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Freelance writing jobs: 25 sites that pay for guest posts
Daily Finance
Want to get your freelance writing career off the ground? One smart strategy is to write guest posts for blogs and online publications. Not only do these posts often pay better than content mill writing, they're also good ways to get your byline in front of more people. A thoughtful guest post might get you an invitation to write for another client, or it might earn you a few more Facebook and Twitter followers. The more guest posts you write, the more you can build your career, your authority and your audience. But how do you find sites ready to pay decent rates for quality guest posts? Here are 25 sites that pay for guest blog posts to help you get started.
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7 creative ways you can use branded content on Instagram
Econsultancy
Instagram has become the social network of the moment as our appetite for content has shifted dramatically from words to visual. So what are you waiting for? Unleash the power of Instagram! Here are seven techniques your brand should use to tell its story in 2015.
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10 tips for writing your 1st technical book
Electronic Design
It seems like everyone at some point in their lives wants to be a writer. You have things to say, and you need a way to say them to a large audience. That's why blog writers are so abundant today. Some of you also have probably thought that you should write a book. Many of you have at least one book in you, so why not dream of writing it? It is not an easy thing to do, and you won't automatically become rich and famous. Nevertheless there are still some attractive payoffs.
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5 rules for writing software requirements
TechWhirl
Dan Goldstein writes: "This is a brief article, so I'll skip the debate over about whether detailed software requirements are (a) the cornerstone of all better-than-awful software or (b) a stumbling block for gazelle-like coders. Either way, in my world (medical devices), there is no debate: FDA insists that your requirements be detailed enough to ensure that the software works the way the user expects it to. So if you have the good fortune to be tasked with writing software requirements, here are some helpful rules."
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How to create a referral engine that keeps business coming
Skyword
If you don't have a steady stream of customers or clients coming in, your business isn't really a business because you're not lined up for success. Likewise, finding yourself pawing the pages of the Internet for new jobs and opportunities is a surefire sign that it's time to take your career to the next level. But how? Start a referral engine. You might have the most beautiful website in the world, but if you don't have clients coming to you, you're doomed. This, of course, sounds terrifying. Fortunately, generating a network of referrals and connections is easier, and a lot less scary, than you might think. Here's how to do it.
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API Webinar Series Starts 4 February with 'Introduction to API Technical Writing'

Have you ever wondered what API technical writers do and how they go about it? Perhaps you'd like to move into developer-focused documentation yourself and just need some tips on getting started. Join Sarah Maddox in the first webinar in our API Webinar Series as she discusses what an API is and demonstrates some easy-to-use APIs that you can play with later yourself. Examine examples of API documentation and gather some ideas on getting started in this field. Then make sure to sign up for our follow-up webinars, "Documenting Java and C++ APIs" (25 February) and "Helping the Code Tell the Story: How to Present Effective Code Samples" (18 March).
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Go for the Gold! Save Money and Get Extra Benefits with a Gold STC Membership

Join STC today for 2015 with the Gold Value Package to take advantage of quick and built-in access to extra education and networking to advance your career. Pay once and have access to the resources you need when you need them. Receive 10 print issues of the monthly Intercom magazine directly at your door, a Gold member exclusive for 2015. You will also receive five free webinars; one free chapter membership; 20 percent off all online courses; membership in all Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including the new Agile SIG; and the Early Bird rate to the 2015 Summit any time of year. All told, the Gold Value Package is more than an $800 value!
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Deadline Extended! Tell A Colleague and Win: Member Get a Member In Full Swing

Is there someone you know that would benefit from STC membership? Why not invite them to join? Many of our members find out about STC from another member. Who do you know that should be an STC member? Refer or recruit a new member by 15 February and be entered to win great prizes! See www.stc.org/mgam for more details on how you can win. For recruitment tips, links, and more information, click "more" below or contact membership at membership@stc.org. Thanks to all the members who have already joined or renewed for 2015!
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Summit Education Program Announced; Early Bird Pricing Ends This Saturday, 31 January

We are pleased to announce that the full list of Summit education sessions is now posted! While all exact dates and times have not been solidified yet, we hope this gives you a better idea of what sort of educational opportunities you can expect at this year's conference. Don't forget to mark on Lanyrd.com that you'll be attending so you can see who else is going far in advance of the event. Now that you know who will be speaking and on what topics, what reason is there to delay registering any longer? Best of all, if you register before this Saturday, 31 January, you can still lock in the super low early bird rate of $875! But don't delay--if you register after Saturday, you'll pay $1075. Register now!
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6 ways to find content ideas for your blog even if you work in a boring industry
Business 2 Community
Content marketing and blogging are key for any business — they help drive relevant traffic, increase visibility in search and demonstrate industry expertise and thought leadership — which in turn can increase your chances of converting customers. Coming up with blog post ideas can be a challenge, and it's even harder for those of us who don't work for a famous fashion brand, the latest hot restaurant or an innovative tech company. With that in mind, here are six ways to find blog post inspiration.
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Top 7 Web design tips to help your website load faster
Small Business Trends
The primary aim of a well-planned Web design strategy is to create a unique user experience. It must be an experience that's unparalleled and that will make the visitors return to your website time and again. And for that, it's essential to have a website that loads fast. But how can you alter your Web design to get the best results in terms of speed of your website?
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7 ways writing by hand can save your brain
Mashable
Our tech-dependent society has put keyboards at the tips of our fingers at all times, from our smartphones to our laptops. But when was the last time you wrote by hand? Science shows that handwriting can benefit our minds in a number of ways.
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How to bolster credibility in content marketing
Business 2 Community
Are you credible? Is your content trustworthy? If not, your brand's credibility is sure to suffer. "As a writer and editor, I've learned that backing up your content with sources is essential. But it's not enough to just use any source — credible sources are the backbone to creating trustworthiness. This coincides with a recent study conducted by Kentico Software, which reported that on average, 49 percent of readers check an article's fact(s) with other sources. If they cannot verify the content's claims, 46 percent of the readers will lose trust in said content," writes Cathy Flanagan.
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