How much does it cost for a SEO optimized article written by freelancers?

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Hi,

I am interested in hiring freelancers from Odesk and Elance to help me write SEO optimized articles regarding "weight loss"

Can anyone tell me based on your experiences, how much does it cost for an article?
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    How many articles are you looking for, Ethan?


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  • Profile picture of the author online only
    Ethan,

    There's no such thing as "SEO OPTIMIZED ARTICLES". If you find people who provide this - back off. They most likely don't know nothing about SEO nor about SEO OPTIMIZED ARTICLES.

    If you want article that ranks well on google plus is made for people like you and me, follow those simple points:

    A) Keyword in the URL, Keyword in the TITLE, 1-2 times keyword inside the article (optional)
    B) Bullet-points, paragraphs - maybe few pictures and/or video
    C) People say that amount of words doesn't count, but when I write something I believe I can't sum up the topic with less than 800 words. It also depends on the niche, when you have Q&A site then few sentences is more than enough, but when you really want to provide comprehensive information then write at least 800words about it.

    Sample:
    Keyword: Is Elton John gay?
    Article, answer: 10-20 words is more than enough.
    Keyword: Life of Elton John
    Article: I would write at least 1000 words, minimum.

    D) Links to additional resources/authority sites. When I read an article that only has internal links and no links to relevant sites at all, I do believe it's a BS. Maybe it's just me, don't know.

    And when you want such articles, you have to be prepared to pay at least $25 for 500words. Otherwise it's rubbish and it's wiser for you to write the articles by yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Depending upon the experience and reputation of the writer, it may vary somewhere from $6-$15 per article of about ~600-700 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author chg
    We've paid up to $20-30 for well-written longer length articles. However the average usually floats around $10-15.

    As one of the previous posters mentioned, don't fall for the SEO optimized articles. Read his bullet points carefully.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    Ehm... Why are you guys ignoring latent semantic indexing? In other words: SEO Optimization
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

      Ehm... Why are you guys ignoring latent semantic indexing? In other words: SEO Optimization
      Finally someone that get's it, I thought I was already alone on this!

      What a bunch of noobs in this SEO section, it's unbelievable.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

        Lol what a lot of brainless responses as you should expect at this forum.

        Of course SEO optimized articles exist.

        But it are not the articles where they stuff your keyword 10 times and bold, italic and underline it.

        An SEO optimized article is full of LSI keywords, everyone that knows a tiny bit about SEO knows that and knows how much Google loves that.
        Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

        Finally someone that get's it, I thought I was already alone on this!

        What a bunch of noobs in this SEO section, it's unbelievable.
        Your confusing SEO with with people that use the word writer as part of their sales pitch.

        Anyone that needs an article to rank a page is hurtin for certain.

        Real articles are for traffic.



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        • Profile picture of the author nik0
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          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          Your confusing SEO with with people that use the word writer as part of their sales pitch.

          Anyone that needs an article to rank a page is hurtin for certain.

          Real articles are for traffic.
          You forgot what the OP asked for.

          LSI rich articles drive traffic and require less links to be build, thus safer.

          Try again noob!
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
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            Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

            You forgot what the OP asked for.

            LSI rich articles drive traffic and require less links to be build, thus safer.

            Try again noob!
            Hows this for outsourcing on Odesk, etc...?

            Hi Guys,

            I am freelancer and providing SEO services on different freelancing websites like Odesk, Elance etc. Every one knows about Google latest updates Panda, Penguin and now Hummingbird. I am too much worried:confused: about my future right now. Can you kindly give me some suggestions that which type of link building method I should use for get my clients sites rank and they don't face any of Google Penalty.

            Thanks
            Still want to outsource that SEO article that Google will love? How about some links with that SEO article?

            Good luck with that.
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            • Profile picture of the author nik0
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              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              Hows this for outsourcing on Odesk, etc...?
              I guess I didn't read the OP properly either.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Don't buy SEO from a writer, buy awesome writing from a writer that will keep traffic coming back for more. Leave the SEO to someone that does SEO.

    Would you have a landscaper rebuild the transmission in your car (I wouldn't)?

    If you have a legit article written by someone that can actually write, most of the SEO is simple, it's page title, <h> tags, image alt text, & links in appropriate places. That's the basics for onpage SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    Something well written, you want to pay $15 or more.

    You really do get what you pay for, finding good, economical writers is hard.

    Stay away from fiverr trash articles.

    I've found some good ones on People Per Hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    So an article is well written - on the usual "dog training" - it's articulate and entertaining but fails to mention "puppy training" "crate training" "dog walking" "or any of the other 20 something terms that Google sees as relevant to dog training. Do you think that article is going to compete well against one where the writer has researched the LSI for the similar articles on the first pages of Google and uses them as pointers to relevancy?



