John Gordon Ross

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Writing, Copywriting and Blogging

This page is about writing in the sense of more-or-less professional writing of substantial amounts of text. So it is not concerned with language doubts (like when to use ‘it’s’ or ‘its’ or whether a singular collective noun can take a plural verb form – try the Language Stuff page if that’s what you’re interested in), or advertising copywriting, which is a subworld all of its own. These are my favourite writing and copywriting feeds, plus a couple for those looking for writing gigs:


Get–and Keep–Attention with Custom Content Marketing

Posted 5 weeks ago

The Internet is deluged with new articles, videos, and images every day. People don’t have to go far to get something new to look at it—and most of the time, it’s being shared en masse on their social feeds. To rise above the noise, you have to offer something special. Once you’ve captured the attention of a person, you need … [Link]

9 Ways to Maximize Your Reddit Marketing

Posted 6 weeks ago

Reddit is an online hub where people shares links, content, and stories. Every post made has the potential to generate user discussion, too. While Reddit as a community doesn’t respond kindly to direct advertising or marketing, it can still be a useful place to get the word out about your site, product or service. Just go about it the right … [Link]

Tips for Getting in the Google Local 3-Pack

Posted 12 weeks ago

Once upon a time, there were seven results in each Google search that returned location-based business listings. In 2015, however, Google changed how they display results and cut the listings down to three that appear at the top of the search results. Being one of the listings in the local ‘3-pack’ is invaluable for your business as you seek to … [Link]


Clickbait, Insomnia, and Writing Fears … Nevermore

Posted 4 days ago

You can tell we’re heading into Halloween — around the blog, our thoughts have been turning to topics dark and creepy. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman brought up a thorny question — is it okay to use all of those fiendishly effective headline techniques, or do we run the risk of turning our content into “clickbait?” Read More… The post Clickbait, … [Link]

What’s Your Worst Writing Fear? Dread and Trepidation from Our Editorial Team

Posted 5 days ago

It seems straightforward enough. We human beings are innately verbal creatures. Writing is just taking the language we dream, think, and speak in, and arranging the words on some paper or a computer screen. So why is it so hard sometimes? I think it’s because the same inventive brains that gave us Harry Potter, A Read More… The post What’s … [Link]

The Best Place to Consistently Find Winning Content Ideas

Posted 6 days ago

For the fourth night in a row, I woke up at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of a bird outside my window squawking in a unique, almost understated, way that echoed through my apartment as a clicking noise. On this particular night, I was accompanied by a pounding headache — but neither Squawking-Clicking Bird nor Read More… The post The … [Link]

WritersWeekly Trivia Question for 04/13/2017

Posted 6 months ago

Question for 04/19/2017: According to last week’s issue of – List FIVE companies that fall under the corporate umbrella of Author Solutions. Send your answer through the contact form here. You must be a subscriber to participate in the weekly contests. Subscribe (it’s free!). NOTE: ONLY ONE WINNER PER HOUSEHOLD PER CALENDAR QUARTER, PLEASE. THIS WEEK’S PRIZE: A … [Link]

Freelance Writing and Photography Jobs – 04/18/2017

Posted 6 months ago

NEED WRITERS, BLOGGERS, EDITORS, AUTHORS, OR OTHER CREATIVE FOLKS?? We’ll post your ad on WritersWeekly FOR FREE. Please complete THIS FORM. Freelance Associate Editor – with SEO/Content Marketing Experience Propecta Freelance 508 Compliance Editor – Pays $30/hour. recruiter Freelance Business Analyst/Writer – Pays $40-$50/hour business brokerage/merger and acquisition firm Freelance Full-time Professional Science Ghostwriter blind ad Freelance Advertorial Writer – … [Link]

Letters and Comments for 04/19/2017

Posted 6 months ago

COMMENTS FOR: Brian Takes His “Home Office” on the High Seas! – Days 12 -15 I can see why you hated being chained to a desk. There are no alligators or dolphins to photograph in an office and no shallow water to navigate. I (and no doubt countless others) am vicariously enjoying your action-filled adventure on the High Seas. -mctag2015 … [Link]

Jobs full feed |

Reporter – – William Reed Business Media – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Posted 2 years ago

An opportunity has arisen for a multi-media reporter to join the editorial team on our recently launched website Part of the highly regarded William Reed Business Media digital portfolio, this brand new global product will not only feature news, but to differentiate ourselves from the competition we will develop and deliver audio podcasts, video, image galleries, infographics along with … [Link]

Reporter – Ocean Media Group – London, England

Posted 2 years ago

Inside Housing, one of the UK’s top business magazines, is searching for a talented reporter to join its award-winning news team. The politics around housing, welfare reform and the growing poverty gap are dominating the national news agenda so this is a great opportunity for a news hound with a keen interest in politics and social affairs to make a … [Link]

Freelance Reporter (German speaking) – SNL Financial LC – London, England

Posted 2 years ago

SNL Financial, a premier sector-focused news and information provider, is looking for a top-notch German speaking Freelance Reporter with experience covering the European Banking industry. This freelance reporter position plays an important role in the compilation of the morning Daily Dose, a summary of news from around the European financial sector, emailed to clients around the world at 8 a.m. … [Link]


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