6 Ways to Build Blog Trust

trustAs a successful freelance blogger, I am often asked by clients and peers if there is a secret to making money blogging. There is no magic recipe, but an important ingredient is building trust.  Any decent relationship is built on trust. Without it, you have nothing more than two people in a room. Violate it…and you’ll spend a lifetime working (often unsuccessfully) to get it back. Earning and maintaining the trust of a significant other is hard enough, but a bloggers’ job is even tougher. You need to earn/maintain the trust of strangers. Hopefully, lots on them.

Building trust doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s an important ingredient to cook up a winning product. Here are few tactics to employ in order to build trust on your blog, and in turn, become a better blogger.

– BE YOURSELF. Successful blogging requires that you insert yourself into the written world. Not every blogging situation calls for it, but if you are looking to build an audience and earn readers’ trust, you need to give them (at the very least) a glimpse into who you are. We trust people we know, and if readers don’t know you, how can they trust you?

– STICK WITH IT. The longer you blog, the better your odds of earning trust. It shows people that you are in it for the “long haul.” In a world where many blogs fizzle and disappear after a few weeks, readers will not vest themselves until you prove that you will not “abandon” your blog. Also, the longer you keep you blog running, the more you prove your commitment (not to mention, search engine love). Quality beats quantity, but standing the test of time will earn you some clout. [Read more…]

What I Look for When Hiring a Freelance Blogger

hiredI have had the good fortune of hiring lots of bloggers and other content creators over the past 10 years.  When staffing any editorial position, whether it’s a one-time gig or a full-time career, there are certain traits/abilities I look for.  Obviously, strong grammar and command of the English language are essential skills. However, there are other things I like to see in a blogger as well.

One of the biggest challenges a busy freelance blogger faces is conceptualizing article topics. Bloggers are a dime a dozen.  But bloggers who can produce compelling content are a much rarer breed. Interesting articles generally begin with a thought-provoking topic. Hiring a blogger who can come up with ideas on their own, as well as enhance the topics I have provided, is a tremendous asset and a big time-saver for me!

You’ve undoubtedly heard some variation of the expression, “every good idea has been taken.”  That being said, almost everything has been written about in some form or other. The best bloggers can take pre-existing content and quickly put their own spin on it, turning it into 100% original content. From adapting press releases to covering a topic that has been explored a million times, good bloggers can customize on the fly and deliver a written product that cuts through the noise. [Read more…]

STOP! Read This Before You Take a Blog Course

blogI’m on quite a few mailing lists for continuing education programs at various colleges in the New York area. It’s no surprise that the number of digital media course offerings has grown exponentially in recent times. What IS surprising is how unimpressive the resumes of the instructors are.

I’m not sure how enrollment for these classes looks, but based on the sheer volume of offerings, I’m going to venture to guess that they do quite well. With that being said, I wanted to offer some tips for any readers who are considering taking a blog course.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is vet the instructor. Since you’re talking about digital media, their work experience should only be a few clicks away. Take to the Internet and do your own research on how popular their blogs are and how they maintain their social media profiles.

I’ve come across quite a few blogging instructors who do not have a proven track record in the blogosphere, or worse yet, teachers who have no blog at all.  If they have set up a blog as a prerequisite to teach the class, it will be obvious.  Do your homework. [Read more…]

Professional Freelance Blogger

Blogger Freelance is my online writing boutique that specializes in developing and positioning online content to boost site ranking/popularity and visitor retention through blogging.

If you are looking for an experienced freelance blogger with a proven track record of writing compelling content that is loved by people and adored by search engines — you found him!  I can manage all of your blogging needs. From content creation to comment management, Blogger Freelance does it all – even getting your content and links published on other blogs.

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Founder and Editor

jobacleJobacle.com is a popular career advice blog that I launched in 2005.  Created to offset the generic career advice offered by the big job boards, Jobacle strives to offer unique and interesting content that often goes against conventional wisdom.  Unlike most career blogs, Jobacle does not sell job listings.   The goal is to offer career advice that puts the employee first.

Jobacle has been featured in/on The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Globe & Mail, Nielsen, Reuters, NBC,  Forbes, Gawker, SIRIUS Radio, BBC Radio 4, Yahoo! and dozens of other major blogs.

Andrew G. Rosen in the News:

– Fast Company: How To Quit Your Job Gracefully

– Forbes: 8 Tips For Dealing With A Know-It-All Coworker

– The Wall Street Journal: Turning to Headphones to Tune Out the Noise

– Glassdoor: Why Working From Home Is Not For You

– AARP: How to Avoid Résumé Writing Scams

– Public Radio Interview: Is it time to quit your job?  I field listener questions.

– Modern Man: How to Quit Your Job Like a Man

– NBC News: When Resigning, Don’t Follow Conan’s Example

– AOL Jobs: Interview Handshake Horror Stories

– Talent Zoo: Interview Like Charlie Sheen

– Business Insider: How to Be Productive When Working From Home

– CheatSheet.com: Job Stability? 5 Types of Employees That Companies Don’t Want Anymore

– We Are Dino: What Not to do During Your Elevator Pitch

– Almost 2,000 comments on my Yahoo! article