Imagine my surprise tonight when, completely out of the blue, I was invited to bid on an article project.
Of course, I get spam messages all the time with titles like "Google is hiring..." and so on, with which I'm sure most of you are familiar. However, this one looked legit. Even checked the headers to make sure before logging in to the site.
The message had come through a site I registered on late last year in order to participate in a contest. I did not win, and never returned to the site.
Since I have been considering getting back into this line of work, I thought I'd check it out.
The project poster is looking for large quantities of articles. Sounds good!
He will have ongoing work for writers that meet his standards. Sounds good!
Pays weekly. Works for me.
Turn-around in under four days. I can work with that.
Articles must be error-free and use proper grammar. No problem.
Articles must be original. No problem!
May need "many" rewrites. Might want some clarification there.
Will pay an extra 5% for articles delivered within 24 hours. Cool!
Wants solid content and no fluff. Not a problem.
Wants content that provides value to the reader. Not a problem.
Payment? 500 words: $3.50. 1000 words: $6.50. Are you out of your freakin' mind?
So, that 5% bonus is like 32 and a half cents. Wow!
I suppose you could try to make it up in volume, but you would have to churn out three 500-word articles an hour just to get minimum wage. And, to do all that he asks, some amount of research is going to be necessary, unless you only cover topics on which you are already knowledgeable.
I know times are tough, but, unless you're able to churn out an article in 10 minutes (and not have it rejected or require many rewrites), you're probably better off flipping burgers at a fast food joint.
If you can pump out quality content like that, you're probably better off starting your own blog and generating income through AdSense and/or affiliate links. The money may not be as fast, but you own your content and it can continue to work for you. You could try your hand at article marketing--one affiliate sale per article may pay you more than this deal. If you can write 3,000 words an hour, you could create a special report or eBook in short order. Sell that direct, or sell MRR/RR to it. Or offer it as PLR. Sell 20 500-word articles in a pack for ten bucks to 20 people, and you've made $200, which is $130 more than you'd make selling them for $3.50 each.
Even if you're desperate for money, you don't have to resort to desperate thinking. At the very least, "shop" around for other opportunities and don't jump at the first offer that comes your way. Realize that your own work has value and stay away from those that don't recognize that value.
And, if circumstances force you into taking someone up on such an offer, think of it as only a temporary thing and don't allow yourself to think you or your work are worth less than the price of a Happy Meal.