How to Use Social Media to Get Freelance Writing Gigs

This is a guest post by Carly Fierro.

One of the most challenging parts of being a freelance writer is to keep getting regular, paying gigs. The good thing is this has gotten a lot easier with the Internet and social media.

If you are smart and do it right, you can use social media to really ramp up your writing income. Here are a few tips on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to pick up work.

Facebook

Tell your friends that you are hunting for more freelance writing work. Ask everyone in your contact list if they know people who need a writer. However, before you post, you should use the dropdown to Change Custom Settings. You want to be sure the request can be viewed by “friends of friends.”

Next, when potential customers see your message, they’ll come over to your Wall. This is where you are going to want to have a business page set up. You want to make sure that you have writing samples up on your Facebook page, not just pictures of your dog and last summer’s vacation.

Also, try to strike up conversations on Facebook about work. When people ask about yours, make sure that you link to sites you wrote for, such as that SEO company you blogged for. This is a subtle reminder to everyone you know what you do for a living.

Twitter

A simple way to hunt for writing jobs on Twitter is to just search for them. You can do a search for freelance jobs or filter for #job.

Next, you should try to follow people you do not know on Twitter. It’s the opposite of Facebook, where following total strangers is strange and sort of creepy. On Twitter, follow companies you want to do work for. Interact with them and make sure they know what you do and who you are. Don’t make naked pitches for work, but make sure you are on the radar.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn gives you tons of space to put down your writing skills and to talk about all of your writing experience. You should be sure that all fields are filled out, and add your photo. Also, try to get recommendations from previous employers. Use your job title to show the sort of work that you are trying to land.

Also, keep working on building up your LinkedIn connections. This is a rather static site as far as social media goes. You need to do work to keep visible. Every time you get a new connection, however, you will show up on the contacts home page. This shows people you are out there and the sort of work you do.

Hopefully, you’ll able to land more jobs with your social media efforts. Good luck!


Carly Fierro is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.

  • As usual, Carly, a great post. I pay more attention to LinkedIn for guest writer. Haven’t really figured out why yet.

  • As usual, Carly, a great post. I pay more attention to LinkedIn for guest writer. Haven’t really figured out why yet.

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  • I’ve hired several writers through oDesk (https://www.odesk.com/)- It costs nothing to post yourself as an author

  • This looks like an excellent resource, Mike. Thanks for sharing it!

  • This looks like an excellent resource, Mike. Thanks for sharing it!