Would you still do freelance writing?

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Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
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    • Profile picture of the author letsmakeit
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      1. The search button, it's your friend.
      2. Scroll down the front page of the WF and find the 5-10 threads where we're already discussing this.
      3. Yes. I do it every single day, and my price is WAY above $1/article.
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      First off thank you for your reply. Everybody always say use the search button. But sometimes its just too much information. I see that you have a staff that helps you write everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronnieavelino
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    It is how you think of your articles! If you think it is very quality then don't sell it for 1 usd, sell it according to the quality. Many writers charge a fair amount of 7-8 usd for 500 words article. Some also charget 15-30 usd for that number of words.

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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by ronnieavelino View Post

      It is how you think of your articles! If you think it is very quality then don't sell it for 1 usd, sell it according to the quality. Many writers charge a fair amount of 7-8 usd for 500 words article. Some also charget 15-30 usd for that number of words.

      Ronnie
      Some charge $100 for that number of words, and some even charge $500 for that number of words.

      Yes, really!
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  • Profile picture of the author nerdy88
    Freelance writing can work but in most cases the competition is very stiff. there are sites like freelancer.com or elance that you can make a couple of dollars writing but i think that the real stuff is in paid forum posts and copywriting online. that pays very well, you can try squidoo or interact media for that!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
      Well there is a simple answer to your question-yes of course. This service will always be around and if you pay that little for an article then you will get what you pay for. Pay for quality, not for quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    Yes. People STILL make money doing freelance writing. Even though there are some providers who offer less than .005 USD per word, people still make money. How come? Market segmentation. You pay more for different types of writing since these require a higher level of research, quality, and attention to detail.

    Start offering your services. The competition only makes the market better. It pushes people to step up their game. The only people you see crying are those with an ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY. The truth is NOBODY is entitled to anything except the OPPORTUNITY to compete.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    I have been making a living writing online for over 16 years, and I would never sink anywhere near as low as $1 an article, unless the "article" was around 5 words long :-)

    Article writing can still be very well paid. Scrambling around for $1 crumbs as pay for an article of (presumably) 500 words in length, is not "writing articles as a freelancer." It's behaving like an idiot.

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  • Profile picture of the author letsmakeit
    But you cant come out the gate asking for that type of money.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

      But you cant come out the gate asking for that type of money.
      Yes, you can. It's only when you decide to do the "impossible" that you finally break through. Afterwards, you look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.

      Besides, you don't "ask" for that type of money. You state it boldly and confidently as your rate. Those who won't pay get left behind, for there are plenty of others who will pay.

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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        I know many freelance writers and every single one of them make a full-time income with their writing. They all have private clients they work for, have their own website, and charge way more than $1 per article.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

      Im not talking about pipe dream writing. Im talking about the real ability to make money online writing.
      I have several friends here who make their full-time livings writing articles which sell for high prices to regularly re-ordering customers.

      There'll always be a need for high-quality writing from successful marketers who use them as a way of attracting traffic by having them published as widely as possible in front of their highly targeted audiences. And a huge turnover of unsuccessful marketers, whose businesses typically don't survive, wanting typically shorter, cheap, badly-written chunks of keyword-optimized text to which a backlink can be attached (but in that market there are almost as many suppliers as customers and it's close to impossible to make a living, unless you live somewhere where $10 is a full day's pay).

      Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

      But you cant come out the gate asking for that type of money.
      Yes, you can - if you have the appropriate writing and marketing skills. "Paradoxically" (though not really), in proportion to the supply, there's more stable and realistic demand for higher-priced writing than there is for $5/$10 articles. The reason you don't see those writers advertising all the time is that they're more fully booked with regularly returning clients. Unlike the writers of "cheap junk mostly for attempted SEO purposes", they don't have to keep replacing disappearing clients all the time, and permanently advertising for new ones.

      Here are some posts/threads which may help you ...(one of these posts also has a long list of additional resources linked to, inside it, some of which are about "writing and selling articles at higher prices").

      Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

      How do I make money writing articles???

      The appropriate rate for written content is ?

      You must be a superstar professional writer BUT I can only pay you $2 per article - say WHAT?

      Any point in trying to find clients on Warrior Forum..?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
    It's all in where / how you market yourself. I made $900 USD for my first article, and have made far more others.

