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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th August 2016, 06:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,858
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Wanna hire a cheap article writer? Here's what you get.

Assuming your definition of "great quality articles" coincides with what most people would consider great quality, these writers must be seriously under-charging for their services.

Just saying...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,346
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The Ugly and Often Hilarious Reality of Content Writing

I've had my fair share of the bad ones too, but then there are the good ones that make up for it.

I was once asked if I could write several thousand articles from a list of topics, all about cars,...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 7th July 2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Why do some clients think the writers they hire are beneath them?

That's true, but I've found that clients who are prepared to pay a decent rate usually treat you a lot better than the bottom feeders paying $5 or less for 500 words, for example. But of course, it...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 7th July 2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Why do some clients think the writers they hire are beneath them?

Yes Steve, I understand that the person hiring me needs to tell me what to do, but that's just it - he hadn't told me properly what to do, and when I asked for clarity on the matter, he exploded.
...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 7th July 2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Why do some clients think the writers they hire are beneath them?

You're right of course, and I should have added that it's probably the same for just about any service you provide, but I'm only familiar with writing.

I certainly won't go bankrupt by losing this...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 7th July 2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By John Coutts
Why do some clients think the writers they hire are beneath them?

I just parted company with a client I acquired last week. He promised me long-term work, and he was willing to pay reasonably well too. I did a couple of product description articles for him last...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th January 2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,712
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

Precisely! It's all about effectively marketing yourself. Checking out the jobs pages, the content mills, and maybe the occasional Craigslist ad, is NOT marketing.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th November 2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,634
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Freelance writing: How much to charge?

A good start? $3-5 for 500 words articles is a good start?

That's the worst advice I've ever seen!

Anyone who can write well can start charging at least $25 for 500 words, and go up from there....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th November 2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,634
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Freelance writing: How much to charge?

A much better plan is to go above $20 immediately. There isn't an apprenticeship to complete here - start out as you mean to go on.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th November 2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,634
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Freelance writing: How much to charge?

Why not? I can and I do, and they pay too.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th November 2013, 09:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,634
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Freelance writing: How much to charge?

My guess is $25 per 500 words as an absolute minimum, but easily up to $100 or more ... :)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th October 2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,547
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Learn to write articles and sell as a service?

Read a lot with a good memory. I left school at 15 with no qualifications. I always loved reading, though, and I always had a fascination with proper grammar, punctuation and the like.

Whenever I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th September 2013, 03:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Buying an article form an expert copywriter

If I were you, I wouldn't start off buying a $500 article, unless you know exactly what to do to make it profitable for you, as Alexa said.

Why not lower your sights a bit and buy a good article...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th August 2013, 04:56 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,712
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

I'm not sure how you figure that out. I'm from Scotland and I regularly write for companies and individuals from all over the world.

One of my main clients is a company in Phoenix, Arizona. I've...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th August 2013, 02:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,202
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How do I make money writing articles???

Whose standard? There is no standard price for article writing.


There's the idiotic price of $3 to $5 for 500 words
There's the sensible price of $50 to $100 for 500 words
There's the much...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th August 2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,953
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How to protect yourself when freelancing

I do the same, and I have only been cheated once in over 17 years online. It was only for $10 and a long time ago, so no big deal.

I also find that higher paid work attracts much more honest...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th August 2013, 03:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By John Coutts
Re: What to do when a potential client cant take constructive criticism?

When people don't pay attention to something, it's usually because they don't like it!

:)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th August 2013, 01:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,953
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How to protect yourself when freelancing

Never, ever agree to write custom samples.

If a potential client can't see the value and quality in your existing samples, assuming they are good, then writing a custom sample for them will not...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st August 2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,493
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Starting a career as a writer...

JohnnyH4: People pay good money for this kind of advice, and here it is, free!

Read it three times at least and act on what is being said. Some of it runs contrary to a lot of what you'll find...
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 28th July 2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,982
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Ultimate BEST Place to Buy Articles?

Why not? Of course you can! This blinkered view that writers have to start at the bottom, earning a pittance, and work their way up, is so wrong, and must have held back dozens of good writers.

If...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th July 2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 871
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Royalty free picture links please

Google Images are not free to use. Some may be, but you can not legally swipe any image you find on Google Images.

However, there is a fairly easy way around this:

1. Search on Google Images...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th July 2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 871
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Royalty free picture links please

My favorite of the free sites is Morgue File: Morguefile.com free stock photos (http://www.morguefile.com/)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th July 2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,712
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

Why not? Take exactly what you want. There isn't some rule or law that says a newbie has to earn demeaning rates. Ask for what you want. It's the only way you'll get it.

John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th July 2013, 05:09 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,712
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

Would you recognize the inherent value of a $200 article if you saw one? No offense, but I honestly doubt it.

Articles that command high prices often don't look all that much different from one's...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th July 2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,202
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How do I make money writing articles???

Here's a better idea: decide on the price you want to be paid per article, then find the customer who will pay you that price.

It really can be that simple. If you want $50 per article, then find...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th July 2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,712
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Are There Many Clients Who Pay $50/Article?

You don't need journalistic experience to get well-paid for writing online. Most of the time all you have to do is ask for the rate you want. It really can be that simple.

John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th July 2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 833
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Making Money Writing Articles

What Alexa and travelinguy said above ^^^. I can't add much to that.

