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So last week I received an e-mail from a college student asking if I would be interested in showcasing a paper that he wrote. In responses to him I advised him I would use his article but include my own information. I would include him as a credit as a collaboration piece. However I worry now that he just needs this done for the class he is doing, so I am feeling uncomfortable in helping him out since he wants it done right now.
Just today I received an e-mail from someone asking if I would write articles for them and they would pay me. Again, I am suspicious, but also interested in expanding my writing.
So have you received offers to write from outside of Hubpages? How did it go for you?
If you're offered writing work, my advice is to do it through a site such as Elance, Odesk, Freelancer etc. That way you have some protection against fraud. You do have to pay a fee for the privilege but it's well worth it IMO.
I got offers to write articles and post them, giving the client a backlink. I took the job because, it couldn't hurt posting more hubs on my pages. It worked out fine for a while. I only stopped because I got tired of writing for a coupon site...lol
BUT, as Susana says, it's a big risk taking jobs that are not given through a secure system. You must ensue you are paid. One way of doing that would be to have them give you 50% up front and the rest when you submit. That way, you get something even if the client doesn't pay the balance. AND, you can always post the article here and still earn from your page views.
The client I am now writing a trilogy for is independent and he pays me through Paypal so it could work.
I received many, many offers to write outside Squidoo and I've received a few to write outside HubPages.
1) The trick is to only write for businesses, charities, organizations, or clients you can independently research online.
2) Another tip is to not take any gigs that pay worth trash; they'll keep you busy while not earning enough to justify spending the time. Six cents a word to start is OK, ten cents a word is more typical. If the topic calls for research, charge for research. Charge more if the topic requires specialized skills, knowledge, or training.
3) Go ahead and write for charities for free but not for garbage wages or they'll think they are paying you and expect you to work for that amount in the future. Instead send them a bill with the amount the service is worth that you've marked paid in full.
4) Don't sign a NDNC (Non-Disclosure and Non-Circumvention agreement) until you have a firm dollar amount and a firm schedule set in writing. Also, charge more when you don't get a byline.
You can build a substantial client base that pays scale and refers other clients to you this way.
This is all really interesting and enlightening. I have received offers to write on topics in my niche for other people's blogs or publications, in return for backlinks, but always felt the money offered was too low. I was offered about $10.00 for an article, but I put quite a long time into writing an article. So decided that if I wrote an article in my own niche, I would rather put it on my own blog. Or on here if the topic had enough depth to it.
I didn't know that, Jean. If I'd known, I would have told you to accept the offers.
Backlinks are so valuable, many bloggers write articles free to get them. In fact, some bloggers even PAY to get their articles posted on other blogs. To be offered a fee AND a backlink is a very good deal.
Of course, it depends what the site is. You want backlinks from good quality websites - if the site isn't quality, you don't want a backlink from it even if they're paying you.
Lately I can only recall one person who asked me to write an article for the $10 and backlinks. I wasn't sure what to do. I went to the site, and it didn't seem to have much traffic or content on it. It's not the only offer I've had though, I had more in the past. I'll think about it more carefully now. I thought more about the work of writing than the backlinks, though I still post on my blog from time to time. I'll pay more attention now.
The thing with the student confuses me. Why on earth would anyone want their work published under someone else's name? What's the point?
As for the offer of pay to write an article - as others have said, yes it does happen. It's up to you to decide whether the pay rate is reasonable and the site reputable (do you want your name associated with it?). Of course it's a risk that you won't get paid, but how much of a risk is writing one article? Assuming it's a straightforward job requiring minimal research, if it is a scam, you haven't lost much.
I have recently received offers to write articles in my niche(e) outside of HP. I dunno.
If you get an offer ask to see a contract so you know exactly what they are asking for, them make sure there are no scam reported associated with them. If it is a long job agree stepwise goals with partial payment at each one.
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