funny. To help you keep your word bank interesting, she shares master lists of adjectives and offers tips for avoiding overused words and being more descriptive and original in your writing.  Plus, she’ll tell you which writing habits upset editors. 

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47. Quick and Dirty Tips 

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Self-Publishing School is an online education company geared toward aspiring authors, and those that are already self-published. People save 100’s of hours in the process, save thousands of dollars on key investments for success, publish a book they’re proud of, and sell 1,000+ more copies in the first year. All while allowing you to maintain control of your book–and its royalties.

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50. BookWorks

Self-publishing can be intimidating if you’re new to it, but BookWorks teaches the ins and outs of the process, from novel editing and promoting your book to structuring your writing process. You can read articles from industry experts, or even join in on the author discussion groups. Sometimes the best part of writing is the community you find along the way. 

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Maria is a literary agent who loves both food and books, so she brought the two together on this blog, where she shows readers how to create work that lands book deals. In addition to printable worksheets and some delicious recipes, Cooks & Books shares Maria’s industry knowledge, marketing tactics that writers should employ, tips to a successful blog and musings about life.

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52. Creativindie

Derek Murphy believes the purpose of our lives is to “create something unique that entertains, instructs, challenges or helps others.” On Creativindie, he shows writers how to do that without becoming starving artists. Ever the one-stop-shop, this website contains downloadable resources, videos, books and thorough how-to guides to help you achieve the bottom line: getting published. 

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K.M. Weiland is a writer of historical and speculative fiction, an award-winning autho, and your new mentor. To answer all of your writing and publishing questions, her website provides writers a range of free resources: blog posts, instructional ebooks, vlogs and a podcast. 

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The first reader-powered book publisher, Inkitt offers an array of opportunities for writers to be discovered and become globally successful authors. The website hosts an online community of talented authors and book lovers, The Writer’s Blog, as well as shares free books. Don’t forget to check out the featured a list of writing contests with cash prizes !

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55. Jane Friedman

One reader of The Write Life said Jane Friedman’s website “offers consistently great information for writers (which leads to better decisions, better book deals, better workflow and bigger advances!).” 

Between having 20 years of experience in the publishing industry and a prominent blog that shares an array of publishing and writing tips, we’re inclined to agree. 

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56. Kindlepreneur

Dave Chesson consistently offers high-quality content that helps authors make money selling Kindle books. His actionable tips range from how to choose character names to using a Facebook author page wisely to reviews of writing tools. But what sets this site apart from the rest is Dave’s knowledge about kindle keywords and how to optimize your book on Amazon to sell more copies. That’s because he’s the brains behind Publisher Rocket , which helps Kindle authors choose the right keywords (think: search engine optimization for Amazon).

57. Anne R. Allen

Ruth Harris and Anne R. Allen are the publishing veterans behind this blog, which they started in 2009 to prevent writers from making the mistakes they couldn’t avoid. Dive into articles about navigating the complex industry, or read up on ways to tighten your manuscript. Whatever your publishing path, this blog has something for everyone.

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58. The Publication Coach

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59. The Steve Laube Agency

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60. Well-Storied

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61. Writer’s Relief

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To let you focus on creating, this tool does the work of finding agents and publishers for you. For either $5 a month of $50 a year, Duotrope can streamline your process by tracking your submissions and deadlines or providing up-to-date market listings for you to browse. Visit the website to learn how else it can help you be a better writer.

64. Journalist’s Resource

Journalist’s Resource’s mission is to “bridge the gap between journalism and academia.” The site serves as an open-access reference desk for journalists, offering write-ups on the latest scholarly studies, reports and data. It’s filled with reliable research, which can be a great place to start if you need inspiration for your next freelance article. 

Browse the latest research here

65. One Stop for Writers

Two words: Thesaurus library. The art of writing stories is no walk in the park, but it might feel that way with the free resources found on One Stop for Writers. This in-depth website covers everything from organizing research to writing authentic characters to crushing your writer’s block. Try out the free trial for the subscription to see if a full access plan offers the support you need.

Browse the resources here  

66. Pitchwhiz

Pitchwhiz is a new way for editorial professionals to connect. Whether you’re an editor or writer looking to buy or sell stories, photography, or other editorial products and skills, this platform lets you do so seamlessly! 

Browse the features here

67. ProWritingAid

If you’re looking for a tool that will do more than just catch typos, this is it. ProWritingAid’s manuscript editing software will help you self-edit faster without compromising accuracy. The built-in style guide and contextual thesaurus are sure to come in handy, too. 

To give it a whirl, sign up with your email address and you’ll get to analyze 500 words of text for style, grammar, overused words, readability and more. Check out our ProWritingAid review.

Try the editing tool here

68. Who Pays Writers?

Writers look out for each other, especially when it comes to getting paid. That’s what makes this website so special — it’s maintained by an anonymous volunteer collective and features a crowd-sourced list of publications that pay freelance writers and how much they pay. The website is updated on a monthly basis. 

Just search for a publication in the tool, and you’ll see an average pay per word, a list of assignment descriptions and how long writers waited to be paid. 

Try out the tool here

69. Where to Pitch

You might have a phenomenal pitch that got rejected because it just didn’t land in the right inbox. In that case, it really isn’t you; it’s them. The key is to pitch smarter. That’s where Susan Shain’s Where to Pitch comes in. This loaded writer resource will help you decide where to pitch your articles, based on a topic or publication. Her site also offers a free newsletter that offers monthly freelance writing tips and resources.

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Writing Communities

70. a writer’s path.

How much can $1 get you? At A Writer’s Path, author Ryan Lanz makes sure the answer to that question is “a lot.” He helps the authors in his blossoming writing Patreon community find book reviewers and publishing services, offers critiques and coaching, and shares free copies of his e-books. He even gives access to exclusive discounts on services and other freebies.

Join the Writer’s Path community

71. Alessandra Torre Ink

Alessandra Torre is a New York Times bestselling author and teaches courses in writing and publishing. She also hosts an online community that provides a space for more than 8,000 novelists and aspiring writers to ask questions, share their works-in-progress and share helpful tips and articles.

Join the community of Alessandra Torre Inkers

72. Association of Ghostwriters

With the Association of Ghostwriters, members get to join a prolific community of writers who share an enthusiasm for this industry. Mentorships, job and networking opportunities, newsletters and more are available at this all-in-one resource for aspiring ghostwriters. 

Associate and professional memberships are available at $69 and $99 per year.

Browse the resources here 

73. Chronicles

Are you a science fiction and fantasy writer? See if Chronicles is a good fit for you. It’s a community and forum where members gather to discuss favorite books, authors and common themes within the genre.

Join the Chronicles community

74. Faith Writers

Faith Writers is the #1 website for Christian Writers. Those interested in spreading the gospel universally via the world’s largest database of Christian articles can set up shop on this platform. Once you get through the articles from more than 70,000 Christian writers, Faith Writers also offers a Christian writer critique circle, weekly writing challenges, and annual Christian writing contests. 

Join the Faith Writers community

75. Fiction Writing

Fiction Writing helps writers with all things related to writing/publishing: outlining, writing, editing, query letters, formatting, artwork, blurbs, self-publishing, and marketing. With nearly 97,000 members, there’s plenty of new writing to review and writers to provide feedback on yours. This robust group has regular threads for sharing social media accounts, poetry and more, too.

Join the Fiction Writing community

76. Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Some say artists are sensitive, and writers aren’t exempt. To curb the doubts and insecurities that always manage to creep up, join this encouraging community that aims to uplift writers at every stage of the game. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group came highly recommended, with one reader saying it’s “undoubtedly the best writer website. Everybody is so supportive, yet incisive in their feedback. It is a wonderful community.”

Join Insecure Writer’s Support Group

77. NaNoWriMo

As you know, every November, writers everywhere celebrate National Novel Writing Month by partaking in the ambitious writing event. Did you know it’s also a great hub for finding community? Besides the tons of resources available to help you win, you can also befriend other writers taking on the challenge.

Join the NaNoWriMo community

78. She Writes

This community is bubbling over with exciting features for its more than 36,000 members. When you become a member (it’s free!), you can create your own profile, build your network and join any of the 300+ groups based on your genre, lifestyle, or location. The She Writes team regularly features exclusive interviews and writing advice straight from bestselling authors and industry insiders.

Join the She Writes community

79. Storywrite  

Join more than 50,000 active members in sharing your short stories and reviewing others’. What’s interesting about this community is that it’s connected to its sister site, AllPoetry , so if you post on one, it’ll post on the other. The difference, however, is in the name; Storywrite showcases stories first and vice versa. If you’re intrigued, be sure to check out the contests.

Join the Storywrite community

80. The Masters Review

The Masters Review is a platform for emerging writers. It doubles as an online and print publication, and since 2011, it has been celebrating new writers by sharing useful resources, in addition to a submission process for undistributed works.

Join the Masters Review community

81. WritersCafe.org

Regardless of the genre, your work will be accepted in this active community of friendly writers. You can discover new writers, provide and receive feedback and reviews, take free writing courses, make writerly friends, join groups or even start your own! 

Join the WritersCafe.org community

82. Writing.com

Due to its unique elements, Writing.com boldly claims that no other writing community can compare. It’s considered a social network for writers, where members can facilitate interactions with one another and read and review each other’s work. A popular feature is the online portfolio system that provides up to 20 items for writers to create and share. 

Join the Writing.com community

83. YeahWrite

YeahWrite is where competition and community merge. Since 2011, more than 300 consecutive weeks of free writing challenges have been held and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Here, you can enjoy the perks of joining a dynamic group of writers who are committed to their craft, participating in friendly competitions, reading and sharing quality writing, and honing your craft with its abundant resources. 

The Write Life readers say, “Free content, fun challenges, amazing editors, and a great writing community, with paid options for classes and editing at reasonable prices.”

Join the YeahWrite community

84. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach

To help you overcome hurdles and reach your writing goals, Ann Kroeker’s podcast episodes offer practical tips and motivation for writers at all stages. An added bonus is that her website is home to numerous blog posts and resources for emerging writers. 

Episode you’ll like: Curiosity, Creativity, Productivity: Three Pillars to Building Your Best Writing Life

85. Create If Writing

Author and host Kirsten Oliphant shares tips and tools on how to build a platform for your creative brand. Her Create If Writing podcast will help you turn your readers into raving fans, which is just one step in making a living out of doing what you love.

Episode you’ll like: Marketing for Authors Who Hate Marketing

86. How Do You Write

Rachael Herron is a best-selling author whose podcast guides you through the entire process of writing a book. Whether you need some motivation to get started writing or specific genre tricks to tighten your story, How Do You Write will inspire you to keep pushing.

Episode you’ll like: Steff Green on Writing Prolifically and Joyfully

87. Indie Author Weekly

On her new podcast, Indie Author Weekly, romance novelist and business-book author Sagan Marrow shares a behind-the-scenes look into her journey of writing and self-publishing books. It’s perfect for new or aspiring authors wanting to learn more about self-publishing or get tips for writing and editing your own work.

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88. Publish a Profitable Book

Grow your brand and expand your impact with the help of writer and coach Elizabeth Lyons. Tune in to this podcast to hear interviews with authors, entrepreneurs, creators and visionaries sharing the backstories behind their amazing achievements. On top of that, her special insider tips and insight will motivate and encourage you to take charge of your writing. 

Episode you’ll like: The Unique Challenges of Author Branding

89. Self Publishing Formula

Hosted by author Mark Dawson and James Blatch, this weekly podcast shares tips on writing, publishing, marketing and more. Listeners can learn from interviews with million-selling indie authors, breakout stars from traditional publishing, industry insiders and tech geniuses. 

Episode you’ll like: How to Write About the FBI (and Get It Right)

90. Writing Class Radio

If you love stories and are inspired by hearing others tell theirs, sit in on the Writing Class Radio’s live writing class. Listeners get to learn a little bit about how to write their own stories. The founders believe there is no place in the world like writing class, so they’re sharing the experience with us all. 

Episode you’ll like: How to Write About the Unbelievable

91. Writing Excuses

What could you learn about writing in less than 20 minutes? On this podcast, it might be writing fight scenes, killing your darlings, side-character arcs, the hero’s journey, or tips from experts who want to help you be a better writer. 

Episode you’ll like: Writing Characters With Physical Disabilities

Marketing & Platform-Building

92. bakerview consulting.

Barb Drozdowich is a consultant and book blogger who believes that “authors need a social media platform to succeed in today’s ever-changing world of selling books,” so she’s helping authors, one at a time. On her blog, she tutors authors in the technology they need to build a platform through social media.

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93. Build Book Buzz

You’ve written the book — how do you get people to buy it? Marketing is tricky, but the blogs and other resources available on Build Book Buzz take the mystery out of social media strategies, self-promotion, and navigating relevancy in the fickle media.

94. Ginny Carter

Business book ghostwriter and book coach Ginny Carter has 22 years of marketing experience. Her blog features effective tips on how to bring your book to life, and though it’s mostly geared toward business books, the information is helpful for writers across all genres in need of platform amplification. 

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95. Kikolani

The Kikolani blog covers everything the modern-day entrepreneur might need to know, from marketing to business knowledge, down to the entrepreneur lifestyle. Plus, they’re accepting submissions! 

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96. Nicole Bianchi

Nicole Bianchi’s tips help writers boost their productivity, improve their writing skills and build their online presence. An experienced writer, editor and web designer, she shares practical and personal advice about writing, copywriting, and marketing strategies. 

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97. Robyn Roste

Copywriter Robyn Roste helps agencies, entrepreneurs and small businesses connect with their audience and customers through powerful messaging and branding. Whether you’re interested in gaining followers, learning about the importance of hashtags, or getting the most out of your social platforms, Robyn can break it down for you. 

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98. That Seems Important

Margo Aaron harnesses her marketing savvy to help you grow your platform. The Write Life readers said it best: 

That Seems Important is a “ brilliant and rich resource for writers and marketing brands. [Margo] breaks down the writing process in a very hands-on way, using real-life examples. She gives great tips for increasing your consumer base and how to make sure your content stands out so that it captures your readers’ attention.” 

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99. The Creative Penn

She’s a little bit of everything: a bestselling author, publisher, speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster, Youtuber. The Creative Penn, Joanna Penn’s well-known site, offers information on writing, book marketing, self-publishing, and how to make a living with your writing through articles, podcast episodes, video, books and courses.

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100. The Empowered Author

Sam Missingham doesn’t care about how far you are into your career or the publishing process — she just wants to use her experience to empower you on your journey. Her blog shares reliable book marketing tips, case studies, expert insight and more. 

When you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a booklet that includes 25 book marketing ideas, plus examples from established authors in audience building, email marketing, social media and more. 

