Freelance Article Writer Wanted: $30/Article; Need Weekly Content

My SEO services company, New Media Words, has an opening for a freelance writer. Following is what I’m looking for.

Requirements/Duties: Seeking SEO content provider to write weekly articles for a corporate success coach. Client gives on-site management and leadership development seminars to corporate professionals. The goal is to help business professionals (mid-level managers) realize their success potential so that they can “lead with passion” and achieve their personal and organizational goals.  Prefer a writer who has experience in this niche, eg, as a mid-level manager who has been through some type of leadership training and/or has been a success coach.

Pay: $30/article; 400-450 words. Articles due every Friday by 5 p.m. EST. Must be able to accept payments via PayPal. Payments are sent weekly. You will be required to fill out a W9, as you’ll be sent a 1099 at the end of the tax year.

To apply: Forward an EXISTING writing sample in the body of the email — no attachments — to info(at)NewMediaWords.biz. I prefer that the sample be in the above-mentioned niche if possible. Unfortunately, I can’t respond to all, so will only contact you if I’m interested in working with you.

Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for Freelance Writing Jobs Online

Note: Most clients you do business with are ethical. I’ve been “stiffed” in my freelance writing career exactly one time — years and years ago (I’ve been freelancing since 1993). So just know that going in. But as content marketing grows, so will unethical operators. The following posts give some insight into how to protect yourself as a freelance / online writer.

How to Protect Your Writing Samples & Guidelines on What Exactly Are the Responsibilities of an SEO Writer

What to Do When a Client Doesn’t Pay

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P.S.: Did you know that the average salary of SEO writers increased by $10,000 from Sept 2012? Proof?SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about giving yourself the tools you need to take control of your life.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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An SEO Writer Asks, “Is it a good idea to be a freelancer who only takes on outsourced jobs from other freelancers?”

Editor Note: I received a job listing from one of my connections on LinkedIn. It’s for a Content Strategist with AT&T in Alpharetta, GA. Please note, this is a FULL-TIME job. Good luck if you decide to go for it! Now, to today’s post . . .

Becoming an Outsource Option for Other Freelance Writers

One of the things I love about SEO writing is that if you market consistently, you can build a business to the point where you need help. It’s what happened to me in 2007, which is when I first started writing search engine optimized content. Within a couple of months I got so busy that I had to hire other freelancers to help me out. This catapulted my freelance writing career to a whole new level.

Recently on InkwellEditorial.com, this site’s parent site, we covered How to Find Freelancers to Outsource to When You’re Too Busy. This prompted a question from a reader that I wanted to answer today. She wrote:

I think you’re on to something here. Would you consider writing about the steps it takes to be a freelance writer who only wants outsourced assignments. I think this would be ideal for me. Thanks doll.

Freelance Writer for Hire

Can You Build a Freelance Business That Just Takes on Assignments from Other Freelance Writers?

In business, almost anything is possible if you work hard enough at it. BUT in this case, I don’t think this would be a very smart move. Following are four reasons why.

1. You’d have to work just as hard to find those freelancers who need outsource help as you would to land clients.

2. Piggybacking on the last point — there are fewer of them than there are companies/businesses you could be marketing to;

3. It’d be hard to find enough of these types of freelancers to keep you busy; and

4. You probably wouldn’t be earning as much as you would from these outsourced jobs as writing jobs you’d find yourself.

The commodity you trade as a freelancer is time. How you spend your time dictates your success and I don’t think spending the bulk of your time soliciting work from other freelancers is smart.

How to Let Other Freelance Writers Know You’re Available as an Outsource Option

Now, should you solicit work from other freelancers? Sure, why not. Post a message on social media; put a special page on your site letting others know you’re available for outsource work; mention it in interactions you have with other freelancers; etc.

But again, this way of looking for freelance / SEO writing jobs shouldn’t take up a great amount of your time in my opinion. The payoff simply isn’t there.

Share Your Thoughts

Have you landed jobs from other freelance writers? How did they go about finding you? How was the pay? What where they like to work with? Do you think that being an outsource option is a good way to build a freelance business? Please share in the comments section below.

Hope your week is going well so far.

Best,
Yuwanda

P.S.: Get 50% off the SEO copywriter training class — and take up to 6 months to pay.

P.P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO copywriters increased by $10,000 in a 7-month span (Sept 2012). It did! Proof?

SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, when you learn how to write search engine-optimized content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.

P.P.P. S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to make money online fast ($50-$150/day) in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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SEO Job: Content Strategist with AT&T in Alpharetta, GA

Description: The Content Strategist identifies content that is meaningful to the audience, manages the end-to-end content creation, approval process, and storage. They also will champion the practice of Content Strategy as a key differentiator for us.

