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Making $$ with article writing question

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by GoldenTiger, May 27, 2010.

  1. GoldenTiger

    GoldenTiger Junior Member

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    Just wondering if any of you earn by writing articles. I need to make a bit of cash in my Paypal, while yeah I can do CPA and stuff, I can't wait a month to receive my money, so I thought about writing some articles for cash.

    I've been working with Textbroker.com for a few months now, they pay fine, its just that some times the number of available orders if really high, but other times there's not many articles that I can write.

    I've tried AC before, but its just too much trouble, they seem to either reject my articles or offer very dismal pay, like $2 for a 500 word unique article. I really don't want to work all day making 20 articles, only to have 2 or 3 actually be accepted.

    For those of you who do freelance writing, the main question I have is where do you find most of your work? On forums, freelancer sites, companies like Textbroker, etc??

    If you worked with certain sites, how was your experience with them, any problems, things to watch out for, etc?
     
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    tygrus Supreme Member

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    Some people write for adsense revenue sharing and there about a half dozen sites that offer that. Might be more long term passive income that way. Otherwise, you can sell your articles over at DP as well.

    Other places that do upfront payments on articles is ehow, suite101, demand studios and examiner.com
     
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  3. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    The three tiers of paying sites are 1- upfront payers like buyers of freelance writing, DP, AC, suite 101, etc.(who may also do performance payments). 2- One or two times a month payers like Textbroker (who may not do performance payments as well) and 3- performance payers or adsense/revenue sharers only. You may want to test the waters through upfronts and freelancing to see if this is for you, especially if you need cash now or would like encouragement a little instant money can bring to your IM work.
     
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  4. unknown00

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    there are plenty of grounds i have yet to test within the market... article writing never really crossed my mind but with all the down time i have i may test the waters....
     
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  5. GoldenTiger

    GoldenTiger Junior Member

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    Yeah, I've been working with Textbroker, it aint bad, just sometimes there's not many articles available.

    Just looking what people's experiences were with other places, I'm just looking to have around 10 - 15 articles a day to write.
     
  6. zabSE

    zabSE Newbie

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    Hey GT

    I hate to say this, but you really should try hitting the freelance sites hard for a while. I've been surviving with article writing for a while now and I've always found that regular clients beat the hell out of associated content or anything else.

    Why? There's nothing easier than getting an order for 50 articles all about the same subject! With practice I can bash out a 500 word article in 10 - 15 minutes and even at $5 per article - that's a nice hourly earner! The sad part is, it's nearly impossible to do that for eight straight hours a day!

    For me, I find 10 articles a day is fine, but as soon as I write more than 15, it gets painful. I use freelance sites and I've been paid everything from $1/100 up to $50/article.

    If you have some skill at writing and you really don't need much, then set your price, work hard and whatever you do don't sell your hard work for anything less than you think it is worth.

    FYI - some of the best freelance sites are

    Elance.com - arguably some of the highest rates.
    Guru.com - Not used it, but it's less well known than the rest i.e. room for more writers.
    Freelancer.com - Formerly GetAFreelancer. It's filled with scammers, so be careful and don't drop below your limits.
    Odesk.com - It's 'different' but there's work to be had.
    Scriptlance - Really, really f**king expensive. I havent' bothered yet.

    The secret to getting work on the freelance sites is to get your bids in early. Subscribe to RSS feeds and write a custom bid for every job. Ensure you have a sample portfolio that's got some examples of all the different stuff you've written.

    Getting started on freelance sites is difficult but after perceveiring for a while jobs will come easier and you'll slowly be able to charge more. It's the way forward if you want to make a regular income from writing.
     
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  7. GoldenTiger

    GoldenTiger Junior Member

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    Thanks for the info. Its true that it gets really tedious if you write for 8 hours a day, but I just plan on working 3-4 hours each day. Its actually quite easy if I write about topics that I am already have knowledge of.

    I'm going to get started on the freelance sites, I know it's a bit harder when you are just starting, as you need to build up a reputation and your portfolio.
     
  8. zabSE

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    Hey GT

    When you are just breaking out on the freelance sites, the most valuable piece of advice is remember that you're building a reputation. Don't ever work for some other cu*t who will send you the work on MSN and not credit you with any feedback.

    Also take a look at the following tips:

    1. Check buyers history - if they have none, don't bid.
    2. After above, write a custom bid. Why are you bidding, How quickly can you complete the work, and also offer them something unique - If it's a larger job, I offer the first piece of work, like a 500 word article for free.
    3. Look at the other bidders, winning a freelance job is just like an interview.
    4. Start off at $1 per 100. Once you're established you can slowly push push up to around $2 per 100.
    5. Tell the truth on your profile and don't fill it with fluff. A service provider that looks at your profile is checking that you're a good worker, your rates are reasonable and above all, that you can actually write worth a damn.
    6. Indians at $2 per article will really piss you off, that's life. Look at a buyers job history - if that's the type of bid they select, move on and find someone that appreciates quality.
    7. Sending a PM or too isn't necessarily a bad thing. It shows your keen and if the job f**ks up with someone else, the buyer knows you were really interested.
    8. Make a set number of bids every day. Otherwise your work will come in far too quickly, then you'll have none at all.
    9. Having clients on Instant messenger really IS NOT a good thing for your productivity - keep it to e-mail, for me at least it feels more professional that way.
    10. When you write, take your time but remember every minute you waste is less $ per hour. For every article you write give yourself 10 minutes to do the research, 25 for the writing and your golden. even at $5 per article it's $10 per hour to start and it'll only get quicker. Also remember to take about 15% off in paypal fees, freelance site fees and bullshit exchange rates.

    Oh, and those idiots that say they'll give bonuses for good performance are really just shit bags who want to hire you for $3 per 100 and leave you hanging on in the hopes that one day you'll get some bonus that'll never happen.
     
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  9. GoldenTiger

    GoldenTiger Junior Member

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    Thanks for the info, I just checked out the freelancing sites and I will be getting started tomorrow.
    Just one thing I was wondering, how much time did it first take you to get some work after signing up and placing bids? I saw some projects with a large number of bids, but have been open for almost a month.
     
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