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21 Essential Resources for Freelance Writers

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So you want to be a freelance writer.

That’s great news to hear! According to Spendmenot , freelancers can account for 80% of the workforce by 2030! That’s amazing!

One thing’s for sure, as a new freelance writer that wants to get paid to write, you need more than just being a writer to succeed. From tools, sites, services, and more, using these essential resources will help you navigate freelance writing and online writing better.

21 Essential Resources for Freelance Writers

I wish I knew about all of these resources for writers when I first started way back in 2014. I was soo brand new and soo excited that I ended up making a ton of mistakes along the way. And, I don’t want that happening to you.

There is no need to fail before you succeed as a freelance writer. With these fifteen essential resources, you’ll be on your way to landing good-paying freelance writing jobs in no time.

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As a new freelance writer, there is a time and a place to invest in your business.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, to make money you need to spend money.

While this is true, you don’t have to spend money on every resource or tool out there – just the important ones. Many of these essential resources for freelance writers on this list are free to try and use, but I also added paid tools as well since these are ones I use and recommend to my students and ones I personally use.

1. A Website

A website is an essential resource and it makes you look professional quickly. I found that my students who start a website and use it to market their writing business gain more clients and make more money writing.

Here are some website examples from some of my students:

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I like to think of your writer website as a storefront. This is what “strangers” will see when they come to your “store.”

What does your store sell? Why is it better than the store down the street?

Your writer website needs to show prospects who you are, what you do, and why you are the right fit for them! It’s a tool to help sell your services.

If you need help starting a writer website make sure you check out Writer Website in a Weekend .

2. A Money Management Book

As a beginner freelance writer, you need to know if you really want to succeed at this you need to treat it as a business.

And with a business, there are a host of things to figure out like saving for retirement, taxes, and more.

That’s why I was ecstatic to learn that Alexis Grant for the Write Life and her dad (who is an accountant) created an ebook called The Money Guide for Freelance Writers .

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This is a MUST for any new freelance writer and is an essential resource. To learn more about this resource, check out my post on managing your money .

3. Job Boards

Have you visited job boards for freelance writers ? I’m not talking about Indeed, FlexJobs, or Monster job boards.

Those are for anyone seeking a job. What I mean are specific job boards for content writers. These share blogging jobs , copywriting jobs, and other freelance writing jobs.

There are free and paid job boards available for writers and I recommend using both types! The next five in the list are job boards you can start using today!

4. Writers Work

Writers Work is a budget-friendly job board and an essential resource for freelance writers that gives you access to their curated job board, some educational lessons, and a platform to work on your client work and writing goals.

I like this job board because it’s intuitive, easy to use and they have exclusive jobs from Writers Work .

To learn more about it, check out my review video on Youtube.

5. Problogger

Problogger is a free job board and a platform for bloggers.

They not only have a job board section but they also have a blog section and a podcast section to help new bloggers grow their blogs.

What I like about their job section is that they have the most up-to-date jobs out there for writers. Every day there are new jobs so it’s in your best interest to check Problogger twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed.

6. Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a job board that not many freelance writers know about, but they should!

It’s a free job board but the one thing to know is that it’s localized to  your location. Of course, you can put any place to search for jobs, but for me, when I searched on Glassdoor I received writing jobs from Toronto.

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7. Blogging Pro

Blogging Pro is another popular and free job board for blog writers and content writers. When I first started out, I checked Problogger and BloggingPro the most out of all the free job boards out there.

What I like about Blogging Pro is that it’s concentrated on blogging gigs than anything else. Since I enjoy blog writing and love picking up blogging jobs , I like using Blogging Pro for this reason.

8. All Freelance Writing

All Freelance Writing is a wonderful site by Jenn Mattern, a seasoned freelance writer. I used her site when I first started and love her curated job board. It’s a small job board but I know she sources all the gigs and vets them for us.

Contena is a premium and exclusive job board meant for freelance writers that have exhausted all other free resources and can’t succeed.

When I wasn’t gaining gigs via cold emailing, I started using Contena and found a goldmine of leads. Not only do they have a job section, but they have a leads section and they offer coaching and courses to help you succeed.

Here are the results of just one of the thousands of niches and jobs on the platform.

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10. More than One Portfolio

A portfolio showcases your best writing samples to help you gain online jobs. But, did you know that you can have more than one portfolio in your arsenal of essential resources?

I learned this early on as a freelance writer when I saw other writers I looked up to and found alternate portfolios of theirs!

I was intrigued and investigated different portfolio sites. Now, I make sure to let anyone that wants to be a successful freelance writer know they can use more than one portfolio.

So, where are the best portfolio sites out there? Make sure to check out my video on this and subscribe to my channel to get the secrets and tips to succeed as an online writer!

11. A Good Editor

No, you don’t need to hire an editor or proofreader when you are first starting out!

What I mean is you should invest in a good editing tool and editing process.

I personally use Grammarly and recommend it to my students as it’s a robust editing tool that integrates nicely with Google docs, WordPress, and social media.

As for an editing process, I share that in my course for writers , but what I can share here is to make sure to let your writing breathe before you edit it and try not to self edit as you are typing.

12. A Project Management System

Do you have a system to keep your clients in order and where and when you pitched? I’ve used many project management systems over the years but what I like and keep coming back to is my freelance writing planner .

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13. Knowing These Freelance Writing Terms

The top essential resource you probably need to know is the vocabulary freelance writers use. These are freelance writing terms and if you don’t know them, they may confuse you.

For the longest time, I didn’t know what a kill fee was or what even a byline was. Make sure to check out my post on the ABC’s of freelance writing !

I also share some in my Instagram post:

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14. Who Pays Writers

Who Pays Writers is a freelance database of the rates for publications. If you want to write for Teen Vogue or Cosmo you can check Who Pays Writers and see if other writers mentioned them and for what rates.

15. Another Freelance Writing Friend

Look –

You can’t do this alone! You have to network and “meet” other freelance writers. When I first started I began connecting with Alicia Rades. She advised me on many things about freelance writing and over the years we have collaborated on projects.

I became a better writer and freelance writer simply from knowing her and networking with her .

It’s in your best interest to get to know other writers and even other freelancers online so that you can pass on gigs, learn from them and collaborate with them in the future!

16. Keyword Surfer

If you are interested in SEO Writing, then make sure you grab this free Chrome Extension called Keyword Surfer .

What this Chrome extension does is helps you see the search results and ranking potential of certain phrases that you plug into Google.

This can help you source blog topics for your freelance writing clients that are optizmed for Google ranking.

For more SEO help, check out my Fast Track to SEO Writing course .

17. Contact Out

A struggle many new freelance writers have is finding the contact email for editors, content managers, or CEO of businesses when cold pitching.

How do you find emails for these important people so you can tell them you are the writer for them? Easy! Use Contact Out .

This is another Chrome extension that works only on LinkedIn. You can find anyone’s email on LinkedIn and this is a HUGE time saver for you!

You’re welcome!

18. Google Trends

An easy way to wow your clients is to include trending topics in your blog post. You can use an essential resource like Google Trends to check whether or not your topic or a subtopic is trending.

This lends well to lifestyle writers, entertainment writers, and even business writers.

19. Swipe File for Cold Pitches

These next few are free resources of mine! This isn’t my post without some free essential resources from me!

In this post, you can grab my free Cold Pitching Swipe File.

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In this free guide, you’ll get proven cold pitch templates you can use and swipe from me! This can help you start your cold pitching strategy.

20. Writing Niche Guide

If you’re struggling with finding that right writing niche, why not focus on the niches that need writers?

In my free Booming Writing Niches guide, I give you 72 profitable and in-demand writing niches! So make sure you pick that up!

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21. Your First Client Guide

And finally, if you need a more step-by-step process to land your first freelance writing job, why not try my free six-day email course?

This course has helped thousands of writers learn the steps to landing clients! You can enroll in this course at the end of this blog post!

Essential Resources for the Budding Freelance Writer

There ya go!

Twenty-one essential resources you need to succeed as a freelance writer. Of course, there are writers out there that didn’t use all these resources and still succeeded, so use what you want from this list and see how it goes!

And if you want to see this in video form, check out my video where I share 24 tools for you!

There are even more resources you can check out to level up your writing business.

Over to you – which tool or resource are you going to try first? Which ones were new to you? Share with me in the comments below! I read each one of them!

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10 Things Lego Has Taught Me About Story-Building

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Where to Start a Story Edit

By Kristina Stanley and Lucy Cooke Do you have a draft written but aren’t sure if there is a strong story in that draft? In our book, Secrets to Editing Success, we go into great depth on how to perform a story edit—a structural edit—on any novel. We take the theory and show you the process to … [Read more...] about Where to Start a Story Edit

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Slay Your Bloated Word Count

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15 of the Most Influential Bloggers and What You Can Learn From Them

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15 of the Most Influential Bloggers and What You Can Learn From Them

Work until you will no longer have to introduce yourself!

This is arguably one of the best pieces of advice that you will ever receive while working hard to grow your business.

Next thought: could a blog simplify your efforts and support your boldest ambitions?

The success stories of today’s best-loved influencers in the content industry show that a blog is an invaluable asset that can bring you money and fame in the long run.

Let’s look at how they did just that!

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15 Bloggers Who Prove That Content Success Is Just Around the Corner

Some of the most influential bloggers of the moment demonstrate that inspiring strings of words can consolidate businesses, change mindsets and turn losses into profits. Here are 15 prominent, brilliant people who master the art of business blogging.

1.  Noah Kagan . Noah Kagan of okdork.com is the founder of two multi-million businesses, successful blogger and Tacodeli lover. His blog is an excellent source of inspiration for those who are looking forward to revamping their content strategy and putting their talent and excellent writing skills to good use to supplement their income.

Posts like What I’ve Learned about Email Marketing after Losing $135,000 a Day are educational, information-rich and tailored to the needs of readers who wish to reduce their losses and boost their productivity in the content industry. Whether you want to learn how to grow your email list or improve your writing, Kagan’s expert advice will guide you in the right direction.

2.  Darren Rowse . As a former minister with a plethora of interests, including food, reading, movies, wine and photography, Darren Rowse has what it takes to fit the profile of a successful blogger. Rowse is the founder of multiple blog networks and blogs, including ProBlogger.net and b5media .

3.  Pat Flynn . Pat Flynn from www.smartpassiveincome.com can teach you everything you need to know about foolproof ways of making passive income. If you also want to hear the ka-ching sound effect while resting on your couch with your laptop on your lap, follow Flynn and find out how he managed to make 3 million dollars over the course of six years by creating websites that target different niches. An interview published by Forbes reveals some of his well-kept secrets: he surprises his audience with well-written informative materials that answer their daily questions. By providing digital books and other freebies, Flynn keeps his readers coming back for more time after time.

4.  Neil Patel . Neil Patel is a Seattle-based angel investor, entrepreneur and analytics specialist. As the founder of Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics, Patel gives SEO/blogging tips meant to help small business owners succeed where others have failed. Patel takes his relationship with his readers/potential clients to a whole new level by introducing a new option: Reserve Neil Online . At a touch of a button, you can schedule a confidential discussion with Neil Patel and discover the secrets of the entrepreneur who has turned multiple blogs into a successful online business.

5.  Seth Godin . Godin is an overall genius: author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.The sky is the limit when it comes to inventorying the number of things that you could learn from this extraordinary multitasker. Land on his website, check out his blog, fall in love with his newest bestseller entitled What to Do When It’s Your Turn , and don’t forget to take a glance at the section entitled “Free Stuff.” In this corner, you’ll be able to download and analyze manifestos, PDFs and ebooks for free. For instance, The Bootstrapper’s Bible is available for free for a limited period of time and teaches you for to start a business when you have no money in your pockets. Download, read and apply.

6.  Matt Marshall . Matt Marshall is the Founder and CEO of VentureBeat. For almost a decade now, VentureBeat has made a name for itself as a leading source of information delivering fresh news that can help tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and executives make smarter decisions. Basically, this premium resource that attracts around 7.5 million unique visitors each month gives you the chance to discover and understand all the novelty factors associated with various technology trends, ranging from games and health tech to mobile and social media. Marshall signs a series of interesting must-read articles that will automatically catch your eye, especially if you’re interested in the tech innovation and entrepreneurial field.

7.  Rand Fishkin . Fishkin is the Founder of Moz and Co-Founder of Inbound.org. His blog gets thousands of views and shares, besides all the traction his amazing company Moz has had. He’s also a celebrated speaker at events like PubCon, and a well-read author.

His Whiteboard Fridays are some of the best visually done weekly vlog-casts on the web.

8.  Matt Cutts . Everybody knows Cutts as the voice of Google. He isn’t the most awesome blogger (sporadic posts, all over the board on topics) but he is definitely highly followed and read. Maybe because he works at Google—just a guess.

9.  Gina Trapani . Gina Marie Trapani is the CEO and Founder of Lifehacker. She is also a reputable web developer, writer and tech blogger and the author of several bestselling books that deserve a spot on your nightstand, including Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day and Upgrade Your Life . She is constantly active on social media platforms and spends most of her day podcasting and coding. Trapani is also the proud co-founder of ThinkUp , a brilliant app allowing you to picture your online self by offering you daily insights that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. In case you’re interested, note that this handy tool comes with a 14-day free trial.

10.  Pauline Cabrera . Pauline Cabrera is the founder of www.twelveskip.com , a popular blog on all things Internet Marketing. TwelveSkip is a top-rated resource whose purpose is to address the problems and concerns experienced by small business owners striving to boost their online visibility. Delivering a mix of quality information on content marketing, blogging, affiliate marketing and visual marketing, this blog also provides countless practical tips, educational information and step-by-step tutorials.

11.  Timothy Sykes . Sykes is a wildly successful blogger who knows more than a thing or two about stock investment. He writes one of the highest earning Internet blogs in the entire world! He makes about $180,000 a month just from his blog, proving that turning a website into a profitable business is far from being a mission impossible. Born in 1981, Sykes is a highly esteemed educator, financial activist, entrepreneur and stock trader. He is currently sharing his wisdom with no less than 2,000 students from 60 countries. His blog comprises a collection of interesting posts that will help you rethink your moneymaking strategies. Most importantly, remember that you could always signup to start or improve your trading education by getting Sykes’ free 7 video lessons.

12.  Amit Agarwal . This influent Indian blogger is the founder of Digital Inspiration. As a bold promoter of freedom of speech in his country, Amit made the first steps towards becoming the first Professional Blogger in India. Digital Inspirations, one of his most ambitious projects, is the go-to resource that users land on when they need expert advice on the efficient utilization of web-based technologies, services and tools.