Note: This is a full-time, on-site position in Alpharetta, GA (suburb of Atlanta).

SEO Content Strategist JobQualifications

5+ years experience in content strategy (including ecommerce sites) using a top-tier Content Management System (CMS). Adobe CQ5 preferred.

Demonstrated ability to create innovative experiences across web, mobile, tablet, social and DOOH channels

Experience participating in user research and translating that user research into design decisions

Knowledge of SEO fundamentals

Experience using web analytics data to inform design decisions

Ability to develop ideas, and execute flawlessly against them in a highly collaborative environment

Experience working within a style guide framework

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

Education Desired

Degree in Journalism, English, Communications or related field preferred

How to Apply

Send resume/CV to Mg639g@att.com.

Note: Please do not contact SeoWritingJobs.com about job listings as we have no additional info over and beyond what’s listed here. Apply directly to the company via the info provided in the ad. And, good luck!

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P.S.: Did you know that the average salary of SEO writers increased by $10,000 from Sept 2012? Proof?SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about giving yourself the tools you need to take control of your life.

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SEO Writing Rules Post-Penguin 2.0: Infographic

As I’ve written about here (some would say ad nauseam) since Google’s Penguin 2.0 update hit on May 22nd, the rules of SEO writing changed dramatically with this update.

Following is an infographic that details the most important changes as it affects SEO content providers; some tips to relay to your clients about this update; and why Penguin 2.0 (and the popularity of content marketing) means more work for search engine optimization writers.

Infographics: A Search Marketing Must

From a search marketing perspective, search engines like Google like to return mixed media results (eg, video, slides and images) in addition to content. And, infographics are one popular way to get some mixed media results on your site. Read on for some insightful infographic statistics below.

FYI, this was my first time creating an infographic. While it may not win any design awards, I had a ton of fun creating it — and it was free.

How to Write SEO Content After Penguin 2.0 Update

The Effectiveness of Infographics

When you consider the following, it not only makes sense to include infographics in your marketing arsenal (and to make clients aware that they should too, you’ll be missing out on a huge block of potential customers by not doing so.

31.90% of the information that comes to the brain is visual.*Zabisco (2011)

Articles with images get 94% more views than those without.*Content+ (2013)

33.40% of people will respond better to visual information than plain text.*Zabisco (2011)

Source of these infographic stastics.

Related Posts

Recovering from Penguin 2.0: What Does Google Consider a “Bad” Backlink?

What Is SEO Writing in a Post-Penguin 2.0 World? What Online Writers Need to Know to Stay on the Right Side of Google

It’s hump day. Yeah! Only two more days til the weekend. 🙂
Yuwanda

P.S.: Get 50% off the SEO copywriter training class — and take up to 6 months to pay.

P.P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO copywriters increased by $10,000 in a 7-month span (Sept 2012). It did! Proof?

SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, when you learn how to write search engine-optimized content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.

P.P.P. S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to make money online fast ($50-$150/day) in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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An SEO Writer Asks How to Effectively Work with a Company That Need Services Beyond What You Offer

Content marketing, which is the business SEO writers are in, runs the gamut – from articles to press releases, to infographics and beyond. So the services you’re likely to be asked to provide as an online content provider can be quite wide.

FYI, this is a good reason to not only team up with other freelancers, but also to outsource work to other freelancers when you can because it opens up your business to growth.

In spite of this though, it doesn’t mean you should rush out and try to offer every service a client may need. You can hurt your freelance business by doing this, because it can move you away from what you do best.

What prompted this post was an email I received from a relatively new SEO writer almost a couple of weeks ago. She wrote:

Hi Yuwanda,

I’ve been doing SEO writing for about a month now thanks to your training materials. I have 2 SEO companies that I write health related blog posts for. However, I would also like to create a niche where I market directly to holistic food and health related businesses.

I have had several people say they are interested in my services. The problem is that the holistic health businesses seem to need marketing services in addition to SEO services. I have been able to offer minimal support, but really I think that marketing is a separate service that should be paid for. Do you have a list of bare basics a company should have before you can provide them with SEO services?

Following is my answer.

SEO Services: How to Decide Which Ones to Offer

Which SEO Services to Offer: 4 Questions to Ask (and Answer) to Help You Decide

Without knowing which types of services this freelancer’s client wants/needs, I can’t advise her on what to do directly. But, what I can do is outline how I go about adding (or not adding) SEO services my clients may need.

