Outsourcing Articles Prices

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Hey

I'm looking to getting some articles outsourced and I'm wondering what the warriors take is on price?

How much do you pay per article?

What is a good average price to go by?

Is it better to pay more or less?

How large is your return on investment?



Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Doctor Article
    The site I write for and promote charges:-

    Blurbs up to 200 words - $2.75
    Blurbs up to 300 words - $3.00

    Short articles (500 to 650 words) - $5.50
    Medium up to 750 words - $8.50
    Large up to 1000 words - $12.50

    They also have various package deals and etc.

    By the way, please don't hold me to the prices I've mentioned as I may be a little out, give or take a few cents. Of course, as a writer for them, I get less than what a client pays, so a little less than the prices I've quoted.

    The site owner is a guy by the name of Scott and I can assure you, he's a top class guy to work with, just as are the rest of his admin staff.

    Hope this help
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    • Profile picture of the author Vanquish
      Thanks for your reply Doctor Article

      I'm trying to get as many replies as possible so that I can have a good idea of what price to go for/ what quality to expect and what kind of return on investment i can get.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    It really depends on what you hope to get. If you just want basic words on a page that are legible, you can get 400 words for $3 at places like Elance. But those aren't gonna build you any kind of decent reputation in the niche. You'll pay more to get that benefit.

    When I ghostwrote I charged a minimum of $12, but that was for a better class of article. I know a few Warriors who get as much as $50 for one 500-word article. Honestly, I think the quality difference between $20 and $50 for a 500-word article is highly debatable, but more power to those who can get top dollar. That's what the market will bear.

    If I may recommend a company to check out, try Human Rewriter - Human Powered Content Spinner

    They come highly recommended by some fellow Warriors, but I want to be clear that I've not used them myself. I just trust the judgment of a few Warriors I've seen who tout their services.

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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I know a few Warriors who get as much as $50 for one 500-word article.
      I do, for instance, but that's outside of the IM market.

      (The rest of this isn't directed towards you, John)

      It all depends on what you want the article for. If you're just looking for the backlinks, it doesn't make sense to pay someone like me to churn out articles for you.

      On the other hand, if you're looking for authority building articles that have a genuine lifespan, then you might want to invest in a writer who can give you a quality article. This isn't just a matter of being able to write well, either. An article that is informative and entertaining is excellent, but you also want one that knows how to write an article that guides a person to the link while getting them warmed up for a sale. Ideally, without looking like they're doing it.

      It's pretty easy to find writers who can give you a readable article for fairly cheap prices, but getting someone who can craft an article that sells is harder, and typically, you're going to have pay more for that because people that can do that can make a decent profit by posting articles themselves.

      Even being middling skilled at writing a selling article is going to make a huge difference in terms of results. Let's say you're promoting a product that you make $40.00 on and converts at 2%. You get an article that has 10% clickthrough, and gets a thousand views over the course of a year. You just made 80 bucks.

      You get an article that converts at 25%, and your sales from one article go up to $200.00

      Is worth paying an extra ten or twenty bucks for that? The problem for a lot of people looking to buy articles is they don't actually know what goes into a good articles. It's a lot more than grammar and spelling. If you don't know the elements of a good selling article, then your results are going to be hit or miss. Articles shouldn't be a gamble.

      If you're looking for decent quality articles at low prices, I'd recommend either going through the Warriors for Hire or going to the nearest college and finding writers there. There are plenty of kids who write well enough who'd be happy to do an article for 5 -7 bucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bish
      RE: If I may recommend a company to check out, try Human Rewriter - Human Powered Content Spinner

      I've tried this service & have to say it did'nt work for me, I ended up spending hours correcting and altering the sentences returned, plus at least 50% of what you get back has been spun through some very poor software (or at least it was for me anyway).

      Personally I think it's far quicker to pay someone to write the whole article for you and then tweek it.

      I always need good article writters for ongoing work, I need at least 4 articles in the health niche every week, PM me if your interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigRedNotebook
    You're last question is the one that matters most--ROI.

    This is where I'm supposed to launch into a big ol' "you get what you pay for" rant with all of the trimmings.

    I'll pass this time.

