One Month article writing experiment update... $919.63...

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Ok...

Well, for those that are 'new' to my series of weekly threads

I wanted to do a 1-month experiment to see how feasible it was to make money writing articles... (this is not article marketing, but rather just writing for other people)...

Although not necessarily 'sexy', it appears you can get paid approximately $11.50/hour writing articles (I've spent probably about 80 hours doing the work for the $919.63, so basically that works out to about $11.50/hour)...

So... I thought I would just share that with those looking to actually write articles for others, and probably what you could expect... So if you do need a bit of cash to start up a venture, it is possible to get it at least this one way...

Cheers!

Johnathan
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  • Profile picture of the author onera
    Thanks for sharing. How many articles did you write in 80 hours?
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    Haha, uh, didn't keep count... off the top of my head, I'm guessing that is probably around 100-150 or so... (probably the higher end)...

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  • Profile picture of the author Teresa Coppes
    Johnathan -

    Did you offer a WSO or post an ad elsewhere for the services that you offered? If I might ask - thanks.

    Teresa
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Johnathan, It might not be "sexy", but the fact of the matter is, you are making more money than many people working "real" jobs.

      Congratulations!

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        Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

        Johnathan, It might not be "sexy", but the fact of the matter is, you are making more money than many people working "real" jobs.

        Congratulations!

        Jeremy
        Hi, thanks for the congrats!
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by Teresa_C View Post

      Johnathan -

      Did you offer a WSO or post an ad elsewhere for the services that you offered? If I might ask - thanks.

      Teresa
      Hi,

      Thanks -- no, just basically acting as a freelancer. No WSO/ad, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author teesee150
    Where were you offering your services at?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Tani
    Good work!

    And with practice and experience, you could make more. I make between $20-50/hour.

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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by Mari_Quint View Post

      Which topics did you write about? Approximately, how many words per article?
      Topics varied (computers and computer related items did seem to be popular ones though), and article lengths varied, although I would say probably the minimum was 350-500 words... (the maximum I think was about 1500 words for 1 article... which is basically like 3 pages of text)...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chiayee
    Jonathan:

    Great progress! Now, instead of sending people directly to landing page or affiliate links, you should built a list!

    Trust me, it is going to improve your profit and conversion, am speaking from personal experience.

    Keep plugging away. You will find: your writing speed and articles' quality improve overall time. And, you get to know what works and what doesn't. With that in mind, you can scale up and outsource!

    The sky's the limit

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  • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
    Thanks, well, also as a benefit, I've gotten to learn about a variety of different topics too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I was going to say the same thing, may people would be happy to make 11.50 these days.

    You should try putting some fresh articles together in a WSO, could multiply your writing pay.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by Ron Killian View Post

      I was going to say the same thing, may people would be happy to make 11.50 these days.

      You should try putting some fresh articles together in a WSO, could multiply your writing pay.
      Oh wow... that's interesting, I thought $11.50 was actually pretty low... (at least where I am that is pretty much close to minimum wage, cost of living is a bit higher too)... It's about 20k/year (for an equivalent 'full' time job)...
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      • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
        Originally Posted by Johnathan View Post

        Oh wow... that's interesting, I thought $11.50 was actually pretty low... (at least where I am that is pretty much close to minimum wage, cost of living is a bit higher too)... It's about 20k/year (for an equivalent 'full' time job)...
        Plenty of places where 11.50 a hour is good money, plus I was also taking about how many people are out of work, making nothing right now. Stay at home moms are a good example, many would love to make that when they wanted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
    BTW, what do you mean by putting articles in an WSO, you mean like an 'article' pack? (I.e., PLR?)
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
      Originally Posted by Johnathan View Post

      BTW, what do you mean by putting articles in an WSO, you mean like an 'article' pack? (I.e., PLR?)
      Exactly, an article pack of fresh articles you wrote. You sell the same to a bunch of people rather than just one. Naturally it's usually at a lower price, but selling multiples could make up the difference and more profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Whether that income is low or good actually depends on the person. Primarily how much they're charging per article and how many articles they can do in an hour.

    When I had a $10 special going I averaged about $30-$40 per hour. I've had projects average as high as $100 an hour too, but those were usually print magazines and technical writing projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    Good work Johnathan! It's not a bad pay but it depends what you are (or want to be). If you are a writer, it's fine. If you are an Internet marketer then I would spend more time on web promotion and not writing.

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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by Gunter Eibl View Post

      Good work Johnathan! It's not a bad pay but it depends what you are (or want to be). If you are a writer, it's fine. If you are an Internet marketer then I would spend more time on web promotion and not writing.

      Gunter
      Hehe, thanks. Well, I am fairly new to the "IM" specific arena, so wanted to try writing articles to see how that would work out.

