How to write a freelance resume?

How to write a freelance resume?

Trust.

Your freelancing resume should try to build trust with the clients.

There are many incompetent / just for money / machine language / marketing template speech companies. People are tired of them.

They want human touch. They want to be sure you will stay for long time.

1. Add a good, smiling, casual profile photo of your “face”.

Adds credibility. People feel friendly. A client said my profile photo prompted him to award a project !

2. Tell your first name.

A short nick name is plus. Don’t hide under some stupid company name, designation.

3. Start a blog on your expertise.

Link to it from your resume. They will know that you are not here just for the money. Many clients liked my blog, came through my blog before taking a decision to hire me.

4. Talk.

Don’t just present bullet points, figures. Try to explain briefly who you are, why you do this work and how you enjoy it.

5. Present the best of your portfolio.

Highlight what favorable results your work produced.

Example:

Bad – I did SEO for so and so companies.

Good – I did SEO for this site. This increased PageRank so much. Got 1,000+ new visitors. Increased the sales x %. These were the strategies I adopted….

6. Give Contact info. Phone, Email and Skype.

Clients search for suitable freelancers even before posting a job. They like to discuss and will even invite you exclusively to take the job.

Elance beginners FAQ

1. Can you make money in Elance?

Yes. I do 🙂

2. Won’t they cheat you without paying?

No. Before you start the work, the client will deposit the project money with Elance. So, no client can run away after you finish the work.

3. What kind of work can I find in Elance?

Mostly, jobs which you can do using a computer. See the Elance work index.

4. Should I become a paid member?

Yes. You can only apply for 3 small projects per month with free membership. This is not enough. Before you win first project, you may have to apply for many jobs. With paid individual membership, you can apply for 20 small jobs (less than 500 USD budget). Also, you will get a free withdrawal each month. If you are a free member, you will have to pay for withdrawal.

5. How much can you earn?

It depends on how many hours you work, what your skill set is, how big an expert you are 🙂 I know freelancing friends who make more than 1000 USD per month working at least 8 hours a day.

6. Should you bid very cheap to win projects?

No. For the first few projects, just quote the average bid price. Not very high not very low. Once you establish your expertise, people will be ready to pay more for your expertise. Money is not the only deciding factor for all clients. Actually, you should avoid clients who will decide just based on the money and don’t see any value in your work.

7. How many projects should I bid? It seems tough competition?

Keep bidding until you win. Seriously. Once you get the first project, it will be easy after that. I got my first project in 15th bid after trying for a month.

8. How about other freelancing sites?

Elance is a leading freelancing site. I am very pleased with it. Never tried anything else.

9. Can I do part time freelancing?

Why not? I have a friend who does it part time while working a day job. Just make sure you don’t take too many projects and mess up. But, I have seen people who have a regular job not having the motivation to try enough.

10. Which job gives more money?

This is not a right question. Know what you are skilled at and try to improve it. Find places where there is a need for your skill. It may not be even Elance.

You cannot succeed big time or in the long run if you just do it for money. There are people who charge 5 USD per hour and 250 USD per hour in the same niche. So, for any kind of work, if you improve your expertise you can earn more.

SEO beginners FAQ

SEO beginners FAQ

1. How to get listed in Google?

Read How to get listed in Google

2. How many search engines should I get listed?

It doesn’t make sense to submit to 100s of search engines. Your most of the traffic will come from Google. So it is enough if you get listed in Google, Yahoo and Bing ( MSN Live) – the three major search engines. If your site depends on business from local, submit to popular search engines and directories in your locality and niche.

3. How much should I pay for getting listed?

Getting listed in Google and many other leading search engines is free. Don’t pay anyone.

4. How can I make my site rank in first page of Google?

If you just want to rank for your site name, and if your site name is very unique, you will automatically rank in the front page. But if your name is not unique and you are aiming for a highly competitive term, you need to optimize your site for search engines.