    Think about this. If you want to be a real, professional writer as a career, you have to earn enough to support yourself and your family from writing. You're not doing that writing for $8 an article.

    That's not a payment, it's an insult. If you accept such a payment, all you're doing in the end is devaluing yourself and other writers. Ironicaly, you're actually making it much more difficult for anyone, including yourself, to earn a living freelancing by accepting such menial wages.

    If you really can write, please ask for real money. If you can't, try another line of work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    As other's have already said, it's about learning how to market yourself.

    You might want to consider finding certain topics and specilizing in those subjects.

    Another option is to pick one type of writing such as press releases or web content.

    Personally, I decided to focus on ebook because I enjoy writing them more than I enjoyed writing articles. I like to be able to spend longer on researching one subject instead of jumping from topic to topic.

    When you have slow times it's good to develop your own projects such as publishing on Kindle or starting your own blog.

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    • I don't tag a price to my work based on quality. That's a subjective angle. Your samples, previous relevant work and testimonies from current buyers can show that, anyway. If they think your work's what they want, then they look at your price. If it's good for them, you get a buyer. If it's out of their budget, then they move on.

      I base my price on the results my work can offer, which is in direct relation to the value it brings the buyer. It's all about the value of your offer for the buyer.

      Content buyers need more traffic, wider exposure in target markets and more sales. Tell them you can deliver the results they need, provide verifiable facts that can substantiate your claims, and tag a price to your work in direct relation to the value that your work will give them.

      As a freelancer, other objective things to use as base points for pricing include knowledge and expertise in relevant subject areas, problems and overheads in sourcing and hiring and training and providing balanced work-life environments to people with the same level of expertise in those relevant subject areas, current market rates for the time and expertise of those people and the overall viability of the buyer market's business and investment ventures. These things can be quite time consuming yet possible to gather in a presentation material, which you can use to base your prices on, but hey: It's your livelihood, so why cut corners? And:

      At this point, I'm sure you noticed that your unique selling proposition, for your services, on top of the objective factors mentioned above, is comprised of:

      =>> The results your offer can provide buyers in direct relation to the value they want. For instance:

      =>> First Step <<=

      I can offer the results that my target market wants in exchange for the prices I charge for my services. I can then show interested buyers verifiable facts that can substantiate my specialized knowledge and expertise in the tech niche. I can then show them measurable results I have given my other clients and the value those results have given them. If they walk away because of anything I mentioned, then they walk away. If they're interested, then they contact me, so on to the second step...

      =>> Second Step <<=

      Since they contacted me at this point, I show them samples and previous relevant work. Upon their request, I also give them a list of government offices and private institutions and credible people in relevant industries to call and verify these facts and the results that I have provided these organizations and people with my services. Also upon their request, I can give them a list of previous and current clients to call and verify that these businesses and people indeed received the results they wanted from my services. At this point, you show them your subcontract details and tell them to review the things in that subcontract, then get back to you for any changes or recommendations or suggestions or counter proposals, until you close the subcontract. However, how do you start this 2-step process?

      The main thing here is a unique angle to your unique selling proposition (measurable results indirect relation to the value that your target markets want), especially if you're just starting out. That's your irresistible offer within an already enticing offer. An example of this is:

      =>> Offering your services at an exclusive discounted price to companies without an affiliate program, in exchange for XX% commissions for each sale or lead generated by the content materials you'll develop for their sites and offsite publication networks, because you'll use your own resources to drive traffic to those content materials, so you can give them more leads and sales, equivalent to more commissions for you. You'll also benefit from the online and offline marketing campaigns that'll most likely be implemented by those companies, especially if they have newly launched products that can become wildly popular in their target markets...
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Articles for $1 is crazy. Must be 250 word articles.

    I would start my own freelance site, market it, offer samples and case studies, and set my own price instead of competing in price wars with other freelance writers on the major freelance sites.

    You could even branch off and create PLR articles (very niched), and sell them in packages.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Articles for $1 is crazy. Must be 250 word articles.
      For me, no more than a 5-word article to make it worthwhile.
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  • Profile picture of the author betsyanne
    For that matter, you could also try editing too. I have been to Elance and was surprised to see a lot of writers from all over the world vying for jobs.