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  • Profile picture of the author Puusep
    Well, If you did it because experiment, then you know now that this is about the top money you can make like this. If you have not done this before, then you got really good experience for your own web promotion. Writing 100 articles can be really hard, I've done 15 articles a day, and this is the point where your head is starting to boil.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by Puusep View Post

      Well, If you did it because experiment, then you know now that this is about the top money you can make like this. If you have not done this before, then you got really good experience for your own web promotion. Writing 100 articles can be really hard, I've done 15 articles a day, and this is the point where your head is starting to boil.
      Thanks Yes, I kind of did it as an experiment for a few reasons.

      (a) I wanted to see how much money I really 'could' make. (I.e., I have seen some WSO's claim that you can make $40/hour+ doing this... That *may* be true, but you would probably have to really work at it to get to that position).
      (b) Wanted to get my feet wet with respect to article marketing (so I get 'used' to how articles should be written, etc).
      (c) Also provide encouragement for those ppl on here looking to make the first "online" dollar

      And thanks -- yes, this is my first time actually getting paid for writing articles like this.

      Johnathan
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  • Profile picture of the author Britt Malka
    Thanks for a nice post about your experiences. Useful.

    How did you find your customers?
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    thanks this post is very interesting im doing quite a bit of article writing myself at the moment and its nice to here from someone else in a similar post.

    Is this just from writing articles or does it include bookmarking your articles?
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by dsmpublishing View Post

      thanks this post is very interesting im doing quite a bit of article writing myself at the moment and its nice to here from someone else in a similar post.

      Is this just from writing articles or does it include bookmarking your articles?
      This is from basically writing my own articles. I haven't done any bookmarking/article marketing/etc, although I think I will be experimenting with that in the near future now that I understand how to write 'good' articles.
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      • Profile picture of the author shaddai
        Thanks for a nice post about your experiences. Useful.

        How did you find your customers?
        Congrats on batch of bucks! I'd like to know how/where you found customers as well.

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        • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
          Originally Posted by shaddai View Post

          Congrats on batch of bucks! I'd like to know how/where you found customers as well.

          Todd
          It was a combination of finding writing work on the internet (posted) as a freelancer, and then some clients asked me to do more work because of the quality.
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          • Profile picture of the author shaddai
            Gotcha. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author bangaram12
    good... hmm is there any software you are using to write articles or you are developing on it own.
    Any secrets please tell us too
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by bangaram12 View Post

      good... hmm is there any software you are using to write articles or you are developing on it own.
      Any secrets please tell us too
      Lol, actually, no, no software is being used. If you want to get any serious work -- you can't use the kind of software currently offered, because it would just create article spun "crap". Basically, just sitting down and writing.

      I was kind of amazed though at the time involved though, because one job that I got that was worth about $270 I thought -- wow -- this will be so easy -- I can probably get this done in 1-2 hours and pocket the cash... It "looked" easy... Instead, I think took about 2-3 days to finish
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  • Profile picture of the author vbm08
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    My personal recommendation is why are you wasting your time trying to write for others; instead write for yourself.

    Publish your own Ezine Articles and try to establish an expert status in any of your favorite niche.

    This will create a steady traffic to your product site and income per month in your pocket. And you don't have to write again for others.

    I mean if you really enjoy writing then why not market and establish your own identity in front of the huge world audience rather than spending countless hours working for a few bunch of people who will pay you only once for your work. And you will have to work every day of the year.

    But article marketing if done in the right way for continuous straight 1 year can earn you next 2-3 years without much work..

    That's my personal opinion...
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by vbm08 View Post

      My personal recommendation is why are you wasting your time trying to write for others; instead write for yourself.

      Publish your own Ezine Articles and try to establish an expert status in any of your favorite niche.

      This will create a steady traffic to your product site and income per month in your pocket. And you don't have to write again for others.

      I mean if you really enjoy writing then why not market and establish your own identity in front of the huge world audience rather than spending countless hours working for a few bunch of people who will pay you only once for your work. And you will have to work every day of the year.

      But article marketing if done in the right way for continuous straight 1 year can earn you next 2-3 years without much work..

      That's my personal opinion...
      Hi,

      Thanks, I appreciate that. Yes, I do plan on doing that (in fact getting some article marketing things set up). I wanted to 'first' test the waters actually writing for other people, and actaually very interestingly, have learned a few things I would have never known otherwise.

      Plus, I now know how much work is involved I've seen some people say "Oh yeah! You can EAAAAAAAASILY make $100/hour writing for others..." so I wanted to see how true that was Although (shockingly) -- I *have* seen some people do that (i.e., charge $0.07/word, so like $70 for a 1000 word article), it seems pretty rare...

      Johnathan
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  • Profile picture of the author reliance77
    I would like to write, but I don't have experience in writing. Would you have ideas on how I can get started?

    I'm paying now to have my articles written by someone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel2010
    This is something I want to do so hope I can sell some articles soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author PRandContent
    Congratulations Jonathan! Article writing really can be a great source of income Keep up the good work!
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