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How to make more money from my articles?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Cdman, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    Ok, on another forum I started to write articles for people around 2 months ago. I started out at a cheap price ($6 per 500 words) since I was new and I wanted people to see the quality of my articles.

    Since then, I've probably got around $600 from that forum, which is really nice since I really need money at the moment. However, I still feel as if my articles are worth more than what I'm charging.

    I want to charge more, but I'm afraid I'll stop people from wanting articles off me since they might think I'm greedy/be annoyed that they have to pay more than $6 when it others got it for that price for so long. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have some
    Money coming my way, but I feel as if I could be missing out on some money by charging low prices.

    Anyone have any advice for me how I can say that I need to start charging more?

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  2. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    Anyone :p ?
     
  3. jangozo

    jangozo Junior Member

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    i think you should scale with your friends at lower price to pay to them and resell thei rstuff and grow it as brand ;) brands charge higher though :p so yeah.. if you think of it as business not of how to grow your own work force but unite work forces and release it you will be fine ;)
     
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  4. captain johar

    captain johar Newbie

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    u can earn by writing articles on various websites ... like squidoo , hubpages , xomba , flixya , bukisa ... :)
     
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  5. new movies

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    Increase a little to one of your client and see how it goes.then increase to second client
     
  6. manichead

    manichead Newbie

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    Why not try odesk or elance etc..?
     
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    Hmm i thought about this but the only useful thing i can come up with is offering something extra. You can ask for a higher price if you are adding something of value to your writing. Sadly I have no idea what can that be. At least it's a start.
     
  8. Cdman

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    Thanks for the replies.

    In the last few weeks I've raised the price a little bit for some people and they were happy to pay it. I'm about to ask someone for another increase now, so I'll see what happens.

    Its just hard, because I don't want people to be annoyed at me and never use me again as the extra money really helps me :)
     
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    If you do good work and the increase is only modest then I don't see it being a problem. Good luck with it.
     
  10. Ramsweb

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    Hey there, I had a article writing service here. I started at $0.80 per 100 words and kept that rate for about 2-3 months. Then, I bumped it up to $1 per 100 words and orders were still steady.

    Then, somebody contacted me and actually suggested that I increase my rates to $1.50 per 100 words. I was a little skeptical about doing that as a 50% increase is quite a lot. Fortunately for me, I had a client named BTB here who saw the price increase as justified. In fact, I offered to continue to write to him for $1.25 per 100 words but he actually refused to take the discount! I also had several other good clients who never hesitated to pay be the increased amount.

    Even at $1.50 per 100 words, I was never out of work. I have stalled my article writing service for now as I am concentrating on my own site but I just thought I would share my experience with you.

    There are definitely people out there who will pay for quality. Just keep your output as consistent as possible and be a little gradual with price increases. In forums like this, most of the buyers would rather take an incorrect article at $1 per 100 words or even less than pay extra for a good article. But, there will also be some who will insist on good quality even if the price is above average.

    If you have a good relationship, you will definitely be able to retain those clients. Just don't go all out with the price release. You can even send out some feelers to your regular clients by indicating to them that you might be increasing your prices. Some will ignore you but some will say something like "I have no problem with that". It all depends on the consistency of quality that you have been providing. Ultimately, you are the best judge of your worth.
     
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  11. Getwhatchuwant

    Getwhatchuwant Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Also a term that I dont see used often with article writers is "SEO friendly" Or "Optimized for your KW" or "Appropriate KW Density"..In other words you are selling to guys trying to rank sites using your articles, use some of the buzz words they like to hear, assuming your articles are indeed related to those buzz words.

    everyone is advertising articel writing, english speaking, high quality and all of those are important but "optimize" your pitch to include what the consumer wants to hear.

    Good Luck!
     
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  12. LakeForest

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    Ever think of creating your own site dedicated to providing the service of article writing?

    Buy a good domain, optimize and advertise, and get working.

    You already have a track-record of good work, utilize that to build your brand
     
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  13. Ramsweb

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    This is actually very good advice. Just do a quick Google search for article writing and you will see that prices are pretty steep in the providers who rank in the first 10 SERP's. If you can get organic traffic, they will be happy to pay what you want as they think that it is the going rate. Forum members are usually much more savvy about finding good deals and bargains.
     
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    Hey, I'm in pursuit of some steady money, and only after your post I have considered selling articles for the first time. Maybe I didn't think about it before in that way is because I am non native speaker, but I guess that shouldn't be such a big problem.

    I saw some of the guidelines in the 2nd post and now I have some more questions.
    Can we come all come together with a set of guidelines for someone who would like to start article selling ?

    Like:
    - where and how to advertise your services
    -- fiverr
    -- forums
    -- your own site

    - how to write a good article
    -- how many words per article
    -- how thick should keyword density be
    -- where to research about the niche

    I don't know what exactly, but I know if an experienced writer would advice me.
    If nothing, you chose a perfect title for the thread :)
    Also, I AM aware that there are a lot of how to ebooks about article writing/selling, but I somehow see you as a pro - this is experience coming from your keyboard and it shows.

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    ups, I confused Ramsweb with the OP, xexe
     
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  15. Cdman

    Cdman Power Member

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    Some really good info guys, thanks.

    About making my own site to sell my content, yes I've actually considered doing that!

    I agree with little prove increases as a poster said before rising it a lot!

    Buzzwords is good too, one of my competitors on the forum always uses them like " SEO optimised" bla bla :p
     
  16. dshad

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    I agree with other people. The best place to work as a writer is to work for yourself. I would save up then start your own website. Then promote it via here or seo/google. Article writers are ALWAYS in demand no matter how many new methods come out. You just need to make sure you get a couple of loyal customers and you're set.
     
  17. Cdman

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    I actually have 3 or 4 of my own websites :)

    I write content for them, but I don't like doing it. I kind of like doing it when I know that I'll be getting money once I'm done :p but then again doing it for your own site is like a long term investment :)

    Sounds stupid, but that's the way I feel.
     
  18. jacky8

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    I'd echo what people are saying about setting up your own site. If people are coming to you with questions, then you are in control of what answers you give them. I know a lot of people who have a sliding scale for prices depending on who is asking. Long term customers will often get the best deal because a trusted working relationship has been built up. At the same time you can negotiate with those trusted customers, pointing out that you have provided them with good quality work but as you are now starting to get a lot of work you are now more pressed for time.

    If you have your own site it becomes a lot easier to fish for clients as well, as you can set up a Twitter account to go with it and so on. You can place samples of your previous work and links to stuff you have put on Ezine articles. It's very easy to get stuck selling work for the same price as you were asking five years ago, even though the standard and the cost of living have increased in the meantime, so don't be afraid to sell for what you're worth.
     
  19. Cdman

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    Thanks for that.

    Just an update, I've increased my prices by $1 per 500 words and still have people wanting content from me :) so its looking good
     
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    It's funny, I think I'm getting more people wanting content now that I raised the price :p kind of weird!