Common writing mistakes happen, but since you, as a freelance writer, have only a few seconds to impress new readers on your blog, it is vital to make all aspects of your content flawless. Mentioned below are common mistakes freelance writers make that turn off readers.
Do you carefully select the companies and individuals you want to freelance for or do you just wing it? It is important for freelancers to do their homework and make sure the companies or individuals they seek to freelance for are reputable, will pay on time, and have a history of having available work. Since many freelancers network with one another, take the time to get some background information.
Not including images or videos
Images and video are best way of bring out your idea of article to readers. So include images and video with keyword title so it is easy to find out topic.
Incorrect or misleading information
When you are writing online ads to promote your writing services be as truthful as possible. Don’t tell lies. If you say you wrote for a publication you better be able to back it up. Phone numbers and email addresses should also be in working order. It may seem like a surprise, but 5 out of 6 freelance ads are likely to have wrong or disconnected phone numbers, non-working email addresses, and broken links.
Not checking for inconsistencies
Before putting your article in blog read it thoroughly and check numbered item, hyphenated words, name references, spelling, paragraph breaks. After when you feel your article is up to mark for readers then only you must post it.
Not writing samples
If a client asks you to write a sample so he or she can test your writing, do it. That is just a part of being a writer. The client is investing in your services, and he or she just wants a “demo version” of your work. If it doesn’t land you the job, then you can just use your sample for a project in the future.
Have a catchy subject line
Unless the job posting specifies a particular title you should use for your email, think of something catchy and creative. If someone is sifting through tons of applicant emails, a unique subject line will catch their eye and make your email stand out among the rest. Instead of “Applying for the blogger position,” think of something a little less stale that showcases your creativity and ability to think outside the box.
A sentence must have a verb to be called a sentence. Some authors exclude verbs to add effect, but for the most part there needs to be a verb. For example: Another dreaded World War. There is only a subject in this sentence. To fix this you need to add a verb: Another dreaded World War has started.
The lack of self-marketing
Today, freelancers can spread the word of their stories with links on Facebook, Twitter, and many more sites. Not only is this good self-promotion, but it allows writers the opportunity to network with others. For those freelance writers who fail to seize upon this free self-promotion, they are only hurting themselves.
Speak in a common language
Unless the acronyms are very widely used, I wouldn’t go for the idea of short forms. We know what SMS is but what if there is more than one meaning for SMS? Furthermore, always use words that users know. You don’t need bombastic and fanciful words to impress people. Impress people when you could use simple words to get a complicated idea across.
Freelance writing is your career
When you socialise with people and tell them that you work from home as a writer they often make a comment about what an easy life you have. They talk about working in your nightshirt and never being under pressure. Many freelance writers start to believe this nonsense and their work suffers. Your writing is not a hobby, it is a career. You must always treat your writing as a business if you want to succeed.