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I've seen many writers offer services for as little as $3/article, and I've even noticed some pretty good writers offer their services for as little as $5/article(judging 'good' from their reviews).

And then I see some offering to write press releases for $5,and I'm not even kidding.

Heres for the writers,can you explain me why you so underprice yourselves?
Is it really worth your time writing for so long for just a few dollars?

As a marketer I've never ordered articles so cheap simply because I don't think they have quality - simply judging them on their price point.
Yes,thats what many people do!

I'd love to get some opinion on this topic from anyone that has one.



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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    How do you know they are under priced.

    Are you basing that on the cost of living in the U.S., Europe, Australia??

    In some places in the world, $3.00 or $5.00 is quite a bit of money.

    Another thing is getting yourself out there. There are many talented individuals that might be putting themselves in the market at low prices to get themselves a following, it is called investment in your business.

    Just my opinion

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  • Profile picture of the author john01a
    $3 an Article?
    If I saw someone selling their writing services at $3 an article, I doubt the articles are either unique or high quality.

    At those prices, it's either reused articles, stolen content (e.g copying an article from an article directory) or PLR content that contains some changes/spun version.

    Those prices are nearing PLR content prices. And, the only reason why PLR content is so cheap, is because the costs of producing that content is shared by multiple buyers.

    What about $5 an article?
    I don't know about this one. There's a lot of people who write or who rewrite pieces of content for $5 on Fiverr.

    Maybe they sell their services so low, as a way to get their foot in the door... and then have higher prices content options...
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    • Profile picture of the author David Edwards
      Originally Posted by john01a View Post

      $3 an Article?
      If I saw someone selling their writing services at $3 an article, I doubt the articles are either unique or high quality.
      exactly.

      such articles cannot be unique and of high quality.
      better to spend some decent money on articles and get quality articles.
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      • Profile picture of the author Publisher1953
        I use a guy from odesk (in pakistan) who researches and rewrites content for my websites for $3.00 an hour, and he can certainly do more than one article an hour. His writing is quite good, English-wise (I'm a writer by trade). The challenge with cheap writers is to test and evaluate their work first. And, no you won't get a great original novel for that price -- but a rewritten news story or article, with enough changes (including proper source credit) to comply with original content SEO requirements, is certainly possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ripster
      Originally Posted by john01a View Post

      $3 an Article?
      If I saw someone selling their writing services at $3 an article, I doubt the articles are either unique or high quality.

      At those prices, it's either reused articles, stolen content (e.g copying an article from an article directory) or PLR content that contains some changes/spun version.

      Those prices are nearing PLR content prices. And, the only reason why PLR content is so cheap, is because the costs of producing that content is shared by multiple buyers.

      What about $5 an article?
      I don't know about this one. There's a lot of people who write or who rewrite pieces of content for $5 on Fiverr.

      Maybe they sell their services so low, as a way to get their foot in the door... and then have higher prices content options...
      Great post, I agree. But I also, disagree. Some people who are new in the freelance writing industry may offer low prices just so that they can get their first few earnings and improve their skills.
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      • Profile picture of the author john01a
        Originally Posted by Ripster View Post

        Great post, I agree. But I also, disagree. Some people who are new in the freelance writing industry may offer low prices just so that they can get their first few earnings and improve their skills.
        What you said makes sense and I agree, there may be writers who, when starting out, provide their writing services at a lower rate than normal.

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        But, wouldn't these writers make it clear that their low rate is a temporary thing... as part of their promo efforts (or maybe offering low rates in exchange for testimonials).

        If the writer didn't make it clear that their low rate is only for a short period of time (something like a special discount offer), wouldn't their clients expect to continuously pay the low rate? Wouldn't this make transitioning to a higher rate harder?

        Even though there may be a few quality writers who are initially offering their services at a low rate, finding them won't be easy.

