ProWritingAid Review: A Close Look At The All-In-One Copy Editing Tool

I've said it before and I'll say it again... you don't need to be Hemingway to be a great writer.

With an abundance of tools out there to guide your writing, it's a case of knowing your options and taking your best pick.

Some editing tools are better than others, and while tools like Grammarly and Ginger are better known, today, we’re looking at a potential underdog called ProWritingAid.

What is ProWritingAid?

ProWritingAid is a cloud-based copy editing tool founded by Chris Banks back in 2012.

Developed for authors, the editing tool now boasts a healthy user-base of freelancers, indie writers, copy-editors, bloggers and students.

The software is first and foremost a web app, but it's now also available as a desktop app, browser extension, WordPress plugin and Google Docs add-on for those who prefer to write via other platforms.

So that's a quick overview, but how well does it perform from a practical standpoint?

Editing & Suggestions

Later in this review I'll go into more details about the different apps and addons, as well as how they impact your writing environment.

But, as important as those things are, that’s not really why people buy text editing software.

The primary role of software like this is to find issues in your writing, and (spoiler alert), that’s ultimately where ProWritingAid excels.

Whether you’re using the web app, desktop app, or Chrome extension, the toolbar is where you’ll find your… well… tools.

From here, you can run a myriad of checks at the click of a button.

If you’re looking for a quick overview of everything, you can click the summary button to see where the majority of your issues lie.

Always a good place to start, but what if you want a deeper analysis?

The dedicated reports is where ProWritingAid really shines, proving that it’s a lot more than just a grammar checker. It's an all-in-one solution.

These include reports on:

  • Style
  • Grammar
  • Overused
  • Readability
  • Cliches
  • Sticky
  • Diction
  • All repeats
  • Echoes
  • Sentence
  • Thesaurus
  • Synonym
  • Dialogue
  • Consistency
  • Pacing
  • Pronoun
  • Alliteration
  • Homonym
  • Transition
  • House
  • Plagiarism

An impressive list by anyone’s standards, but we both know this war isn’t won on features alone.

As with any editing tool, accuracy is key.

Testing Accuracy

I spent some time going through each of the reports to see not only how they work, but also how accurate and reliable they are.

(To make this a more robust test, I threw in some deliberate errors to see how, or if ProWritingAid handled them. So don't judge me, k? :P)

In the interest of keeping this review sane, I’ll only a mention a few of the reports to give you a sense of how ProWritingAid performed.

First up for inspection, the ‘Style’ report.

As you can see, the editing tool flagged several issues in my writing, many of which I struggled to argue with.

This opened my eyes to how fluffy my writing is, especially considering that I tend to get compliments on my work.

In this instance, only one suggestion didn’t quite make sense to me:

(To be fair, it does say "may" be enhanced)

Aside from that, I was very impressed with the accuracy of these suggestions, and it read much better after the changes.

Next up, the ‘Grammar’ report.

Again, this offered up several valid issues to dig through.

I felt the spell-checker could be improved as it threw up a few false negatives on slightly more informal words.

Despite a few minor issues, this report was also very insightful, especially with catching my US/UK spelling inconsistencies.

Keeping things moving, let's fire up the ‘Readability’ report.

One of the best ways to maintain engagement on your content is to make it more readable.

That's why I actively strive for short and punchy paragraphs in my writing, and also why I wasn't surprised to score so well on this one.

ProWritingAid even complimented me. *blush*

Finally, let's look at the 'Sticky' report.

This one shows you sticky sentences in your writing, meaning you likely have too many "glue" words that can be removed.

By removing filler words like these, you instantly improve the readability of your content while maintaining the same message.

Basically, your readers will LOVE you for it.

All in all, these are a clearly great set of tools and I've only scratched the surface of what's possible.

Like any tool of this nature, the suggestions weren't always better (or even grammatically correct), so some common sense is still required to get the most out of these things.

Writing Environment

As I said earlier, there are several avenues you can take for writing your content under the watchful eye of ProWritingAid.