If you want to earn $50 (or whatever) for a piece of writing, then ask for it. It really is that simple, and the amazing thing...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th June 2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 890
Posted By John Coutts
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd June 2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Is Google translator helpful for article writing

Automatic translators, such as Google Translate, are getting better, but they are still a joke when it comes to properly translating from one language to another.

My wife is a professional...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd June 2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,403
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How To Make Money Online Writing Articles. Must Read!

I don't write for content mills any more, but Distilled is the highest paying one I have yet to find. I used to write quite a lot for them, but haven't done so for a while. The last article I wrote...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd June 2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,122
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Laugh of the week

This tells you several things:

1) If you want to promote yourself as a writer, don't go to Odesk or the like, or any of the job posting boards; they will (nearly) always pay peanuts.
2) Sadly,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th April 2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,864
Posted By John Coutts
Re: InDigitalWorks.com Update: Domain Hijacker Arrested In International Website Fraud

An impressive story of determination, Goran. You deserve to have it resolved in your favor, and I certainly hope you do. Good luck!

John.
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 22nd February 2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,028
Posted By John Coutts
Arrow Marketing Leads Suite Review

Marketing Leads Suite (MLS) (MLS | Marketing Leads Suite (http://www.mlsuite.net/)) describes itself as "The Ultimate Marketing Software". I'm not sure if I'd quite go that far, but it certainly is a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th January 2013, 12:21 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,066
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Article marketing: Where best to post your articles???

No need to think - believe ... (unfortunately) ... http://cdn.warriorforum.com/images/smilies/frown.gif
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th January 2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,378
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Is Writing all about using the tough words & grammar?

Keep your words simple. Develop a hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, or at least a dislike of them.

:)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd January 2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 825
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Is it good to scrap articles from anywhere and use them?

Am I getting this right? Are you suggesting to the OP that he takes - sorry, steals - articles from directories and spins them to produce something "unique"?

Incredible ...

To quote Travlinguy...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st November 2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,124
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Would you still do freelance writing?

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.

John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th November 2012, 03:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,124
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Would you still do freelance writing?

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,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th November 2012, 01:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,124
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Would you still do freelance writing?

For me, no more than a 5-word article to make it worthwhile.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,124
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Would you still do freelance writing?

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...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Still Using Odesk For Article Writing?

You really have lead a sheltered life ... I'd say $100 for a 1000 word article is a reasonable starting point.

John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,069
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Can anyone give writing advice please? Should I call it a day?

Not necessarily so! I am Scottish, and I write for several US companies, and I have been doing so for over 16 years without the slightest problem. It's very easy to adapt the spelling, etc, of any...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th November 2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,124
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Would you still do freelance writing?

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

Yes, really!
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd August 2012, 01:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,351
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The appropriate rate for written content is ?

Willie Sutton, the infamous bank robber, when finally caught by the police, was asked by Mitch Ohnstad, a news reporter, why he robbed banks. Sutton replied, "Because that's where the money is!"
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st August 2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,397
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Dear Writers: Where Do You Find Quality Clients?

Exceptional writers probably don't even know what a content mill is. They are usually too busy making lots of money from clients who understand the value of good writing.

John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st August 2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,397
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Dear Writers: Where Do You Find Quality Clients?

You will never get well paid scratching around in content mills and oDesk/eLance/iWriter type places.

You have to start marketing yourself if you want to be well paid as a writer. It isn't very...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th August 2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,351
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The appropriate rate for written content is ?

Good for whom? And for how much "original" content? From some of the better freelance writers you might only get five words ...

When I hear "original content" being mentioned, I am reminded of the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th August 2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,351
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The appropriate rate for written content is ?

Well said! The best piece of wisdom I've heard all day - all year actually, come to think of it ... :)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th August 2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,351
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The appropriate rate for written content is ?

No, it isn't. It's an insult to anyone who can produce well-written content.
John.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th August 2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,351
Posted By John Coutts
Re: The appropriate rate for written content is ?

With all due respect, you are wrong.

You can come out of nowhere, a complete unknown, and charge $25, $35, $50, or even $100 (or more) for 500 words of content and get it - if you position...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th August 2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,131
Posted By John Coutts
Re: You must be a superstar professional writer BUT I can only pay you $2 per article - say WHAT?

I'd be inclined to consider that someone who is skilled at churning out articles, rather than necessarily having any particular skill in writing. Skilled writers don't tend to churn too much, in my...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th August 2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,131
Posted By John Coutts
Re: You must be a superstar professional writer BUT I can only pay you $2 per article - say WHAT?

You really have had a sheltered life, haven't you. I write for a living and I get a lot more than $5 per 100 words, and I'm certainly not among "the best" either!

To earn good money writing...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th July 2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,159
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Why do so many warriors offer their services so cheap here?

I disagree. If you start lower than average, you will seriously struggle to ever rise higher. Start as you mean to go on - at or close to the point where you want to be. It honestly does not take any...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th July 2012, 01:40 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,159
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Why do so many warriors offer their services so cheap here?

Please let me know when that time arrives, for it sure hasn't happened yet.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th June 2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 24,600
Posted By John Coutts
Re: How do Article Directories work?

Slight problem there ... The home page of the article directories might well be high page rank, but the page that your article is published one is a PR0 - each and every time, and always too.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th June 2012, 03:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,355
Posted By John Coutts
Re: Which Spelling do you use? American English or British English?

The "z" instead of "s" in words like prioritize/prioritise, analyze/analyse, and so on, is actually an old English spelling.

When the Americans, who were actually mostly British, became Americans,...
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