        It won't last long
        Since it probably wouldn't be sustainable for a writer who creates high quality unique content, to maintain the low rate, as soon as they got a lot of orders, they would have to increase their rate.

        So, even if you did find such a writer, it probably wouldn't be long before they would need to increase their rates and you would have to find another writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeTavs
    I have bought some articles for the $3 to $5 range and have mixed reviews - mostly bad. However, have found some that were good and were trying to get there name out there. If I find someone good I re-order.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt31
    For those who get constant positive reviews, I'm willing to bet they don't know how to write a compelling lede. Writing is an art form. There are many people who are 'good' writers out there, and less exist still that are 'great' writers.

    Sure. Someone can draw a picture, but the art of it is knowing how to frame that drawing, thinking about each and every color to use, which angle is the drawing done from, and so on. You might get a piece of writing that explains what you want, but you probably won't get a piece of art that is as compelling, succinct, thought-provoking (or action-provoking) as it could be. When you want a $3 article (or a $3 picture), you get a drawing, not a piece of artwork.

    At least, as a writer, that's what I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

    Heres for the writers,can you explain me why you so underprice yourselves?
    Is it really worth your time writing for so long for just a few dollars?
    At that level, you're not addressing writers, so much as text-manipulators. It's been brought up many times before on this forum, and elsewhere, but the sub $5-$10 article market is almost peculiar to the IM sphere. It's a purely commodity-based trade in which writers who can't write supply readers who can't read. As such, both parties are satisfied and probably deserve each other.

    Meanwhile professional writers can go about their business providing quality work to canny publishers who understand the real value of truly compelling content.

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    • Profile picture of the author joseph7384
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      It's a purely commodity-based trade in which writers who can't write supply readers who can't read. As such, both parties are satisfied and probably deserve each other.
      Well said my friend!
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    • Profile picture of the author MNord
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      It's a purely commodity-based trade in which writers who can't write supply readers who can't read.

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  • Profile picture of the author gregdavidson727
    For an American $3 is nothing. But in other countries where the value of the dollar is much higher, $3 is a good chunk of change.
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  • Profile picture of the author empirrr
    Here is an example BELLY DANCING: An Evergreen Tradition | Dance Mamas Bought it for 5$.

    It looks good, but since I jus started in AM I have no idea, if it really is good enough. Someone more experienced maybe could share his opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Short
      Originally Posted by empirrr View Post

      Here is an example BELLY DANCING: An Evergreen Tradition | Dance Mamas Bought it for 5$.

      It looks good, but since I jus started in AM I have no idea, if it really is good enough. Someone more experienced maybe could share his opinion.
      That article looks like it cost $5. It is exactly what I would expect. Though not as bad as spun or illegible content, it is just "filler" content that doesn't offer any value and contains plenty of grammar and word issues.
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    • Profile picture of the author dadadada
      Originally Posted by empirrr View Post

      Here is an example BELLY DANCING: An Evergreen Tradition | Dance Mamas Bought it for 5$.

      It looks good, but since I jus started in AM I have no idea, if it really is good enough. Someone more experienced maybe could share his opinion.
      Sorry, but I think this article, quote on quote, is extremely boring, and actually a perfect example of what you get for $3 or $5.

      "Belly dance is essentially a dance involving abdominal articulation depending on the beats of music.".

      Really?? That makes me want to sign up for the class right this moment.
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      • Profile picture of the author empirrr
        Well at least with the cheap writers from non-English speaking countries Im done. Today received another article and it was absolute crap. It was unreadable and haotic. Funny thing that the author has like a 98 percent positive feedback from around 500 votes. Also the articles are made using wikipedia as the only source.
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  • Profile picture of the author run
    Let's me do the calculation:

    - If they work 8 hours per day and could produce 1 article per hour = 1 x 8 = 8 articles per day
    - If they work 6 days per week and 4 weeks per month = 8 x 6 = 48 x 4 = 192 articles per month
    - If they charge $3 per article = 192 x 3 = $576/month

    $576/month is nothing in developed countries. They won't ever ever charge with this rate (except they just start up and want the base portfolio).