I started with the web application (which is what I'm writing this in at the moment), and it didn't take long for me to get a good feel for it.

Here's what it looks like:

Aside from the toolbar, I think we can agree it's a fairly clutter-free writing environment.

I would have perhaps liked an option to hide those top buttons until I'm ready to use them, which is probably when I've finished writing.

It would've also been nice to see a full-screen, or otherwise known as “distraction-free” mode, which no doubt would've solved my toolbar issue at the same time.

Screenshot: https://www.calmlywriter.com

As for fonts, the default 'Lucida Grande' is very workable. Not something I'd mess with, but again, the option to change font (and size) was something I expected to see. No luck there.

Must admit, I also found the line breaks a tad inefficient.

Pressing enter takes me down a single line, meaning I had to press it twice to start a new paragraph. Yet again, a setting would've made sense here.

Then there are headings...

As much as I tried, I couldn't find a way to mark section headings without resorting to standard formatting, such as bolding.

This makes it hard to visually divide the page, and it's something I'm struggling to overlook even as I write this sentence.

Finally... let's talk images.

As someone who writes a ton of blog content (like this review), it's important I take regular screenshots to illustrate and backup my points.

Since the editor doesn't support images, I had to improvise with personal notes so I could find where to insert those screenshots later.

Note — I later discovered that pasting in text will retain fonts and sizes, as well as the correct formatting for headings. Perhaps I'm missing something?

The desktop application suffers many of the same issues I mentioned, and strangely, it also doesn’t sync up with the web app.

Appearance wise, though, it looks almost identical:

Despite the impressive editing capabilities of ProWritingAid, I must admit I was a liiiittle disappointed with their own editing software.

Fortunately, the addons solve many of the complaints I outlined above, so let's explore those next.

Addons

Being someone who uses Google Docs on a daily basis, I couldn't wait to test the Google Docs add-on first.

Copying what I'd written into a blank doc, I instantly felt more comfortable in the new writing environment.

I could remove all toolbars, go into full screen, change font and size, format headings, and even add images inline.

Once installed, you can activate ProWritingAid in Google Docs from the add-ons menu, which then opens up a sidebar panel:

While being able to function directly inside my favourite editor was cool, I must admit there was a slight performance issue.

What I mean is, clicking on any highlighted text would result in a 1-2 second delay before the sidebar changes accordingly.

You can see this in the GIF below:

Not a huge issue for shorter documents, but I can see this becoming a nuisance for longer pieces with dozens of suggestions.

A nice touch here was the highlight feature, which leverages Google Doc’s highlight formatting to emulate the web app. Smart.

And once you’re done, you can clear the highlights with the click of a button. (I think it should clear when you close the add-on sidebar, but no biggie.)

Note — there is an add-in for Microsoft Word, but I'm using a Mac so I wasn't able to test it myself. Sorry.

Last up is my favorite way to use ProWritingAid.

You guessed it, the ProWritingAid Chrome extension.

This thing sits in your Chrome toolbar, and works with any virtually editing environment you use online, and I actually found it very efficient throughout my testing.

Below is a screenshot of me using it with a WordPress visual editor called Thrive Architect — a combination that seems to be the best compromise for both speed and writing environment in WordPress.

Side note — if you're looking for a visual editor for WordPress, I'd recommend Elementor (free) over Thrive Architect (premium).

Notable Features

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to (very) briefly mention a few interesting features that I wasn't able to cover in the bulk of the review.

The first is 'Writing Style' control.

This tells ProWritingAid what style and tone of writing you're going for, and how aggressively you want the software to evaluate your work.

As someone who tends to write in a casual manner, I was pleased to see that ProWritingAid has folks like me in mind.

Next, we've got the 'Plagiarism Checker'.

This tool will cross reference your article with the rest of the internet to see if the writing is plagiarized. Handy if you're hiring writers.

You will have to buy credits in order to use this, but that's pretty standard with these kinds of tools considering how resource intensive they are. (I normally use CopyScape for this.)

