If you're an article writer, content creator, ghostwriter or the like, the chances are good you've taken a pay cut lately. Thanks to market pressure, outsourcing to Third World countries and many idiots suggesting that IM newbies get their start writing articles, write-for-hire has become a buyer's market in the IM niche.
That means you are competing with literally thousands of hungry, wannabe writers who'll take jobs for rates that will put you in the poor-house. It's not their fault and it's not the fault of the Internet Marketers who sharpen their pencils when it comes to their budget for outsourcing. It's your fault.
No matter how much you may complain, whine or shout, "You get what you pay for", you're still in a trap of your own making. Cheap article writers can still produce excellent work that may even outshine what you do. That's because they are willing to do what you are not: work for what the marketplace will pay.
Here's the point: it's up to you to find other buyers of content that don't "know" that a penny a word (or less) is the going rate for article content. Think about it. If all you do is scour the discussion groups for Internet Marketing, you're looking in the wrong place for top-dollar writing jobs.
Did you know that local business owners will gladly pay in dollars per word for much of the same content that you may be giving away to rapacious IM types? It's possible for you to create Web page content, blog posts, short reports, etc., and get paid handsomely if you just start looking somewhere else than here, for example.
Ready for the kicker? If you approach brick-and-mortar business owners and say you'll write for pennies per word, you might lose your chance to work for them. They don't want cheap. They want the best and are willing to pay for it.
Just because folks here are used to paying little for your work, that doesn't mean your work is worth little, money-wise. It just means you're looking in the wrong place.
P.S. Almost inevitably, some cheap yahoo will complain that if you charge dollars per word, you'll be ripping off some business owner. Keep in mind, everyone is entitled to his or her own stupid opinion. No, really!