Warriors,Would You pay $150 Per Article.

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I am putting finishing touches on my site that i want to launch very soon. Honestly i want it to be an authority site and because of this i need an authority article.

I contacted someone on this forum about writing article and the cost, he told me $150 per article and i need a lot of articles,tutorials and reviews in software niche and i am limited by fund.

Please is the price too much? Because i am on the verge of paying for it even if it is one article from him per week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    If it is really good and if it does make your site look authoritative, $150 is a good deal.

    And trust me, there will be a bunch of people in this forum who will say that they can do the job at $3 a piece.
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    • Profile picture of the author enwereuzo
      Originally Posted by Joseph Then View Post

      If it is really good and if it does make your site look authoritative, $150 is a good deal.

      And trust me, there will be a bunch of people in this forum who will say that they can do the job at $3 a piece.
      Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      enwereuzo - it depends what you want. You say you are putting together an authority site and you want an authority article - maybe you should rephrase this and, instead say 'authority content.'

      Really good authority content, written by a content writer, and not one of the plethora of $5 "article writers", will normally cost you anything between $200 and $500 and upward. If you've found just such a great writer, and he/she has priced the work at a mere $150, you should jump at it.

      That piece will go on working for you 24/7 for years and could turn out to be the best investment you've ever made.

      On the other hand, if all you expect to pay is peanuts- well, you know what eats peanuts don't you?
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  • Profile picture of the author richrowley
    If they are a really good writer then it may be worth it. However dont pay anything up front and if it's not absolutely first class then dont pay anything.

    For that price you should be getting an expert in the article topic and an incredibly talented writer. If they dont have both those skills and they're not flexible to your needs then move on.

    If they meet that criteria then it may be worth the price, but do shop round.
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    • Profile picture of the author enwereuzo
      Originally Posted by richrowley View Post

      If they are a really good writer then it may be worth it. However dont pay anything up front and if it's not absolutely first class then dont pay anything.

      For that price you should be getting an expert in the article topic and an incredibly talented writer. If they dont have both those skills and they're not flexible to your needs then move on.

      If they meet that criteria then it may be worth the price, but do shop round.
      He is a talented writer
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Originally Posted by enwereuzo View Post

        I am putting finishing touches on my site that i want to launch very soon. Honestly i want it to be an authority site and because of this i need an authority article.
        It's commendable that you want to strive for quality content, but an authority site isn't just about posting expert articles. It can also be a source of resources, news and other relevant and interesting links concerning its chosen topic. If you're starting out with absolutely no knowledge of the subject, it might be difficult to maintain such a site on your own or even to recognize truly expert content when you see it.


        Originally Posted by richrowley View Post

        However dont pay anything up front and if it's not absolutely first class then dont pay anything.
        I think you'd be hard pressed to find a quality writer willing to undertake the research necessary without at least some payment upfront; especially for a new client.


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        • Profile picture of the author WilsonJ
          I am a writer myself but $150 per article is a bit too much I am afraid.. What's the word count for your article?

          There will be a lot of people who can do this in less than half of the half of this cost. But you must find a balance between your requirements and the cost. If I was in your place I would not have gone for this much cost. Anything under $60 per article for 1000-1200 word count is definitely worth it for me..
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          • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
            Originally Posted by WilsonJ View Post

            I am a writer myself but $150 per article is a bit too much I am afraid.. What's the word count for your article?
            I disagree. $150 per piece of well researched, well written content is cheap. I haven't written for anything less than $200 for years.

            I also agree with Frank Donovan's response - you will find it extremely difficult to find a professional writer who will agree to work for a new client without payment up front.
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          • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
            Originally Posted by WilsonJ View Post

            I am a writer myself but $150 per article is a bit too much I am afraid.
            I often paid $300 to $500 an article when I was publishing a magazine... and that was cheap. Twenty-five or fifty cents a word is not a bad price for quality writing.
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            • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
              if the person writing is that good congrats to him/hr however if he/she is working the warrior forum wouldn't it be fair to say for warriors i charge xx,xx.

              Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

              I often paid $300 to $500 an article when I was publishing a magazine... and that was cheap. Twenty-five or fifty cents a word is not a bad price for quality writing.
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              • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
                Originally Posted by Claire Koch View Post

                if the person writing is that good congrats to him/hr however if he/she is working the warrior forum wouldn't it be fair to say for warriors i charge xx,xx.

                since when do warriors have to offer low ball prices in order to qualify as helpful? Why do you think it's unfair to charge higher rates if the product or service is worth it? I already know from the responses just in this thread alone that there are warriors who are more than willing to pay higher prices for quality. Did you not notice that?
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulyC
    That's about right for a very high-quality piece of content - meaning something you will find in a magazine. I know personally I charge $50/article and there a plenty of people who are paying, and they are the ones who are looking for good quality content that gets read - not just a piece of content designed to get someone to click a link.

    If you truly want an authority site, you're going to have to either be a great writer yourself with plenty of knowledge on the subject, or be willing to pay someone who does have these skills.

    As for Joseph's comment about the $3 articles... When I first started out online many years ago I did hire people to write me articles at about $5/article, and it was an absolute joke. No proper English skills, no grammar skills, no writing skills. You really will get what you pay for - and those individuals who are charging high-end will not stop until you are satisfied, trust me I don't.

    Good luck with your site!