Finally, and this is a big one, we've got the 'Word Explorer'.

This little beaut gives you a crazy in-depth breakdown of any word you throw at it, including definition, alliteration, rhymes and even cliches.

You can access it by double clicking a word in your text, or going through the menu options.

So if you're ever stuck for inspiration, just fire up the Word Explorer.

There's plenty more little nuggets to be discovered inside this tool, but these are my personal picks.

Conclusion

When it comes to improving your writing, there are few software alternatives I've seen that are as comprehensive and accurate as ProWritingAid.

The web and desktop editor could offer a cleaner and better optimized writing environment, and that's undoubtably the biggest drawback of this software...

...but if you can overlook that aspect and use ProWritingAid for what it's designed for (copy editing), you'll soon struggle to live without it.

ProWritingAid—or the Chrome extension—has earned a place in my toolbox, and I'm excited to put it through its paces on future content.

Click here to get a free 14-day trial of ProWritingAid.

How To Become A Freelance Writer In 2018 (with ZERO Experience)

So you want to be a freelance writer, huh?

Well, I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. Let’s start with the bad.

Building a successful freelance writing business is no walk in the park. It takes a LOT of hard work and dedication. Especially in the beginning.

You will f*ck up.

You will doubt yourself (a lot).

And you will feel like quitting.

If that’s not something you’re willing to accept, you better close this page now and go back to playing Candy Crush.

Still here? Great.

Because the good news is, this article will guide you through the EXACT steps you need to take in order to become a professional freelance writer.

(And, more importantly, how to get paid a decent living in the process -- something even experienced freelance writers struggle with at times.)

Let’s talk structure...

Here's How I’ll Break This Down...

I spent a lot of time thinking about how this article should be structured, and believe me when I say there were multiple iterations.

What I’ve ended up with, I believe, is the most logical way to approach starting your freelance writing business -- especially as a beginner.

We’ll go through this in 3 phases, like so:

Phase #1: Finding Your Market

Knowing what kind of service you're going to offer is not enough. In order to fast-track your success a freelancer, you'll need to establish your position in the market and "nichify' your offering.

Phase #2: Developing Your Craft

Once you've identified a market and honed your focus on a particular sector of that market, you can then use the methods discussed in this section to become an "overnight" expert.

Phase #3: Bringing In The Moolah

It doesn't matter how much you know or what you can do, if you don't know how and where to market yourself effectively, you'll never turn your skill (preferably passion) into revenue.


Please, don’t skip this section.

If there’s one mistake I see plenty of new freelance writers making, it’s branding themselves as exactly that…

...a freelance writer.

Unless you’re Jeff Bezos (Amazon Founder), you should never try to be all things to all people. It’s FAR more effective to narrow your focus and serve a small portion of a larger market.

I know, it sounds backward; after all, how does appealing to less people help you make more money?

The answer is relevance.

The more closely your service (or solution) speaks to the job (or problem), the more desirable you will ultimately be to the client.

Relevance is often valued over things like experience and qualifications -- even if some clients aren’t consciously aware of that fact.

Not sold it yet?

Well, niching down comes with various other benefits, including:

  • Easier to identify your preferred clients
  • Allows you to establish yourself as an expert
  • Increases the chance of referrals
  • Higher possibility of repeat business
  • Significantly less competition

It’s fair to say not everyone will agree with this approach. In fact, the whole “big fish, small pond” argument is often debated.

The reason I think it works so well with freelancing, is because you can slowly expand your offering as you begin to outgrow the pond.

It’s easier than you think.

As someone who uses Upwork as their primary source for new clients, it’s literally a case of adjusting my title and bio.

(And yes, I do recommend using Upwork when you're starting out, but I'll talk more about that later.)

Like I said, easy.

Assuming we’re we on the same page about the importance of positioning, I think it’s time for the real meaty stuff.

