July 14, 2012

Earn by Writing Articles for Clients on Freelancer.com

Josh Danns at 8:47 AM 0 comments

Judging freelancer.com by its alexa ranking, you can bet that it is a great place for people who want to earn money online. It has a wide variety of jobs for almost everyone. Whether you are a computer programmer, a web designer, a graphics designer or an online writer, there will always be a project suited for you.

Registering as a freelance writer on freelancer.com

The registration process is fairly easy. All you really need in order to register on this site is your email address. Here are the steps for registering as a freelance writer
  1. Go to www.freelancer.com and click on the “sign up” link.
  2. Fill in the signup form with your details and then create your account
  3. Check your email for a message from freelancer.com with a link for verifying your account
  4. Complete your profile

Bidding for a job on freelancer.com

After your account is fully set up, you now have the chance to get writing jobs. One thing that you must know about bidding is that it is very hard for new freelancers to get high paying jobs. However, depending on how appealing your profile page is, getting a job would turn out to be easier than you thought.

Here are the steps for bidding on a writing project
  1.  Login to freelancer.com using your login details
  2. On the main menu, go to “Browse Projects” and choose “Latest Projects”. This is ideal for new freelancers since new projects do not yet have a lot of competition.
  3. You’ll be presented with a page that has the latest projects that have been posted on freelancer.com.
  4. Under “skills required” look for tags such as “articles”, “copywriting”, “ghostwriting” and choose a project of your liking that requires these skills
  5. Read the bid details to know more about the project and make sure you are fully in agreement with the employer’s terms.
  6. Click on “Bid on this project “  once you feel that you can handle the project
  7. Fill in the form that will be presented to you wisely. For new freelancers, I recommend that you don’t choose any of the options under “Get More Out of Your Bid”. Why? It’s better you earn money on freelancer.com and then use it for such purposes rather than feeding your account with money from Paypal
  8. Write a compelling message to the employer. The chances that you get hired when you do this are pretty high.
  9. Hit the “Place Bid” button and wait for a reply from the employer. (The employer might or might not reply, so keep bidding on other writing jobs)

Accepting a project on freelancer.com

You’ll receive an email from freelancer informing you that your bid was successful. In the email, you will be provided with a link that will take you to your dashboard when you click on it. On your dashboard, a Congratulations message will inform you about the project that you’ve won. From here, you can either choose to accept the project or decline the project by clicking on either the “Accept” or “Reject” button below the congratulations message.
Note that when you accept a project, some cash will be deducted from your account. This amount varies depending on your membership plan and your bid for the project. However, the default amount is usually $5.

Working with the employer

After accepting the project, don’t expect things to go smooth. In fact, it is at this stage that you handed power over to the employer. Why? Because your account will have -5 dollars and your reputation will also be at stake.
I can’t guarantee you that your employer will pay you after you submit the written articles. In fact, I've been ripped twice on freelancer.com because of choosing a wrong employer. Visit this link to find out more about how not to get ripped.

How do I know I’m dealing with a trustworthy freelancer.com employer?

  1. He/she has more than ten reviews
  2. He/she is willing to place a milestone payment so that you can work without the fear of getting ripped
  3. He/she must have enough funds in his/her account to fully pay you
  4. Always ask him/her how he/she plans to compensate you for the articles. Be very skeptical whenever an employer promises to pay you after a number of days. Some might be telling the truth, but since you’re still new, it’s very easy for you to get ripped.
  5. Look for other freelancer.com users and ask them how to ensure that you do not get ripped
  6. A trustworthy employer cares about you.
  7. After successfully completing a project, you’ll be rated by your employer. Ratings tell others how you handled a particular project. As far as I know, they are very important to employers. Employers always refer to a user’s ratings before hiring a freelance writer.

My Opinion

Freelancer.com is a great place to earn money online, and it has several writers who earn thousands of dollars in a month. However, it's best that you know some of the benefits and challenges that new freelance writers face.


  • Registration is totally free. You don't have to add any funds to your account so that you can write and get paid. The amount that you earn from freelancer.com will cover the "negatives" that pop up in your account.
  • Jobs are always available. A day won't pass before a writing job is posted on freelancer.com.
  • You have an option of communicating with an employer before choosing a project.


  •  The possibility that a new freelance writer is ripped is high, especially if he/she doesn't follow the guidelines
  • Freelancer.com doesn't help you improve your article writing skills like other article writing companies. Whenever you submit an article to your employer, freelancer.com doesn't counter-check your article to ensure that it is excellent. This is mainly because it is not dedicated to freelance writers alone.
  • Freelancer.com takes commissions from both the writers and their clients whereas other freelance writing companies that are dedicated to freelance writers such as textbroker.com only charge the clients.
  • Since one has to bid in order to get a freelance writing job, it might be challenging for a new freelance writer on freelancer.com to get a writing job, especially if your profile isn't complete.

