Can anyone suggest good pay, high quality writing jobs?

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Hi guys,

Can anyone suggest some good places to get some writing jobs, specifically in computer & tech areas? I currently write for a company known as brighthub and get $10 per article + 70% of advertising revenue. (400-700 words) So looking through freelancer and e-lance where I can get $1 for an article of the same quality seems like waste of time, I would rather spend time creating a good quality article than rushing to make tiny money. I would just like to extend my horizons and have a few sources of revenue coming in.

Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Mc Donald
    if your specifically interested in writing in the tech/computer field daniel, check out:

    https://www.wisegeek.com/freelance-writing-jobs.htm

    They have tonnes of tech related articles

    hope this helps

    cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    Demand Media is another one, they pay you $15 upfront. Getting more than that is a bit tougher, you have to set yourself up as a go-to writer and try to reach clients with the rates you set.

    You can also try setting up something on this site in the....offering services section? Forget what it's called, I'm a newbie here lol.

    I hate the bid sites but they seem to suggest them a lot here, I didn't see anyone earning good money.

    What is the turnaround time on brighthub? For instance, if you submit an article today, when would you get paid?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel44
      Originally Posted by rosegrower76 View Post

      Demand Media is another one, they pay you $15 upfront. Getting more than that is a bit tougher, you have to set yourself up as a go-to writer and try to reach clients with the rates you set.

      You can also try setting up something on this site in the....offering services section? Forget what it's called, I'm a newbie here lol.

      I hate the bid sites but they seem to suggest them a lot here, I didn't see anyone earning good money.

      What is the turnaround time on brighthub? For instance, if you submit an article today, when would you get paid?
      On brighthub you get paid on about the 5th of every month for the work done in the last month, and it goes straight into a Paypal account. Thanks for the suggestion of Demand Media, I had heard of them but forgot all about them when thinking of alternate sources of income. I have also had a look at the Warriors For Hire section but you need to pay $40 just to post your service.
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      • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
        Originally Posted by Daniel44 View Post

        I have also had a look at the Warriors For Hire section but you need to pay $40 just to post your service.
        Actually it is only $20 which is well worth the price, in my opinion.

        Cheers,
        Colin Palfrey
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  • Profile picture of the author chaddo
    Try script lance.. You can get tonnes of projects and yeah so many new writing projects are updated everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Julie McElroy
    There is a lot of discussion about this in the freelance world. Many freelancers who have been around for awhile are complaining about the low-paying markets bringing down their prices.

    While it may be difficult to make a $1/word like you may have been able to make 8 - 10 years ago, don't sell yourself short with $0.02/word either. There is still a demand for quality writing. It is not easy to find, but, you have to market yourself. I have recently written a few blog posts in this topic on my Inspired to Write blog.

    Writing for Demand Studios, etc is a good supplement, but look into adding more to your portfolio if you want to be a professional writer.

    There are still magazines willing to pay you $75 and up for articles. Another place to check out is the Writer's Market. I guess it depends on how serious you want to take your writing and what you are willing to accept - $1/article is a complete waste of time and diminishes your skills.
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    • Profile picture of the author advertisethis
      Wow. I already knew compensation in a lot of fields was being brought to its knees by global competition, but this thread has been a real eye-opener.

      I'm curious. How quickly can you actually pump out a decent quality 400-700 worder -- including the research, thought organization, outlining, writing and final editing -- to the satisfaction of these types of customers?
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I will definitely check out all those links. Seriously, being a writer and charging a *reasonable/fair* price is ridiculous right now.

    For example, there was some *very* known marketer a while ago posting a job for quality product reviews. I am not talking about ezine articles but well researched product reviews for clickbank etc.

    The "big name" marketer wanted a whole bunch, 100s of reviews.

    In the same thread, some person jumped in and offered to write the reviews for $250 total which would come to about $2 per product review.

    Needless to say it is beyond me why someone would do such a job and charge only $2 for some serious work, also knowing this was a pretty known marketer who definitely can afford to pay more.

    I know its a free market, but that's just utterly ridiculous.
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    • Profile picture of the author TPFLegionaire
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      I will definitely check out all those links. Seriously, being a writer and charging a *reasonable/fair* price is ridiculous right now.

      For example, there was some *very* known marketer a while ago posting a job for quality product reviews. I am not talking about ezine articles but well researched product reviews for clickbank etc.

      The "big name" marketer wanted a whole bunch, 100s of reviews.