    Yet, in most under developing or developing countries which the average wage is $100/month, $500/month is not that bad.

    The problem is the quality articles which are written by them not the problem that they charge this rate because they're comfortable with this rates and easy to compete with native or near native writers out there.
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    • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
      Originally Posted by run View Post

      Let's me do the calculation:

      - If they work 8 hours per day and could produce 1 article per hour = 1 x 8 = 8 articles per day
      - If they work 6 days per week and 4 weeks per month = 8 x 6 = 48 x 4 = 192 articles per month
      - If they charge $3 per article = 192 x 3 = $576/month

      $576/month is nothing in developed countries. They won't ever ever charge with this rate (except they just start up and want the base portfolio).

      Yet, in most under developing or developing countries which the average wage is $100/month, $500/month is not that bad.

      The problem is the quality articles which are written by them not the problem that they charge this rate because they're comfortable with this rates and easy to compete with native or near native writers out there.
      As someone from a "developing country" I personally wouldn't work for $3 per article (or even 3x that).

      And most of my friends who I know who are originally from India who have excellent writing skills would probably scoff at such as rate as well.

      Can you get writers at that price? SURE.

      Are they likely to be any good? Not usually.

      You'll have a better chance at getting an average level writing sure - but a genuinely good writer, one who knows how to insert emotion into their content and get their readers inspired, either would NOT write for $3, or doesn't know their true value.
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  • Profile picture of the author Donowhy
    New golden idea... Hook up with highschool/college english teachers. Tell them to assign homework which involves the students writing short 500 articles about a specific topic each night.
    Sell the articles for $3 each. Hue hue hue
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    • Profile picture of the author TatiW3B
      Originally Posted by Donowhy View Post

      New golden idea... Hook up with highschool/college english teachers. Tell them to assign homework which involves the students writing short 500 articles about a specific topic each night.
      Sell the articles for $3 each. Hue hue hue
      Ho ho ho ho. I like your way of thinking.

      Too bad it's unlikely to succeed without repercussion. Otherwise, golden.
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    • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
      Originally Posted by Donowhy View Post

      New golden idea... Hook up with highschool/college english teachers. Tell them to assign homework which involves the students writing short 500 articles about a specific topic each night.
      Sell the articles for $3 each. Hue hue hue
      lol...but great idea. Problem is, students may copy the article from online...Teacher should mention that articles have to be passed copy-scape.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Many good writers charge relatively low rates because they need the volume. They just love to write and expand their horizons. Usually, the lower your rates, the more orders you get.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Usually, the lower your rates, the more orders you get.
      I'm not so sure that's so true. You'll find THOUSANDS of so-called "writers" offering $0.005/word article - the competition at the bottom of the food chain is quite tough.

      Take it from someone who's been there.

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      I've seen many writers offer services for as little as $3/article, and
      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      I've even noticed some pretty good writers offer their services for as little as $5/article(judging 'good' from their reviews).
      Different people are satisfied with different levels of writing.

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      And then I see some offering to write press releases for $5,and I'm not even kidding.
      I did that once :p . Never gonna do it again, fo' sho'!

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      Heres for the writers,can you explain me why you so underprice yourselves?
      Is it really worth your time writing for so long for just a few dollars?
      For me, it no longer is. I used to think that I would be able to survive on $5/500 word articles, then suddenly realized that it's simply not possible for me, personally.

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      As a marketer I've never ordered articles so cheap simply because I don't think they have quality - simply judging them on their price point.
      Don't judge on price. Judge on quality.

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      Yes,thats what many people do!
      Too bad, eh?

      Originally Posted by Ean Stark View Post

      I'd love to get some opinion on this topic from anyone that has one.
      Well, that's my opinion. How was it?

