How much can articles go for?

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I started writing articles a few months back on fiverr thinking I'd just do it for a while to earn a little cash.

I started out doing 1000 word articles for one gig (I get $4).
I got some good review and then TONS of orders, so I drop it down to 500 word articles for one gig. Still, more orders than I can handle.

I'm now at 300 word articles for 1 gig on fiverr which I really use mostly to make contact with potential clients who I then write for off of that site (shhhh).

Off the site I'm making $5 for a 200 word article or $8.50 for a 300 word article for my two main clients.

I'm a native English speaking/writing person but my articles are not well researched or anything. I just kind of write off the top of my head for 90% of them and if I don't know anything about a specific topic I just look on wikipedia and read for 20 seconds before I start writing.

So anyway, about how much do the real "pro writers" make per article? I'm trying to find out what the limit will be for me since I keep offering less words for more money and people keep buying them!
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  • Profile picture of the author thinktwice
    Good question.

    Well, I know a guy that has a team working for him from the Philippines. His articles are great but I don't remember how he charges... one thing is for sure; anybody form Asia with very good english can make a very good salary (for their country) writing articles.

    So there is a lot of competition.
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    • Profile picture of the author RnGWriter
      Originally Posted by thinktwice View Post

      Good question.

      Well, I know a guy that has a team working for him from the Philippines. His articles are great but I don't remember how he charges... one thing is for sure; anybody form Asia with very good english can make a very good salary (for their country) writing articles.

      So there is a lot of competition.
      Writer from Asia CAN make a very good living but there are certain standards that we have to maintain as well. There are college guys who want to make a couple of extra bucks and there are guys who tend to be bit more professional. I mean I know a guy down the block who writes for $1 per 500 words (he is terrible at writing) and I know another guy who charges $15 per 500 words.

      Instead of asking other writer for their rates, evaluate your own experience and skill and adjust your rates accordingly. If you want your writing to be more than just a side income then you are going to have to do research and basically invest more time. Being native or non-native is not as important as having clients who appreciate your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilcox
    Pro Writer: 5$ Per 100 Words

    Pro Writers With Experience In Certain Niches: 10$-15$ Per 100 words
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    • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
      Originally Posted by Wilcox View Post

      Pro Writer: 5$ Per 100 Words

      Pro Writers With Experience In Certain Niches: 10$-15$ Per 100 words
      Even more than this if you target the right audience and you're truly a "pro" writer. The vast majority of online writers are not pros and don't write better quality articles and content than the average Joe or Jane.

      It's the difference between people looking to hire someone simply because they don't feel like writing it themselves and people looking to hire someone to write because they want an expert writer.

      You have to decide which market you're going to service (if you're skilled enough to dive into the higher end market). What's really interesting is that you'll find that you get more hassles from the people paying you ridiculously low prices than the higher end clients. It almost never fails.

      Choose wisely. :rolleyes:

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  • Profile picture of the author thinktwice
    Just checked them out and their lowest fee is 1,5 cents per word on BULK orders, so I think you are pretty much in the right pricing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If I were selling my articles, I'd sell them for 50 dollars for 500 words. I could not get myself to do it for any less I don't think.
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    • Profile picture of the author thinktwice
      Originally Posted by Resale Rights Ninja View Post

      Average .01 per word.
      That's low... PM me the details. I would be interesting in seeing the quality of their services.
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  • Profile picture of the author thinktwice
    They also charge $150/month for a dedicated, 5000 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    Articles and writing sales copy are two different things. Articles I dont see anyone paying more then $2 per 100 words. Sales pages could be upwards of $10 per 100 words or more. All depends on your background and what niche you get into for writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Originally Posted by SeanSupplee View Post

      Articles and writing sales copy are two different things. Articles I dont see anyone paying more then $2 per 100 words. Sales pages could be upwards of $10 per 100 words or more. All depends on your background and what niche you get into for writing.
      You won't see it if you are looking here on WF. The right buyers are those who actually value the content beyond the backlink it creates on Ezine Articles. Typically, these buyers are not the ones asking for the 300-500 word articles. They are the ones looking for 700-1500 words. They are looking to fill a specific amount of space with quality content. This could be to cover a set amount of ad space, cover a specific amount of pages in a magazine, or column space in a newspaper.

      Copy, to the right buyer, can be worth thousands for as few as a half-dozen words. The right buyers will, probably, not be found here either. You need the buyers that are used to paying this amount of money for this service. Read the Well-Fed Writer for information on this trade. I could recommend a dozen books by Bob Bly too, but I think the Well Fed Writer covers the topic much better. You should consider the Copywriter's Handbook by Bly though.