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author PlatinumLady
    You get what you pay for. By your own admission he is a talented writer so if you believe he will do a good job of creating great authority content for your blog then go ahead and hire him for the quoted price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
    Damn I had no idea people could charge so much for an article. You could drop all that money and you are already down $600 a month and the site is not bringing in anything yet. Sounds like a lot to me when there are very skilled individuals out there that could probably do a just as great job for like 95% less
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    • Profile picture of the author StephanieMojica
      I've been published in "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and on USAToday.com and would not charge $150 for a web article, unless it was over 600 words. Personally, I would not pay an untested writer that much money; you can find plenty of qualified people who would do it for $100, $75, or even $50.

      (And yes, I would be willing to write for you.)

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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    hmm $150 per article, I should stop what I doing and jump into writing.

    I wouldn't pay that much for an article, otherwise it is cheaper to hire full time writer from Philippine (English is as close to them as their first lang).

    I would understand paying that amount for Press Release or a really really professional writer with an impressive resume (probably a journalist )

    If someone claim he charge this amount, his resume and writing samples should start to speak first.
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    • Profile picture of the author protectyoursales
      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      I wouldn't pay that much for an article, otherwise it is cheaper to hire full time writer from Philippine (English is as close to them as their first lang).
      Actually, that just isn't true. I mean, it may be true, but it certainly doesn't carry over into their writing in my experience. At least not at the $150 - $250 per month level that we're talking about. A good Filipino writer (not really good, just regular good) is going to run you between $600 and $800 a month off of sites like oDesk and Elance. Again, this is in my experience at least.

      Even then, 9 times out of 10 you'll still have to do proofreading because it won't quite be 'natural'.

      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      I would understand paying that amount for Press Release or a really really professional writer with an impressive resume (probably a journalist )

      If someone claim he charge this amount, his resume and writing samples should start to speak first.
      I definitely do agree with this; at $150 an article you better see some really impressive writing in their resume/portfolio. It should speak for itself.

      There is a time and a place for paying $150 - $300 an article, and Press Releases are one area that prices like that aren't at all uncommon. Also, those prices aren't uncommon when you're working for an actual company and not just building a more generic authority-website.

      For the kind of authority website articles that I suspect you're looking for, I would cap things off at around $5 per 100 words...For that price you will find some REALLY stellar writers who will put out truly authoritative content.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoKnightsInc
    150$ for a article is tooo much. Also just a article or two cant make your site authority site. It number of well written article that can make you authoritative and not just a few expert articles. I wont advice you to go for such high rate unles you have about 5000 daily reader.
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    • Profile picture of the author enwereuzo
      [quote=WilsonJ;5634999]I am a writer myself but $150 per article is a bit too much I am afraid.. What's the word count for your article?

      The word count is about 750-1200

      There will be a lot of people who can do this in less than half of the half of this cost. But you must find a balance between your requirements and the cost. If I was in your place I would not have gone for this much cost. Anything under $60 per article for 1000-1200 word count is definitely worth it for me..[/QUOTE

      Yes i know that it is a lot of money.

      Originally Posted by StephanieMojica View Post

      I've been published in "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and on USAToday.com and would not charge $150 for a web article, unless it was over 600 words. Personally, I would not pay an untested writer that much money; you can find plenty of qualified people who would do it for $100, $75, or even $50.

      (And yes, I would be willing to write for you.)

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      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      hmm $150 per article, I should stop what I doing and jump into writing.

      I wouldn't pay that much for an article, otherwise it is cheaper to hire full time writer from Philippine (English is as close to them as their first lang).

      I would understand paying that amount for Press Release or a really really professional writer with an impressive resume (probably a journalist )

      If someone claim he charge this amount, his resume and writing samples should start to speak first.
      Will they produce quality content? There is noway you will compare the quality of $150 with $5 artilcle.

      Originally Posted by pbbiet View Post

      150$ for a article is tooo much. Also just a article or two cant make your site authority site. It number of well written article that can make you authoritative and not just a few expert articles. I wont advice you to go for such high rate unles you have about 5000 daily reader.
      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I'm a writer - and not cheaply (and I'm not advertising becuase I'm fully booked:p) - but here's my take on this....

    No, $150 isn't too much for an authoritative article in a specific niche....

    BUT....BUT....BUT - I write for several authority sites and to start a new site with the amount of content you will need....I strongly advise you to do some more research before hiring.

    Does the niche really require all of the content to be by "experts" rather than "knowledgeable and good writers"? If so - is this writer a true expert in the field with credentials to prove it?

    It's not "too much to charge" but I question whether you need that level of writing when launching a brand new site. I say this because you don't launch an "authority site" - you build a site into becoming an authority site.

    If you can afford this level of payment - and can satisfy the writer is indeed an expert in the field...it might be a great idea.

    But you can also find writers who specialize in various fields that write for $25-$50 and produce excellent work.

    One thing I would strongly suggest is posting the project on elance or other decent freelance site - emphasizing the need for experience writers IN THE NICHE (there are many specialized writers there - not just the $5 stuff) and see what they would charge. You don't have to accept a bid but it's a good way to evaluate pricing. Look only at bids from top rated (5 star) providers on a freelance site for this purpose. (Just a suggestion as a way to get a feel for prices).