      In the same thread, some person jumped in and offered to write the reviews for $250 total which would come to about $2 per product review.

      Needless to say it is beyond me why someone would do such a job and charge only $2 for some serious work, also knowing this was a pretty known marketer who definitely can afford to pay more.

      I know its a free market, but that's just utterly ridiculous.

      This person may live in a country were 250$ is a month wages

      Not sure how long that job would take nor the exact level of detail required for the reviews (I doesn't seem that product ownership was a requirement!)
      that is 6 to 7 reviews per day for a month.

      If that person was indeed able to get the gig and churn them out at an acceptable quality level for the buyer then this would be a win win situation for both of them.

      Do you have , by any chance, the link to the job posting?

      Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author OKFarmgirl
    I write periodically for Constant Content. You have to be an awesome writer with no mistakes for them to approve your articles, but you can write about whatever you like, and you get 65% of the purchase price. I have sold articles for $50, so it's a pretty good profit compared to Textbroker and others. I do have to keep an eye on my articles as I've had some stolen, but mostly now, I just write for customer requests - I think they're more likely to get picked up AND you can take them down after three days and they never go public.
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  • Profile picture of the author lwidmer
    George and Daniel -

    Daniel, you asked a great question. Where can you find work? Work is quite literally all around you. However, none of it that exists in content farms or bidding sites is of any value.

    George, you said "Seriously, being a writer and charging a *reasonable/fair* price is ridiculous right now."

    I hear a ton of frustration in that one sentence. And I'm happy to say it's not true. I make a reasonable/fair rate every time. It's because the approach I use is different. But I've seen what you're seeing and I agree - writers are making some lousy choices.

    I'm believe when writers search for jobs on job listings sites and ad sites, they put their careers in passive mode. Not only are they appealing to just any client, but they're allowing strangers to place a monetary value on their skills. That, in my humble opinion, is the job of the writer. If the writer cannot determine what he or she needs to make in order to attain the targeted annual earnings goal, then control of his or her business is in the hands of someone else.

    If you want to earn more, change the way you find your clients. Instead of relying on aggregate sites to feed you pennies for your work, locate a niche of clients and start marketing to them. It's not hard - it's just a little more work. For example, that article you mentioned, Daniel, that pays a whopping buck for 700 words could easily have been the one I'm completing right now that's paying me $450 for the same word count. A little more work (maybe 15 minutes worth), but the payoff is vastly different.

    Julie knows me, and she knows the stance I take on writers settling. You don't need to. You have marketable skills that GOOD clients need, not these fools who won't pay what you're worth. George, I've seen some pretty big-name clients cheapen up. It's not the name that sways me anymore - it's the size of the paycheck.
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    Elance and oDesk. Also check freelancer.com These are some good sites. You can also try various forums, the best one is warrior
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  • Profile picture of the author Barna
    you could try some genuine companies eg Imperial Essays who may employ you as a consultant to write a report or assist on projects if there is a demand for your area.

    Set up your own website about you as a freelance writer and obviously post about your abilites.Make it clear you will not help a student finish off ther dissertation etc.Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author uleesgold
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    Demand Studios is a good site to join.

    Although that kind of thing falls under self employment , for that particular site it takes a while to get approved comparing to other writer's websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      If the writer cannot determine what he or she needs to make in order to attain the targeted annual earnings goal, then control of his or her business is in the hands of someone else.
      So true - and it's no different than other discussions about IM. If you are "looking for a site that pays" or "trying to find a 'program' that works" - you are looking at IM from the wrong angle.

      Instead of joining a business - it's better to build your own business. Start with freelance sites and use them when you need to - but aim toward building your own client base of people that come directly to you for writing.

      Most writers who complain about low fees are looking for customers in the IM area. That's looking for gold in an aluminum store. If you have the ability for technical writing - position yourself in your specialty.

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      • Profile picture of the author hyderkhan
        Elance is a good source for good article writing jobs. While it is true that the job posting landscape there is littered with an obscene amount of $1 per article jobs, there are also good paying jobs there as well. I personally have earned over $1,000 from a single client who was willing to pay $30 per article, through Elance. You just have to be very good at playing the numbers game and bidding for the right projects.
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      • Profile picture of the author lwidmer
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        Most writers who complain about low fees are looking for customers in the IM area. That's looking for gold in an aluminum store. If you have the ability for technical writing - position yourself in your specialty.
        kay
        PERFECT analogy! If you want better fees, do a better job of finding higher-paying clients. Amen!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Clark
    Wow, thanks so much to everyone for the great info! I've been taking notes like crazy in this thread and bookmarking a few sites as well (thanks, Alexa Smith).
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    • Profile picture of the author Landoe
      thanks for this thread
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  • Profile picture of the author fitz10
    Constant Content is great because you can price your own articles. I've sold long through articles on there for $80 with shorter articles regularly selling for $20-$30 non-exclusive rights.