13.  Ileane Smith . Ileane Smith is not your average Social Media Diva. As an active blogger, YouTuber and podcaster, she provides free expert guidance allowing her followers to improve their relationships with their audiences and maximize their earnings the easy way. Her website lets you uncover the secrets of the digital media, craft better content, find your own voice and keep your audiences engaged and entertained.

14.  Enstine Muki . Why do most companies blog? Because they want to sell faster and better, reach their audiences and stay one step ahead of their competitor. EnstineMuki, the founder of www.enstinemuki.com understands this basic need and shows people how to make money online the easy way. Informative posts such as How I Turned Rejection into $230+ in Affiliate Commissions do raise your curiosity as a reader and convince you to click on his links. At the end of the day, the tips and success stories that he shares with you let you solve problems that may be impacting the visibility and effectiveness of your blog/website. All in all, this resource proves once again that quality content can make you richer and wiser at the same time.

15.  Jon Morrow . Morrow’s Twitter account counts 28 photos/videos, 7960 tweets and 33.4K followers. You may be wondering: what lies behind his smashing success? Morrow is the former editor of Copyblogger, one of the most reputable resources offering fresh tips on how to master SEO copywriting and explore your full potential as an online marketer.

As the CEO of Smart Blogger,  Morrow signs a series of bold, attention-grabbing posts with shockingly on-point headlines, such as:

How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers , How to Be Unforgettable or Make Money Blogging: 20 Lessons Going from 0 to $100,000 per Month

Does he have your attention now? We bet he does! However, if you need one more reason to follow his blog religiously and stalk him on Twitter, you should know that all his tips are absolutely free and help you unlock a whole world of new opportunities.

16. BONUS:  Daniel Scocco . As a reputable programmer and entrepreneur born in Brazil, Scocco manages to answer different types of questions that you may also have on your mind at this point, as a newbie trying to conquer an overly competitive digital market. Posts such as Should You Really Move Your Startup to San Francisco , Why Startups Fail and There Are 3 Ways to Deal with Rejection. Only 1 Works are an invaluable source of knowledge and let you step up your game in today’s blogosphere. As the founder of Kubic Technology, a company specializing in mobile apps, and the provider of premium consulting services, Scocco is the influential blogger who can satisfy your appetitive for quality information on various web content-related topics of interest.

5 Strategies to Consider When Turning a Blog into a Business

Let’s face it: it’s hard to make a name for yourself in a sea of more or less remarkable blogs, especially when you’re sailing without a compass. As a new blogger, you need more than a few standard tips to enhance your level of influence and increase your number of followers. Here are five key aspects that you should factor in to facilitate your transition from rookie to worshipped blogging superstar.

1. Team up with Fellow Bloggers

Are you intimidated by your main competitors? If your answer is affirmative, then you should know that this is the main difference between people like you and successful bloggers. Influencers know how to turn foes into friends and competitors into collaborators. Guests posting is only one relevant example backing this theory. Therefore, if you truly want to boost your popularity and target a broader audience, choose to abandon your comfort zone and establish beneficial relationships with industry experts who could become a part of your content strategy.

2. Invest in the Tools That Contribute to Your Success

In 2015, all categories of content creators get the chance to test and use a great variety of free and almost free tools available online, designed to help them stay relevant and competitive on their niche. From indispensable tools and apps such as Pocket , BlogJet or ScribeFire to an awesome-looking, user-friendly blog and website, all these assets supports your growth and maximize your productivity.

3. Stay Active on Social Media Platforms

These days, influential bloggers know how to explore the tremendous power of social networking websites to their best advantage. They tweet, share stuff on Facebook and Google+,post edited pictures and original captures on Instagram and add pins on Pinterest to save the best creative ideas that could inspire their future masterpieces. Blogging is a full-time job and these people work around the clock to promote their content on social media platforms. If you want to witness similar positive results, you should start by employing the same tactics.

4. Find the Perfect Combination of Tactics, Mindset and Vision

Novices can get free blogging tips online, with just a few clicks. But in order to become successful, you need more than a few patterns. According to entrepreneurs-journey.com , the ones who get excellent results in this field count on a mix of personalized strategies, a unique vision and a productive mindset.

5. Become the Best Version of Yourself to Achieve Recognition

Above anything else, stay real and use your originality as the most powerful weapon of seduction that is a part of your current arsenal. Perfect your writing style and make it recognizable. Neil Patel’s approach is completely different than the one embraced by Jon Morrow, despite the fact that they both operate in the blogging/SEO sector. Both are exceptionally gifted experts offering you a constant flow of words of wisdom that you can rely on to optimize and promote your blog in an effective manner; and still their styles are unique and easy to recognize by readers who are familiar with their work. Bottom line: raise your own voice and be yourself, simply because everybody else is already taken.

So, Why Blog?

Now let’s go back to the first question that we’ve launched: Why Blog?

As Hubspot points out, the list of benefits associated with blogging for business is virtually endless and includes a simpler method to generate traffic, a great opportunity to establish authority and the chance to witness long-term positive results, in terms of site traffic and new leads. The success stories revolving around strategies that you are now familiar with prove that you can turn a blog into a thriving business. So what now?

Create, innovate and contribute to a flawless user experience through your best  content. It’s the only way!

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248: 6 Places to Find Writers to Hire for Your Blog

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6 Places You Can Find Writers to Help with Your Blog

As much as we’d all like to write posts for our blogs, it’s not always that easy. You may find you don’t have enough time to dedicate to your blog. Or you may lose your passion for the topic after writing about it for so long. So why not look for another writer who can help you out?

248: 6 Places to Find Writers to Hire for Your Blog

Always be on the lookout for people who:

Six places you can find writers for your blog:

Once you’ve found someone and they agree to help, do a trial run with them to get a sense of what they’re like to work with, their content, and how your audience responds to them.

Quote of the Day: “If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs.” – Anonymous

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Hi there friends, it’s Darren Rowse from ProBlogger here. Welcome to episode 248 of the ProBlogger Podcast. My name is Darren Rowse, as I said and I am the blogger behind ProBlogger, a blog, podcast, event, job board, series of ebooks, and courses all designed to help you to start an amazing blog, to create some great content on that blog, to grow your audience, and to build profit around it. Also, you can find more about what we do at problogger.com.

Now, in today’s episode, I want to talk about where to find writers for your blog, particularly where to find paid writers— those writers that you want to add your own voice and to help you to create more content for your blog on an ongoing basis.

I want to share with you the five places that I found writers for free without having to advertise for them at all. These are five places that are probably under your nose right now, they may be writers already in your network and it’s about how to unearth them. And then also, I want to share some tips of how to advertise for writers as well if you can’t find them within those free places that I’ve talked about.

You can find today’s show notes over at progblogger.com/podcast/248, where is a full transcript of today’s show as well as any links that I mentioned along the way as well.

Today’s show was inspired by Richard, who’s one of our listeners who sent in this question. He writes, “I’ve been blogging for three years now, and while my blog is making enough income for me to probably go full time with my blog. I also have a full time job that I love and don’t wish to leave. As a result, I’ve decided to look at hiring a writer or writers for my blog. To this point, I’ve only ever featured my own content and one of guest posts unpaid, and have no idea where to even start when it comes to finding writers. Where should I look for writers for my blog?”

Thanks, Richard, for the question, I appreciate it. Firstly, congratulations of building your blog to a point that you’ve come to already. I think it’s great that you have built to this level where you could full time but also I think it’s great that you’ve decided to keep your job. That must have been a tricky decision to make but one I do applaud. Because I do know that a lot of listeners of this podcast dream of going full time but also have work that they really love as well. So you can do both.

One of the ways that you can do both is to outsource aspects of your blogging—one of which is the writers. Onto your question, where do you look for writers? Some people are probably thinking that I’m going to just use this podcast to promote the ProBlogger job board. It is a place on ProBlogger where you can advertise for different roles that you’re looking to fill for your blog, including writing but also editing, marketing, copywriting, proofreading, that type of thing. We’ll certainly touch on the ProBlogger job boards later on in this episode.

I do suspect that Richard my not even need to advertise for a writer because it sounds like he might already have them under his nose. I started hiring people to write on my blogs and to edit my blogs quite a few years ago now. In fact, I think it was probably around 2005 that I hired my first blog writer and she also became an editor for one of my early blogs. It’s actually a blog that doesn’t exist anymore today; it was a blog about camera phones. Today we all call them smart phones but back then, I don’t even think that would existed. It was just this new type of phone that was coming out that had a camera in it and that seem to be the whole newby craze. I had a blog about camera phones.

The reason I wanted to hire someone for that blog was that I simply wasn’t passionate enough about that topic to keep the blog ticking over. And yet, it was doing reasonably well in terms of traffic and revenue from AdSense. I thought it was probably worthwhile hiring someone to keep that blog ticking over.

The first person I actually hired came about because that person had already contributed guest posts to the site previously. Richard mentioned that he has published guest posts on his blog in the past. That’s probably where I would be starting to look for someone to hire. The first place is in any previous writers that you have had. I’d be looking back of those guest posters and asking how do the post go in terms of traffic, what was the quality like, how was the guest poster to work with, we’re they easy to work with, did they submit content in a way that didn’t need much editing or was it a lot of to and fro, were they high maintenance or not, did they go above and beyond with the post as well, did they promote it to their own networks, did they reply to comments, how were they to work with and if one of those people stands out as being easy to work with producing high quality content, adding more to the content than just writing it, by going a little bit above and beyond, then that’s probably where I will be starting with.

Maybe one of those guest posters comes to mind as someone that you will love to have write in an ongoing way, and I’ll be reaching out to those previous guest posters. That would be the first place that I will look for and I can think of people that I’ve hired that started as guest posters. In fact, Darlene, who currently edits Digital Photography School, working part time for us, started as a guest post as well.

There’s been numerous times where that has been the progression. I love when that happens because it means you get a real feel for them, they get a feel for you, you understand their voice, they begin to understand your systems, and it is probably the most seamless way of finding a writer because they’ve already been doing it in some ways.

Ideally, that’s a great place to start and it may be that that’s the way Richard finds his answer. I know many of you listening to this don’t have guest posts already and that may actually be one good reason to bring them on but there are other places as well that you can look on your worn blog.

On Digital Photography School, I’ve made a couple of my earliest hires in terms of writers based upon guest posters but I’ve also hired one person who was leaving great comments on my blog. They actually had been regularly leaving comments that showed that they knew what they were talking about when it came to photography. That also showed that they were genuinely helpful in their comments and interested in helping people. They also showed by the fact that they’re writing fairly lengthy comments and communicating clearly that they were decent writers as well. I reached out to them to see if they would like to write an article for Digital Photography School.

The first article back then, it was probably back in 2006 or 2007, it was a guest post, it wasn’t a paid article, but it was a bit of a test to see how they would go with that format of writing and to see whether they were interested in writing. It went so well that I then offered them a once-a-month opportunity to write a paid article for us.

Maybe, there’s a comment around your blog that comes to mind. I know a lot of people don’t comment as much as they used to on blogs but maybe there’s someone of your blog who is demonstrating that they know what they’re talking about. They’ve got some expertise and they’ve got an interest in talking about that topic by the fact that they leave comments. That’s number two place that you might want to look.

If you don’t get many comments, there are plenty of other places that you could be looking to find the people who do leave comments in other places. People are commenting all the time. They may not be commenting as much on your blog these days, but maybe there’s somewhere else in your presence online where they are commenting or in other people’s presence as well.

Perhaps, these are a few of the places that I found writers in the past. Perhaps, you would find them in a forum. I can think of people that I’ve hired who were forum members of my own forum when I had a forum on the topic of photography years ago.

Again, they were writing good quality content in the forum and I approached them and said, “Hey, would you like to write on the blog?” It was a fairly simple ask and in some cases, they transferred across and became writers of the blog.

I’ve hired people who’ve left comments in other people’s forums. There’s nothing to stop you going into someone else’s forum, becoming a member, and having a look at who’s the most useful member of that forum and reaching out to them. Maybe they could become a writer as well. The same is true on people leaving comments on Facebook Pages, particularly in Facebook groups. We hired someone relatively recently, about a year and a half ago now who is leaving good comments in a Facebook group that I owned.

They were contributing there and I was like, “Wow, they’re being so generous. They’re writing in such a way that they’re effectively writing articles in our group, why don’t they write some articles on the blog and we could pay them for that.”

Sometimes people leaving comments of other people’s blogs is a way you could start. If people are contributing useful, genuine, and generous information in different places, you should be reaching out to them and looking for opportunities to work with them. I’ve hired people have been interviewed as guest of other people’s podcasts, I”ve hired people who I have seen doing Facebook Lives of their own Facebook Pages.

Ultimately I’m always on the lookout for people who demonstrate a knowledge of the topic that I’m blogging about who seem to genuinely and generously be interested in helping other people, who communicate well, who seem to be putting themselves out there and looking for opportunities, who are interesting, who are a little bit different, maybe a little bit quirky, and people who seem to get social media and online communication.

I think we should all be in the lookout for those types of people. It’s not just we should be looking at for these type of people to become writers for us but all kinds of thing. I guess what I would say is if you see anyone who fits those characteristics; you may have in the back of your mind. They could become a writer for you. But who knows what else they may become?

Usually when I see that type of person, I just reach out and say, “Hey, I’d be interested to have a chat with you to see where at, what you’re interested in doing and to see if there’s a way that we could work together.”

Usually, my approach is usually fairly general. I might think that they could become a writer, but maybe something else might emerge from that kind of discussion. I try and go in open minded into that. It means I don’t have to get locked in to hiring them down the track, I’m not setting that expectation with them, but it also opens up other opportunities and maybe they could create something else for us. Maybe they could create a course for us. Maybe they could create an ebook for us, maybe they already have a cause of their own and we can become an affiliate for them. Or maybe they could become an affiliate for us.

Maybe there’s some other job in what you do that you could hire them to do. I remember meeting with one person who I thought might become a writer for me. It turns out that they actually were better suited to another role that I was looking for at the time and actually ended up managing part of my business down the track. Try not to go in too closed mind into these conversations.

Be on the lookout for good people. People who get your topic but also get communication and who are—good people with good values as well. There are a few different opportunities they are looking for previous guest posters. I’m looking for people who leave comments on my blog. I’m looking for people who leave comments in other places as well.

The other type that I hired, and this has been a less road but I have had some success with this, is looking at people who by creating content in other places, sometimes their own places, or also as freelancers as well.

For example, I can think of one person who I hired in the early days of Digital Photography School—actually it’s probably about a year and a half into the APS. I found her as a writer for my blog because I discovered her blog. She had just started; she was a brand new blogger. I can see even in her early posts that she was going places with her blog but I could also say they she just started, she didn’t have much readership. I reached out towards her, “Hey, I know you’ve already got your own blog but would you be interested in writing for us semi regularly as well as a paid contributor? I can see what you’re doing of your blog would really also be appealing to our readers as well.

