How Much Do You Charge Per Article?

by redstanford 28 replies
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.
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  • 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
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    • Profile picture of the author TheTroglodyte
      You charge $50 - $300 for 1 article???
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by RobertClarkMTFS View Post

        You charge $50 - $300 for 1 article???
        Many people do, Robert. According to their expertise, track-record, experience and success. (Dr Mani is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, as well as an internet marketer ).
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by RobertClarkMTFS View Post

        You charge $50 - $300 for 1 article???
        I have in-house writers, but I have often paid much more than that for outsourced articles in some highly specialized technical niches.
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    • 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.
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  • 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..
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    • 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!
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      • Profile picture of the author SamirSM
        It varies depending on the job.

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

                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
                I find the idea of positioning yourself as elite very persuasive.

                Out of interest, do you guys still get new clients soliciting you for work? I emphasize the new here, as in clients who read the posts saying you're not taking any work, and then ask you to work for them anyway?

                Would saying your schedule is 99% full and you can only take a very select client or two more be more effective? Or less?

                Would you advise someone trying to break into writing to say, "I'd love to take new clients but I'm too busy right now," rather than going the more traditional route of.. you know.. saying they're available?

                I'm very interested in this idea of positioning.

                To be honest, I've been reading Alexa's posts and I just assumed that she WAS full and NOT taking any clients. Then again, I'm not looking to buy writing. If I were, and I had a decent budget, maybe I would be propositioning her? (as it were..)

                Anyway, I understand the concept of marketing yourself as elite, I'm just curious about the idea of marketing oneself as simply unavailable.

                Very interesting anyway, thanks Dr. Mani.
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                • Profile picture of the author drmani
                  Thanks, David.

                  It's not so much as positioning yourself as 'elite' or 'not available'
                  so much as saying self-confidently that you know what your writing is
                  worth
                  - and being willing and able to wait for the right client to find
                  you.

                  Speaking for myself, I could take on 10 new clients today - IF I were
                  in the market. I'm not. I'm busy enough writing for myself, and it is
                  more lucrative to do so. To take on paid client work, I'll be giving up
                  my own content creation - and so must be compensated highly enough to
                  make that worthwhile.

                  Because that is TRUE, I find no trouble at all in 'positioning' my
                  writing services as 'exclusive' (they are, actually).

                  But if you were to ask me to do a very exciting project, and I can fit
                  it into my schedule, and the compensation is worthwhile, I'll consider
                  it.

                  Contrast this against a writer who is (and therefore sounds) desperate
                  for work, and is ready and willing to accept whatever rate a client is
                  able to pay - and you'll see the subtle difference in how each kind of
                  writer will attract a different kind of client.

                  But that alone won't do. You *must* be able to showcase your writing
                  skills effectively, market yourself as a premium and skilled/experienced
                  writer, and conclusively prove to a prospective outsourcer that your
                  writing will be worth what they are paying - and MORE.

                  I drafted a report titled "The Death of $5 Articles" some years back to
                  help writers do this - you can download it free here (no optin)

                  Hope this helps

                  All success
                  Dr.Mani
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                  • Profile picture of the author LeeLee
                    Originally Posted by drmani View Post

                    Thanks, David.

                    It's not so much as positioning yourself as 'elite' or 'not available'
                    so much as saying self-confidently that you know what your writing is
                    worth - and being willing and able to wait for the right client to find
                    you.

                    Speaking for myself, I could take on 10 new clients today - IF I were
                    in the market. I'm not. I'm busy enough writing for myself, and it is
                    more lucrative to do so. To take on paid client work, I'll be giving up
                    my own content creation - and so must be compensated highly enough to
                    make that worthwhile.

                    Because that is TRUE, I find no trouble at all in 'positioning' my
                    writing services as 'exclusive' (they are, actually).

                    But if you were to ask me to do a very exciting project, and I can fit
                    it into my schedule, and the compensation is worthwhile, I'll consider
                    it.

                    Contrast this against a writer who is (and therefore sounds) desperate
                    for work, and is ready and willing to accept whatever rate a client is
                    able to pay - and you'll see the subtle difference in how each kind of
                    writer will attract a different kind of client.

                    But that alone won't do. You *must* be able to showcase your writing
                    skills effectively, market yourself as a premium and skilled/experienced
                    writer, and conclusively prove to a prospective outsourcer that your
                    writing will be worth what they are paying - and MORE.

                    I drafted a report titled "The Death of $5 Articles" some years back to
                    help writers do this - you can download it free here (no optin)

                    Hope this helps

                    All success
                    Dr.Mani
                    Nice guide Dr. Mani. Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author LeeLee
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      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).
      Any chance you will write a guide on marketing a writing career anytime soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author niftystats
    I think $10 is optimal
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author trueinternetworld
    Well, normally between €10 and above, depending on the niche
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