Am I Asking Too Much, At $2/500 Words Article?

by zoldusta Banned
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I have around 120 articles on internet marketing and Weight Loss that I wanted to sell and I only ask $2 per article (Articles are between 500-600 words).

I contacted someone and he is willing to buy 30 articles, but this buyer wants to pay only $1 per article instead of the $2/article; I wrote these articles by myself not using software. I wrote them well and they all pass copyscape.

I wanted to post them on my blogs but because I need some funds that's why I decided to sell them, but I am getting this offer. Is it because I am the one that contacted the buyer or what?

So my question is; is it worth it to sell the articles at $1 price?


Here are some paragraphs from one article so that you can judge the price using the quality of the writing style;


Internet Marketing Tips - Why Internet Business Start Ups Fail

You can earn a good income and live a comfortable life by building a good online marketing business, but if someone tells you that it is fast or easy, they're lying.

Here are some misconceptions about online business.

1. You don't need to have a business plan; this is definitely the worst mindset you could ever have. Building any online business is no different from building a business offline. All the principles that apply to any online business also apply to other businesses in the real world. It is important that you come up with a strong business plan based on these solid business principles.

2. When you own an online business you don't have a boss; this is also another wrong attitude. You are your own boss and if you don't have a good discipline to command yourself so that work is done in time and appropriately, you will certainly fail. If you don't work hard enough to achieve your desired goals or fail to build a good business plan, you will end up working for someone who does these things and still pay you a minimum wage to help him achieve his goals instead of working on yours.

How do you avoid joining the massive failure rate?

I honestly know that my writing isn't that great and that's why I asked only $2 but still it's too much for some. I don't mind if the quality of the writing above is worth the price, because I urgently need some funds, I just want to make sure the pricing is ok before I released the articles. I need comments from warriors.


Thanks to all your contributions
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian5
    If people ready to pay for it - everything is good. It all depends on the quality, If you think It's good and people buy it, then don't think about it, just continue...
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  • Profile picture of the author Deniafebake
    Hello Zoldusta. I think that you should let that person go. Even if he wanted to buy the entire 120 articles, you shouldn't budge. $2 is really low. I don't know how desperate you are to want to sell an originally written 500-600 words article for $2, but stand your ground and refuse. I think that he probably senses desperation for wanting to sell as low as $2 in the first place, and is trying to offer you even more ridiculously less.
    I think you should put up your article for sale on appropriate sites. I am sure you will get better offers soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    What anyone else thinks doesn't matter in the least. They don't know your personal situation. Perhaps you drive a Mercedes-Benz. Possibly you have a hungry child in the house.

    Things are worth what people are willing to pay for them. Nothing more and nothing less. Only you know the value you place on your time and level of talent or craft.

    Are you selling them, once - or to as many people as will buy them? If you're selling them over and over, take what you can get and move on to the next sale. A one-off sale - wait for your desired price.

    All things to consider.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obermair
    $2 per article seems reasonable especially if you did some research on the articles. Your sample article did not seem to have much research, but was rather very high level. That said, you could also offer a couple articles at $1 and if they are well received, bump up the price... It will be about quality. I can get a 1000 words on Fiverr for $5 with some research so you are in the ballpark. On Fiverr however, I do get some "feedback" from the folks who worked with the writer - that you don't have yet!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by zoldusta View Post

    I wanted to post them on my blogs



    Just an opinion here ...


    I understand you're needing money now, but in all honesty, $1/article is not how I would show the world I value my time. How long did it take you to come up with the information and write an original article? 1/2 hour? 15 minutes? Even at 10 minutes per article, that gives you a whopping $6 per hour without even considering the time it takes to market your articles, deliver them, etc.


    You're probably not going to be able to sell all 120 articles quickly to one single buyer so I think your hope for fast cash is a stretch, especially given the articles are not in one niche.


    Have you considered targeting and modifying these articles slightly to specific long tail phrases, adding affiliate links, and publishing them on your own blogs that you mentioned? I would think that would raise more money for you faster than trying to sell the articles by themselves - and you get the added bonus of profiting yourself over and over in addition to adding content to your blogs.


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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Not trying to be funny at all Z; but this is not a joke, right buddy?