This was perfect for us because I got someone who’s a great writer but it was also perfect for her because her blog wasn’t a point where she can go full time with it. But by me giving her some writing work, I did give her some income while she built her own blog. It also gave her some exposure as well because we also had a byline underneath all of her articles that promoted her blog.

Ultimately, her blog became so popular that she could no longer write for us anymore. But for the time being, it was a win-win interaction for us. Be on the lookout for other bloggers who may be bloggers who are just starting out or other bloggers who might be looking for another income stream as well.

The other place that I’ve found people to hire out for me is people who are writing freelance articles for magazines and other kinds of websites as well. I remember once, reading a photography magazine and really loving one of the articles and noticing that it was by an offer that I’ve never seen right for that magazine before. I did a bit of digging and I found this person on Twitter and said, “Hey, I loved your article on this particular magazine, how long have you been writing for them?”

I discovered that they were actually a freelancer. That was the only article that they’ve ever written for them and their business is just to write freelance articles. I reached out and said, “Hi, I’ve got this photography site, would you be interested in writing for us as well? We’d love something similar to what you did in the magazine.” That person became a writer as well. If they’re writing freelance for other publications, they probably also open to doing it for you as well.

The last place and this is probably where you should start is word of mouth as well and the thing has often what for me is when I just let people know in my circle of friends, in colleagues, my network, that I’m looking for writers. And, do you know anyone who’s good at writing about this particular topic and you’ll be surprised how many times that actually does unearth someone for you. That’s another place that I’d be looking.

Up unto this point I’ve been talking about free things that you can do. Word of mouth you can be looking for freelancers or bloggers who’s already writing on the topics. You can be looking for people who are leaving comments in public places, forums, Facebook groups; you can be looking of your blog at people who are leaving comments and also people who may have written for you before.

And then the last thing that you can do is to advertise. This will cost you some money or cost you some time but also in my experiences worked very well. In the early days, for me, it was all through the things are already mentioned. But since probably 2006, 2007, we’ve had the ProBlogger job board so I’ve used that myself when I’ve come to higher writers as well.

Obviously, I have a vested interest in mentioning this in this particular podcast, but every time we advertise for new writers for digital photography school of our job board, we get about 50, sometimes 60 or even 70 applications. We get a lot of candidates and I would say that every time we’ve advertised, we have found some gold. Not all of that 50-60 people are high quality. You do get some people who just apply for every job they don’t read the applications. But every time we’ve advertise, we’ve unearthed amazing people as well.

In fact, most times where we’ve advertise, we’ve ended up hiring five or six people, sometimes as many as 10 from that advertisement. You need to also just be aware that it takes a bit of work. You’re getting 50, 60 applications, you need to put a bit of time into sorting through those but it if you’re willing to put in that work, it can be well worth doing.

Now, one thing I would say is that over the years, we’ve refined the way that we processed the candidates. We’ve learned the more specific we are in the job advertisement that we put up, the better quality applicant we get. We really try and be as clear as possible as to the type of person we’re looking for, what qualifications they need to have and very clear about what we want them to send us in their application.

I have actually written a blog post a few years ago now on the process that we use and I’ll link to that, in the show notes today, but also go through in really quickly here as well. Generally, when we put up an ad on the job boards, we ask people to fill in a form so we might set up a Google form or we get them to apply through the job board itself. This is a new feature that we’ve got of the job board that people can actually put their application in through the job board, which does help us now.

We ask them to submit a lot of information. We want to know where they’ve written in the past, what they’re experiences with the topic. We often get them to submit some articled titles that they’d be willing to write about, which show us that they are willing to come up with content and take some initiative. We always ask for them to submit some samples of their writing, either to send us some Word documents that they’ve written, or send us to some links that they written online. Whether it’s their own blog or someone else’s.

We have found that the more information we can gather, the better because it does help us go back to the people who we think are high quality candidates. When we put our ad up, we promote that ad to our own network as well so it goes up on the ProBlogger job boards but then we Tweeted out on the Digital Photography School Twitter account, we put on our Facebook Page, because we actually want people who understand our side to apply for the job as well. Because often they are the people who turn out to be the best writers for us, people who have been readers and go, “Hey, I could write for them because I understand what they’re on about.”

Generally, when applicants come in, we give them a deadline, which all the applicants need to be in by this time. And then we go through a shortlisting process. We put them into three main categories. No, they are the people we immediately eliminate and we email them immediately and say, “Thanks for your application. We’re not going to progress with you at the moment.” They might be people who haven’t followed the instructions and we can they’re just applying to everyone. People who don’t communicate well in their application, it’s amazing how many people submit applications with terrible spelling mistakes and no attention to detail. People how perhaps English isn’t up to scratch, we want to hire people who are able to communicate naturally with their audience who are English speakers.

We have criteria there that we put people in the ‘No.’ then we have a ‘Maybe category’ and there are people that we think, “It’s not a perfect application but maybe we’ll be able to work with him as well and we do know that there are some people who’s communication skills maybe not quite out to scratch but we have an editing process. So we might be at a work with them. So they go in the ‘Maybe’ category, and then we have a’ Yes’ category.

Generally, what we do with the Maybes’ is wait to see whether we get enough people to hire from our ‘Yes’ category. We will go back to the people in the ‘Maybe’ and just say, “We need a little bit of time to process this, thanks for your application. We’ll let you know by this date.” Then we go back to the people who we’ve put in our ‘Yes’ pile. There’s usually 10-15 of these. We say to them, “Hey, we’d love your application. We would love to take this a little bit further and give you a trial.”

Basically, in that email, we outline how much we will pay them. We outline the kind of content we’re looking for, how much content we’re looking for—try and give them a bit of a feel for what it would be like to work for us, and then we outline the trial process which I’ll talk about in a moment.

And then we say to them, “Would you like to progress?” What we find that that point is that usually about 60%, 70% of people go “Yes, we would like to progress,” and maybe 10% or 20% sometimes up to 30% might go, “Yeah. You’ve described something that doesn’t quite fit with me right now, thanks.” But that will say no at that point. We’ve already whittled that down a little bit. Remember you’re into that trial period.

Trial period is basically as asking how ‘Yes’ candidates to submit an article that we can publish of the site. This is a paid article, we always pay them at this point, they’re going to put some time and energy into it so they should be rewarded for that, we pay them at the full rate that we pay our authors and we ask them to come up with a topic which we negotiate with them. We go back and forth of that because we don’t want them to submit something that’s really not a good fit for our site. We talk to them about that. We commission that article and we give them a deadline for that.

This whole trial process is one that creates a piece of content that we publish of the site. We look to see how that content goes over with our audience but what we’re also really looking to see how this author is to work with. Are they easy to work with? Are they submitting content in the format that we ask them to and following instructions clearly? Are they meeting the deadline? Do they have a gift in writing—those types of things as well. We will publish all of those pieces of content. It’s a bit of work at this point but we’re getting some content out of it as well, then we pay them, and then we make our choice based upon that.

There have been times where we’ve hired from this process five people at a time. There was once I hired 10 people from this process just from one ad of the job board as well. There’s been other times where we’re just been looking for one particular type of writer as well so we just hired them.

The trial process has really worked very well for us because it really does give us a feel for them. It also gives them a feel for us as well. There have been candidates who we’ve really liked and they’ve gone, “Yeah, I didn’t really enjoy this process.” I don’t really feel like it’s a fit for me.” I rather then discover that during the trial process then three months in the writing for us.

The keys I found is that when you’re advertising for a writer or going through any other process that you might want to go through, some of the other things I mentioned. It’s really important that you know what you’re looking for. You need to know how much content you want, the style of content that you want, the kind of topics that you want. The more information you can give potential writers, the better, because it gets their expectations right.

Communicate that really clearly through the ad or through the communications you have with people. The second thing is to really communicate really clearly with everyone who applies, and the people you end up hiring and also the people who don’t end up hiring. Because they may actually become readers, they may actually become guest posters, they may become collaborators, they may promote your site. You never quite know where these relationships are going to end up. Communicate as clearly as you can and yeah, get the process moving as well.

I hope that that has been helpful for you if you are thinking about hiring a writer of your blog. Hiring a writer can have many benefits for your blog. Obviously, it can help you to create more content which can relate to more pathways into your blog. The other part about having a new writer come onto your site is that it broadens the expertise that you’re able to have in terms of the content that you share. Me adding new writers into Digital Photography School back in 2006, 2007, I can produce more content which helped to grow traffic. It meant I can broaden the topics that I was able to write about.

Suddenly, I wasn’t just writing beginner articles, I was writing articles or publishing articles at an intermediate level because these other writers were at that higher level. Or they had expertise in different types of photography that I didn’t have which really helped me to serve my readers as well.

I think the other thing that is probably worth mentioning is you don’t want to just know what you’re looking for in terms of the type of content but also think about the voice of content as well and the values that you want your writers to have as well. To really try and hire people that complements your style but really get your values. This has been really important. There’s been a few times over the years where I’ve hired people who are great communicators but they had their own agendas and they had their own values that go right in with my own and that ended up not really helping build the brand that I was trying to build.

You want to be a little bit careful about those things. The other thing I would say is there may also be a case of having an extended trial period as well. We don’t tend to do this with our writers but I know a few bloggers who—when they’re hiring someone new, they will hire them for three months, and again, that’s like a trial period. At the end of the three months, things will be evaluated and then they work out whether they want it to be an ongoing relationship as well. That may be worth building into your process too.

I hope that’s helpful to you. I would love to hear your tips of how you go about hiring writers for your blog if you’ve done that. If you do want to check out the ProBlogger job board to advertise, it’s at problogger.com/jobs. You’ll find it linked to in the navigation area everywhere on ProBlogger.

If you’re looking to find a job, there are always jobs being advertised there as well at any given time. There’s usually about 90 jobs for bloggers, for writers, for copywriters, for marketers, for editors, for proofreaders, a variety of different types of roles there. Even looking now I can see people looking to hire bloggers for men’s grooming writers, lifestyle writers, someone looking for a bitcoin expert, people wanting for people to write about email marketing, people wanting to hire people to write about food. There’s a variety of different topics there as well.

If you’re looking to use the job board to hire people, we do have featured jobs as well as just noble jobs, the price to have a normal job, advertise the $70 for 30 days. But there is an opportunity there for a featured listing as well which gives you more prominence, which may be of interest as well.

Check it out if you are looking for a job or if you’re looking to hire people. It’s at problogger.com/jobs. There’s also an RSS feed for those of you and then an email alert for those of you looking for jobs there as well.

Anyway, thanks for listening. I hope you found these useful. You can find today’s show notes at problogger.com/podcast/248.

Before I go let me share with you one quote of the day. I don’t actually know who came out with this one, it’s one of those anonymous quotes but I think it really does apply to this topic of hiring people. Whether you’re hiring a writer, or whether you’re hiring a designer or whether you’re hiring something else in your life, I think this applies. “If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs.” I think it’s definitely true.

One of the things I would say about the ads that I sometimes see of ProBlogger job boards is that sometimes people pay a pittance, they pay not much at all and all they advertise—looking for people and they’re not really willing to pay much for the people that they’re hiring and the reality is that you’re going to get the kind of applicants for your jobs based upon that type of things.

If you are not willing to pay much, you’re not going to get a high quality applicant in most cases. Put a little bit of money there and you’re going to get someone who is going to produce something at a higher rate, I hope and not pay for that in the long run if you are going to publish rubbishy content on your content of your site, cheap content on your site, that is in the long run going to cost you a lot more. Pay a little bit more, and reward the writer and you will see the benefits of that in the long run as well.

Thanks for listening. I look forward to chatting with you next week.

Before I go, I want to give a big shout out and say thank you to Craig Hewitt and the team at Podcast Motor who’ve been editing all of our podcast for some time now. Podcast Motor has a great range of services for podcasters at all levels. They can help you to setup your podcast but also offer a couple of excellent services to help you to edit your shows and get them up with great show notes. Check them out at podcastmotor.com.

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13 Best Writing Blogs to Help You Master Creative Writing

Posted on Mar 5, 2023

by Bella Rose Pope

Writing blogs are some of the best resources to become a better writer, which let’s be real, is the goal of all writers.

You already know this:

Writing is hard.

It’s so difficult, in fact, that there are countless writing tips and resources online dedicated to helping you better understand and improve the craft.

We here at Self-Publishing School are even committed to giving you the best advice out there.

But we wanted to offer you more by highlighting blogs about writing that contain solid advice for writing.

We’ve compiled a list of the best writing blogs on the internet for you to learn and grow from.

Here are the best writing blogs we’ll cover for you:

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If you’re not quite serious yet about getting your book published yet, we’ve put together a list of the best writing blogs to learn how to write a book from.

Let’s dive into exactly what these writing blogs have to offer and why you should be paying close attention to them if you want to improve your writing, start your book , and publish it on Amazon (or wherever else you want to publish it through)!

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#1 – SelfPublishing.com

Don’t let the name fool you. This website isn’t just for publishing tips and advice, although it does cover those topics in great detail.

SelfPublishing.com also offers advice for writing successfully as well.

Writing Blogs

Everything from character bios to full, in-depth blog posts about how to write a book can be found here.

You can also check out their tools section, where they feature must-haves for writers everywhere.

#2 – The Write Life

If you’ve been searching through for writing blogs long enough, you’re probably already aware of all The Write Life has to offer.

This blog about writing is a fantastic resource for writers of all kind.

Writing Blogs The Write Life

Whether you’re looking to write a book for the first time or jump into the freelance writing community, The Write Life has you covered.

They even have tips for blogging and marketing. All the bases are covered!

Make sure to check out their helpful writing blog posts and read the comments for extra help from their dedicated community.

Click here to check out this writing blog!

#3 – Writer’s Digest

If you love writing tips by writers, this is one of the top writing blogs to visit.

This writing blog is all about uncovering your potential through real, easy-to-follow blog posts that simplify more complicated issues in the writing community.

Writing Blogs Writer'S Digest

They even host competitions, feature blog posts by editors, and give you insights to events they host or even attend.

If you’re someone who loves to physically join a writing group, you’ll love this writing blog and all it has to offer.

#4 – Write to Done

There are a lot of different avenues writers have to be aware of when it comes to building a successful career from their work.

And Write to Done gives you just that!

Writing Blogs Write To Done

Being both a creative writing blog along with covering nonfiction writing, Write to Done teaches you how to master a number of different techniques and habits geared toward helping you succeed in the literary world.

You don’t want to miss out on all the writing advice they have to offer along with motivational material to help you keep it up.

