Congratulations! You’ve only gone and done it. You’ve mustered up the strength, courage and energy it requires to take the plunge into freelance blogging for a living, and now you’re ready to find those blogger jobs.
Spoiler alert: there’s no set rule-book when it comes to locating online gigs. In fact, stumbling upon them can be quite challenging at times. You have to commit to going on your laptop every day to find work if you’re going to make a success of this.
Needless to say, no one’s going to do it for you (although, sometimes we all wish they would)!
If you’re at the beginning of your freelance blogging journey and really struggling to secure those early blogger jobs with small or medium-sized businesses, it’s okay – I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to find the best blogger jobs.
1. Freelance Marketplaces
Finding freelance blogger jobs 101: freelance marketplaces.
Sure, freelance marketplaces are a bit like marmite: you either love ’em or you hate ’em, but they’re great for beginners who are just starting out in the freelance blogging world.
From Upwork to Guru, Freelancer and Fiverr, I found that my client base grew significantly when I worked across multiple freelance platforms at the very first stage of my freelance blogger journey.
Upwork, in particular, has worked for me in terms of generating an abundance of client leads, which then led to bigger and better things later on down the line.
However, it’s true that the pay from these marketplaces can be ridiculously low. (I’m talking $15 for a 1000-word article kind of low. Ouch.)Personally, I just make sure that I don't accept those low-paying gigs and only go with a rate that reflects the value of my work. Click To Tweet
The bottom line is: freelance marketplaces are an easy place to get started and help you to find work as a freelance blogger when you’re a newbie looking for your first gig – and it doesn’t hurt to give them a go as a way of building your portfolio if nothing else.
2. Freelance Job Boards
Freelance blogger job boards – such as ProBlogger, BloggingPro and Freelance Writing Gigs – offer higher quality postings than freelance marketplaces and generally provide less competition for each job.
That said, they’re still kind of competitive; however, you can combat this with a kickass pitch.
Just make sure you’re checking out blogger jobs via these specialised boards at least once per day as well as applying to jobs of interest as soon as they are listed. This way, you’re more likely to be considered before the post gets filled.
Why? Well, you know what they say: the early bird gets the worm.
3. Cold Emailing
This one can be fairly difficult to get your head around as a new freelance blogger. What, you want me to email a business or brand I’ve never spoken to before and practically shove a cover letter in their face highlighting my experience and why I should be considered to blog for them?
Dude, they don’t care about me!
Granted, a lot of companies won’t care. But there’ll be that one or two of the bunch that will.
Gather a list of blogs you’d love to write for beforehand, and then just simply go down your list popping each of them an email.
You should be able to find their email addresses easily on their websites. You should also be able to find the person you need to address the email to on the company’s “About Us” or “Meet Our Team” page on their website – or even their LinkedIn page.
The trick is to yourself out there with cold emailing, go after those potential leads and I guarantee it will pay off when you’ve got a series of high-paying clients on board. Squee.
4. Social MediaNot only is social media a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, but it's also extremely effective for business generation.Click To Tweet
There are several Twitter accounts that post freelance blogging jobs on their feeds daily, so be sure to follow as many as possible.
My favourites are @write_jobs and @writing_gigs as they offer a variety of listings that are updated on a regular basis. You can always find jobs to apply to via these accounts, no matter what your niche is.
LinkedIn is also a useful tool when it comes to scouting out work and potential employers you can connect with and contact. You can even use the cold emailing technique via LinkedIn messages as a way of marketing yourself to prospective clients.
Essentially, it’s called social media for a reason, people – so make sure you’re getting social when it comes to your freelance blogging business and you’ll be successful. Fact.
By “networking”, I’m referring to the traditional offline marketing methods like good ol’-fashioned word-of-mouth.
When you’re building your career as a freelance blogger, make sure you tell as many people as possible. Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your neighbours, tell your best friend’s cousin’s workout buddy… Seriously, no matter who they are – tell ’em!
One of the best ways you can market yourself as a freelance blogger and find the best blogger jobs is by spreading the word about your business and your skills. You never know who someone you tell will know – and it often leads to exciting and unexpected things.
I mean, you can even get your friends to share your business website on their social media channels if they’d be so kind.
Why? Well, the more people you can reach with your services, then the better! And what are friends for, eh?
Finding the Best Blogger Jobs
It can be so difficult to source the best quality blogger jobs available, especially because the internet is such a vast resource in this day and age.
That said, in my experience, the above methods actually work. I mean, I’ve been working as a successful freelance blogger for several months now.
Either way, keep on hustling, fellow freelance blogger – and your hard work is sure to pay off in the end.
Where do you find the best blogger jobs? Let me know in the comments!