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Article Market Writing - Is It Worth It?
I’ve been freelance writing for quite a few years now. I’ve had several short stories, poems and fillers published in print. Now I concentrate on writing web copy, ad copy, direct mailings, personal statements and resumes for businesses and individuals. I’m new to article writing, having been at it for just over a month. Although my article writing career is in its infancy, I’ve been able to get a sense of whether or not it’s worth pursuing.
Is making pennies worth it?
First of all, no matter what anyone says, you’re not going to get rich writing articles for article directories. If anyone thinks it’s possible to pay bills with pennies a day they’re fooling themselves. And pennies a day is probably an exaggeration. I have 16 hubs (or articles) on HubPages in the last 5 weeks and just hit the $1.50 mark. I dare anyone to pay a bill with that. I have 13 articles on Suite101 and have earned just over $4.00. Again, can’t pay a bill with that. I also have articles with markets that don’t share any revenue with its authors. So why would anyone keep plugging away, coming up with original writing and giving up all rights to their work? Good question.
Writing pay scale lower than that of a McJob?
Unfortunately, writers are not given the credit they deserve. I have profiles on Elance and Odesk and am appalled at the nerve of some people who offer to pay $5.00 for a series of 10, 400-500 word articles. Are they serious? What would happen if you applied for a job and were told you’d be hired if you agreed to work for a penny an hour? You’d think they were crazy right? So why is it that writers sell themselves so short? And, don’t writers who work for such low pay realize that as long as they continue to work for these slave wages cheapskate clients will continue to post these insulting ads?
Advertising for your business or website?
The main reason why I see any value in writing for article directories is because it’s a way to get yourself noticed. If you’re a smart writer you have a website, which you mention in your bio on any site where you submit articles. But do people who visit article sites to find quality content even bother to read your bio? Do they even abide by the rules not to change, alter or delete information (including your bio) when they use your article? Sure there are ways to report someone for not following the guidelines, but you have to catch them first.
Looks good on a resume
Writing for article directories also allows you to build up a resume. I’ve gotten some good paying gigs as a direct result. Having articles on Suite101, EzineArticles and Yahoo Associated Content looks good on a resume. It gives people a chance to see your work. It can open doors I suppose. But it doesn’t come without effort.
Good writing takes a certain amount of time
Creating quality content takes a certain amount of time. You need to come up with a unique idea, do some research, type it, proof and edit, find a photo, upload it and then share the heck out of it every place and any place you can think of. That all takes time. Most article directories require that the content hasn’t appeared anywhere else before. You also give them sole rights for a year. So it’s not like you can get much mileage for all the effort you put in to writing one article.
I would love to hear from people who’ve been doing this longer than a month. I really want to know if anyone else thinks the article market business is stacked against the writer. Let me hear your stories of the good, the bad and the ugly side of article market writing.