      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      In some places in the world, $3.00 or $5.00 is quite a bit of money.
      Quite true. $5 is a standard daily wage for a manual labor worker in India.
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      • Profile picture of the author writeaway
        Originally Posted by JRJWrites View Post

        I'm not so sure that's so true. You'll find THOUSANDS of so-called "writers" offering $0.005/word article - the competition at the bottom of the food chain is quite tough.
        I have made THOUSANDS of dollars off Fiverr offering 2 400-word articles for $5. I do it for the volume. The more I write, the better I get. The more I write, the more fulfilled I feel. I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and I write primarily for personal satisfaction. If I were single and just graduated from college, I'd write for .001 USD per word. That's how much I love to write. So don't paint everyone with the same brush. Sure, you are feeling threatened by the low prices but, at the end of the day, what will make you stand out from everyone else is the quality of your work. Instead of fearing competition, people should embrace it. I have. I sometimes get paid 10 cents per word but I write just as eagerly and passionately if someone pays me .005 USD per word.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ean Stark
          Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

          I have made THOUSANDS of dollars off Fiverr offering 2 400-word articles for $5. I do it for the volume. The more I write, the better I get. The more I write, the more fulfilled I feel. I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and I write primarily for personal satisfaction. If I were single and just graduated from college, I'd write for .001 USD per word. That's how much I love to write. So don't paint everyone with the same brush. Sure, you are feeling threatened by the low prices but, at the end of the day, what will make you stand out from everyone else is the quality of your work. Instead of fearing competition, people should embrace it. I have. I sometimes get paid 10 cents per word but I write just as eagerly and passionately if someone pays me .005 USD per word.
          well,if you're passionate about it then theres nothing wrong,but mark my words - sooner or later you will(or will have to) raise your prices to a whole new level.

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  • Profile picture of the author Slate Marketing
    A $3 or even $5 article is complete garbage. I wouldn't trust anyone selling an article at that price in the first place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    $3 Articles?!
    As long as it's a good article, who cares about the price. You can easily pay $50 for that same $3 article

    Is it really worth your time writing for so long for just a few dollars?
    For some people in different countries, it's well worth their time. In some places like China and the Philippines, you can work the rice fields from Sun up to Sun down for 3-4 dollars a day.

    I'd be cautious about buying of $3 articles, but $3 is a cheap price to test it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author ibarena
    I will like to quote a comment from a fellow warrior on a post which I read somewhere "There is a market for junk cars and there is a market for BMW." Similarly, there is a market for $3 article and there is a market for $100 articles.
    At the end of the day, it should satisfy your business needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    It's all relative. If people are writing in some countries such as India, their standard of English may be amazing because of their history as part of the British connection. However some live on $1 a day so in that context $3 is amazing. I've used Indian writers before and they are excellent.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      such as India, their standard of English may be amazing because of their history as part of the British connection.
      Actually, that's more because we're willing to work our posterior off to get a good job. And those who are fluent in English earn 34% more than those who aren't.

      If you take a look around, quite a few of the most popular blogs about blogging are actually owned and run by Indians.

      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      However some live on $1 a day
      No. We do NOT live on $1 a day. No.

      Only the beggars live on $1 per day.

      Poorer people - $2-$3 per day.
      Lower middle class - $30-$50 per day.
      Upper middle class - $75-$100 per day.
      Upper class - $150-$10,000,000 per day.

      I hope that clears up any WRONG beliefs about Indians and our standards & costs of living. So much BS about it all over the Internet (admittedly, quite a bit of that BS is our fault ).
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    "Underpriced"....? If it's making them a ton of money, why would they care about being underpriced? These people have a life to live.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlairDesigns
    It depends upon many factors, if they're new it may be that some marketer in the past had told them that in order to sell anything they had to practically give everything away. The theory is that new people are more likely to be scammers so to build a reputation you have to take a huge hit.

    I tend to disagree that you should hurt in order to possibly profit later on. If you're services are top notch there will be those that will take a leap of faith and help you gain more of a following with their reviews.