    I hear technical and business writing pay very well. Sometimes you can get an actual paying job with a business doing that. But we are talking freelancing. I can see how bringing your business card to local business could help (another way of marketing yourself) and letting people know that you are writing and can help with overflow.

    I agree with posters that said concentrating on blogging or ebooks may also be a good alternative. But it's clear from answers here on this thread that there are some freelance writers who are doing very well. That's good to hear!
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by betsyanne View Post

      I hear technical and business writing pay very well. Sometimes you can get an actual paying job with a business doing that. But we are talking freelancing. I can see how bringing your business card to local business could help (another way of marketing yourself).
      It doesn't have to be a local business. Contact businesses all over the world by email to offer writing services. This works, and works a LOT better than scrambling for crumbs at the bidding sites, competing with everyone else.

      It's only when you start marketing yourself that you get well paid in writing. Crawling through the content mills and bidding sites in the hope of finding a job with decent pay is not proper marketing, and usually it's barely survival at best.

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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    There's still good money in freelance writing, otherwise, you will no longer see people or firms offering them online. But be careful what you buy, 'if you pay peanuts, you'll get monkeys!'
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  • Profile picture of the author letsmakeit
    Im not talking about pipe dream writing. Im talking about the real ability to make money online writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    I don't know how many $1 articles I've been asked to rewrite or fix for clients over the past year. Simply put, 99.999999999999% of articles written for a penny a word or less are CRAP!

    To answer your question - nearly 2 years ago I was making a living as a server/bartender (about $1800 a month) and quit my job to pursue a career as a freelance writer. I started at a penny a word because I thought it was all about price. I did okay making about the same as I did in the restaurant business.

    About 6 months into it, I discovered a few threads here and changed my business completely. Now, I make at least triple what I used to make per month and worth about half as much (at least for clients).

    There's still money to be made, in fact, there's more to be made if you're a talented writer. The key, deliver the work on time, over deliver whenever possible and don't be afraid to charge more than a penny a word.

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    $1 article ... by spammers for spammers to spammers
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  • Profile picture of the author kiki
    $1 article?? That's an insult to writers.. I just started freelancing - I was paid $5 for each articles not because I was cheap; but because, I needed to build my online portfolio as quick as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    If you look hard enough you can find anything for $1.

    It doesn't mean it's worth a damn

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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    People like quality articles. I charge $1.20 per 100 words, have my own writing team and could make a decent living from doing articles alone if I wanted to.

    You get what you pay for, it's as simple as that. Anyone who's ever purchased a $1 or $3 article would know that they're poorly written, have bad grammar and tons of spelling errors. It's always worth paying a bit more and not having to do hours of editing.
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  • Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    But now I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game.
    Not necessarily. It's all about your offer. What if I were to:

    1. Contact companies with newly launched products in the mobile tech gadget industry that I believe, based on verifiable facts, will become wildly popular in the mobile tech gadget market, especially those with products that have accessibility features for the blind;

    2. Offer my tech review writing services as a blind user, to test out the accessibility features integrated into those mobile tech products; and

    3. Charge $1 for each review and $X commissions for each lead generated by those reviews (slightly lower than their standard commission-per-lead rates) and XX% commissions for each sale generated by those leads and reviews (slightly lower than their commission-per-sale rates) and ask for a byline in those reviews, with a link that points to my site, and I'll also tell them that I'll be using my own network and other resources to drive traffic to those reviews?

    Once those products are launched and those reviews go live:

    Blind users would most likely be interested in reading my reviews on the sites of those companies. A significant number of them would most likely buy those tech gadgets.

    Some companies would most likely be interested in my reviews, because they'd want their soon-to-be-launched tech products to have accessibility features for the blind. They would most likely contact me once after they read my reviews.

    Study current stats about blind people who use tech gadgets around the world. Read some news about many companies that want to make their tech products accessible to blind users.

    Yes, that's a lot of prospects and possible passive income and potential business for me, and I'll not only get paid $1 for each review, but also keep those new tech gadgets for myself! Hmmm...

    Interesting niche, in my opinion. I might actually do this, being in a position to pull this off, I believe...
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    • Profile picture of the author catcat
      You need to decide on your price and stick to it. Then search around to find the clients that will pay it. This is your business and your price-point.