    I will tell you this. If you're buying at a penny per word, you're getting junk more often than not. Yes, there are exceptions. They are few and far between.

    Feel free to try the cheap stuff. Assess what it's really doing for you. Then, turn it up a notch. Work with someone who knows your business, article marketing, etc. and who is capable of generating true QUALITY work.

    Compare the one thing that matters the most--ROI.

    I'm not saying you need to spend a fortune on a single article. Just do the math in your head for a moment. Think about who'd be willing to write for you at those lower rates and how much time and attention they could really give your project at those prices while earning anything approximating a decent per hour equivalent.

    Again, there are exceptions. If you find them, take advantage of them. Just remember, your last question was the most important one.

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    • Profile picture of the author CmdrStidd
      When I do take on a Ghostwriting assignment I typically will charge around $12 to $15 for a small article, $15 to $25 for a medium and $25 on up for a large but I am one of the few article writers that will actually include quotes from other big names in the industry that I am writing about. For example, in an article on exercise I might include quotes from someone like Richard Simmons or Jack LeLane, in an article on dog training I might use Cesar Romero,(I think that is his last name) the Dog Whisperer. Not only do I build on your expertise in the niche but I do it by linking you to the likes of others already recognized in the niche to be leaders and pure gold.

      That is just my personal spin on the articles. I am not saying that everyone should do that. In fact, I hope no one else does do that as that is a specialty of mine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vanquish
      Originally Posted by BigRedNotebook View Post

      You're last question is the one that matters most--ROI.

      This is where I'm supposed to launch into a big ol' "you get what you pay for" rant with all of the trimmings.

      I'll pass this time.

      I will tell you this. If you're buying at a penny per word, you're getting junk more often than not. Yes, there are exceptions. They are few and far between.

      Feel free to try the cheap stuff. Assess what it's really doing for you. Then, turn it up a notch. Work with someone who knows your business, article marketing, etc. and who is capable of generating true QUALITY work.

      Compare the one thing that matters the most--ROI.

      I'm not saying you need to spend a fortune on a single article. Just do the math in your head for a moment. Think about who'd be willing to write for you at those lower rates and how much time and attention they could really give your project at those prices while earning anything approximating a decent per hour equivalent.

      Again, there are exceptions. If you find them, take advantage of them. Just remember, your last question was the most important one.

      Carson


      Thank you for your insightful answer Carson. I do agree with you that you do get what you pay for but the articles I'm looking for will be published on e zine articles and only be 250-300 words in length and i already have a resource box formula that scores me between 35-40% click through rates.

      Just to confirm your initial point, If I'm sending lets say $2-3 dollars per article (i assume this is considered cheap and low quality?) are you saying that the 250- 300 word articles will be so terrible readers will be turned off and their will be many grammar and spelling mistakes?
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      • Profile picture of the author BigRedNotebook
        Originally Posted by Vanquish View Post

        Thank you for your insightful answer Carson. I do agree with you that you do get what you pay for but the articles I'm looking for will be published on e zine articles and only be 250-300 words in length and i already have a resource box formula that scores me between 35-40% click through rates.

        Just to confirm your initial point, If I'm sending lets say $2-3 dollars per article (i assume this is considered cheap and low quality?) are you saying that the 250- 300 word articles will be so terrible readers will be turned off and their will be many grammar and spelling mistakes?
        It's not just a matter of being turned off by horrible grammar and other errors, although that's a factor. It's also about the writer's ability to create articles consistent with you and your site's overall message, their ability to pre-sell and their ability to provide something approximating real value to the reader without "giving away the farm". The credibility generated by good content can improve eventual conversions at your site, too.

        Additionally, a well-written article will improve that nice resource box CTR by giving readers an additional reason to visit your site. They'll want to see more from someone who's providing interesting, enjoyable and/or entertaining articles.

        Ideally, quality content is going to work for you on two levels. It's going to bring more people to your site and it's going to make them more likely to buy once they get there.

        I'm biased. I still do some content writing and I certainly don't take a penny per word. I also run a content creation firm. Although we're cost-competitive, we're not in $.01 territory. It's in my best interests to tell you just how valuable strong articles can be.

