It's not that the competition is fierce or there is a lack of work by any means, there is such a wild swing in pricing.
I see services offered as low as $1 or $2 for 500 words. I've bought a couple just to see what they look like and Jeeesus Christ, they are terrible. I mean ostentatious grammar mistakes, mixed up verbs and just a horrible level of piss poor content. I can't imagine any intelligent online marketer that would put that on their page.
Then you move up to the $5 for 500 words game, and the quality gets a little better but IMHO to write a good article it takes research, writing, formatting, editing, proofreading, proofreading, proofreading (I wrote that 3x on purpose) then finally submission to the client.
So what is worth to you, the website owner that wants valuable, quality, unique content?
And what is it worth to you, the writer that slaves in front of her laptop to passionately create an awesome article?
Please share your thoughts.....