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In the Mapping Megan episode:

Want to make cash for posting articles on your blog? Megan Jerrad from makes a full time income from writing on her blog. She shares her top tips for finding paid assignments and how much you should charge for your words.

Feature Topics in this episode:

  • The importance of making direct contact with readers/listeners
  • How to know what to write about to get people loving your content
  • How to know if someone likes your pitch, without having to ask them
  • What are sponsored posts and how do you make an income from sponsored posts
  • How to avoid being google slapped and losing your page rankings.
  • How to avoid pissing off readers when publishing lots of sponsored content
  • How to choose what sponsored content is right for your site
  • Guest posting for exposure
  • What are contact swaps and why should you do them
  • Getting covered in puffin shit in Iceland
  • Pitch to big blogs for paid writing work
  • Is it easier to be a freelance writer than it used to be?
  • How much should you charge for freelance writing?
  • How to know if sponsored posts you get offered are spammy?
  • Should you charge more to include a social media campaign with each guest post
  • How to find a PR Agent who will get you sponsored post work
  • Having a template of prices so you can respond to PR quickly
  • How to get the word out that you are accepting guest posts
  • How to avoid “Super Hero Syndrome” and free up work time



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How to become a housesitting pro in just 3 months.

TBEX – The Largest Travel bloggers event in the world.

MONDAY TOOL: Sidekick by Hubspot


Chris Ducker – the founder and CEO of Virtual Staff Finder and the Live2Sell Group of Companies

Gary Arndt – Everything Everywhere

The Mid Game – PR Network – connect with influencers.

LAN Airlines

Cision – PR software and services including content marketing, media monitoring, media list building, distribution

The Real Name of Bangkok – “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”

Which Means…….

“The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”

Matt Gibson – Newsletter for finding PR leads and guest post opportunities


Mapping Megan

Our Guest: Mapping Megan



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