How To Make Your Screenplay Valuable
Do you know how to make your screenplay valuable? If you were able to sign up and read my free guide, then you probably know that I’ve advised you to make you screenplay valuable. I suggested youtube, blogging, and podcasting as a means of building a following which you can then turn into support for your personal projects. That probably lead most of you asking how. Well, in this blog post I’m going to break down how to make your screenplay valuable using the method that I’m doing; blogging.
What Is Blogging?
Blogging is writing, photography and other media self published to the internet.
It consists of discrete, informal diary style entries arranged in reverse chronological order so that the most recent entry is first.
Why You Should Blog
Blogging is a gateway to what you seek, but it requires a bit of work. Don’t be discouraged though as these 5 reasons will entice you to start your own blog.
1. Inspire Your Audience
It’s a satisfying feeling being able to inspire an audience through writing. It gives you the drive to do it more. You have some influence over people when they respond to you in positive ways.
You can inspire people in a number of ways as a blogger.
Vision being able to use your words to inspire people to:
- Improve their lives
- Make them more productive
- Create something awesome
- Help people
All this is able to be done through the power of your blog.
2. Improve Your Writing Ability
Your ability to write is impacted by starting a blog, which is self explanatory.
It might feel awkward and slightly alien starting out, but as you get into the groove of writing, you’ll realize it gets easier. You’ll develop a style that’s uniquely you as the words begin to flow with greater efficiency.
You’ll get a better idea of what people respond to by writing often. Helping you write more about what people love to read stretches your creativity. That translates into a larger audience as a result.
3. Learn New Skills
New skills and abilities can be learned by blogging. Here’s a list of them that I’ve picked up along the way:
- WordPress Design
- Writing for different people
- SEO practices
- Web graphic creation
- Email marketing
- Social media marketing
- Content managing
- Website hosting
It’s not only through building and managing a blog that you can learn. You can build knowledge through the content that you write about.
4. Build Your Brand
You build more authority the more you write about a subject. Building an online brand demands that you have an authority in your niche.
You’ll become recognizable in the community by providing value to readers.
You’ll be the blogger everyone seeks advice from. They’ll know your knowledge and guidance is worth obtaining.
Your online brand is a springboard for transitioning your blog into something bigger such as how to make your screenplay valuable.
5. Generate Money
You’re probably most interested in this the most. Yes, lots of people are earning a living through their blog, and you can too.
Damn, I sound like an infomercial.
While it’s possible, it’s not easy. The people you see having success as bloggers have been honing their craft for years. They’ve been experimenting and testing things to see what works best.
The long hours of work goes hand in hand with the years of hustle.
Selling your services through your blog requires you to build a following that targets the people most likely to hire you.
Be prepared to work long and hard for it whichever route you go down.
How To Write A Blog Post
Knowing how to write a blog post is essential to your success. The goal should be to get your blog post ranked on page one.
In order to do that, you have to perform keyword research. A keyword is a word that is put into a search engine that people are searching for.
In many cases you’ll be using long tail keywords to rank. Long tail keywords are a group of words as opposed to one.
There are websites like ubersuggest and ahrefs where you can check to see what keywords are right to use.
Keywords with high volume and low keyword difficulty are the words you should target. Typically, you want to aim for a keyword difficulty of less than 20.
Personally, I started writing for keywords less than 5 and had fairly low volume. The reason why I did that was because since there was such low competition, it made it easier to rank and build domain authority.
Gradually, I started going for higher difficulty words. The established domain authority with less competitive words would make it easier to compete for the more difficult ones.
Once you’ve got your keyword, you want to search that keyword on google and then scope out the competition of the bloggers on page one for that keyword.
Copy and past their articles into a word counter to see how many words they have total. Do that for all the articles on page one and then take the average.
That average word total will be how many words you’ll have to write to be in the ball park of what google would rank on page one.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. This is basically the practices that help your article get on page one.
There’s a list of things you have to do to optimize your post.
For example, you have to have high resolution pictures. Your blog post has to be reader friendly, which means that it’s structured well for people that are reading it.
Your post must have internal linking to your other blog posts or if you’re new, it can link to somewhere else on your site.
It must have outbound links to other websites.
Also, your keyword must be used a handful of times in your blog post for it to be well optimized.
Patience Is A Virtue
Blogging is by no means a get rich quick deal. It’s a LONG term plan. It takes months and many times a few years before blogs start to garner traffic.
That’s the nature of the beast.
It also takes several blog posts to build authority. I’m talking hundreds of them.
Luckily, you don’t have to do them all yourself.
Outsourcing Blog Posts
You can get help to write blog posts for you.
Enlist help from websites like fiverr and hirewriters for your blog posts. You can find cheap rates there that are reasonable to work with.
I strongly advise to only use them after you’ve gotten the hang of writing blog posts all on your own. You have to learn how to do it yourself to be able to direct other people in being able to write what you need.
Use AI For Blog Post Creation
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of outsourcing, you could even try AI to write your blog posts.
I have used a good bit of AI for blog posts before and I’m not gonna lie. A lot of them are horrible.
Luckily, they all had free trial periods so I didn’t have to pay on the spot.
However, one has emerged as a trustworthy tool to use when writing blog posts. Conversion.ai is just what you’re looking for.
Unlike many other AI tools, this one is able to competently generate content for you that is on topic and makes sense.
It has many features for you to use. It can help with headline creation, outlining, blog topic ideas, long form blog posts, improving blog posts that you’ve already created and much more.
So check it out if you need a helping hand.
Become A Content Creator
The truth of it all is that many people don’t want to put in the work to put themselves in the best situation possible.
This leaves them constantly asking “how do I sell my screenplay?”
Thinking about how to make your screenplay valuable should be the most important concern.
The bare minimum that a screenwriter could ever do is write a script and then try to sell by pitching it. Sometimes it works, many more times it doesn’t.
Instead of being a screenwriter, think of yourself as more of a content creator. In the end, to be successful and very profitable, that’s what you’re going to have to be.
Content creating is the way to go because you’ll be making several streams of income from it. So why settle with being a screenwriter which literally only offers you one source of income?
Most screenwriters only make 5 figures so when you pitch and get rejected continuously, keep in mind, that’s the kind of money they’re rejecting you from.
Insane, isn’t it?
Do something that’s actually worth your time, energy and effort. You don’t have to take my word for it.
There are several content creators that are far more successful than me putting this play into practice as I type this out.
This isn’t something that I made up. It’s something that I observed, learned and decided to preach to other screenwriters in an effort to help them.
So get after it and use this advice on how to make your screenplay valuable.
You won’t regret it.
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