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Unread 20th March 2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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I have heard from a few sources that you are able to get paid to write articles online. To anyone that has experience doing this, how does the compensation work exactly? And, are you able to write articles about whatever you please, or are you assigned topics to write on?

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Unread 20th March 2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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Usually you are assigned articles. You make about .01 per word. Digital point can be a good place to find work if thats what you want to do. Lots of competition though. You would be better off creating products.

What do you mean by "creating products", like ebooks?

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I personnally hate doing this. There are perfect spinner softwares that will do that for you with a VERY LOW 56% duplicated content

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Are you saying that you could use this spinning software to submit the same articles over and over again and get paid each time for the new submissions? Because that would be quite cool.

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You start charging people for spun articles and you will find your reputation ruined real fast. A REAL writer doesn't do anything of the sort. While many writers start as low as one cent a word - writers with excellent skills can make very good money. If you start out spinning articles, you will never get past the cent per word category, and you might not even be able to keep in the running for peanuts for too long.

Decide if you want to be a real writer -- or if you're going to listen to advice about how to spin, plagiarize, and otherwise ruin yourself.

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you could mturk it, but that might be depressing.

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So, the responses are basically use mturk, spin articles or use plr. As Sal said, if you're writing for clients, you'll have plenty of refund requests and no second chances.

Go to the freelance sites. I use elance.com and odesk.com. Set yourself up with an account, work out what you want to charge, write a couple of sample articles to show prospective clients, and start bidding on writing jobs.

Alternatively, take out a Warrior for Hire thread and offer your services here. It would be worth your while getting some people to review your writing so you can show their feedback in your thread. People aren't always keen to take their chances on an untested writer.

Yes, there is competition, even if you price yourself at $0.01/word, but there's work out there if you market yourself.

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Not sure if you have caught the post yet by joekoffi in another thread but he references a blog post that provides 30 sites that reportedly pay for relevant articles - see below:


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I found this blog post and though it will be very useful to many writers here.

Here is a list of 30 websites that will pay you good money to write for them:

http://www.youngprepro.com/websites-that-pay/
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You start charging people for spun articles and you will find your reputation ruined real fast. A REAL writer doesn't do anything of the sort. While many writers start as low as one cent a word - writers with excellent skills can make very good money. If you start out spinning articles, you will never get past the cent per word category, and you might not even be able to keep in the running for peanuts for too long.

Decide if you want to be a real writer -- or if you're going to listen to advice about how to spin, plagiarize, and otherwise ruin yourself.


I second that. Let's be honest. This 1 cent a word crap is a child of the Internet that has opened the field of professional copywriting to a new industry of entrepreneurs who hire people in third-world countries where a penny is a lot of money. They tell English-challenged people who don't have a clue how to write that they can write, pay all their bills and get rich. Soon these opportunities are offered to innocent newbies in the USA, where a penny isn’t a lot of money. (Oh. I forgot. We are becoming a third-world country.)

If this new breed of "copywriter" works for the entrepreneur who is selling their work for 1 cent a word (most often expressed as a 500 word article for $5), then the “writer” is paid less than 1 cent a word. Many of this new breed freelances independently instead for the whole cent. From there the industry evolves into the even worse subindustry of “copywriters” who spin other people's work and sell that as their product. This is the ultimate ripoff, as anyone who buys it gets an even lower level of what he pays for: ubercrap.

This industry has filled the Internet with sheer crap bought by users who don't know the difference between quality and crap. Or if they do they don't care. Just write me a ton of crap to fill up my website. Many have come to routinely expect, even demand, “high quality and fast” for a penny a word!


All of this has spawned false impression that a high quality unique 500-word article can be topically researched, positioned, keyworded and written in 15 minutes, vastly cheapening the perceived value of the professional copywriter while at the same time we continue seeing everywhere the true statement that copy is king and copywriting is the most important of all skills for Internet success, etc. etc.

Meanwhile comes the site visitor looking for useful information, only to leave in seconds because either the copy is so bad or so unintelligible there is no point in staying. Then along comes Google and de-indexes the site because of the bad visitor experience.

