Use Freelance Blogging to Get a Job After Graduation

It's sensible to use freelance blogging to get a job after graduation because bloggers come in all shapes and forms. If you’re a current student, blogging may seem like a waste of time, or something that just won’t work with your schedule. But, if you do some freelance writing work that doesn’t take too much time away from your studies and social activities, there are actually plenty of ways you can use that experience to help in your post-graduation job search. Here are the top steps to set up a great record of experience, and even make a few connections as a student blogger.

Use freelance blogging to get a job after graduation


1. Concentrate on building a reputation in one niche

Many freelancer writers try to expand their repertoire to include as many different subject areas as possible. You may see one blogger writing about anything from travel to finance to parenting, and this is  fine, but if you want to actively create a name for yourself as a new blogger, it helps to stick to one or two relevant niches where you feel most comfortable. The best way to do this is to think about what you would write about if no one was reading. What do you love? What do you have an opinion on that friends come to you for advice on? Once you know what comes most naturally to you, try to stick to writing within that vein. Using freelance blogging to get a job after graduation has to start small, and picking one niche makes this easier to build on.

2. Set up social media profiles when you use freelance blogging to get a job after graduation

You probably already have a few profiles set up on different social media sites, but, if you want to establish yourself as a blogger, you have to add that part your life to your social media profiles or create separate profiles for your blogging work. Something as simple as starting a Pinterest or Tumblr account that you link to on your blog profile is a great way to connect with like-minded writers. It’s also a good idea to set up a Twitter account if you don’t have one already so you can stay in touch with the movers and shakers in your niche and work to publicize your writing.
Top Tip: Here's a writing series which is a must-read for new writers seeking to use freelance blogging to get a job after graduation.

3. Always submit your best work when blogging freelance

Even though your articles may only get one or two clicks to start with (and you’re pretty sure they were both your mom), you should never feel like you are writing for a vacuum. The articles you publish will stay online and are easily searchable by Googling your name. If a potential employer wants to check out your work by searching for your name, make sure to never give them a reason not to hire you. Only submit work that you are proud of and that you want your name attached to when you're using freelance blogging to get a job after graduation.

4. Reach out to readers and fellow bloggers

There are tons of ways to network once you’re a part of the blogging community. Most bloggers are in the same boat and will help one another out by cross-posting or allowing you to guest post on their site. You can also connect via social media on Facebook and Twitter. Another good way to establish your online presence is to be active in the comment boards and respond to readers.

5. Promote the articles you write

When you complete a great post, instead of rushing to get the next one published as soon as possible in the mad dash to create traffic, try taking the time to promote the post first. You can tweet it, post it on Facebook pages, or add it to Digg. It’s useless to publish an article that will sit unnoticed when you can easily direct traffic to your blog now by promoting the pieces you want seen.
Once you have established a name for yourself as a blogger and have multiple published pieces under your belt, you can use this as relevant background for any job you choose to pursue after your graduation.

Use Freelance blogging to get a job after graduation is a post contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for BestCollegesOnline.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com. 


myletterstoemily May 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM  

good morning, anne! well, i guess it's good
afternoon for you. :)

i haven't forgotten about your memoirs, but
i don't have a kindle. if that's the only way
i can read your book, then i will just buy one!

Christine Young May 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM  

Very interesting and useful.

Anne Lyken-Garner May 29, 2012 at 6:56 PM  

Hi Lea,

I hope you're well.

I just wanted to say that you can download my book as a PDF or on your computer. You don't have to have a kindle ;-) Details are here: http://getconfidence.net/annes-memoir/

Best regards

kulasa May 30, 2012 at 2:09 AM  

Your blog is such an informative site. I keep coming to learn. Thank you so much for taking the time to share valuable info to new bloggers ... God bless....

Anne Lyken-Garner May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Kulasa, you're welcome. Please let me know if there's anything you need pointing out or any thing you can't find here.

kulasa June 3, 2012 at 4:24 AM  

I am back...oh yes there is something I'd love to ask...how do I make a direct link page? A page tab that when clicked leads directly to a web add? ..thank you so much! :-)

Anne Lyken-Garner June 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM  

1. Go to the page you want to link.
2. Copy the url (beginning with http or www)
3. Go to the page on which you want the link to be.
4. Highlight the anchor text (words) you want to make live.
5. Click on 'link'. You'll find this in your tool bar at the top of your blog page when you're creating or editing a blog post.
6. Paste the url you copied into the appropriate panel and there you go!

If you're linking a page on a word document, just highlight the word you want to link, right click your mouse, then choose the 'hyperlink' option. Paste your url into the appropriate panel and that's it.

Icy BC June 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

Very helpful and sensible suggestions, Anne!

Anne Lyken-Garner June 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM  

You're welcome, Icy.

Self Sagacity June 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

It is very difficult to convince young people to sit and write, but maybe referring them to your article will help open their eyes.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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