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:
In 2014, I published roughly 100 new blog posts about the freelance writing and blogging game here at Make a Living Writing. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.
But enough about me — the important question is: Which of those many posts did you like best?
Here’s our annual list of the posts I published in 2014 that got the most traffic. This is essentially a readers’ choice ranking — you voted with your clicks on which posts were most interesting.
These are ranked with #1 representing the new post that got the most traffic in 2014:
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:
Do you sometimes feel like an easily replaceable cog in the vast wheel that is the freelance writing marketplace?
If so, you’re not alone.
With all the $5 or $10-a-post writing gigs online, it’s easy to feel writing has simply become a cheap activity — and that clients don’t appreciate the work you do.
Here’s one email I got recently that perfectly sums up the problem many writers face:
“The thing I struggle with is that I am unable to land a gig where the client really values what I do. Since the clients I worked with have a number of writers on the rolls, they always treat each writer as just another disposable commodity. Which is worrying, because it means they will drop me any time they want.
“So how I do go about building a relationship where I’m not just another writer?”–Ryan
Great question! That’s exactly what you want to do if you’re going to become a successful, well-paid freelance writer. Here’s how:
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