1. Do I Have Personal Experience with This Service?

In my opinion, you must be at least tangentially experienced with the service you want to offer in order to not only do it yourself if you have to, but to hire reliable outsource help if/when it comes to that.

2. Do Enough of My Clients Need/Want It?

Sometimes a client may ask for a service and you think, “Wow, I’ll offer add this to my list of SEO services.” But, it may not be one that lots of clients need.

I’ve told this story before, but to repeat it — when I first started out as an SEO writer, I only offered one service – SEO articles. I only added other ones when I started getting repeated requests from multiple clients, eg, do you ghostwrite blogs (then I added SEO blogging); do you do special reports/ebooks (then I added ebook writing); do you offer social media account management (then I added social media consulting).

You can lose business by NOT adding popular services that clients need. So listen to those repeated requests and if it’s in your power to offer that service, then do so.

One caveat: Don’t do it unless you’re sure you can effectively provide the service. This is where good outsource help can prove invaluable. For example, at my SEO writing company, we outsource our social media accounts. My forte is writing (content marketing). So my team and I tightly focus on that.

But . . . I don’t like to leave money on the table and social media goes hand-in-hand with content marketing. So, I have a trusted provider who handles my firm’s social media accounts. It’s what THEY do best; so it’s a relationship that works beautifully.

3. Can I Charge Enough to Effectively Outsource It?

Be sure that you charge enough to hire reputable outsourcers to handle anything that you want to outsource.

Usually, this will push your rates higher than if you were to keep it in-house and do it yourself. And that’s fine because if you try to find the cheapest provider when you outsource, you run the risk of getting burned. This will reflect on you and your company, NOT the outsource provider you use, so just keep this in mind.

Also, as the services you outsource probably won’t be your main service offerings, it’s ok if you don’t’ get that many orders for it. If you’re charging enough, it’ll be worth your while when you do get an order, and won’t cripple you financially if you don’t.

4. Does It Complement the Services My Firm Already Offers?

 Every SEO service you offer should complement existing ones simply because it’ll be much easier to cross-promote them. Also, you don’t want to seem scattered as a freelance business owner. I’d be very skeptical of using an SEO writing company that offered web content, in addition to dress alterations (an extreme example, but you get my point).

To sum up, I wanted to answer this freelancer’s question directly, which was, “Do you have a list of bare basics a company should have before you can provide them with SEO services?”

No, I don’t. If I think a business is on the wrong track and/or they’re not ready for the services my firm offers, then I would decline to work with them. But, everyone needs content, so this hasn’t happened.

Where I’ve had problems with some clients is devising an editorial strategy, eg, helping them to define who their ideal customer is and what the purpose of the content is that they want us to produce. You’d be amazed at just how many businesses still don’t have this in place.

Beyond this, if a client needs SEO/marketing services that my firm doesn’t offer, I just tell them that we’re not a good fit. If I can, I’ll refer them to firms/freelancers that I know of who do offer what they need. This way, you show your good will and just may land them as a client at some time in the future.

I hope this insight helps you decide how to handle these types of clients, which SEO services to offer (or not!), when and how to go about pricing them.

What Do You Think?

How do you decide which services to offer, not offer? Have you regretted adding a service? How do you decide what to charge? What do you do when a client requests a service you don’t offer? Please share in the comments section below.

BTW, here’s a related post: SEO Writers: Some Services You Shouldn’t Offer (but SHOULD Know About).

Freelance Writing Jobs Galore

FYI, did you catch the freelance writing job listings on InkwellEditorial.com (this site’s parent site) this past Monday? There are some good ones there. I was amazed at the variety when I was putting the list together. Good luck if you decide to apply, and drop me a line if you snag one of them, ok?

Hope you’ve had a good week so far,
Yuwanda

P.S.: Get 50% off the SEO copywriter training class — and take up to 6 months to pay.

P.P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO copywriters increased by $10,000 in a 7-month span (Sept 2012). It did! Proof?

SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, when you learn how to write search engine-optimized content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.

P.P.P. S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to make money online fast ($50-$150/day) in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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Because it’s summer, which is a traditionally slow time for many freelance writers. It’s the ideal time to invest in upgrading your skills in preparation for the busy fall season.

How to Use the Slow Summer Months to Increase Your Earnings as an SEO Writer

Some other things you can/should be doing are . . .

i) Updating/upgrading your website;

ii) Creating/updating your writing samples (with Penguin 2.0 guidelines in mind);

iii) Setting up – and start interacting on – your social media accounts; and

iv) Creating new marketing materials (eg, ebooks/special reports to use as free giveaways).

