How Much Do You Charge Per Article?

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if you outsource to an american writer to write a good 500 word article, how much would you typically charge?
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  • Profile picture of the author co-creator
    I think I remember reading somewhere that a quality article can go for approximately 10$. Anything less than 10$ would not be considered very valuable... above $10, I'm not too sure how that is perceived. Don't assume that the higher you price, the higher your value will be in their eyes.
  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by redstanford View Post

    ... to write a good 500 word article, how much would you typically charge?
    When I write 350 - 500 word articles for anyone else, I typically
    charge between $50 and $300 - and for specialty articles on my
    medical area of expertise, it's MUCH higher!

    All success
    Dr.Mani
  • Profile picture of the author wilsonm
    $7 is the max I would pay for a 500 world article. I use a writer who is a published author and I pay her $1 per 100 words and the quality of the articles are out of this world, it is amazing! I would pay more but I am in a startup position and need to keep costs to minimum.
  • Profile picture of the author Amit_articles
    Originally Posted by redstanford View Post

    if you outsource to an american writer to write a good 500 word article, how much would you typically charge?
    I think it depends on the topic of the article to write and also on the quality the writer can produce..
  • Profile picture of the author jglopez
    I'm a writer and I charge $1 for 100 words. This is just because I'm starting out. I've written well offline, so I plan to bump my rate up after I've established myself.

    To everyone - I've yet to see a job offer here or any forum that offers $7-10 per 500-word article! Wow! Hook me up!
  • Profile picture of the author SamirSM
    It varies depending on the job.

    I've taken between $1 and $10 per 500 words.
  • Profile picture of the author Zachmo
    $10 to a hundred bucks is usually the range of how much I pay for one.
  • Profile picture of the author jglopez
    Originally Posted by Zachmo View Post

    $10 to a hundred bucks is usually the range of how much I pay for one.
    Wow Zachmo - hire me

    I'm serious. Let me know if you're interested. I write good. <- grammatical error was done on purpose. "good" sounds so much better than "well" if you say it out loud.
  • Profile picture of the author ForeignProfessor
    Originally Posted by jglopez View Post

    Wow Zachmo - hire me

    I'm serious. Let me know if you're interested. I write good. <- grammatical error was done on purpose. "good" sounds so much better than "well" if you say it out loud.
    You speak funny.
  • Profile picture of the author Ted_B
    Hello,
    I usually charge $10.00 per article, and the articles run 500-600 words. Discounts for multiple articles can bring the price down to $7-8. Well written articles and the writers behind them are out there, but sometimes the search gets exhausting.
    Thanks,
    Ted
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    Originally Posted by redstanford View Post

    if you outsource to an american writer to write a good 500 word article, how much would you typically charge?
    I wouldn't.

    If I outsourced to a writer, I'd pay, not charge. It's when a client outsources to me that I charge - in this case typically about $75 (but am not taking on any new clients at all).
  • Profile picture of the author hilaryaustin
    depends on the article you write on. At first I even accept .50 per 200 words when I knew the price was around $1 - $2 per article.
  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Originally Posted by hilaryaustin View Post

    depends on the article you write on. At first I even accept .50 per 200 words when I knew the price was around $1 - $2 per article.
    You're really underselling yourself there. Definitely time for you to start charging more!
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
    How much writers charge, online, typically, has very little to do with their writing skills (assuming only a basic level of competence).

    It has much more to do with their marketing skills. What one earns as an article writer depends on one's own marketing skills for one's writing services. It's all about the markets in which one chooses to compete.

    Writers who choose to compete in low-priced markets are effectively labelling their own work "Low Cost Writing" (as well as choosing to compete with people who are living and working in countries where $5 is a full day's pay.)

    Many people with genuinely valuable writing skills start off with very low-paid projects, thinking that this will help them to move on to higher-paid projects. It usually doesn't, at all.

    For online writers, I think it's really important to avoid at the outset the mistake of imagining that it's sensible to "start off by writing for low prices" with a view to raising their prices after clients have seen what they can produce. When writing for online markets, it simply doesn't work that way: when you write for low prices you attract clients whose primary motivation is to pay low prices, and you lose almost all of them when you increase prices later, and have to start off afresh all over again.
  • Profile picture of the author niftystats
    I think $10 is optimal
  • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

    when you write for low prices you attract clients whose primary motivation is to pay low prices, and you lose almost all of them when you increase prices later, and have to start off afresh all over again.

    I was about to suggest that it's better to start low , build a client base and then increase your costs, but that one sentence above makes more sense than anything I've read here for a while..


    I'll shut up and leave this topic to the experts!
  • Profile picture of the author notrichyet
    I currently charge $6 for a 500 word article. Many writers get caught up in the cost per article and not what they can make per hour. It really depends on your typing speed and how fast you can put your thoughts together to formulate the article. If you can only do 500 words per hour, then yes $6 an hour is not very much. Depending on the content requested, I will charge more if there is intense research required. But on average, most of my clients like to buy articles in packs of five for submission to Ezine which I can usually produce fairly quickly with about 5-10 minutes of reading customer reviews. Writing articles around Amazon products is becoming a bit of a specialty for me.

    I think the best way to charge for articles is to give your clients a competitive price where you are still making a reasonable hourly rate. Obviously larger projects are quoted differently.....

    Cheers!
    Mary
  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    There's a LESSON here in this very thread for article writers and
    freelancers looking to break into the "higher rate" bracket!

    Did you spot it?

    Look at my first response. Then look at Alexa Smith's first one.

    Do you notice the POSITIONING there?

    We both stated our typical rates - and then said we are NOT
    soliciting new work (we say it in different ways, though!)

    This sends a (not so) subtle message - that we value our work,
    and are available ONLY to the 'right' client... and even then,
    we won't be falling over ourselves for their business.

    And it'll help if you 'get' this - you should stick to this
    position EVEN IF you're hurting for work!

    It's TOUGH. But it works. In time. The hardest thing will be
    to waffle between 'minimum wage' and 'premium rates', and then
    get caught out compromising depending upon your current 'needs'.

    All success
    Dr.Mani
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Barton
    $10 - $25 per article depending on how much time they want me to research before I write.

    If you want to be really mean and don't plan on outsourcing any of your clients to other writers, then once you schedule is full keeping looking for new clients. When you do this, set you minimum price for new clients equal to the top price of your current clients.

    Then when you get a new client at the higher rate, let your lowest paying client know that they have to pay your new rate or you will be forced to part ways. If they agree to pay the higher price, then go to your next lowest paying client and do the same...

    rinse and repeat to boost your price as high as possible. Eventually, you will rarely if ever get new clients, but you will already have full schedule with your current high paying clients... that is when you know that you have reached your ceiling.
  • Profile picture of the author TheTroglodyte
    You charge $50 - $300 for 1 article???

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