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State of the Freelance Writing Market | Freelance Writers Resources

State of the Freelance Writing Market | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
According to Elance, the state of the freelance writing market is buoyant, with job satisfaction and pay prospects both very good.
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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:09 PM

Yeah...I can easily believe this.  I've been saying for a long time that all these new platforms opening up on the internet are begging for content.  I know for a fact that anybody with a lick of sense and aggressiveness in the Salsa or Latin dance market could really expand their business if they really knew how to use content marketing better.

Tools like Scoop.it or RebelMouse (or even Storify.com) can help a lot.  I so sick of Facebook I could puke.

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How to make the most of YouTube (Now with Video Tutorials!)

How to make the most of YouTube (Now with Video Tutorials!) | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Angela Natividad: "At MIPCOM, YouTube gave a video-augmented "creators' masterclass". Here's our super-handy report. One to keep!"


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An alternate universe – Marco.org

An alternate universe – Marco.org | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Not really a creative idea for writers or developers, but an interesting article about a Microsoft mall store anyway

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Creating Link Bait: Do a Little Brainstorming

Creating Link Bait: Do a Little Brainstorming | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Creating Link Bait: Do a Little Brainstorming...
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Google Disavow Link Tool – Should You Panic? | Freelance Writers Resources

Google Disavow Link Tool – Should You Panic? | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The Google disavow link tool has come as a relief to some internet marketers, but others are worried. Why? They see a disavow war looming.
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23-Point Web Content Litmus Test: Is It Truly Unique, Engaging & High Quality?

23-Point Web Content Litmus Test: Is It Truly Unique, Engaging & High Quality? | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Use this guide to evaluate a new article, blog post, video or audio content before hitting publish to ensure you’ve achieved the right mix of quality, engagement, relevance, and originality for regular people and search engines alike.
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Why I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic

Why I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic because it works for me and my Google Analytics statistics prove it.
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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:27 PM

All outward signs would indicate that Rob has real 'presence' in his field.  I know that if I came across some of his stuff (or mine) and I needed some help, I'd ask him.

 

Personally, I've always felt that blogging was very natural.  I think the key is to develop some sort of style.  People have face-to-face personalities and they should also have blogging personalities.  There will always be someone who likes it or whose business it matches.

 

It takes a while to develop the spontaneity of thinking and the typing skills to be able to let your ideas flow quick enough though.  Most people don't have the patience to develop those skills (if they don't already have them).

 

I think another think that constrains people from trying to write 'on the web' is they equate it with the kind of English they had in school...but nothing could be further from the fact.  There's a little of that but it's not the critical ingredient.

 

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Facebook crosses billion users: How the social networking gaint plans to tackle challenges - The Economic Times

Facebook crosses billion users: How the social networking gaint plans to tackle challenges - The Economic Times | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Of its billion users, 600 million log in from their mobile phones, illustrating how vital it is for the company to increase advertising on mobile devices.
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Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson)

Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson) | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Can I be real with you? Real real?(A note from Zuck) I’m TIRED of answering this question so I’d rather write it out and just point people to this...
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Using Behavioral Economics, Psychology, and Neuroeconomics to Maximize Sales – Shopify

Using Behavioral Economics, Psychology, and Neuroeconomics to Maximize Sales – Shopify | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A blog about ecommerce marketing, running an online business and updates to Shopify's ecommerce community.
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CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Daily Users Blow Past Twitter's

CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Daily Users Blow Past Twitter's | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Instagram's growth is incredible....

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About Travel Writing | Freelance Writers Resources

About Travel Writing | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Travel writing is wonderful, but don't be misled: you're probably not going to get rich working as a freelance travel writer.
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The number of people buying digital content will grow by eight to 12 percent by 2017

The number of people buying digital content will grow by eight to 12 percent by 2017 | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Numbers of people paying for digital content will take off thanks to new media devices, Forrester forecasts.

 

“While consumer research for years reported that consumers claimed they wouldn’t pay for content, the forecast revenues indicate otherwise,” Darika Ahrens writes.

