topr8 - 5:03 pm on Jul 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
well i have a friend who is a professional writer and freelances for national newspapers such as the sunday times and the guardian.
i offered him work and it is my understanding that he helped me out by charging a daily rate of £250 (rather than a word rate), for that i got properly researched and written articles of whatever length i wanted, of course if the subject is new to him then you don't get much for a day's work! however i'm extremely pleased with the results and quite honestly i feel it lifts the site above its competitors by having decent quality articles.
i think this "how much do you have to pay question" is all about niche and your aims, if you are just churning out MFA sites then probably the less you pay the better, as you want people to clcik your ads i guess rather than actually find the article useful.
if you are trying to build a website that is a true destination then paying for quality is money well spent.