I want to write some articles....

by DaniMc 28 replies
Hello Warriors,

My personal hobby is researching health info.

I have many excellent resources at hand. Most people either don't know about these resources or have not taken the time to join them.

My question is this:

How much are people willing to pay for an interesting, well written, custom article backed by research? I can guarantee there would be no regurgitated content pulled from other sites.

It is hard to write a short article when using actual research so 400-500 words would be the minimum up to around 1,000 words.

What price would be fair for articles like this?

Regards,
Daniel

PS - My ex wife is killing me right now and it is either do this part time or take some crappy job to cover the shortfall! Any info is greatly appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    My suggestion would be to write articles to sell as plr. That would involve you doing research to see which topics, in the health field, are in high demand. Set up a WSO and offer them there. If you are really an excellent writer, you might want to create your own plr website.

    Check out the writer's forum in warrior. You might learn something from other other writers in there.

    Best!
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    • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
      Originally Posted by Christie Love View Post

      My suggestion would be to write articles to sell as plr. That would involve you doing research to see which topics, in the health field, are in high demand. Set up a WSO and offer them there. If you are really an excellent writer, you might want to create your own plr website.

      Check out the writer's forum in warrior. You might learn something from other other writers in there.

      Best!
      Thanks Christie,

      I have no doubts that I can offer articles that people will love.

      My main question is "how much?"

      I have heard of some writers charging .50c a word and I know that is a hard (nearly impossible) level to reach.

      I have seen others selling articles for .02c a word and that seems like a total ripoff.

      So, how much is a custom, research based and unique article worth?

      Thanks,
      Daniel
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      • Profile picture of the author Eric Johnson
        Hate to break it to you but around here and places like Elance and Guru, the going rate seems to be about 5-6 dollars for a 400 word article.

        Kinda sucks really...good if your buying I guess.
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        • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
          Originally Posted by Eric Johnson View Post

          Hate to break it to you but around here and places like Elance and Guru, the going rate seems to be about 5-6 dollars for a 400 word article.

          Kinda sucks really...good if your buying I guess.
          Yes that DOES suck.

          I have purchased articles from these places (Elance and another service) and all in all they have been total GARBAGE.

          You get what you pay for.

          I always found that I have to do a rewrite so I stopped buying them...I can do it better myself.

          Surely there is a market for GOOD content instead of the garbage that people just spit out to get fast traffic?

          Surely all marketers aren't just looking for more "McContent" to spread around?

          Daniel
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          • Profile picture of the author CSwrite
            Daniel,

            I know, it's depressing when you really think about it. I would say that $50 would depend on the size. Most buyers would be more willing to pay that much for a longer (1,000 to 1,200 words) article than for a short one.

            If you can produce really awesome, targeted articles you may be able to get around $25 for 400-500 words, but that is pushing it.

            It just depends on how much the buyer is willing to pay - it's finding the buyer with deep pockets that is the tough part.

            In your situation where you need a lot of cash quick, there are basically two options:

            1. Write a whole bundle of articles and sell the for the going rate of $10 (or less)
            2. Put together a PLR pack so that you only have to write them once, and can resell them many times over. The price on the PLR pack would be dependent on how many you had to offer, and the quality, etc...

            Ok - 3 - take that very good advice above and put in a classified here

            I would definitely push the fact that you know the niche, use Copyscape to prove they are original, etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author CSwrite
    Hi Daniel!

    My best advice would be to work up one sample article, so you can give buyers something to go on.

    You have a few options when it comes to making money with them:

    1. Start a WSO offering x amount of quality health articles
    2. Try to put together a PLR pack, using your experience in this niche as a major selling point.
    3. Browse through some job boards, Craigslist, FreelanceWritingGigs.com and see if there is anyone looking for a writer in your niche. Constant-Content.com posts public requests and they may have someone in this niche (I can check for you if you would like)
    4. Go to places like AssociatedContent.com and sell them (the pay is very low though, so that would probably be last on my list)

    As for pricing - it can really vary based on the length, quality and who is buying. Some go for as low as $5, others go up to $500.

    Hope that helps!
    CS
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    • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
      Originally Posted by CSwrite View Post

      Hi Daniel!

      My best advice would be to work up one sample article, so you can give buyers something to go on.

