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Article Writing vs Blogging – Make Money Quick or Earn Long Term

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Most article writers go through the article writing vs blogging dilemma at some point in their career.

So, which is better, article writing or blogging?

In this article, we will look at the advantages and disadvantages of each and then I’ll finish with my recommendation on the way to go.

Article Writing

Article writing is simply where you do some write-ups that should follow the instructions of paying clients.Once you give them the article and get paid, all rights to the article are transferred to them.

Advantages of Article Writing

1. It will help you to make money quick

You get paid as soon as you send the article to the client. In fact, many people get hooked to article writing since this helps them to make money fast in Kenya. Kenyans are generally respected worldwide for their astute writing skills. Once you improve your writing skills, you can get excellent clients paying even $100 per 500 words.

Check out my training here.

2.You become a “Walking Google”

That’s what some people call me :).

This is because you’ll one day write about sharks…another day about restaurants in LA…another one weight loss and the list goes on. After years of writing, you’ll have some knowledge of all sorts of things.

3. It is easy to set up

If you go to Upwork right now, you’ll get ready jobs waiting for you to bid on. Fiverr can be set up in minutes. You can as well get awesome direct clients through cold pitching.

4. It can get predictable (good for planning)

If, for example, you write 5 articles per day at 10 dollars per article, you get your $50 per day. If you work 5 days a week, you can easily say you make 250 dollars per week. At a dollar rate of 100, this makes it a predictable Sh. 25,000 per week for a normal week.

You can use this figure for your planning. I advice though that you plan with worst case scenarios just in case some articles get rejected, you receive rewrite requests, or you even get an emergency and are unable to work.

Note that this predictability comes with time and some extra skill. Otherwise you can get a steady client then when he leaves, you remain dry.

5. You sharpen your grammar skills

Your grammar skills will always be put to the test. Even if you are an expert of experts, you’ll still get someone who’ll correct you. This way, your skills will keep growing.

In case you’re unsure of your writing skills, feel free to get professional assessment at PenStars.

6. You need little capital

You only need a computer, an internet connection and electricity to start up. You can decide not to take up any paid options from freelancing sites and still make money.

Disadvantages of Article Writing

1. It is active

Yes, you can make money today writing articles, but you have to do it actively. In case you get sick or have to attend something, you earn absolutely zero that day.

In case a certain month is full of events or emergencies, you’ll end up not earning anything that month.

2. You become dependent on clients

Clients come and go.

Some can even reject your work for no good reason.

Years ago when I was starting, some guy in iWriter rejected my article citing “already has article”. What sort of reason is that?

In article writing, you may go through dry times where there are no clients with work to give. Furthermore, in case a client has character issues, you’ll have to deal with those issues if you work directly through bidding sites like Upwork.

3. It can get boring

Today you write about pigs, tomorrow doughnuts and the next day iPads.

At some point, you simply get bored writing about different things.

People also get to a writers’ block level where they simply have no idea what to write about or just don’t feel like writing.

I remember once sleeping on the keyboard and then sending work without proofreading. That was in my first few weeks of writing. The client sent a very bad email telling me to check a certain paragraph, which had repeated z’s.

Something like “This will cause a buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…”.

I realized I had slept on letter z when writing!

4. You can get conned

You can easily get conned by a client, especially if you are new in the industry. Personally, a lot of clients conned me when I was starting out.

This was part of the reason why I started FreelancerKenya, to teach people how NOT to get conned. However if you’re well trained you can easily get by without losing a dime.

5. You earn once from an article

Once you write and send an article to a client, you get paid once. This is unlike in blogging where you earn repeatedly from the one article.

I have written thousands of articles for clients; I wonder how much I’d have earned if I used that time and energy to create my own sites and content.

Blogging

Blogging here is used to mean creating your own website or blog where you post your own content. All rights belong to you. You are free to follow your own “instructions”.

As a blogger, you can also do guest blogging on other people’s sites, write on article directories such as EzineArticles and web 2.0 properties such as HubPages.

Advantages of Blogging

1. It is partially passive

Don’t let anyone lie to you; it will take time and hard work to create a successful blog. Even Problogger’s Darren Rowse once talked about the amount of hard work he put in when he started.

Once your blog gets to the level of FreelancerKenya, you can still earn even when you don’t actively do something. I’ve had busy months where I’ve taken care of other things but still get my affiliate commissions, sometimes adding up to great figures. I also still manage to sell my different services and training, sometimes without actively touching this blog for weeks.

It feels great to get those commissions, sales and service requests when you’ve done literally 0 on your blog that month.

2. You have the rights to your content

I love this one.

You can use your content in whichever way you want. I have seen bloggers selling their sites in Flippa or even repurposing their content to use as trainings and eBooks. One famous blog created an eBook from the same blog content and sold it. Imagine me packaging all the posts in this blog as an eBook and selling it to you :)

I wonder if I should follow his footsteps…

3. No rules

Of course there are rules of nature, such as the Principle of the Path (google it!). In short, you have to work hard and SMART to get rewards.

