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Why you should have a blog as a freelancer?



Why you should have a blog as a freelancer?


I have been blogging ever since 2005 or should I say, “attempted” to blog. I remember I read this “bootcamp” site to start blogging in blogger and start Adsense for monetization. It was so simple then, I got approved in Adsense within a week by just writing 5 articles, with 300 words. If I can remember it well, I used an already existing article and just rephrased some of the sentence. So I started blogging, and search a lot of ways to earn money online and put it on that blog. And to cut the story short. My Adsense account was TERMINATED because of all those shit. And now as much as may want. Google refuses to reinstate my Adsense account.
I have earned a lot thru freelancing and online jobs. Though most of my works are fixed price or project based. The income is not that steady. I had some gigs in oDesk (now known as Upwork) and Freelancer.com. But these sites had major changes as the competition among freelancers grew, and they have a lot of fees, that chops your supposed to be income, that went to a lot of bargain from the clients.

So to cut the story short, I become less active on online freelancing and have some gigs at the outside world. Though I still have some small gigs online, and constantly learning the ropes of the trend. How do I maximize my earning online through both of these world? Blogging and Freelancing. Here are some of the things I have carefully thought about and eventually decided why I build this blog which you are reading now. And also, I have included some things that we can do to achieve success in blogging and boosting our presence as a freelancer. More details on these on the latter part of this article.

Multiple sources of income

Though it may be tempting to try every earning opportunity online, it is advisable to focus on a few. Trust me on this, not because I’m not an expert, but because I am a failure. If you want to build reputation online, stay away from those Paid to click, Investments and Auto-surf. You may earn some in there, but it will be just in a short time. Especially, when you are working on a website or blog, your reputation in the internet will fall, and just like me, you will be banned in other opportunities that you should have privilege on.

Some other source of income may not be confined on online opportunities. Since you have an established online presence. It can go through some more opportunities.  Your blog or website can be a showcase for your skills and talents that your clients need at the same time a platform where you can build a following, for more income opportunities like promotions and endorsements.

You have your own identity on the web far from your competition

If you stay only on the social media platform, you still cannot express yourself and jump out the trend with your own identity. Standing out among the rest is very important if you want to have less competition and really show your uniqueness and special qualities. Having your own website or your own blog, is like having a house where you keep your visitors warm and cozy. When your visitor is here, he or she will be far from the thought of your competitor and more focused on you. This is your excellent time to build rapport and pitch your services and product. This is not confined with you and your clients, but also customers who trust you and would love buy products from you.

The Clients will contact you instead you driving through a long list of competitors

If you have set your website or blog well, this will eventually make your potential clients or customers your value. If you are a freelancer, you can pitch your skills and services well passively. That is, all they have to do is scan your site, look for what you can do, and find your contact and send you an email for inquiry. This has been my case in this early stage of building my blog. I just started this for only 1 month, and still I don’t have the results I want. But I do have benefits I don’t have back then without my own blog.

Here are some examples of unsolicited inquiries from potential clients:



You get most of the social marketing and search engine


Promoting your service as a freelancer on social media can be tiresome, because of the task of keeping up on the trend. You will easily be left behind if you don’t update constantly. But, in a way, it can be beneficial, since it is a direct communication with your potential clients. If you archive all useful and informative facts in your blog, you can easily share it again. But more to that, if your blog has sharing buttons, your followers can share it also if you find your article useful. This would double your results without exerting more effort.

After all these, if you have a healthy and engaging blog. It will eventually be discovered by search engines. It’s really hard to gain authority for search engines, and speeding up the process or cheating it could hurt you more than starting small.

So how can we help each other?



Don’t blog for robots! Blog for real people!


As I have realized, a REAL reader and a blog follower is more important than thousands for robots crawling to your site. Simply because, robots can’t pay you money, and can never help you grow as a person. Socialization is still better. But why not take advantage of these two. Socializing can give you active income (no work no pay) and search engine authority can give you passive income (no work, more pay).
Exchanging knowledge with other people can help you in a lot of ways. Sometimes, the benefits are more valuable than money.

When like-minded people gather together, opportunities are endless

This is my stats for my one-month blog. Although the views and followers are very little to none, but I have gathered a total of 81 comments.




And not just spam comments. They are really juicy comments from real people.


From these comments, you can learn a lot already. It can also really add up to your blog authority. And it will not be considered “cheating” by the search engines and save you from penalization.

This may have a small effect on search engine and would give little to now income from direct sales, but it will give you a boost of morale because of the useful comments from like-minded people.  As I have stated and I cannot stress it enough: “A real reader or a follower of your blog is more important than thousands of robots crawling”. Better to have them around as you work your authority in the search engines.

