There are hundreds of ways to make money online. Affiliate marketing, cost per action, drop shipping, product jacking, freelancing, eCommerce and there are plenty of money making ideas to start with.
Freelancing and blogging goes hand in hand because we get paid to write but the question is write for yourself (blogging) or write for others (clients).
In this expert roundup, we are going to compare blogging and freelancing writing as these are best and easy way to earn money online.
So here we go.
As a freelancer and agency, I am not constrained as much by the large brand, organizational processes or standards. I am different than many bloggers and writers as I work primarily in the B2B space writing about resources and topics that appeal to a highly technical and targeted niche.
For those starting out, blogging is a great way to build your portfolio and experience. A growing number of freelancing clients want a freelancer who already has a built in and established community to help promote content to which is a service I provide to my clients. Building this also provides me a built in sales and marketing funnel as clients and opportunities come to me. I rarely seek them. Jessica Miller-Merrell
Freelancing can bring you instant profit while building a blog is a long-term investment. No one says you can’t do both. Roshan
Earn money by doing freelance work till you start making money from your blog. Spend 30% of your time on freelancing assignments and 70% time on growing your business. These freelancing assignments can be for
- Other bloggers in your niche.
- Startups that need help with content writing for their products or platforms.
- Paid guest posts on popular media platformsPardeep Goyal
Freelancing is good, you don’t really need to worry about anything, like managing your blog and stuff. But again, if you want to upscale and run it like a business, then you should definitely start a blog for yourself and explore further, that is the only way to see if it works for you or not. Pradeep
Blogging without the freelancing element is just something you do for enjoyment, not for money — and I’m the kind of gal who likes to make money. Haha. As a freelancer, I can earn money by blogging, writing, ghostwriting, editing… whatever I want! AND get paid for it.Lauren Tharp
Blogging takes awhile to start earning money, so if you’re looking to earn money quickly I think freelance writing would be a great place to start. Then you can use your freelance money to invest in creating a blog. A blog could also improve your freelance business, since you can share your blogging work with potential clients as a portfolio. Ashleigh
A freelance content writer can earn money only if he/she continues to write articles for lifetime whereas a blogger can write a single blog post and make money from it till the time his blog is live.
This means really understanding what resonates well with your readers and creating content according to that. Affiliate Marketing is not as easy as it sounds. Most people slap on Affiliate links hoping for great results. But working it into your blog post in a nonspam-like way will reap you great results. Divine Mwimba
That said, I do love the challenge of understanding a freelance client’s business, and writing copy that solves their problems. But at the end of the day, the freedom to genuinely work when I want on what I want for my own business wins. Hannah Martin
It is because when you promote affiliate you keep earning money from those promotion/efforts for many years not just one time. so you can say it is a kind of passive income even later when you are not promoting that company/product.
I wouldn’t have my publishing business (and the consistent monthly revenue it creates) without my blog. I guess the bigger question is: what’s your deeper strategy, and how can blogging, freelancing, or both help you get there?Roy Furr
One last thing: I don’t believe these are mutually exclusive. You can be a freelancer that gets many of their clients through blogging. Or you can be a blogger that does some freelancing on the side. It’s about knowing your strengths and leveraging them as much as possible.Ruben Gamez
The initial income from blogging may be lower but your earnings will increase each year as you create more content.
If you’re creating content for others, like you would as a freelancer, you don’t get the benefits you do from evergreen online content. I had someone book four business class flights to Thailand using my affiliate link last month; the link was in a post I wrote six years ago so you never know how important those old posts can be!Monica Stott
At some point in life, every blogger was once a freelancer, therefore we cannot dismiss freelancing when comparing and contrasting it to blogging.
Freelancing has been a stepping stone for me and many other freelancers all over the world.
A couple of reasons that would make me pick blogging to freelancing include:
i) Your blog content is equal to your face which results in authority somewhere down the road on the particular topic/niche that you are blogging about.
ii) It’s possible to repurpose blog content into videos, podcasts, infographics etc
iii) With blogging, there are many avenues for monetization. (affiliate, Adsense etc)
Our blog earns most of our money through affiliate sales, which means that once we write the articles, get them ranking in SEO and share them with our readers, they start earning money automatically. There’s nothing better than earning money while you’re sleeping or earning money while you’re sipping cocktails at the beach!
While freelancing is still a great way to earn income and travel the world, it’s a bit more hands on. You have to write each article for a one time payment in most cases and in my experience, articles max out at around $450 each, so affiliate blog posts are more lucrative.
Having said that, a great way to scale a freelancing business is to create a media or content creation company. Having numerous writers under your business name, writing amazing content for numerous sites can help you expand freelancing into a full-on company, rather than a one-person show.
Either way, I still strongly believe that blogging is the best way to earn money online, which is why our website teaches people how to start a travel blog and earn great money online, while travelling the world full time.Nick
Freelancing just requires you to find a company with a problem and have them pay you to fix it. To sustain a freelancing business, you need to know your craft and how to reach your target client. Meanwhile blogging requires constant research, content generation, and course correction.Brennan Dunn
We can conclude, blogging is best way to make money online but as I said before freelancing and blogging goes hand in hand. You can freelance while growing your blog and blog while you freelance. Freelancing gives you instant money but blogging create a passive income source.
We also get to know affiliate marketing is one money making idea to start earning money online.
I’ve covered this topic in brief on my blog post advantages and disadvantages of blogging and freelancing. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in comments.