Where have you gotten your Best Writers From and how much$?

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I'm always looking for a good writer at a good price. So far I have used odesk, text broker, and media piston. I like media piston best but I don't like how you can't choose the writers you want without paying extra. I pay about $15 for 500+ words at media piston and have had the best luck with them so far. Text broker makes you pay before you even post the job and I hate that! Odesk is kind of hit or miss.

Anyone care to share their best article writers or source and how much you guys pay for good quality seo content? I also need to get some press releases written. Where or who would you guys suggest for this and how much should it cost?

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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    There are some great writers in the Warrior for Hire Section.

    I'd personally recommend danr62, ashloren and JaRyCu. Not sure on their availability, but the price for their work is amazing.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      There are some great writers in the Warrior for Hire Section.

      I'd personally recommend danr62, ashloren and JaRyCu. Not sure on their availability, but the price for their work is amazing.
      Thanks Joe! I appreciate the free plug there. I can tell you right now Brad that I'm working on a 10 day timeline as I have a ton of orders that came in this morning. I'm always taking more, though.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Brass
    I've always written my own so I wouldn't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author quercus5
    I found a really good article on odesk that writes good 500 word articles for $3 a pop. However, I think I got really lucky as I hadn't found anyone that good on odesk previous to her. If you need really well written content, I too would suggest going to the Warriors for Hire section. I think you'll find better quality there.
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  • Profile picture of the author DOMINO214
    Hi Brad
    Give Trent Vaughn a try he is on Skype now and specializes in press release articles.

    Skype name trent.vaughn3
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Brass
    ODesk is terrible for content in my opinion by the way. I always get swarmed by non-English speakers requesting $15 for a 500 word article. Nope, not happening.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Jay Brass View Post

      ODesk is terrible for content in my opinion by the way. I always get swarmed by non-English speakers requesting $15 for a 500 word article. Nope, not happening.
      That's surprising, I figured it'd be more people trying to get $1.50 for a 500 word article :rolleyes:.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jay Brass
        Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

        That's surprising, I figured it'd be more people trying to get $1.50 for a 500 word article :rolleyes:.
        Not for me. Last time I was on there I had Indians, Vietnamese, and other Southeast Asian writers trying to sell me bogus content.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    When I first got started online I wanted to save money so I wrote everything myself. After I made some money I tried looking for writers but the quality has been pretty hit and miss so I went back to writing most of my content myself.

    There are some good writers on this forum but you may have to try several of them before you find someone that provides quality content while also doing the work at a price you can be happy with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
    I would love to write for you. Please PM me, or check out the site in my signature. My site's 'official launch' will be next week because I'm still cleaning up a few things but I would be happy to take an early order.

    I'll even give you a discount on the price if you're willing to write a quick, honest, review of my work that I can use in my testimonials section and any WSOs I run in the future.

    Thanks for considering me!

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  • Profile picture of the author GCostanza
    I can vouch for Seatbelt99. Excellent writer and you can count on him for consistent quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      My very best writers are people I know personally - a family member, a mom I met through my son's school etc.

      I've had some good content from Articlez.com and textbroker.com - not amazing, but good for the price. Using services is always a bit 'hit or miss' though. It's better to work with an individual who understands exactly what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    Thanks for the mention, Joe.

    There are quite a few good writers here. The WFH section is a good place to look.

    As Joe said, I'm available as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    When trying to find good writers it can be a challenge because you always need to worry about them copying content, delivering on time and many more things that seem to come up.

    All I can say is that sometimes though, you may need to work with a writer (if you are hiring them yourself) and get them use to what you are looking for and your article writing style.

    People give up on writers too quick and forget that they can adapt to what you want, just give them some time and guidance.

    -Omar
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by OmarNegron View Post

      People give up on writers too quick and forget that they can adapt to what you want, just give them some time and guidance.
      Amen Omar! My favorite clients are the ones that keep coming back to me over and over. It's not because they're spending the money (which is nice), but it's because I grow accustomed to the style they're looking for and I can go back and look at the other articles I've written for them and re-adapt to it if necessary.

      I'm always a little nervous with new clients. I have no doubt that I can accomplish what they want, but I'm a little worried about them giving up before I've gotten there. I actually send out a fairly detailed email now with questions and my projected assumptions about the keywords so that I can understand what a client wants before I start working on the new project.

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  • Profile picture of the author textbroker
    Hi Brad, I realize that the deposit model isn't always comfortable, and I'm sorry it doesn't work for you. You can search our author database and send messages to authors without making any payments, which may fit into your process better. PM me if you need any help or want other ideas on how to use the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    It is hard to find good writers, I have tried in several online venues, with much the same experience, some writers charge less and deliver less, some charge more and deliver less, others think that every world that proceeds out of their mouths should be paid for by gold coins, but when you ask them for a typical example of their fantastic and amazing writing skill you get less than you thought you would get.

