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It's good to have questions when you're a new freelance writer - in fact, you won't get far if you don't have questions.
Today, I decided to give short, five-word answers to my most frequently asked questions about freelance writing. Most of the questions are links that will take you to my longer answers in case you'd like a little more explanation.
Freelance Writing FAQ
Do I have to pay taxes as a freelance writer?
Yes, in America, you do.
What is keyword density?
Percentage of keywords per document.
How do I figure out my keyword density?
Total keywords divided by words. (Ok, that one's a little more complex - but the link above will show you precisely how.)
Is it okay to publicly complain about a client?
No. Don't ever do that.
What is a content mill?
A warehouse of articles online.
Should I write for a content mill?
That is only your decision.
Is Demand Media Studios a content mill?
In my opinion, it is.
Is there anything wrong with content mills?
Not if you're happy there.
Should I use a pen name while writing at a content mill?
Absolutely, unequivocally YES! you should.
Someone stole my blog post/article/web content. What do I do?
Tell on them right away.
How do I find out if someone stole my blog post/article/web content?
Set a Google Alert now.
What constitutes content theft?
Your content taken by others.
Is it really that bad to miss deadlines?
Yes. Don't ever do it.
Are you hiring?
No, I am not hiring.
I love writing. I won't get burned out, will I?
You might - try to avoid.
Do I need a blog?
You need one, like, yesterday.
What do I put on my blog?
Anything you'd like... almost.
Is there a press release format you use that I can have?
Yep, no problem - here 'tis!
How do I find private freelance writing clients?
Constantly market your butt off.
Can I put classified ads in the paper for my business?
You can - and you should.
How do I create my own brochure?
With your computer and thoughtfully.
If I send you some stuff I wrote, will you edit it and tell me if I've done anything wrong?
I wish I had time.
What does Google PageRank have to do with me?
Want people to find you?!
Should I cold-call potential clients?
You should start dialin', darlin'.
Why do you share all this stuff?
'Cause it sucks not knowing.
Have other questions I didn't answer here?
Send me an email or post a comment and ask! My spam filter is pretty tough, so if I don't answer right away, that's probably why.
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