5. SEO?

SEO means search engine optimization. Meaning, you need to understand how search engines work and design your site accordingly. It is the art and science of coding your site well, writing smart content and getting a reputation online. Search for “SEO” in Google and read some basic stuff.

6. Where can I learn SEO?

There are 1000s of sites teaching SEO. It is easy to get lost and confused by contradictory concepts, SEO myths. I recommend reading the following websites to know more about SEO.

* SEO Book

* Daily SEO Blog

* Google SEO Guide

7. How much time will it take to learn SEO?

You can learn the basic stuff in a week. But, this is a highly evolving field and million dollar competitive industry. If you want to be a professional SEO offering SEO services, then better spend hours everyday 🙂 It is best to start SEOing your own sites, experiment and learn.

8. Should I pay others for SEO? How much should I pay?

If you want immediate results and not good at tech stuff, better get a SEO expert. The payment depends on how competitive is the term you are aiming for, what are the results you want and whom you are hiring. There are many self-proclaimed SEO experts who will offer you package services for a very low rate. Please be warned about them. There are many black hat SEO techniques (meaning it is like fooling the search engines in short term) which will get you banned from search engines sooner or later. Also be warned that some may charge you very high for simple services actually. So, study the market scenario before you decide to pay.

9. How to find a good SEO expert?

* See if he does nothing but SEO. SEO is a very demanding field. If he she does too many things and offers SEO as just one of the services, I doubt his expertise.

* See if his own site ranks well in search engines.

* Ask him examples of few competitive terms he ranked well for.

* Ask for the procedures he will apply to get you better ranking.

10. What will be the best SEO strategy?

Honest. Natural. Smart. Organic. Natural. Patient. Focus on single topic. Build friendships and reputation online.
Good luck for better SEO 🙂

How to get listed in Google?

How to get listed in Google?

1. Create a useful site with at least 10 pages of comprehensive, unique and useful content.

2. Use a content management system like WordPress. WordPress takes care of 80% of the SEO mechanics ( See slides 11 and 12)

3. Add a xml sitemap. If you use WordPress, Google XML sitemaps works great.

4. Link to the site by a new article from your already indexed sites. Try to get as many new article links from your friends online. The higher their PageRank the better. This is the most guranteed method to get your site indexed. I have got my newly launched sites indexed and ranking in Google just within hours of launch following this method.

5. If you are new online and find it hard to get links from others: Find forums, blogs related to your topic and leave meaningful comments. This will get you some links and help you make valuable friends who will give you links in future.

6. Read and follow Google SEO guide

7. If nothing works you can try Google Add URL and add your site to Google Webmaster central and implement any suggestions they provide.
Good luck getting listed 🙂

SEO Article Writing

Article writing with SEO (Search engine optimization) in mind:

1. Have short, to the point article titles. Place your important keywords at the beginning of the title.

2. Remove non-keywords, common words from the article URL.

(For WordPress ) In a post’s edit view, under the article title, you have an option to edit permalink. Pleas edit it to include only the keywords. You can leave out insignificant and common words like “how”, “to”, “for” etc.,

3. Always define or summarize the main theme of the article in first paragraph. The sooner you have the main keywords in the article, the better.

4. When you refer to your previous articles, link to them by descriptive text. A link saying “improve golf success” is better than a link saying “click here to see”.

5. Categorize and tag your articles well with keywords. Be liberal with keywords. But, it is better to use only one broad category.

6. Link to external useful information sources on the article topic.

7. Bold the keywords and important content. Please take care that you don’t over do this.

8. At the end of article, link to a list of related articles from the same website and your other websites.

9. Publish articles regularly with a predictable interval.

10. Pack your article with as much info you can. The more informative, exhaustive, comprehensive the better. Think if your article is worth linking by an unknown person. Improve it until you feel so.

11. Please genuinely participate, comment in other people’s forums and blogs. The more you mingle with the community the better it is for SEO.