Finding the best content writing courses online can help you refine your writing skills and serve as a stepping stone for you to become a successful content writer.
I have been writing online since college, which meant, I had enough experience to build a portfolio and I didn’t need a content writing certification to showcase my skills.
But if you are new to freelancing and you have been looking for content writing jobs, then enrolling in a course can immensely help you.
I did an in-depth article about the best creative writing courses in India but most of those courses required students to attend classes at least sometimes, and their curriculum wasn’t even as updated.
Most of the courses were so outdated that they wouldn’t even help you if you were planning to go into content writing or business writing.
So, in this article, I have put together an expansive list of the top content writing courses online which can help you become a successful freelance content writer. You can enroll in any of these courses online, study them at your own pace, and even get a certificate at the end of it all.
If you are absolutely new to writing and you want to get your basics down first before you venture into content writing, this is a great course to start.
It is a very crisp course which goes into all the important elements of writing without dragging things on for too long. Crafted by a Wall Street editor and journalist, the course has small chapters with short videos of about 3-5 minutes making it easy for you to access them even while you are commuting.
Now, this course delves into the different fundamentals of content writing. You learn about how to come up with blog ideas, research keywords, create marketing copies, and proofread your content.
The course is perfect for people who already write actively but they still don’t clearly understand what it really takes to create content that performs well online and connects with the readers.
This content writing course also has short videos that you can watch from anywhere, but I recommend taking down notes so that you can refer to them later when you are putting all your lessons into action.
For new freelance writers who don’t know much about blogs and website content, this is a great course to start. It covers all the basics of content writing and teaches you how to write content for blogs, websites, and eBooks. Though the lessons a bit long, the course covers all the necessary details you would need to kickstart your freelance writing career.
Now, this course is strictly about how to create killer website content that performs well on search engines and actually increases conversions.
If writing website content is something that really interests you, but you have been looking to hone your writing skills so that you can provide better content and increase your charges, then this is the perfect course for you.
While you might have been writing basic SEO website content up until now, the kind of website content that you can actually get paid well for is original marketing content with powerful words and taglines that can give a company a unique identity — This course teaches you exactly that.
A great course for new content writers, this course focuses more on the aspects of content writing that people often forget about — like focusing on your target audience and creating content that actually gets the message across.
The aim of the course is to help you become an effective content writer.
Business writers are the ones responsible for writing different types of business documents like agendas, summaries, reports, proposals, and business cases.
While the niche is small, business writing jobs are usually high paying and you can even expect to work at some of the biggest enterprises in the world.
This content writing course is free but you would need to pay to get a certificate of completion.
Though, copywriting is different from content writing, I still wanted to include this course in the list because I really liked its syllabus. If you have been hoping to become a copywriter (someone who writes sales copies for businesses), then this is the ultimate course for you to take. The course starts by explaining the very basics and goes into all the details you would need to master copywriting.
Academic writing includes writing research and project papers. It’s also a very specific niche like business writing, and you can end up finding many jobs in it. This academic writing course online is conducted for free by University of California, Irvine. But you have to pay to receive the certification.
This isn’t an online course, but an eBook that I personally wrote and it includes all the lessons that I learned in my four years of freelance writing. It is specially geared towards people who love writing and want to find a way to make a career out of writing and get paid to write. It includes everything you need to know to become a better writer and find the best jobs.
Another eBook, this one is from one of my favourite freelance writers and bloggers, Carol Tice. She is the woman behind Make a Living Writing and she actively shares tips and tricks on her blog to help new freelance writers. Carol’s blog helped me a lot when I was a new freelance writer and I found this eBook immensely helpful.
Have you taken any of the above content writing courses online? What was your experience like?