July 13, 2012

When Dictionaries and Thesauruses Become Foes

Josh Danns at 1:04 AM 0 comments

Have a habit of always consulting dictionaries and thesauruses for the purpose of making your article sound interesting? If you do, you better start looking for “greener ways” of improving your vocabulary. Stuffing your article with fancy words from the dictionary is a wrong way of improving your vocabulary and your article writing skills.

Why shouldn’t you use them during writing?
  • They interfere with the flow of your ideas

Pulling out “pretty words” from the dictionary so that you can paste them on your article will interfere with some of the ideas you had for the article. You’ll end up being too concerned about writing an article with excellent vocabulary, but in actual sense, your article won’t be getting any justice.
  • There’s a risk of using some words wrongly

It’s very easy for you to use a correct word wrongly when you keep on fetching words from a dictionary or a thesaurus. Let’s take an example of the words “a lot” and “myriad”. Myriad has almost the same meaning as the word “a lot”, but this doesn’t mean that replacing “a lot” for “myriad” is acceptable. As such, a sentence like “There are a myriad of ways of improving your article writing skills” would be wrong.
  • It is a wrong way of learning new vocabulary

I also believe that good vocabulary usually contributes a lot to the quality of an article. However, siphoning words from a dictionary to your article won’t make you a vocabulary guru. When you learn new words in this way, you’ll only be overloading your short-term memory. This means that after a few weeks you will have forgotten most of the fancy words you learnt.
  • “Time is money” applies to freelance writers too

Constantly referring to dictionaries will eat up your time, and as a freelance writer, the more you write, the more you can earn. At the end of the day, you’ll feel tired but content about, but in actual sense, you’ve done very little compared to other freelance writers.

On the bright side, stopping this habit is fairly easy. You’ll need to learn how to write your article without worrying about word choice. I bet that after writing you will have exceeded the required word count due to wordiness, but you shouldn’t worry much about this since you’ll correct this while proofreading. As you proofread, get rid of all the unnecessary words and stick to active voice as much as possible. With this habit aside, you now have room to learn better ways of improving your vocabulary and your article writing skills as well.

July 12, 2012

What does freelance writing entail?

Josh Danns at 8:20 AM 0 comments

Like most freelance writers who enjoy writing articles, there’s so much about freelance writing that I would like to share.  However, for the fear of ending up with a 500-page book instead of a blog post, I think I’ll stick to the common blogging rule of “one idea per post”.
The Door is Always Open For Online Writers

For my first post, I’d like to briefly outline what freelance writing is about. I’m aware that the term “freelance writer” spells out what freelance writing is all about, but for those who wish to become online writers, some more information on this subject wouldn’t hurt. I, unlike most, simply started writing articles for the sole purpose of earning. After some years of writing, I realized that it was wrong to value the income more than the quality of my content, and that made a whole difference.

First off, freelance writing is not entirely about writing articles. We all know that to become a writer you must first know how to write effectively. On the other hand, you should be ready to handle tasks such as researching about a subject topic, proofreading, and using effective keywords for a particular article.
Always Do a Research Before Writing


If you’ve decided to become an online writer, you ought to know that your research skills will play an important role in your success. Most of what you’ll be required to write about as a freelance writer will always be new to you. That means Google, Bing, and Yahoo Search will turn out to be your allies whenever you decide to write on a particular topic.


After researching, you’ll need to organize your ideas logically and then transform those ideas into written text. You’ll also need to know the basic structure of an article so that you can effectively communicate with your audience through your article. Your readers are the main reason why you write in the first place. You therefore have to put in more effort when writing.


Reading never stops...
This happens to be one of the steps that will make a difference between an article being rejected and an article being approved. No matter how keen you were while writing, you’ll always find one or two mistakes once you go through the article again.

Article Submission (The “Phewx!” Stage)

After researching, writing, and finally proofreading, submitting the article will turn out to be the most interesting stage. However, the best feeling is when you get compensated for your work. Of course, this depends on the quality of the article and the number of words you used in the article.

While I can easily list the duties of a freelance writer in just a few paragraphs, there’s a lot more that is involved when you want to become an online writer. For example, you need to know more about the importance of keyword research and why the article you’re writing depends on the keywords. Since I’m still hesitant about writing a book instead of a post, I’ll save the rest for another post.