Best place to get paid for content writing

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Hello Warriors,

I'm starting my IM journey, and would like to first get some income rolling by getting paid for writing articles/ copy. I have done a few gigs on Fiverr, but I was hoping to get some tips on where to and/or how to maximize my earnings and get paid more for my writing.

I always aim to offer more value than I am paid for, but $4 for 500 words is less than I think I am worth.

Looking forward to reading your tips,

Happy W
#internet marketing #content #paid #place #writing
  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Textbroker.com and other such websites. WFH ad. BST in IM forums. Elance. Guru. Odesk.
    • Profile picture of the author PhillyGalJen
      Getting private clients by emailing sites, businesses, posting an ad on Craig's list, setting up your own web site offering your services will help you to make more from content writing.
    • Profile picture of the author ShivJaiswaL
      Originally Posted by WeavingThoughts View Post

      Textbroker.com and other such websites. WFH ad. BST in IM forums. Elance. Guru. Odesk.
      all suggestions are fine. I would like to add freelancer.com
  • Profile picture of the author Freddie Worrall
    Put something in your signature advertising you as a writer, look out for any article related post's and comment, obviously actually give some positive input, not just 'hi here's my signature'.

    I'm looking to have a few articles written at the moment, what's you knowledge of internet marketing like, enough to write high quality, SEO'ed, interesting, content packed articles?
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by Freddie Worrall View Post

      Put something in your signature advertising you as a writer, look out for any article related post's and comment, obviously actually give some positive input, not just 'hi here's my signature'.

      I'm looking to have a few articles written at the moment, what's you knowledge of internet marketing like, enough to write high quality, SEO'ed, interesting, content packed articles?
      Hi Freddie, I have spend the best part of a year reading/watching videos on IM, however I have hardly got my feet wet thus far. As far as writing SEO'ed articles, am I right in thinking, you would choose certain keywords and I would drop the into the article, say 4-5 times each? As for interesting and content packed, this would be my main focus.

      Cheers

      Happy
  • Profile picture of the author Freddie Worrall
    Oh, elance by the way, great place also.

    :-)
  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    I have to say that I have tried many writers and went back to doing it myself as there are so few that can really write things that others will want to read. You have to become that writer.
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

      I have to say that I have tried many writers and went back to doing it myself as there are so few that can really write things that others will want to read. You have to become that writer.
      Thanks, I find this motivates me. Is that down to lack of talent or lack of effort? How much were you paying for these articles?

      Happy
  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I was hoping to get some tips on where to and/or how to maximize my earnings and get paid more for my writing.
    If you go on the usual forums, you will have a hard time to maximize your earnings since many, many of those people (not necessarily here, tho) are extremely cheap.

    The best to maximize your earnings as a writer:

    * Make your name known on forums, get lots of connections and relationships. At some point you will also meet good clients which can turn into long-term clients.

    * Get away from "article" writing. Seriously, I personally get aches already when I come across the word "article".... Instead of writing "articles", offer ebooks and professional writing like web copy or guest posting. Try to distance yourself from the rest of the "article writing" crowd.
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post


      * Get away from "article" writing. Seriously, I personally get aches already when I come across the word "article".... Instead of writing "articles", offer ebooks and professional writing like web copy or guest posting. Try to distance yourself from the rest of the "article writing" crowd.
      Brilliant, Thanks for this! : )
  • Profile picture of the author SteveJo
    wyppah

    You dont necessarily have to write others? Write for yourself and build an audience. Do you have blog? Invest money and market it.
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by SteveJo View Post

      wyppah

      You dont necessarily have to write others? Write for yourself and build an audience. Do you have blog? Invest money and market it.
      Thanks Steve, I dont have a blog yet, as I am still unsure what niche I want to specialise in. At the moment, I am just looking for fast money, I will start working for myself once I have a steady income.
  • Profile picture of the author Fox30
    I have you looked at iwriter.com? check it out.
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Promote your services on your own website. You can charge what you want, and offer your portfolio with sample content, a money-back guarantee, testimonials, case studies, and even real life content online.
  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    There are loads of sites to find work. However, you also should be considering other ways to market yourself such as your own site, classified ads, running an ad in the Warriors for Hire in this forum, etc.
  • Profile picture of the author rossm
    what about plr, you could sell your articles on these sites, or howabout ebay selling your services?
  • Profile picture of the author ccole
    Textbroker.com is a best place for to write articles for others as they pay high. You can also sign-up to Odesk and bid for some writing projects. There are still lots of sites there like Elance, Freelancer, and SubmitYourArticle.com where you can sign-up; however, the two sites mentioned above are the one that I recommend.
    • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
      Originally Posted by ccole View Post

      Textbroker.com is a best place for to write articles for others as they pay high.
      I just checked out this site - $7 for a "4 star" 500 words article, I don't think so. This is way below average. Rates for "5 star" authors/articles are good, but then I have my doubts that many can satisfy their criteria for such a "5 star" rating. It looks they handpick those and that the majority of the writers will likely end up writing for less what they could get from any random webmaster forum. I might be wrong tho.
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by wyppah View Post

    . . . where to and/or how to maximize my earnings and get paid more for my writing. I always aim to offer more value than I am paid for . . .
    Wyppah,

    If I were you I would focus on strictly writing for myself. If you choose to begin a writing service, you are typically going to be paid roughly what others make for writing. You are going to have to drum up business and be willing to write in niches that you have no interest or desire to be in. Do you really want to be held hostage by your plan to sell one article after another?