How To Find Your Positioning And Dominate A Smaller Market

There are essentially two angles you can take when it comes to positioning yourself.

  1. Selecting a niche market
  2. Selecting a writing niche

(I recommend taking both angles to some degree, but this will start to make more sense later.)

Let’s talk about what they mean, exactly.

Angle #1: Selecting A Niche Market

Despite me using the term “niche market”, you don’t actually have to go very niche with this at all.

In fact, you can be a successful freelance writer without choosing a niche at all:

Do I recommend it?

No, I don't. Especially if you're a beginner.

Instead, you'll give yourself a much easier ride if you focus on serving clients in a specific niche market, like:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Etc.

And where the demand is strong, you can niche down even further. For example, there are a number of sub-niches for "Health & Fitness"

  • Weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Dieting
  • Body Building
  • Skin Care
  • Etc.

We’ll talk about validation shortly, but don’t be afraid to venture deep when it comes to niching down.

Note: This is an interesting podcast interview with Kendell Rizzo, a freelance copywriter on FIverr who niched into ‘crowdfunding’ (a subsection of finance) and is now making 6-figures as a result. (Yes… you can charge a lot more than $5 on Fiverr.com.)

Angle #2: Selecting A Writing Niche

This one is REALLY going to influence the next phase, and it’s the one I recommended spending the most time getting right.

What am I talking about, exactly?

Well, the key here is to zero in on specific sectors of writing, not just writing as a whole.

Some examples of writing niches include:

  • Academic Writer
  • Article Writer
  • Content Writer
  • Blog Writer
  • Sales Copywriter
  • Business Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Creative Writer
  • Journalist
  • Press Release Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • Book / Ebook writer
  • Ghostwriter
  • Guest blogger

Note:  If you want a more exhaustive list, this is an excellent resource covering 50 writing niches you can potentially dive into.

Another thing to keep in mind:

Some of the writing niches I’ve listed above encompass a wider selection of smaller, but still profitable “sub-niches”.

A good example is copywriting, which can be further drilled down into email, sales pages, webinar pages, squeeze pages, etc.

Validate Your Niche Market (And Avoid Setting Yourself Up For Failure)

The screenshots above are from my go-to freelance platform, Upwork.

Since this is a marketplace with over 12 million freelancers and 5 million clients, it’s also the PERFECT place to validate a freelance niche.

So how do you a validate a niche, exactly?

It’s simple. If other writers are doing well in a given niche, it’s very likely you will too.

(In other words, they have already proven the demand.)

As you’ve no doubt guessed, we’re going to do that by looking at the freelancer database on Upwork -- based on your prospective niche market.

Sticking with the “Health & Fitness” theme, let’s say you were interested in offering a writing service around ‘weight loss’.

Step #1: Head to the freelancer search page. (You can even do this from a freelancer account.)

Step #2: Open up the filter options, and apply a filter to show only freelancers under the “Writing” category.

Step #3: Apply a second filter to show only Freelance Writers that have earned over $1,000 through the platform.

Step #4: In the search box, use common keywords to describe the angle (or angles) you’d like to validate.

​​​Step #5: Scroll through to see how many other writers are having success in that particular niche.

What should you do if you struggle to find others making money in your preferred?

You can always try going broader, but if that doesn’t work, I’d strongly recommend finding an alternative.

(Remember, you can always change this at a later date if you feel your niche is not working out for you.)


PHASE #2: Becoming A Master Of Your Craft… In A Matter Of Weeks!

Now that you’ve nailed your positioning (wait, you have nailed your positioning, right?), we can talk about the writing itself.

Coming into this, you may already have some experience as a writer. Even still, it definitely doesn’t hurt to go through this section and brush up on your writing ability.

If you have virtually NO experience as a writer, this section will help you get into the game as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The good news?

You can become proficient in almost any online skill in a matter of weeks, and writing is no exception.

(In fact, the idea behind doing phase #1 first, is to make phase #2 EVEN easier than it would have otherwise been.)