Click here to check out Write to Done.

#5 – The Write Practice

The Write Practice is a massive source of helpful information for writers everywhere. They cover writing blog posts touching on topics revolving around key writing practices, writing exercises, and even writing prompts to get your mind stirring.

Writing Blogs The Write Practice

You won’t be without help with The Write Practice.

Not only do they offer free help through their blog posts, but they also have programs, writing contests , and help involving your author platform in general.

Click here to check out The Write Practice.

#6 – Count Blogula by Jenna Moreci

Jenna Moreci is an Award-Nominated Self-Published Author with two novels on Amazon , in libraries, and on shelves all over the country.

Count Blogula is her writing blog where aspiring authors congregate to ask specific writing, marketing, and publishing questions to be answered by this wildly successful Youtuber and Self-Published Author .

Writing Blogs Jenna Moreci

Moreci is honest (sometimes brutally – in the best way), real, and lets all writers know what it truly takes to make a career out of writing.

Head on over to her blog if you want to scroll through pages and pages and pages of free writing advice by someone who has been through it all before.

Click here to check out Count Blogula by Jenna Moreci.

#7 – The Creative Penn

If your goal is to make writing a job , it’s worth giving The Creative Penn a read.

This website has writing blog posts covering topics from genre-specific writing advice to marketing to publishing tips .

Writing Blogs The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and she runs The Creative Penn to teach others how to reach her level of success with their books.

She has a number of writing-specific books available for purchase along with podcasts, courses, specific tools, and more. This is one of the best blogs about writing to add to your arsenal.

Click here to check out The Creative Penn.

#8 – Terribleminds by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig has a must-acquire-a-taste-for personality. He’s curt, brutal, and gives humor to his writing tips and advice for aspiring authors.

His writing blog covers topics ranging from his own personal work and the work of others to help you specifically ask for.

Writing Blogs Terribleminds

You’ll never be bored with Wendig’s unique delivery style and real advice.

Click here to check out Terribleminds by Chuck Wendig.

#9 – Daily Writing Tips

Daily Writing Tips is exactly as it sounds; they give writing tips for aspiring authors daily.

Their advice ranges from writing-specific to motivation to oddities, like words that Shakespeare invented.

Writing Blogs Daily Writing Tips

If you’re someone who wants to improve the craft of writing with very specific tips and tricks , this is the place to frequent. You’ll never want for more help with Daily Writing Tips.

Click here to check out Daily Writing Tips.

#10 – Better Novel Project

If you love doodles along with writing tips, this is the site for you.

Better Novel Project has a number of different writing blog posts centered around helping you become a better writer.

Writing Blogs Better Novel Project

From NaNoWriMo content to blog posts all about genres, writer life, character development , and even writing scene-specific details.

It’s easy to get lost the abundance of content available for you on this writing blog – so be careful, but get your fill.

Click here to check out Better Novel Project .

#11 – Well-Storied

Kristen Kieffer is the author behind Well-Storied, as well as an author of fantasy and writing resources.

Not only does she offer great writing advice, but her dedication to helping writers uncover their true abilities is nearly unmatched.

Writing Blogs Well Storied

You can check out her free courses, listen to the podcast, and even participate in her community chats.

Well-Storied has an abundance of help in the writing-world and you’ll be better off by tuning in regularly!

Click here to check out Well-Storied.

#12 – Shayla Raquel

Shayla Raquel’s writing blog is filled to the brim will knowledge regarding all aspects of writing. From prepping to writing to marketing, she has you covered.

Writing Blogs Shayla Raquel

As an editor and seasoned writer herself, Shayla works one-on-one with authors nearly every day. She has edited over 300 books and launched Amazon Bestsellers – making her experienced and competent!

Click here to check it out Shayla Raquel!

#13 – Beemgee

Beemgee backs up the features in its story development tool with in-depth posts on every aspect of creating characters or planning plots.


This blog covers topics ranging from classical Chinese literature to James Bond, always with a view to what authors can learn about the craft of story development.  Click here to check out Beemgee.

All of these writing blogs have something unique to offer that you won’t find any anywhere else. When it comes to learning any craft – especially writing – it’s important to broaden your search and learn as much as you can from as many talented minds as you can.

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Free stuff is the best. Right?

Of course, you’d love to buy lots of exciting books and training courses and whatnot, but you haven’t got a ton of cash to spare.

That’s why you’re here, learning to make money from your blogging services. And while you learn, freebies are awesome!

But… sometimes freebies  aren’t  awesome. Sometimes free stuff is just junk that sucks your time, clutters up your memory, and ends up in the recycle bin.

This list is  not about that kind of free stuff.

This list is solid. I checked out every single thing myself, and if it sucked, it got cut .

So here are the survivors, the worthy, the genuinely useful… 52 totally free resources for freelance blogging success.

If they cost anything, it’s your email address or maybe a tweet – no money involved. You’re welcome. 😉 

Some of the freebies on this list also offer stuff you can pay for. That’s your call.  I’ve marked affiliate links with an asterisk (like this*). Cool? Cool.

The list is so big it started giving me scroll blindness, so I’ve split it into a few sections for different purposes:

Free Resources to Get You Hired

The one thing you want more than anything is to get hired for good pay and published on well-respected blogs.

I’m creating an ultra-effective new training resource for you on how to find and win those higher-paying gigs, but until that’s ready, here are four ways to get yourself work on paying blogs:

1. The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs: 500+ Blogs That Will Pay You $50 or More

Yep, this one’s mine and it’s exactly what the title says it is: a list of blogs in 20 different niches that pay freelance contributors at least $50 per post. Help yourself!

the ultimate list of better paid blogging gigs

2. This Free Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Freelance Writer with No Experience*

This freebie by blogging superstar Jon Morrow will help you get hired by editors, build your portfolio with bylines on famous sites, and break into new blogging markets.

How to become a freelance writer from scratch guide is a free tool for writers

3. Alexis Grant’s Database of Freelance Bloggers

It’s open to anyone with professional blogging experience. Fill in a short application form to get added to the database, and Alexis will email you when she has a suitable gig available.

Free database of freelance writers

4. Guest Post Pitch Emails that Got the Gig

Read these email pitches for guest posts that worked. Not templates. The actual emails that worked. Notice how they’re not perfect (and sometimes required a few more emails). It’s not about getting it perfect. See which parts mattered the most.

This free email pitch guide is a great tool for freelance writers

5. An Up-to-Date Freelance Writer Pricing Guide

Mandy Ellis has a cool pricing guide (you know, to make sure you aren’t underpricing yourself). Sure, your clients love paying you low rates, but I’m betting you’d prefer to get paid what you’re worth.

free pricing guide for freelance writers

Free Ways to Improve Your Blogging

To get the highest-paying gigs, it helps if you blog like a superstar! There’s a ton of information out there about how to blog, so I’ve picked out just a few of the best free “better blog writing” resources for you:

6. Go Viral with These Headline Hacks*

These super-valuable hacks from Jon Morrow give you 52 headline templates that you can use for any kind of blog to get your posts noticed, read, and shared. [Jon’s own posts go viral almost every time!]

This free headline hacks guide is a freelance writer tool

7. Engagement from Scratch

Starting at zero? No problem. Get attention and engagement with this free ebook from Mirasee’s Danny Iny. Learn from 30 of the best community builders on how to do it for your business and blog.

This free engagement from scratch ebook is a freelance writer tool

8. Unleashing the Ideavirus

Seth Godin knows how to get your audience’s attention and how ideas go viral – deeply relevant to bloggers, especially if your work involves content strategy as well as writing. One of the first (and still the best) books on this topic. Get the inexpensive ebook (above) or this free pdf version.

Seth Godin's free ebook unleashing the ideavirus is a freelance writer tool

9. Why Headlines Fail

Psychotactics’ Sean D’Souza teaches you how to write headlines that get results (and avoid writing ones that don’t). Killer headlines are vital if you want to make money blogging, so grab this guide to make yours rock.

This free ebook about headline fails is a freelance writer tool

10. How to Write a Kickass “About the Author” Blurb

Danny Iny and his Mirasee blog are full of priceless advice on blogging, guest posting (and selling courses). Read this guide on crafting a writer bio that gets the right clients’ attention when they reach the end of your guest post. 

This free how to write your author bio guide is a freelance writer tool

11. Get HubSpot’s Free Complete SEO Starter Pack

Get this generous freebie and learn how to raise your blog’s visibility and Google rankings by adding Search Engine Optimization to your content marketing mix.

This free ultimate guide to SEO is a freelance writer tool

12. Make Sure You’re Attracting the Right Clients and Readers

Are you attracting the wrong readers to your blog? Find out why and how to fix it. Sonia Simone knows way more than a thing or two about content strategy as the co-founder of CopyBlogger.

This free guide on attracting the right or wrong clients with your content is a freelance writer tool

Free Marketing Resources

If you want to get paying gigs, you’ll need to mark e t your services . And if right now you’re thinking ugh, I don’t like marketing , then you also need to redefine what marketing means to you!

Long story short: marketing is the difference between a hobby and a business . This is important, so here’s a stack of resources to help you develop marketing strategies that work for you and with you.

13. Internet Marketing for Smart People

This free 20-part course from Copyblogger teaches you marketing principles as well as the content know-how that separates the expert bloggers from the hobbyists.

This free course on internet marketing is a freelance writer tool

14. Valuable Freelance Writer Marketing Tips from The Renegade Writer

Linda Formichelli aka The Renegade Writer is giving away a ton of valuable freelance writer marketing advice. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t go download it right now.

These free writer tips from Linda Formachelli

15. The Make a Living Writing’s Marketing 101 for Freelance Writers Course

Get this free course designed for brand new writers. Take advantage of Carol’s decades of experience from newbie writer to high-paid freelance writer.

Carol Tice's free marketing course for freelance writers

16. Chris Brogan’s Newsletter

I look forward to this newsletter every Sunday, sitting down with a hot Ovaltine to read his friendly email about how business, marketing, and people work. His down-to-earth stories bring the insights home. 

Get Chris Brogan's newsletter and marketing genius for free

17. Francisco Mahfuz’s Storypowers Youtube Channel

Have you checked out Francisco Mahfuz’s Storypowers channel? If you want to get entertained AND better at storytelling for free, go have a look.

Francisco Mahfuz Youtube channel on storytelling is a free tool for writers

18. Find the Core of Your Value Proposition

This short worksheet by copywriter and conversion expert Peter Sandeen will help you pinpoint your unique value as a freelance blogger.

These free value proposition worksheets are freelance writer tools

Free Images and Editing Resources

When you blog a lot, you tend to use a lot of images to accompany your posts. Some clients will want you to source great images from their paid stock libraries, which is always fun.

But whether it’s for your own website or for a client, there’ll be times when you need an image you can use –or create– for free. Here are a bunch of free ways to find and make the images you need.

19. ILovePDF

Ever need to convert a pdf to a jpg or edit a pdf? Instead of trying all the useless tips on Google (from personal experience), just use ILovePDF and get it done quick and easy. Your to-do list will thank you.

ILOVEPDF is a free tool for freelance bloggers

20. Death to the Stock Photo

Use this great alternative to the cheesy stock photos currently dominating the web. You get a different pack of high-quality images sent to your inbox every month.

Death to stock is a helpful tool for freelance bloggers

21. Unsplash

Get your hands on one of the biggest free collections of online images for commercial and non-commercial use. Attribution is not required but strongly recommended in most cases.

Unsplash is a free photo tool for freelance bloggers

22. How to Get High-Quality Stock Photos for Free from the Big Guys

You don’t need money to get professional quality images from places like iStockphoto , Bigstockphoto , Adobe Stock , or Dreamstime . They all offer one or more free photos to download each week or month. iStockphoto also gives you free illustrations and video clips. [That’s at least 4 resources in one list item. Score!] 

Free photo tools for freelance writers

23. Morguefile

This stock photo source gives you a range of free images meant to be used as source material by creative artists. To use a Morguefile image unaltered with a blog post, contact the photographer.

Morguefile is a free photo tool for freelance bloggers

Use this online image creation and editing service that’s free to use. It can do most of the things Photoshop does, from adding text and creating layered images to applying filters and effects.

PXLR is a free design tool for freelance writers

25. Easel.ly

Make your own infographics even if you’re got no design skills. It gives you ready-made templates you can customise with your own text –and if you want to, you can change any element of the template to suit you.

Easelly is a helpful tool for freelance writers.

26. Gravatar

This free online service lets you associate your email address with a specific photo of you. Then, when you post or comment on a blog, your photo can be automatically displayed next to your name. An image makes your text more convincing, and a vast proportion of the blogosphere is Gravatar-enabled, so get yours set up today!

Gravatar is a free tool for freelance bloggers

Need some free video editing, but you kinda suck at graphic design? Promo could be the answer you’re looking for. Turn your photos and video clips into professional-looking videos for social media or your blog.

A video tool for freelance writers

Free Research Resources

As a freelance blogger, you need to research all kinds of stuff, from statistics that help prove your point to the names and contact details of specific employees at big companies. These good people all provide freely accessible and searchable information online:

28. LinkedIn

This platform has a useful search engine to help you find and contact editors, marketing managers, and PR people for the blogs and companies you want to target as clients. Plus, a LinkedIn account is part of a professional freelance blogger’s online portfolio these days, so keep your own profile up to date!

Linkedin is a free tool for writers

29. Need Some High Quality Statistics for Your Posts?

The United States Census Bureau is a one-stop shop for statistical info on all kinds of stuff from population to economics and lifestyle in the USA; very handy if you need a couple of quotable stats to give your blog post some authority.

The census site is a free research tool for writers

30. Get Hold of UK & European Stats

If your post is focused on another region, there are plenty of useful sites that cover other countries, like the UK National Statistics Publication Hub or Eu r ostat for European Commission statistics.

These sites are free research tools for writers

31. BrainyQuote

This easy-to-browse, easy-to-search site is full of pithy quotes on a huge range of topics. It’s great for finding that perfect quotation to highlight your post’s key message.

BrainyQuote is a free tool for freelance writers

32. Wikipedia

It’s not your best go-to spot for perfectly reliable data, but a good Wikipedia entry includes references to the supporting evidence. So don’t base your post on the entry itself, but follow up those footnotes to find the original sources.

Wikipedia is a freelance writer tool

Free Tools and Technical Resources

I’ve tried a vast number of tools to boost my productivity. Some of them worked and some of them didn’t work for me. These are the ones that did.

33. Online Stopwatch

Use this very simple website with two tools: a stopwatch and a countdown timer. If you’re not ready for a full-featured time tracking system yet, this is a good way to keep an eye on your work hours.