But apparently this isn’t the end of the story.

Now comes the dawn of still wilder misperceptions and expectations, like…

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Are you saying that you could use this spinning software to submit the same articles over and over again and get paid each time for the new submissions? Because that would be quite cool.

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Ha ha ha this moves me from gasping to LOL. And I really, really mean nothing personal, Wizz. I can tell you honestly didn’t know, and I couldn’t resist the topic after years of watching the damage. Like HeySal says, you would not be helping yourself by participating.

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I have experience as an article writer. I started with $1/500 words. Yes, it was cheap. It's because I still didn't know anything. I just grabbed the first opportunity. With that, I was given a topic to write about and some keywords.

Then, I found some article submission directories. I can write articles on any topic that I like. I earn an activity bonus (a couple of tens of cents) for each approved article. Plus, I get a monthly pay for the monthly views. Then, I discovered product reviews. Earned an average of $10/review.

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Ha ha ha this moves me from gasping to LOL. And I really, really mean nothing personal, Wizz. I can tell you honestly didn’t know, and I couldn’t resist the topic after years of watching the damage. Like HeySal says, you would not be helping yourself by participating.

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You could sign up at iwriter. Some of the rates there suck. Some are pretty good. I just saw $8.10 for 500 words on an article that looked fairly easy.

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I started out writing articles on Fiverr. That lead to a client who is now paying me $12 for a 500-word blog twice a week. With several clients like that, who needs a day job? The key is to write engaging but concise articles on relevant topics using good grammar and a bit of fun. Hope this helps!

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I personnally hate doing this. There are perfect spinner softwares that will do that for you with a VERY LOW 56% duplicated content
Wait...what?


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As ninja said up there, content is key! Write by yourself, do 8h every day for 3-4 days, you'll get on first page, trust me


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Don't buy articles on fiverr, they are ALL spun articles. Who would really write a 500 word article for 5$ really? XD
Don't flip flop man, you had it right in your earlier posts when it comes to content production. The last thing we want to do is encourage newbies to try and sell spun crap.
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If you want to write online and make any kind of money at all, you will have to write on topics that other people request. If you haven't got any experience writing for clients, I do think that starting out at one of the content sites listed above is a good idea. This will give you an idea of what people are looking for.

If you are more serious and know this is what you want to do, offer your services here in the warriors for hire section, and make sure you have a couple of good testimonials to start. It would also benefit you to set up your own website.

I know Jenn Dize has a good program called Power Ghostwriting which walks you through all the steps of becoming an online writer. It is a few years old but still very relevant. I wouldn't pay the money for something like this though until you have a feel for things and know that this is what you want to do.

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I used to ghostwrite for clients. I got my start by really practicing and perfecting my craft on Associated Content and blogging. Then, when I was ready, I started taking clients at Elance.

When you're in the first "practice" phase you have more freedom. You can write or not write when you want. You pretty much get to pick your subjects. (You'll want to pick something people will read!!). Once you get to taking on clients you'll write what they request. I had one client who had me write on funeral caskets once. Yeah...it was a blast! :rolleyes: But writing for clients can be fun.

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Are you saying that you could use this spinning software to submit the same articles over and over again and get paid each time for the new submissions? Because that would be quite cool.

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I wouldn't spend a dime on a spinning software. Usually the website will hire you to write on a specific topic. After wage is addressed, your job is then to come up with a well-written, and well optimized article that the website wants you to write about.

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I've heard this stuff on sites that offer freelance works like article writing and some other site that pay you to write content. It doesn't pay you that much but it can be a good sideline. The last time I learned about the compensation is $2-$3 for 500 words article.

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I started out writing articles on Fiverr. That lead to a client who is now paying me $12 for a 500-word blog twice a week. With several clients like that, who needs a day job? The key is to write engaging but concise articles on relevant topics using good grammar and a bit of fun. Hope this helps!

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How are the rates on Fiverr? Would it be worth my time to start doing, or is it mostly about getting "discovered" by someone and having them pay you directly to write for them?

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Try one of these:

zerys.com (or interactmedia.com)
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Mostly, they will give the topic when writing article. The compensation depends on the level skill of your writing.

