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How Writing for Pleasure Made Me a Better Freelance Writer

DaydreamingAs a teen, I was scared of making money for writing.

When I began to take on little commissions in 2007, I wrote sponsored posts for $1 each — or even less. Sometimes all I got for a 300-word post was ten cents.

My family pushed me to make more money as a writer. But they went a little too far, and I developed a sense of guilt every time I caught myself writing for pleasure.

One day not long ago, I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. The thought of writing my assignments nauseated me.

Instead of diving right into client work, I decided to write something fun. Something for me. Here’s what happened…

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My 23 Best Types of Blog Posts That Grab Attention

Young shocked woman

Most bloggers write about whatever’s on their minds that day. If you’ve tried that, you’ve probably noticed it isn’t very effective in growing your blog audience.

To build your blog into a serious business (or just a great writing sample for getting freelance gigs), you’ll need to change your approach.

It’s also essential to know the popular post types if you’re blogging for paying clients and want the project to be successful, so that they keep paying you to blog for them. More and more clients want to at least partly base pay on traffic, so results matter.

And of course, more readers on your blog gives you more chance to get hired or to sell readers your products.

Below are a compendium of post types I’ve used that are reliable attention-getters. This list combines the most popular post types I’ve used on this blog, and the types that I’ve used to drive a total of 2 million pageviews on my Forbes blog, posting only 3-4 times per month, over the past 2 years. I’ve also thrown in a few great formats I haven’t used yet as well (but hope to soon!).

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference?

Blog post or article? It's apples and oranges.

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the freelance-writing world today about blog posts and articles. Also, about what each of those types of writing should pay.

Recently, I got a lot of response to my call for freelance writers to stop writing blog posts. Many writers were confused about just what the difference is.

So let’s discuss. Because things are changing. And understanding the differences between these two writing forms will help you earn more.

For years, blog posts and nonfiction articles were distinctly different:

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Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (and What to Do Instead)

Blogging concept

You may think this is a funny piece of advice for me to write on my blog.

But if you care about earning more as a freelance writer, then you might want to stop writing blog posts.

Why do I say this?

There are four big reasons I want to steer you away from blogging:

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Freelance Writers: This Will Make You an Instant Tech Genius

Young writer conquers tech problems

It’s ironic that I ended up finding my greatest success as a writer through a blog-based, online writing business. I am one of the most non-technical people you’ll ever meet.

Technology makes me cry, honestly. I have been known to assume the fetal position and moan softy for prolonged periods when I can’t get some widget to work right.

Or to think seriously about flinging a computer out a window.

So I feel for writers when I get questions like these:

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Top 3 Types of Retainer Gigs (and How Copywriters Can Get Them)

Freelance writer inks a retainer gig contract

As a marketer who hires and trains dozens of freelance writers every year, I’m a big fan of working with writers on retainer.

To me, they’re the true win-win.

As a writer, you get peace of mind knowing you have steady work (and a steady paycheck) month-after-month. And as a marketer, I save a ton of time on every project and typically get better results.

So, what are the best retainer gigs? In my experience, these three deals are the ones most often overlooked by writers. (Which means great opportunity for you!)

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