On the other hand, you have total control of your site and can add or remove whatever you please.

You don’t have to wait for anybody’s approval.

4. Earn repeatedly from one article

One article can earn you loads. Once your site is well ranked, you can go for vacation and still come home to a fat commission. For example, this post earned me over $2,000 in Payoneer affiliate commissions within 2 years of putting it up. It still earned me way more in other ways e.g. a finacial service I used to offer.

5. Get recognized

If you brand yourself well, you can get recognized by top industry players. For example, a representative of Payoneer has commented in this article. A sitting cabinet secretary commented here.

I have also received emails from different companies such as Equity, Chura, Thrifty etc to do some form of task for them. Let’s just say there are times where I am the first to know certain things before everyone else.

For example, I get mailed by Brad of iWriter whenever there are major issues with Kenya, I swiftly send those updates to my mailing list.

In short, with a great blog, you’ll get recognized and be able to do positive things to improve the lives of your audience.

6. Make money from all sorts of things

Yes, you can make quick money from all sorts of things. Some guys will want you to set up their blog, others will need help with SEO and even more will need training on how to make it in writing and blogging.

If your blog is in a different niche, you’ll get many people who are thirsty for information, and willing to pay for it.

You can provide both free and paid training for all the requests you receive on your mail. I mostly provide free email support for basic questions. But paid consultation or training for in-depth requests.

These unquantifiable money making opportunities are in addition to all the other conventional income generating methods you’ll get in blogging.

Disadvantages of Blogging

1. It takes time to set up and start earning from it

This period is actually unpredictable though experts say it can go from 3 months to even 1 year. You can easily earn zero if you create a bogus blog.

The saddest thing that can happen is the creation of a perfect blog with no marketing or SEO.

No one will ever read it apart from you!

So make sure you create the very best possible content, and market it heavily.

2. It requires some significant capital

Apart from the computer and internet, you need to also pay for your domain name and hosting. It is also advisable to everyone to get some training before setting up a blog. I recommend Affilorama for awesome free and paid training. You can get more on Affilorama by clicking here.

Apart from domain and hosting, I would also recommend you pay for an email marketing software such as AWeber for list building.

3. Income can be inconsistent

You cannot predict and plan with a certain amount in mind.

A lot of people ask me how much I make per month from my blog. I no longer disclose my blogging income, but the last time I disclosed, a few years ago, the range was between $1500 and $2000 per month. My blog income comes from eBook sales, affiliate commissions, training and services offered. As stated above, I also get all sorts of things on my mail.

Once more, the harder you work (actively), the more you earn. But it feels great to know that you can still earn passively whenever something comes up. Whenever you push some serious promotions, you can break your all-time earnings barriers with every successful promotion.

Is it profitable? Yes, especially due to the fact that it you get partially passive or residual income. The only problem is that the profit can be unpredictable to some extent, especially for a new blogger. Veterans have some level of predictability in their business.

Conclusion and Recommendation

The above list of advantages and disadvantages is by no means conclusive. You can feel free to add others on the comments section below. Both these methods will help you to make significant money online (if you work hard and smart).

On the other hand, my recommendation is you start with article writing since it will help you to make money fast in Kenya. Meanwhile, as you continue earning as a writer, you can even create a free blog and start making money from it. Most free blogs don’t really perform well nowadays, therefore a self-hosted blog gets my highest recommendation.

Creating a self-hosted blog is simple, just follow the steps below:

About the big article writing vs blogging debate, to me blogging wins. Remember that it may take time for you to get totally from article writing to full-time blogging; but once you do, you will be way ahead on the road to financial freedom and job satisfaction.

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Daniel Gakuha
Daniel Gakuha

Powerful and informative my trainer

Godfrey Mulwa
Godfrey Mulwa

Am grateful for your insightful Article . I have learnt a lot from your training. Am now at 83% on the training. Being a trained teacher and a government employee has made me to take some time in the training but soon I will be through and ready to bid for jobs from Upwork.
Your guidance in the training is commendable. I wish to start with Article writing and perhaps soon or later start a blog on either Education or Health related matters.
Keep up your good work.
I hope to share my success story soon.

Godfrey Mulwa
Godfrey Mulwa
Reply to  Walter Akolo

Welcome bro. I wish to take action and use the knowledge that I have acquired to always deliver Pure gold, well researched work as you always say.

Mumbi Njiru
Mumbi Njiru

Thanks for the training Walter!

It has helped me build up some confidence in writing!

I am still looking forward to my first job.

I will venture into blogging at some point but for now i need to earn from the writing.

I would be keen on an education related blog.