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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Use the Warriors for Hire section in this forum to find good quality writers. That's the best and safest way. You get what you pay for so don't be afraid to spend money to get good quality articles.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChristianSites
      I first got involved in SEO by writing. I still write on several sites, and have some private clients as well. As Online and some others have said, finding a good writer is not cheap.

      I am a native English speaker, extremely well versed in grammar and style (there is a bookshelf of references sitting next to me right now) and write well (at least most clients think so).

      On a content mill, I look for $15 for a simple, 500-word article that requires little to no research. The content mill will take a 30% commission, so your total price would be $20-21.

      When working with private clients, I expect $20-25 for the same piece. I need the higher rate, because I will spend more time on administrative tasks, and I am taking a risk that the client won't pay.

      If heavy research is involved (I've done a lot for an IT clients that need detailed pieces on ERP software for businesses and I write for a graduate school), I expect to receive $40-50 for the same piece ($35-40, if through a third-party site).

      In sum, when writing I earn between $25 and $45/hr. You may think that is a lot, and it is. However, I only earn when I'm actually writing. When I'm emailing clients, applying for jobs, sending invoices, etc, I'm earning $0/hr. I need my hourly wage to be doubled when actually writing (if I'm not on a third-party site), to cover the time when I'm doing other things. Also, for this price, the client receives well-structured and researched pieces that no one else has.

      I hope this helps you.
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  • Profile picture of the author dotspiders
    according to my research at least any one on freelancer takes at least $5 .
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  • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
    about tree fiddy

    In all seriousness, this depends solely on the content and the quality desired. Cheaper articles might be good for quick content to throw up, but you're not going to recoup your initial investment on it for a very long time... good content however, even though its more expensive will get you paid back much quicker.

    If you dont have a lot of money to invest in a site you could do a JV with a writer....he handles the content, you handle SEO, the site's backend and marketing....split the profits.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    If someone offers "SEO optimized" articles, RUN, RUN fast....
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Lol what a lot of brainless responses as you should expect at this forum.

      Of course SEO optimized articles exist.

      But it are not the articles where they stuff your keyword 10 times and bold, italic and underline it.

      An SEO optimized article is full of LSI keywords, everyone that knows a tiny bit about SEO knows that and knows how much Google loves that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    Here's one of the worst keyword stuffed examples of copywriting, I've ever seen. "Our wool blazers are the best wool blazers online. Visit our wool blazer site now for the hottest wool blazer prices."

    How could such an obvious case of keyword stuffing not get the linking site penalized?

    And, I'm sure you have seen similar examples online of poorly done SEO or keyword stuffing, usually in spam comments or on those mass article directories (signature links, etc). Can you give an example of really bad SEO writing? Share something you've seen on the internet.
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    • It will eventually get slapped by Google. That type of thing used to work for SEO (5+ years ago). As Google puts out more updates, this type of thing will keep getting pushed lower and lower down the SERPs.

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      • Profile picture of the author paulgl
        Why would it? Google is not human and never pretends to be.

        People mix up stuff all the time. Bad copy writing does not
        mean a thing. Good copy writing does not mean a thing.

        Ever read tweets? FB posts? WF threads?

        I can't figure out if you are talking about keyword stuffing,
        link anchor, or copywriting. You seem to hint at all 3.

        Now that's bad writing...

        Have you ever read the titles of threads here at the WF? How about
        descriptions on amazon.com? Lame, lame, and more lame...keyword
        stuffing aside...

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    • Profile picture of the author PBScott
      This is what happens when search engines force people to do this by ignoring the Keyword tags.....why on earth they just didn't keep using keyword tags is beyond me, now the user has to suffer with this type of garbage, though many hide it better, its still SEO garbage that the user should never have to suffer through reading.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fantastic
    $25+ for a good article.

    If you're paying $1 per 100 words, it's probably junk.

    And what do you mean SEO optimized?

    I don't think there is such a thing haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimerson Farveez
    It really depends on number of words, I used to use Freelancer.com to hire professional writers, they usually charges $3 for 500 words etc. But, I had seen projects there people demanding writers to accept $1.5 for 500 words - I am sure the QUALITY of such writing may be worst. Anyhow, the writings I get for $3 (for 500 words) quality is perfect.

    Note : I hire writers to write on given topic to give good information on the topic to human readers, but not SEO writers to spam with keywords on the article
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  • Profile picture of the author a1z277
    I remember I could see some of this stuff on Seoclerks.com, the prices vary from 1$.

    Hope you'll find what you are looking for, best regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author chaksmiths
    Depending upon the years of experience of the writer, it may vary somewhere from $4-$10 per article of about ~500-600words. But most of them are just bunch of crap . From my personal experience quality writers will not work for less than $15 for every 500 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author somedevil
    You can "optimize" an article by carefully monitoring keyword density. You can also make sure it's properly formatted however it's very important that the article is naturally written and not with an aim to "target a keyword". Real people read articles and if it's not interesting or informative enough nobody is going to read it.
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