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When I first started online I looked on Forums for people looking for a writer. Forums such as Digital point there are always threads for people looking for writers. The rates vary but its a great way to get started and build up some money.

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Try one of these:

zerys.com (or interactmedia.com)
textbroker.com
fiverr.com
Thanks ashloren. I have obviously heard of fiverr, but the other two are new to me. I am going to check them out right now.

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You start charging people for spun articles and you will find your reputation ruined real fast. A REAL writer doesn't do anything of the sort. While many writers start as low as one cent a word - writers with excellent skills can make very good money. If you start out spinning articles, you will never get past the cent per word category, and you might not even be able to keep in the running for peanuts for too long.

Decide if you want to be a real writer -- or if you're going to listen to advice about how to spin, plagiarize, and otherwise ruin yourself.
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It seems BOЯAT got a job writing articles for us. Look at the typical HELLarious grammar. He loves his job so. Fact is, in communist Яussia, word 'mizpel' you!

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I wanted to try out starting to write some articles on Fiverr. Quick question about getting started; is there some sort of test writing article that I need to write or anything so that they can get a feel for how I write? Because I would find it hard to believe that they would be willing to pay someone who is not a good writer at all to write articles.

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I started out writing articles on Fiverr. That lead to a client who is now paying me $12 for a 500-word blog twice a week. With several clients like that, who needs a day job?
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Any reason why you want to get paid to write articles instead of launching an internet business that can be automated? In a way, you're still trading dollars for hours... even though it is a home business, do you think you will find the time to run your business and balance out leisure time also?

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Well I have worked with few of the paid article sites and the topic is assigned-means you have to write on the client's assigned topic.You may work with networks like iwriter,blogvertise etc.Freelancing networks like odesk,freelancer also has numerous opportunities on article writing.

Besides them you can work with networks like Triond/bukisa where you can write in any topic you like.You will get money on per 1K impression basis per article receives.

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Thanks ashloren. I have obviously heard of fiverr, but the other two are new to me. I am going to check them out right now.

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Here are a few more that you can check out:

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I would rather earn less money, and write only for myself, about things that I am passionate about.

However, I just had an idea... find a way to write for others about stuff that I am passionate about!

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Compensation differs. It depends on whom you're working for and what you ask for. There are a lot of websites that hire writers; you can try one of them. As for writing whatever you please, that might work for residual income sites, but upfront income sites usually give you the topics in which they want the articles done. Hope this helps you.

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I have heard from a few sources that you are able to get paid to write articles online. To anyone that has experience doing this, how does the compensation work exactly? And, are you able to write articles about whatever you please, or are you assigned topics to write on?

Thanks in advance.

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A lot of people look to make money online and the first thing they do is think "Yes I can get paid as a writer!"

Now you CAN get paid writing articles and ALL of the OP's questions will be answered by checking out the services section right here at the WF.

However before you jump into offering articles I suggest you ask yourself whether or not you can write QUALITY content.

With all of the changes of late at Google you do not want to just churn out 250 word rehashed articles and expect people to come running for your services.

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I can answer this, with over 20 years' experience writing articles, online and offline. I can even give you the history of the online markets for writers. And, since I'm a writer who loves to write, this will be long.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and let's take a cruise through the ups & downs of the article writing business.
Note: None of the links in this article are affiliate links, and only one link -- the curated content one -- leads to a website I own.
I'm going to start by describing pre-Internet writing, because it has some similarities and some harsh contrasts with article writing for the web. It also offers some of the highest-paying opportunities. (If you're only interested in how to launch an online article writing career, skip ahead to later sections in this post.)

Pre-Internet writing

Many years ago, before the Internet, newbie writers began by writing for magazines that paid in bylines and free copies. (A "byline" or "by-line" or "by line" is where it says, "by [writer's name]" and then you'd tear out the article -- then called a "tear sheet" -- and add it to your portfolio.)

The free copies were so you'd have one copy for a tear sheet, and give the rest to your proud mom, skeptical kids, or carry with you to an interview where the editor might want to see more than a tear sheet.