      Even on Elance there are authors that charge a higher price that get customers. It may seem like everyone is writing for a cheap price but there are some writers that earn a lot more. You can also find clients offline that pay a higher price.

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      • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
        Originally Posted by catcat View Post

        You can also find clients offline that pay a higher price.

        Cathy
        Oh yes! Think $1 - even $2 - per word. If anyone doubts that, then you know nothing whatsoever about the world that well-paid freelance writers circulate in.

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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Here's a listing of resources from one of my writers that may be helpful: 60 Resources for Freelance Writers
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  • Profile picture of the author jclindayag
    Hi letsmakeit!

    It depends on how good your writing is. If you believe that you are above the standards of expectation, go for it. However, it also depends to the clients, some of them offer big and some of them pushes the price to the lowest level.

    So it's all about knowing your target market. Search the net and look for quality clients. Take note that clients do not only have the right to pick quality workers but workers also has the right to pick quality clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I used to freelance. Now I will but it solely depends on who is asking, what the subject, and how much they are offering. I've never written a $5.00 article in my life. If people want that kind of writing, there's plenty of people offering it. I find in more lucrative to write PLR and used to write PLR ebooks but am now concentrating my efforts on Kindle.

    If you are a good writer, there's no need to just write articles if you can't work your way out of the paying peanuts crowd. There are other opportunities for you to use your skills until you can find people who pay reasonably for your services. You might find you also enjoy them more than writing articles. Some people, even when they WILL pay decently for an article, have just bizarre requests, such as keyword stuffing. Gets old after awhile even when the money is decent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hanako99
      it seems that people recently kept searching for freelancer writing service since it's cheap. The key to success, however, is your writing ability. If you can not produce high quality and unique content, you'll be out of the game
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRussian
    I just started freelance writing and I was wondering is 15$ at 40 hours a week a good start?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by TheRussian View Post

      is 15$ at 40 hours a week a good start?
      $15 for what? Do you mean $15 per hour (or per article? what length?) for 40 hours per week?

      Writers are normally paid by their output, not by the hour.

      Is this online, freelance work or a full-time, salaried, employment position? Or do you just mean that it's what you've been earning, collectively, from your various different clients? Sorry, but I don't understand what you're asking ...
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      • Profile picture of the author TheRussian
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        $15 for what? Do you mean $15 per hour (or per article? what length?) for 40 hours per week?

        Writers are normally paid by their output, not by the hour.

        Is this online, freelance work or a full-time, salaried, employment position? Or do you just mean that it's what you've been earning, collectively, from your various different clients? Sorry, but I don't understand what you're asking ...
        Freelance writing which is paid per hour on Elance. It is 15$ per hour with a minimum of 30-40 hours a week.
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    5 bucks a pop on yahoo contributor network.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRussian
    So I'm pretty luck then for finding 15$ an hour as my first job...
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by TheRussian View Post

      So I'm pretty luck then for finding 15$ an hour as my first job...
      Yes, I think so - well done, and good luck with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRussian
    Thank you...I have no plans on pursuing this full time as I only need a few thousand to get my ecommerce site going.

    What should I be aware of, before I start writing through "work view" in Elance? I'm not sure how the process even works as I just signed up a few hours ago, expected only fixed amounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by TheRussian View Post

      What should I be aware of, before I start writing through "work view" in Elance?
      Sorry, I don't know. (I never used any freelancing sites). You're starting off at about the same rate I did, though, I think: I got $25 for an article, when I first started, but they probably took me an average of 1.5 hours each). Others will answer, about Elance, I'm sure: I've seen plenty of people discussing it here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    Only way you will know is give it a try.

    Register at at all the relevant sites , don't even try and compete with the one dollar articles. It costs nothing to set this up in most cases so set your prices at a rate you are comfortable with.

    I can tell from your opening post you don't feel comfortable asking for hundreds per article and the writers who do charge this are mainly working with offline clients as you will rarely see them commanding these rates at forums, odesk, elance etc....
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennwith2ns
    People who pay $1 an article are expecting low quality work, and if they aren't, they will find out really fast what they get back. I write full time right now as I am still learning about IM and I do keep busy. I started off slow though; I wasn't making a full time income the first week. It took me a few months to get what I need every month to survive and about a year to be comfortable. The only time I suggest taking lower pay than what you deserve is for your first few projects when you need to build up a professional portfolio.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    For freelance writers, the $1 competition is a blessing. It takes all the cheap buyers out of the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I know this is bad to admit but ..