      You have a few options when it comes to making money with them:

      1. Start a WSO offering x amount of quality health articles
      2. Try to put together a PLR pack, using your experience in this niche as a major selling point.
      3. Browse through some job boards, Craigslist, FreelanceWritingGigs.com and see if there is anyone looking for a writer in your niche. Constant-Content.com posts public requests and they may have someone in this niche (I can check for you if you would like)
      4. Go to places like AssociatedContent.com and sell them (the pay is very low though, so that would probably be last on my list)

      As for pricing - it can really vary based on the length, quality and who is buying. Some go for as low as $5, others go up to $500.

      Hope that helps!
      CS
      Thanks CS,

      So, would you think that $50 is a reasonable price for an article like this?

      I could place a WSO selling these in packages of five for $250?

      Or, would you think just putting up an open offer of $50 each would be better?
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      • Profile picture of the author RebeccaL
        I think you should find a person willing to pay $50 for such an article before you write it. Some people with large, authority health sites would probably not hesitate to pay $50 for a highly researched, unique article.
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        • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
          Originally Posted by longroad View Post

          I think you should find a person willing to pay $50 for such an article before you write it. Some people with large, authority health sites would probably not hesitate to pay $50 for a highly researched, unique article.
          Exactly what I would like to do.

          Someone wants an article, tells me the topic and I research it and write on demand.

          Does anyone think $50 is an unreasonable price?

          Personally, I could live with $50. Maybe I will place an ad in the classified section to get started.

          Thanks for all your input. Anyone else with any help or suggestions to offer I am very eager to hear it.

          Daniel
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          • Profile picture of the author KonaGirl
            Originally Posted by Daniel McCoy View Post

            Exactly what I would like to do.

            Someone wants an article, tells me the topic and I research it and write on demand.

            Does anyone think $50 is an unreasonable price?

            Personally, I could live with $50. Maybe I will place an ad in the classified section to get started.

            Thanks for all your input. Anyone else with any help or suggestions to offer I am very eager to hear it.

            Daniel
            I have bought packages of 10 articles that very good quality PLR articles for a lot less that $50, but they were only about 500 words. By the time I was done rewriting them they were anywheres from 700 - 1000 words.

            I always rewrite articles, even though the ones that I purchased were only being sold to 100 people.

            I suppose if this was an article that was exclusive for me alone, would never be sold to anyone else, was 1000 words, and that I only had to rewrite enough to put my colorful spin on, I might consider a $50 bill for it. But then again, knowing me, I would probably try to get it for less.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizLegend
    Originally Posted by Daniel McCoy View Post

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    My question is this:

    How much are people willing to pay for an interesting, well written, custom article backed by research? I can guarantee there would be no regurgitated content pulled from other sites.

    It is hard to write a short article when using actual research so 400-500 words would be the minimum up to around 1,000 words.

    What price would be fair for articles like this?

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    Wishing you all the best. There are lot of opportunities and talent never goes waste.
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    • Profile picture of the author azgold
      Unfortunately, most of the freelancing sites pay pitance regardless of quality. You'd make more money selling your writing to a magazine or ezine. If you pitch to the higher paying markets (successfully), that is where you will make the most money for an article. If you do that, don't forget to carefully read and follow their submission guidelines.

      Perhaps advertise on one of the free to use ad sites with your asking price listed. With that kind of research and expertise (and assuming you write well), you should be able to get $ .10/word or so, if not more. You may want to offer a reduced price for a quantity buy.

      Good luck, whatever you decide.
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      • Profile picture of the author Courtney Ramirez
        With all your research and expertise, I think that $50 for a longer article is very reasonable. Your best bet, as far as selling to the Internet marketing crowd, is to position yourself as an expert health PLR writer and then create packages to sell.

        Shirley has a great idea though...market in other places. You could also find print magazines that need short blurbs and would pay much higher prices.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
          Getting $50 per article when you are starting is going to take a lot of work from you in terms of marketing your skills.

          For an article up to 800 words I charge $32 and yes people do pay that for unique articles.

          The thing to remember is that you can make $50 per article when you sell them as PLR.

          Here is the maths part.

          You spend time writing 10 articles which you would like to sell as unique articles @ $50 per article. If you find someone willing to buy them you would make $500.

          However, if you put them up for sale as PLR @ $10 per set and sell to 100 people and sell out you make $1,000.