        You don't need the ol' "quality pitch", though. You need to find out if the difference in performance justifies spending more for the content FOR YOU?

        That depends. More often than not, it will. In some situations, you might be better off blasting out all of the cheap garbage upon which you can get your hands.

        There's only one way to tell--try both options on for size and check the numbers.

        In the end, it's all about that last question from your original post. What's going to get you the best return on your investment?

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  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    if you are looking for articles to publish on ezinearticles, that is my specialty. please check my sig. thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author crystalq
    Go to the "warriors for hire" part of this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author dddougal
    If you want quality then you are going to need to pay $10 to $50 if you want crap then you can pay $2 to $3.
    I have found that you get what you pay for really.
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  • Profile picture of the author soffell
    Warrior for Hire room is the best place, send them PM to get best offer
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Chua
    As far as I've observed prices for articles are not that expensive. At first I thought it costs a lot. Not really bad on having quality articles outsourced.
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  • Profile picture of the author acedalright
    I would hire a reputable writer, some one who is trusted by someone whom I in turn trust.

    That's the power of word of mouth.

    I'd expect to pay $10 for a good quality article - No more - No less
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    Try 99articles also he is a fellow warrior micheal and i always get my articles or sales pages or whatever for the project written for me by him his rates is okay.

    Any just leaveing you some good posts to check out from the warrior forum that may be of use.

    Drip Unlimited Articles To 152 Top Article Sites on the Schedule: OneTime fee or monthly, you decide
    Content: Ghostwriter Available... Article Writing & eBook Creation - Articles $7 - eBooks 10,000words= $300!!
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    • Profile picture of the author rajuthan
      Im from a PPC background just started in article marketing

      I got a few writers who charge $1 for 300 word articles

      So far from posting 90 articles(all same niche) I've made $426 in 4 days.

      I know that once i post an article i get a blast of traffic and it dies out but im working on keeping that up.
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      • Profile picture of the author metaphors
        Thats a pretty good return, are you promoting CPA offers or other products?

        Originally Posted by rajuthan View Post

        Im from a PPC background just started in article marketing

        I got a few writers who charge $1 for 300 word articles

        So far from posting 90 articles(all same niche) I've made $426 in 4 days.

        I know that once i post an article i get a blast of traffic and it dies out but im working on keeping that up.
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        • Profile picture of the author rajuthan
          Originally Posted by metaphors View Post

          Thats a pretty good return, are you promoting CPA offers or other products?
          CPA and i love how im not paying $1.25 per cpc now
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I seen them go as cheap as $50 for 50 articles (original) but they are very probably rubbish. It all depends if you are trying to build links for people or the search engine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Just to add some balance to this thread I charge $150 per article
    and get it. But this is from businesses who care about their
    image and want 'authority' articles that they can place their
    names on--not the typical online marketer doing 'bulk' article
    marketing.

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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      I do it what I call cheap for the quality I provide ($1 per every bracket of 1-60 words), but going by the quality people tend to get for this kind of money I am all set to increase it.

      At times, I am amazed at people calling themselves article writers and delivering the worst crap I can imagine. Of course there are great article writers also all down the way, but you pay for them.

      In summary, you get what you pay for. That is true everywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Irish Marketer
    contentdivas.com 240$ for 10, keyworded and ready to rock. Its the results you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    How much should you pay for your articles? It depends on a lot of different things. The first is the budget you have, and then the ROI you hope to make from the articles.

    I was asked to review some articles, and have permission to post this here. I will only give you part of the article, and you can decide yourself what is wrong with it.

    Although curtains are more popular for home use, if you are concerned with security, you might want to consider an alternative type of covering. Although curtains would fit the home setting better, they actually close to zero added security to your house. Curtains are simply elegant pieces of fabric and, in comparison to blinds in providing a sense of protection and security, curtains just do not offer much.

    People who go for blinds are looking for both protection and style for their homes. Blinds are generally designed and structured for the purpose of providing style and security at the same time. And while the common look for blinds may appear boring to most home makers, there are now many available blind designs that would definitely complement all sorts of home interiors.