Rapid Skill Learning & How I “Wasted” 2 Years Of My Life

‘Rapid Skill Learning’ is the process of becoming proficient in a given skill over a very short period of time.

Not years. Not months.

WEEKS.

I know it smells like BS, but hear me out.

During my 2-years at college, I studied software development. (Yeah, I thought I wanted to be a programmer.)

The saddest part?

I somehow managed to walk away with a marginally better understanding of software development. I mean, it was laughable.

Soon after, I decided to invest in an online course on coding a website from scratch, using a tool called Adobe Dreamweaver.

Within 1 week, I had gone through all the videos and learned more about coding than I had EVER learned over that 2-year period. No competition.

That’s not even the crazy part.

I paid $59 for that course.

That’s right. Fifty f*cking nine dollars for something I valued more than my 730-day stint at college.

Like it or not, online courses are just as -- if not more -- effective at teaching you something than going through the traditional education channels.

(The key difference being, you can get through the material in a FRACTION of the time.)

Moral of the story?

Online courses are the way to go if you want to break into freelancing writing, but don’t have the writing ability to back yourself up.

Shortcut Your Way Into Freelance Writing Through Online Course Marketplaces

Before I dive into courses specifically, I should clarify that it’s not the only channel when it comes to rapid skill learning.

There’s books, PDFs, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc.

The reason I’m so big on courses is because they’re organized into a complete, end-to-end system.  In other words, the information is structured -- very important for RSL.

(The other channels can, and should be used to supplement what you learn via a paid course.)

Note:  In case you were wondering, I do have my own course that teaches freelancers -- including freelance writers -- how to use Upwork to land high-quality clients and kickstart their online freelance business.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can join the waitlist here.

So, where do you actually find these courses?

Well, with everyone and their mother throwing themselves into an instructor role these days, several marketplaces have emerged.

Let me break down some of the more popular options:


Marketplace

Avg. Course Price

Rating

Udemy

$20

Lynda

$25 / month

Coursera

$49

Skillshare

$15 / month


Course Marketplaces

As much as I love these learning platforms, a lot of the good stuff is, unfortunately, buried amongst low-quality information.

In this section, I’ll show you how to flesh out the gems.

Firstly, depending on your writing ability and confidence, you may want to brush up on the basics before going full-throttle.

What I mean is, looking for general courses that cover things like spelling and grammar.

For the real ROI, however, you need to leverage the second positioning strategy I outlined above.

Your writing niche.

Granted, some writing niches will be better served than others, but you should be able to find a handful of good courses in any case.

For example, sales copywriting:

Many of the courses you’ll find on these platforms are only a few hours long, but that’s often all you need to get started.

Instant Proofreading With These KILLER Writing Tools

One last thing I’d like to cover before we move into the next phase, is writing tools.

You would be AMAZED at how good some online tools are at finding mistakes in your writing.

Grammarly is probably the most well-known.

You can install it as a Chrome extension (to monitor your writing in, say, Google Docs), or write directly in the web application.

The premium version gives you some nice benefits that are also worth considering, though certainly not necessary to get started.

Another one is Hemingway app.

It’s a free web-based tool that grades the reading age of your sentences. Believe it or not, but the key to great writing is having a lower reading age.

I find Hemingway to be a little too picky at times, but it’s definitely worth a quick check before submitting your work.

There are a bunch more, but those two will be plenty to get you off on the right foot.

Note: If you’re interested, I actually wrote a HUGE post outlining 60 similar writing tools. You can read it here.


PHASE #3: How To Secure High-Paying Clients For Your Freelance Writing Biz

If you skipped everything else and jumped straight to phase 3, I can hardly blame you.

This is easily one of the biggest question people have when they jump into freelancing.

How do I find clients who will actually pay me to write?

As it happens, this is also where my advice differs from most other freelance writers out there. At least to some extent.

While many will tell you to avoid freelance platforms like Upwork, I’ve actually found them to be a great channel for kickstarting (and even maintaining) a freelance writing business.

