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3 Smart Tips to Make the Right Choice between Web Content and Academic Writing Jobs

Updated on November 1, 2016

Online writing has multifarious benefits, and lots of choices too. Depending on your expertise, you can take advantage of the various earning opportunities provided by publishing companies and private individuals alike. Focusing on one genre turns you into an expert, but being a jack-of-all-trade gives you access to more jobs. So which is the better option for you—web content or academic writing?

The pros and cons of web content writing

Web content writing comes in many forms. If you know how to write blogs, press releases, product reviews, and more, you can apply with web content writing companies and earn at least $1 per 100 words. What I like most about web content writing is the ease of work. You will not have to spend long hours on extensive research to produce an article. A 500-word general information essay can take only an hour to finish. Rules for writing and taking orders vary from one company to another. Nevertheless, most of them follow the same format—you register for an account, take the test, and then start writing. You will usually be given 4 to 8 hours to finish the article. The more articles you write, the more money you earn. Other sites will give you a bulk of orders for completion within a certain period.

One major drawback of being a web content writer is the limited flow of orders. There is no guarantee that you will have jobs to do on a regular basis. You can apply with multiple companies, but that will not be much of a difference. During the low season, you will barely get work from all of them combined. Moving forward, I hate the fact that a client can just reject an article without giving the writer a chance to revise it. A simple typo error can get an article disapproved and returned to queue where it can get taken by other writers. That would mean you wasted time on nothing.

Academic writing—why and why not?

If you are the academic type and can write term papers on any subject, academic writing may be for you. Many say that the job is unethical, but why do you think a lot of academic writing sites still exist? Usual clients are students taking their masters or doctorate degree who need assistance in doing their thesis. These are people who do not have time for research due to their busy schedules at work and school.

I sometimes prefer academic writing simply because a single job can be equivalent to $50 or more—that should be about 8 to 10 separate orders with web content writing. But apart from that, I must say that the other category is way easier to do. You will have to do a lot of readings and organize your ideas to produce a satisfactory term paper. Note that clients can also reject a paper that does not meet their expectations. You will be given a chance to revise your work, but a client can still choose to not accept it.

TIP: You have many options with web content writing. If you don't think that neither of the two can work for you, consider writing for revenue sharing sites. What makes it different is the fact that you are free to write on any topic that matches your interest. Also, your articles can make money for you throughout their existence. Learn about the other benefits of writing for revenue sharing sites to decide.

So, which type of online writing job do you think is better?

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      Marie Caraig 16 months ago

      I agree with you. Based on my observation, there are more opportunities writing academic papers than web content.

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      Haley 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Personally, I've done both, and make about 100X more money writing Academic papers, and I like the guaranteed income much better than the possible income and hoping that one of my articles will go viral.