From the monthly archives:

September 2007

What’s Your Take On Rentaghostwriter?

by Amanda J Evans on September 26, 2007

There is another new ghostwriting jobs website that I have stumbled upon called Rentaghostwriter. It’s another free ghostwriting jobs website which usually means low paid jobs but I decided to join anyway and see. The website itself is well laid out and looks great. There is a lot of information for both ghostwriters and business owners looking to have work done. You can also subscribe to their newsletter and receive email alerts when new projects are posted. You also have the opportunity to sell your own articles through this site and they have a blog which a great deal of information too. So far so good.

I joined late last week and have so far received approximately 5 email alerts for new ghostwriting jobs that have been posted. One of the jobs that caught my eye was for qualified writers needed. I clicked on the link to see what it was all about. I have pasted the description below so you can tell me what you think.

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Elance Still My Flavor Of The Month

by Amanda J Evans on September 25, 2007

Ok now I know you are probably sick of hearing about how great I think Elance is especially considering the fact that my last three posts have been about Elance but I promise this is the last one for a while. September has been a busy month for Elance and they have introduced some really great features.

I’ve told you about the Water Cooler, Elance Chat, Elance Call, and Elance University, but there is still more.

Elance have been working very hard this month to ensure that us ghostwriters get the best experience possible when we subscribe to Elance so here is a quick rundown of some of the new features you can expect to find.

Improved Search Results
You can now decide whether or not to bid on projects directly from the search results. From here you can view the buyers history and read project descriptions without having to click through. This makes finding work a lot easier and much quicker too.

Find interesting work faster than ever
Fast project search. The redesigned search results page now provides you with project details and buyer information. There are also additional search filters such as hourly rate jobs.

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Elance Have Done It Again!

by Amanda J Evans on September 24, 2007

The past couple of post have been about the new features Elance have launched and if you thought they were something be prepared to be blown away.  Elance have just launched Elance University.  Yes it’s a learning area within Elance and its especially for service providers.

Elance University is where freelancer writers can learn everything they need to know about creating their profiles, exactly how to create bid proposals, and the best management process for their success.

Even better is the fact that all these lessons are in video format and html so you can read or watch whichever you prefer.   Here’s the list of courses Elance provides.  Oh and did I mention they are free too.

101: Creating an Effective Profile
201: Strategies for Creating Effective Proposals
301: Effective Engagement Management & Communication

If you haven’t been to Elance in a while then I suggest you check out the new changes now.  Ghostwriters have never had it this easy, all the information you need and it’s all free.

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What Do You Think Of Elance’s New Client Features?

by Amanda J Evans on September 22, 2007

Elance have announced some changes that are geared towards clients.  These are:

  • Elance Call
  • Elance Chat

Elance Call is a new feature that allows clients to call freelance writers directly from their profile page.  The calls are completely free of charge and allow clients to call any service provider once they have their phone number listed on their profile.  Sounds like a great idea in principle doesn’t it but I’m not that convinced.

Take for example the differences in time zones.  I’m based in Ireland and I’m not overjoyed at the prospect of having potential clients call me any time they feel like it.  What if the time difference is 8 hours+ and they end up calling me in the middle of the night.  I don’t like the idea of my children being woke in the middle of the night not to mention the fact that my husband wouldn’t be too happy either.  I’m really not too sure what to think of this new service that Elance is providing.  It might be very useful when working with a client and you can specify what times are suitable for them to call but if potential clients start calling out of the blue it could cause a lot of problems.  What do you think?

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What’s The Big Deal With Keyword Articles?

by Amanda J Evans on September 19, 2007

If you do a lot of ghostwriting like I do then you will definitely be familiar with the ins and outs of keyword articles.  Have you ever wondered though, what the big deal is with them and why they are so important to clients?  I think I may have found the answer in an article I stumbled on.  This article is from a large batch of PLR articles that I obtained recently in one of those huge internet marketing giveaways.  Here it is, let me know what you think.

Making Money with Articles: The Importance of Keywords

Keyword density and placement are important parts of optimizing your articles for search engines. Search engine spiders scan a page in a way that makes it important to place your keywords where they will be detected and recognized as a keyword, so that your article will come up when someone searches for that keyword.

What is a Keyword?

A keyword is a word that is going to be placed in your article several times, not just once as that would make every word a keyword. When a spider sees that you have a word placed several times in an article, it will determine that your page may be useful to users that search for such a keyword.

