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Would you sell an article for $5?

  1. Fotographer profile image56
    Fotographerposted 6 years ago

    Would you write for someone if they paid you $5 for every 800 word original/quality article?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No... I write 250 word blog posts for $10

    2. myi4u profile image60
      myi4uposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Nope... I get paid $5 for 60 words.

    3. Teylina profile image60
      Teylinaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Nope. If no more than that, I'll give it away!

  2. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Nope.

  3. SunSeven profile image58
    SunSevenposted 6 years ago

    NO. smile

  4. Greg Sage profile image37
    Greg Sageposted 6 years ago

    no

  5. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

    Depends.

    If I was allowed fluff, for example...

    Greeting fellow person, I offer my internet hand in warm friendship and a shared concern over anything that ails you.  we are all brothers, and / or sisters, or indeed both, and I have no problem with that.  For your future reference I pen these words under the name Mark Ewbie, and am truly delighted to make your acquaintance as previously mentioned.

    Or do I need to do concise?

    Hello.  I'm Mark.

  6. WriteAngled profile image83
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    Depends on:

    1. How desperately you need the money

    2. How the return per hour matches up with average wages where you live and also how much you could otherwise earn in the same time by writing elsewhere or doing something else

    3. If you could earn more elsewhere, the likelihood you could get the other type of work regularly enough to meet your needs.

  7. Rosie2010 profile image76
    Rosie2010posted 6 years ago

    Personally, I won't.  I write for the pleasure of writing and earning money from my writing, however little, from Adsense and HP Ads is such a thrill.  But that's just me.  If you are prolific and can write 800 words in 15 minutes, then you can write four 800-word articles in an hour, which makes it $20 per hour work.. not bad.  That's above minimum wage for sure.  Are you talking about just one article you wrote and someone wants to buy it from you for $5 so he/she can post it as his/hers?  Think about it.  If this person offered you $5 for your article, from a business prospective this person must know your article is worth more that, otherwise he/she won't even bother.  Just a thought..

    1. Greg Sage profile image37
      Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I type fast, and I hardly ever proofread anything...

      ... and I don't think even I could come close to sumbitting 4 800 word articles in an hour.


      If they were all topics you could crank out with zero research, $20 for 500 words sound like somewhere around the point that it would start being worth doing... and that's assuming you can't make $20/hr doing something else.

      Now, if NO ONE cares about quality whatsoever...

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
        Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I don't care... show me the money.

        I wrote...

        1. Greg Sage profile image37
          Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Well, a hand-drawn picture IS worth 1000 words...

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
            Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            My entire collection is available for three dollars if you're interested.  Including a caterpillar that looks a bit like a giraffe.

            1. Greg Sage profile image37
              Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              A little bit like a what?

              Now you're just making up creatures.

              1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
                Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I have to go poop now.

                1. Rosie2010 profile image76
                  Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  LOL

                  1. Greg Sage profile image37
                    Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    You laugh now.

                    Just wait.

                    He'll write a hub about it.

                    ... and draw a picture.

            2. Rosie2010 profile image76
              Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Oh, Mark, $3?  a bit much, doncha think?  sorry, can't help it.  Sorry to read about low traffic from another thread.

              1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
                Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                No probs Rosie, my fault for not writing what searchers are looking for.

                1. Greg Sage profile image37
                  Greg Sageposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Coincidentally, I've nearly finished writing one called:

                  Free epic fail porn: Making money online with Justin Beiber and cute kitten videos

                  I may have to borrow your "pie" drawing to illustrate.

                  1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
                    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    That is funny.  Always grateful for a credit of course.  You would credit it, wouldn't you?

      2. Rosie2010 profile image76
        Rosie2010posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        It was just a supposition.  But my mistake that I didn't say "supposing"

  8. EmpressFelicity profile image73
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    No. Lowest I go is $12 for 500-600 words.

    Rider: I might have to go lower one day, but hopefully not.

  9. earner profile image87
    earnerposted 6 years ago

    I've taken $50/£32 for about 1000 words before, with the keywords supplied.

    I'd do it again too smile

    I could do it for a 'living' except I lack the confidence to stand up and say "Hey there - you - I write and you need me to write for you".

  10. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years ago

    Last night a person offered me Ten Dollars to write an article about a website that she works for.  No joke.  I might do it, after all, the adsense etc is still mine.