    I know its hard to imagine but over all what I have seen so far is that you get Less than what you pay for, perhaps there are good writers out there, but so far I have not seen that magic combination which is talent, skill and affordability.

    Just because someone thinks a lot of themselves does not make them a great writer.

    I think there are a lot of these Fake it until you make it writers out there that just Think if they give you a high rate that you will "think" that your getting quality but most of the time they are just average writers, so Beware, of the Dog...
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  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    anytbody else notice how the whole 'price' part was skipped over so consistently?
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by CBusiness View Post

      anytbody else notice how the whole 'price' part was skipped over so consistently?
      Since you asked, I charge out at 2 1/2 cents per word, which equals out to $25 for a 1000 article. I normally deliver 1100-1200 words though at no extra cost to the client.

      I started off 12 months ago at US$0.01 per word and it was killing me. As my writing skill has increased, so has my price. The demand for my services has gone up, too, and I have yet to get a single complaint, so that must mean I'm doing something right.

      I've seen others who charge more than I do (almost double), but I'd consider their skills to be above mine right now as well. I'm studying a few things in-between clients and adding to my arsenal of talents.

      Does that help you out as far as pricing goes CB?

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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
      Originally Posted by CBusiness View Post

      anytbody else notice how the whole 'price' part was skipped over so consistently?
      I have paid $500.00 for content and I have paid $5.00 for content you might expect to receive a near perfect product for $500.00 but to be honest I have received some $5.00 products that were nearly as good.

      Basically I am telling you that just because someone thinks that they are the next Stephen King, does not make it so.

      Just be careful with how much money you spend there really are a ton of people out there just waiting to take advantage of people.

      Its not fair really but it also tends to make it more difficult for the good writers to get exposure because so many have been taken advantage of in the past.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
      Originally Posted by CBusiness View Post

      anytbody else notice how the whole 'price' part was skipped over so consistently?
      There's a reason for this. Most real writers don't have a firm price per word. I, for example, will create a custom quote for just about every client. If you're asking for articles about boxer puppies I will charge you quite a bit less than I would about the rare Alaskan horse fly (which may or may not exist). This is because I know a lot about boxer puppies having owned several in my life.

      I won't have to do much research on the boxer puppies to produce the same quality article as if I took an hour or two of researching the Alaskan horse fly.

      If you're just looking for low quality word soup you can find an endless supply of low to average skilled writers. That being said, most of my writing ranges between $.025 - $.05 per word depending on the details of the order.

      ***Disclaimer***
      I'm just writing this reply up real quick and then getting off the computer to make dinner for the kids. I have not proof read this specific post at all so if you find a type-o please feel free to point it out, but don't judge me one it! Pretty please!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Lim
        Hey, I found the writer from Fiverr.com. SOme of them is pretty good, 2 500 words article for $5, but you should try 1 article writing before bulk order to make sure the quality is up to standard.
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      • Profile picture of the author rprost
        Originally Posted by Seatbelt99 View Post

        There's a reason for this. Most real writers don't have a firm price per word. I, for example, will create a custom quote for just about every client. If you're asking for articles about boxer puppies I will charge you quite a bit less than I would about the rare Alaskan horse fly (which may or may not exist). This is because I know a lot about boxer puppies having owned several in my life.

        I won't have to do much research on the boxer puppies to produce the same quality article as if I took an hour or two of researching the Alaskan horse fly.

        If you're just looking for low quality word soup you can find an endless supply of low to average skilled writers. That being said, most of my writing ranges between $.025 - $.05 per word depending on the details of the order.

        ***Disclaimer***
        I'm just writing this reply up real quick and then getting off the computer to make dinner for the kids. I have not proof read this specific post at all so if you find a type-o please feel free to point it out, but don't judge me one it! Pretty please!
        You really shouldn't be pricing your articles based on the amount of research that you have to do. There should be a set price, the only thing that matters is the quality of the end product, nobody cares how long it took you to write the article.
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        • Profile picture of the author Nick Copy
          There are excellent writers on this forum. Feel free to MSG me if you require high quality content.
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        • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          You really shouldn't be pricing your articles based on the amount of research that you have to do. There should be a set price, the only thing that matters is the quality of the end product, nobody cares how long it took you to write the article.
          Thanks for your opinion, however, if my 'normal' rate is $.05 per word but someone asks me to write an article that I know will only take me a fraction of the amount of time normal articles do then I'm going to give them a discount.

          The amount of research required is not the only factor that I consider either. Things like the type of writing (copy writing/sales, informational articles, press release, ect). Each takes a different amount of time/effort and is therefore priced a little differently.