    Consider making an ad in the WSO or Writer for Hire section. I was able to get a 6 month gig from a posting that barely attracted any attention.
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    • Profile picture of the author Julie McElroy
      Originally Posted by fitz10 View Post

      Constant Content is great because you can price your own articles. I've sold long through articles on there for $80 with shorter articles regularly selling for $20-$30 non-exclusive rights.

      Consider making an ad in the WSO or Writer for Hire section. I was able to get a 6 month gig from a posting that barely attracted any attention.
      I have just started looking into CC I have heard mostly good things about them. What is the key to succeeding there?
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      • Profile picture of the author fitz10
        Originally Posted by Julie McElroy View Post

        I have just started looking into CC I have heard mostly good things about them. What is the key to succeeding there?
        The key is checking the recent searches and recently sold articles. Tech, real estate, personal finance, weight loss, IM, and gardening seem to be consistently popular topics. I offer a mix of exclusive rights and single use licenses. Exclusive rights tend to do well with long articles, use is good for under 450 or so in my experience.

        I've also done Textbroker. It can be hard to earn a decent wage there since the price per article is so low but it's good filler work.
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  • Profile picture of the author lwidmer
    For my money? I'd not look online at these organized sites. I'd locate companies I want to work for and pitch to them. In fact, I've picked up eight potential clients this month using this method. And the pay is definitely going to exceed what an aggregate site will pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
    What the... did no one mention Craigslist? It's great for local writing jobs and you will get a lot of clients who aren't in the IM niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author genietoast
      If you're willing to pay the monthly or yearly fee, I recommend applying for telecommuting jobs with Flexjobs.com. They've been around for 4 years now. Been on CNN as well. You might be able to find some writing jobs there. Some have benefits. Some don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda Craven
    For the best fees, look offline and target relevant companies and organisations who will happily pay decent freelance rates. I am constantly appalled at the level of remuneration offered in some online circles and the resultant expectation that writing should come cheap. Good writing should never come cheap and a good client is one who understands the immense value of your work. Bottom line? Never undersell yourself or your talent.
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  • Profile picture of the author pva4sale
    Can anyone tell me about this site? is it possible that i can post my craigslist ad here. Will really appreciate your support
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  • Profile picture of the author The Simpleton
    Constant content is a great place to sell articles at a high price. You just need to make sure that your articles are set at a high standard, and they take things like formatting of your document very seriously! Then again, there are times when a single article can sell for anywhere between $20-100.

    I have just started looking into CC I have heard mostly good things about them. What is the key to succeeding there?
    I believe the trick is to look into the public requests section. There are many buyers over there who quote impressive prices, sometimes even up to $150. Of course they need to approve your article in order for you to get your payment, but even if the buyer rejects your article for some reason, the article automatically appears in the public marketplace, thus giving it another chance to be sold.
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    • Profile picture of the author getandearn
      There are a lot of companies that post job openings on their Facebook fan page and having a professional-looking Facebook account can really make your life easier when it comes to applying for these positions. There are many people that have got their dream writing career via sites like High-Paying Writing Jobs across the US and around the World and this might also be the case for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    vworker is a site I have done a lot of work for and have been paid good money.
    The "warriors for Hire section in this forum is a goldmine for work. The $20 fee and the bumps are well worth it.
    Also run ads in Gumtree, Craig's List and other similar sites.

    Also, email everybody you know and ask if they know anybody needing your skills. I have done work for various friends and been well paid again.

    Don't only market your services in one place. The more places you have your name showing, the greater the chance you will have of getting work.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Create your own writing website and market it - when I was a freelance writer that is how I found most of my writing jobs through my own website. Put samples of your work on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author neenasatine
    this sites provides less than 100 sites to write for. Many of them are tech related

    45+ Websites that will Pay You to Write
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    however, your article should be approved first before receiving payment so do not fear of being rejected. It is always part of freelance writing life. once approved, you can use those articles as your portfolio to promote yourself and seek clients.

    i cannot assure though that these sites can serve as your regular clients. so searching for other gigs is a must.
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