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Job Board: Paid to Blog Jobs
About the creator: Tom Ewer is a professional blogger. His blog, Leaving Work Behind, helps people build successful cubicle-free careers, with an emphasis on freelance writing and blogging businesses.
Price: The site offers three payment options as well as a money-back guarantee for the first 28 days:
- Monthly payments: $30
- Quarterly payments: $77 (over the course of a year, you’ll pay $52 less than if you chose the monthly payment option)
- Yearly payments: $260 ($100 less than if you chose the monthly payment option)
Who It’s For: Paid to Blog Jobs is mainly for beginner to intermediate-level freelance bloggers. More experienced bloggers might find many of the advertised rates lower than those they’re used to.
What It Will Help You Do: Because the site features new jobs every day in a variety of niches, it’ll save you a lot of time looking for regular blogging gigs.
I haven’t gone for more than three days without finding at least one client I wanted to pitch, and the variety in niches and topics is impressive. As I write this post, I can see one ad for New York Rangers fan bloggers, and another for gold investment writers.
The site also features effective guides on how to pitch your services to potential clients and how to pitch guest posts to busy editors, saving you time, effort and anxiety if you haven’t created a template email yet. While I had been landing gigs on my own before, I’ve switched to Tom’s template and I find it quite effective.
- A database of writing jobs, updated daily
- A list of blogs that pay for guest posts
- Detailed pitching guides
- The chance to have your pitch reviewed before sending it (a feature I haven’t used yet, but look forward to trying!)
- A tutorial on how to best use the site
The Best Part: It makes it going through ads and applying for jobs so efficient that the process becomes fun. I wouldn’t be able to say the same for any other job board I’ve used, paid or free.
What Would Make It Even Better: I’d love to see better-paying jobs, and a longer, more diverse list. While the board includes jobs in many niches, it would be great to see more opportunities to write about different topics.
Occasionally, an ad will offer more than $100 for a post, but you need to read the ads carefully if you’re hoping to get a byline on a specific site. Some of the business owners are actually looking for you to place guest posts in other publications as opposed to writing for their own websites.
A final, small opportunity for improvement: Sometimes it’s hard to track down an email address to apply to a job. If the ad’s from another job site and the ad doesn’t include the email address, you might have to register for the other job site to see the poster’s contact information. Eliminating this hassle would add to the convenience of PBJ, but it’s not a major sticking point.
How It Changed My Life: In addition to making the process of looking for blogging jobs fun and easy, Paid to Blog Jobs has helped me connect with great clients.
I’ve lined up recurring work with one client I found there, and another editor requested a follow-up submission after I sent in my pitch. So far, I haven’t had any problems with clients I’ve found through PBJ.
I made a profit in my first month using the job board, so I would definitely recommend it to freelance writers who are looking for more blogging work.
Our Recommendation: If you’re a freelance writer looking for new blogging clients, give PBJ a try.
It can help you find gigs quickly, build experience in a new niche or improve your negotiation skills. While it might not be the best choice for more experienced bloggers, it certainly offers many opportunities for new and intermediate freelancers.
Have you tried Paid to Blog Jobs? Tell us about your experience!