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Love them or hate them, virtual meetings are here to stay, predicts The Economist in an insightful article on the upsides and downsides of remote work. Many of them also apply to us freelancers, who used to meet in-person with clients. (Enter your email to pass Economist’s paywall.)
To stay in touch with hundreds of sources in your industry, Feedly app comes to the rescue. It enables you to monitor blogs, websites, podcasts, etc. with very little effort via RSS, while saving your inbox and time from clutter. A free version is available, while the Pro accounts add support for monitoring Twitter content, Google keywords, as well as newsletters.
BitClout seems to be a serious attempt at building the first decentralized, crypto-based social network — and it is booming. Go get your free account to play around, and follow Freelancing.eu’s Robert Vlach to share some future thoughts on freelancing.
Madeira’s digital nomad village Ponta do Sol attracts remote workers from all over Europe, CNN reports. The new project Digital Nomads Madeira Islands seeks to combine a local coworking hub with surrounding village housing for up to 100 remote workers to support the international community coming to the Portuguese archipelago (located north of Canary Islands, another EU’s nomad getaway).
Mushrooms, Alternative alcohol, Digital health and wellness, and Branded merchandise are the four hot freelance trends for 2021, according to Forbes’ contributor Elaine Pofeldt and her source 99designs.
If you run or manage a coworking space, the Coworking Symposium 2021 free online conference will be happy to have you, on April 15. Its unique concept brings together researchers and people active in the coworking industry from all around the world. Last year’s recording is also available.
To optimize your website content for SEO, you need to 1) understand the relevant search intent, and then 2) strategically prepare and tweak your content to 3) outperform your competitors in terms of quality (the 10x content rule). That’s at least how Jan Onesork puts it in his comprehensive guide How to Optimize Content for SEO — check it out.
If you are a freelancer working in marketing and sales, the online conference organized by Elina Jutelyte and her Belgian Freelance Business Community on April 15–16 is a place to be. The lineup is packed with experienced professionals and interesting workshops, while the first 500 tickets are free and up for grabs!
SquadCast has been praised at our recent freelance think-tank as a great app for recording studio-quality podcasts online. All participants are recorded locally, and only then are their tracks uploaded to the cloud for further processing. Also, there’s a 7-day free trial. Good alternatives would be Cleanfeed, Zencastr and Riverside.fm.
Speaking of Buy me a coffee, another way to get paid for writing for a general audience that has been around for a while is Substack. It enables writers to publish neat newsletters (called publications) and receive payments from subscribers, minus 10% service charge.