There was a time when $10 was a reasonable price to be paid for a 500 word article. It wasn't considered a particularly high price - just reasonable for a good quality article.
That "standard" slowly declined until $5 became the common price paid for a good article of 500 words, and that situation held for a time too.
Now it's sliding rapidly...
The other day I saw an advert posted by a mental retard who wanted, "500 word articles written in perfect English with perfect spelling and perfect grammer for $1 each."
Apart from his confusion with what presumably was meant to be grammar, this person is expecting quite a lot for a mere pittance. Unfortunately, he'll probably get it too. I was lamenting the sad state of affairs, when suddenly I saw a wonderful opportunity!
It's been said that if you are the first to latch on to a popular new trend and successfully monetize it, you can make a killing. Well, I think I may be the first to see how things in the article writing world are heading...
It isn't that big a jump to see that when a "standard" drops from $10 to $1 in just a few years it's unlikely to stop. Why should it? It's my guess that the trend, now in motion and gathering momentum, will keep going down and continue into the negative. That's why I am poised and ready!
By this time next month I will be successfully advertising for article writers to pay ME $1 for an article of 500 words. Yes, they will do the writing (in perfect English with perfect spelling and perfect grammar, or even grammer - I don't care!), and they will pay me $1 a time.
As I will be the first to go with this trend, I will be able to decrease the price of articles even deeper into the negative almost at will. I expect to be able to ask for $5 an article in a few month's time, and I could order 1,000 a day and live very, very comfortably indeed!
By this time next year I think it's possible to be commanding $10 to $15 an article, and having all the article writers lining up to pay me that rate too!
So you see, although it looks like article writing has reached an all-time low for the writers, it hasn't really. Just switch to become an article outsourcer when the "standard" article price hits negative values, as it's bound to do at the rate it's going, and cash in!
Of course, when this trend eventually goes too far into the negative, it will probably swing back to the positive. At that point I will switch from being an article outsourcer and start actually writing articles again and get $15 - maybe $25 an article. I won't make as much money, but I will feel valued once more, and that's something rarely found these days.