How much can you make writing articles?

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I am desperate for money at the moment and am thinking about becoming an article writer/rewriter. I am a native UK speaker so quality of writing will not be an issue. Was wondering how much I could make per week doing this full time, everyday for 8 hours a day. I will mainly be using iwriter, applying for gigs on freelance sites, and advertising my service on forums. I will also be using voice to text software which will greatly increase the work I can get done. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
David
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  • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
    It will depend on how much research is involved, what you already know on the topic, etc.

    But, let's assume 1 article an hour.

    Starting out ("not poven") let's say it's $4/article. $32/day = $160/wk
    Proven let's say it's $12/article. $96/day = $480/wk

    Plus you increase your efficiency, to 1 article per 45 minutes - that's almost 3 more articles/day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scotty Bee
    Can you afford that much yakka (aka hard work) or do you need the info to leverage you time?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I am desperate for money at the moment
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...desperate.html

    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I am a native UK speaker so quality of writing will not be an issue.
    It's the "so" that makes me wonder. I know huge numbers of native English speakers who couldn't write their way out of a paper bag.

    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    Was wondering how much I could make per week doing this full time
    That depends mostly on your marketing skills, albeit to some extent on your writing skills as well. It has more to do with "how you find good customers" than "how you fulfil their orders".

    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I will mainly be using iwriter, applying for gigs on freelance sites, and advertising my service on forums.
    My instinctive estimation of your chances has just plummeted.

    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I will also be using voice to text software which will greatly increase the work I can get done.
    And fallen a little further, too.

    David, it's all about quality and gradually building up a pool of reliable, regularly returning clients on whom you can depend. The lower the prices for which you work, the less discerning, less solvent and less likely to survive the potential clients are. It doesn't really have very much to do with quantity at all.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're looking at it in terms of "the number of articles you can write in a day", this just isn't going to work out for you. At all. And there are reasons for that. Here are some threads which will help you a lot, if you read them carefully and are open to changing your perspective significantly from the ways in which you're instinctively looking at it at the moment.

    How do I make money writing articles???
    Would you still do freelance writing?
    Can anyone suggest good pay, high quality writing jobs?
    Content Writing - Still Viable?
    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..?
    Is it hard to make 30K a year from writing?
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  • Profile picture of the author jimannajmi
    Besides iwriter, you could also try on fiverr, still $4 per article.
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  • Profile picture of the author dddougal
    Sorry to say this but it would be very difficult to make a great amount of money as a lone writer...Best off putting your time into something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author salmanijaz
    It would be much better to write for yourself rather than providing services ... start a blog and write quality articles .... It may take some time to get somewhere but it will be worthed ....

    Another solution may be to try and network with people ... there may be some people looking for writers for their business ... lots of affiliate marketers are always looking for some writers to team up .. at least i did it and i am really pleased that i have a writer in my team ....

    just my 0.02
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    If you know you are a valuable writer, write for yourself. Make a blog on a topic that you enjoy writing about, get a subscribe forum, get a list of people that like you and you`ll earn. Earning money online is not a "now we start, now we earn" sort of deal so patience is needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author nitesh
    Earning of different writers are different because different writers have different writing speed. Next thing is research involved so earning also depends on the research you do. Next thing is what is your rate. Different writers have different rates and your total earning also depends on the maximum rate that you can get paid. You are new so don't decide your own rates, let the market do it. Finally is your capability to write. The more you can write in a day and the writing is also according to the requirements of clients, the more you can earn.
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  • Profile picture of the author MontrealSEO
    that's a good way to get started to make some money online, but to me, the problem is that it is hard to scale.

    the only way is to hire other ppl because your hours are limited!
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    Why after reading all posts ... most of posts mean that Don't be a content writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I will mainly be using iwriter, applying for gigs on freelance sites, and advertising my service on forums. I will also be using voice to text software which will greatly increase the work I can get done.
    This is basically the approach of a "bottom barrel" writer.

    If you enjoy fighting fierce competition for rates as low as $0.01 per word (and even lower in some cases) and like writing nothing more than pure drivel, have at it.

    Like Alexa said, making a decent chunk of change through writing is all about providing quality (and knowing the difference between a poor article and a downright stellar one).

    There are plenty of clients willing to pay for great content. You just have to find them. Like anything else, it requires a little legwork.

    In other words, you have to put yourself out there! Prove your worth. Show people why you charge what you do.

    When you do that, beautiful things start to happen, but only when you're consistent with it.

    Stop worrying about how many articles you can write per hour, per day, etc. and start focusing on providing quality, top dollar content that you know clients will fall in love with.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Barber
      Try https://www.constant-content.com/ I have friends that get $40 an article and up, but they have to be perfect grammatically as well as spelling.

      May be worth a shot if you are a good writer.

      Cheers

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author donhx
        Originally Posted by Paul Barber View Post

        Try https://www.constant-content.com/ I have friends that get $40 an article and up, but they have to be perfect grammatically as well as spelling.