    I only wrote for others to get paid for honing my own skill set Once I got to where I wanted to be, I quit freelancing. It was so much more profitable for me to concentrate my efforts on my own stuff.

    I look at articles a lot different than most people do.

    As a marketer I can't get past the point of an article needing to prompt an action. Now many think that action is to click a link in the resource box. While that is a needed action, it is not the real purpose. Many a resource link gets clicked that never leads to a real benefit for the marketer.

    If the article had been written correctly, the reader will already be prepared to go beyond initial click through. Just remember there is a big difference in writing an article that appeals subconsciously and one that appears as it is .. a straight up sales letter.

    And to answer the OP .. I have never written a $1, or a $10 article for that matter. I would rather start at $100 and explain to them how my article will make them 20 times that much. I seriously doubt if they can find an $1 or a $10 article that provides a 20x ROI. Just remember. That last paragraph should have been in past tense for the fact I never undersold myself and no longer need to freelance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
    And to answer the OP .. I have never written a $1, or a $10 article for that matter. I would rather start at $100 and explain to them how my article will make them 20 times that much. I seriously doubt if they can find an $1 or a $10 article that provides a 20x ROI. Just remember. That last paragraph should have been in past tense for the fact I never undersold myself and no longer need to freelance
    So you were charging minimum $100 per article and normally brought in at least $2000 in revenue for clients ?

    That's pretty impressive but I don't think most writers starting out have the confidence to ask for this amount unless they have a proven track record and can verify their ROI.
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    • Originally Posted by Kevin McNally View Post

      That's pretty impressive but I don't think most writers starting out have the confidence to ask for this amount unless they have a proven track record and can verify their ROI.
      This sounds just about right, especially for writers who don't have sufficient relevant credentials to substantiate their claims of being a "top quality writer" in a related niche. That's why I suggested above a results oriented offer such writers can pitch, i.e. XX% commissions for each sale and/or lead generated by their work for XX days/weeks/months, with their work paid at an exclusive discounted $XX per word rate.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Kevin McNally View Post

      I don't think most writers starting out have the confidence to ask for this amount unless they have a proven track record and can verify their ROI.
      No, I agree. But such verification isn't terribly difficult to offer: all you really need is a couple of decent testimonials on your site from people who are willing to be contacted by email or phone, by your prospective clients. And that's something clients will sometimes (albeit not always) do for you, if they've genuinely been happy with what you've written for them.
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      • Kevin said:

        Originally Posted by Kevin McNally View Post

        That's pretty impressive but I don't think most writers starting out have the confidence to ask for this amount unless they have a proven track record and can verify their ROI.
        You said:

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        No, I agree. But such verification isn't terribly difficult to offer: all you really need is a couple of decent testimonials on your site from people who are willing to be contacted by email or phone, by your prospective clients. And that's something clients will sometimes (albeit not always) do for you, if they've genuinely been happy with what you've written for them.
        So, what can you suggest to these startup writers as something that isn't terribly difficult to do, for them to pitch the rates they want, sign up a couple or so clients and get the verification they need to sign up more clients afterwards?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

          So, what can you suggest to these startup writers as something that isn't terribly difficult to do, for them to pitch the rates they want, sign up a couple or so clients and get the verification they need to sign up more clients afterwards?
          I think so. It seems to me that (for anything other than low-paid work through freelancing sites) you more or less have to have a professional-looking little site (even if it's only a 3-page blog, which is easy), and testimonials. So it becomes a question of "How do I get testimonials"?
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
      If you can't write well enough to convince someone to give you $100 per article, you are not capable of writing a $100 article.

      I honestly did three articles for free to get the proof. I chose my target very well. You also need to remember I had been writing my own content for a few years before I ever attempted to write for anyone else.

      I started noticing my overall conversions were getting better and better and decided to start honing the technique. I already had a lot of content going to my own stuff so I decided to see if I could do it in other niches without having to invest a lot of time in the niches until I saw results.

