How Freelance Writers Can Make Money and Connections Through Social Media

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Keeping up with all of your social media networks can feel a bit like spinning plates. Are you tweeting enough? Are you engaging Facebook readers? Can you even figure out how to use Google+?

Freelance writers put a lot of time into learning new social media platforms to get our work out there and network with new publications. But can all that Tweeting and social media managing actually pay off? Dave Thomas thinks so, and for a post on Freelance Folder, he provides some tips on how to “Turn Those Tweets, Shares, and Links into Paying Projects.”

Here are a few of his ideas:

1. Make clients take notice–While applying for projects and sending out resumes still works, the social media push of recent years has opened a bunch of new avenues for freelancers. The goal is here to put your business profile up on a number of social media sites so that it gets more attention. In a day and age when paying projects are tough to come by, you need to be your own marketing agency and market, market, market.

 2. Know your audience–Before you start your social media push, know the best sites to use. Using MySpace is not exactly a freelancer’s top priority, whereas a site like LinkedIn is a great way to network and build your business profile. Given their increasing number of users, sites such as Twitter and Facebook are also good venues. Many companies in today’s world have fan pages and Twitter sites, so take the time to find those you’re interested in and reach out to them.

3. Proofread your profile or pay the consequences–While the photos from last month’s Happy Hour may have been a hit with your friends, potential clients may think otherwise. How many times in recent years have we seen well-known or even obscure individuals have a Facebook or Twitter photo come back to haunt them? If you don’t separate the business and pleasure aspects of your life, the latter could come back to haunt the former. One good way to go about a “cleaning up” of your site is to have an impartial friend review your pages and recommend what should stay and what should go.

To read the rest of Thomas’ tips, check out the rest of his piece at Freelance Folder.

Have you ever made connections or money through social media? Let us know in the comments!

Can Online Ever Generate More Revenue Than Print? Does Twitter Need an Editor? Where Does Your News Come From?

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For today’s media and journalism roundup, we have some new hires at Patch and Thomson Reuters. We also have some media analysis that examines how print and online revenue have evolved, and a study by MSNBC.com that investigates where our news comes from.

It’s all the news fit to blog at EByline’s Daily Dose.

Twitter does not need an editor, just time to evolve

“Are tragic movie deaths considered newsworthy? What about Twitter users’ penchant to Rise and Grind? Social media has blurred the boundaries of traditional news organizations by allowing journalists and taste-makers to patch into a daily conversation around trends.”

Impoco named Thomson Reuters Digital executive editor

“Editor-in-chief Steve Adler’s memo on the appointment says “Jim Impoco, whose reinvention of The New York Times Sunday Business section won acclaim, will apply the same skills to building readership at Reuters.com as well as on new digital platforms.””

AOL’s Patch Adding 8,000 Bloggers in ‘Full-On Course Correction’

Arianna Huffington must not be taking that class action lawsuit against her too seriously. Not only is AOL’s new content chief not cutting down on the use of unpaid bloggers, she’s doubling down — literally. Patch, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites, is trying to recruit as many as 8,000 bloggers in the next eight days, according to editor in chief Brian Farnham.”

MSNBC.com’s Breaking News traces info to its source

“There are some news events whose coverage is planned far — far, far — in advance of the events themselves. Those are exceptions, though: Most of the time, news is unscripted and unpredictable — breaking, appropriately enough, through the fabric of daily routine…”

Infographic: How Print Vs. Online News Consumption Compares

“Can online news revenue ever come close to print revenue?Scout Analytics looked at the differences in user behavior in print and online and came to a pessimistic conclusion—that both the time spent consuming and money earned from online news will never come close to that of print news.”

Millions of WordPress Blogs Hacked, Reuters’ Boss Talks Attribution, and Does Huffpost Crowdsource or Steal?

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For today’s recap of media stories and analysis from across the internets, we have some good ideas, but some bad news.  Today we witnessed an massive attack on blogs and article writers around the world, as 18 million WordPress.com sites have succumbed to digital assaults. But we also were given some interesting ideas about the future of journalism, and the tactics that journalists and media companies are taking today.

It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose.

18 Million WordPress.com Blogs Compromised In Attack

“Automattic, the company that owns the WordPress.com blogging platform that powers more than 18 million blogs, announced this morning that its servers had been broken into and source code, among other things, could have been exposed.”

Arianna Huffington: Slave Owner or Crowdsourcing Pioneer?

“When AOL bought The Huffington Post for $315 million, some saw it as a validation of the Web 2.0 model of new media: aggregation, curation and providing a platform for bloggers, many of whom donated their services in return for the attention of readers. Others, however, seem to feel that founder Arianna Huffington owes those unpaid writers something for her success, and now one blogger has put that idea to the test with a class-action lawsuit that claims The Huffington Post is guilty of “unjust enrichment” for profiting from the labor of others. Web 2.0 has grown up, it seems, and decided to call in the lawyers.”

Five myths about the future of journalism

“There are few things journalists like to discuss more than, well, themselves and the long-term prospects for their industry. How long will print newspapers survive? Are news aggregation sites the future? Or are online paywalls — such as the one the New York Times just launched — the way to go? As media organizations plot their future, it’s worth discarding some misconceptions about what it will take to keep the press from becoming yesterday’s news.

 

Post Huffington Post Deal, AOL’s Patch Will Become More ‘Social’

“New details about what AOL  has in store for its Patch network of hyperlocal sites in the wake of its purchase of the Huffington Post: The company tells Bloomberg that Patch sites will soon become ‘a lot more social.’”

Link economy and journalism

“A guest column by Chris Ahearn, President, Media at Thomson Reuters: Last summer, I published a blog post that laid out my feelings about the link economy and its positive contribution to the evolution of the business of journalism. One year later, Reuters.com continues to encourage linking to the rich content we offer and even pulling interesting excerpts for discussion in a different forum.   In exchange for that occasional use of our content, we ask others to respect the hard work our journalists put into their craft and in some cases risk their lives in doing so by offering prominent links and attribution.”

 

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