You'd write an article, and if it was good enough to publish and matched the magazine's niche, the article would be published. The issue would appear three months (usually the absolute minimum) to two years later.

After that, you'd graduate to low-paying writing gigs. In the 1980s, that usually meant $15 - $35 per 250 word article.

The highest-paying freelance gigs were with "True Confessions" types of magazines. Seriously. A 500-word "true story" could pay hundreds, especially if the editor asked you to expand it to 1200+ words. So, this was where big-name romance writers earned extra money while they were working on their next best-sellers. It was a very competitive market, but -- wow -- the money was great.

That was an era when every beauty salon in America stocked those magazines in their waiting areas, and lots of women read every word of every issue. Those magazines still pay pretty good money, so they're still highly competitive.

Further up the publishing food chain, magazines with high circulation would pay anywhere from $50 for "filler" (short blurbs to fill spaces between the big articles, if they didn't sell enough advertising) to around $750 for a cover story in something like Popular Science or Vogue.

Newspapers also bought (and still buy) filler and some (not many) articles, but for a far lower fee. In the 1980s, it was about $5 - $20 for filler pieces as short as 15 words.

Rights were a big deal. From my experience, it was better to sell only "First North American Rights," meaning the publication was the first to publish the article, but then you got the article back to resell, elsewhere. Even if the article sold for $15, you could make another $350 easily, selling that same article over and over again to low-budget magazines that bought reprint rights.

What I'd do is this: Sell the article to any cheap and easy magazine, just to get it in print. Then, I'd photocopy the tear sheet, include a double-spaced, printed (typed) copy of the article, and send that out in a bulk mailing to a huge list of lesser magazines. My cover letter would just say the article was available for reprint, and they could pay me whatever their standard reprint fee was.

Over the next year, the $5 - $25 checks would show up, several times a week... all from one article.

Today, you can still do that kind of thing. The book you want is "Writers MarketsWriters Markets " for the current year. Your public library probably has a copy. It tells you who's buying what, for how much, and how to approach them. The 2012 edition has over 7,500 markets where you can sell your writing, from magazines to greeting cards to novels.

When I write for magazines now, I'm paid about $250 per article. Book publishers pay me in that same range, sometimes more, for articles and stories that will appear in an anthology. I've written for books like "Weird Hauntings" (ghost stories, in the "Weird USA" series) and "Kickin' Back in Texas" (regional trivia and travel articles). Most book editors pay me in the high three or low four figures, for articles I love writing.

Early Internet

In the 1990s, the Internet worked on a similar model and pay scale. I'm pretty sure Suite101.com was the first to open their doors to anyone who could put a sentence together. They paid me $15 to write one 250+ word article a week (or so) in a niche that had my pen name on it. I ended up with three niches, and it was a lot of fun... until Suite101's business model faltered. They couldn't pay us any more.

Some writers -- including me -- kept writing for them, anyway. We had fans who eagerly looked forward to our new articles.

Then, Suite101 changed hands, and I think they wanted to clear the decks. I understood that, since they had a lot of ho-hum writers in the bunch. We were all sent "thanks, but you'll need to reapply" emails, and -- to me -- the offer sounded like an exclusive contract with no pay.

No, thanks.

The next steady, paying gig was About.com and a few similar models (BellaOnline, etc.) that sprung up around the same time or later. Some paid per-article, and others paid a percentage of the affiliate and advertising income from your niche's pages.

Many of those sites are still online and some can provide a good, steady paycheck. However, their rules can be extreme, limiting your work for other websites and even for print media. If the paycheck's good enough, it can be worth agreeing to their terms. And, in some cases, you can negotiate for fewer limits.

Generally, you're given a niche/topic, and that's all you write about, but you have a lot of leeway in terms of what you say and how long the articles must be.

Then, writers worked for sites like Write For Cash. That was huge for awhile, and it paid $15/article with only so-so quality standards. They'd provide you with a list of topics, and you'd sign up for the ones you wanted.

Once you'd proved yourself as a good writer, you could suggest your own topics. It was a fun gig at that level, and their writers' forums led to long-time friendships. I'm still in touch with many of those writers, sometimes on a daily basis.

