Freelance staff writing for blogs can be a good way to make money as a freelance writer. But you need to be aware of the drawbacks.
I love what I do. I enjoy freelance staff writing for a variety of blogs. However, as with all jobs, whether you are self-employed or not, there are drawbacks. Before you decide that staff writing is for you, here are some things to consider:
- You may not receive a byline: In some cases, the site owner may decide to post some of your work under his or her name, instead of using your byline. If you require a byline, make sure you specifically spell it out in the terms of your agreement. Some freelancers negotiate a higher rate for ghostwriting, since they won't be able to use pieces without their bylines as portfolio examples.
- Your work can be edited: Whenever you write for someone else's site, you are subject to their requirements, and your work will be edited in some cases. Site owners might change your wording, or add entire paragraphs. If you are uncomfortable with these changes, and having the attributed to you, be wary of staff writing for other bloggers.
- You might have to write for SEO: I am very clear with my clients that I am not an expert at SEO. However, when a client asks me to consider certain keywords, I try to oblige. You might be asked, in some cases, to write for SEO. For some writers, this is a very disheartening and annoying experience.
- It's hard to make changes to some posts: Depending on your credentials at a blog, you might not be able to make changes to a post once it's published. We all mistakes, including typos and awkward phrasing. I've noticed mistakes after a post I've written is published. Without the right credentials, you have to ask the blog owner to fix the mistake on your behalf.
- You might need to check comments: Some site owners expect you to check for comments and respond to them. It's easiest if you are set up as an author, and receive notifications when people leave comments on something you have written. I don't respond to every single comment on all of the blogs I write for, but I do stop by, if I think a comment is warranted, and make a general response.