graeme_p - 12:10 pm on Feb 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
I live in a low cost country. At one cent per word you would get a days wage for light manual work (e.g. cleaning) for every 500 works, the rate for heavy manual work for every 900. Just speaking English reasonably (let alone being able to write well in it) would get you much better pay.
@tangor, I have never paid for content, except as part of a long term contract. It is a possibility for a new site I am planning, Even for that I will probably be hiring people locally who will hopefully do lots more long term. I have thought of writing content in my field, but I am not sure how to market myself.