Blogging jobs is one of those career opportunities that you can get easily based on your writing skills and you can work from home. Sounds like a dream for many, but with the evolution of Blogging as a career, this job opportunity is getting wider every day. In this post we will cover some of the points which will help you to get an awesome paying “get paid for writing” kind of job.
Very first thing, which I want to talk about is Blog writer jobs. Specially, talking about India, where pay per hour is too less, there are hundreds of content writers from small cities who work day and night, and despite of their hard work they get paid very less. Hello, content writer, read this article seriously, and it may change the way you are making money by writing content for anyone.
One of the major issue which I have seen with Content writers is, they don’t get enough exposure and you will never find their name in the article. They will be getting paid for doing ghost or pseudo writing for some 3rd party content writing company, and they miss out the opportunity to make handsome money for their hard work.
Get out of the world of content writing and try to jump into the world of Paid blogging or paid to blog kind of work. We will look into some of the aspect of it, and hopefully this might help many content developer who have missed out big amount of money earning opportunities.
- Read: Journey: From Being high on tech to get paid by Tech
What are Blogging Jobs?
Blogging job is not only related to writing content, it’s more than that. That includes, Analytics, promotion, branding, Social media promotion, editors, content developers, advertisement manager and so on. Get this, thing out of your mind that Blogging jobs are related to content development. A Full fledged blog needs proper planning, SEO manager, and many other roles which I mentioned above and for obvious reasons it can’t be accomplished by one man.
So, before we move ahead I want you to sit down and see what you are good at: SEO? Content strategy? Content development? or anything related.
If you are a content writer, try to get out of field of “I can write on any topic”, try to become an expert. For example, be an expert on any niche like “Health topic” “Android phones” “Apple stuff” and so on. This way, it will be easier for you to approach and get recognized, which we will see below.
There are many Sites out there that offer Full Time or Part Time jobs to Bloggers to write for them. Usually these sites offer blogging jobs to micro niches or sub topics inside a Blog. These sites have extremely stringent selection process to pick Bloggers to write for them, as you will be representing the site once you start working as well as the fact that they are paying you good money to Blog for them. Well, these jobs don’t come easy so let me help you by giving some tips that I know regarding getting hired for a Blogging Job.
Prepare your Blog Job resume/Portfolio:
Forget those old age 1-2 paper resume. We are talking about working online, so your resume should be online and more over, it should be showcasing your work and not just another boring and dull resume. Make it interesting with information which a recruiter would be looking for, mostly:
Your details, interest, expertise and none the less your best of work. As, I mentioned best of work, which means, instead of showing 100+ posts written by you: Show them 4-5 posts which you feel is 100% clean and your work and shows your level of writing. Mostly, it should be some review, your insight and opinion on any topic, your most engaged post, your most shared posts.
Your online writing resume, could be on your personal site or you can use any free sites like Contently.
One of the first things people see when they are reviewing your application for a Blogging Job is your Resume.Things you would need to include here are –
- Your Own Blog, where you write regularly. (If you don’t have, link to your author page on blog where you write constantly)
- Years of Experience Blogging, Writing columns in magazines or newspapers.
- Your Niche, the topics you have expertise over.
- Any Blogging Awards you have received, even offline writers awards can be included.
- A note on why you want that job (let it be passionate).
- If you manage your Facebook and Google+ professionally, showcasing them will give an edge. Every blog owner like free target promotion and getting a writer along with strong social media profile will certainly help.
Make your resume very compact and give a lot of attention to detail, use only one kind of easy to read, clean font. Make sure you present all your details in a systematical way and do not give any room for criticism.
If you have not build a resume or portfolio, start a guest posting campaign. Find blogs which allow guest posting in your niche and submit 10 different articles to 10 different blog. If you have created your resume by now, credit every post to your resume. For example,
This is a guest post by “Andy Behan” who is a freelance writer and you can see his work at “your link”.
Make sure, in your resume it’s mentioned you are up for new jobs and writing work.
Whenever you apply for a Blogging Job, they will ask you for your sample writing or previously written articles. One common mistakes, which writers do is they share the blog link and expect recruiter to find their writing. Boom! You just lost a job!
Here you cannot just give a link to your blog and expect them to go through everything, you will need to present them with a couple of best written articles by you, whether on your blog or articles that you have written on other blogs as a Guest Blogger.There are two things they look at with these sample articles –
- Obviously, one is your writing style, your vocabulary and your knowledge on the subject as well as your fluency.
- Your selection of “Quality Articles”, when they tell you to show them one or two articles as samples, they obviously expect you to give your best quality content.By seeing the content you show them, they will be able to make an assumption about what you feel is “Great Quality”.This can be a deciding factor in selecting you or not.They can easily tell whether you think “Quality” in the same terms as they do.This is called Compatibility.
Make sure that your content samples are very specific to the Job you are applying to. For example, do not submit articles about making money online, when you are applying for a Blogging Job as an Apple Software specialist.
Stand Out Quality: Influence
If you have a large Social Network of followers who like your writing, you have a huge advantage. All blogs are always looking for a way to get to new audiences, if you can provide them this, then you can get a Blogging Job easily.This is because of the fact that you have to be a really good writer to have such a following.
Then again, if you have such a good following, you would probably be running a huge blog yourself. The best example for this is Amit Agarwal, who is a well known blogger from Indian and writes as Labnol.org, and he also writes as a technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal (Indian Online Edition) as a paid Blogger. So having an Influence over a large number of people can definitely give you a stand out attention.
Recommendations from blogs where you used to Guest Blog or from blogs where you used to work can go a long way in helping secure a new Blogging Job. Bigger the recommend-er, more are your chances of landing a Job.
How much you can earn from Blogging jobs?
As I said, these kind of job is mostly get paid for writing jobs and you can work with your ease from your home or from a cafe. Amount, which you will earn depend upon what kind of job you are getting. Is it development job? SEO job or is it simple and plain article writing job? It can vary from $1-$250, depending upon your quality of writing and your expertise in that niche.
There are many job boards which are set to find such writers or content development job and one of them which is popular is Darren’s Problogger job board.
Here is a nice article on BlogHearld, which gives lots of places where you can find jobs related to Blogging and content writing.
Only apply to a job if you are totally confident in your own ability to provide quality content in the niche provided to you, if not do not bother applying, you will be saving your own time and blushes. Also make sure you can fully commit to your job and perform and finish work on time.
A Simple search in Google “Blogging Jobs for….” end that sentence with what niche you specialize in and you will find some great Blogging jobs openings.
This is a guest post by Gautham who runs a Tech blog. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our guest posting guidelines.