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Penguin 2.0 and the Evolution of SEO Writing: A Web Optimization Specialist Details What’s Changed and How to Adapt

The following is an editorial by Alan Smith.

Pre-Penguin (and Panda), Ranking High Was So Easy!

In the not-too-distant past, optimizing a website so that it was returned fairly high in SERP results was fairly simple. All you basically had to do was:

(i) Select a popular keyword phrase that was related to your blog;

(ii) Work that search phrase into copy over and over a certain number of times to achieve a certain keyword density (making sure to utilize it in a couple of headings);

(iii) Do a little meta tag coding; and

(iv) Then, wave the miraculous “optimize my site” wand and voila! . . . your website would likely rank high in Google search results.

An Overview of Google's Penguin and Panda Updates and How to Recover from Them

Eaten by Google’s Panda Bear

Then a fresh predator arrived on the scene . . . the none-too-cute-and-cuddly Panda.

If you thought pandas were cute before, after Google’s Panda update, you probably didn’t think so highly of them. Many sites saw their ranking drop drastically afterwards. As a web writer, you should know that Panda isn’t the only change Google has gone through or even will go through in the future.

While the debate surrounding each update and how fair/unfair they are will rage on, the point is, the simplistic days of search engine optimization are gone.

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Things Affected in Past Google Algorithm Changes

Images: What the Panda update did was look to see if the text matched the images used on page/in a post.

Google likes to return mixed-media results, so the search giant ranks pages that have informative, descriptive [Alt] tags describing their images higher than those that don’t. In short, if the alt text used in the image fails to explain it, then you could expect a decline in rank.

Advertisements: Google penalized sites that were “top heavy” with ads.

You know the types of sites where the actual text is buried under a slew of ads that appear at the top of the page. Google doesn’t want that. They want surfers to be able to get to the information they are seeking as quickly and easily as possible. Hence, penalty.

Page Load Times: If it takes a page on your site a long time to load, Google frowns on this. So just what is an optimal page load time according to Google?

Independent (not by Google) tests have shown that more than 3 seconds is a problem for users. And Google’s own tests show that shaving even 0.1 second off their SERPs load time increases user engagement. … Google webmaster tools suggest that 1.5 seconds or less is fast. [FYI, this is] not a reasonable target if your site has any features beyond plain text/html and basic images …

Grammar/Spelling: Yes, Google’s Panda Update even got this detailed. See #5 in these SEO content writing guidelines, which came about as a direct result of Google’s Panda Update in 2011.

Web Spam: In April 2012, Google’s Penguin update targeted web spam. This covered a slew of things, ie, thin and/or low-quality sites. These are sites that have pages with lots of ads, lots of products with little content; sites with lots of scraped content; etc.

Parked Domains: Internet marketers found that many of their parked domains were hit after Panda. These were deemed thin and/or low-quality sites. The article, Parked Domain and SEO – What Google Thinks, explained this, and how to handle it, writing:

Google does have a Parked Domain Detector, which detects empty parked domains, or empty web pages which don’t offer any value to the readers. . . . You can avoid the above problem by simply putting some content on it. Like two or three paragraphs about your online ventures. In this case, Google will not think it as a parked domain. Instead, it treats it like a normal domain.

Exact Match Domain Names: These are no longer provided top-quality ranking. In other words, a person can’t just get a URL of your website like perfectsitename.com and exploit the search results traffic with no useful content available. 

Web Optimization Tips Post-Panda 2.0

I have performed optimization on several websites. Following is some helpful info I acquired during the process. 

(i) Add content regularly, eg, 1-3 times per week (top-notch, of course).

(ii) Don’t focus so heavily on keywords and phrases because they will no longer do the job of drawing in a lot of traffic like in the early days.

(iii) Read content on other sites and produce unique, diverse, higher-quality material where possible.  

(iv) Reduce advertising on your web page to just one or two and put them underneath the fold. 

(v) Remove low-quality and/or irrelevant backlinks. Spammy or cheap websites that link back to you could end up you getting punished by Google. E-mail the webmasters and ask them to remove the links.

Note: Not many of them will; by some estimates, only 5-10% will. So using backlink disavow tools can help.

(vi) Make sure that the graphics and images on your site are tagged correctly (ie, use the Alt tag) and are of a premium quality for your search terms. 

(vii) Good site design is essential.

Tips for Recovering from Panda 2.0

If your site has been hit by Panda, following are some things you can do to get on the road to recovery.

