ClearVoice’s Survey Provides Insights on How Much Freelancers Should Be Paid
On the #ContentRadar this week: ClearVoice takes a look at what freelancers should actually be paid. Also, Instagram may be rolling out much longer videos; Flipboard and Pinterest are gaining ground on Facebook and Google; and you — and your readers—are exhausted by the news.
Blogging a Comeback: How We Rebooted Our B2B Blog From 3K to 50K+ Organic Monthly Pageviews (and Growing)
See the real numbers, strategies and timelines on how we’ve increased our organic B2B blog traffic from 3K to 50K+ sustainable pageviews per month (and still growing).
2018 Survey Results: How Much Should I Pay a Freelance Writer? [Infographic]
The survey results are in! See our ‘2018 Freelance Writer Survey: Experience, Pay and Gender’ infographic. Which freelancers are more likely to create various content types? How much should you expect to pay per word or per hour? See the breakdown of pay rates in four levels of freelancer experience, and by gender.
The Four Rhinos of Bad SEO Tactics: What Has to Go for Good in 2018 (and Forever)
Sometimes bad SEO optimization happens to good content, like a rhino trying to play Mozart on a kazoo… or badminton with a bazooka… or hopscotch on a cupcake. Get expert, in-depth advice on the four outdated SEO practices you must stop now.
Podcasting to Win: With Wondery Founder Hernan Lopez
Is your podcast visionary, or just perfunctory? The founder of Wondery, former Fox International CEO Hernan Lopez, shares simple yet crucial strategies for producing a successful podcast, in our one-on-one interview.
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The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Working With a Top Ad Agency
Know what it takes to write for an agency? We’d like to thank J Barbush, VP & Creative Director at advertising powerhouse RPA, for his advice for aspiring freelancers. Read up on his six key tips for bettering your chances and success working with creative agencies.
Wondery: Five Series to Tune Into, From the Next Big Podcast Network
Podcast startup Wondery claims a sweet spot in content creation and curation within the booming but highly competitive podcast landscape. And it found its spot through strong, innovative storytelling across several successful genres. Here are five Wondery podcasts you should dive into for entertainment, education and a template for success.
Heinz, M&M’s Show the Power of Including Digital Consumers in Your Brand Decisions
On the #ContentRadar this week… What M&M’s and Mayochup have to do with your marketing efforts? Also, Google AMP stories aren’t quite as amped as publishers would like; banner ads get a second life; and Zuckerberg may have hinted that an ads-free Facebook is in the works.
Want to Write for Robots? Here’s How According to Microsoft Cortana’s Deborah Harrison
Who are the people putting the words, phrases and witty retorts into the “mouths” of robots? Learn what it takes to be the voice behind virtual assistants in our interview with Deborah Harrison, one of the original architects for the personality of Microsoft’s Cortana. Plus, more insights on this entirely new kind of writing between humans and machines, and how it will impact brands (and all of us).
Health + Wellness: Comparing Three Successful Content Creators in a Thriving Category
When in a crowded category, competitive forces drive differentiation. So people who are true niche experts often balance their writing work with a separate full-time practice, like a fitness instructor who writes about health or a full-time nutritionist who writes about diet. Today we’re looking at three content creators who have taken three specific approaches to their work within Health/Wellness.
The Words and Wisdom Behind Your Video: Essential Docs for New Producers
With so many brands going solo with video, not all set themselves up for success. Don’t forget that pre-production matters. Every video team should have their own set of essential documents, but the following are a few of the universally recognized docs that create a blueprint to follow on set.
Content That Connects With Your Audience
The head of marketing at Venngage, Nadya Khoja, discusses 12 principles and guidelines for creating contagious content that grabs attention, grows your brand, and expands the top of your marketing funnel. Length: 45:05.
Behind the Scenes: 6 Great Writing Lessons Learned at a ‘Family Guy’ Table-Read
What does it take to be endlessly creative and funny — for 15+ seasons? We went behind the scenes of Fox’s animated hit ‘Family Guy’ and spoke with executive producer Steve Callaghan, who has been staffed on ‘Family Guy’ since the beginning, having written 23 episodes and counting to date. Learn how his team approaches their writing like karate, and more.
AMP Stories and Email: Google Flexes Its AMP Muscles During Breakout Week
This week, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project shows its might. Also, that embedded tweet on your blog might be violating copyright laws; Chrome is set to destroy annoying ads from your browsing experience; and you may want to think twice about grabbing screenshots from Instagram Stories.
Who Scores Better at Being an Editorial Assistant: Alexa or Siri?
Can AI personal assistants really *assist* in the process of creating better quality work? And generally make life easier for writers? We asked both Alexa and Siri a bunch of questions (and a few requests) to see who has the greatest potential as an at-home editorial assistant. Who’s better at grammar, fact-checking, spelling, language and more? See who wins in our final scorecards.
The Niche Freelancer: Tackling the Crowded Smorgasbord of Food Writing
The world of food writing is highly competitive. Pay rates can vary widely based on brand status. And wannabe star chefs or influencers can rocket from nowhere with just the right tweet. Get perspective on staying in the game from a food writer who’s been in the biz (and food blogging circuit) for more than 15 years.