So, rather than just give you my own experience of what works, I’ll try to be as objective as I can here.​​​​

Note: It’s also worth mentioning that I compiled a huge list 101+ sites to find freelance work across several different fields, including freelancing writing.

The Case FOR Upwork (And Why You Should Ignore The Naysayers)

I’ll say it now, Upwork isn’t perfect. Far from it.

I’ve personally read/heard from plenty of people who have had a bad experience with Upwork, some worse than others.

What people don’t realize, however, is that 99% of these situations could have been avoided.

Take this classic example, posted on Reddit:

Note the highlighted section; Upwork told this freelancer exactly why his earnings were not protected.

If he had bothered to read up on what qualifies for hourly protection, he would know that he didn’t meet the requirements.

Do I think this freelancer deserved to lose out over not putting memos in his work diary?

Nope. Of course not.

Do I think Upwork has some pretty sh*tty rules that are not always in the best interest of freelancers?

Absolutely.

But if the cost of tapping into this highly-lucrative freelance platform is taking some time out to make yourself AWARE of these nuances, surely that’s a worthwhile investment… no?

Like I said, most of these situations can be avoided if you just familiarize yourself with the way Upwork works.

Note: If you’re still shaky about Upwork, I wrote a post that’ll hopefully clear up any remaining doubt you have.

Why You MUST Diversify Your Client-Acquisition Channels

Many freelancers, including myself, have relied solely on Upwork to acquire new clients whenever needed.

The truth is, Upwork is large enough to supply you with all the work you could possibly need as an independent freelance writer.

No question.

But that doesn’t mean I recommend doing that -- even if I don’t follow my own advice at times.

As great as Upwork is, putting all your eggs in one basket is never a good strategy. When it comes to running a freelance business, diversification is key.

So, while I am saying to focus solely on Upwork in the early stages, you should also eventually start building new channels to deliver leads to your business.

That way, if one channel was somehow removed from the equation, the damage that has over your business (and income) is severely mitigated.

There are a number of ways to achieve this, but none come so highly-recommended as the one I’m about to cover.

Building Your OWN Channel For The Craziest Conversions You’ll Ever See

You guessed it, a website.

Having your own website is one of the BEST ways to attract and convert potential leads for your freelance business.

It’s professional.

It projects authority.

It establishes credibility.

And, most importantly, YOU control every aspect of what prospective clients will see and experience as they navigate your site.

That’s everything from your branding, messaging, pricing and promise…  to the more granular details, like which portfolio items and testimonials to show (and where).

The best part?

These days, a complete beginner can have a professional-looking site up and running in as little as a day. (That’s right, no coding experience necessary.)

Of course, it does take a bit more work upfront to get it generating consistent leads, but it’s absolutely worth the effort if you’re serious about freelance writing.

Note: If you need some guidance with this one, I highly recommend Elna Cain’s course, WriteTo1k.

It’s a complete system that not only takes you through the foundational stuff, but also gives you a step-by-step process for setting up, designing and attracting prospects to your website.

Wrapping It Up

As I said in the beginning of this article, getting your freelance writing business off the ground won’t be easy.

Sure, reading guides (like this one) will soften the blow, but you gotta hustle if you want to make it in the freelance world.

The good news?

If you follow the steps I’ve outlined, you will give yourself the best chance to succeed, with the least amount of friction possible.

Good luck!


27 Insanely Practical Writing Blogs Every Word-Ninja Should Follow

Whether you’re just starting out in the freelance writing world, are a few years into building your career, or have been knocking out content for more years than you can even remember - we all need a little inspiration sometimes.

Often, the best way to develop our own careers is to learn from the careers of others. (We learn what works for them, so we can replicate the same success ourselves.)

We can also learn from what hasn’t worked for them, by making sure that we don’t repeat their mistakes! Lucky for us, there are many successful freelance writers out there, all willing to share tips and advice based on their own personal experiences.