        May be worth a shot if you are a good writer.

        Cheers

        Paul
        With respect Paul, spelling and grammar are a small part of the equation. Most IM folks don't know good writing when they see it. That's why Google had to institute Panda/Penguin/Hummingbird to purge the terrible content they bought for a few pennies per word.

        Proper grammar is a given, Paul. The game is now being played on a higher level that is less likely to include the Fiverr gang and offshore writers, at least when an IMer is serious about converting traffic. Writers need to be good storytellers, know how to use idiomatic English and have an understanding of sales psychology.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    David, YES, you can make decent money as a writer but there's no magic pill. It takes time to build up a business. I am a writer and have been doing it for over 4 years now so I know what it takes. You need to market your services. You need to set prices and provide high quality work so you can't afford to focus on just churning out articles if they are going to be crap.

    I don't know what you define as decent money because that figure will be different for everyone. I can only do part time due to health reasons but I do OK. Of course I can always do better and I strive to do so but you need to focus. Desperation won't help you get a long-term business going because it's the wrong motivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    There is no limit. It entirely depends on how much you charge per article and how many articles you are capable of writing every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author davehayes
    Originally Posted by davidk8445 View Post

    I am desperate for money at the moment and am thinking about becoming an article writer/rewriter. I am a native UK speaker so quality of writing will not be an issue. Was wondering how much I could make per week doing this full time, everyday for 8 hours a day. I will mainly be using iwriter, applying for gigs on freelance sites, and advertising my service on forums. I will also be using voice to text software which will greatly increase the work I can get done. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    David
    If your desperate for money, then this may not be the route to go, initially

    However, writing good articles, is or can be a very lucrative occupation, depending on how good your writing is and what you have studied in terms of copywriting, if you have practiced your art, then you should be able to get plenty of work.

    Applied education is the difference
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      Originally Posted by davehayes View Post

      If you're desperate for money, then this may not be the route to go, initially

      Applied education is the difference
      There - I corrected that for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mizambar
    David --

    While I've never built an article writing business, I know a couple of people who do it full time and I've hired countless people myself.

    Like what's already been said before, you'll get the most traction by building a clientele of people who don't mind paying higher prices for quality content. The big *if* is that your articles NEED to be outstanding.

    One guy I'd check out is Tom Ewer. He's also from the U.K. and basically built a full-time income from doing guest blogging for many high-end sites. His site is Leaving Work Behind: Leaving Work Behind

    IMPORTANT: My viewpoint is totally biased because we're accountability partners...but I know he does what you're looking to do on a daily basis. So I think you'd get a lot of value from his content.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Also consider writing articles for sites that pay revenue share. When I started out I wrote for rev share sites. My top earning article (for another site) which took me under an hour to write made over $1000 not including aff. commissions. That site has closed up shop but you can find others to earn at.

    Also consider writing articles as an affiliate for your own website and/or writing your own eBooks. These can pay you over and over again.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    That's a pretty open-ended question. It depends on the following variables: market segment you're targeting, your daily productivity, and your marketing activities. There are just too many variables to consider.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You can make quite a bit.... more than likely can make even more with selling info-products. Do you find selling on your own website hard? It all boils down to marketing in the end. Start your own site and sell your article writing services there.... and command your own prices.
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  • Profile picture of the author hbhanot
    It really depends on the quality you can produce. After quality build your brand and amass some twitter following. Marketers love who have some social following and can share articles with their following. Guest posts will come into action once you secure quality and Branding. You do a guest post and share with your following and I am certain Site owners are ready to pay $100 per post and I have seen my friend doing it on regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    There are writing services that offers $8 for a 250-300 words/article, within 3days minimum. But I think it also depends on the topic and the volume of your work. On the other hand, you can write articles and sell it online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
    I would say go to iwriter. They have a system set in place that you can make some great money if you are serious and you work yourself up to their top level ELITE. You can make 100+ day if you write quality. There is an enormous amount of stuff to write on iwriter.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjsing3r
    A friend of mine writes 15-20 articles each day and charges $20+ per article. It took him a while to reach that point, but he did it by working hard, over-delivering, communicating well with his clients, and creating quality content (seriously, I don't know how he does it).

    I'm not at his level, neither in terms of my rates nor sheer volume, but I'm doing better than I thought I would without having to write a million articles a day. I don't think I have any desire to write like that, and I don't need to. Depending on your life situation, you can probably get by writing considerably less as long as you build a reliable client base that is willing to pay more than a measly five bucks a pop.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by mjsing3r View Post

      A friend of mine writes 15-20 articles each day


      I gotta meet that guy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernesto1
    I want to start my own website about article writing in June. There's a huge demand for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author i58biz
    All of the above are good comments.

    This site offers something that is a little different in making money from writing and worth a check out:

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