This online stopwatch is a free tool for freelance writers

34. Keep Track of the Time and Date

Keep track of time conversions around the world. Whether you need to know the time right now at your client’s location, or find out how many days there are until your next deadline, you can do it here.

This date and time site is a helpful free tool for freelance writers

35. Word Count Tool

Paste or type in your text to get an instant word count. Handy if you’re working with a content creation tool or content management system that doesn’t count words for you!

A free word counter tool for freelance writers

36. MailChimp

 This email service provider lets you send group emails to your clients and leads, or create a newsletter for your blog. Take advantage of its “Forever Free” plan for up to 2,000 recipients.

Mailchimp a free email tool for freelance writers

37. Evernote

Save all your notes-to-self and articles or URLs of interest in one place that you can access online. Useful as a swipe file for all the interesting stuff you come across, and for works-in-progress.

Evernote a free organisation tool for freelance writers

Drag-and-drop your to-do list easily. It starts with 3 lists (To Do, Doing, and Done) but you can add more, give tasks deadlines, and create separate boards for different clients if you want to.

Trello is a free organization tool for freelance writers

39. WordPress.com

Not what I’d use for my own professional blog or website, but it’s a completely free way to start your own blog and gain experience in the basics of WordPress without anyone watching when you screw up. When you need to use WordPress.org for your clients or for your own blog, you’ll find that the interface is similar enough to give you confidence.

Wordpress.com is a free tool for freelance bloggers

40. HTML Dog

Learn the kind of basic HTML you might need to know if your client wants your posts marked up in code, and you can continue studying right up to advanced coding for fancy websites.

These HTML tutorials are free tools for freelance bloggers

41. PandaDoc

Upload documents and send them to clients for legally binding and secure e-signature for free. They’ve got paid plans as well, but this is a free forever plan.

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Use this simple time tracking and invoicing app that lets you start and stop timers on different projects, send invoices and receive payments (via Stripe, Paypal, check, cash, ACH, or other payment gateways).

Zoho is a free invoicing tool for freelance writers

43. Boomerang for Gmail

This Gmail app has a free forever plan (and the paid plan is super cheap too). You can schedule a personal email to go out later. It reminds you to follow up with people you’ve sent a pitch. Managing your leads just got way easier.

A free email tool for freelance writers

44. StayFocusd

Got an easily distracted mind? Try this free Chrome extension and block yourself from your go-to distractions for a specific period of time.

Stayfocusd is a free tool for freelance bloggers

45. Lili, the Bank that Loves Freelancers

How about an online bank that helps you run your freelance business for free? Their standard bank account is free plus you get helpful tools designed for freelancers in the United States.

Lili is a banking app designed for freelance writers

Free Business Inspiration and Motivation

46. getting your one thing done with fierce commitment.

Leo Babauta of the Zen Habits blog’s free masterclass might just help you find that one thing that lights a fire under you and keeps you moving forward.

This free masterclass is helpful to freelance writers

47. LittleZotz Writing Adventures in Freelancing

Lauren Tharp has an awesomely entertaining and educational guide to freelance writing as a job and as a lifestyle. With hand-drawn comic book images!

This guide to freelance writing is a great tool for writers

48. Linda Formachelli’s Best Freelance Writer Resource s

Too much to list everything, but you’ll find her workshop on recycling your content, writer pricing reports, and 24 ways to create better content in an hour (to name only a few).

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49. The Everyday Courage Email Challenge Series

This email series from Jen Gresham at Everyday Bright starts with a video on courage-building, then gives you a small, simple bravery-boosting challenge to complete each week.

Everyday Bright emails are a free motivation tool for writers

50. How this Freelance Writer Got a Freelance Gig at a Major Website

Need a reminder that you really can do this freelance writing thing? Read this freelance success story from a complete newbie about how she landed a sweet byline in a well-known online magazine.

This blog post on how to score a major magazine byline is a free tool for writers

51. Get Inspired by These 7 Kick-Butt Freelance Writers Stories

Feeling a little nervous about your freelance writing future and looking for inspiration? These 7 inspiring kick-butt posts for fearful freelance writers should get you back into action.

These posts are free inspiration tools for freelance writers

I’m your freelance blogging resource, and you can ask me anything. Email me or leave me a comment, whatever works for you. It’s free. [If you want more than free tips, you can also book a live one-to-one mentoring session.]

Look at that: now you’ve got 52 free things to help you rock the freelance blogging world.

Don’t waste them!

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About Sophie Lizard

Founder of Be a Freelance Blogger, creator of the free Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs and the Freelance Blogger's Client Hunting Masterclass . Hello!

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April 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Thanks for aggregating a great list, Sophie! You rule as always.

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April 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

You’re welcome, Willi! [Way to grab first comment, too.]

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May 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

It was so awesome, I read it again! LOL Yay! First comment! 😀 I’m actually going to bookmark it this time.

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April 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I am totally on board with you on this one Willi.

Sophie put together a rad list of a TON of free resources. I can’t believe how much epic content is out there. I suppose I shouldn’t be as surprised.

Sophie, I just wanted to personally thank you as well for putting together this fabulous resource.

Do you have a favourite resource?

May 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Time is my favourite resource. 😉

I’ve tried a lot of different things to manage my time, and the tools Google provides have worked the best for me because they’re so well-integrated. I can use Google Tasks and Calendar together, and add items to either of those from my Gmail account. Saves me a lot of hassle!

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April 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

Wow! What a lot of great links, leads and lagniappe of the network kind. Thank you for taking the time to compile all this.

April 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thanks for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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April 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Nice use of “lagniappe, ” reminds me I need to get back to New Orleans sometime soon!

April 15, 2013 at 4:28 am

I haven’t been to New Orleans since 1980. But, oh! I remember the French Quarter and Jackson Square in particular.

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April 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Wow – so much good stuff. I am glad that I recognised a couple of the resources on the list. That means that I am hanging out in the right neighbourhood.

Thanks Sophie 🙂

April 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Yes you are, Victoria. Keep hanging out, and get to know everyone…

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April 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Man, this is great! …kinda bummed that I’m already using almost all of them. I’m going to check out the rest, through, for sure! That invoicing time tracker sounds like something I’ve been needing. 🙂

April 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Lisa, hi! Yep, time tracking’s one of those things that shouldn’t *take* your time. Soon as you find an app or something that works for you, it gets a lot easier.

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April 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Thanks Sophie! I took a break from work just to enjoy the list. It’s amazingly comprehensive, something you can keep going back to for quite a while.

April 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Thank you, Rachel! Glad to hear it’s a keeper. 🙂

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April 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Thank your for posting these resources. This is so awesome. Thanks:)

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April 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

What a great resource, Sophie. Straight to my Evernote resource section.

Thanks for the mention, too!

April 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

You totally deserve it, Gary. Your book kept me smiling the whole way through. 🙂

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April 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

An awesome list. Not sure how to convey my thanks to you for providing it. 🙂

April 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Just like that is lovely; thank you for taking the time.

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April 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks Sophie! Re-tweeting this list!

April 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thanks, Christine. 🙂

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April 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thanks for the list, Sophie. Another good writing resource is Jeff Goins blog and newsletter.

April 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

*facepalm* I can’t believe I left Jeff Goins out of this list!

Thank you, Jodie. And to everyone else: check out Jeff’s two free ebooks at Goins, Writer .

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April 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

#1 This post was meant for meee! 53 is my favorite number, it’s a funny story actually…..

#2 I really really appreciate this insightful post.

April 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Now I want to hear the funny story… 😉

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April 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Hi Sophie – awesome list post.

I’m in the middle of compiling a similar list myself and am a member of some of the sites. You have added a few that I haven’t stumbled upon yet – so I may well have to steal a few:) don’t worry though, I remember you giving words of encouragement from the freelance writers den and you will be getting hyped up and linked to when my own blog goes live:)

Thanks for giving us newbies such hope Sophie

For anyone who doesn’t already know – this is a blog to watch – the lady knows what she’s doing…

April 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Steal away, Jamie! All I did was trawl the internet for gems and write them all down – grab a handful and save yourself some research time.

Yeah, I do rock from time to time. Modest, too. 😀

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August 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

Yes, Sophie does indeed rock. I’m as green a newbie as there is and I know I’m really lucky having come across her. Sophie, thanks for the shortcuts. I’ve already met Danny Iny ’cause of you.

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April 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the list. I’ve been wondering how to get access to photos. I don’t want to have to take them all myself. 🙂

April 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Ha! Though now that you mention it, taking your own photos is a great idea as long as you’re charging extra for them.

But for those of us who just need to grab an image without any fuss, thank the gods there are some free options, eh?

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April 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

This totally rocks. Outstanding!

April 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Thanks, Carol!

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April 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Overwhelmed but grateful for the work you’ve done putting this together! Fb here it goes – again, probably.

April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

You’re welcome Val, and thanks for sharing the post!

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April 14, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Thank you so much for this, these resources are going to be very useful, appreciate you time putting this together

April 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thanks Jane, glad to hear it’s helpful!

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April 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I haven’t been able to get anything to load but I’ll keep trying. It looks really interesting…

April 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh dear. Not sure why that is, Richard – they load OK for me. If you right-click and copy the link, then paste it to your browser address bar, does that work?

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April 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

wow, this resources are so much awesome. Sophie thanks for taking time to compile such an interesting list. it makes freelance writing easy especially when you don’t have some/most of the resource talked about here.

April 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

Glad I could help! I know how hard it is when you feel like you can’t afford the things you need to progress your career.

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April 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

Sophie, what an epic list! You’re making the rest of us look bad with all this value. 😉 Thanks for, again, doing all of the research work – and thank you so much for including me on the list! It’s an honour!

April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

You’re very welcome, Megan, and you deserve to be mentioned – ways to make a little cash fast are priceless if you’re a freelancer waiting for client payments to arrive.

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April 15, 2013 at 2:11 am

Sophie Lizard: adding value every day!

Really great list Sophie. I’m going to have to check quite a few of these out, especially Jon Morrow’s free blogging series and the Renegade Writer’s 10 query letters that rock!

April 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

🙂 Thanks! Yep, Jon and Linda both give genius advice for writers.

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April 15, 2013 at 3:03 am

Hey Sophie,

I have been writing for a little while now but just recently started getting paid. These will be very helpful to me as I continue to grow and learn.

Thanks a lot!

April 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

I’m sorry I meant to put this in my comment above and spaced it.

When it comes to SEO the go to guy that provides everything for free is Alex Becker. His website is Source-Wave.com. There is soooo much free SEO info it can be a little overwhelming. 🙂

April 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thanks Tim, that’s a new one to me – I’ll go and check Alex’s site out!

April 15, 2013 at 4:30 am

Hmm… if we do only one a week, that’s a full year of getting ahead in the freelance business! Woo hoo! Can’t get much easier than that!

April 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Enjoy the Year of the Freebie! 😀

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April 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

Sophie, I am soo happy to be following your blog! This post gave me lot’s of great sites to check out to improve my blog and business. Cheers to you lady. ;-)) Gary

April 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

Happy to have you around, Gary. 🙂 Cheers for commenting!

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April 15, 2013 at 5:47 am

Hi Sophie, this is such a great resource especially for a freelance writer like me who is just starting out. I’m in the right place.

April 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

Welcome to the right place, Eva. Glad you found it!

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April 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thanks Sophie for such a great list! You are a treasure trove of information!

April 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

*blush* The internet is the treasure trove; I’m just the messenger!

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April 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

Hi Sophie, just wanted to let other subscribers know about this gem of a freebie. If you self host a website get over to richwp .com the owner is giving away a professional WordPress framework and 12 premium child themes! Check it out.

May 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Cheers, Al.

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April 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi Sophie, I have 1,4,5, 8 and 13 saved on my computer.

I’m a big fan of free resources, and when I do spend money, it is often on the products of bloggers whose free tips/resources I have enjoyed.

I also love list posts, as well as individual reviews of resources. Which reminds me….It’s been some time since I published my last review post…:)

May 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hi Pinar! I agree, trying out someone’s free resources is a good way to decide if you think their paid resources will be worth the investment.

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April 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

What a killer resource! Thanks for putting this all together – bookmarking it for later reference 🙂

Thanks Sarah. 🙂

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April 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Wow! That’s an awesome resource, Sophie.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

May 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You’re welcome!

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April 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thanks for posting the list on LinkedIn where I discovered it. I’ve saved it my Writing Resources folder, much appreciated.

My pleasure, Josie–thanks for coming over here to check it out!

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April 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

This is the perfect list. Thanks for this, Sophie. I’m definitely bookmarking this. A lot of resources I was not familiar with and will check some of these out now, actually.

May 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Let us know what you think of them, Leslie–second opinions are always useful.

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April 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Awesome list! Thanks so much for taking the time to put all of these resources together, Sophie!

May 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

You’re welcome. I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t see your comment until just now… better late than never I suppose! 😀

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April 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Much appreciated. Another good site is marketingexperiments.com. They do the research, offer corporate web training and then provide their results in the form of mini training programs on line – at no charge. You can also access their archives. A lot of really good info there.

May 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Thanks Jane, I’ll definitely mention Marketing Experiments in my upcoming epic post, “Another 52 Free Resources…”!

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April 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Great list Sophie. #52 is definitely a keeper. 🙂

😀 Thanks Larry.

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April 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I have been blogging for the last one year as full-time blogger, before that I worked another one year as part timer; but so far I could not have made it. Simply cast a look at my blog http://www.leadership-idn.com and let me know very briefly where I am: a) blundering b) mistaking c) erroring d) missing e) over-smarting

May 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hi Edson, if I were in your position I’d work on developing my English and writing skills so that I could attract better-paying clients.

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April 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

LOVING this. Also glad to see I have used or am planning on implementing many of these already!

May 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Excellent, Bree. Tip me off if you find any new free resources, too–I’m planning another epic list!

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April 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Great resources, Sophie! Quite a few of these are new to me so I’ll be checking them out shortly.

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April 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Well I gotta say that Number 48 is–ahem!–my personal favorite. 😉 Thank you so much for including me!

The other resources are absolutely fantastic too. I already had most of them, but there were still a few on there that I’m going to check out ASAP. How exciting! 😀

Thank you again for including me on this list. I’m honored and extremely excited. I’ve already had several new subscribers since this went live. Yay!

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April 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

Thanks so much Sophie for all of this free info and advice. I was blown away by it all and there s much that I will take advantage of for sure. Thank you again.

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April 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

What an incredible post! Interesting, concise and very useful isn’t easy to achieve but this ticks all the boxes. Too much to take in at the moment so am keeping this to read over a cup of coffee (don’t like ovaltine) or three. Thanks Sophie 🙂

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April 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

You have just given me one more reason to hang with you.

I really do love you, you know!