    I'm having problems writing this post because I don't want to interfere with a writer's potential work - but I have to be honest and say I think that's far too much to pay for a new site where you will need a considerable amount of content to move into the "authority" area. If it were me starting such a site I'd be looking in the $25-$50 range - but I don't know the specific niche or how much expertise is required in that niche so I could be wrong. Just check several potential writers before jumping into anything.

    If you do the above - you may hire this writer in the end but it will be due to a carefully considered process after evaluating all your options and needs.

    kay

    EDIT: Let me give you an example. I have a client who pays me $35-$50 per article - but these are 800+ word articles. On occasion he needs a more involved, expert article and I write those for him, too - for $70-$100. Not all content on his huge sites has to be "best of the best" - most of his content just needs to be "factual/entertaining and well written".
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  • Profile picture of the author Halcyon
    Assuming a 800 word piece, $150 per article is a fair price for an extremely technical niche or one requiring extensive research. In popular niches like weight loss or MMO, you can procure a mighty fine article for $50 and a decent one for $25.

    I definitely agree with the other posters regarding comparison shopping before committing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    This is kind of a silly question. If I have the money and I deem it's an article of value, and will bring value to my site, then of course I would pay it.

    If you don't even know if it's going to add value, then you are simply gambling. Gambling is not necessarily bad IF you can afford to lose the money. I'm going to take a wild guess and say you're not quite ready for that.

    Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    Wow! He must be a world class writer. I'm a great writer and I only charge 5 cents a word.
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    • Profile picture of the author bobcarlsjr
      there's no ROI on 150$ per article.. you're TOO new.. it's too risky.. look at it in a business sense..

      when you have traffic and start making a bit of money, then buy 150 articles to SHOW your traffic you are an authority, not now..
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Assuming a 800 word piece, $150 per article is a fair price for an extremely technical niche or one requiring extensive research.
      But that's not the case here - read the OP's initial post.

      If anyone contacted me asking for a price on "authority" articles of 500 words, the first thing I would tell them is "that's not good enough".

      Authority sites today are using 800-1200 word articles on many of their pages. At the quote of $.30/word (corrected due to mathematical incompetence) - that could get very expensive before your site ever reached "authority" status.

      True - extremely technical niches you pay premium prices for a knowledgeable writer....and answers here may not be considering that.

      If you do the research and still feel this person is your best option - then you can move forward with confidence and won't be second guessing yourself (or your writer) later.

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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        It takes me about 10 hrs per article. That's 1200-1500 words. Works out about $15 per hour, which isn't very much if you think about it.

        Personally, I wouldn't spend $5 on a writer who took less than 3/4 hours to write me a 1000+ word article.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        At the quote of $3/word

        LOL Kay...

        Your math is wrong!!

        $150 / 500 words = 30 cents a word

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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Actually, Bill, just looked down and I have .30 written on my notepad. Ok - so math is definitely not my thing and I keep proving that.

          I'll never be able to write in the statistical niche, will I?
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  • Profile picture of the author business5631
    Hmmm, I use a guy that charges anywhere to 10-20. I use elance.com to find outsourcing contacts. I would just ask for one article to review and if you like, keep the writer! GL!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    You can get the same quality for $15 - $20
    Al, you know I like you, and I'm saying this only in a friendly, tongue-in-cheek way, but where on Earth do you get this nonsense from?!

    How do you know what the quality even is, let alone whether it can be matched for $15/$20?!

    What do you think the story is, then, with all the clients of all the writers here (and elsewhere) who are charging $150+ for an article, who keep coming back for more all the time, keeping those writers (of whom there are so many) pretty fully booked up?

    Do you think they're all repeatedly paying $150 for something they could buy elsewhere for $15 and somehow, mysteriously, not a single one of them has worked this out?!

    Do you think they're all unaware that there are $15 articles available, too?

    Or might it possibly be that they actually know something you don't know?
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      just to put this all in perspective for you: my sister successfully acquires clients who pay her $1 per word, for her offline writing gigs. So she gets $600 for 600 words. She lives in the US.

      imho, if you are a good writer, you're under-valuing yourself if you take on writing jobs at $3 per 500 word article.


      Like others have posted here: I would pay for quality so my answer to the OP's question is yes.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        I suppose it really comes down to how much you value your website which would then correspond to the amount you want to invest in it.

        Do you want less than mediocre, mediocre or professional quality?

        Answer those questions and you'll surely find your answer.

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    • Profile picture of the author The Real Deal
      I contacted someone on this forum about writing article and the cost, he told me $150 per article and i need a lot of articles,tutorials and reviews in software niche and i am limited by fund.

      Please is the price too much? Because i am on the verge of paying for it even if it is one article from him per week.
      I have paid more than that for an article and I am sure that many others here have as well. That doesn't mean its the right thing for you to do.

      You said this is in the "software niche" and that's kind of wide. If this is a subject area where you either have to be extremely knowledgeable or do a lot of in-depth research then maybe it makes sense for you. However, it sounds like you are on a tight budget and then I would question the business sense in using you last funds to pay for a few articles, even if you want to become an authority in the field.

      Have you tried somewhere like iwriter? If you pay $20-$25 an article and only invite the top ranked writers on there with an impeccable track record you can get great work on a lot of subjects. Make sure that you describe in detail what each article should be about so that you only attract those that feel confident that they can do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
    I think the shock reactions of "Oh my goodness, $150 per article?" comes largely because of the mentality of the IM crowd.