Things turned sour there when it looked like a college professor was trying to hawk her students' papers as "articles" and she'd grab most of the best available topics. She maintained that she was just a prolific writer, but the issue divided the community and.. well, it wasn't the same after that. In a few months, Write For Cash closed its doors and reopened under another name, with different rules for writers.

But, hey, getting paid $15 for a 500-word article about ways to wash a bath mat... it was an interesting challenge. It was fun while it lasted.

As those doors closed, other options emerged. They're the current models.

Current article writing gigs

Out of the ashes of businesses like Write For Cash, entrepreneurs set up article shops. One of the earliest -- now past its "growing pains" stage -- was Constant Content.

It's still a good place to sell articles, if you're a powerful writer who can turn out authority-style articles on demand.

There, you can earn a living if you are prolific enough and write well-researched articles. You'll sell your original articles, PLR-style, by selling just "usage" rights. You'll earn about $5 - $30 per article (sometimes lower, sometimes higher) each time someone simply uses your article.

You can also sell unique and full rights for $25 per article and higher -- sometimes much higher -- if your research and writing are superb.
Don't even think of posting a spun article or someone else's work. Constant Content has deep pockets and top-level software to expose plagiarism. (Not sure about copyright laws and spinning articles? Check my article, Curated Content - What it is and what it isn't, especially around the "what it isn't" section.)
At the low end, there are micro-job sites. Fiverr is actually one of the better paying sites. Those gigs put you in competition with people in countries where $5/day can be a living wage.

The bad news is: A whole lot of people buying those kinds of articles -- referred to as "junk on paper" by those of us who've been writing for a long time -- never really read the articles. So, they don't care that they're buying badly-spun PLR, or their writer's "research" involved copying an article from About.com, with some eZineArticles.com content added.
When you (perhaps unknowingly) use a plagiarized article based on material originally written by someone with a successful writing career, you're playing a dangerous game.

From my experience, spotting my own work on unauthorized sites, about 50% of the hosting services will quickly shut down the entire site where the stolen content appears. I'm talking about hours, if not minutes.
When a writer has to prove his or her work was the original, the Wayback Machine is a wonderful thing.

If you're hiring a writer or outsourcing your writing, double-check that person's work against CopyScape. Then, manually check a few unusual phrases at Google, just to be sure.
The good news is: With even modest research and writing skills, your work can be vastly better that the $1/article garbage. Frankly, I wouldn't accept less than $15 for a 500-word article, and even that is a pretty low rate of pay if you're producing quality work.

In the article writing business, "you get what you pay for" isn't a firm rule, but it's pretty close.

Where to begin

Starting out, Fiverr is a good middle-of-the-road way to earn money and improve your writing skills.

You don't need a writing course. I have yet to see one that's worth what it costs, if you're aiming at the $5/article marketplace. (That said, I still refer to some of Jason Fladlien's reports about writing, for prompts, and Travis Sago's free "bum marketing" plan also offers superb writing tips.)

You might need a grammar and punctuation review. Elements of StyleElements of Style is still a great reference, and almost every public library has a copy.
Quick quiz to see if you need it:

Q. When using quotation marks, where does a comma or a period go, if you're writing for an American audience?

A. Inside the quotation marks. So, it's "here's the quote," not "here's the quote". (Ref.)
Becoming a truly good writer is easy, but it can be time-consuming: Write. Then write some more. And continue writing, every day.

Yesterday, this quotation was making the rounds on Facebook, and it sums up a writer's life, nicely:
“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
If you're already a good writer, apply at Constant Content. You'll need to stand out in the crowd to earn top dollar; with 50k writers in their pool, it's a competitive marketplace.

Nevertheless, I'm still receiving "usage" payments for some (not very good) articles I wrote about eight years ago, for a similar site.

If you're good, but not quite ready for a competitive marketplace, someone's already posted a link to a site listing places where you can write for cash.

Or, you can simply Google phrases like "write for cash," "write for us," "hiring bloggers," and so on.

