Leah Zitter

Leah Zitter

How I Upped My Writing Income By Using Three Barely-Known Search Engines

WritersWeekly.com | January 10th, 2016 | http://freelancersmarket.com/how-i-upped-my-writing-income-by-using-three-barely-known-search-engines/

Three years ago, I was a disgruntled writer. I obsessively followed websites such as WritersWeekly.com and paid so-called experts who promised me thousands of dollars were I to pay hundreds for their advice.

I marketed myself. I networked. I specialized. I paid $20 for a website and $150 for a designer. I created a blazing resume, answered relevant ads and scripted marketing that followed AIWA’s latest hints on copy writing. The problem, I soon noticed, was that everyone was going my way. In other words, I followed Monsters, Indeed, sometimes FlexJobs, ProBlogger, Freelancewriting.com. I accessed Craigslist and found its jobs duplicated on other sites. I used Google Alerts and those same jobs popped up. Respondents would tell me that hundreds of writers had approached them. Most rolled down to the lowest bidder or selected breath-taking applicants. Jobs that I approached closed within hours.

I decided to reverse direction and dig up hidden jobs.

Three barely known search engines helped me

Metasearch.com - Best of the best. Metasearch is created for trawling the hidden web. The hidden, or invisible, web refers to those links that escape Google largely because their sites are too small or because they are password-protected. Examples include Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, locked company websites, forums, or some tiny job niche boards. Many of these sites advertise largely unseen jobs. Metasearch brings up a lot of these ads — squeezed between scams and the usual eLance bid. More than once, I have been one of only three applicants. Also more than once, I have snagged barely visible ‘new magazine’ writing opportunities. Note: Metasearch brings you to Topsy. Use Topsy tweets for best results — although play around with the engine’s other tools, too.

Icerocket.com — Another favorite. Meltwater Icerocket digs up hidden writing jobs on blog posts whose owners or visitors are looking for writers. Type in search terms such as ‘paid assignment’ or ‘looking for writer + paid’.

IceRocket’s Big Buzz feature helps you search various known and lesser known social media sites. Again, fiddle around with keywords and set aside time for sleuthing. IceRocket’s advanced search may help you to whittle your results by date and niche. This article gives you more tips on how to use this wonderful engine.

Socialmention.com — SocialMention helps you search for jobs in microblogs too. You may want to add the Bookmarks and Questions option in the drop-down box: You never know what pops up. Or simply use ‘All’. You can sort by date or source; set RSS alerts; and see similar keywords. Best of all, employ the Advanced Search Option. In short, play around with the site. It is a manna of surprises.

Want to ‘up’ your writing load? Use these search engines. They can help you with marketing; research; employment; publicity; writing opportunities.

And maybe, just maybe, entrenching your name as the next generation’s Charles Dickens!

Why not?

All is possible when you escape the competition….