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Why Do Some Writers Charge So Little..

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by david g rees, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. david g rees

    david g rees Junior Member

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    Having joined Freelancer .com i am amazed at some of the quotes people give to do writing. 20c per 100 words and even lower...its not worth the effort surely?
    Can people really expect good written content for that money?
    I write articles / reviews for various magazines and the minimum i get paid for a published 200 word review is £20 (14$?)...even that is basic, so i dont think i will bother with freelancer if im competing with that sort of money...
     
  2. AndersonSpider

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    Trust me, I'm in the same boat with you. I just signed up there trying to find some graphic design work, however the prices are ridiculously low (by American standards). The problem is, these types of freelance services are being dominated by by people from India. For them, 20 dollars is good for a days wages, but for for Americans and Europeans that's hamburger change. I need at least 70 bucks a day to survive and I don't see getting close to that on freelance sites. We both need to look for other options.
     
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    optiwebber Newbie

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    I would stick at it guys, there are plenty of people whom will pay for quality, especially after they have forked out $$'s on poor quality articles. I would do something gimmicy to get the customers initially interested - they will come back if your providing great quality.
     
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    You must check and correct these articles made at low prices, most of the time a higher price means higher quality, and of course in India you can get through the day with 3 bucks so here's the reason..
     
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    It's just business in a global marketplace. I've worked with writers from the Philippines who were kicking out 400 to 500 word articles for $1 that rivaled the quality of stuff that local writers were charging me 7 to 10 cents per word for.

    A lot of those low-balling bidders will produce poor quality articles with broken English, but some can deliver good writing too.

    You can't compete on price with them, you have to compete on quality and depth of research behind what you deliver; or find other venues to solicit business from where the buyers either don't know about the freelance sites out there, or aren't comfortable using writers from other parts of the world.
     
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    It's the India situation. In America, $30-40,000/yr is a typical middle class household's earnings. The equivalent middle household in India earns $3-4,000/yr. Get the picture?
     
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    You get exactly what you pay for. Read an article that cost you $1 and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If you guys want to make money writing you have to look where people are paying for quality, not quantity.
     
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    Iam from India, but I would agree when you say - Low price = Low quality. You get what you pay for. You will find quality indian writers charging more, like some $5 an article of 200 words.The articles will reflect the quality. Check out there reviews/feedback on the site.
     
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    Yea, you guys are right, quality over quantity. I guess the real problem lies with fact most of the jobs on freelancer right now are people wanting to populate their blogs with cheesy text.

    -Anderson:spider:
     
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    some overseas writers are actually not bad and they just give the price that they think its fair to them in their opinion if someone is a good writer in what they do they shouldn't be worried about those overseas writers
     
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    you can always ask them free articles and if they're not good, just move on, find another freelancer, ask for free review again...and so on, finally you have some free articles :) and hopefully a good article writer as well

    edited: i've just realized you don't want to find an article writer, you're a writer as well, nvm
     
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    maybe look for full part time work working on blogs etc/ i always need some hit me up if you need work....
     
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    This is just a snapshot or a smaller piece of the hologram that is a world wide phenomenon!

    India, China, and countries like it have really been hitting developed nations hard by using cheap labor. What you are seeing is a symptom of the new global economy!

    But in this life, we wouldn't know light if there was no darkness.

    In other word, where there is a pro, there will almost certainly be a con.

    Those people charging 20c an article are probely getting so much business that they can't even consider the quality of what they are doing.

    They essentially turn themselves into a one man/woman factory producing poor articles in the quickest and easiest way available while most of the time not doing any research or understanding the essence of what they are writing. Remember they are trying to get the most money the can in one day.

    You can make alot of bank selling articles, but you have to find the weakness of there strategy in order to do that. And trust me, its there. YOU just gave up when you saw what you thought was the game. (oh, there selling article for this much, I can't compete) you say.


    I'm gonna let YOU figure out a way to get around this, but don't give up just yet! You can take it from here. Good luck!
     
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  14. david g rees

    david g rees Junior Member

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    I havent give up, its just i have bid (cheap rates) on loads of article writing ads but always outbid by some ludicrous offer...perhaps freelancer.com is the wrong place for this work.
     
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    I would have thought the answer to why people bid so low for jobs is that they are so desparate to get the work.

    I can't speak for the quality of work on offer, but if you want to survive and prosper, you work needs to quality and in time you will build a reputation and a dependable customer base.

    The cheapjacks may get the jobs at first because of low prices but I feel they are not likely to get repeat work due to low standard of production.

    :beach_pla

    Be seeing you . . .
     
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    Hi,

    I have noticed that the ones who write for so low usually do it because they are new, or maybe they just really need the money. Some feel that they are not as "qualified" to write for that price and get confused when they see people offering services that low. It is sad that there isn't one website that pays the writers the money they deserve. I belong to one that pays but even then he cuts the money in half and I get more doing things somewhere else.

    I think that maybe what you should consider doing is changing the title of when you're looking for work. If you do press releases then you can make $$$$ of money because people always and should pay top notch for a press release. If you have a degree then sell it in your posts and let them know. Tell them your experience. If you don't see this in a post then my gut feeling tells me that they are very much a newbie ;)

    My going rate is .01 per word but I negotiate with my clients sometimes on bulk articles and I love doing very short articles so I try to work with them on that. The reason being is I know we're living in tough times right now and money is tight for a lot of people. If it wasn't for article writing, I wouldn't have money at all.

    Wow, did I ramble! Sorry about that. Anyway, be a shining light to the newbies in the article world and lead the way back into what most should be making but just remember - with money being tight for a lot you still might not get 100% satisfaction.

    Kari

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    If the provider job wants quality article, you don't have to compete on low price. Show your quality and even you are the only one who offers much higher price, the provider will surely choose you.
     
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    it's either they are new (don't establish credibility yet) or they're not good (and they know it).

    what i have found so far for most of the time is the latter. but i use both tribes because they've their own uses.
     
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    Now that nancylee has been disposed of.... addressing the problem of not being able to find good paying work...


    There are low ballers in every industry (like nancylee)... here is a hint.. broaden your horizons and sign up to every freelancing forum you can find... look for WTB threads that mention the word quality...

    you can get $5 per 500 words all day.. even $10 per 50o words if you are consistent with your price and offer good samples... once you have a client base you can keep building it.. trust me there are people that pay good money for content.. keep at it bro...


    good luck