  11. JBBlack profile image60
    JBBlackposted 6 years ago

    I have done it.  So I can't say I wouldn't.  I wrote 100 words for 70 cents and I did it fast.  I did it ten times.  How much am I worth?  Doesn't matter.  Paid practice.  As an estimate 24 articles for about 60 bucks.  They are out there in a variety of homes.  Some of my writing exists on smart looking pages. It was worth the work and the ridiculous token payment to see my words so usefull and gloriously set.  So I'm anonymous, and some weirdo is claiming that he gave out paper umbrellas as a wedding favor at his wedding instead of mine; I won't get credit for my careful research about flooring or the Epstein-Barr virus, my energetic spazzing about RC tanks that shoot or garage door makeovers will not be included in my collected works.

  12. dutchman1951 profile image60
    dutchman1951posted 6 years ago

    depends on what it could lead to. 5.00 by itself no.

  13. Rising Caren profile image74
    Rising Carenposted 6 years ago

    $5 for 800 words?

    I wouldn't unless I REALLY needed that money soon (like around xmas time when I realize I didn't make enough to buy the gifts I need).

    However, under normal circumstances, I go for a MINIMUM of 1 cent a word. So $5.00 would get a person a 500 word article, and $8.00 would be needed for an 800 word article. Ideally, however, I go for 1.5 - 2 cents per word (12 - 16 dollars for 800 words).

    I might, however, do an 800 word article rewrite for $5.00, but only if the article is PLR or the person can somewhat prove they have the rights to rewriting it. Considering most rewrites I've seen were for obviously stolen articles, I don't get to do rewrites often (but the people with no scruples get plenty of work).

  14. Urbane Chaos profile image97
    Urbane Chaosposted 6 years ago

    I would never even dream of doing this on my worst writing day..

    I've worked as a professional freelance writer for a long time, but have only just gotten into writing web content in the last couple years.  There's a lot of people that will take jobs for five bucks online, but I'm sorry, that just degrades the work.  I believe you get what you pay for - but that's just my opinion.

    Typically, I charge around .07 to .010 cents per word per article.  I've done articles for less money if it's going to ensure that I have a long-term contract, but that's rare.  For a basic 500 word article, the lowest I'd charge would be $35.

  15. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    It's refreshing to hear from writers who don't undercut themselves smile

    1. JBBlack profile image60
      JBBlackposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry I couldn't help with that.

    2. Urbane Chaos profile image97
      Urbane Chaosposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It doesn't make any sense to lower your standards just to gain five bucks.  Thing is, I believe that if all writers actually charged what they're worth, many of the "hacks" out there wouldn't hang around as long as they do.  By "hacks", I mean people who just fill their articles with fluff to make pages.  I don't consider those people writers.

      It's different if you do it to get your foot in the door, or because you know the person, or something along those lines, but those cases are rare. 

      Writing is a profession, just like bricklaying or doing surgery, and one should get paid for what the work is worth.  I may be picky about the subject, but when it comes to keeping a roof over my head and food on the table, I tend to take it seriously.

  16. wheelinallover profile image78
    wheelinalloverposted 6 years ago

    I am a slow thinker so I probably wouldn't take $5 for anything I write or have written. I mostly do ad copy now and if they don't work I am actually writing free. LOL

    In today's business world you are positioning yourself as an expert then telling not selling and that takes longer to write. I have worked hours just to get five right words that will bring people to what I have to offer. The diligence has paid off however as two of these ads are now page one of Google, yahoo or Bing. The biggest money maker among them. I am one of those who believe in testing. Then when something does work I try to duplicate the results.

  17. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 6 years ago

    I won't sell an article for $5

                     ...but I can sell my ex-mother-in-law for $2.

             Do we have a deal?

  18. profile image0
    TopUniverseposted 6 years ago

    I think no one can do it for a well researched original article.

  19. Anamika S profile image61
    Anamika Sposted 6 years ago

    I could sell a PR1 text link for that price maybe.

  20. Traqqer profile image67
    Traqqerposted 6 years ago

    Not for $5. I recently sold all my 250 articles to eHow (it was pretty much a forced sell) and I got a lot more per article. But I was also earning quite a bit from those articles with adsense.

  21. Karanda profile image79
    Karandaposted 6 years ago

    Writing for $5 for 800 words equates to $.00625 per word. Writers have spent decades trying to increase remuneration for each and every word they produce. This is a big step back for writers world wide.

    1. Urbane Chaos profile image97
      Urbane Chaosposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly.. well put.

  22. Teylina profile image60
    Teylinaposted 6 years ago

    Karanda and whoever said something about 'degrading' (wasn't the words, but made me think of it) are on it far as I'm concerned--I've written for free (to those or for those for whom I have a special feeling). Other than that, nope; for the art, maybe, free but what brainpower I have is worth more than that until I have to feed a starving child someday!

  23. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    i have written 500 word articles for 5.00 only from easy going and non OCD buyers..big_smile

 
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