Category: Writing for the web

What is the Best Online Grammar Checker?

Grammar Checking Software; Which is Best?

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Good Writing Requires a Good Grammar Editor.

Do you write for the web? If you do, you’ll probably have tried – or at least thought of trying – one of the many grammar checkers out there. Until fairly recently, the few grammar editing tools available were pretty basic. Recently though, we’ve been blessed with a plethora of grammar checkers; some of which are extremely easy to use, some that are very accurate, a couple that are both, and some that, sadly, fail to deliver the goods.

So which grammar checker ticks all the boxes – and which are the ones you should avoid?

In this detailed review, I’ll be looking at six individual tools, including the top four grammar checkers, that promise to solve our self-editing issues and give us all the best chance of turning out our best work, every time.

Just one thing I need to emphasise though: Using a grammar checker will not mean you never need to use an editor again. On the contrary, a human editor is as essential as ever, if we hope to produce well-written copy consistently.

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Grammarly Review

Is Grammarly the Best Online Grammar Checker?

Is it Worth Paying for Grammarly Premium, or Should We Just Use The Free Version?

In this Grammarly Review, I’ll be addressing these issues and more – as well as covering just how an efficient grammar checker can help with your writing.grammarly review image

Most of us have heard about Grammarly; many of you may be wondering whether it’s worth buying Premium, or whether we should just stick with the free version.

One thing I can tell you is that if we want to be taken seriously as content creators, we need to write well-structured articles. Spelling and grammatical errors do not belong in our work.

This applies not only to online copywriters and bloggers but actually to anyone who writes for the public. (Especially authors, but that’s another issue altogether)

I’ve been using Grammarly Free for quite some time now, and I can tell you I’ve been delighted with just how efficiently it not only picks up my typos and grammar faux-pas but actually shows me what’s wrong – and explains why. When I decided to seriously consider upgrading to Grammarly Premium, I figured I might as well turn my research into a blog post.

After using it for around four years, I can attest that Grammarly is the best free grammar checker for proofreading on the fly. If you’ve been following this website you’ll know that in addition to my online work I’m also an author. Two tools that I couldn’t be without as an author are Scrivener and Grammarly. (Scrivener I’ll cover in another post.)

So What is Grammarly, and How Does it Work?

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10+ Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners

10+ Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

So you’d like to earn money online as a writer.become a freelance writer

Maybe you’ve had some writing experience, maybe you’ve already earned some money from your writing, or maybe you’re just an ambitious amateur.

Whatever group you fall into, I’m sure you’ll find some useful information in this post.

Working as a freelance writer can be a great way to earn a little extra money. With the right information and resources, it can generate a full-time income for the right person. If you enjoy writing, you can often find ways to turn your passion into a means of earning cold hard cash.

The biggest challenge when first getting started as a freelance writer is sourcing legitimate and well-paying places to find work. There are lots of Content Mills online that are happy to hook you up with potential employers, but many pay you peanuts for your efforts.

Some websites will offer you writing work that pays on a revenue-sharing model. You might be paid a few cents every time someone reads your piece or clicks on a link within the article. There are others that pay per word, or some that pay a set fee for a certain type and size of article.

The bad news is; until you’re an established writer you’ll probably have to use these types of lower-paying websites to get established.

The good news, however, is that if you choose well, these lower-paying sites can become the springboard to a lucrative writing career.

10 Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners. (Plus one, as a bonus)

I’ve put together this list of writing websites that pay reasonably well, are well regarded, and may be perfect for you.

iWriter:

iWriter will pay you a fixed rate for any article you supply to them, depending on the length and your experience.

Starting rates will be less than 1 cent per word, but this increases as your rating improves. Your published articles will be graded, and once you reach a 4-star rating your rates will double. When you reach 4.5 stars they will triple. (From the starting rate) At the Elite level, you can earn up to $80.00 for a five hundred word article.

Once you register with the website, you’ll be asked to submit two samples of your writing and research skills. If accepted, you’ll then be able to apply for specific tasks.

Clients on iWriter will be asked to approve your article. If they reject it, you don’t get paid. Generally though, if they aren’t happy you’ll simply be asked to do a rewrite.

Textbroker:

Textbroker works in a similar way to iWriter. One drawback for many of you will be the fact that they only employ writers from within the US.

Their rates start at .7 of a cent per word and range up to 5 cents per word.

Application and qualifying procedures are also similar, as is their star-rating system.

Depending on your typing speed and skills you can expect to earn between $5 and $15 per hour working with Textbroker.

When you start writing for Textbroker, you will be on probation and your work will be vetted by their team of professionals. This is a good thing, as when just starting out as a content writer any professional help you can get will be most valuable.

earn money online typingThere are other, similar sites to these, offering similar conditions and pay rates.