    There is also the possibility that they are trying to get tons of people to purchase at the deeply discounted price, get them hooked and later up the price to a more reasonable amount.

    What ever the reasoning, it will work in some instances and sometimes not work at all!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sardent
    There are a lot of reasons.
    Both good and bad.,
    Just keep in mind the old motto - you get what you pay for.

    Personally, I have yet to find writing that I find acceptable (interesting, factual, original, proper english, no awkward phrasing) at less than $20 an article. More if I want all rights.

    Unless I write it myself. Which I frequently do.

    Good professional writing is expensive. Relatively.
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  • Profile picture of the author zspuckl
    As someone who started with the $5 articles I can say this.

    For someone new to the game the only way to get attention is low prices until you learn how to brand and get new clients.

    If you can write semi-fast you can still make $10/hr - for someone in college (also like me haha) this isn't chump change - it's easy and it doesn't require certain hours!

    Hope that helps answer some questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben West
    There are a few cheap writers out there who deliver quality articles. But the general rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. A low price usually means a low quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Thats usally what you get! There are a lot of good spinners out there. You can google for article writers in the "article writers in the philippines" and get an idea I guess
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    I'm a writer, but I'm lazy sometimes. I bought a bunch of $5 articles for my blog. They were terrible. They needed so much correction that I could have written them from scratch faster. I think the people that are okay with the quality of these cheap articles probably don't know enough about grammar to realize the articles are awful.

    I'm sure there is a rare gem out there, but I tried 20+ writers and wasn't satisfied with any of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    It's absolutely feasible to get content for $3 per article.

    But here's the thing.

    Different content serves different purposes. There are a few instances where low quality content will actually suffice, like in the case of review sites, bridge-sites or thin-content sites. (We can argue that these sites will be of low quality, but that isn’t the argument. The argument is that there is indeed a market for low-quality articles).

    But what if you want real high quality engaging content? It's going to cost more than a few dollars.

    My Advice to Newbie Content Writers: As someone that has taken on many paid writing contracts, I can tell you that starting for cheap is often a GREAT way to build awareness for your expertise. Especially when the majority of content writers selling for low prices, absolutely suck. If you're any good? You can develop a higher demand by over-delivering. When your demand increases, which it will, you should increase your rates.

    A lot of naysayers would contend, “But if you’re charging pennies you absolutely suck and are a fool!” – Which is true, but the full reality of the situation is that, just because you start out for pennies, doesn’t mean you have to REMAIN there. Everyone needs to start somewhere. It’s only unfortunate when a writer (or any service provider) is unable to increase their rates over a period of time, some more rapidly than others.

    So don't be afraid to start small; if you're any good, and start accepting volumes of content? Clients will soon realize that you can write well; then they'll want to buy 10x more. Then more and more clients do the same. That's when you know you need to raise your prices. Drastically. We call this “The Inverse Bait and Switch”.

    And when your demand surpasses your ability to create content? I leave you with a word of advice (And master business philosophy) from a long ago Emperor.

    "France has more need of me than I of France"-Napoleon Bonaparte
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    • Profile picture of the author AmberS
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      You can develop a higher demand by over-delivering. When your demand increases, which it will, you should increase your rates.
      This is what I'm hoping for. I constantly over-deliver in hopes of building a great reputation.
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      • Profile picture of the author MNord
        Originally Posted by AmberS View Post

        This is what I'm hoping for. I constantly over-deliver in hopes of building a great reputation.
        I totally get it, and long, long ago I underpriced myself too. But in my experience that approach can backfire. It can take a long time to raise your fees to match your worth once people know you've worked for pennies.

        If you're really good, I bet you'd be successful faster if you started at a much higher price. As you can tell just from reading this thread, people tend to believe they get what they pay for. And there are people out there willing to pay plenty if 1) you're good, 2) you meet deadlines, and 3) you're easy to work with.