    For the most part, people in IM are opportunity seekers, have little or no capital, don't really have a business or know what it takes to run a business and to make matters worse they are taught by a bunch of self-proclaimed gurus who further confuse them and empty their wallets.

    Say you have a website providing advice to couples on how to save a marriage. You need content for your website and come across a couple of writing samples.

    1. http://ezinearticles.com/?Prevent-In...Tip&id=6308063

    2. Nip Infidelity in the Bud

    Which would you prefer?

    Do you think the writer, Denise Mann who worked on the WebMd piece would agree for a $5 or $10 or $50 or $100 for that piece?

    It is not just about the number of words, look at the way the article has been organized, take note of the number of sources she referred to in her article and how engaging and thorough the article is.

    You may not need such high quality writing because not all niches need such articles and I am not here to tell you what is a fair price and how much to pay.

    I just want people to know that writers do get paid $100+ for an article.
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  • Profile picture of the author yasser
    No way i can pay this for single article. My 20 pages sites cost me 75 dollars total and bring me a monthly profit of $100. Too much..
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  • Profile picture of the author arny660
    I think $150 is a tad on the high side.

    Shop around;
    Get people to send you examples of their work;
    Check out what other people have said about their work;
    Do plenty of research on the writer;
    Then make a decision.

    I'm pretty sure you will get a really good article for less than $150. Try Odesk.

    Also, as someone has already said in this post, building a top-class authority site is not just about getting superbly written articles - there's much more to it. First and foremost, you must give quality to your users. Yes, your articles should be well researched and well written, but you don't have to get top-of-the-range material. Just concentrate on giving value to your users - basically, just make sure you give them what they want. This doesn't necessarily mean giving them articles written by someone with a Phd in English.

    So my advice is, shop around and test things out before committing.

    Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    I keep seeing so many of these threads lately....

    I'm not saying there aren't people charging that much for a single article, but lets be honest here, it's way too much for a single 500 word article.
    The OP said 750 - 1200 words - not 500.

    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    You can get the same quality for $15 - $20 -
    Do you know the writing quality of the writer in question? How? And where do you get $15 - $20 from? Was that just plucked out of thin air?

    Thank goodness I am not the one depending on your "advice".

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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    $150 is a bit much for someone you've never worked with. What kind of a reputation do they have? Have you seen any samples?

    High price isn't always an indicator of high value. Yes, you might get a well written article. But take this from someone who runs a copywriting team, there are some writers who charge a lot that have no business doing so...I get contacts from them on a consistent basis.

    You can get a really good writer who has niche specific expertise for $50 per 500 words. I wouldn't suggest going lower though. I don't care what anyone says, a good 500 word article takes 45 minutes to an hour to write...and that's if you're really fast and already have enough knowledge to forgo the research.

    Consider the money taken out for taxes and a "writer" who agrees to work for a penny or so a word is pretty much agreeing to work 12 hour days, seven days a week or starve. Do you want someone in that condition writing your content?

    BTW: don't pay attention to the people on this thread who say they "would" pay it. Would means nothing. Seriously guys, how many of you have honestly paid $150 for an article?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      The OP said 750 - 1200 words - not 500.
      In the initial thread - it did say "500" - edited?

      I think the question asked is more than "do people pay this for articles?"

      Yes, of course they do - but if they are building a NEW website (authority comes later) - and short on budget (as was stated in the initial post originally) - they usually do not pay this much to begin with.

      If you have a great budget to draw from - a clear vision of what the site is designed to be - you hire the best you can find with knowledge in your niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        In the initial thread - it did say "500" - edited?

        I think the question asked is more than "do people pay this for articles?"

        Yes, of course they do - but if they are building a NEW website (authority comes later) - and short on budget (as was stated in the initial post originally) - they usually do not pay this much to begin with.

        If you have a great budget to draw from - a clear vision of what the site is designed to be - you hire the best you can find with knowledge in your niche.
        I didn't see 500 in the initial thread - just 750 - 1200 in post #16.

        However, I agree with the rest of what you say.

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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelSJohn
    No way I would pay that. Articles aren't worth that much, they just aren't. Second, you would only pay that kind of money for copy, not an article. Articles don't convert much of anything so I can't fathom why you would do this deal unless they are revealing alchemists secrets or the location of the fountain of youth.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by MichaelSJohn View Post

      No way I would pay that. Articles aren't worth that much, they just aren't. Second, you would only pay that kind of money for copy, not an article. Articles don't convert much of anything so I can't fathom why you would do this deal unless they are revealing alchemists secrets or the location of the fountain of youth.
      One person who regularly posts on this forum has openly stated several times that he makes around $5,000 from every article he syndicates to his various outlets, now totally close to 30,000, by his own estimate.

      Do you think he would agree that "Articles aren't worth that much, they just aren't" when he can easily turn $150 into $5,000 with just a few clicks of the mouse?

      Perhaps the articles you are used to are not worth $150, but there are plenty of people who know how to profit from articles.

      These people will pay good money for good articles, because they have learned how to make handsome profits from them - and the articles don't have to reveal alchemical secrets, or the fountain of youth whereabouts either.