    I would choose some topics that I have an interest in and begin writing short reports. Turn those into high quality lead generators around specific topics. When you have three or four reports on a topic, blend them together and get a book up on Kindle.

    Over time, writing for yourself, you will be able to establish a readership, sell books, sell or give away reports to generate leads, write your own sales letters and develop your own products.

    To me, I wouldn't want to trade my time for articles that I sold but that somebody else owned. You want to be the owner.

    When you own everything you write, each word, each sentence, each paragraph will multiply itself over and over again in sales income. If you are a quality writer, your upside earning potential will be much much greater than if you simply sell your words once to the next client.

    Good luck to you,

    Steve
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      Wyppah,

      If I were you I would focus on strictly writing for myself. If you choose to begin a writing service, you are typically going to be paid roughly what others make for writing. You are going to have to drum up business and be willing to write in niches that you have no interest or desire to be in. Do you really want to be held hostage by your plan to sell one article after another?

      I would choose some topics that I have an interest in and begin writing short reports. Turn those into high quality lead generators around specific topics. When you have three or four reports on a topic, blend them together and get a book up on Kindle.

      Over time, writing for yourself, you will be able to establish a readership, sell books, sell or give away reports to generate leads, write your own sales letters and develop your own products.

      To me, I wouldn't want to trade my time for articles that I sold but that somebody else owned. You want to be the owner.

      When you own everything you write, each word, each sentence, each paragraph will multiply itself over and over again in sales income. If you are a quality writer, your upside earning potential will be much much greater than if you simply sell your words once to the next client.

      Good luck to you,

      Steve
      Hi Steve, thanks for this advice, my only problem with this is the possible length of time it will take to start earning.

      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post


      I would choose some topics that I have an interest in and begin writing short reports. Turn those into high quality lead generators around specific topics
      How would you recommend getting trafic to these articles?

      appreciate the help
  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    I think iWriter.com is a great place to start. If you have top quality, you can be an Elite member and earn decent money for your articles. There are many mangazines out there that pay decent money for your effortsn I mean $50 per article. Of course, you need to get the help of someone that is already earnings good money writing for these sites to make serious cash here.
  • Profile picture of the author ExpertSEOServices
    iWriter are always looking for quality writers. The earnings are not great to start but can build over time if you are good at what you do.

    Also consider listing your skills here on the WF. $20 for a listing will bring you in a heap of work
  • Profile picture of the author jessiem
    +1 for iWriter.com. You can also try Odesk, Elance, Freelancer.com etc if those suggestions above don't work well for you.
  • Profile picture of the author srodoks
    Elance, freelance, and odesk
  • Profile picture of the author RachelLily
    Try at AssociatedContent.com. Now known as contributor.yahoo.com. A very trusted content site where you can write reviews, guides or simply your own opinion about any given subject. The good thing about AC is that you can publish articles you have published elsewhere as well. However, you make the most money for articles you write exclusively for AC.
  • Profile picture of the author kayode10
    Originally Posted by wyppah View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I'm starting my IM journey, and would like to first get some income rolling by getting paid for writing articles/ copy. I have done a few gigs on Fiverr, but I was hoping to get some tips on where to and/or how to maximize my earnings and get paid more for my writing.

    I always aim to offer more value than I am paid for, but $4 for 500 words is less than I think I am worth.

    Looking forward to reading your tips,

    Happy W
    I think better place for you is iwriter.com and odesk.com sometimes microworkers.com
  • Profile picture of the author khooster1
    Give some review copies.. Get the testimonials. Post in warrior classified ads. You should be able to get good buyers to match your rate. Hope that this help!!
    • Profile picture of the author tuti
      Originally Posted by khooster1 View Post

      Give some review copies.. Get the testimonials. Post in warrior classified ads. You should be able to get good buyers to match your rate. Hope that this help!!
      agreed with this..
    • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
      Originally Posted by khooster1 View Post

      Give some review copies.. Get the testimonials. Post in warrior classified ads. You should be able to get good buyers to match your rate. Hope that this help!!
      There is no reason that a writer needs to give "review copies". He will likely just attract the cheapest of the cheapest clients and only if he gets REALLY lucky might something arise from there. Whether he can afford to spend days writing for free, it's on him. It's just me personally that I dont want to support freeloaders, and MANY of the people that will be asking him WILL be.

      If his price is right and quality is good, he can also get good feedback. Just saying.
    • Profile picture of the author wyppah
      Originally Posted by khooster1 View Post

      Give some review copies.. Get the testimonials. Post in warrior classified ads. You should be able to get good buyers to match your rate. Hope that this help!!
      Thanks, i will do this, how many review copies would you advise, and what do you think I can charge for a well researched and written 500 word report?
  • Profile picture of the author gabibeowulf
    Maybe instead of writing articles you can post and maintain blogs for local businesses that don't have the time to do it? Or maybe you can become a freelance writer for bigger publications... there are plenty of jobs for qualified bloggers.

    -Gabriel

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