 

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:11 PM

This makes perfect sense to me.  All these new platforms popping up all over the place need content. 

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Think First, Tweet Later

Think First, Tweet Later | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Never before has it been so simple to engage our customers and share information.
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Google's Penguin Update: the best article yet | Freelance Writers Resources

Google's Penguin Update: the best article yet | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A summary of the best article I've read on the subject of the Google Penguin update...
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Making Sense of Tag Management Systems

Making Sense of Tag Management Systems | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Google recently launched its free tag management tool, placing more emphasis on general analytics tags for online retailers. Lens10's Michelle McGrath deciphers tag management systems and the best practices for e-commerce websites.
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Social Media Explained [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media Explained [INFOGRAPHIC] | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Socialmedia explained (with coffee)


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Alessio Manca's comment, October 17, 2012 12:14 PM
Pretty old, but still very actual :) TY John
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A Crystal Clear Explanation of How Social Media Influences SEO

How social context is playing a role in SEO and how marketers can adjust their strategies to match the changing character of search.
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25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures

25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures are very useful in every graphic project for web or print, especially if they are free. 

Here is a list of 25 of the best sites to download royalty-free stock photos and textures.


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kkalafatis's comment, October 6, 2012 2:12 PM
thank you
Robert Sims's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:33 AM

Visual cues can greatly enhance your elearning effectiveness!

 

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How to pick the right e-reader

How to pick the right e-reader | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Buying an e-book reader? We're here to help. We break down the best e-readers from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.


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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:30 PM

I met a guy down at Immigration, here in Manila, last month.  He had one of the very, very basic Kindle readers and I was amazed at how useful it was.  I'd been thinking I'd need to spend a lot of money but those simple Kindle's are priced very low....for just reading PDFs and eBooks.

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Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says

Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Facebook's mobile traffic and engagement is surging, especially thanks to Instagram. Now it's time to find a compelling way to monetize it.
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Avoid the Big 5 Social Media Mistakes Corporations Make - Forbes

Avoid the Big 5 Social Media Mistakes Corporations Make - Forbes | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Forbes excellent summary of why social doesn't play well with enterprise social media. My best advice to win the battle if you are a "D" level trying to sell the "C" level is look hard at Expion (http://www.expion.com ). Expion is an enterprise social media tool that will make the most nervous Fortune 1,000 relax.

Marty Note
I've worked for big companies that have all of these 5 mistakes (lol):

* No sense of humor (humor is a currency online and MUST be able to laugh at self).

* Too slow to respond (can't manage social by committee).
* No distinct voice.

* We are Borg because we are nameless, faceless and characterless.

* Companies treat social like a process, when it’s really an organism.

 

WOW, #5 is so correct. Corporations keep wanting social to act like the one dimensional slot machine they play. They want to put in a quarter and bat a ball around until it drains. The one in one out idea doesn't work with a sentient thing. Social is more like raising children. You put in and put in and put in and then maybe, just maybe, you get a hug at graduation (lol). You might think WHY DO THIS if it doesn't make money.

 

Here's Why Social Is A Must:

* Social creates connection and relationships.
* Soon to be absent from social is to not exist.

* Social controls a lot of behind the curtain stuff like SEO that turns into money.
* Because we don't understand how to measure doesn't mean important contributions aren't being made.

 

Eventually we will know all the ins and out of social's ROI and that knowledge will go to those who PLAY. Sit this one out and.... Well let's cast that statement another way. How did sitting out the web do for you? Stats show early web adopters are benefiting more for longer than those afraid of the deep end of the pool.

 


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The World According to Apple Maps

The World According to Apple Maps | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A new Tumblr, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, is curating user submitted images of how Apple's new map software is failing them.

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David Forbes's comment, September 29, 2012 12:40 PM
oh, come on. Why so picky?
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Pixabay - Public Domain Images

Pixabay - Public Domain Images | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Find high quality public domain images or share your own photos with our great community.


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