Creating content for marketing your business takes effort. You have to figure out what your target audience might be interested in, come up with a topic, do some research, write, edit and proof. So when you do go to the trouble of creating content, you want to make it stretch as far as reasonably possible — without degenerating into spam. Essentially, you want to write once and publish multiple times. As a business coach, I create and share a lot of content as a way of promoting my services.
Lead magnets (aka “buzz pieces”) are useful tools for freelancers. As a freelance professional, they can help you:But recognizing their value doesn’t make them any easier to create. Getting your lead magnet done is something that can sit in your docket for months — if not years. It’s a constant and unforgiving nag that’s both frustrating and overwhelming. The secret to FINALLY publishing your lead magnet is to break the process into smaller steps and assign manageable timelines.
Freelancer writers come in all stripes and sizes. We have different backgrounds. Different work experiences. And different motivations for doing the work we do. But one thing the vast majority of us have in common is a distaste for (or outright fear of) networking. Which is a problem, given that networking (when done well) is a fruitful way of finding new clients. But in reality, many freelancers would prefer to have their wisdom teeth pulled rather than attend another networking event.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".