Working for content mills such as these is a good way to get started as a content writer, but don’t expect to be able to earn a good income from them; at least not at first. If you can live with the lower rates and accept that it’s just a temporary situation, while focusing on your long-term goals, content mills like these may give you the experience and confidence you need to kick-start your writing career.

Puckitz:

Puckitz works in a slightly different way. Your content actually remains your intellectual property and is ‘rented’ by Puckitz. You’re free to remove the posts you’ve written from their website and publish it on your own site, so long as you notify them and give them time to remove it from their lists.

Generally, they are a little more demanding regarding work quality, so are more suitable for experienced writers. You’ll probably be asked to contribute posts within a particular niche.

Pay rates are in the vicinity of 50 cents per month for an article of 500 words or more.

Tuts+:

If you happen to be an expert at coding, web design, web development or creating apps, games or logos Tuts+ may be right for you. They do pay fairly well: from $50 for quick tips to $250 for full-length tutorials. Some of their projects fall into the category on UX Writing.

You can apply through their official “Write for Us” page. Tuts+ is a relatively high-profile site, so you will be expected to have some experience in your niche to be considered!

Listverse:earn money as a freelance writer

Listverse focuses on all types of top-10 lists. Things such as Top 10 Sinister Conspiracy Theories About Hillary Clinton, or Top 10 Insane Elvis-Is-Alive Theories. Submit an interesting list that’s at least 1500 words long, and you could earn $100 via PayPal.

Worldstart:

Are you something of a wiz with computers and technology? Do you know the best Microsoft Office tips and Windows 8 tricks?

You can share practical tips for technology on Worldstart and earn from $25 to $50 per article. They publish articles on the blog and in daily and monthly newsletters.

Writing Op-Ed Pieces:

What’s that? Well may you ask. Op-Ed means Opinion/Editorial comments. Sort of like Letters to the Editor, but on a higher level and for a fee. You’ll need to be prepared to compete with professional journalists or writers in this field, but if you can come up with a unique and topical article you could be on a winner. Many respected publications will accept Op-Ed articles. Try sending your article or synopsis to any newspaper or magazine that you feel your article might be a good fit for. Contact them first though, and don’t be fooled into sending it to a generic email like ‘editor@XXX.com’ or similar. These are usually what’s known in the industry as ‘Black Holes’. Submissions sent there will rarely be read by anyone who counts.

FlexJobs:

There’s one big difference between FlexJobs and the other income sources I’ve mentioned so far: FlexJobs is a paid service.

For a monthly membership of $14.95, Flexjobs can match you with high-paying professional income sources worldwide. You can complete up to 50 in-house skills tests to establish your particular strengths. If your score in any of these skills tests is over 70, their clients can see them to help choose potential employees. This can definitely help you get the job.

If you’re a beginner, though, I wouldn’t recommend FlexJobs, as their expectations and standards are pretty high. If you think you have the skills, though, it just might be right for you.

Another paid source is:

Freelancer.com:

Freelancer does offer a free trial membership, with restrictions, so you can get the feel of their platform before you invest any money.

Generally, their rates are better than the cheaper content mills mentioned above. On the downside, though, there’s more competition from other writers.

You have the option to list your work experience, and also take certification exams on their platform before you throw your hat into the ring and start bidding for jobs.

The main difference with Freelancer.com is that you search for jobs you might be interested in and bid on them. Potential employers will take your bid into account, as well as your experience and qualifications. As a new writer, you may find it difficult to get accepted until you start to gather some reviews of your work. Of course, the bidding system does tend to force the price down.

The free membership only gives you the ability to bid on a handful of jobs, but you can sign up for one month full membership for free. Just be sure that, if you don’t find it suitable, you cancel well before the renewal date.

With full membership, which costs $10.95 pm, you can bid on 100 jobs per month. There are upsells as well.

Fiverr.com:

Visit the Fiverr website here.

With Fiverr.com, you basically set up your own freelance writer’s shop.

You specify what types of work you are interested in doing, as well as the sort of rates you’ll be willing to work for. You can set up your storefront in around 15 or 20 minutes.

Fiverr is free to join, but they will take 20% commission from every job negotiated through their website. When starting out, this may be a better proposition than a flat membership fee that you pay regardless of whether you get work or not. The extra 20% is just something you need to factor into your pricing.

As with all online freelance writing platforms, Fiverr can be very competitive, especially before you build your review ratings. You’ll probably have to work for around one or two cents per word to start, in order to get work. (and hopefully, good reviews)

When you first get started on Fiverr, you’re limited to only offering one service. As time goes on you can offer upsells, different service levels and service bundles. You can set your own prices and conditions.

You’ll need to be comfortable with self-promotion, as Fiverr doesn’t offer this. Pinterest, Instagram, even FaceBook can all be used here. You may have to spend a few dollars on promoting your posts/pins also, until you get established.