1. Smart Blogger

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Smart Blogger (formerly Boost Blog Traffic) shares tips, strategies and guides on building and growing a successful blog. As you might expect, many of these posts revolve around writing, and they're easily among the most actionable articles I've ever read.

My top picks

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Author
Jon Morrow


2. Writers in Charge

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Writers in Charge is owned by a Freelance Writer who's currently enjoying wild success in the industry. Through the blog, Bamidele shares his expertise and experiences, as well as numerous free resources, in order to help you further your own career in freelance writing.

My top picks


3. Freelancer FAQ's

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Freelancer FAQ’s does what it says on the tin, answering all of the common questions that a budding Freelance Writer might have. Different professionals in the industry often guest post, providing a wealth of knowledge and a community feel to the site.

My top picks

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Author
Elna Cain


4. The Write Life

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The Write Life aims to turn the journey on the way to becoming a Freelance Writer into a fun one, by offering help and advice to eliminate as much stress and confusion as possible. From their income reports, to how-to’s and SEO strategies, you’re bound to learn something!

My top picks

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Author
Alexis Grant


5. ProBlogger

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If you haven’t yet heard of ProBlogger, then are you even a freelance writer? Well-known particularly for hosting detailed, high quality advertisements on their job board, this site is the go-to resource for any self-respecting freelance writer. Their variety of learning methods, through podcasts, e-books, in-depth tutorials, mean that it won’t be long before you’re a daily visitor.

My top picks

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Author
Darren Rowse


6. Be A Freelance Blogger

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Sophie Lizard’s simplistic, no-nonsense blog content delivers help and advice for young, aspiring writers. Each post comes with bags of enthusiasm and oozes Sophie’s infectious personality, providing a high dose of entertainment alongside practical writing tips.

My top picks

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7. Freelance Writing Gigs

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Another website centred around its highly credited job board is Freelance Writing Gigs. This site collates jobs from a variety of sources, as well as providing business, job-hunting and writing resources in order to help you grow your freelance writing career.

My top picks

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Author
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8. Daily Writing Tips

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Daily Writing Tips publish a new article, you guessed it, every day in order to help budding writers improve their grammar and writing on a technical level. The topics range from spelling and punctuation, to usage and vocabulary, aiming to turn your writing into not only something, but something amazing.

My top picks

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Author
Maeve Maddox


9. BloggingPro

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Very similar to ProBlogger in principle due to being owned by the same media company, BloggingPro currates top quality job advertisements on a daily basis for its popular job board. In addition to being a great job resource, the site also offers an abundance of WordPress tips and an extensive book list to serve as research for freelance writing beginners.

My top picks

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Author
BlPro


10. Aliventures

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The owner of Aliventures, Ali Luke, aims to encourage beginners to “master the art, craft and business of writing” for both fiction and nonfiction purposes. From tips and techniques, to personal development and motivational features, Ali shares her thoughts and experiences to help you be the best writer that you can possibly be.

My top picks

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Author
Ali Luke


11. Make A Living Writing

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Through video tutorials, e-books, and a writers-based community, Make a Living Writing is bursting with practical information and actionable advice for any solopreneur in the making.

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Carol Tice


12. Writing Revolt

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Writing Revolt is one of my personal favorite blogs for freelance writers. Jorden Roper’s no-bullsh*t approach to coaching aspiring writers is just as entertaining as it is helpful. There is certainly no fluff involved, compared to some other sites out there, and it’s just great to be able to laugh while you’re learning!

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Jorden Roper


13. All Freelance Writing

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Featuring a frequently updated job board, alongside a forum for freelance writers, All Freelance Writing (formerly All Indie Writers) is one of the best resources for bloggers wanting to not only build a business, but make it flourish.

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Jenn Mattern


14. Live Write Thrive

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Susanne Lakin is a writing coach and copy-editor who provides online courses to professionals in the writing and editing fields. In addition to handy resources, Live Write Thrive also communicates the latest news and events for the wordsmith community.

