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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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140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014

By Jennifer Roland Way back in 2010, Carol decided to bust a move here on the blog. As an advocate for writers seeking out good-paying work rather than writing for “exposure” or pennies, she decided it was time to start

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So, How DO You Promote a Blog Post, Anyway?

In the beginning, you set up a blog. Then, you write a blog post. After that, often, nothing happens. No comments. No readers. No subscribers. Why? It’s because many new bloggers don’t understand what it is they’ve created when they

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