Copywriting and content writing are not the same. And if you use the terms interchangeably, you risk marking yourself as new to the field (and potentially alienating prospective clients). After all, even if a client wants to hire someone that can write copy and content, they want to know you know the difference!
In this episode, Nicki and Kate talk about what makes a piece of writing fall in the copy or content bucket, why one pays more than the other (hint: it pays to be a copywriter), and how you can successfully do both.
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A Sneak Peek at the Episode
[2:17] Copywriting is designed to sell or persuade. It’s making the connection between the target audience who has a want or a need and a company that has the solution that need. Content is writing that is designed to education, entertain, or inspire.
[4:43] Content is paid differently than copy. A company can directly attribute copy to revenue and goals its trying to hit because the messaging you write is directly attributable to the actions taken. Content is a little more amorphous.
[6:24] There’s a lower barrier to entry to get into content writing, which leads to a lot of competition and writers getting paid less.
[8:18] You may think, “I can write three or four blog posts a day and make $500 a day, then that’s great!” But most people who have tried that will tell you it takes a lot to sit down and write several blog posts every day. It’s churn and burn.
[11:20] Sometimes content writers will charge by the word. Never as a copywriter should you be charging by the word. As copywriters, we figure out what the most compelling message is and get it across in the most interesting and concise way. It’s not easy, and charging by the word penalizes you for being good at what you do!
[17:24] You can charge your copywriting rates for content. And you can still write blog posts for clients as a copywriter! You just want to make sure you’re getting paid for the value you’re offering.
- What’s the Difference Between Content and Copy?
- Why You Need to Separate Copy and Content on Your Site
- What Copywriters Charge for Content Writing
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