The State of Freelance Writing 2014 [Infographic]

Online content has changed a lot in the last 10 years. While it has changed for the better, writers and marketers are still at odds with one another when it comes to compensation and quality.

Marketers are demanding higher quality but most still want to pay the low rates they became accustomed to during the early days of online writing. Writers are demanding better rates yet many struggle to shed the bad habits they adopted from writing low quality, high volume SEO content. The result is a confusing — and at times frustrating — online writers’ market.

So we surveyed 247 writers from around the web (both from within and outside of our Community) with the hope that our findings could help writers and marketers alike better understand why the market is where it is, where things are heading, and how the two sides can meet in the middle to reap the benefits of producing high quality online content.

We uncovered some interesting insights regarding the State of Freelance Writing, and now we are ready to share the story with you via the full State of Freelance Writing White Paper and Infographic.

The past decade has taken freelance writing on a wild ride. The decline of print, the introduction of online writing, and the fluctuating value of words has led marketers, publishers, and writers to a new, lawless market you could almost compare to the Wild West.

It’s a place where polarized views on the quality, cost, and value of writing have made setting appropriate expectations on writer rates and content quality a complete free-for-all. It’s a place where both sides of the market are confused, sometimes frustrated, and unsure of how to meet in the middle. It’s a place stuck somewhere between the old and new world of writing.

Now it’s time to put the pieces back together, look at how we got here, and decide where we need to go so we can bring order back to the complicated and wild writers’ market.

                 — Excerpt from The Current State of Freelance Writing

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[textareaopen]Current State of Freelance Writing
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Our survey data shows that making a stable, lucrative income from freelance writing today is rare, but the story shows that the future of freelance writing isn’t as bleak as it sounds.

There’s growing potential for both writers and marketers to benefit from the shifting online content landscape, thanks in part to search engine and human intervention.

Through algorithm changes and penalties, Google has forcefully eliminated many of the unsavory practices and bad habits of both writers and marketers. Furthermore, the prevalence of social platforms has empowered online audiences to decide which content deserves recognition.

Now high-quality content that truly informs and engages is rising to the top while the keyword-stuffed SEO dribble of yesterday’s Internet is no longer rewarded. It’s all creating an interesting and promising State of Freelance Writing.

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