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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by MichaelSJohn View Post

      No way I would pay that. Articles aren't worth that much, they just aren't. Second, you would only pay that kind of money for copy, not an article. Articles don't convert much of anything so I can't fathom why you would do this deal unless they are revealing alchemists secrets or the location of the fountain of youth.
      I love your attitude.

      Before I got into IM, I didn't read poo. Since I've been in IM, I still don't read poo.

      Most stuff on the Internet is poo. Does anyone read poo?

      I only read articles that engage me; not articles that are grammatically correct poo.

      What if you made more money by not using poo. You must split-test everything apart from content. Why?

      Have you split-tested quality articles and poo?

      You make my job easier.

      Poo!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Yeah- providing that they're high quality - I'd happily pay that much for an article. After all, they only write them once, and I get to profit from them time and again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Fied
    Wow, honestly i have never even seen anyone selling articles for that much. I bought all my mine for $2-$6 each.. and they work perfect for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    An article for $150 should come with a name. A name your visitors would recognize as an authority and a celebrity. And, in that case it could even cost (and be worth for your business) a lot more. But just 800-1000 words of text, however good it may be--no...
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      Originally Posted by sunray View Post

      An article for $150 should come with a name. A name your visitors would recognize as an authority and a celebrity. And, in that case it could even cost (and be worth for your business) a lot more. But just 800-1000 words of text, however good it may be--no...
      Wrong All the content I write for clients is handed over to my purchaser to publish in his/her media, and he/she assumes full ownership of that content.

      On the other hand, when I guest blog, all that content appears with my byline. That's the way it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by sunray View Post

      An article for $150 should come with a name. A name your visitors would recognize as an authority and a celebrity.
      Wrong.

      On some other planet, possibly: not on this one.

      The name it goes with on this planet, the name that uses those articles in order to become recognised as an authority, is the client's. That's part of what he's paying for.

      (What you're describing can be presented, if really a contribution from an eminent specialist/expert/celebrity, as a "guest post"/"guest apearance". $150 may not go very far toward that, though.)
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyJames
      If you want to charge $150 an article you might not be talking to the right market.. its not that $150 can't be charged for an article, but WF may not be the best crowd to charge that rate.

      Message to market match...

      Also you need to justify $150 per article. Quality articles can be had much cheaper. What are the credentials of the writer? Is the writer known in the marketplace (like celebrity in the market place)? The niche/market is also a determining factor. Supply and demand of the article writers in the market.

      Someone above mentioned webMD articles.. An article in the medical field by a MD would be more expensive than someone with no credentials. Sure you can get a college student to do it cheaper, but the credentials and credibility are not there.

      I don't mind buying $3 and cheaper articles for certain sites/niches because they are good for that purpose. I know writers that charge that and also write college papers for people I know and they get "A's" on them. Everyone might have a different view on quality, but cheap writers can be found with "quality" articles. Each writer has their own unique "voice" in the article and that is also a determining factor.

      Even if you go on freelance sites, just because u pay more for a quality article does not mean you can not get that same quality cheaper.

      Because freelancers will bid higher per article then outsource them for cheaper. Quality the same, price is different. This happens a lot on freelance sites, its easy to find these people.
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        There's a significant difference between a Internet Markter who is churning out many sites that contain many articles and someone who wants a single quality contribution towards their website which shines on it's own merit.

        There's many IM'ers who won't invest $150 for an article since it's going to be one amongst many, which they also have to shell out for regardless of the fact that it could be a good price if the service were aimed at a different audience.

        Same deal with graphic design. A lot of IM'ers are satisfied with paying little, more often than not settling for lack luster results only for the fact that they need to do this over and over again.

        For IM'ers it's about being able to afford the need to repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ord Allenbea
    I have paid $50 and even $100 for written content but the content was high quality. I mean well researched, proper spelling and grammar, semantically related words, and read at a proper grade level that corresponds to my niche, according the Flesch-Kincaid readability test.

    The content was engaging and attracted people which allowed them to participate, learn, laugh and become followers. This is known as magnetic content in the marketing world.

    If the article provided the above then yes it would be well worth the cost. Would I pay more than $10 for just an article that may only read well and have proper spelling ? Nope!
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    Certain elements would apply. Based on the utility of the articles the price should be based on that. If you wanted articles that were highly specialized and would take a lot of time to structure, expertly research, and would bring you a definite result, then $150.00 would be low.

    Take someone who does copywriting. If their content made you a thousand dollars then at one hundred and fifty dollars you are getting them for a steal. Even when it comes to promoting affiliate products. If an article makes you on average one sale where you get a thirty dollar commission, then you paying five dollars is also a steal.

    However any writer you paid a lot of money to would have to demonstrate past results that are similar to what you want now. They might have references for example to prove their abilities. Just think of it in terms of the value you expect to get.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by pheonix44 View Post

      However any writer you paid a lot of money to would have to demonstrate past results that are similar to what you want now. They might have references for example to prove their abilities. Just think of it in terms of the value you expect to get.
      This part is up to the client, as far as I am concerned. I expect my clients to know how to profit from the content I write for them.

      I never demonstrate past results to anyone, as I only accept clients who know how to use the content I write for them.

      You seem to think the onus is on the writer to prove his or her worth; for me it's the other way around.

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      • Profile picture of the author Ord Allenbea
        Exactly! This is the problem with some that they think the writer should prove his or her worth. This type of thinking is backasswards and many should know better.

