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both are essentially no skills jobs
I know I can't write very well, I know I can't write an article and my spelling is very bad so I know that writers are very, very skilled people.
What you are implying is that anyone can write an informative and interesting article and this is just not true.
Some writers charge 100$+ an hour, 500$ an article and you tell me this is unskilled, Your mad :)
I probably wouldn't pay more than $5 an hour...
...it seems even a moderately intelligent chimp can post an informative web article.
Well, as they say, "pay peanuts..."
I presume that you're referring to freelance writers rather than creative copywriters who provide written materials for advertising and marketing use?
If so, I guess the fees you're prepared to pay relate to a) what you want, b) the level of quality you expect, and c) the value you place on that content.
At $5/£2.50 an hour (writers are best paid by the job, not by increments of time), you're probably better off with that chimp.
Many webmasters will firmly disagree and state that for that price you could get a quality 1,000 word article on any topic you like from one of the many content-providing bureau's 'overseas'.
both are essentially no skills jobs, and thus grossly and unjustly underpaid.
In terms of either of those jobs being unskilled, I counter that both fields have a whole spectrum of skill levels. There are gardeners who can push a lawn mower around your yard for less than minimum wage and probably not do too much damage. But there are also highly skilled gardeners (who probably use a fancier name like horticulture consultant) who can completely turn your house around and add tens of thousands of dollars to its resale value.
The same goes for copy writers. I've seen some who couldn't figure out how to use a spell checker and thought "copy writer" means to "copy" what other "writers" have already done. And I've seen others that took a poorly monetizing page and turned it into a goldmine for sales.
I probably wouldn't pay more than $5 an hour, just slightly higher than my illegal immigrant gardener's wage. After reading many of the posts on this forum, it seems even a moderately intelligent chimp can post an informative web article.
To be honest, I have been wondering and trying to find a reasonable explanation why such an (unsuccessfully, of course) attitude to copywriters still exists. Who said we live in a civilized and informed community.