Generally, the long-term proposition with Fiverr is a little better, provided you work at building your brand successfully.

Your Own Website:website design

If you’re serious about working as a freelance writer and building your own online business, then starting your own Freelance Writing Website should definitely be on your to-do list. Having your own web presence is essential if you want to be seen as a serious writer. A website of your own offers many extra options in addition to simply writing content for other businesses.

Whether you find work through Fiverr, Freelancer.com, FlexJobs, or any of the above services, you’ll be seen as being so much more professional if you have your own professionally created website. That’s not to say you’ll have to employ someone to do this for you. Website design and creation is something that most people can learn these days quite easily.

(More on this below)

you can earn money online as a writerOnce your site is established, and you begin to gain a following, you can then become a true freelance writer. You promote your own business, you set your own fees, and best of all you keep all the money you earn for yourself. As an independent freelancer, working with your own private clients, you can earn much more that you ever will with a content mill or similar operation.

If this sounds intimidating, be assured it’s really much easier than you might think.

In addition, when you’re running your own website and offering your writing services, you’ll never have to worry about the possibility of the company you’re writing for going out of business or shutting down your account. Sadly, even well-established freelance writers sometimes find themselves facing suspension from various platforms for one reason or another. When you run your own online business, you can rest assured knowing that your income is safe so long as you continue providing good customer service.

Once you create your own Freelance Writing Business, you’re in effect employing yourself. Isn’t that so much better that relying on someone else’s business to supply you with work or contacts? (Contacts that you may be prevented from having any direct association with and whom you could be locked out of contact with at any time)

earn money writingMany freelance writers create their own online businesses and go on to earn well into the six-figure range per year; Not just by selling their writing services to clients online, but by actually writing articles that create sales and bring in good returns direct to their own business.

So there’s my list of 10 Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners.

It’s now up to you to take the plunge and get started. The very first thing you need to do is learn how to create a website; a website that can effectively sell your services and showcase examples of your work, while also producing income on its own merits.

So, How Can You Get Started with Your Own Freelance Writing Business?

If you’re ready to take the next step and learn how to create your own website where you can show the world what you have to offer, take a moment to check out my top recommended resource.

You’ll be invited to sign up for a free account. (You don’t need a credit card or to provide anything more than a username and an email address) Once inside, you can get started on the first step to building your business. After a ten-day trial period, you’ll be offered an upgrade to Premium. It’s not compulsory though, and you can remain a free member if you wish.

You’ll be able to build not one, but two free websites as part of the free training provided. These sites will be yours to keep, even if you don’t choose to upgrade to the Premium level. Sound too good to be true? Check it out and see for yourself.

Once inside you can learn exactly how to build and market your new freelance writing website so you can get started on the path to acquiring clients and making money as soon as possible.

Ready to Start Your Own Freelancing Business?

Learn how to build your own lucrative online business as a writer

I joined Wealthy Affiliate in 2016 with zero marketing experience & within a few months, I had a website built that was driving traffic & sales daily.
 Wealthy Affiliate is a group that was set up to assist people like you and me to become successful online. It’s the real deal, and it works. Come on in, and I’ll show you how to actually start making money as a Freelancer.

I’ll look forward to seeing you on the inside.

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8 of the Best Keyword Research Tools for 2020

Looking for a Good Keyword Research Tool?

Look no further. I’ve compiled a list of eight tried and tested keyword tools for you right here.

 

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Keyword Research is Absolutely Essential.

Keyword research has to be possibly the single most important aspect of successful internet marketing. Unless we get the keyword research sorted before we even begin to write, we’re going to be behind the eight-ball from the start.

 

If you’re new to internet marketing, I suggest you read this post first. In it, I discuss and explain just what a keyword tool is, and why you should be using one.

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What is the Google Sandbox?

Is the Google Sandbox Real, or is it a Myth?

 

If you’ve been involved in internet marketing, especially affiliate marketing, you’ll likely have heard someone talking or posting about the Google Sandbox.

What is Google’s Sandbox?

I’m so glad you asked!Google's sandbox, is it a myth?

When you build a new website, one of your main objectives will be to get your site ranked in the SERPs.

(SERP is an acronym for Search Engine Results Page, and refers to the results shown when you do an internet search)

Everyone knows that a new website will not show up in these results for some time. How long it really takes will depend on a whole heap of things, from the amount of competition in your particular niche to the quality and information value of your articles and loads more.

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Gutenberg: Friend or Foe?

How Will WordPress Gutenberg Affect the Way we Write?

There’s been a fair bit of hype lately about the WordPress Gutenberg update. Is this really going to be a great leap forward as promised – or just another level of confusion?

One thing’s for certain, we won’t be able to avoid it, so we’d better learn how to use it – and quickly!

