That depends on the topic, on the length of the article, on the quality you want.... Assuming you want something original and at least decently written, I'd say $25 to $500.
"Does valuable content make it easier to make money?" I wouldn't say it makes it easier, but it's certainly one strategy.
Yeah, there's a lot of "depends" there. I work with a good writer who specializes in my topic, and he writes me awesome stuff for no more than $80 a piece. I consider it a stroke of luck, having been in the right place at the right time to acquire his service at this price. I have been charged up to $200 per article on other topics.
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$50 / 500 word article = top notch writers.
I deal with 6 different copywriters.. 4 from India, 1 from Canada and 1 from the US.
The India copywriters typically charge me $250 for 80 articles at 500 words per article. The writing from them is *fair* at best but good enough to drive some adsense revenue. I typically use them for my hobby sites that simply need 'words'. I rely on the site design to drive the clicks.
For my actual web design clients I only use the 2 guys from North America. Both charge me $50 per page (300-500 words) including research. My clients' site topics have ranged from industrial automation to exterior cleaning. Always top notch work from those two.
It always amazes me when I hear these really low prices being quoted. I wonder how professional writers can make a living at those rates! They must have to knock out texts two to the dozen.
Still, if the stuff comes up to scratch, who's complaining?
I found a content company in India through a freelance website. I pay them $12 per $400 word article, plus another $5/article for photos. The writing isnt great, so I have to edit and go through a round of revisions or two. I expect them to get better though, and for the price it feels like a good deal.
If I just want to do article marketing, I would rather hire India writer to write for me, or rewrite article by myself.
|Still, if the stuff comes up to scratch, who's complaining? |
That's just it. When the original author realizes his content has been stolen and used by these $8/page "professional writers" that's when the complaining begins - along with the site banning, account closing, etc.
google "plagiarism checker"
as long as the products i get back from offshore writers is *clean* i'm good to go...
So, is hiring these writers, the ones who seem to be happy working for so little money, a risky business? Is plagiarism a big factor?
[edited by: Syzygy at 8:13 pm (utc) on April 21, 2008]
Is it possible to hire a cheap copywriter, and end up they sending me artciles that they steal from others?
Anyone has this kind of experience.
between your last two posts i see three posts that say "stolen", "plagiarism" and "plagiarism".
i would say most people here saw this last week.
you should not be surprised.
@phranque... is there a point to your post? not being sarcastic just don't understand what point you are trying to make. What happened last week? (ahhh... nevermind... just looked through the forum and saw the discussions)
@Syzygy... it's not "cheap" when you live in India. A project with 50 articles ($5/article; 500 word articles) is $250. That should not take long to complete and is a fair wage for writers based out of India.
@jimmy... yes of course it's possible but like I said there are plagiarism checkers out there. it's your job to ensure the work you outsource comes back original, free and clear of plagiarism. Plenty of times the [outsourced writers] try to sneak one past the goalie... you just have to be aware of it and have measures in place to verify the integrity of their writing. Obviously there is a point where your "verification" efforts become too costly. That's when you fire your contractor.
When working with India-based content writers, be sure to lay down some ground rules, such as the content must pass Microsoft Word's grammar and spelling checker and a Copyscape check, else you can reject it. Do not pay in advance.
From my own experience -- use extreme caution in using off-shore writers simply because English is NOT their native language so its highly unlikely the content will read well. Not always true, but beware.
I would advise hiring a writer that can provide samples and references/testimonials - and run the article through copyscape as annallawalla suggests!
There are plenty of writers out there for $5/500 words...but there are also just as many charging $20 for 100 words.
As with anything else, you get what you pay for. Obviously those writers with clients willing to pay those higher rates are delivering content that does more than those working for pennies.
Well, most article writers charge about $3 for every 100 words...
but the professional ones who're just too good at their job charge around $7-8/100 words..
So it all comes down to what kind of quality you are looking for.
"If I just want to do article marketing, I would rather hire India writer to write for me, or rewrite article by myself."
I think there's a common misconception of the importance of article marketing. A successful article marketing campaign should be just as important as your website itself.
If you're taking the time to join and submit articles to the many different directory sites out there - you want it to provide the most benefits possible.
Article marketing is much more than throwing together some words with a few links pointing to your site and slapping them on ezines!
The major article directory sites tend to have better ranking abilities than small websites -- these articles can be on the first page of Google waiting for your target audience with the right keywords in the right places!
A well-written, keyword-rich article is also more likely to be picked up and republished by other websites - meaning even more exposure for your website and more incoming links...that means higher rankings and increased traffic.
Don't underestimate the power of article marketing!
If you'll a writer for a whole month or so, i think the best way to do is to hire some writers. With this, you can also focus more in your core business. But make sure that this person you'll hire has an experience and very reliable. There's a lot of company who offer such services.
My first post, and I'm throwing in a link. ;)
I work with a healthcare company and the head doctor gave this site a thumbs up in the medical articles. Maybe worth a look. They offer various purchase options, too.
But it may also give you good leads on writers that are available since you can contact them offline.
• 1- "So, is hiring these writers, the ones who seem to be happy working for so little money, a risky business? Is plagiarism a big factor?"
• 2- " google "plagiarism checker"
as long as the products i get back from offshore writers is *clean* i'm good to go... "
• 1.This is difficult to decide. So many factors work behind. I saw very qualified Indians who write well in terms better grammar than original English guys. Again some are hopeless. Some speaks awful while writes correct English .It depends. Cheap does not mean no good quality. In Thailand cloths are cheaper due to currency devaluation, but with quality compromise. So in India writers you find due to cheap currency and very cheap cost of living in terms of US or UK currency or standard of living. So it is not necessary to hire such writers are "risky". Make sure with condition you desire they must fulfill.
• 2.Please see this comment. So we must check to ensure originals & quality. Why don't you just do some editing, cleaning if you got doubt. Otherwise, please go for dearer content writers.
I'm hoping this doesn't violate forum policy, but I feel it could be helpful when it comes to hiring -- whatever it is you're outsourcing (writing, design, programming, etc.)
I have been writing for pay for about a year and a half now. Before that, I wrote for free - so getting paid for it was a dream come true, regardless of how much it was!
I wrote as a ghostwriter for another ghostwriter and made around $2 an article. Soon after, I found a freelancer site and found my own jobs for about $3 an article.
I was happy working for these prices because I didn't know I could make more! I worked my tail off and delivered top-quality work -- though I didn't have much experience in web writing, I was just a good writer.
About 6 months after I started freelancing, I found a content site that takes article requests for $5/500 words on a subscription basis. I worked for them for about a year, again working my tail off and giving awesome content.
I also learned all sorts of things about article marketing, SEO, and the things that seem to work and not work.
Myself and a few others at this particular site were giving some of the best articles out there for 5 bucks each. I also developed a good client base at that price. So it IS possible to find good content cheap...
The more I learned and explored the world of freelance writing, the more I realized I could be making more. My prices slowly crept up and I'm currently working for myself at much higher rates.
The point is -- you CAN find good, quality content that is cheap...and I mean GOOD stuff! But these writers will usually move on if they're good, leaving you to start your hunt again.
So it's a matter of weighing your time and trouble against paying more to ensure quality and a continued relationship with a good writer. Keeping the same voice throughout your website is important in building reader loyalty over long-term.
Again - I hope I didn't overstep boundaries. It's a real-life account that may help in searching for a good freelancer!