        If I buy Google ads is it Google that should prove themselves ? I think not!


        Originally Posted by John Coutts View Post

        This part is up to the client, as far as I am concerned. I expect my clients to know how to profit from the content I write for them.

        I never demonstrate past results to anyone, as I only accept clients who know how to use the content I write for them.

        You seem to think the onus is on the writer to prove his or her worth; for me it's the other way around.

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  • Profile picture of the author fahimk123
    would simply say, its a little too much
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbuckets
    Originally Posted by enwereuzo View Post

    I am putting finishing touches on my site that i want to launch very soon. Honestly i want it to be an authority site and because of this i need an authority article.

    I contacted someone on this forum about writing article and the cost, he told me $150 per article and i need a lot of articles,tutorials and reviews in software niche and i am limited by fund.

    Please is the price too much? Because i am on the verge of paying for it even if it is one article from him per week.
    the price seems sky high to me. the standard articles come in $5 to $25 max.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by socialbuckets View Post

      the price seems sky high to me. the standard articles come in $5 to $25 max.
      No. It does not. There is no maximum price imposed on articles. Every single day I earn more than $25 for each article (of 500 words) I write.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    It's a good question and is hot for asking in these days.

    the problem is not in the high price that you pay for the articles but the articles that reinvest your money and make you profit.

    I pay no more than $20 but I get a magnetic content; articles that attract people, enjoy reading, become followers and I make profit as a result.

    The problem is not paying well but paying who deserves. Don't suicide yourself by buying the fish in the sea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    i am an affiliate to a really talented writer and she doesn't charge near that. The warrior forum is supposed to be marketers helping marketers what in the world has happened here it a shame when the warrior is more expensive than others.
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    • Originally Posted by Claire Koch View Post

      i am an affiliate to a really talented writer and she doesn't charge near that. The warrior forum is supposed to be marketers helping marketers what in the world has happened here it a shame when the warrior is more expensive than others.
      No offense, but the warrior forum is not about helping other marketers at your own expense. Why should he be shamed for asking his fair rate just because he's a Warrior?

      Perhaps if he'd posted a Warrior Special Offer that wasn't really discounted I could see your point, but you really have no way of knowing if that's the case; perhaps this was a discounted rate.

      The OP is completely free to go with another provider, and no one should be obligated to work for pennies simply because they're here. This is a place for go-getters, not a place for people who act entitled and expect writers to match prices regardless of the knowledge, expertise, and overall value each brings to the table.

      That said, sure, if the OP doesn't no how to turn that type of content into profits and is still trying to figure out how to make money online, perhaps it will be best for them to find something cheaper (though it's becoming more and more imperative to take content seriously if you want to make it online). That really has more to do with the OP than the writer, as others have suggested.

      It's not the OP's fault either - it certainly does take some time to get to that level. If they aren't there yet, so be it, but that's not the writer's responsibility.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Claire Koch View Post

      i am an affiliate to a really talented writer and she doesn't charge near that. The warrior forum is supposed to be marketers helping marketers what in the world has happened here it a shame when the warrior is more expensive than others.
      With all due respect, I was just wondering where you got the impression that being a warrior equated to being cheap??

      If you read the forum, you will find that it is a community of marketers helping, advising and guiding other marketers as well as marketers sharing experiences, thoughts and ideas with one another.

      But if you think that helping other warriors is always practically giving their work away or working for peanuts, that would essentially say that warriors aren't very business savvy or intelligent marketers and I'm sorry, but I find quite the opposite to be true.

      Wow, I've never before encountered someone who thought that the Warrior Forum was the equivalent of a dollar store or bargain basement. :confused:

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      • Profile picture of the author troybh
        I think the op is missing one important detail about an authority site. If you want to have an authority site you have to be an authority on the subject and have unique knowledge and experience that translates to unique articles written for you site. Unless the person you are hiring is an actual expert on the subject you will get a well written article but it will all be based on the stuff on the internet that is already out there. Paying out this much money for every article is going to be an uphill battle when running an authority site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    Let's say that the article is going to be around 1500 words, extremely well researched and well written. All this being so, selling it at $150 is undervaluing the piece. S/he could probably pitch the same article to a trade journal and get $300+ so why are they offering so cheaply?

    Personally, I wouldn't advise someone starting out to pay $150 for a single article. The truth of the matter is that your readers won't appreciate the quality. Instead try to buy 3-4 good solid articles for the same money.

    Remember that when you buy articles for under $10 all you'll get is 500 hastily written words. You can expect the sentences to be grammatically correct and the words to be spelled correctly but that's about it.

    Writers charging $30+ for articles will actually research the pieces (not just a quick look on EZA to see what other people have been writing). When you buy an article from a quality writer offering good content you get a lot more for your money. When you buy a batch of articles you will get the articles and a strategy for using them. Part of what you are paying for is the writer's experience in the niche they write for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
      thats my point you're assuming this person is capable of that kind of quality even. So in other words find out the persons background first. and don't hire that writer if you don't need that kind of quality YET...so true.

      Originally Posted by Kierkegaard View Post

      Let's say that the article is going to be around 1500 words, extremely well researched and well written. All this being so, selling it at $150 is undervaluing the piece. S/he could probably pitch the same article to a trade journal and get $300+ so why are they offering so cheaply?