      The three different owners in those niches were already at the top of their game. I contacted and offered to write for them for free if they would let me either track my own link code or access their own results and use those results in my own sales page.



      Originally Posted by Kevin McNally View Post

      So you were charging minimum $100 per article and normally brought in at least $2000 in revenue for clients ?

      That's pretty impressive but I don't think most writers starting out have the confidence to ask for this amount unless they have a proven track record and can verify their ROI.
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  • Profile picture of the author figgity
    I have a background in journalism and public relations. People will absolutely still pay you well to write articles. It all depends on your market. Most people outside of IM have no idea about those $1 articles. What kinds of articles can you write? News articles? Feature articles? Press releases? White papers? Web copy?
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  • Profile picture of the author Inspired, Inc.
    Would you still do freelance writing?

    why not if that will make me earn more? But I will only make deals for $1 if it is $1 per word... not per article/blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheWrightWords
    I make the bulk of my income via writing, and would not do anything even close to $1 per article, or 10x that! I have to pay a sitter ( I work at home and share a nanny with another family) what works out to $15 per hour...so I don;t earn a dime until I pass the $15 per hour mark -- putting $15 blog posts or articles out of the question for my business model.
    As a new writer -- if you are a native speaker of English, and you have managed to make it through a US college (for work in the US) you have the skills to command a minimum $10-15 per page on even a stinky site like elance, so I would not recommend starting below that. If you can't land jobs at this rate, it may be time to rethink writing for dollars and focus on a different aspect of IM or self employment.
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  • Profile picture of the author neenasatine
    yes you can still make money in freelance writing. a decent amount of money of course which is why i would still do freelance writing. this article sites that can earn you at least 25 dollars per article if you article is approved
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannonn
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    Some people who are just starting in this business have no idea about the prices that are paid for writing articles. What is the best way to close this "market?"
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  • Profile picture of the author Rarebird
    Originally Posted by letsmakeit View Post

    Hey fellow warriors, I wanted to know if people still make money writing articles as a freelancer. I remember a few years ago when there was a little bit of money in doing this. But know I see articles being sold for 1 dollar, basically kicking people out of the game. Would you suggest someone start back at freelance writing?
    let me share with you why I am no longer interested in writing for others:
    What I hate the most about trying to earn money online is that you cannot really trust the people that hire you. I went to O'desk and freelancer to find projects, and even then you can put in hours of work send in the finished project and not get paid for it. Here are two email address to be leery of if you are writing articles online. These folks say they pay every two weeks, I wrote for two weeks and sent them an invoice at the end of the week. Was told the payment would be made later in the day last Friday, she was waiting for money to come in. I waited until the following Monday to contact her only to be ignored until today when I threatened to start talking about it in public forums and in my blog. She was livid, said that my work was inferior and that the grammar was poor now we know that if it was that bad she would not have kept sending me more work or at least would have said something long before today. So I gave her another opportunity to send my payment and as of this writing I haven't gotten paid nor has she responded to any of my emails. Please share this information so that others do not end up like me. Here are the email addresses that these scammers are using:
    Alissa@makemoneyforcontent.com
    articlecreations1@gmail.com
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  • Profile picture of the author eklipz316
    There's still absolutely still a market for freelance writers. I personally think this is the way to go if your want high quality long form articles. I've purchased cheap articles in the past and basically had to rewrite them because they were either spun or written by someone who only knows broken English.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    Sure.

    Writing isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

    It depends on how you price your services.

    Personally, I write because I love doing it.

    ...and I probably should be charging more
    for it, and occasionally I do, but I don't
    much care so much about the price as I do
    about the content I get to write about that
    interest me.

    The level of your writing skill depends also
    on what you charge.

    If you're a sales copywriter, you're getting
    top-dollar. Period.

    I love manipulating words to create a new
    spin or twist on something that generates
    specific results - for myself and for clients.

    And I'm paid well to do it.

    But that level of skill isn't something you
    get into unless you LOVE writing.

    In other words...

    ...would you do freelance writing if it were
    a hobby?

    Would you do it for free?

    I would, I have, and I continue to all the
    time. Coincidentally, it improves my skills
    which makes me more marketable to make
    money doing it.

    The number of writers doesn't matter.

    There is ALWAYS demand.

    The question is:

    Is writing something you GENUINELY wish
    to do?
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