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April 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thank you for a really great list of resources, some of which I’d never heard of, including Recite which is a fab tool. Cheers!

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April 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

You’re generous. I just love this list. Thanks.

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April 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

Wow. I like the free research tools part! I’ve never find this kind of source before, it would be useful for my future blog post. Thanks for it. Bookmarked.

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April 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Fantastic round up, Sophie! Found your site via Dana Sitar and so very glad I did. Some tools and sites I’d never heard of that look very useful. Thanks!

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May 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

This is a great list. Thanks so much for sharing.

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May 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Wooohooo! What a great round up, Sophie! Found you through Carol Tice’s May link party, and so glad I did!

I’ve done list posts like this, and I sympathize with your ‘scroll blindness’ and the amount of time it takes to put an article like this together. Kudos!

Bookmarked and shared, thanks!

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May 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks for this Sophie – I’ve just had WAY too much fun looking through all this stuff and I now have a stack of bedtime reading to do!

I may well get in touch with you too about advice for my own blog. Expect an email – you’ve just become my new best friend 😉

May 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

You’re welcome, Ken – enjoy your new freebies! 🙂

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May 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Wow, I am so impressed by your list. I am sure you have put a lot of efforts and time to make such an useful list. I will try them soon. Thanks for sharing mate.

May 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thanks for commenting! Glad you found it useful.

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June 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

Thanks for this great post, Sophie. I found it on your link in the Freelance Writer’s Den. 🙂

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July 3, 2013 at 2:45 am

Thanks for the tools! Will help greatly!

FYI I found your blog through lifehack.org

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July 10, 2013 at 3:26 am

This is very helpful 🙂 Thanks a lot!

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July 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

What a great list (and really useful site overall). Good to see Google authorship in the list – I struggled to get this working consistently on one of my blogs ( http://redrocketrising.com for any Doctor Who fans!) but I have noticed my average level of traffic is up substantially since I did (maybe 60% more on quiet days).

July 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

You’re welcome, Tony. Wow, a 60% lift is impressive! Maybe Google’s a Doctor Who fan.

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August 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

I feel dirty … you’ve given me so many free things and I got nothing for you.

Great list.

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September 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

We also use a website called http://pickupimage.com . If you are a website designer, blogger here you can download high resolution Free stock images for free. Thanks.

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September 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Wow! Thanks a lot for this awesome list! Your rock, Soph! 🙂

September 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

sorry for the typo.. 😉

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November 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

Great List, Thanks Sophie, particularly for the Recite link.

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November 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

I got this bookmarked on my browser. 🙂

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November 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

This is fab, Sophie! In fact, everything I’ve read so far that comes with your name attached has been fab – I am truly appreciative. 🙂

November 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Well that *is* good to hear. Thanks, Shannon! I’m putting together another one of these lists at the moment, so expect Part 2 soon. 🙂

November 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Use Recite for the first time. Used the result as today’s blog post. What fun!

November 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Looks great! Nice quotable, too – did you come up with that, or is it a famous one I just haven’t heard before?

November 24, 2013 at 4:57 am

I came up with it about a week or so ago. It’s a distillation of what I learned through working decades of retail. I just learned this week how to apply it to my copywriting.

November 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

Sorry, that should have read, “how to apply it to my marketing.” [as a copywriter]

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December 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Wow, Sophie! I saw so many titles where I thought “oh, I need to read that!” This is just an excellent resource for a newbie like me. Thanks for putting it together.

December 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

You’re welcome, Susan! I’ve got another one of these posts coming up with more freebies next weekend. 🙂

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December 24, 2013 at 12:04 am

Thanks so much for this list. I love it and need it.

I saw your wordcounter tool, I have a site that I would like to share, it not only counts words, but does keyword density, characters and a lot more. It is a great tool to use.


Happy Blogging Everyone!!!

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December 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Great list! I have been focusing on transitioning from my current job into writing / blogging / SEM and your blog is loaded with great information and tips that will be very useful in cutting my learning curve!

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February 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Thank you so much for gathering and putting together this fantastic information. I will definitely put it to good use.

warm Regards, Rhonda

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February 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

These are great. Thank you so much for posting these.

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February 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

That’s a great collection that I would say but one more inclusion I would like to keep here is the time tracking software from Replicon – http://www.replicon.com/time-tracking-softwares.aspx

February 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Looks interesting, but it costs money after the free trial period expires. This list is only for stuff that’s free long term. 🙂

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May 13, 2014 at 5:02 am

Check out also http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of public domain photos completely free to use. Appreciate it if you could add it to your list of photography resources for bloggers.

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November 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I’m curious if the blogging report that you send out is up-to-date. I signed up for it but I noticed some of the blogs and publications aren’t taking submissions anymore.

It’s a tough gig, folks. I highly recommend finding a retainer. Although, retainers are not a guarantee of stability. I was lucky to be on retainer for almost five years with a marketing agency. I’m working with a local client at the moment but it’s difficult and I have lots of experience under my belt. I recommend not quitting your day job until you have solid leads and contracts signed. I’m not trying to be a downer but I may be getting out of the freelance game. The market is saturated and it’s tough to find reliable clients who understand the value of hiring a professional writer. I have tons of copywriting experience under my belt and know how to market myself, but I’m burnt out on the game. While I’ve worked with some awesome clients and was on retainer for a great agency for a long time, the market is shifting and it’s very competitive right now. If you are up for the challenge and have a lot of writing experience under your belt, then go for it. However, if you are afraid or don’t want to market yourself or pound the pavement looking for work freelance writing may not be for you.

November 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

Yep, we created the latest edition in August 2014 but some blogs’ guest posting policies have already changed since then! Another updated version of the list is in the works. 🙂

And I definitely agree with your last point: freelancing involves a LOT of marketing, especially when you’re getting started. Anyone who doesn’t want to do marketing at all is better off finding a permanent job (or reliable agency work, as you mentioned).

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December 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Just thought I’d throw this out there under free images and editing resources : The Free Logo Makers – http://www.thefreelogomakers.com . Lots of people make free logos for their blogs.

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June 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Thanks for sharing..! The above are great resources for freelancer as well as personal development. Actually, I got an eBook from Write to Done but I found a lot of useful resources here. I’m impressed by SEO from Hubspot and now register for enroll. I have book your post, I’ll for more resources next time.

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June 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

Wow! this is such a great list. I am going to dig into all the sites listed here. Thank you!

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July 13, 2015 at 5:31 am

Lamhuynh, Thanks Sophie! This is a great resource for a newbie like me. Allow me to be copied to lifelong learning

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March 6, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Wow! I just subcribed to your list yesterday and today, I got this great resource as a first email from you. Thanks so much.

I’m learning a lot from you and I know that soon, very soon I’ll start making the amount of money I want and deserve from writing.

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March 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

So I know that you have included HTML Dog as a place to learn free coding to help out bloggers, but wanted to let you know that there is also https://www.codecademy.com/learn . You can learn how to use HTML, JavaScript, Python, and others. I have been using that site for almost a year now to learn how to build my own website and to gain other tech skills that may help me later on down the road. You can never be to educated in my opinion. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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January 31, 2017 at 4:42 am

Thanks for sharing..! The above are great resources for freelancer as well as personal development. Actually, I got an eBook from Write to Done but I found a lot of useful resources here. I’m impressed by SEO from Hubspot and now register for enroll. I have book your post, I’ll for more resources next time.

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August 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

This is a great resource for a newbie like me. This is very helpful for me 🙂 you can also check


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May 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm

These are all amazing! Thanks so much for putting together this list!

Here are some other ones that I personally use:

Free stock photos & presentation templates: https://www.and.co/the-deck-stack-v2 Sketch App templates: https://www.sketchappsources.com/ UI8 Freebies: https://ui8.net/categories/freebies

June 30, 2018 at 1:47 am

Thanks, Eva! 🙂

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March 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

Thanks so much for the list! I also suggest you to try elapseit , as it is a great time tracking tool (which includes invoicing) and it is very user friendly 🙂

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May 21, 2019 at 3:43 am

You have done great journey to come to this level…

I want to start from zero.

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June 14, 2019 at 6:53 am

July 24, 2019 at 6:07 am

vary good post.

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July 27, 2019 at 5:29 am

Number 2 isn’t working 😥

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August 21, 2019 at 3:04 am

Is there another way to access the e books that are linked here…. most of those turned out to be unfruitful when I clicked on them.

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March 12, 2020 at 10:57 pm

Thanks a lot Sophie. This is a valuable resource indeed

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39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster, Write Better, and Land More Readers

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When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media—the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment —one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally create.

So the questions become: How to create amazing content, how to put together blogposts strategically and efficiently, and how to get your content out to the masses.

Writing tips are a good place to start. And to supplement the words you use to build your blogposts , I’ve found a huge number of blogging tools that help with everything from coming up with ideas to spread the content far and wide.

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2. BuzzSumo

Enter a topic or a URL into the BuzzSumo search box, and you’ll get a wealth of information on the content that performs best for social media sharing. BuzzSumo can be super useful for fleshing out an existing idea to find the perfect angle or in taking a broad look at the content that does well (and the blogs who do it best) in your niche.

3. Quick Sprout

Enter a URL into Quick Sprout, and you get an analysis of the site’s performance and content. The “Social Media” tab shows you which posts from the site have been home runs, and you can take inspiration from the highlights on the list.

4. Portent Title Maker

Enter a subject into the Portent tool, and you’ll get a sample blogpost title, complete with helpful and witty breakdowns of why the title might make for a good read. Refresh as many times as you’d like for new ideas.

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5. Blog Topics Generator

HubSpot’s title maker works similarly to Portent’s. With the HubSpot tool, you can enter three keywords, and HubSpot will give you five titles—a week’s worth of content—to work with.

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6. Twitter trending topics

The trending topics section on your Twitter homepage can be a super spot for grabbing ideas from the latest news. You can tailor your trending topics to go uber-local (the big cities near and around you) or even receive fully tailored tweets that take into account your location and those you follow. (Click the “Change” link at the top of the Trends section on your Twitter homepage.)

7. LinkedIn Pulse

Similar to Twitter’s trending topics, LinkedIn Pulse pulls content from the channels you follow on LinkedIn and the people in your LinkedIn network.

For additional trending topics on social media, you can check out Facebook’s Trending section and Google+’s What’s Hot page.

Tools to organize your ideas

We like to add all our blogpost ideas into Trello, turning each idea into a card that we can spec out with notes and move from list to list with a simple drag-and-drop.

9. Evernote

For super fast idea collecting, you can drop everything into Evernote—notes, snippets, photos, webpages, and more. The tagging system in Evernote is incredibly robust, so you can keep your ideas with a simple tag in a number of cool ways—by topic, by idea stage, and more.

10. Google Calendar

Calendar tools like Google Calendar can be repurposed as editorial calendars. If publishing one post per day, you can save your ideas as all-day events and move them around the calendar as needed. If you plan on scheduling multiple posts, add a calendar event to the specific publish time. Zoom in and out to see what you’ve got planned for a given day, week, or month.

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11. Todoist

Place your ideas into a to-do list where you can schedule when blogposts might go live and break down the blogpost writing process into manageable steps. Todoist lets you collaborate on shared tasks with a team, too.

12. Wunderlist

Another useful to-do list tool, Wunderlist can help you keep your ideas sorted into tasks and subtasks. Even consider adding a listicle idea and creating subtasks for each of the list items you want to add.

13. Dropbox

When your ideas come with files, Dropbox is one of the best spots to store and share things like pdfs, Word Docs, design files, photos, and more.

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14. Google Trends

Is your blogpost idea a popular one? You can run the topic through Google Trends to see search volume for the different keywords and phrases you’re considering using.

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15. Keyword Planner

How do you frame your awesome idea into a far-reaching blogpost (that people can easily find)? Check for popular keywords. Google’s Keyword Planner lets you enter a series of keywords, and Google returns results on search volume and popularity as well as related keywords that might spark an idea for you.

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16. Keywordtool.io

An alternative to Google’s Keyword Planner, Keyword Tool returns up to 750 suggestions for every keyword you enter.

(For yet another keyword tool alternative, take SERP Stat for a spin.)

17. Yoast WordPress SEO plugin

SEO plugins can help you fine tune your idea and blogpost into a specific keyword or phrase that will help with search results and help keep your blogpost focused. With Yoast’s plugin, you can type in the keyword that you’re after, and Yoast tells you how many different spots on the page the post appears and a nice green dot for when you’re ready to go.

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18. Google Docs

Many bloggers go straight to the writing editor in their blog software (WordPress, Ghost, etc.). You can also consider writing in Google Docs for collaborating with others and tapping into the extra power of Google Docs’ spelling and grammar tools.

19. Egg Timer

A super simple timer, tell Egg Timer how long you want to work—15 minutes for research, 40 minutes to write a draft, etc.—and Egg Timer will count down the time. When time’s up, a popup appears and the timer sounds.

One of the most straightforward and fun time tracking tools you’ll find, Toggl lets you add a task, push the Start/Stop button, and check back in to see a full dashboard of stats on how you spend your time. It could be really useful for bloggers who want to focus on the time they spend writing, researching, and editing.


21. Hemingway

A really interesting free marketing tool, Hemingway analyzes your text for readability, highlighting sentences that are a bit too complex or dense. The readability for the list post you’re reading now: A seventh grade reading level.

22. Grammarly

Copy and paste your article into Grammarly’s online grammar checker to how it performs against checks for spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and more. The initial score is free to see. The specifics of what to change (as well as suggestions from Grammarly) come with their paid plans.

23. WordPress Distraction Free Writing

This helpful tool is baked right into the WordPress editor. To access the Distraction-Free editor, click on the four-way arrow icon in the top right corner of any WordPress post you’re writing.

Download the Desk app (currently Mac only) to write straight from your desktop in a clear and uncluttered editor (with markdown support), then connect directly to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Facebook, and a host of other online publishing sites.


For additional desktop publishing tools, check out Zenwriter (Windows) and Ulysses App (for Mac).

Tools to create beautiful blog visuals

We previously covered a big list of 23 tools and resources for creating amazing visual content , many of which appear below. For the complete list of image creation tools , check out our related post.

25. Death to the Stock Photo

Every month, receive an email with links to a new collection of free, high-res lifestyle photos. The site offers a premium subscription as well to be able to access and search its full archive.

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26. PhotoPin

One of the 53+ places we scour to find free images , PhotoPin lets you search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr.

Grab screenshots and annotate with notes, arrows, and icons. Skitch connects directly to your Evernote account so you can save all the screengrabs you take.

28. Meme Generator

Sometimes a simple meme says more than any other image could. Meme Generator lets you create a meme from scratch or use an existing meme character to add your own saying.