      Personally, I wouldn't advise someone starting out to pay $150 for a single article. The truth of the matter is that your readers won't appreciate the quality. Instead try to buy 3-4 good solid articles for the same money.

      Remember that when you buy articles for under $10 all you'll get is 500 hastily written words. You can expect the sentences to be grammatically correct and the words to be spelled correctly but that's about it.

      Writers charging $30+ for articles will actually research the pieces (not just a quick look on EZA to see what other people have been writing). When you buy an article from a quality writer offering good content you get a lot more for your money. When you buy a batch of articles you will get the articles and a strategy for using them. Part of what you are paying for is the writer's experience in the niche they write for.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    May I simplify this for just a moment? Rather than trying to guess at "quality" and "cost per word"...
    (I'm guessing everyone knows my opinion on the worth of a writer by this point?)


    If each article helps you make an average of $151 then it was "worth it."
    If each article helps you make an average of only $149 then it was not "worth it."


    As a businessperson, I have found that asking myself these two questions has been extraordinarily useful:

    "To the best that I can calculate,
    1. How much money will this help me to make, over time?
    2. How much money would I lose over time by using the cheaper option?"


    As I understand it, the stated goal is to build an "authority site". I have little idea what that means, and no way to judge what kind of money it will make for you. But, if you plan to be alive for another 30 years for example, how much money could an "authority site" make for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    "Article" is such a dirty word these days. It's value has
    deteriorated. I need another word for what I write at
    $150 a pop.

    Blog fodder and articles are quite different entities.

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    Sorta'. Copy is essentially an article and I have paid a couple hundred for copy before. However this was before I discovered that I am actually a pretty good copywriter.
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by enwereuzo View Post

    I am putting finishing touches on my site that i want to launch very soon. Honestly i want it to be an authority site and because of this i need an authority article.
    ... Because i am on the verge of paying for it even if it is one article from him per week.
    "One swallow doesn't make the summer"

    And one great article alone will not make an "authority site".
    Sure, it can set the tone - like Randy Ingermansson's article
    about his 'Snowflake Method'
    does, with over 2 million views.

    Factoring in the cost of content development in any Web business
    is good planning.

    Your content budget is NOT an expense - it's an INVESTMENT!

    And there's a lot more to an authority site than just quality
    content. "Community" is important. "Brand" is another.

    Think of the Warrior Forum. Or Huffington Post. Or About.com

    Quality content is an important part of the equation - though
    not all of it.

    What to do when/if you can't afford to pay in cash for the best
    writers?

    Try this (It won't always work) -

    Barter services or goods in exchange.

    You could offer something of value to your chosen writer in
    exchange for them contributing an article to your site.

    * Do something for them - directory submission, social media buzz etc.
    * Find them something - a set of resources, people they can work with.
    * Give them something - ad space on your blog, mention in your ezine.
    * Introduce them to something useful to them - people, memberships etc.

    You'll have to get creative. You're employing leverage, using what
    you've got to get what you WANT.

    It will be a uniquely individual situation with each writer - but
    it can work very nicely... if you get it right.

    Or you could feed their ego - sometimes that'll work

    All success
    Dr.Mani

    P.S. - One more comment:

    Originally Posted by sunray View Post

    An article for $150 should come with a name. A name your visitors would recognize as an authority and a celebrity.
    A well-recognized/respected/celebrity name would come with a price tag
    that's 10x to 1,000x that amount, I'm afraid!

    P.P.S. - If you don't want to pay premium rates for quality content,
    there's one other solution that works.

    LEARN to create premium content.

    No, it isn't instant or easy. Yes, it's worth doing.

    It's also the reason you don't have more "Yes" responses to the original
    question of "Would YOU pay $150 per article?" Many Warriors write or
    create their own content.


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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Originally Posted by enwereuzo View Post

    I am putting finishing touches on my site that i want to launch very soon. Honestly i want it to be an authority site and because of this i need an authority article.

    I contacted someone on this forum about writing article and the cost, he told me $150 per article and i need a lot of articles,tutorials and reviews in software niche and i am limited by fund.

    Please is the price too much? Because i am on the verge of paying for it even if it is one article from him per week.
    Mate, you don't need to pay that much until you are having a decent income from your online business.

    Well, if you do have the budget, then it's up to you. Quality contents are very important but I believe there are some elements/aspects of your business that need more that amount.

    Keep in mind that quality contents are not enough, you should consider the "driving traffic" aspect, from that you could budget and decide wisely on how to spend your money.

    I hope you could really come up with a wise decision.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Cali16
      I fully commend the OP for wanting quality content on his site, and recognizing it's importance. However, only he or she can decide if the article is worth spending $150.

      As several have pointed out, that's actually cheap for high quality content. But the IM mindset is so different than the "real world". Of course, that mindset is likely one of the main reasons that supposedly as many as 95% of Internet marketers never succeed. After all, if you're not willing to invest in your business, it's not going to be a success. And quality content is absolutely an investment, but few have a budget for truly high quality content. Yet they wonder why their traffic doesn't convert, and so on...

      The problem with these threads is that there is such a vast array of opinions on 1) the value of high quality content and 2) what actually constitutes high quality content. The word "quality" is so subjective that no one's ever going to agree.

