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Linkswitch #100, Pricing Ecommerce, Ultimate Guides, Beyond Fear

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics. This week we have articles on pricing ecommerce web projects, creating remarkable guides, pushing past fear, and more.


Pricing Ecommerce Web Design Projects

It’s a common enough question, and one that always leads your average freelance web designer to take a deep breath and sigh ‘Well, let me see …’. There are many factors that influence the cost of an ecommerce web project, but when you communicate the vagaries to clients, there tend to be three that can have a huge impact – and are often only dealt with summarily: products, postage and payments.

On Criticism, Cynicism Sharpening Your Gut Instinct

Time and time again, creative people are given two pieces of advice: (1) Listen to your critics and seek feedback, but also (2) Ignore your critics and follow your intuition. Clearly, there’s a powerful contradiction here in need of reconciliation.

Creating Ultimate Guides and Using Them to Build Your Marketing List

You’ve seen them – ultimate marketing guides to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other important digital marketing resources. Creating ultimate guides are a great way to attract traffic, links, and social shares to your blog or website. The issue most people run into is with the number of blogs out there (especially ones on online marketing) – how do you create an ultimate guide if there are already tons of posts on a given subject?

How Much Should You Write Every Day?

You might find that 1,000 words or 750 words works for you. Heck, you might find that you’re most comfortable when you’re producing 3,000 words each day – or 3,000 words each week. But if you’re not yet in the habit of writing on a regular basis, 1,000 words may well be too much. There’s no set formula for how much you should write every day.

5 Social Media Tips for Finding and Engaging Your Target Audience: New Research

Do you know where your customers and prospects spend time online? Marketers have long relied on market research to determine where to spend their advertising dollars on television, radio and print advertisements. In the last few years, research organizations have begun providing intelligence on how consumers behave on social networks. The following article is based on new social media research studies.

Move Beyond Fear: Find and Keep Your Writing Voice in 10 Steps

Fortunately, there are steps we can take which, if heeded, will do more than help us to find and keep our writing voice. These steps can help us to move beyond fear and to live more creatively. Learn ten steps to help you move beyond fear and find and keep your writing voice.

14 Ways to Build Strategic Relationships With the Who’s Who of Social Media

You’ve worked hard to get people to notice you and your company. You’ve got a little traction here and there, but it’s not enough. You feel like you’ve paid your dues but you’re not getting paid back. There has to be a better way. There is, and that’s where industry influencers come into play.

Marketing 101 for Freelance Writers #14: How to Get Editors to Notice You

Would you like to write for big, national magazines, or high-traffic websites? All you have to do is impress an editor. It’s not always easy to do. Most editors I know get a hundred or more pitches every week. But there are a few ways to cut through the clutter and stand out:

Part-Time Freelancing–Is It Worth It?

In this post, we’ll explore the world of part-time freelancing. We’ll look at some of the reasons people freelance part-time and explore some of the unique challenges they face. Plus, I’ll incorporate tips and advice from five freelancers who work part-time.

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