          Every writer has his or her own way of pricing their work.
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          You really shouldn't be pricing your articles based on the amount of research that you have to do.
          It's completely his choice actually. If he/she feels that the amount of research he/she has to do should affect the amount he/she charges (be it good or bad from the buyers perspective), then that is there choice.

          It is their service after all, they can do whatever they want to bring in the type of client they want to find. No one thinks they're going to create a service that everybody will want to buy.

          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          There should be a set price,
          Again, this is just one point of view. There are plenty of others who feel differently, and that is who seatbelt99 is targeting.

          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          the only thing that matters is the quality of the end product,
          I don't entirely disagree, quality should be the end result no matter what. If seatbelt99 places a monetary value on the pieces that go into reaching that result, it is his/her right to do so.

          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          nobody cares how long it took you to write the article.
          You'd be surprised.
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          • Profile picture of the author rprost
            Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

            It's completely his choice actually. If he/she feels that the amount of research he/she has to do should affect the amount he/she charges (be it good or bad from the buyers perspective), then that is there choice.

            It is their service after all, they can do whatever they want to bring in the type of client they want to find. No one thinks they're going to create a service that everybody will want to buy.



            Again, this is just one point of view. There are plenty of others who feel differently, and that is who seatbelt99 is targeting.



            I don't entirely disagree, quality should be the end result no matter what. If seatbelt99 places a monetary value on the pieces that go into reaching that result, it is his/her right to do so.



            You'd be surprised.
            Of course it's his choice but it will almost certainly create awkward situations down the road. If you write an article for a client on a topic that you happen to know well and set the price based on the fact that you don't have to do any research what happens when he comes back with a request for an article on a subject that you don't know anything about?

            How do you explain the fact that the price is suddenly much higher?
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            • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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              Originally Posted by rprost View Post

              Of course it's his choice but it will almost certainly create awkward situations down the road. If you write an article for a client on a topic that you happen to know well and set the price based on the fact that you don't have to do any research what happens when he comes back with a request for an article on a subject that you don't know anything about?

              How do you explain the fact that the price is suddenly much higher?
              As long as you are upfront with your client, there shouldn't be any problem at all. You just let them know that this project will take more research, and thus cost more.

              I'm not saying that this is the one best option. Personally, I don't do it at all. I see the logic and merits of the approach though, and it is workable.
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        • Profile picture of the author danr62
          Originally Posted by rprost View Post

          You really shouldn't be pricing your articles based on the amount of research that you have to do. There should be a set price, the only thing that matters is the quality of the end product, nobody cares how long it took you to write the article.
          Yeah, and lawyers and doctors shouldn't charge more just because their topics are more technical than the average writer. :rolleyes:

          Not only can you charge more for doing more research, but you can also charge more for the specialized knowledge that you already have.

          And you can charge whatever you want as long as you can find someone who will pay.
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          • Profile picture of the author rprost
            Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

            Yeah, and lawyers and doctors shouldn't charge more just because their topics are more technical than the average writer. :rolleyes:

            Not only can you charge more for doing more research, but you can also charge more for the specialized knowledge that you already have.

            And you can charge whatever you want as long as you can find someone who will pay.

            That's the whole point. Doctors don't charge less for medical articles because they happen to know a lot about medicine, they charge a premium for their expertise. My objection was to the statement that he charges less for articles on topics that he already knows well because they require less research.

            One of the most valuable assets that you have as a writer is your knowledge and expertise. Every time that you do research for an article you are adding to this knowledge. The more you write about a subject the less research will be required. At the same time the quality of the articles will improve since you know more about the subject. You should be taking advantage of this knowledge to increase the amount you earn not giving it away by charging less simply because you don't have to do as much research.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
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  • Profile picture of the author the goat
    I found my team of writers at local colleges. They are all journalism majors and write incredibly. I keep them for myself during the school year but since school ended they talked me into building them a site so they can work full time from home this summer.

    They are all third year students who a year from now will be writing for magazines etc. their quality is un matched.I may push it in the warriors for hire section later but I have a feeling they won't be taking new clients for very long because people will want to use them over and over. But they are still college kids so they are cheap for what you get.

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  • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
    Wow...I didn't mean for my pricing structure to cause a big debate, lol.

    I can definitely see rprost's point in that my existing knowledge is still valuable. I'll see how my business progresses and see if it makes since to adjust my pricing at some point.

    My site is still very new so I'm still experimenting with everything. Thanks to everyone for their input and opinions!
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    Absolutely, I would recommend Fweez.com for high quality articles at an unbelievable price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dex88
    In my opinion, the price you pay for a good writer highly depends on whether or not you are happy with the service that that person can provide you. He or she may have the capability to write technical stuff, but if that person is inconsistent then in the long run that might not be the right writer for you.

    Simply put, look for a writer or a team of writers that you can afford and be happy with.
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