I’ve been experimenting with Elementor Builder for a bit. (you can read my review here) I’d hopefully be excused then, for thinking I’d have a bit of a head start at understanding Gutenberg. There are some similarities, and I’ve already found a couple of pros and cons. As I did with the Elementor review, I’m using Gutenberg plugin to write this post and learning as I go. Read more

Elementor Page and Theme Builder Review

What is the Best WordPress Page Builder?

When I first started learning how to build a website, there wasn’t a whole lot of choice when it came to page building.

My first sites, and all the content, were assembled using the basic WordPress Editor. For its time, WordPress Editor was the be-all and end-all so far as content editing was concerned. Let’s face it – WordPress is the one platform that’s enabled more mere mortals like myself to build our own websites than any other. WordPress truly is simplicity itself!

Then along came the Wealthy Affiliate Site Content editor. To those of us associated with the WA group, Site Content Editor was a boon indeed. It was a huge jump from what I’d become used to and made page building and content management a breeze by comparison. (Thanks, Kyle and Carson)

Not heard of Wealthy Affiliate? There’s a review you can check out here.

Wealthy Affiliate: The best way to Learn Affiliate Marketing.

Now, Enter the New Kid on the Block:
Elementor Page Builder.

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Free Keyword Research Tools. Which is Best for You?

What is the Best Free Keyword Research Tool?

 

We all know, or we should, just how important Keyword Research is to any online business. Without it we won’t be able to write the sort of content people are looking for, and we’ll stand little chance of appearing find the right keywords for your campaign

prominently in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs.

Unless we do our homework on this, our valuable and well-researched content runs the risk of being buried forever beneath all those well-aged and authority sites that control most of the top rankings.

If we seek, find, and qualify good low competition keywords, however, we can rise above the tide. To do this we need at least one good Keyword Finder.

For the purpose of this article, I’ll assume you understand the basics of what a keyword research tool does. If not, please read this post for a detailed explanation.

 

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Keyword Research Tools Explained.

What is a Keyword Research Tool, and Why Do We Need One?

 

Keyword Research is the Cornerstone of Successful Internet Marketing.

 

Imagine this: You’ve spent hours building your website. You’ve written informative, engaging copy. You’ve added images and diagrams, internal and external links. In fact, you’ve built a web presence you can really be proud of.

You publish the site, promote it on social media, get indexed by the search engines, and you wait for visitors. And you wait… Nothing!  Six months later you’re still waiting.

So what went wrong?You Need a Traffic Strategy

In all probability, you failed to perform proper keyword research.

 


 

It’s one thing to know what items you wish to promote, and what sort of things internet users may be searching for. It’s another thing altogether to know precisely what they are entering into the search box and how to utilise that knowledge.

It’s also another thing to know just how many websites there are out there competing for the same search terms, or keywords.

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Wealthy Affiliate: Scam or Legit? au

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Can You Really Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?

Do You Want to Learn to Make Money Online?

Join Wealthy Affiliate to learn internet marketing

This post was written in Dec 2016, and updated in 2017, and 2020.

Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review, I’ll explain what WA is, how it works, and just …

Why Wealthy Affiliate might not be right for you.

Yes, you read that correctly. Affiliate marketing is not for everyone. (I’ll cover this further on, or you can jump straight to the relevant section by clicking here.) I’ll also explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …

What is Affiliate Marketing?

 learn to build your own online businessFor the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement.

The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read. When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”. Read more

How to Earn Money With a Blog Website.

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So you’d like to become a Blogger, and you’re wondering …

How Can I Earn Money From My Blog?

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Maybe you already have a blogging website, or perhaps you have, like I did not long ago, made the decision to investigate blogging as an alternative income stream.

Perhaps you’re just wondering if the Blogger’s Life is for you. Let’s face it, we all love to share our knowledge and experience with others. Why shouldn’t we jump at the chance to earn a little money from our life knowledge and interests? Or better still, turn our interests and/or hobbies into a thriving online business?  Seem too good to be true?

Can you really make money by Blogging? 

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Setting up an Online Business

Starting an Online Business

Thinking about starting an online business?

 Wondering Just What is Involved in Establishing a Business Online?

 

Making money online is much the same as making money anywhere. It matters little whether you have a dress shop in a mall, an online clothing store, or a fashion blog. You have to be prepared to put in the effort, and establish your business gradually.

If you open a coffee shop, for example, you will get some passing trade right away, and your business (assuming you are doing things correctly) will grow over time.

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The difference with internet marketing is that you will have ZERO passing trade to start with, and probably very little for quite a while. Not understanding this fact is one of the main reasons many internet-based businesses fail. Actually, fail is probably incorrect. The truth is, many people go into online trading with unrealistic expectations and simply give up when these expectations are not met. (Often, just as they were close to success)

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