Paid Article Writing

Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz by makemoneywizz Posted: 03/20/2012
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.

--Wizz--
#article #paid #writing

  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    makemoneywizz
    Originally Posted by Resale Rights Ninja View Post
    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?
  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    makemoneywizz
    Originally Posted by JimmyAffiliateMarketing View Post
    I personnally hate doing this. There are perfect spinner softwares that will do that for you with a VERY LOW 56% duplicated content

    Jimmy-

    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.

    --Wizz--
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    HeySal
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author CliffordCharles
    CliffordCharles
    you could mturk it, but that might be depressing.
  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Audrey Harvey
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author chase
    chase
    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:


    Originally Posted by joekoffi View Post
    If you can write articles, this is another avenue to even make more money.
    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/
  • Profile picture of the author MBDirect
    MBDirect
    Originally Posted by HeySal View Post
    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…

    Originally Posted by makemoneywizz View Post
    Jimmy-

    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.

    --Wizz--


    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.

    MBDirect
  • Profile picture of the author dame016
    dame016
    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.

    Let me know if you have further questions.
  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    makemoneywizz
    Originally Posted by MBDirect View Post

    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.

    MBDirect
    Comment was meant mostly as a joke. It's not exactly something I'm looking into.
  • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
    lisakleinweber
    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.

    eta: Basically, you can sign up at places like iwriter or mturk or demand studios and get a paycheck online. Or, you can market yourself in any number of places and set your own rates, get your own clients, and collect your own fees.
  • Profile picture of the author Stoney
    Stoney
    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!
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
    Joseph Robinson
    Originally Posted by JimmyAffiliateMarketing View Post
    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?


    Originally Posted by JimmyAffiliateMarketing View Post
    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


    Originally Posted by JimmyAffiliateMarketing View Post
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author BridgetSielicki
    BridgetSielicki
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author robyna
    robyna
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by makemoneywizz View Post
    Jimmy-

    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.

    --Wizz--
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    Usmile
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    makemoneywizz
    Originally Posted by Stoney View Post
    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!

    Stoney-

    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?
  • Profile picture of the author ashloren
    ashloren
    Try one of these:

    zerys.com (or interactmedia.com)
    textbroker.com
    fiverr.com
  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    gentryliving
    Mostly, they will give the topic when writing article. The compensation depends on the level skill of your writing.
  • Profile picture of the author ExpertSEOServices
    ExpertSEOServices
    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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