    Charge $60-$100 per 500 word article. Then, to find clients who'd pay those rates, comment on top blogs in your niche and befriend top bloggers in the niche. You are hanging with bottom feeders. Time to move up to the penthouse.

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  • Profile picture of the author zoldusta
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    Are you selling them, once - or to as many people as will buy them?
    yes, i am selling them once with full copyrights.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by zoldusta View Post

      yes, i am selling them once with full copyrights.
      Then you're asking price is very reasonable, as long as the writing is competent.

      Package them up in groups of 10 for $25. Not many people are looking to buy 120 articles at one time - at any price, which is plainly evident.
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Tell him to meet in the middle and sell them for $1.50 or $1.75 per article. A bird in hand is better than three in the bush.
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    • Profile picture of the author zoldusta
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      Originally Posted by DURABLEOILCOM View Post

      Tell him to meet in the middle and sell them for $1.50 or $1.75 per article. A bird in hand is better than three in the bush.
      i already have this on my mind, i can release the articles at $1.5, but only if he's willing to buy at least 50 articles. thanks for the advise.
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  • Profile picture of the author msulcs
    $2 is a low price. That said, $1 is impossibly low. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would pay at least $5 per article. Keep on looking!
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    Depends your experience, how native and creative you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I honestly know that my writing isn't that great and that's why I asked only $2 but still it's too much for some.
    First, you can put random words/sentences together and 'pass' Copyscape - that service is meant to identify 'copies' and has nothing to do with quality.

    You 'contacted someone' - only one person? Why not contact many site owners or advertise the articles for sale in a sig on this forum, etc? That person told you what the article are worth to HIM. If it's not enough, contact more potential buyers.

    The sample you posted is...OK....no real information and clearly English as second language writing. Except for sentence structure and punctuation there is nothing terribly 'wrong' - but there's nothing interesting either.

    I don't mind if the quality of the writing above is worth the price, because I urgently need some funds
    You may not mind if the writing is worth the price - but that's what any buyer is looking at. Your need for money is not the buyer's concern.

    I see members posting above telling you to charge more - and critiquing the buyer's offer. I don't see them offering to pay you $240 for the articles.... Even at $1, that 'buyer' only want 30 articles - you don't have any leverage with him.

    If you had the time I would suggest selling these as "PLR packs" but that would require paying for an ad and waiting for sales. You need to contact a lot of site owners trying to sell the articles or pay for an ad and hope for buyers.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    $2 is very low, but quality also plays a role. Personally I wouldn't bother working with that person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I wouldn't bother working with that person.

    LOL - you do realize that 'person' is probably only trying to help out...the OP approached HIM...not vice versa.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    That about the going price for a 500 words article on the market nowadays. Why not sign up as a vendor on platforms like Fiverr or seoclerk? How could i get to buy some of your articles? However since you need the money you should calculate the opportunity cost of selling 30 articles at $1 ($30) for the original amount of $60. If these articles are well written and took a lot of your time, i do not see why you should "give it away" for that price!
    Also if you are desperate why not tell him if he want it for the $1 price he will have to buy everything?
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  • Profile picture of the author Deevoo
    If you are asking $2 for some 550 words article, thats $0.004 per word, which is very cheap, not counting the research you have to do before writing that article, proof reading for mistakes and the total time you will spend trying to improve the text. If you are not a famous writer with average writing skills, I say go for it and see how it works for you. After a week, you can reduce it to $1 if you are not happy with the results and see if you can attract more customers.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Deevoo View Post

      If you are asking $2 for some 550 words article, thats $0.004 per word, which is very cheap, not counting the research you have to do before writing that article, proof reading for mistakes and the total time you will spend trying to improve the text. If you are not a famous writer with average writing skills, I say go for it and see how it works for you. After a week, you can reduce it to $1 if you are not happy with the results and see if you can attract more customers.
      He's talking about a group of completed articles that he is trying to sell to someone because he is need of some quick money.

      I don't think he's looking to turn this pricing scheme into a permanent business model.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    it depends on the quality of the article. if it is good, charge $2 , then when you get enough good feedback. raise your prices
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Hunsons
    You are so cheap.
    Raise your price, because people get 1$ for only 100 words, not per full article.
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