ebook special offer

Tools For The Freelance Technical Writer

Working as a freelance technical writer is a great career move for people looking for legitimate work at home jobs. 

If you have experience in a technical topic and are good at making this understandable to less technical people then this could be worth considering.

As a technical writer you will probably consult with people working with software, computer systems, engineering, architecture or science.

Much of the technical writing you will do will be intended for an online audience and there are a few tools you can use to make the work you present to clients stand out.

Writing Keyword Optimized Web Copy

You will make a great impression on your clients if you can write keyword optimized web copy that will help potential customers to find their sites.

Some great keyword research tools for the freelance technical writer include:

All of these work in much the same way. You type in a keyword that interests you and can see at a glance how much advertiser or search demand there is for that keyword and what related keywords exist.

This helps you use those keywords in the copy you write for your clients and could help them achieve a higher search engine ranking. Don't stuff your copy with keywords though, as search engines will penalize the site.

Use tools such as Live Keyword Analysis or Textalyser to keep your keyword count at below 2 per cent of the total word count.

Note: There are premium (paid) versions of many of these keyword tools. However, the Site Build It! hosting and marketing package includes excellent keyword research tools called "Brainstorm It!

Some of the research is drawn from Wordtracker. For more information about the tools and resources included in SBI!, check out Compare SiteSell.

photographer editing digital photos

Use Images To Illustrate The Content

Technical writers can also score brownie points with clients by finding low-cost or free images that they can use to illustrate their content.

There are several resources you can use or highlight to your clients. Pixabay and Unsplash.com are a good sources of free high quality images. 

Other sites to consider include:

  • Compfight (a Flickr search engine where you can specify Creative Commons images), 
  • Morguefile (where most photos can be used free of charge and without attribution), 
  • FreePixels (which has great background images but a smaller range than other sites), and 
  • Stock.xchang (another stock photography site).

These are useful resources for the freelance technical writer. 


Have Tips about Freelance Technical Writing or Keyword Research to Share?

Do you have a great story or tips about these topics? Share them here!



New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Return from Freelance Technical Writer to Freelance Work Guide

Amazon Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 


Follow Us On:
facebook twitter






Freelancer Union
Blog Post
Freelancers Union Blog

Get important news and free guides to build a better freelancing business.


To Read The Back Issues Of This Newsletter Click HERE



NEWLY PUBLISHED
eBooks


How to Be Self-Employed: A Freelance Work from Home Guide




FREELANCERS’ 20 Critical Steps for Retirees and Women Starting Out





SBI!


Check Out the Mums Business Directory


Our Recent Articles

  1. Why SEO Matters For Small Business Websites?

    Sep 06, 20 10:06 AM

    Do you have a small business and want to grow your business website then SEO is the best option for you? Check out why SEO is important for your business.

    Read More

  2. Useful Tips for Freelancing Parents

    Aug 25, 20 07:11 AM

    How can parents make freelancing work? Here are some useful tips for freelancing parents to help balance freelancing and parenting well.

    Read More

  3. Step by Step Guide for Students to Start Freelancing

    Jul 11, 20 11:55 PM

    Starting out freelancing as a student without a guide can be tough and this article helps students starting the freelancing journey.

    Read More

Visit Freelance Work Guide Blog



Udemy Generic 125x125