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Make money by writing for magazines

My friend who is an established writer was telling me how she made money when she first started writing. I decided to follow what she did. I am sharing it with you. It won’t make you rich, but you will earn a bit while slowly establishing yourself as a blogger and growing your followers.

She told me about the ‘Tips’ and ‘Filler’ pages in magazines. Magazines need writers to contribute tips and fillers.

They are a good avenue for bloggers because when you write your blog you are sort of doing the same thing.

With a magazine, the word count is usually fewer than 100 words. You are probably doing more than that already so you have the material and will have to cut it.

I remember sending my first tip to ‘Myweekly’ and getting a letter with a cheque for £25.

I was so nervous walking to the supermarket to buy a copy of the magazine and then checking the page to see my little piece of writing.  Another woman picked up a copy. This made me so excited and I started telling her that I had written the tip on such and such a page. She was kind enough to say ‘I look forward to reading that section.’

I don’t write tips and fillers that regularly, but I have written to many different women’s magazines and have been published. But the rejections hurt. After my first published piece, I got too confident for my own good, and I didn’t research other magazines as well as I had with my first success. So I got about 6 rejections in a row and then I learned my lesson.

Each magazine has its own audience. Their readers buy the magazine because it speaks the language of its readers and your fillers and tips have to adapt to that language.

There are many magazines from around the world and they pay from £10 to £60 depending on the publication.

So if you’re looking to make money that isn’t related to an online scam just read through your favourite magazine and look for the page that invites readers to send in fillers, tips or photos for publication. The more tips you write the more your brain starts coming up with new ideas.

Here’s a picture of the last tip I had published by ’Pick Me Up’ magazine on 2nd May 2019.

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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 2

This is the continuation of my earlier blog. 

Another thing that is recommended to increase followers is social media. I don’t have Facebook or Instagram. But I do have Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. They are linked to my WordPress account so all my posts get shared there automatically.

When I was running my business, word- of- mouth was how I got my clients. I also went businesses networking. Meeting people face- to- face and doing voluntary jobs got me clients. As a single mum, I wanted to make effective use of my time. So when I met someone I would let them know about my business. I didn’t let shyness stop me. I would ask them if they could make use of my services. Some said ‘yes’ some said ‘no’.

I wasn’t shy, but I was authentic.
It is the same with social media. Building an authentic relationship with people will help you reduce the amount of hours you spend on social media.
You are not going to become viral in one article. It takes dedication, patience and authenticity.

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Do you know how to increase followers on WordPress? Part 1

With so many people blogging nowadays and so much amazing content out there, how can a new blogger on WordPress get followers?

I’m still learning and I would like to get more followers, but how? I like to write my own thoughts. Original content is important to me. From my recent research on blogging it seems you need to post regularly at first in order to be  successful. This worried me because I didn’t want my followers to be overwhelmed by my blogs in their inbox.

I thought about the problem and decided that the way forward was to post short content and publish it twice a week.

That way my followers were not snowed-under, and it gave me time to think about my blogs. A win-win situation. So, if you are new to blogging you might like to consider that.

The second piece of advice which I think is worthwhile is use your own images and photos. WordPress does have some free-to-use images,

and I have used them occasionally, but I think it is far more interesting for your followers if you use your own. That way your followers are tasting something of your life and experiences.

And then you have to decide the title of your post. This is a difficult one. You don’t have to decide straight away. Read through your post and think what title would reach out to me if this was some one else’s blog?  The answer will come to you. My answer usually comes when I have left the article for a while.

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