Choose carefully, and use a pen name. Never agree to a contract that limits what you can write, elsewhere. (I swear, writers should screen some of those sites as carefully as -- or more carefully than -- the sites screen applicants.)

You could post ads here at the Warrior Forum, and post regularly at Internet Marketing-related forums, while mentioning that you're a writer. People will contact you and offer you work.

However, about 90% of the people who contact you will have $3/article pricing in their heads, and think they're being generous. If you quote a (very low) price of $15/article for top-quality work that will take you at least an hour to research and write, you'll probably never hear from them again.

If you're good, some people -- in the "guru" league, or those who seriously aspire to reach that level -- will pay you what you ask. That works out to $35 - $50 per hour, minzo.

Keep in mind that you cannot boast that you write for them, mentioning them by name (or even hinting heavily), and you usually can't use them as a reference.

When you work for a guru or someone on the fast track to IM success, you're paid well because you're a great writer. You're also paid for your discretion. Both are vital if you want to keep working in this field.

Creating your own market

If you're a really good and prolific writer, consider creating your own marketplace. That's what I'm testing, and it's why I'm turning down most freelance writing gigs, now.

I've "paid my dues" writing articles about buying used mobile homes, 5 ways to remove chewing gum from clothing, and so on. (Those are real examples.)

Now, I want to write for fun and money.

If that sounds good to you, you have many options. I suggest starting with one (or both) of two business models that are doing well, right now:

1. Create a site selling one-off articles and/or PLR
that you write. I'm testing that in April 2012.

My early experiments have been astonishing, and Tiffany Dow's advice in this field is excellent.

My best tips:
  • Decide which niches to focus on, from the beginning. Don't spread yourself too thin. Start with four or five niches at the most, so you'll use your niche research over & over again. An hour of research for just one article... that's not a smart use of your time.
  • Stay current on SEO, so you know the word count that will serve your customers well, and what keyword strategies are best. Repeat customers are your bread & butter. Earn their loyalty.
  • At least 30% of your research should rely on offline sources such as books, textbooks, lectures, theses, and magazine articles. Then, your online articles include information no one else has. Your clients will love you for that!

2. Sell websites you build that include your own really good articles. I've been testing a couple of variations of that for the past few months.

My concept is based on Lisa Gergets' Amazon mini-site model, but I'm loading my sites with content that would usually cost my clients $35/article.

So far, this is going well, though I haven't marketed it much; I'm still deciding which business models are the most fun for me

My best tips:
  • A "pretty good" theme with one or two "pretty good" articles and a good, premium Amazon plugin is a model that works. Most of those sites sell (PLR-style) for $25+ without a domain name, and one-offs sell for $97+ with a domain name. If you're starting out, this is a good foundation.
  • Unless you already have clients, build a following at Flippa, and then create your own website with greater freedom... and profits.
  • Find the "sweet spot" that maximizes your talents, in a price range that works for everyone. I'm a bright researcher & writer, so I'm focusing on juicy, authority-style articles. Others love to stack their sites with the latest-and-greatest premium plugins. And, many people earn a good living by creating themes that look so gorgeous, they don't need to add content or plugins. Within those three categories, you'll find a mix that works for you.
In summary

If you're already a good writer, the best money is in print media: Magazines, greeting cards, and books.

(Though I didn't talk about it much, CreateSpace.com plus Kindle -- in combination -- is the best money for any writer with an existing fan following. If you don't already have a fan base, write great books and implement a very broad range of marketing methods. Shortcuts are often short-lived. Recommended reading: The Well-Fed Self-PublisherThe Well-Fed Self-Publisher and other books by that author.)

For writing income, the next best idea is freelance writing at sites like Constant Content, but you must be a prolific, high-quality writer to do well there.

If you're a writer with little or no experience, or you need to improve your skills, start with Fiverr and blogs that pay you $5 per post. And, write as much as you can, whether you're paid or not.

If you want to write, write! That's how you'll improve your skills, and those articles and blog posts can be their own marketing.

On the other hand, what if you don't wake up in the morning with a smile on your face as you look forward to that day's research and writing? In that case, aim for volume instead of individual, high-paying gigs. Crank out lots of articles, and see where the road takes you.