      I could post a random article here that's written by what I would consider a very mediocre writer and ask people to rate it. I've no doubt that many people would say it's a "high quality" article (probably the same group that brags about the high quality articles they purchase for $5 to $15). Some would say it's just okay, and a few would say it's not a good article at all. However, put that same mediocre article in front of the editors of "Time" or "Forbes" magazines, for example, and they'd reject it in a heartbeat (while either laughing their heads off or muttering a few choice words that someone dared waste their time with such crap). The mentality is entirely different (as is the budget.)

      We can debate this issue until the cows come home, but the opinions will always vary drastically and the majority will continue to say that $150 for a 500-word "high quality" article (not to mention one that's 750 to 1200 words!) is too high. And, as always, nothing really gets accomplished by this evergreen debate... :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
        Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

        We can debate this issue until the cows come home, but the opinions will always vary drastically and the majority will continue to say that $150 for a 500-word "high quality" article (not to mention one that's 750 to 1200 words!) is too high. And, as always, nothing really gets accomplished by this evergreen debate... :rolleyes:
        To summarize further, this thread amounts to nothing more than

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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    It depend how long is the article, but usually they charges too expensive for $150 per article. Unless your one article is more than 2 to 3 pages long !!!

    Even you paid it , you also unable to know that how quality is the article until you submit it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You should ask for some samples of what you can expect to receive from your writer.
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    • Profile picture of the author enwereuzo
      Waoh!! What a great response this thread has received. I have taken some of the advice given here, though there are different views in respect of paying that kind of amount for one article.

      The truth is that the niche is a very competitive one and paying that kind of amount on one article, i must have good ROI. My problem is that i like quality thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by enwereuzo View Post

        The truth is that the niche is a very competitive one and paying that kind of amount on one article, i must have good ROI. My problem is that i like quality thing.
        If you take the long term ROI view of a quality article, the actual cost is comparatively insignificant. The problem you have is wanting this "quality thing" without really understanding its real potential.

        To perhaps put it into a better perspective, consider what someone mentioned earlier in this thread that I quite often will pay my writers/researchers $500 or more for specialty articles which are in some very competitive niches.

        Each of these articles generates an average $5,000- $7,000 in recurring monthly sales when fully distributed within my syndicated networks. The actual cost then amortizes to a nearly negligible amount.

        Quality produces a much higher ROI; in many ways cheap articles are extremely expensive in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Linley
    If you believe the writer is a professional and he or she can produce great articles for your site, then go for it! However in my own perspective, $150 is just too much. But just like you admitted earlier, the writer is an expert. If you've seen samples of his/her articles and you think he or she is a good deal, then what's holding you back? Go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

    We can debate this issue until the cows come home, but the opinions will always vary drastically and the majority will continue to say that $150 for a 500-word "high quality" article (not to mention one that's 750 to 1200 words!) is too high. And, as always, nothing really gets accomplished by this evergreen debate... :rolleyes:
    To summarize further, this thread amounts to nothing more than
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  • Profile picture of the author Dazzling Content
    I used to write for less than $0.01 a word until I discovered that there are lots of people who are willing to pay big amounts for money for quality content. Now I won't write for less than $0.05 per word. I have written 500-1000 word articles and there are always people eager to buy my articles for $40-$100 each. They are not even editors of newspapers or magazines, just website owners and businessmen.

    If you are a talented writer and you are charging less than $0.05 per word, you are doing yourself a great disservice. You don't even have to be on the level of Shakespeare to be paid $30-$100 per article. My articles often contain bad grammar (but not too much) and my choice of words might make your average English professor cringe (since I love to use slang words ), but hey, people are lining up to hire me to write for them. Your articles don't need to have spotless grammar or perfect sentence construction; all you have to do is to provide useful and valuable information, and lay them out in an easy-to-understand manner.

    Well, if somebody hires me to write a book or a magazine article, I'll charge a minimum of $0.50 per word without batting an eyelash.
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  • $150 for an article is worth it under two conditions:

    1) if the writer is really, really, really, really, really good (as in, an expert in the field, with magazine-like writing skills)

    and

    2) If you have a decent enough targeted traffic in place to make that kind of premium content worth it.

    Basically what I'm saying is that it's worth it if you can afford it and you know what you're doing with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    No way I would pay that. Articles aren't worth that much, they just aren't.
    This is just a totally ignorant statement.

    While $150 are certainly not the norm for an "article", ANYTHING is "worth that much" if it gives the ROI back many-fold.

    A site which makes several hundreds or thousands PER MONTH is well worth a "$150 article".

    You can spot a serious marketer and an unprofessional marketer right away..because the amateur/unprofessional marketer will buy $3 articles and then fail with whatever he wants to do..while the serious guy will ALREADY know that even if he will spend $50, $100 or $150 he will get that back many, many times over. If he wouldn't know that he would not buy a $150 article in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris W. Sutton
      I would pay $1,000/article if I could make $2,000 off of it! The only thing I care about when it comes to an article is how effective it is. Quality to me doesn't necessarily mean good grammar or anything like that. Quality means effectiveness and conversion, which go hand in hand.

      You are probably thinking that an article couldn't be effective if it didn't have good spelling and good grammar, aren't you? Well, Thaddaeus T Hogg thinks it can and he definitely "ain't" a good speller and he "ain't" even heard of the word "grammar".

      If an article is written to achieve and certain purpose and it achieves that purpose, THAT is a quality article!

      Just my opinion!

      Take care!
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