wheel - 7:22 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Their articles really aren't that bad ...
yes they are.
If you're going to use them, IMO I would only bother with them for article sites and low end blogs. You'll never (as you noticed) get content writers published on high end blogs.
Credit cards. Write an analysis of how much money is saved by transferring balance from a high % card to a low% card. Do some present value calcs to prove it. That's probably at the top end of what an article writer would ever do. They won't even know what PV is - you probably can do the calcs shorthand. So an article like that would be at the bottom end of what you would write. i.e. write articles that not only an article writer can't write, but that others in your industry perhaps can't write. Those are the kinds of articles I write.
Mind you, I don't churn out 5 in a week by any stretch. I don't get that many ideas. But it's about quality for me, not quantity.