    Get A Total Blockout

    Curtains can cover windows and openings, but not offer much sense of security. If someone from the outside would break through your window and you are using a curtain, unauthorized entry into your home could make it pretty easy for the intruder. If this seems like a scary thought, perhaps you would want to consider another option -- that is, to use blinds, instead. ... this is where I chopped the article, but it is written in the same vein.
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    • Profile picture of the author Doctor Article
      Bev... I hope I'm not stamping on any toes here but that is one crap article.

      On a slightly different note.....

      What amazes me, is that so many people tend to think that each and every cheap article will be rubbish. I say this because with so much competition out there, you can find plenty of good writers willing to write 500 to 600 word articles for $5.00.

      I know this to be true because the site I write for has 128 writers on their books - some part time and others full time, and a huge percentage of them are completely over qualified. On the other hand; you more than likely wouldn't get those same writers to write a $200 article for $5.

      Let's face it; if you're requiring 50 articles to do with wind power for example, you wouldn't want to be paying $150 per article would you? I write hundreds of articles each month for between $5 and $10 for the site I write for, but I also write other articles for certain magazines at $50 a pop.

      Another thing....... as an insider, I can assure you that many clients are making plenty of cash using $5.00 articles. If they weren't, they wouldn't still be ordering 100+ articles each week.

      Lastly........ Just imagine you could write great articles. You're unemployed, and you know nothing about internet marketing. Would you rather starve simply because you're not willing to write an article for $5.00, or would you go ahead and begin writing.

      Fair enough, I write cheap articles which I could more than likely sell for a lot more, but then again, I'm happy with the way things are. I wake up in the morning, I log onto the site, I pick a few requests, I write the articles and submit them, and then that's me. Maybe that doesn't sound like much, but I've not worked for anyone in more than ten years, and at the age of 35 I managed to retire, so to speak. Now I get enjoy each and every day of my life with my wife and kids over here in Thailand.

      Sorry.....rant over.

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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    They wrote 25 articles on window coverings and are all like that. Boring, boring, boring.

    I have to say they were written by an article company that many people here recommend.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    I usually do most of my own article writing, but recently I went to eLance and asked for bids on 10 articles. I thought it would be a good idea to incorporate someone else's "slant" on my niche into my promotion.

    I chose a bid of $8 per 350 word article. The guy provided samples and they were excellent. Unfortunately, the articles he wrote for me were trash - full of grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and sentences that didn't make sense because words had been left out.

    I had to rewrite every single article. But, he did come up with a few new ideas I hadn't thought of in covering my particular niche.

    Before any of you tell me I should have used writers on WF: I did contact a several Warriors before going to eLance. One accepted the job, overran his promised deadline then contacted me and said he was sorry but he couldn't fit me in with his regulars, and no-one else replied to my inquiries.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amenda Jessera
    I have got some article writers from a freelancer site (getafreelancer.com).
    I paid them US$2 per 250 words articles, US$3 for 400 words article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    This is my take on it- if I'm looking long term (and I am) then paying someone well to write an article is a good investment.
    I'm a writer myself (and sometimes can be paid anything from 20-200 for a 400 word article depending on whether it's an IM or a "offline" client. If I need a writer I'll brief her as much as possible and pay her well- because I want work I can trust.

    I recently had to write 97 articles for one client- and only one was returned as they had given me the wrong keyword and it needed to be reworked. They are good enough to then get respun by someone else- I've done the research and provided good articles to start with.

    I think using people to rewrite articles you own is a good idea- but I myself prefer and advise my own clients to pay well for that initial article so you have a great place to start from.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigHef
    I've found that in general, paying a bit more per article is definitely worth it. I've bought the $3 articles, and I've bought in the $8-$15 range, and the difference was incredible.

    The more expensive articles were actually interesting and helped pre-sell my offers, and the customer service I received was much better.

    The cheap articles were merely backlink-fodder - they were optimised for SEO, they were grammatically correct, but I was often embarrassed to even put my pen name to them! They were plain boring, and didn't help the reader at all.

    Now that I'm starting writing articles myself, I may be seen as biased, but the extra investment in working with quality writers who understand what you are trying to achieve will pay off in the long run.
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