You never know when one of your articles will catch the attention of a Hollywood producer, and he contacts you -- not for writing -- but to work as a paid consultant for his latest TV series or movie.

Anything is possible, and writing can take you to the stars. (Pun intended.)

I love research and writing, and that combination has provided me with a good income.

Start with entry-level work, if you're new to writing. You can quickly advance to higher-paying gigs that are far more fun.

Though there's a lot of competition in the writing field, the fact is: Most of the competition isn't very good.

You can succeed as a writer. All it takes is the ambition to write, and persistence.

I hope that helps!

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I can answer this, with over 20 years' experience writing articles, online and offline. I can even give you the history of the online markets for writers. And, since I'm a writer who loves to write, this will be long.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and let's take a cruise through the ups & downs of the article writing business.
Note: None of the links in this article are affiliate links, and only one link -- the curated content one -- leads to a website I own.
I'm going to start by describing pre-Internet writing, because it has some similarities and some harsh contrasts with article writing for the web. It also offers some of the highest-paying opportunities. (If you're only interested in how to launch an online article writing career, skip ahead to later sections in this post.)
WOW! Thank you on the OP's behalf!

This a monster of a post!

If you are thinking of becoming a writer here it is!

Should be a sticky for writers I think.

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If you ask me, I'm fully-satisfied using paidforumposting.com service.
They offer article writing, blog commenting, and forum moderation packages as well to complement the forum posting.
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You need to have a writer's website first thing that will show samples of your work. You can find private clients to make more money. There are many ways to find these clients, such as Odesk or even on Craigslist. You can make a living writing articles but it can be hard. I've done it in the past and IM is so much better.

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I have heard from a few sources that you are able to get paid to write articles online. To anyone that has experience doing this, how does the compensation work exactly? And, are you able to write articles about whatever you please, or are you assigned topics to write on?

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Have written articles for iwriter.com since it started back in august 2011. There are 3 levels basic, premium, and the highest level is elite writer.

Basic level you are paid less and premium you are paid more but less than the elite writers.

If you write more than 30 articles and if your rating or review given by the article requester is more than 4.6 than you will automatically be an elite writer.

Becoming an elite writer requires quality content with consistency, if you follow this then achieving this elite level is a piece of cake for sure.

Requester's will post their requirement in different categories and you can choose any article request to write.
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I notice your post about writing articles. You can use ebay to offer your seo services. And best of all ebay doesn't charge that much for you to list your services.

You can offer services on ebay....

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There are many freelance writing jobs available online. I have hired several writers through Odesk.com

But you may have to take a few jobs for very little money at first so that you can build up a reputation. Most employers don't want to hire writers until they have some positive feedback and experience.

The payment varies from $2 for a 500 word article to around $20. It just depends on your experience, if you're a native writer, and if what pay you're willing to take.

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Here's a little tip.... something I used to do when I was a ghostwriter...

Get on Google and search for web designers and SEO companies. Visit a few each day and send a message through their contact form or email address offering your services to their clients. Tell them they can mark up your fee if they want to earn a little as the middle man (which will get you more responses, trust me). They can even keep the customer as their own and just outsource it all to you. That way the designer or SEO company gets to add value to their services, make a little profit, and do none of the work. Everybody wins.

The key to this is having samples of your best work at the ready, so do that first on a blog you set up for that purpose. Testimonials are important too, if you have any or can work to get a few before you try this.

Cast a wide net. Make contacting a few of them per day part of your routine. Be the squeaky wheel. It might take a while but you'll land some gigs this way.

Best of all, hardly any of your competitors will think of trying this unless they read this thread

And if you're genuinely a good writer and you meet your deadlines consistently, do not be afraid to charge a good rate. That's a common mistake good writers just getting into this business make. Charge more - but work harder to get the jobs.

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Here's a little tip.... something I used to do when I was a ghostwriter...

