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AP Style and the Oxford Comma

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For most people these days, grammar is nothing more than the structure required to make any bit of writing coherent to another adult who speaks the same language. That is, “I goes to the store,” is wrong, and “I goed to the store,” is even more wrong, but nothing else much matters. To such people, whether or not those commas in that sentence go inside or outside of the quotes is irrelevant. Read more

Fresh Content When Blogging

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When it comes to blogging, or otherwise maintaining a presence online, fresh content is crucial. The longer any website goes without an update, the more search engines, like Google and Bing, start regarding that site as “old news.” Now, while having evergreen, or otherwise established content is a good, there still needs to be a flow of “new” to any website to stay relevant. Read more

National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo 2016

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Every November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo (say nah-no-wri-mo), for kind-of-short. So, the upcoming NaNoWriMo 2016 is just around the corner.

The idea behind National Novel Writing Month is that you have one month to write an entire novel. There is no prize for succeeding (other than having a finished novel), there is no penalty for not finishing (other than bringing shame to yourself and your ancestors). Read more

How To Get Started as a Freelance Writer

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Freelance Writing Quick Startup Guide

Ever wonder how to get started as a .  Consider this the no nonsense, quick start guide for freelance writing.

Many of the items below are covered in more detail elsewhere on this . I’ll do my best to link them, but if something is missing, please try a search or leave me a comment.

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Google AdSense for Freelance Writers

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As an online freelance writer, I have a lot of content that I have published around the web that wasn’t produced for clients. One of these places is Finance Gourmet, a  that I write, and there are lots of others too. These websites and blogs that I build do more than satisfy my urge to write my own stuff. They provide a way for potential clients to see writing samples, and validate my expertise in both writing and various topic areas. These websites also send potential clients to me when someone reads something like my or my and decide to click one of the links to the writer of those articles. Read more

Covering Interop in Las Vegas

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I write technology news articles as part of the part of my . For my gig writing , I generally just do like normal: working remotely, out of my basement home writing office. But, for the first time ever, Tom’s is sending my out into the field to cover something. Read more

AdSense for Writers

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As you probably know, search engine giant Google, makes most of its money off of advertising. What you might not know as an , is that those ads are not just shown on Google’s own websites. In fact, Google has an entire network of websites that show ads sold by Google; it doesn’t own most of those sites.

Google AdSense and AdWords Basics for Writers

Google advertising works in several different ways. For our purposes, there are two parts to Google’s advertising empire. The first part is called AdWords. AdWords is the system that faces the advertisers. Here, people that want to advertise on websites create ads, choose how and when they appear, and how much they will pay for their ads to be published. Read more

Writing in the Summer

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Writing can always be a tricky task. Sometimes the muse just isn’t having it. Unfortunately, she can be especially finicky during the summer months when the bright sunshine, and allure of being outside seem much more compelling.

As a freelance writer, you have to be your own boss and shut down those notions, lest ye write not enough to pay thy mortgage. There are a lot of different tips and tricks to help. One powerful trick that works for those of that are married is to tell our spouse how much money is on the line with today’s writing assignments. Actually, saying it out loud often does the trick. Read more

Ads Made Easy by AdSense Auto Ads

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If you are a writer, I highly encourage you to have a , and . Not only is it a great way to reach new freelance writing customers, it is a good way to build an audience and practice your writing craft as well. In addition, it gives you a nice, easily accessible, repository of writing samples.

There is some difference in opinion about putting ads on your writing website. After all, the website itself is a bit of an ad for your writing services and products. Read more

Writers Update WordPress Now

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A lot of writers use WordPress for their blogs and websites. Some of them select it for its power and ease of use. Recently, WordPress even upgraded so that updates could be installed automatically, erasing one of the ongoing maintenance tasks for freelance writers, and others using WordPress.

However, there was a weird glitch in a recent WordPress update that turned off that functionality by mistake. This is doubly bad, because most authors (who aren’t also web developers like yours truly) don’t necessarily keep up with WordPress updates or website news. Read more

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