It should come as no surprise that there is a constant high demand for quality content online. Businesses, blogs, and blogs as businesses have all discovered that content marketing is one of the most effective ways to drive traffic and generate targeted sales leads. As a result, professional bloggers are needed in abundance.
Unfortunately, good bloggers are hard to find and as a result the expectations of potential hirers (especially when it comes to a blogger’s perceived value) varies drastically from job to job. In my opinion this has created an illusion for many that “there’s no money in blogging” when in fact there’s quite a lot of money in blogging for those who know what they’re doing…and where to look (or not look) for new work.
9 of The Best Job Boards for Bloggers
The job boards I’ve listed below are great places to find new work. Some of them require a small monthly fee, but most are free. In my experience at least, the few that do charge are worth it. In the space of a few days chances are you’ll have earned whatever money you spent back – and much more. That is assuming you’re taking advantage of all the job listings and applying regularly.
So dive in, have fun, and make some money!
1. Freelance Switch
4. Simply Hired
5. Freelance Writing Gigs
6. Blogger Jobs
8. Blogging Pro
Some Job Boards for Bloggers to Avoid
Most of you are probably familiar with the three site names listed below. I haven’t linked to them because I’m serious about my recommendation – they’re not worth using.
Craigslist isn’t worth using because there is too much white noise to compete with. The few quality jobs posted are lost in an avalanche of garbage.
On sites like oDesk and Elance though you will find a lot of attractive sounding gigs…but the pay will be horrible. In general, avoid any site or service that attempts to aggregate content or content providers for others. They don’t value your skills and their entire goal is to get your work for as cheap as possible while taking a cut off the top.
I’m confident that if you’re working the job boards above, you’re going to get work. The challenge will be turning some of those one-time gigs into repeat customers.
To do that you’ll have to be consistent and provide real value to those who hire you. That’s where the average bloggers get left in the dust (or simply spinning their wheels doing lots of cheap blog posts) while the really good bloggers begin to actually blog less, but for higher rates.
I plan on writing more posts like this in the future as well as some follow-ups that describe email templates you can use that have worked for me when soliciting work. If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss those be sure to sign up for my email updates. And if you have any questions about this post, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Nathan B Weller