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Starting a Web Content Business

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by gjrb29, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. gjrb29

    gjrb29 Registered Member

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    I am thinking about starting a web content business where users are paid for the articles they submit. Is web content at this point dead or is there still life in it.

    Any advice on this? Thanks :)
     
  2. TheTK

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    Nothing is dead if done right. It's all about the unique twist that makes a business successful.

    Think of it this way, every individual has a "pain-point". Something that bothers them that they need a solution for. It's your job to provide that solution in exchange for profit.

    You have two target demographics to solve paint points for:


    The individuals who submit the content

    The individuals who read the content.



    Ask yourself:

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    What content markets (or medias) are currently under-served? What unique features can my sight offer that others do not?
    Then:

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    What can I offer to my writers that others can't? Unique rewards? Professional experience for a resume by setting them up as non-contractors or providing reviews? A rewards program? etc.
    Once you've come to these conclusions then you have the ground work to start planning out your business. There is no point copying a model that works, someone is already doing it and the only time to compete head to head is if you can do something different or better; and not just marginally better but SO MUCH better that you eat up someone else's market share.

    Rather than compete for market share you want to position your business in a new way, surrounding a new feature and create a new market that you can lead. Plenty of companies offered CPA surveys to start, but Pay-Per-Download style sites sweetened the deal with a new way to reward the user and that's what allowed them to surge ahead in a fluxuating market.
     
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  3. 4ContactUK

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    Its not ever going to be dead with our information overload world.
    I was thinking of going into this business but decided against it in the end.
    I have tonnes of 'how to' material if you want it as i was looking at offering PLR. So i bought from other PLR businesses and there training documents and videos on how to do it yourself.
    Have a look at some of the similar competition like ranking-articles, your see how cheap they churn it out at, so how much are they really paying out?
    I have done loads of research too if you want some short cuts.
     
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    I would say don't do it unless you're prepared to pay qualified native-English writers a decent rate. The world doesn't need another Textbroker or iWriter. Besides, the market is moving away from cheap content anyway.
     
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    ^This.

    As has been said, what can you provide your clients and suppliers that no one else can or will? Focus on that and you'll get the traffic coming and going, skimming a tidy profit off the top. As a content writer, I would especially be curious what you come up with. Good luck!
     
  6. Jason Wolfe

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    Content writing [business] isn't dead..it's alive and kickin' man.
    But as what everyone else has said, you need to have really good writers to make it.
    Good luck!
     
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    I agree with people who commented on this thread. Content writing isn't dead. It's just that you need to change your perspective with changing times.
     
  8. seismic blast

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    The web is built on content. As long as the search engines keep demanding new content to rank sites, the market will exist. As search engines evolve, the demand for quality in technique will increase. Correct spelling, grammar, and eventually a very refined sense of context will be necessary to succeed. The search engine's battle against spam will force higher coherence levels and may eventually require sourcing. This development will happen at a speed which matches the programmers ability to identify factors that indicate fresh and original content.
     
  9. surfville

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    I was planning to start a Freelance team and this was helpful
     
  10. John P

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    Yup. Content writing is not dead.Check out this thread and check for yourself :

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...not-dead-easy-free-1-000-per-month-proof.html

    But as the other guys said in here if you want to have success you need to focus on quality stuff.Even if you set up your prices a bit higher than others but you offer quality service im sure you will get clients.

    Quality content will always work.
     
  11. codexehow

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    There will always be clients who are willing to pay for quality. You just have to know where to find them. On some venues I sell my services for 4¢ per word. On others, it's 10¢ per word. I never go below 3¢, and it's really a case-by-case basis.
     
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    Content writing is an IM evergreen, in fact if anything the constant demand for content will keep rising year on year in perpetuity...
     
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    I strongly agree with you on IM as evergreen. As stated earlier in the thread, the internet is based on searches for data. Yes there's shopping and other utilities, but a look search volume numbers strongly inclines me towards content writing remaining strong.
     
  14. JamieB

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    No I do not feel that this is a dead thing. You should do this if you want. I feel that if you have enough incentives and find good writers, you will have a very successful site. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
     
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    You might want to establish yourself in this industry somehow, like 'Quality articles from native speakers'

    Also do you have a plan to monetize this? Will you be running an article service for companies and IM'ers to use for example?