Market Your Writing Services For Free

Are you a provider of professional writing and editing services? To reach more potential clients, you need to market your services, but there’s no need to spend a fortune on costly campaigns. By putting in a little time and effort several times a month, you can market yourself absolutely free.

Get a Craigslist account. Play by the rules, and Craigslist can be a great avenue to promote your writing services. The online classified ads network has been around since Craig Newmark launched it in 1995. Still a free service after all these years, Craigslist is an often overlooked vehicle for connecting writers with clients. Just as you can sell your sofa or piano here, you can promote your business.

Start by creating a free Craigslist account. Having an account enables you to post more frequently and across multiple cities. Starting with a city of your choice, click on the “write/ed/tr8” link under “services.” This will bring you to the “writing/editing/translating” category. Click on “post” on the upper right, and follow the instructions. Be sure to use the “anonymize” option for your email address to decrease the likelihood of getting spammed. Under “specific location,” write “Anywhere.” Keep your post succinct, and include your website or blog address.

With a Craigslist account, you can create numerous ads – one for each city of your choice. No need to restrict yourself to just your own town or state. Make your ads unique. Always keep them appropriate, and never misrepresent yourself. By following the rules you’ll avoid getting flagged, and you’ll be able to take full advantage of this great option for free marketing.

Create your online presence with a blog. Launching your own blog is easy and can be accomplished in a day. A blog is especially helpful if you don’t have your own website. In fact, you should treat it as a website even if you already have another site in place. Keep your blog’s presentation and content professional. This is not your personal diary – it’s your professional online presence.

Blogs can be created via WordPress or Blogger. Other blog publishing systems include Movable Type and Drupal. I use WordPress and, so far, I like it a lot. Setting up my blog was straightforward, and adding posts is quick and easy.

Your blog posts should be informative, with content that someone who might be interested in writing services (or some aspect of writing) would find useful. Self-promotional material can be included in an “About Me” or “Services” page. Once your blog is running, include the link in your email signature, on your Craigslist ads, with your article bylines, and wherever else you can insert it.

Launch a Facebook fan page. More and more people are using Facebook for professional purposes. A fan page allows people to join by “liking” your page. When you create a fan page to promote your writing services, keep it tasteful, professional, and informative. You’ll draw people in by the useful tips you share; personal invitations via email or Facebook will increase the number of people who “like” your page. Make sure your page isn’t just one big commercial. It has to contain the right mix of relevant information with occasional promotional content.

Feel free to use other social networks for marketing purposes. If you’re comfortable with LinkedIn, Twitter, or any other network, figure out a way to use it tastefully and legitimately for your promotions.

In addition to doing online marketing, keep at it with word of mouth. This old-fashioned method still works today. The more you get the word out about your business, the better your chances of finding great new clients.

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How To Write Better Content For Your Website

The content that appears on your website will ultimately determine the level of success that you enjoy. Same goes for failure. If you don’t put any thought into your posts, and they are just showing up there to fill the space, your audience will forget about you in a hurry, and so will the search engines. The trick is to find a way that you can write content, which is perfect for both groups. While that may seem like a tedious task upfront, you have got to keep in mind that search engines strive to give the users their best and most relevant results possible. In other words, search engines like Google and Bing cater to flesh and blood people, so it pays to write content that flesh and blood people will want to read and enjoy. How do you write better content for your website then? Easy. You write what you would want to read about if you were in the position of your users.

That shouldn’t be too hard. After all, no one with any sense about them starts a website they are not passionate about. You should share the love of what you are talking about and even have a stronger one for the subject than many of your users. When they see you are enthusiastic about a topic, they are going to be more apt to read what you have to say, as long as it is professionally handled. Therein lies the tough part for many site owners. They are not good at expressing their knowledge and passion, at least not as good as they would like to be. The rules of grammar and the use of language tends to intimidate them. To overcome this, you have two options: 1) Practice. 2) Hire a professional to do it.


This is your cheapest bet in terms of monetary investment, but not necessarily in terms of time. With practice, you are going to have to take the time to come up with ideas within your subject area and painstakingly produce professionally written pieces that bring something new to the table or offer a viewpoint that is unique and interesting. Since you also want a lot of content, you’re going to need to take the time to brainstorm ideas and then make sure each piece is better than the last. Not as hard when you love what you’re talking about, though.

Hire a professional

Professionals can take your knowledge and instruction and make it palatable for audiences with a general interest in what you have to discuss. While this is a greater monetary investment than doing it yourself, it does enable you to focus on other areas of the business you may be better at.

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How To Write a Successful Assistance to Firefighters Act Grant Proposal

How will you be guaranteed for Assistance to Firefighter Grant by FEMA?

First off, a successful grant proposal has to have three main elements to win you that award. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a great amount of time writing a narrative that does not meet their standards. You can hire a professional writer to do all of the work for you and hope that they can get it right the first time with the amount of money you will spend on their services. However and whoever does your proposal definitely needs the following elements to achieve your goal:

A great narrative targeting your community and the population in detail.
The difficult situation (problem) you are encountering in your community or targeted population that describes an immediate call to action.
A fully detailed solution to end the problem and how the grant will help.

Make sure you dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

When your narrative is not concise and to the point, the reviewer may become discouraged and uninterested. When reviewing your proposal, the reader may become confused and unclear to what your narrative is truly asking for. Never ramble on with your sentences and steer away from the main topic. A well-organized proposal is one that the viewer can measure, interpret and understand.

What can you do to help ensure a successful proposal?

Brainstorm with members of your community such as parents, school employees, political leaders and anyone else you think that can help you solve the problem you are facing to protect your community. This will form a support group that affects everyone and the ideas of solutions will pour in to help your proposal become successful.

Did you say deadlines?

Keep a close eye on the deadlines and do not wait until the last minute to start your proposal. Getting started early on your narrative proposal will only help beat the deadlines. Your grant only runs for a time limit to complete your solution. However, depending on how big the project is, you will not complete the project with the funds you are granted and may need another grant. If for any reason, your proposal is rejected, try and try again. Revise your proposal to make it sell and strengthen the weaker areas.

Why was your proposal rejected?

Some of you who have been rejected before may see responses that read “Your fire department’s proposals don’t match our priorities” and “Your department isn’t located in the geographic area we fund”. These are common reasons for the rejected proposal. Make sure you follow the format that they require. Do not be vague and unclear of what you are proposing. Be realistic and ask for the amount that is only needed for your solution to the problem. Sometimes they may reject you because they don’t have you in their database, but sell yourself and the importance in your proposal to avoid this rejection. Your narrative should stress the urgency of your problem and solution. As I stated before, avoid deadlines and prove that if you receive the grant, you can complete the project in time.

What should you do once you receive the decision?

No matter what the decision is, be thankful you were heard and given the opportunity for a grant. Always thank everyone involved from your support team to the grant committee. This will let everyone know that you are thankful and humble. This will also secure a welcome mat the next time you submit your proposal.

I want to conclude this article by saying good luck on your grant proposals. I would also like to thank you all for risking your lives for our communities.