        Good luck in your budding career as a writer
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        • Profile picture of the author Irmscher
          Well, yes, there are a lot of people eager to earn few bucks writing crap articles. They usually just rewrite the existing ones, the quality is really bad mostly.

          That's why I've created my own script that produces better pieces of content than most of those $3 ghost writers, and I can generate as many as I want for free.
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            There are two things in play here.

            First, you have writers that don't really know what their skill is worth. They look at the content mills, Warriors for Hire, WSO, etc. and think that the market is $3-$5 per article.

            Second, you have varying definitions of "quality". For some, if the article is in recognizable English and has the right keyword density, they call it a "quality" article, and the less they pay for it, the higher quality it is for them.

            Originally Posted by empirrr View Post

            Here is an example BELLY DANCING: An Evergreen Tradition | Dance Mamas Bought it for 5$.

            It looks good, but since I jus started in AM I have no idea, if it really is good enough. Someone more experienced maybe could share his opinion.
            It might look good, but it isn't, unless you're judging it purely on the number of times it uses the phrase "belly dancing."

            It's boring, awkward, repetitive and obviously written by someone who grew up speaking something other than English. That's not a slam at the writer - their English is better than my whatever. But that is not a "quality" article.

            If someone submitted that article to one of my sites, it would hit the trash folder without a second thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmberS
    I do have to admit, I have been selling articles here and there for $5. Most of the time, I charge much more, but it can be a bit difficult to get your name out there. I know that my work is worth much more than a mere $5. I am trying to get my foot in the door and get my name out there mostly. I know its bad, but I do write for content mills such as Text Broker and iWriter. I am working on starting my own website to sell my PLR packs and will accept requests for custom articles (all in the nutrition/fitness/alternative medicine niche). Of course those will cost more than $5, but I have to start somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I used to work for a client who would only pay 1 cent per word for articles and I managed to make a decent amount of money because he had an unlimited supply of work. I wrote these articles in 10-20 minutes, maybe the quality was not the best, but he was happy with them. I won't lower my rates again but it is possible to make good money writing for cheap because more often than not the employer does not have a very strong grasp of the English language and won't expect perfection.

    The most I made writing for this client was 100$ in one day - well, more like a few hours.

    I am not recommending writing for low rates, the point that I am trying to make is that if you know how to write fast, it is easy to make money writing for 1 cent per word.

    Just what I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Sorry to resurrect the thread, but I found this blog post that might help anyone concerned --> Why Freelance Writers Need to Make $100 an Hour - Make A Living Writing
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  • Profile picture of the author Koljak8
    I was also skeptical of the quality of the articles that were being offered for about $5 or so, but after ordering a few, I was quite surprised. I actually got some quality material. I think that today there is too much competition out there for a writer not to offer anything but quality material. Im sure they know that it is in their interest to attract the buyers to come back to them again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peak Curiosity
    If everyone's offering the same price to write articles, buyers wouldn't know which one's better unless there are excellent reviews for a particular writer. The cheaper would stick out.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    Some people do not have the skill to charge more than $3-5 an article. Their english simply isnt good enough. And for most of these people $3-5 is pretty good money.

    Now for the person buying them they probably will not use the content for money site but could very well be using this content for tier 1, tier 2, linkbuilding as well as their own private blog networks.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

      Some people do not have the skill to charge more than $3-5 an article. Their english simply isnt good enough. And for most of these people $3-5 is pretty good money.
      The reality is that a lot of writers resell other writers' work. I have no problem with this. In fact, a big chunk of what I write is resold by other writers. What I do have a problem with is the thinking that just because something has a low price, it has to necessarily be inferior in quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    I've yet to find a good article writer for under $50. I've seen claims that you can find good writers for cheaper, even $2.50 an article.