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15. Shout Me Loud

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Shout Me Loud is a blog for bloggers with an aim to “liberate every human being from the 9-6 job.” They’re dedicated to providing content that will guide aspiring writers through the blogging process, from conception to monetization.

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16. Lauren Sapala

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The Lauren Sapala blog is mostly educational-based. Lauren offers online courses and coaching tips in order to help her readers improve their writing, build confidence, and empower their creative flame.

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17. Enchanting Marketing

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Henneke Duistermaat is a successful entrepreneur who runs the blog over at Enchanting Marketing. Her enthusiasm and passion for coaching other professionals in this field is infectious, and she provides light-hearted blog posts on writing topics, alongside offering educational online courses.

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Henneke D.


18. CopyBlogger

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Henneke from Enchanting Marketing is actually a frequent guest contributor to Copyblogger: a site whose aim is to teach people how to produce “killer online content.” In addition to offering online courses, they have listicle-type blog posts that are incredibly engaging and valuable to budding freelance writers.

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Author
Brian Clark


19. KissMetrics

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Surely you’ve heard of a (not so) little site called Kissmetrics? If not, then allow me to enlighten you! The Kissmetrics blog provides some of the most practical advice for bloggers there ever was. They focus on content based around analytics, marketing, and testing, in order to primarily help bloggers optimize their growth.

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20. The Write Practice

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The Write Practice has extensive practical tutorials for any type of writer. As well as freebies and fun articles for creative writers, The Write Practice also provides grammar and interviewing tips aplenty.

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Joe Bunting


21. She Writes

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She Writes is, you guessed it, a site for female freelance writers. It is one of the largest online communities for women, whether they are at the beginning stages of their writing careers, or have been in the industry for years. The site has a lovely, personable feel and provides encouragement for every woman currently working in the writing field. Go, girls!

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Author
Kamy Wilcoff


22. About Freelance Writing

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About Freelance Writing is especially aimed at writers in the early stages of freelance writing, giving them all the tools that they need to get their careers off the ground. From helpful books and online courses to job boards, About Freelance Writing serves as the ultimate guide for beginners.

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Author
Anna Wayman


23. Productive Writers

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Three guesses as to what this site champions? That’s right, productivity! Their philosophy is that the more productive you are - not just in terms of learning, but in terms of actual writing - then the higher chance you have at succeeding. Productive Writers’ signature blog post comes in the form of a guidebook, and these guidebooks are based on a range of topics, making you feel well-equipped for your venture into the freelance writing world.

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John Soares


24. The International Freelancer

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The International Freelancer offers shareable posts that are split into four categories, resembling the four different stages of your freelance writing career: “finding the work”, “doing the work”, “running the business” and “living the life”. The site makes it easy for you to search for the help that you need and then receive beneficial advice from the experts.

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25. Write To Done

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Write To Done is unique in the sense that it offers motivational self-help articles, alongside thoughtful freelance writing advice. They put a creative spin on otherwise mundane topics and deliver content that is just as entertaining as it is educational.

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Mary Jaksch


26. Men With Pens

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You might be thinking, like She Writes, Men With Pens is a freelance writing website aimed at a specific gender. And the owner, James Chartrand, is a man. But you’re wrong on both counts. James runs a successful freelance writing business and shares her personal thoughts, experiences and learnings from her own career through the Men With Pens blog.

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27. Rosie Does Digital

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Rosie Does Digital may be a relatively new freelance writing business website, but its content is seriously dreamy. Not only are the posts really advantageous and useful for writing beginners, but the content on the site is beautifully presented. Everything is so pretty and attractive that you can’t help but do the love heart-eyed emoji.

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Wrapping It Up

Whether you decide to check out just one of these blogs, have a peek at a few, or go crazy visiting them all - which FYI might take you all day - I guarantee that you will discover at least one good piece of writing advice.

The trick is to harbor what you learn so that you can apply this information to your own freelance writing career. That way, you’ll become a major success in no time, and then you can share your own expertise. It’s an endless cycle!

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