      Proving the value of what you offer is easy, getting the stones to ask for that value is the hard part. If you focus on finding the right buyers, getting the money you want will be easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author MSpencer
    Content marketing is a lot more popular nowadays than it was before. I remembered I tried writing for someone in odesk and I only got paid around $1.50 per 300 words. But that was, I think, 4 years ago...
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  • Profile picture of the author bchez
    I have a number of colleagues that ghostwrite etc. They charge from .01 to .25 per word, depending on experience, who they are writing for, and what the topic is. The gentleman that charges .25 per word is a niche business/science ghostwriter and can charge a premium based on the quality of both research and writing.

    So the answer is, you can charge as much as you are worth. Make yourself worth more, and you charge more. HTH!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cali16
    Originally Posted by Seatbelt99 View Post


    I'm a native English speaking/writing person but my articles are not well researched or anything. I just kind of write off the top of my head for 90% of them and if I don't know anything about a specific topic I just look on wikipedia and read for 20 seconds before I start writing.
    With all due respect, glancing at Wikipedia for a few seconds and using that as your "research" is a very unprofessional way of going about article writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seatbelt99
      Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

      With all due respect, glancing at Wikipedia for a few seconds and using that as your "research" is a very unprofessional way of going about article writing.
      I'm not advertising my writing as having tons of research or anything. I am entirely up front with all my customers.

      I also offer a money back guarantee to them so if they don't like the writing they don't pay anything.

      If a customer asks for something with more detail which requires additional research I will quote them a higher price and do the research if they want.
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      • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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        Originally Posted by Seatbelt99 View Post

        I'm not advertising my writing as having tons of research or anything. I am entirely up front with all my customers.

        I also offer a money back guarantee to them so if they don't like the writing they don't pay anything.

        If a customer asks for something with more detail which requires additional research I will quote them a higher price and do the research if they want.

        At least he's not spinning the articles and passing it off as his own. I won't ever pay for an article because every one I have paid for was a spun article...and looked like a 3rd grader wrote it. Black hat **** I guess...they try collecting 5/10 gigs and spin articles and pass them off. tsk tsk
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  • Profile picture of the author Webgeniuz1
    Hello,

    I've found over the passed year, like anything; you get what you pay for. If you truly believe that you are a great writer, then why not start charging more? There are always people out there will to pay and provide you with a ton of work. You just go to build a portfolio yourself and get some positive feedback.

    I've paid upwards of $125.00 CAD for a one thousand word article. It was a press release and he did a TREMENDOUS job. He's doing another for me as we speak! haha
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  • Profile picture of the author daynknight
    I bought some 250 word articles with a minimum of 10 articles for $4.75 each. They also have 450-550-word minimum articles for $6.25 Minimum of 10. I hope that gives you a little help. Maybe check a few places and price in the middle to be competitive. Then if you get over whelmed you can look to hire on help and make a little off your help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    I only write for myself now, and to promote my own products or affiliated products. You're not gonna find many gigs that pay more than $5 per 500 words. Why would you want to? You can easily write content for yourself and link to squeeze pages or to money sources.

    In fact, I even have a guide on how a complete noob can begin doing just that and make some good money. Way the hell better than collecting less than $10 per post on tenbux or through problogger or whatever else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    Originally Posted by Seatbelt99 View Post

    I started writing articles a few months back on fiverr thinking I'd just do it for a while to earn a little cash.

    I started out doing 1000 word articles for one gig (I get $4).
    I got some good review and then TONS of orders, so I drop it down to 500 word articles for one gig. Still, more orders than I can handle.

    I'm now at 300 word articles for 1 gig on fiverr which I really use mostly to make contact with potential clients who I then write for off of that site (shhhh).

    Off the site I'm making $5 for a 200 word article or $8.50 for a 300 word article for my two main clients.

    I'm a native English speaking/writing person but my articles are not well researched or anything. I just kind of write off the top of my head for 90% of them and if I don't know anything about a specific topic I just look on wikipedia and read for 20 seconds before I start writing.

    So anyway, about how much do the real "pro writers" make per article? I'm trying to find out what the limit will be for me since I keep offering less words for more money and people keep buying them!
    I'm a copywriter and I won't turn on my computer for anything less than $1000.

    But the answer to your question is...

    ...you should only charge more if you're providing enough value.

    In other words, are your articles meant to generate residual income?

    Or are they just generic content writing (informational) pieces?

    Because if your client can make money from their investment, you need to charge more.

    If your client's reputation is affected (positively or negatively) by what you write, you need to charge more (and take your job seriously.)

    But if you're just writing poorly researched dribble that doesn't have a benefit-driven call-to-action or provide amazing, original insights...

    ...then you're not providing the kind of value that should compel you to think charging more is even an option.

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  • Profile picture of the author Omega03
    5$ per article of 450 word is enough I guess
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