Thank you and God bless

Regards
Mumbi Njiru

Brit

Great article Walter, am a big fan of your blog, keep it up;)

Peter
Peter

Hi walter,
1. I started a news/entertainment blog in July this year.I used to have around 2,000 views everyday.My highest page view in day to date is actually 6,500 .From the look of things,i believe i was doing well because i had 80,000 views by the end of the second month.Would you consider this as a success?
2.My challenge- In the beginning,it was more of a national news and gossip site and this really took a toll on me because i am in full time employment which means i have to keep updating the site every 20 to 30 minutes..I was using my employer’s internet to do this blog.At some point,they blocked my site and that means i haven’t been able to post regularly for the past one month.Am now in the process of investing in my own laptop and my blog will be up and running within a week.I have also decided to change the content to entertainment and media (targeted at a certain ethnic group and not national) and drop the news part.This is because the news bit was taking too much of my time as i had to be online through out to post every breaking news . I also feel i was competing with too many other blogs which were in the same niche and had better resources to do better than me.
3.My new niche- The niche am into is what i am well versed in.The target audience is well selected and i have used the 1 month sabbatical to do thorough research on it. The question is, what is the most suitable time to join google adsense and does the site visits/page views matter when it comes to getting the ads?
How much money should i expect from adsense?

Sam
Sam

Very informative piece. Thanks to you it won’t be easy for me to get conned….

Joan
Joan

Thanks Walter,

I have a question; How do you decide what to write in a blog?

kennedy
kennedy

wonderful information Mr Walter

dennis

hi i started my blog dennismenez.wordpress.com on may and so far i have 2k views and 1400 visits.how can i monetize it and start earning

purity
purity

Thanks for tips.

Irene Kimani
Irene Kimani

You continue to inspire me Walter, even though i haven’t tried article writing or blogging, am making headway now in deciding between the two. When the time comes, i will definitely call you for training and more tips. Thanks a lot for the good work you are doing for the online community. Good day

Susan
Susan

Hi Walter,

Thanks for your continued support. I believe one day I will achieve my dream. I am already on articles and trying to build clientele. Pls are there plans for PPH to add mpesa as a payment method? Thanks and God bless you.

Regards,
Susan.

Timothy
Timothy

Very educative. God work Walter

John Ndar

Pretty informative ad engaging as usual. Awesome tip-offs for writers!

Kobia Mutiga
Kobia Mutiga

One thing that set you different, Akolo, is that you are never mean with the information.

Josphine
Josphine

Thanks Walter for this informative piece. One challenge though I find with freelancing, I.e article writing, is finding a balance between working full time and finding time to do online work which requires consistency. I think Blogging is the way to go especially when engaged in a 9-5 job.

Nancy
Nancy

Thanks Walter for sharing the information.

Sharon OKINDA
Sharon OKINDA

Walter,

I have to give you a high 5 for several things: you are consistent, persistent and extremely helpful with your advice and guidance. I am sorry I have been off air for more than half a year BUT I am on the way to “recovery”.

I am a little confused about Upwork because in one e-mail I see that the Upwork account is suspended but it seems people can still use Upwork to find “jobs”? That has imbalanced me.

When I am back on course I will try article writing following your tips before I can venture into blogging.

Thank you, again.

Enjoy your weekend.

Gratefully,

Sharon

Clement
Clement

Dear Walter,

This is another moment for thanking you again for the educative and informative info you continue giving us. It has become easier now to decide which path to follow first and foremost. Thanks again!

Anthony Peter
Anthony Peter

I just find this guy absolutely amazing. He is not selfish like others who’d give misleading information. Continue inspiring others sir.

George
George

Hi Walter,that was in deed awesome but can u just send me a sample article you wrote to help me get more insight pls?

Emmanuel Koros
Emmanuel Koros

You’ve made most of us think out of the box with writing advices. I personaly no longer depend on the monthly job. I consider creating a successful blog once I settle on a stable financial ground. God bless you walter for saving lives.

Kimanga
Kimanga

I read this .it was helpful

Benta Osiro
Benta Osiro

Hi Walter,

I know I have been quiet but still go through your work to get insight. The information you give is very encouraging and useful. I have just today been able to go through lesson 4. I am still trying to work out a fitting plan given my daily job schedule which sometimes goes up to Sunday. I haven’t given up yet.

Shadrack
Shadrack

The analysis herein is balanced and well thought. Walter, your write-ups are brief and straight to the point. Apart from all that you are doing, you are a VERY GOOD tutor. Keep up the good work.

Ambrose
Ambrose

How easy is it to juggle starting out blogging and writing articles at the same time? Would it not be better to first come to grips with one and then drop a leg in the other? Thanks for always sharing your experiences, they are a great help to us.

Ambrose
Ambrose
Reply to  Walter Akolo

Thanks Walter for your clarification. Incidentally, must one have a blog and a website, or only one of the two can do? What are the benefits of operating both as compared to having only one? As to diversifying websites to write for, I think (as a newbie, my take on this is subject to a huge disclaimer “follow advice at your own risk and peril”) it is better to first work for one site for say 2-3 months depending how prolific you are, then add another after mastering the workings of the first one. Too much on a plate, too fast, can cause some “food poisoning”! Over to you…

Edgar

I am just in the process of getting a feel on this blogging and article writing business and I cannot overemphasis how helpful Walter has been through the course, the insight and support by this guy is just great and I look to setting up a successful online career based on the invaluable support I have received so far.

sweetednawilson
sweetednawilson

agreed fully to you on this account, i have tried both

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