Your experience with Freelance writing gigs/websites

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Alexa is going to KILL me if she sees this (I tend to jump from idea to idea and she gets mad because she wants me to stick to one thing and one thing only) *SO, SORRY ALEXA*

Anyway it's my "latest idea" but basically it's because I'm in need of some fast money since the holidays are coming up... and all my "other" ideas are kind of a long work in progress... and this idea has been proven to get results fast. It's the pay for services route. So anyway I was thinking of taking up freelance writing

So what I'd like to ask YOU all is, out of the big 3: Elance, Odesk, or Freelancer (or
maybe another site I didn’t mention) which do you think would pay the highest for a newbie freelancer (like me) who would come in with a brand spanking new profile and no reviews yet? Does anyone have an "idea"? I'd (ideally) like to get AT LEAST $10 per 500 word article to start... if that's possible??

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    No site is guaranteed to be the highest paying. You have to trawl through the ads to find jobs that pay well, place your bids and then beat the others who also bid on the jobs. There are lots of sites out there that you can look at. Also why not place your ad in the Warriors for Hire section in here?
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  • Profile picture of the author chaksmiths
    freelance portals are flooded with unskilled techies. Besides that most of the time you gonna find yourself fighting over pennies with other freelancers. No matter how lower you bid some folks from third worlds will outbid you for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by CAmarketing View Post

    Alexa is going to KILL me if she sees this (I tend to jump from idea to idea and she gets mad because she wants me to stick to one thing and one thing only) *SO, SORRY ALEXA*
    LOL, only because I want you to earn something!

    For freelance writing sites/"content-mills", nothing compares with Constant-Content.

    But I wouldn't try to write 500-word articles for $10. You'll do better (I don't mean just at C-C) trying to write 1,000-word articles for $50. Really. There are more customers, and they're better customers. I'll try to explain why ...

    Key concept (i): at the bottom end of the market, there are almost as many service-providers as customers, so that's the hardest way to earn anything.

    Key concept (ii): what attracts customers to buy the services of people who write articles for $10 is the price: as soon as that increases, all the customers disappear (to become customers of one of the thousands of other people from all over the world offering the service at that price), and the service-provider effectively has to start all over again.

    Key concept (iii): the main reason you see providers of $10 articles continually advertising and marketing is that their clients businesses' tend not to survive (mostly because they don't know how to use the product, rather than because the product itself is no good - though that can also sometimes be true), so they have to replace their customers all the time. The main reason you don't see providers of $100-$150 articles advertising at all is that their clients know how to use the product, profit from it and return regularly for more articles, with the effect that those writers tend to have all the work they want without needing to advertise at all. (A small proportion of those articles do actually change hands through Constant-Content, as well.) At lower prices, article-writers need continually to be marketing their own services. People who want their income to depend entirely on their own marketing skills should become marketers, not service providers.

    If you want some more information on the big, common mistakes involved in starting an article-writing business, these resources may prove valuable ...

    Warrior Forum resources:
    Writing Articles - I'm Done
    How much can you make writing articles?
    How do I make money writing articles???
    Would you still do freelance writing?
    Can anyone suggest good pay, high quality writing jobs?
    Content Writing - Still Viable?
    Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?
    The appropriate rate for written content is ?
    You must be a superstar professional writer BUT I can only pay you $2 per article - say WHAT?
    Any point in trying to find clients on Warrior Forum..?
    Is it hard to make 30K a year from writing?


    Other resources:
    Jennifer Mattern's blog
    Carol Tice's blog
    Free report
    on how to attract new freelance writing clients during a recession
    The Renegade Writer Blog
    The "Irreverent Freelancer" blog
    The Well-Fed Writer: Lucrative Commercial Freelance Writing - Land Lucrative Freelance Writing Jobs
    Words on the Page.


    I haven't, myself, clicked on all of these for a few months, so apologies in advance for any defunct links, above (which there easily could be, by now ).


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  • Profile picture of the author CAmarketing
    Can you really charge $50 per article at constant contact? And where else can you get away charging that, I didn't realize that kind of money to be made writing articles was possible... I mean I knew it was, but I thought only for well known, previously published authors kind of thing. Is it hard to get approved at constant contact? Thanks Alexa! I'll check out your links too
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  • Profile picture of the author CAmarketing
    Also Alexa I saw this awhile back in a warrior's sig and bookmarked it... have you heard of any of these sites? Would you recommend any of them? 120+ sites that pay upto $150 for guest posts,make money writing | seekdefo.com
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by CAmarketing View Post

      Can you really charge $50 per article at constant contact?
      More.

