I am constantly being asked about writing opportunities by eager readers who dream of becoming freelance writers. I’m always quick to point out that a writing career may not be quite what they imagine it to be, but for those who are serious it can open up a world of possibilities.
As a freelance writer, the ProBlogger Jobs board has been part of my home working life for several years now. This article explains why it should also be a part of yours if you are interested in freelance writing.
Table of Contents
- Why Listen To Me?
- Why is ProBlogger Jobs So Good?
- Can You Find Blogging Jobs for Beginners on ProBlogger?
- How does ProBlogger Jobs Work?
- Special Offer
- How to Find Success on ProBlogger Jobs
- Other Sources of Online Writing Jobs
Why Listen To Me?
Like many home workers, I wear several different freelance hats. Sometimes I visit ProBlogger jobs in the hope of finding content writing jobs for myself. On other occasions, I use the platform to recruit other writers – both for my own projects and for those I manage on behalf of clients.
In fact, some of the posts here on HomeWorkingClub.com are written by writers I found on ProBlogger Jobs. They’ve produced great work, as have other writers I’ve recruited there in the past. Unlike many such job boards, this is somewhere where you find a decent level of consistency – both in the quality of the jobs on offer, and in the writers who apply.
What is ProBlogger Jobs?
ProBlogger jobs is an online job board offering content writing gigs. Typically, a handful of new jobs appear on the board each day, posted by all kinds of companies – from startups to established online businesses.
Is ProBlogger Jobs Legit?
Absolutely. ProBlogger Jobs is legit, although you should always do your own due diligence on any individual job before applying.
The site that owns the job board was founded by blogging guru Darren Rowse, who enjoys a solid reputation as an authority within the blogging community. The job board itself has been one of the top marketplaces for blog related jobs for the last 10 years.
ProBlogger Jobs is also very active in trying to ensure that those seeking writing work online do not get scammed. They post warnings about phishing scams and even provide tips for applying safely online.
Why is ProBlogger Jobs So Good?
One of the reasons that ProBlogger Jobs stands out is that anyone wanting to advertise on the job board has to pay to place their advert. (The current cost of this is $75 for a 15-day standard listing).
This immediately filters out most of the “bottom feeders” that people looking for content writing jobs often have to deal with on job boards such as Upwork. Employers have to put their hand in their pocket before they see a single application, making this (largely) a cheapskate free zone.
Somehow this seems to apply to the quality of people who apply for jobs on Problogger Jobs as well. I’ve recruited for several freelance writing roles on the platform in the past. Although I’ve had the inevitable handful of irritating “boilerplate” responses from people who haven’t read the adverts properly, the general standard of applications is good.
If you need help pitching for writing jobs this article will help.
So – good writing jobs AND good writers. What’s not to like?
Can You Find Blogging Jobs for Beginners on ProBlogger?
Most of the jobs on this board are at what I’d describe as intermediate level. The vast majority of advertisers will want to see previous examples of your writing. In addition, many are for specific niches, with technical subjects like cybersecurity particularly well-represented.
Filtering the jobs using “beginner” as a keyword will narrow the results down for you a little but it really won’t help a lot. You will still need to check every advert to see how much experience is required as a writer and/or what knowledge of the niche you are expected to have.
While you may find “entry-level” options on ProBlogger jobs, it’s a better place to look for work once you have at least some experience under your belt, know which niches you want to focus on, and have some work to show off.
There’s plenty you can do to build this experience – write for free to build up some examples, build up a profile on a credible site like Medium, or head for a job board like Upwork and pay your dues there! We have an epic guide to online writing jobs for beginners as well as a detailed article on building a portfolio from scratch.
How does ProBlogger Jobs Work?
ProBlogger Jobs is a simple job board where people who need some copywriting work done can post their requirements. The people can range from individuals setting up new sites (such as myself!) right up to those representing large, well-known companies.
Typically there are three to ten new roles posted each day, so there’s a constant stream of new content writing jobs for those looking for them.
Speaking from experience, people recruiting using this job board do tend to receive a high number of applications, so it’s down to you to make yours stand out if you wish to stand a chance of receiving a response. Getting in soon after the advert is posted helps too.
Do I Need to Register to Apply for Work on ProBlogger Jobs?
No. Anyone can apply for the writing assignments posted on Problogger Jobs. However, it is well worth considering registering with the site. It is FREE and offers numerous benefits to help you apply for and get work.
Writers that register with ProBlogger Jobs now receive a “Candidate Dashboard” where you can upload a resumé, save interesting jobs, and keep a record of what you’ve applied to. All of this functionality is free.