          The problem is people don't see that sometimes selling cheap is actually giving more money in the bank. You could even go to $5 per set and sell to 100 people and make the same money as selling for $50 per article to one person.

          Consider the overall sales you can get and how much you can really get for a very cheap price per package
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          • Profile picture of the author SunTzu82
            Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

            Getting $50 per article when you are starting is going to take a lot of work from you in terms of marketing your skills.

            For an article up to 800 words I charge $32 and yes people do pay that for unique articles.

            The thing to remember is that you can make $50 per article when you sell them as PLR.

            Here is the maths part.

            You spend time writing 10 articles which you would like to sell as unique articles @ $50 per article. If you find someone willing to buy them you would make $500.

            However, if you put them up for sale as PLR @ $10 per set and sell to 100 people and sell out you make $1,000.

            The problem is people don't see that sometimes selling cheap is actually giving more money in the bank. You could even go to $5 per set and sell to 100 people and make the same money as selling for $50 per article to one person.

            Consider the overall sales you can get and how much you can really get for a very cheap price per package
            That's some good advice. You're probably not going to make that much just starting out, you could sell a 400-500 wd. article for $8-12 and then when people see you are producing quality stuff, raise your prices.
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            • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
              Just starting out? Definitely go the PLR route. And do it big! Set up a site with a nifty sales page. If you're not a good sales page writer, hire someone. Trust me - it's worth a couple hundred bucks to get their expertise because the sales page makes ALL the difference (as long as the quality is there in the product). You're shooting for maximum conversion because you won't be getting much traffic to your site at first. That's why the great sales page is so important early on. Meanwhile, spend your non-writing time following every traffic generation technique you know (or learn). I'd definitely start submitting articles with links back to your sales page to EzineArticles.com, searchwarp.com, buzzle.com, etc. That alone will get some people visiting your site. But again, the keys are great sales page, excellent quality in your PLR content, and streams of traffic from various sources. Don't forget a good signature link in all your forum posts... ignore the fact that I don't follow my own advice here. I'm in the process of establishing a brand new website about this very thing, so I have no siggy just now. GOOD LUCK!

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              • Profile picture of the author zuberr
                We write articles between 250-500 words for $6-$10.
                That's still a low price considering the time we put in
                to research on the topic, which is why we don't accept
                orders for 1 or 2 unique articles.
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                • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
                  Wow thanks for all the great advice everyone.

                  It seems there is a consensus that the PLR route is the way to go.

                  Bev,

                  I know that what you say is true. I have seen you on several different occasions trying your best to explain it to other members here and it seems they just don't get the math.

                  If I can write a great ten article series and sell it to ten people for $50...I just made my $50 per article. Makes perfect sense.

                  Or I could sell it to 50 people for $10 and I would make the same.

                  Now as the original creator, I have heard you say that you retain the right to use these articles but will never sell them again as PLR.

                  That being the case, I could then infuse these articles into my current sites.

                  I could get very creative with this process.

                  Excellent feedback everyone. Many thanks.

                  Best wishes,
                  Daniel
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                  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
                    Daniel the problem you have is selling them to just 10 people at that price. It is possible, but it is a lot harder to do.

                    Yes, always keep a licence for yourself, and then you can use the articles or books that you write.

                    I have a PLR that my husband wrote. We sold all the licences and kept one for ourselves.

                    We have sold a new version of the book, and have just started an affiliate program as well as putting the lite version into a giveaway.

                    I'm glad you understood the maths, as you see very few people tend to do that.
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                    • Profile picture of the author BizLegend
                      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

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                      Yes, always keep a licence for yourself, and then you can use the articles or books that you write.

                      I have a PLR that my husband wrote. We sold all the licences and kept one for ourselves.
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                      Please explain the above. Is a licence equivalent to a copyright? How can you have multiple licences & sell all but one? Please explain the issue & meaning of licence as per online world. Thanks!
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                      • Profile picture of the author Melanie Bremner
                        As a writer we all would like top dollar for our work. I charge $15 for a 400 word article so if you are thinking of an 800 word article $25-$30 I think is reasonable. There are other writers who do write cheaper and are pretty good. I may not get quite as much work as these people do, but I know the work I will be doing is for people who will appreciate quality and originality and are not afraid to pay what it is worth.
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                      • Profile picture of the author DeePower
                        Don't sell yourself short. $50 an article is doable. Very doable. But not at cr@p sites like elance and guru.