Probably our most-used image tool at Buffer, Canva makes image creation super easy (especially for non-designers) with their premade templates, custom image sizes for every social media channel, drag-and-drop interface, cool fonts, and more. Most every original image you see shared from our social accounts was made in Canva.

Other great options include PicMonkey and BeFunky .

Photoshop is the king of image software. Gimp is like a free version of Photoshop. Most all major features are there, and amateur designers can get all sorts of things done with layers, masks, photo effects, and more.

31. Share as Image

Turn text from any webpage into a shareable image with the Share as Image browser extension and bookmarklet. The Pro plan ($8/month) even lets you add custom branding to the image and choose from a huge number of background photos and fonts.

Tools to distribute your content far and wide

We wrote about the topic of content distribution tools in more depth in a separate blog post as well. Click through that post for even more ideas for tools and resources to try when promoting your content.

Once your blogpost is written and published, you can set up an easy sharing schedule with Buffer. Schedule your new article to go to your social channels multiple times with different headlines or images attached to each update.


33. EMV Headline Analyzer

Emotional Marketing Value checks for emotional words in your headline, and the analyzer tool returns a score of EMV words compared to total words in the headline.

34. Click to Tweet

Built by the team at CoSchedule (which also makes a helpful WordPress calendar and scheduler), this WordPress plugin makes it simple to highlight snippets of your blogpost for readers to easily share on Twitter. For sites not running WordPress, consider a tool like clicktotweet .

35. Filament

In a single WordPress plugin, Filament contains a group of useful features including Flare, a social share button plugin that makes it easy for others to share your blogpost on Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, and more—even spots like Hacker News and Reddit. Other Filament apps include: MailChimp subscribe form, Google Analytics tracking, all-in-one profiles, code management, and share highlighter.


36. Digg Digg

Digg Digg was built by our Buffer engineers a couple years back, and it’s been a staple on the Buffer blog ever since. What we’ve found most helpful with Digg Digg integration is the flexibility of where you can place the share buttons: floating to the left or right of the article (see our Open blog ), pinned to the top or bottom of a blog post (see this Buffer Social blog), or manually wherever you wish inside your theme.

There’s a great list of social sharing plugins reviewed here , if you’d like more options.

37. Google Webmaster Tools

Signing up for webmaster tools can reveal a lot of SEO opportunities for your blogposts. For instance, see where you rank in search engine results for certain keywords, then build links to your most popular keyword posts to increase the rankings even more.

38. MailChimp

MailChimp is one of the biggest and best (and free) ways to send email to your list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns that deliver each new post that you write, or you can create campaigns from scratch. MailChimp offers free accounts for those with fewer than 2,000 contacts in their list.

39. Headlines

Run A/B tests of your headlines with this WordPress plugin from KingSumo. If the cost is a bit steep ($99 lifetime charge), you can try out the other Sumo plugin, SumoMe , which offers some handy tools for growing an email list, analyzing your blogposts, and sharing content to social media.

The blogging tools we use at Buffer

I’ve had the privilege of trying out many of these tools while writing online. At Buffer, we’ve hone our blogging process into a pretty lean groove. These are the tools that I currently use to take posts from idea to publish.

Over to you

What are your favorite blogging tools? Which ones did I not include here that you would add to the list?

I’m always keen to learn more about what tools are out there. Please do share in the comments if you have any tips or tools to talk about!

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Blogging continues to be one of the most popular forms of content marketing used by businesses, and for freelancers, it’s a great way to make money writing .

In fact, 86 percent of companies report that they prefer to use blog posts over other forms of content marketing. And more than half of all Fortune 500 companies now have a public-facing blog.

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Freelance blogging pay rates can vary widely, but it’s possible to earn around $5,000 a month as a paid blogger . But that’s only going to happen if you follow the right approach.

If you’re making terrible pay to write blog posts, it’s probably because you’re:

To earn a sustainable income blogging, you’ll need to ditch your low-paying gigs and go after better clients. This usually involves finding regular blogging jobs for high-traffic websites.

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Blogging is one of the best entry-level writing jobs available. And many seasoned writers establish lucrative blogging businesses, too.

But to become a paid blog writer, you’ll need to develop and follow an action plan. 

That process usually includes:

Note that when you’re pitching blog editors, your idea is more likely to get noticed if you can suggest an attention-grabbing headline for your proposed post. Check out our article on writing great headlines for some tips.

And remember: Once you do secure a blogging gig, you’ll want to keep coming up with new story ideas . That way, you can continue creating awesome content-and getting paid for it.

Check out these 22 potential blogging jobs you can pitch right now.

1. B. Michelle Pippin

Michelle Pippin is a business blog for women that focuses on topics like marketing effectively, enhancing productivity, scoring speaking gigs, and overcoming business-related challenges. If you have firsthand experience in one of those areas, reach out and pitch an original, instructive story idea.

Contact: Send a message to editor Michelle Pippin on LinkedIn. 

Rate: $50-$150 per post.

2. Couchbase

If you’re a tech writer with knowledge of topics like NoSQL databases and programming languages, pitch Couchbase. This blog focuses on providing readers with technical guides written in a clear, informative, and friendly style. Your pitch is most likely to be accepted if you have samples of other tech tutorials.

Contact: Fill out the pitch submission form .

3. Copyhackers

The Copyhackers blog is geared toward helping copywriters and marketers achieve success and upward mobility in their careers. It features stories about topics like conversion copywriting, freelancing for hire, and product marketing. 

It’s not easy to get your pitch accepted by Copyhackers. They only accept 1 in 30 pitches and only publish a third of those. But if your article is published, you’ll be compensated quite well.

Contact: Email your pitch to the content strategist or contact founder and editor Joanna Wiebe .

Rate: $300-$1,000 per post.

4. DesertUSA

If you’re knowledgeable about the North American desert or surrounding regions, you can write for DesertUSA. This blog features travel articles as well as stories about Native American culture, regional history and geology, and southwestern arts and crafts. Note that this blog requires all writers to submit digital images along with their stories.

Contact: Email publisher Jim Bremner .

Rate: $50 per article.

5. Doctor of Credit

The Doctor of Credit blog provides readers with information about personal finance and credit. They also publish articles about deals on travel and all kinds of products.

If your article is well-received, you may be asked to become a regular contributor for the site. Pitches are more likely to be accepted if you have a legal background or excel at finding unique credit card offers or deals.

Contact: Send an email to editor William Charles . 

Rate: $50 for guest posts.

6. Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal publishes a blog that focuses on environmental issues pertaining to an international audience, such as wildlife and land conservation, climate and energy, and environmental protection policies. 

For the best chance of having your story idea accepted, pitch a newsworthy, relevant topic that’s been overlooked by other outlets.

Contact: Email managing editor Zoe Loftus-Farren .

Rate: $100 per post.

7. Freedom with Writing

Wanna help other freelancers get paid for their writing? If you have useful advice to share, pitch this blog. They’re looking for how-to guides, essays, and case studies. They also occasionally publish eBooks.

Contact: Email editor Jacob Jans .

Rate: Up to $150 for articles; $500+ for eBooks.

8. FreelanceMom

FreelanceMom is a popular website for moms who work as freelancers and solopreneurs. The editor is looking for writers who can provide original blog posts offering in-depth, actionable advice for their readers. Pitch an article that is deeply personal, well-researched, or education-based.

Contact: Email Editor Lisa .

Rate: $75-100 per post.

9. Freshbooks Blog

You may have used FreshBooks to help manage your freelance business needs, but did you know they also pay well for unique blog content? FreshBooks isn’t actively looking for contributors at the moment, but they’ll still consider pitches for relevant, original story ideas.

Contact: Complete the pitch submission form .

Rate: $200 per post.

10. GoDaddy Blog

The GoDaddy blog, dubbed “GoDaddy Garage,” is geared toward helping entrepreneurs plan for, launch, grow, and maintain a business. The blog features content relevant to various industries, such as healthcare, real estate, restaurants, and even art.

In addition to its entrepreneurial focus, GoDaddy Garage also includes a section geared specifically toward web professionals. Topics range from using WordPress and designing websites to web development.

The blog’s editorial team accepts pitches and assigns specific article topics. If you have an interesting, original idea, submit it! You can also apply to be a regular contributor.

Contact: Pitch managing editor Andrea Rowland or complete the pitch submission form .

Rate: Usually around $100 per article depending on various factors.

11. Guideposts

Guideposts is a faith-based nonprofit organization that runs a blog aimed at inspiring Christian readers. They pay writers for first-person, narrative essays that have a spiritual theme.

Contact: Reach out to editor Evan Miller .

Rate: $250 per essay.

12. IncomeDiary

Have expertise on topics like SEO, content development, or making money online? Pitch IncomeDiary. While this blog has high standards (one of its major focuses is on creating great content, after all), you can get paid quite well for a worthy article.

Contact: Email editor Barry Dunlop .

Rate: Up to $200 per post.

13. International Living

International Living teaches readers how to retire affordably by living abroad. If you’ve traveled internationally or lived in another country, pitch a relevant story idea. Readers are looking for specific, helpful advice, such as how to order a meal or find hidden gems in the places they love overseas.

Contact: Reach out to digital editor Annie Hannon via LinkedIn or send her an email .

Rate: Typically pays $0.10 per word.

14. Make a Living Writing

Did you know this blog pays writers for guest posts about the business and craft of freelance writing? 

If you’re a current or former Freelance Writer’s Den member, or if you’ve graduated from Jon Morrow’s blog mentoring program, submit an idea! On occasion, founder Carol Tice offers open pitch windows, where anyone who subscribes to the blog can pitch. 

Note that almost all of the pitches accepted are from subscribers of the blog.

Contact: Email our editor .

Rate: $75-$150 per post.

15. Pixlr Blog

Pixlr is a popular online photo editing platform, and their website features a blog that publishes content by freelance writers. If you have expertise relating to photography or graphic design, pitch the Pixlr blog.

Contact: Submit your idea by completing the pitch form .

Rate: $200 per post; more for tutorials.

16. Rooted in Rights

Rooted in Rights is a nonprofit organization geared toward erasing the stigmas faced by people with disabilities, mental health challenges, and chronic illnesses. Written exclusively by writers with disabilities, it covers topics such as accessibility, discrimination, healthcare, and voting rights. The editorial team accepts both narrative and reported articles.

Contact: Email editor-in-chief Emily Ladau . 

Rate: $100+ per post.

17. SitePoint

SitePoint is a blog geared toward helping people understand how to use new web technologies, including various types of codes, web-based tools, and design programs. If you have experience in web development, design, or content creation, hit up the editor with a pitch.

Contact: Contact managing Editor Joel Falconer or submit the pitch form .

Rate: $150 to $250 per post.

18. Smashing Magazine

Knowledgeable about web building? Consider pitching Smashing Magazine, a website and blog geared toward designers and developers. They accept articles from both new and experienced writers and are especially in need of tutorials, guides, opinion pieces, and case studies. Carefully follow the guidelines and pitch a 200-300-word outline of your article idea.

Contact: Send a message to editor-in-chief Vitaly Friedman or use the pitch submission form .

Rate: $0.07-$0.13 per word.

19. Transitions Abroad

Ever live or travel abroad? If so, you can pitch the Transitions Abroad blog. It’s geared toward readers who travel overseas for work, study, volunteerism, or cultural immersion. 

While this blog usually publishes firsthand travel stories, its focus has shifted because of Covid-19. The editors are currently seeking stories that focus on topics like distance learning and virtual interning or volunteering. They’re also accepting articles about international jobs that can be done remotely.

Contact: Contact editor Gregory Hubbs on LinkedIn or send your pitch via email .

Truity is a hugely popular blog about personality types and personality psychology. They look for passionate writers who can create high-quality content about topics like Myers Briggs, the Enneagram, and Jung’s typology. 

Contact: Reach out to publisher Molly Owens via Twitter or complete an application to write for Truity. 

Rate: $100-$150 per post.

21. Upworthy

The Upworthy blog focuses on making a positive social impact. Stories should be “surprising, meaningful, shareable, and visual.” Review their content to get a better sense of what kinds of pieces are successful.

Contact: Complete the pitch form or reach out to editor Annie Reneau .

Rate: $0.23-$0.35 per word.

22. WritersWeekly

Writers Weekly is geared toward helping writers earn money from their craft. They publish stories covering topics like self-publishing, corporate writing, and marketing tips for freelance writers.

Contact: Contact publisher Angela Hoy after reading the writer’s guidelines.

Rate: $60 per 600-word article.

Bonus: Consider checking quality job boards that frequently post blogging gigs.

Aside from sending out pitches to markets like the ones on this list, you can also keep an eye out for paid blog job listings. The best way to do this is to check on high-quality job boards that are geared toward online writing jobs . 

A few examples of boards where you can find quality blogging jobs include:

Before you submit a pitch to any of these markets, be sure to study the guidelines. Pitches can be rejected-even if you have a great idea-by not following the blog’s submission process.

Get to know the blog or business you’re pitching. Familiarize yourself with the topics they focus on. Understand who their target audience is.

And oftentimes, the best way to create a successful pitch is to start by actually subscribing to the blog you want to write for. 

Keep in mind: this list is just a sampling of the paid blogging jobs available. There are literally millions of blogs on the web today. And there are tons of businesses that want to boost customer engagement by offering a blog… but simply don’t have the time or resources to maintain one on their own. 

One tried-and-true method for many writers is to pitch companies that have abandoned their blogs. Since they created a blog in the first place, they probably understand the value of having one, but obviously have not been able to keep up with it. That could be where you come in!

So no matter what kind of results you get when you start pitching blogs like the ones on this list, keep going. There are plenty of opportunities, in every niche, to get paid to blog.

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Have you considered earning money doing freelance writing jobs?

But how do you go about it? How much do freelance writers make? What type of articles do clients pay for? Where do you find freelance writing jobs?

I'll answer all those questions and share with you my top 78 verified genuine freelance writing jobs and opportunities right now.

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The pay rates for freelance writing jobs vary considerably from site to site. Your skill, experience, availability, pay rate demand, and type of article are all factors that affect how much you will earn.

For example, technical articles and white papers pay more. Whereas blog posts typically pay less.

Top writers can earn up to $1.50 per word or up to $2,000 per original article. Some content mills can pay as little as 5¢ or less per word. Experienced writers say they aim for an average of 40¢ to 50¢ per word.

A "kill fee" is a payment you receive as compensation if an assigned article is "killed" or canceled. Only 5 of the 78 magazines and websites listed below offer a kill fee, which range from 25% to 50% of the agreed fee.

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Here are my top 78 verified genuine freelance writing jobs. The magazines and websites are ranked by the earnings per word rate and/or the earning opportunity. Visit each website for more information:

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