I mostly worry about the length of the original source. If I quoted 100 words from a 250-word blog, I think that would be too much. A lawyer would have the best advice, but I would limit the quote to 25 words in that case. Books are a little easier. If you quote 300 words from a 150-page book, I believe you would be fine. Poems and song lyrics are a danger zone because they’re often short. I’ve cited as little as possible from them. It’s always best to get legal counsel before publishing the final content.
Both content and copywriters obtain different skills and there is a grey area with some overlap in their descriptions but it can be difficult if you are a content writer with the expectations set of you of a copywriter. I agree, they are still different. Although going forward, they will slowly require the need to obtain both skills in their arsenal – what are your thoughts on this?
Practice article writing. Learn how to write a newspaper article and how to write a wikiHow article. As a professional content writer, you may find a position that focuses on journalistic article style writing, or more educational how to writing. Study the form, structure, voice, and tone of each type of article so you are familiar with both types.
When you reference another website’s content, make sure you hyperlink back to that site. It’s good internet etiquette, and you’d want the same courtesy. Always cite your sources, even if you’re afraid it’ll send your web traffic to another site — and you can always choose the “open link in another window” option if you’re that concerned about keeping your traffic.
When a content writer puts together a piece for a website, e-zine, blog, or newsletter, he or she doesn’t just have to make sure that the piece is well written, it also has to be nicely formatted and properly displayed on the screen. With clever and (dare I say) artistic placement of headings and subheadings, the content writer ensures that your copy doesn’t look like an insurmountable wall of text. A good content writer can take your complicated idea and turn it into an easily digestible and accessible piece of copy that pleases your readers, and keeps more eyes on you.
Thank you for the post and for shedding light upon these two terms. I’m a beginner and have been thinking about putting my writing skills to use. What got me thinking about it was that I actually got quite close to being hired as a content writer but in the end wasn’t chosen because they decided to go for somebody experienced who already knew everything about writing online content. Only when I started doing research did I realize how complex it is – no wonder they didn’t hire me.
Deliver copy that sells. When Ann’s not writing or editing, she’s training other writers. Or helping companies get the word out to their audiences. She applies the best practices she develops for her training and consulting business to her writing and editing projects. That means you’ll get marketing copy that grabs attention, keeps it for the long haul and leaves a lasting impression.