    I believe this is because some people don't know any better. They're either not smart enough, not educated enough or their reading skills aren't good enough to know the difference. They see crap writing and they think it's good.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    I think its competition which made them to offer such low price. And sometimes these offer providers outsource their writings from freelancers at more lower price and make a profit. So, their motive is to sell more and making more profit from more sales- this is a good idea to buildup a business. How is that ?
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxFreedom
    Aren't the search engines asking for bigger better content, no more general cookie cutter stuff that everyone has already? It's the big/epic content that gets linked to, shared, and stays relevant longer not the $5-10 general stuff. When will the low cost, not as helpful content stop "having its place" on the internet? When google makes the killer zebra update that's when! hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
    You know what I REALLY love.. spending hours and hours reading sites with $3 content, I just can't get enough of it.. I really connect with what they're telling me, it's like they know my pain.
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    • Profile picture of the author marymary86
      Like others have said, those charging $3 for an article are most likley not underpricing themselves since they are living in a country where $3 is decent money.

      I find the whole low-priced article phenomenon fascinating. I also see that it pretty much exists only within this internet marketing bubble, as most niches on the outside you can get a much better rate. In one niche I'm in writers hardly charge less than $25 per article and usually $50+.
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      • Profile picture of the author Oggyoi
        It's horses for courses, there are some really good writers who will do articles for $3 each ( there are also many more poor quality though ).

        That said, I have ordered articles and paid much higher prices and found the quality to be sub-standard.

        Even on Fiverr there are some decent writing services ( Natasha Nixon as an example with 11101 positive feedback ) does 400 words for $5 and she sells on here too.

        I have a really good writer from the US who is happy doing me articles at a rate of 700 words for $6. She's a native American, got a couple of degrees but is a stay at home mum who loves writing. I talk to her on Skype if and when I need to, she's a genuine and helpful person and her work is fantastic.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjsing3r
    I don't even know why people charge under $10 an article. I started out selling 400 to 450-word articles for $12 apiece and had no problem finding clients.

    In my opinion, there are a few reasons a writer would have to set their rates so low. The first reason is obvious: the writer is lacking in talent. A second reason probably has to do with websites like Elance and oDesk fooling people into thinking that they can't make decent money writing articles. Or, like others have suggested, maybe the writer is new on the scene and would rather set their prices low in order to get more work and establish themselves.

    I just don't think it's necessary to charge so little in order to build a client base. If you're competent, charge ten bucks at the very least. I personally don't enjoy working with most IM people that don't want to pay at least 10-15 bucks for an article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    I originally charged 5$ for a 500 word article to get more clients, and to get noticed.

    Now that I'm getting clients I'm slowly raising the price, sometimes it's just a good way to get your name out there.

    Plus, I can write relatively quickly, so the pay really isn't too bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanmal
    One thing is original content writing matching chosen keywords that matter for your websites and other thing is spinning articles making it unique.If u spin articles it doesn`t take much of the time but if you want original articles that need keyword research that is different and definitely more than price mentioned above.

    I hope you got the message
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  • Profile picture of the author MsDebra
    I wouldn't automatically assume that a $3 or $5 article is poorly written. When I first got started writing I sold some articles on a sister forum for $3 each and the buyer turned right around and sold them on the same forum for $5. He then emailed me to say if I would sell my articles at a bulk rate he could supply plenty of work! I was already at rock bottom prices for quality content. I felt insulted and turned down his offer. The best way to judge the quality is to buy one article. My buyer recognized he had discovered a gold mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    There are issues, may be $3 is less amount to a person of developed country, but to a person of under developed country $3 is not bad for an article. If it takes 1 hour to write an article and he earns $3 for this, then his hourly rate is $3. In Odesk, Elance there are a lot of quality service providers whose hourly rate is $3 or less.

    So in this point of view, I believe, with $3 you may not get high quality article, but you will get something that is not bad. Also, if you want to use these articles for SEO purpose, then these articles are the best at reasonable costings. But, if you want to use them as website content, then these will never be good.
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