                        Here are a few suggestions.

                        Write a series of articles that show your best work and post them on your website or blog with you name as the author. Get a free blog at blogger.com. It's easy to use. Use your name and your topic as the title. For example I'd use something like DeePowerOnCreditCardManagement.blogspot.com

                        Write another series of articles on your topic and post to ezinearticles.com and Isnare.com Use a unique title that includes the keywords people would use to find information about your topic. Link the articles back to your blog. FYI you can add some ADsense ads on your blog to get a little revenue going.

                        Start posting responses to threads here on WF. Good, content-stuffed, relevant, responses. Have your blog in your signature. That way people will get to know you. This isn't directed at your personally but double check your posts for spelling and grammatical errors. As a writer you want to demonstrate your skills.

                        Begin a list of authority sites in your area of expertise.

                        Offer to write an exclusive article for the site in exchange for a link back to your blog.

                        After you've established yourself as a contributing member of WF, and that could just take a week or so, start looking at people's sig lines here at WF for websites that relate to your area of expertise.

                        PM the warrior a link to your blog, an ezinearticle, and several of your authority site articles. Your message could simply say that you saw the link in their sig and thought the information might be of interest to them.

                        When they respond back with a thank you, mention that you do write articles on the subject on an exclusive basis. Perhaps they might be interested in an exclusive article at such a such authority website with their name as author and link to their site.

                        Go to other websites like WF and repeat.

                        Hope this helps.

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                          • Profile picture of the author writergirlk
                            I encourage you to move away from thinking about it in terms of "money per article" and think in terms of "rate per hour". On the surface, $50 an article might look like a good rate, but what if that article took you 10 hours to write? That's less than minimum wage. On the surface, $8 for 500 words doesn't look like much. But if you can pull off writing those 500 words in 15 minutes, you're set up to make $32 an hour. Not great, but definitely above minimum wage. To make the kind of money that would make all that research worth the effort, seeking out higher paying markets is a must or use your knowledge for your own profit but setting up a series of niche blogs or websites, doing bum marketing, or putting together squidoo lenses for profit.
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    Originally Posted by Daniel McCoy View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    My personal hobby is researching health info.

    I have many excellent resources at hand. Most people either don't know about these resources or have not taken the time to join them.

    My question is this:

    How much are people willing to pay for an interesting, well written, custom article backed by research? I can guarantee there would be no regurgitated content pulled from other sites.

    It is hard to write a short article when using actual research so 400-500 words would be the minimum up to around 1,000 words.

    What price would be fair for articles like this?

    Regards,
    Daniel

    PS - My ex wife is killing me right now and it is either do this part time or take some crappy job to cover the shortfall! Any info is greatly appreciated.
    Please may we know the latest developments? Hopefully that you are well on your way of success and your wife is happy.

    I think medical articles are in demand and can be found on freelancing sites. You can also consider visiting the hopsital sites and offering your services, maybe they shall like to avail of your services as having good medical articles shall make their sites popular among the users plus the search engines.

    Do keep us updated. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    I've paid IMers 50 dollars for well researched 1000 word articles on occaision

    I have some ideas on how you could make more money for those ariticles-pm me and I'll give you some ideas
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  • Profile picture of the author writergirlk
    As a writer I can tell you what I do - but that doesn't mean it's the right path for you.

    I make my money writing in the following ways:

    * By finding clients and doing work for them. This is the lowest paying option in my experience, but it is also the fastest. I usually get anywhere from $6-15 for a 400-600 word article. But I know I can write an article in that range in about 15 minutes. Speed is essential here.

    * I profit from my own articles on blogs, websites, and shared revenue sites like triond and associated content.

    * I very occasionally sell my articles on Constant Content and to Associated Content. You set your own rates on Constant Content but AC tells you what they will give you.

    * I have my work published in magazines and the like. For the type of writing you are talking about (using research and quotes) this is really your best bet if you want to make the most money. For this, you basically get paid what the magazine tells you.

    I have not done PLR yet but plan to offer WSO's in the near future. I have so much experience writing optimized articles with engaging content that it seems a shame not to put together PLR packs here and there.
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