Get on Google and search for web designers and SEO companies. Visit a few each day and send a message through their contact form or email address offering your services to their clients. Tell them they can mark up your fee if they want to earn a little as the middle man (which will get you more responses, trust me). They can even keep the customer as their own and just outsource it all to you. That way the designer or SEO company gets to add value to their services, make a little profit, and do none of the work. Everybody wins.

The key to this is having samples of your best work at the ready, so do that first on a blog you set up for that purpose. Testimonials are important too, if you have any or can work to get a few before you try this.

Cast a wide net. Make contacting a few of them per day part of your routine. Be the squeaky wheel. It might take a while but you'll land some gigs this way.

Best of all, hardly any of your competitors will think of trying this unless they read this thread

And if you're genuinely a good writer and you meet your deadlines consistently, do not be afraid to charge a good rate. That's a common mistake good writers just getting into this business make. Charge more - but work harder to get the jobs.

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Thanks for the post John. Some good advice in there.

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Don't listen to anyone trying to fill your head with get rich quick ideas of selling spun garbage content. You might be able to fool someone once into paying for that junk, but they will never use you again and your reputation will be ruined.

There are plenty of ways to go about writing articles. I generally find writers when I'm in need on sites like Guru, Freelancer or elance.
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Get on Google and search for web designers and SEO companies. Visit a few each day and send a message through their contact form or email address offering your services to their clients. Tell them they can mark up your fee if they want to earn a little as the middle man (which will get you more responses, trust me). They can even keep the customer as their own and just outsource it all to you. That way the designer or SEO company gets to add value to their services, make a little profit, and do none of the work. Everybody wins.

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John that was excellent - I'm sending my GWC students over here to read your reply. I actually used to get contacted by the people you mention all the time, asking me if they could outsource their clients' writing to me and then mark it up and be the middle men. I declined at the time because I was maxed out and their volume was HUGE - but if I'd just been starting out, ka-ching!

Great tip!

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John that was excellent - I'm sending my GWC students over here to read your reply. I actually used to get contacted by the people you mention all the time, asking me if they could outsource their clients' writing to me and then mark it up and be the middle men. I declined at the time because I was maxed out and their volume was HUGE - but if I'd just been starting out, ka-ching!

Great tip!
Thanks, Tiff. I got desperate at the time and was just trying everything that popped into my head to drum up business. It's amazing the ideas you can come up with when the bills have to be paid and you only have yourself to rely on.

The other cool thing about doing this (contacting SEO and web design co's for writing jobs) is that their customers are often from the offline world. Some of those people don't bat an eye at paying $25 and up for good article-length writing.

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Thanks, Tiff. I got desperate at the time and was just trying everything that popped into my head to drum up business. It's amazing the ideas you can come up with when the bills have to be paid and you only have yourself to rely on.

The other cool thing about doing this (contacting SEO and web design co's for writing jobs) is that their customers are often from the offline world. Some of those people don't bat an eye at paying $25 and up for good article-length writing.

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I think this is a wonderful tip and i will be testing it out myself. I am actually one of Tiffany's GWC students and recently my client list has dwindled.

My bills are staring me in the face and i don't just rely on myself but people rely on me too (luckily it isn't in the form of a child as yet).

I tried a lot of things from crappy content mills to freelancing sites to Warrior Ads and so far no bites so your method is certainly worth a try.

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Rachel,

I was in your boat the last three months. No income at all. Finally, my girlfriend, who is Catholic, did some novenas for me and now I have three projects. The month of April and May is booked. I'm just looking at what I can do to get work after May. But at least the work is now coming in. I'm not stating religion here, I'm just saying that with the grace of the Almighty on my side, I was able to get work. I hope this comment does not offend those who are non-religious.

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I was in your boat the last three months. No income at all. Finally, my girlfriend, who is Catholic, did some novenas for me and now I have three projects. The month of April and May is booked. I'm just looking at what I can do to get work after May. But at least the work is now coming in. I'm not stating religion here, I'm just saying that with the grace of the Almighty on my side, I was able to get work. I hope this comment does not offend those who are non-religious.
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Personally I am not offended. I though not a Christian do pray and go to church from time to time. So i believe your statement that the Almighty will provide. That is provided that you actually put in the work as well

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