The purpose of this post is to differentiate between Blogging and Free Lancing Carriers. Both are great. But both are not for every body. Indeed you have to work hard to get to an appreciable point, whether in blogging or freelancing. It is said:
Being an entrepreneur is about living a few years of your life like most wont, so that you can live the rest like most can’t.
So lets see if you want to differentiate between a blogger and an article writer as a free lancer. For the ones who don't know Freelancing, its basically working for people online for their set jobs. The most popular freelancing sites are Elance and Freelancer.
You search for the topics that you are interested to write on, and you would get different jobs, posted by other people. A person starts by biding on the job while keeping in mind other bids people have already made. Like say, the job poster mentioned his budget range for which he can hire writers. Say (500-1000$). Now people would bid. Each job on Elance has the highest, Average and lowest bid shown with it.
So starters usually bid low, so that they could get the job easily. Each freelancer has his own portfolio (profile page) from which his expertise can be judged. So this is a general background of freelancing.
Lets compare blogging and freelancing now.
The Final Show DownAs you read the Top 10 earning blogs in 2011 list yesterday, you get an idea what ill be talking about later in this post. See, blogging can be more challenging then free lancing career. The actual results that you start to get for a particular blog is no less than 6-8 months. And this period is of extreme posting with proper SEO. Other wise it could take an year to just start getting the feel of blogging.
As building traffic is hard to achieve and requires true level of commitment, you wont be getting any sum of money before a whole dry year. An extremely boring one. You would almost leave blogging on every day that you rise. Its just how it goes. But the ones who stick to it, get what most cant.
On the other hand, setting up an Elance account takes less than an hour, with your all portfolio set. You bid for jobs and mostly you get few within 7-15 days period. Depending upon your profile and biding rates.
You would have written hundreds of quality articles on your blog, but you wont be getting any sum before a proper year of handwork. Where as, people on Elance offer 20-40$ for a single quality article that the writer writes. So just say you could make fast money while free lancing, supposing your portfolio is a good one.
On the other hand, most of us got our first Adsense cheques 6-8 months after we started blogging. So blogging is not a fast way to get into money business, but indeed it grows exponentially in later years. This is the power of blogging.
Where as on Elance, you might make a hell lot more than you would in first year of blogging, still that would be it. We in fact cant judge blogging and freelancing carries right away as it depends upon every individual that what suites best for him. But just to note, that you cant make those 22,000$ each day with freelancing profile that you could get in blogging carrier.
So it depends what level of targets you have set for your selves. Personally to me, freelancing really attracts and i know i could make more than 500$ a month without a problem, but still i believe on the power of blogging. :) Its just me.
So guys, Blogging or Freelancing?
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