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.
What You Need to Know — And Do —After Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference
On the #ContentRadar this week: Here’s what you really need to know from the F8 Developers Conference. Also, texting may be the answer to your customer service issues; Instagram may soon be a major center for commerce; and Vine 2 is over with before it starts.
The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Pitching
Is your pitching style keeping you from scoring better freelance jobs? Get up to speed on the elements of a good pitch and the pros and cons of different pitching styles.
Deep Dive on SEO: How to Improve Your Domain Authority Score
How powerful is your site’s domain authority? Learn tips on helping yours rise over time — and reap the rewards of ranking higher in search engine results.
Invisible, Yet Influential: Six Lucrative Ghostwriting Genres
What ghostwriters don’t earn in attention or glory, they make up for in pay. They’re the wizards “behind the curtain,” with all the words. If bylines don’t mean much to you, here are the best ghostwriting gigs you can strive for.
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On Deadline: A Freelancer’s Guide to Turn Everything in on Time
You’re not just a freelancer – you’re a business owner who has to handle invoicing, customer service, marketing and a million other non-writing responsibilities. These tips and tools will help you stay on track to negotiate and meet deadlines for all your clients.
Snapchat Hopes to Not Make a Spectacle of Itself With Release of New Glasses
On the #ContentRadar this week… Hindsight is 20/20 for Snapchat Spectacles. Also, Facebook continues to push people to Watch; brands are moving more ad spend to digital channels; and Instagram Stories just got easier to use.
What Freelancers Need to Know About the New Tax Law
Tax reform legislation enacted at the end of 2017 reflects the most sweeping change in the tax code in several decades. Financial adviser Roger Wohlner highlights some of the key provisions in the new tax laws that might impact you as a freelancer or independent professional.
How to Ride the Voice Search Wave: 9 Ways to Seize More Web Traffic From VSO
Prepared for the voice search boom? More than 40% percent of Americans already use voice search daily. Martech expert Ben Beck shares his insights from the Amazon Alexa team and offers nine easy tips to help you leverage martech and VSO (voice search optimization) to seize more traffic from voice search.
The Niche Freelancer: Wealth Management and Institutional Finance
Up for the challenge of complex corporate communications? In this installment of the Niche Freelancer, we chat with ClearVoice featured freelancer and longtime wealth management columnist Dahna Chandler, who lends her voice to some of the top financial institutions and consumer publications in the world.
How to Write a Lead: 10 Dos, 10 Don’ts, 10 Good Examples
Good lead. Good read. Sharpen your hooks to grab readers’ attention from the get-go, with examples of great and not-so-great leads.
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.
Retirement Plan Options for Freelance Writers
If you’re a freelancer who’s living paycheck to paycheck, you might want to take a hard look at your future finances. Consider a retirement plan to enact now. Here are several options suited to the freelance lifestyle.
DIY Guide: Build Your Own Alexa Flash Briefing Skill in Under an Hour
Looking for a new voice-search channel? A recently released skill, Amazon’s Alexa Flash Briefing is a micro-podcast that is delivered via an Alexa-enabled device at a regular cadence. Martech expert Ben Beck walks you through the benefits of early adoption and a step-by-step primer on starting your own flash briefings.
Mantras for a Better Freelance Writing Portfolio to Catapult Your Career
After managing hundreds of freelancers and reviewing countless applications and portfolios in his media career, editorial chief Justin McKinley offers his advice to make the most authentic and effective freelance writing portfolio.
Accounting and Record-Keeping Issues for Freelance Writers
How do you track your freelance income and expenses? It’s not just something to think about at tax time, but all year long. Although the 2017 tax season is over, it’s time to check in on your 2018 progress. Get tips on staying organized.