Google's eyes are slowly rolling to Social Media


Google is continually changing algorithm, and it slowly favors blogs and websites that are engaging in the social media platforms. And it greatly favors its own, to name a few are YouTube and Google plus. If you are doing well in these social media, most likely Google search engine will favor your site more.

And come to think about it, it is really a long process to rank in search engines. The link building I’ve done for the last month is, undoubtedly, not yet really that effective. If I can recall, I have already done more than a hundred comment links. But as I check on my SEO profiler, it registers only 22 backlinks, 95.5% of them are No-Follow links and link influence is only 2%. This is but normal for small and starting blogs, the effect usually shows on 3rd month to 6th month if all efforts are exerted to maximum.

It is quite a good decision to build your following first in social media, and let your search engine authority work itself naturally. Which is, actually really wants, NATURAL ENGAGEMENT FROM REAL PEOPLE. Plus, while doing this, as I have stated, you can earn more clients while building your site for the Passive income that you want in the future.

If you are thinking the way I am thinking, let’s do this thing together

All these was done because I joined a group in Facebook called “Bloggers Worldwide: Exchange Comments & Guest Posting”. It’s really a great idea, and reading other blogs gave me a lot more idea. But one thing is missing.

We are from different “niches”.

Blog commenting with blogs of same niches are very important for authority. It really is unnatural for men to following and commenting on a woman topics, like makeups, beauty products etc. On the other hand, comment links on closely related niches or interests, gives you a boost that you are a legitimate commenter and gives you a point for your authority. Google is very sensitive in link connections and who knows, they might again change algorithm to penalize unnatural blog commenting for link building.
Because of this, I am build a HIGHLY TARGETED BLOG COMMENT EXCHANGE GROUP.
If you are a FILIPINO, a GRAPHIC DESIGNER, a FREELANCER, an ONLINE JOB SEEKER, a BLOGGER. Or you want to be one.
I invite you to join my group and let us help each other build each other reputation on the web. This will not only help us build strong links, but it is another way of connecting with each other, sharing thoughts and the same interests. More possible opportunities for both the Social media platforms and search engines.

If you are in, just visit this group and join. We’ll see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1644669969157026/






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11 comments:

  1. I joined the group Rene! I'm looking for groups that do regular commex because like you, I think that's really helpful. I am active in Bloggers Exchange and that is because the other participants there tries to finish the thread on time. There's another group I joined before where it would take weeks for everyone to complete a commex thread.

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  2. Great post. It's always very interesting to read more about blogging and learn from the experiences of others. It's good to know how you work. And I love the comment group. Even though there are docent niches, I still think it's also interesting to read these blogs and learn from them!

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  3. Rene,

    Great idea. Niche is a good idea so you get all like minded people together. Other niches are a means to expand your network. Just like in any business, I see people as one of two - direct or indirect customers. Direct are the ones who buy from me. Indirect do not, but they know people who could. :)

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  4. I am glad I bumped into this. And it made me realized that I have left blogging for quite sometime now because of my freelance work. I will try blogging again and hopefully I will always make time for it while building new friends and connections.

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  5. I agree with you that blogging does help in getting freelancers clients. But my story as a freelancer was a bit different. Long before I started blogging, I started doing freelance work as a speaker and consultant for HR, training and management solutions. I grew my network of clients simply by word of mouth and referrals from previous clients. Although blogging helps us find clients, word of mouth still is one of the best ways to get new clients.

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  6. I agree with this! I've always been writing, and blogging was a natural transition for me. Early on, I realized the importance of choosing a niche. That's why travel has become mine. It's a cycle: a travel to write more, and I end up also with free trips that I will write about!

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  7. I certainly agree on creating a blog if you are a freelancer. If there are less opportunities when you try to hunt down for jobs, you can have the option to get clients directly instead. I have learned something new about blogging and I will be applying that on my blog this time.

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  8. I am all of the above except a Filipino... huhu... I have two blogs.. the first I started, a lifestyle and everything goes blog on whatever I find interesting and the second one is on food and travel....

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  9. It's true, we should connect with people who have the same niche on their blog. I just connected or joined the group. Alas! nice one for us bloggers on how important it is as a freelancer to have some blog

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  10. Thanks for the amazing insight. It is quite useful for people who are not getting adsense approval or whose account has been banned. I totally agree with you on the point that we should focus only on a few of the vast online earning opportunities. Word of mouth still is one of the best ways to get new clients.

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  11. I have some words to say here.
    First: " Trust me on this, not because I’m not an expert, but because I am a failure" really hit me and it was effective enough to keep me reading until the end of the post.
    Second: Your arguments were on point, personal and candid.
    Third: I see the urge of same niche commenting in building one's brand to become an authority for me as a travel blogger it's a little challenging but I am try, just like you learnt the lesson the hard way but its worth it!

    cheers! www.masterryo.com

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