      Many articles there are priced between $50 and $100. Some are over $100. (Some are in the $30/$40 region, too).

      Most of the money to be made, there, is to be made from "private commissions", but to be eligible for those, I think you have to sell 10 "open" articles first.

      It's like everything else in internet marketing: to make money from it, you have to have f.o.c.u.s. ("follow one course until successful"), to pay attention, and to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of other things.

      Originally Posted by CAmarketing View Post

      I didn't realize that kind of money to be made writing articles was possible... I mean I knew it was, but I thought only for well known, previously published authors kind of thing.
      There are plenty of people making their full-time livings from it.

      Originally Posted by CAmarketing View Post

      Is it hard to get approved at constant contact?
      The people I've known who have had a problem over it were people whose first language wasn't English. They do ask you to complete a little "grammar quiz" and to submit a specimen article (I think 200-250 words only, something like that), and they take about a week to let you know.

      Originally Posted by CAmarketing View Post

      Also Alexa I saw this awhile back in a warrior's sig and bookmarked it... have you heard of any of these sites?
      Some, but have never used any. I syndicate articles only to sites relevant to my niches - but I'm not making money out of writing the articles - in the context you're asking about, here, I'm using articles as "the customer", not as "the writer". I just happen to be "my own only customer", if you want to look at it that way. I haven't done any writing for anyone else, or sold any (apart from occasionally to newspapers) since 2008.

      Good luck! It's just like many of the other things you've asked about, over the months: something you could be very successful with only if you focus on it, exclude other things/plans/ideas, and don't let them take away any of your attention. Please excuse my mentioning that all the money's made by people who continue and complete things, not by people whose constant new/different ideas continually distract them.


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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    The best way is to apply for all those that have good reviews.

    You will never know when you will get hired. So just go out there and register and try it yourself. What works for me might not work for you.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    CAmarketing, there are more approaches you can take to be successful at C-C. Some go down the lower priced article and higher turnover route, others do the opposite and ask more for their articles, but sell fewer of them.

    As Alexa pointed out, the most money you can make at C-C is from private requests. But to reach a point where you make a lot of money from them, you need to be very good in your niches, otherwise you won't get asked to write articles privately, so it's definitely not overnight. Even if your aim is to sell articles written "on-spec" (on speculation), you need to give it time. Some articles never sell at all, and most of them take many weeks, if not months, to sell. You will get the occasional "instant hit", but it generally requires patience.

    Anyway, Celeste Steward is one of the most successful writers at C-C. (https://www.constant-content.com/authors.php)

    She has a blog where she talks about writing in general and writing for C-C. It's worth reading it. Here it is: Digital Products |

    If you have some money to spare, you can buy her book, Celeste Stewart's Secrets to Success on...Celeste Stewart's Secrets to Success on...
    There is another kindle book written on the same topic, but by another writer, Here it is: The Freelance Writer's Guide to Making Money on...The Freelance Writer's Guide to Making Money on...

    Out of the two, I think Celeste's book is better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I saw this awhile back in a warrior's sig and bookmarked it.
      and? Did you look it up and find out if you could qualify to do it? Or did you jump to something else?

      Yes, you can write $50 - $100 - $200 articles. I've done that work - but you don't get those jobs on a whim.

      Reality check - NO ONE who is a beginning writer with no rep, portfolio, testimonials, ratings, etc....is going to score high paying writing jobs right out of the gate. I don't care what site you go to - you have to prove yourself first before you get to the high paying gigs.

      In the past 10 days you've asked about:

      affiliate marketing
      content curation
      freelance writing
      list building
      teespring

      You have people willing to help and advise you - you need to get on board and take the advice seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
    Since earning money fast is your goal, have you considered applying for a permanent or seasonal position on a blog as a content curator or writer? Surely this type of job would pay more than an occasional gig sale. If you have good references/credentials and work samples you should be able to secure a job position like this. You could check Craigslist, though there are some online 'work at home sites' that specialize in listing open jobs at websites.
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