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When Did You Realise You Were A Professional Ghostwriter?

by Amanda J Evans on September 12, 2007

I’ve been ghostwriting now for a couple of years and have been able to quit my day job, be a stay at home mom, and still earn the same pay check each month.  I never really saw myself as a professional though until today.

Since March I have been running my own successful ghostwriting website, published my first e-book on ghostwriting, and started my own ghostwriting newsletter, but even still I didn’t think of myself as a professional.  I guess my image of a professional is one of someone who has worked for years, studied extensively, and worked their way up to the top.  Me, on the other hand, I haven’t studied to become a ghostwriter, nor have I worked really hard to get here.  I am just someone who really and truly loves to write period.

As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer.  At the age of 9 I completed my first book the title of which was “The Little Elf Fairy” and I remember it was about a little Elf Fairy who didn’t know his name and set off on a journey to find his mother.  Thinking about it now, I would love to read it again.  Sadly as life went on I lost this story and the many others that I wrote when I was that age.

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Do You Know The Tricks To Bidding On Ghostwriting Jobs?

by Amanda J Evans on September 11, 2007

Bidding on ghostwriting jobs is normally necessary if you want to stay busy but for many it can be a daunting task especially if you are just starting out.  For anyone interested in learning a few tricks I’ve picked up, here’s an article I posted in my September Issue of The Successful Ghostwriter’s Newsletter.

Bidding On Ghostwriting Jobs

When bidding on any ghostwriting job always ensure that you inject a bit of your own personality into your bid. Show potential clients that you fully understand the project they are proposing and that you are the right person to complete it. You can do this in a number of ways.  The easiest way is to be polite and reiterate what they have said in their project description.  If the project calls for 10 articles on weight loss, you could mention that you have been trying to loose weight or have successfully lost weight and that you are confident you can reach their target audience.

If the project owner has given their name in their proposal you can also include this at the beginning of your bid. Other information you can include is your payment terms if you have any, and be sure to mention if you don’t accept paypal.

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25 Ways To Write For Money

by Amanda J Evans on September 8, 2007

Like every writer out there my ambition is to see my own name in print. Yesterday I purchased a new e-book called “25 Ways To Write For Money“. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting too much from this e-book and I was expecting to find it stuffed full of things such as blogging, adwords, data entry, etc.. the same garbage that is doing the rounds on the internet at the moment. I was wrong though and this e-book does provide you with some great information. You get information on 25 different ways that you can use your writing skills to earn money. This e-books also provides some great links that I haven’t come across before. Here’s a brief overview of the 25 different ways you can write for money.

  • Copywriting
  • Ghostwriting
  • Technical Writing
  • Blogging
  • Articles
  • Ads
  • Resumes
  • Fiction books
  • Non-fiction books
  • E-books
  • Magazine articles
  • Fillers
  • Newspapers
  • Columns
  • Website content
  • Newsletters
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Stories
  • Contests
  • Greeting Cards
  • Expert Answers

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Even Ghostwriters Need Time Off To Play

by Amanda J Evans on September 1, 2007

I have to say, I am a big fan of online bingo and games and find it a great way to relax and unwind after a hard days writing. I recently discovered a great new website that allows you to place bets on a number of different sporting fixtures, play online games such as poker, or enjoy a night at the casino. You can even place your bets using your mobile phone.

The website is called bet365 and they have a wide range of betting facilities that can be managed all from one account. If you are like me and you like to place a bet on sporting fixtures, play at an online casino, or just play interactive games, then this website is a must see.

The big attraction for me was the one wallet system that they operate. This allows you to partake in everything on their website without have to add money to several separate accounts.

Some of the sporting fixtures you can bet on include tennis, American football, athletics, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, golf, horse racing, gaelic sports, and much more.

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Is Elance Really The Best?

by Amanda J Evans on September 1, 2007

As a ghostwriter you have to look for jobs on a regular basis so my question to you today is do you think Elance is really the best place to go for ghostwriting jobs or have you found a better place?

When I was writing the Ghostwriting Uncovered Manual I had to compile a list of websites where you could bid on jobs.  Some were fee paying and others were free.  I did find that the free websites such as Get A Freelancer which is relatively new were lacking in a number of areas.  These websites were pretty basic which is not really a problem but they also contained very poor portfolio information.  With Get A Freelancer the main problem I found was that the people who were posting ghostwriting jobs were looking for people to work for very little and this hasn’t changed.

I get an e-mail alert whenever new jobs are placed on this website and even today there was a job posting looking for ghostwriters to write 500 word articles for $1.50 each.  Is it only me that thinks this is ridiculous?  Come on, who in their right mind would write a 500 word article for $1.50….would you?

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