5 Best Blogs for Freelance Content Writers

Being a freelance content writer means dealing with clients, invoices, and deadlines along with the isolation that the job entails. You don’t have the advantage of networking with your colleagues every day and gleaning new industry insights through observation and conversations.

Best blogs for content writers
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If you want to grow as a freelance content writer, you must stay abreast of the latest trends in your industry. Writers must know a bit of everything – marketing, psychology, consumer behavior, business communication, SEO, grammar and punctuation, time management, and so on.

Remember, learning is a lifelong activity.

How can freelancers stay up to date?

The COVID pandemic hasn’t made it any easier for freelancers to network. At least we had the options of attending conferences and trade fairs or working at co-working spaces earlier!

However, what you can still do is read up on the important trends and best practices in your field.

There are plenty of good-quality blogs that you can follow but it isn’t possible to read them all. So, be smart about your content consumption and bookmark these blogs to start with:

a) Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl website

Website: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar

I don’t think Mignon Fogarty, the founder of Grammar Girl, needs any introduction because she is the God of Grammar. Ever since I began to work as a content writer, I have heard her name being mentioned whenever the subject of grammar comes up.

Her grammar tips are easy to understand, engaging to read, and answer nearly every grammar query under the sun. Her USP lies in making grammar accessible and well, fun!

If you want to avoid common grammatical errors and improve your writing style, read Grammar Girl’s blog regularly. Even one tip a day will help you become a better writer.

Let me get you started with some useful Grammar Girl posts:

b) The Write Life

The Write Life website

Website: https://thewritelife.com/

The Write Life offers comprehensive resources for freelance writers under six heads – freelancing, blogging, publishing, craft, marketing, and tools. From helping you find high-paying freelancing gigs to teaching you how to write better to guiding your marketing efforts, The Write Life team have you covered.

When I stumbled upon this blog, I realized I had found a one-stop shop to all my freelancing and writing queries. The website has both free and paid resources to help you market your services better, upskill yourself, and become more successful.

Some posts to get you started:

  1. https://thewritelife.com/linkedin-marketing-for-freelance-writers/
  2. https://thewritelife.com/what-is-seo-writing/

c) HubSpot

HubSpot blog

Website: https://blog.hubspot.com/

Which content writer worth his/her/their salt does not know about HubSpot’s super useful inbound marketing blog?

HubSpot also has some valuable free courses and certifications on marketing and sales. Plus, you can find loads of free ebooks, guides, and templates to level up your freelancing game.

I’ve referred to HubSpot’s blog posts several times over the years when I’m writing my own pieces. They offer unmatched insights in a conversational tone with plenty of examples to explain their point.

Check out these blog posts:

  1. https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/write-good-instagram-caption
  2. https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/email-persuasion-techniques

d) Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner website

Website: https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/

Without social media, it is difficult to market yourself and spread awareness about your services. Unless you have a dedicated and loyal subscriber list!

Social media examiner offers tips and resources to improve your marketing efforts on LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Being up-to-date about the latest social media marketing trends will help you stand out as a freelance writer.

The website has articles and video tutorials so you can choose the format you’re comfortable with. I enjoy the in-depth nature of the content posted to this website.

Some interesting posts:

  1. https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/9-ways-to-improve-marketing-on-linkedin/
  2. Comprehensive video guide to the Clubhouse app – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7gv7U-rZl8&list=PLyqdnWmgSb_ZPcCYKqK1ZNZl5VlWKn72E&index=2

e) Content Marketing Institute

Content Marketing Institute website

Website: https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/

If you haven’t heard of the Content Marketing Institute, you’re definitely living under a rock. It’s a mecca for content marketers and content writers!

CMI has everything – articles, whitepapers, ebooks, how-to guides, courses, events, magazines, and so on. A wide variety of experts contribute articles to the website, making it one of the largest collections of resources on content creation.

You can learn about content optimization, SEO, social media, content distribution, strategy, measuring ROI of content, and the latest industry trends.

Posts you can start reading now:

  1. https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2021/04/how-to-proofreading-editing-copy/
  2. https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2016/06/writing-examples-tools-tips/
  3. https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2010/08/content-marketing-editorial-calendar/

Level up!

This is my list of must-read blogs for a freelance content writer. If you read nothing else except a few posts from these five blogs, I’m sure you’ll pick up enough to grow steadily in your business.

(Because that’s what I do!)

There’s a lot of information on the Internet competing for our attention. Don’t get distracted by shiny infographics. Learn to sort the gold from the dirt. 🙂

Let me know if you read any of these blogs. Do you recommend any other blogs?

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla and sponsored by Queen’s Brigade.

34 thoughts on “5 Best Blogs for Freelance Content Writers

  1. Hi Satabdi, welcome to the blog hop and I’m delighted it has introduced your blog to me. I too am a freelance writer but only for newspapers and news portals – and they have specific styles of writing which one just sort of picks up along the way. I’ve never felt the need to check out blogs to hone my craft further, but I’ll admit I’m intrigued after reading your post!

  2. U had no idea about these blogs. Really great post got to know about these blogs. Bookmarking this for sure!

  3. I have not read any of these blogs. Many thanks for sharing this. Definitely going to bookmark your post and these blogs too.

  4. So so helpful for new writers. I have never found such a great composition of valuable resources at one place.. bookmarked it.

  5. I only know about Hubspot and Social Media Examiner. I think I am really living under the rock all these days. Bookmarked your article and subscribed to all the rest. Thanks dear

  6. Such a wonderful post as a freelance writer. You have mentioned minute details along with the links. I kept on reading so much that at a point I got lost in links and links. I literary enjoyed reading your post as I am a freelancer too. Thank u so much. You have got one subscriber 🙂

  7. I am an eternal learner & i will surely read up the first 2 blogs. The last 3 I access regularly. Infact I think the Grammar Girl one will be helpful for my students as well who want to dabble in some writing though they are analytics students. Thanks for the very informative post.

  8. I haven’t heard of any of them since I am not a writer. This is very informative and will sure be useful for writers.

  9. Very useful post, Satabadi. Getting the right information and landing on the right page is a difficult task. Your post is very helpful for anyone who wants to level up their game in freelance writing and understanding social media trends. Thanks a lot 🙂

  10. I’ve known about Hubspot and Social media examiner but not the others and have not used any of them much. Now that I know more details, will definitely make use of them quite often. Great share!

  11. This is really informative Satabdi. Thank you so much for sharing about them. I was only aware of HubSpot and Social Media Examiner. I am not a writer but I sure can use a hand to polish up what I write.

  12. OMG, I did not know many of these sites except Hubspot. Thanks for this insightful blog. I need to check and bookmarked them. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oops, I didn’t mean to make anyone feel bad. I’ve read through several posts on your blog. I have much to learn from you!

    On which topics would you like pointers?

  14. I not only bookmarked your post but also bookmarked the 5 websites! Browsed through them and found that they are a goldmine of information! Thank you so much for sharing your trade secrets. It will surely help many of us to become better writers and get more writing assignments. Thank you for writing such a useful post! Keep writing!

  15. I not only bookmarked your post but also bookmarked the 5 websites! Browsed through them and found that they are a goldmine of information! Thank you so much for sharing your trade secrets. It will surely help many of us to become better writers and get more writing assignments. Thank you for writing such a useful post!

  16. OMG….I feel so ignorant. I have been a content writer only by word of mouth. I am technically challenged. Thank you for this amazing post with so much information. I have bookmarked them all, Satabdi. But if you can write some pointers in layman’s language that this old woman can understand, I would be very grateful. 🙂

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