(i) Add brand-new content material at least one once a week; with two to three times being even better. Again, make sure that the content is well-written and has a few links to authoritative sites that provide more valuable info that web surfers can use.

(ii) Edit/update outdated content on your site to help it meet current search engine guidelines, eg, varying anchor text, removing harmful backlinks, removing exact match keyword, adding brand name anchor text. Over time, these pages can help your rank (instead of possibly hurting it as they may be doing now).

(iii) Seek (to earn) backlinks coming from quality websites. The way to do this, of course, is to produce high-quality content that others WANT to link to. This way, you don’t have to go on a “link hunt”; your links will grow naturally, over time.

(iv) Start a subscriber list in addition to your e-newsletter. This way, you retain visitors. In order to entice them to sign up, offer a free (valuable!) report or ebook. Note: One of the major benefits of this is that over time, as your list grows, you will be less dependent on search engine traffic.

Google Updates: What You Can Expect in the Future 

If there’s one thing Google has been consistent about, it’s that it values – and rewards – high-quality content. This is backed up by every major update – from frowning on poorly written copy, to penalizing the overuse of keywords, it wants to deliver pages to web surfers that serve their interests.

So, it’s your job as a webmaster to think of how what you’re producing services the end user. If it’s self-serving, spammy and not useful, then it’s likely not going to rank high. So when you sit down to update your site, you should really forget about SEO and think about your end user. Devise content that helps them with their needs.

THEN … you can go back and “SEO it up” before it’s posted. If you adhere to this standard, you’ll build an authority site that users will gladly return to over and over again – in spite of what Google’s latest algorithm update may be.

And the ironic thing is, Google will come looking for you (your site), instead of you slaving away to get its attention.

Share Your Thoughts

Did your site lose rank after the Penguin 2.0 update? Yes? No? Are you working to recover from it? Have you heard from any of your clients about this update? Please share in the comments section below.

About the Author: Alan Smith is an avid tech blogger with vast experience in various IT domains, currently associated with SPINX Inc.; a Los Angeles based Web Development, website design and internet marketing company. Follow Alan on Twitter.

P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO copywriters has increased by $10,000 since Sept 2012? It has! Proof?

SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, when you learn how to write search engine-optimized content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to make money online fast ($50-$150/day) in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

Copyright © 2013: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the editor’s written consent (linking to is fine).

Recovering from Penguin 2.0: What Does Google Consider a “Bad” Backlink?

If you’re involved in search engine optimization on any level (eg, as an SEO writer, web developer, web designer, etc.), unless you’ve been backpacking through a Brazilian rain forest with no outside world connection, you know that Google’s latest algorithm change was Penguin 2.0 on May 22nd.

One of the major focuses of this update was backlinks — as in, Google wants you to only have relevant backlinks. Spammy, irrelevant links will no longer be rewarded (even if they’re from high-quality sites (eg, those with high page ranks)). So, how do you know what a bad link is?

What Is a Bad Backlink?

When I was doing some reading on Penguin today, I ran across the following definition in the post, 4 top tips to recover from Penguin 2.0, on WordTracker.com. It pretty much summed it up, defining it this way:

As a general rule of thumb, if you don’t feel that the link serves a purpose to an actual user, or that a real person would never find the link, it’s probably in a bad neighborhood. Get those links removed and prepare a disavow document for any which you can’t get taken down. At least you can then be ready if your site is affected by future Penguin updates.

Webmaster/SEO Tools for Removing Harmful Backlinks

The article gives some great insight for removing backlinks that can cause your site to sink in rank, eg,  Link Builder, Webmaster Tools, Majestic SEO and Open Site Explorer. FYI, a specific one you want to put to use is Google’s Disavow link tool (but only after you’ve done your homework (ie, cleaned up your link profile), as discussed in the article on Wordtracker.

Report Spam Sites that May Be Giving You Bad Links

If there are spam sites that you’d like to report after Penguin, here’s a special spam report form at http://bit.ly/penguinspamreport where you can tell Google about spam sites you see (it’s a form Google set up).

What Was the Panda 2.0 Update All About?

FYI, you can learn exactly what Google’s Penguin 2.0 update is all about in the video below — directly from Google’s SEO guru himself (that’s Matt Cutts in case you don’t know).

Happy “unlinking” and hope your week is off to a great start.

Best,
Yuwanda

P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO content writers has increased by $10,000 since Sept 2012? It has! Proof?

SEO Content Writer Average Salary, Fall 2012

Remember, when you learn how to write search engine-optimized content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to make money online pretty quickly ($50-$150/day) in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

Copyright © 2013: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the editor’s written consent (linking to is fine).