Before we get to that, I just want to say very few of those I answer questions for ever take the time to say thank you (like this freelancer did). It used to bother me because I think it’s kind of rude. But, I got over it after a while because I just think the web has ushered in a whole new way of communicating. In my opinion (and I’m definitely old school), the technology age has meant that things like manners have fallen by the wayside to a large degree.
I remember when my mom used to make me and my sisters HAND WRITE and mail thank you notes. But I digress in my pining for the old days. Back to the story . . .
One Freelancer Comments on How Easy He’s Found It to Land SEO Writing Jobs via Facebook
In his follow-up communication, this freelancer dropped a little nugget about getting SEO writing jobs via Facebook that I wanted to share with you because another freelancer said the same thing. He wrote:
Than you very much for that [my answers to his questions about SEO writing]. I do appreciate it and will take everything into consideration. On a side note, while I do not have my site yet, I have landed many more clients via Facebook. I almost can’t believe how much better of a response rate I get, and the message is very informal. (emphasis added)
Another freelancer mentioned something along the same lines to me a couple of months ago (I couldn’t find the email to save my life!). But, basically, she said that she’d landed jobs on Facebook not by asking for them directly, but just by being “social”, eg, sharing tidbits of info about herself/her day in her normal interactions on the site.
I can see why this would work because Facebook is much like a “meet and greet;” only, it’s online. So if someone is your friend and they see in your profile that you are a web content writer, they may pass your info along to someone they know who just got a website/blog and is looking for a writer.
Facebook Advertising – Great Insight on How to Market Your Freelance Business
So I guess the bottom line here is, reach out via your Facebook page. Apparently, it works!
Here’s some great info on Facebook advertising. Even if your budget is smaller than what they talk about here, it’s some great insight for marketing your freelance business via this medium overall.
Why I Don’t Use Facebook for My Freelance Writing Business
I don’t use Facebook for business – following is why . . .
I got a Facebook fan page for my SEO writing company* recently, but decided to take it down because I just don’t like the idea of mixing business with pleasure.
I thought about deleting my personal account and converting my Facebook page to one used strictly for business. But even though I don’t interact on Facebook often, I like keeping up with family and friends via the site. It’s an easy way to stay in touch with all of them without having to email and/or call (does anyone write letters anymore?).
Update: 5/7/2013: I have a Facebook page for my SEO writing company — finally was pushed to by clients and other freelancers alike!
Facebook for Business – My Christmas Wish!
I tried to work around it by setting up all the privacy safeguards, but the more I dug into it and read the privacy policies, the more I realized that there is really no way to keep personal TOTALLY separate from business in this environment because when people start sharing stuff, it can get muddy if their privacy settings are different from yours.
I still tried to talk myself into it; in fact I DID talk myself into it by getting a Facebook page for my biz. But I regretted it immediately, so took it down.
I’m just an extremely private person to a certain degree. While I don’t mind sharing my adventures travelling and such, I don’t share very personal info. For me, there’s just a line that I don’t want to cross, and that line for me is having business associates see my interactions and photos of/with friends and family.
My Crazy Family . . . and Facebook
Now, if you’re thinking I have something to hide – no, that’s not it. My family and friends are just as nutty as anybody’s (I love them dearly and am the first to admit that). But when it comes to mixing business with personal, it’s just a visceral reaction in the pit of my stomach that I can’t get over.
The “More than One Facebook Account” Conversation I Had with a Client
I was on a call with a client a couple of years ago. We were talking about a special report my firm had written for hers and somehow we started conversing about social media. She’s from Ireland and runs a very successful internet company. Of course, she has a Facebook page. She said that she’s sometimes embarrassed by having her “beer guzzling Irish mates” posting stuff that her business associates see.
FYI, I’m not picking on the Irish here, just recounting an actual conversation I had with a client – one I could soooo relate to because my father is from Alabama. Can someone say moonshine – and all the trouble that that white lightning can get you into – to be shared for the whole world to see?!
See my point?
How to Solve the “More than One Facebook Account” Problem
If you already have a personal Facbook account and want to start using it for business, here’s a really good post on how to solve the “I need two Facebook accounts but want to keep business separate from personal” problem.
Share Your Thoughts about Using Facebook to Find SEO/Freelance Writing Jobs
With all of that being said, how do you feel about using Facebook for business (if you use your account for that, in addition to interacting with friends and family)? Please share in the comments section below.
*Note: I made my SEO writing company’s facebook page live again on 12/21/2012; eventually I knew it would come to this — so I’ve accepted reality and just gave in.
Guest Post on How to Land Freelance/SEO Writing Jobs via Facebook
And FYI, if you use this medium to get SEO/freelance writing jobs and want to share some tips in a guest post here (or on InkwellEditorial.com), that would be great!
On a Personal Note . . .
I’ll be travelling on election day, so I’m doing early voting – tomorrow. One of my sisters is also. We’re both excited to see how this process works, as we’ve always voted ON election day. The lines have been long here in my county and we vote in different counties, so we’re getting up bright and early so that we can make both voting locations.
On Sunday, I’m running the marathon here in Atlanta – a full 26.2 miles. This will be my 8th marathon, but only my second full one (the others have been halves), so I’m a little anxious and a little excited. Even though I haven’t trained as much as I should, I know I’ll finish; it’s just going to be a matter of will I run, walk or crawl across the finish line!
Hope you have a great weekend.
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