There’s also a new “Premium Candidate Membership” service that essentially advertises your profile to clients. You can choose between $15 for a 90-day period or $45 per year. This allows you to set up your own profile on Problogger, giving clients the ability to find YOU. This is being described to clients posting jobs as follows:
“This Premium Candidate paywall filters a selection of more professional Candidates for you to access.”
It is still early days for this new membership plan, so I can’t yet make a judgement on whether paying to subscribe as a “premium candidate” is worthwhile. ProBlogger has already tweaked the offering a little so that it is no longer paid on a monthly basis and more improvements may still be in the works.
The people at ProBlogger saw my review some time ago, and have been kind enough to extend a special offer for HomeWorkingClub readers.
They’ve produced a 128 page eBook explaining how to find and get blog writing work, and are offering a $5 discount with the code “homeworkingclub.”
How to Find Success on ProBlogger Jobs
As I’ve personally used ProBlogger to find writers on more than one occasion, I can provide some insider tips on how to increase your chance of getting a “bite” from a potential client. Much of this advice is common sense and applies to any kind of job application.
1. Act Quickly
Writing jobs on ProBlogger Jobs regularly get filled within 24 hours, so speed in applying really is important. In order to help you catch relevant jobs as soon as they are posted, you can set up specific email alerts, subscribe to the RSS Feed, or follow ProBlogger on Twitter.
2. Don’t send a lazy application
As we’ve established, ProBlogger Jobs attracts decent writers. This is a board that’s (generally) more about quality than quantity, so you’re not going to be firing out dozens of applications.
Despite this, there are still people who send a copy and pasted application to every job – an application that bears no relevance whatsoever to the posted requirements. These applications are pointless and get ignored.
3. Explain HOW you will help the client
When applying for a job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of starting every sentence with “I….” and proudly declaring everything you’ve done. Concentrate on how your skills and experience translate to what the client needs, rather than listing a load of personal attributes.
4. Read the ad and research the opportunity
The majority of the job ads you’ll find on the ProBlogger board will reveal the website that needs writers. Have a good look at the site in question and be honest about whether it’s right for you.
It makes far more sense to send one well-considered, laser-focussed pitch to a company where you know you’re a good fit, than three halfhearted pitches at random, in the hope that one will stick. Again, I should emphasise that there are VERY good blog writers lurking on ProBlogger Jobs – the competition is strong!
5. Make sure your samples are appropriate
Most employers will want to see writing samples. If you’re applying to write articles about cloud computing, don’t send a load of links to stuff you’ve written about property investment and pet food! Always pick out your best and most appropriate samples.
6. Track your applications
Try not to take too much of a scattergun approach to applying for freelance writing jobs. Keep a log of where you’ve applied, how you pitched, and whether you were successful. The new Candidate Dashboard is a great way to do that.
In time, logging your pitches will help you identify what kind of approaches work and which never receive a response. This is genuine data you can learn from.
Other Sources of Online Writing Jobs
I think by now it should be clear that I am mentioning other marketplaces that offer online writing jobs in order to help you find more work, rather than because there is some issue with Problogger Jobs.
If you are a novice writer then you might want to consider the following:
- Copify – A popular content mill that is easy to get accepted to and has a good flow of work to help you build up your experience.
- WriterAccess – A content marketing agency that offers a variety of writing assignments.
Writers of all levels can find work on freelancing platforms such as Upwork and PeoplePerHour or even on LinkedIn. However, if you are looking for something more akin to ProBlogger Jobs you could try :
- FreelanceWritingJobs – This site has a job board that provides a daily posting of new writing gigs sourced from various places across the web.
- WriteJobs – This site lists writing jobs, writing contests and requests for submissions.
Writers with more experience and a decent portfolio might want to try their luck with some of the following:
- ClearVoice – A good source of well-paying writing clients but you must have a good enough portfolio to get accepted in the first place.
- Contently – You can set up a portfolio and the site will contact you if you are a good match for one of their clients.
- nDash – This site is a little different as you are free to pitch ideas to brands. I have found some good clients on nDash.
As you will have gathered, I’m quite a fan of ProBlogger Jobs.
Problogger Jobs is particularly relevant nowadays because I’ve been increasingly hearing of writers struggling to get accepted for Upwork.
Although I obviously prefer the times when my own projects are keeping me in the manner to which I’m accustomed(!), freelance work is such that there will always be peaks and troughs.
When I hit one of those troughs, ProBlogger Jobs is one of my first ports of call on the hunt for new writing work – I strongly recommend you make it one of yours too. You’ll find the site here, and don’t forget to check out the new book too.
Need more options? This jumbo list of the 52 best freelance websites will give you plenty!
Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com – Ben has worked freelance for nearly 20 years. As well as being a freelance writer and blogger, he is also a technical consultant with Microsoft and Apple certifications. He loves supporting new home workers but is prone to outbursts of bluntness and realism.