Breaking into freelance writing doesn't get easier than this. If you're like me and have lots of ideas bouncing around your head and don't know where to share them, or if you're just dipping your toe into freelance writing, Yahoo! Voices is the venue for you. Maybe you have a Yahoo! e-mail account or use their search engine, and you always see photos and links to their corresponding articles. Who writes them? Well, people like me, and I'm just a normal mom.
Here's what's required: a computer with an internet connection, an account with Yahoo!, Gmail, or Facebook (I have all three, and chances are that if you're reading this, you have one of them, too), and twenty to thirty minutes to fill in some information about yourself. Really, if you already have an account and don't have to register, some of the work is already done. You'll fill out a bio and answer a profile survey, which tells Yahoo! what kind of articles you might like to write. You also need to have a photo (it should be somewhat professional) of either yourself or your logo that will post with any articles you write. That's it.
Once you're signed up, you can automatically either choose to submit an article you've already written, which editors at Yahoo! will review, or you can look at the types of articles they've pre-selected for you, based on your profile. When I finished signing up, there were four articles available, and I picked the ones that best fit me.
It's been such a busy week that I almost forgot about the article that I wrote last week. I chose to submit my favorite fall recipe (gluten-free, sugar-free pumpkin cream cheese bread), and one of the requirements was to take a picture of it. So I got baking, took a photo afterward, and while I was dining on my delicious bread, I wrote the article. On Sunday, I submitted it and really kind of forgot about it. Then yesterday, I received an e-mail saying it had posted. I'm not even a professional baker, and now I have my recipe on Yahoo! Voices – how cool is that?
Some of the articles pay a small amount, and some don't. But they all have the potential of performance-based pay. For each thousand views my article receives, I can make $1.50. No, it doesn't sound like much, but think about how many people search the web for recipes. My readership could grow pretty quickly.
So, in the spirit of supporting freelance writers, please check out my article and recipe here, and get a feel for how your own articles could look. As for me, I have another article to write.
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