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Posted 16 February 2004 - 03:37 PM
I have been trying to get price quotes for article writing for an exam related site (like those offered by microsoft, orcle etc). I have been receiving quotes from training institutes at $50 a page which seems extremely high to me for free articles to be posted on my site.
Q1:I read that people generally pay about $5 per article, is this true? How much did you pay, if atall? I do need to source somehwere around that price for free articles.
Till now I have been trying from training institutes but if I do try to get price quotes from unknown people on the web (contracting sites) what is the garantee that the content is not copied from books/other sources? Just wanted your thoughts.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 04:32 PM
I normally write articles for fees that range between $350 and $850 per article. Other writers may charge more, or less. At those prices, I go to industry sources and get quotes. I have some clients that pay a dollar a word; at $5, they would get 5 words from me...
There are folks who will write cheaply, but at low prices, you also risk the "cut and paste" syndrome; it's rampant with those who offer cut-rate prices for articles.
Syndication could be an alternative; I know there are sites out there that offer content for a small fee. It won't be exclusive, but you'll have the right to post it on your site. I'm not sure if they offer articles on testing, though.
Good luck in your search for good content.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 04:37 PM
For syndication of an article, here's an example site from the travel industry where pricing appears to run between $100-$300.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 07:39 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 07:46 PM
I charge $150 per article.
Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:08 PM
There are countries where writers get paid $100-200 per month. Perhaps this might be worth a try? Think about it again? They may not know about keywords, SEO , writing for search engines etc but it might get decent english articles for posting for free on the site. I could stuff some keywords myself. I dont make much from my site and can not afford the rates that you guys mentioned for adding free content. I am not planning to get an important page written, just some free articles explaining certain concepts of the course. The only thing that worries me is the copyright. Any opinions again?
Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:10 PM
Maybe ask for some samples first before you pay them.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 03:28 AM
I charge US$100 per hour for my copywriters services. I get away with charging US$25 for editing up to 500 words as that takes little time to perform.
I find it very difficult to believe that you could get anything substantially significant for $5 articles. Maybe they are selling other peoples work???
Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:12 AM
If what you are doing is education related, why not try doing what I did many years ago when I was first starting out?
I needed stuff written, but was absolutely broke, and was winging it to get my business off the ground. I approached the local educational college, and explained that I was building an internet portal and directory for my area, but had no money to pay for copywriting etc.
I then got to meet with the students and tutors and we got the work they carried out on the site, built in as part of their course work assessment. The result was that I got some fairly good quality work for free, and they got some REAL work to show potential employers when they qualified.
If I have a project that is suited to this style, then often I will go down the same route, as it is an everyone wins scenario.
Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:59 PM
I did that some years back and got hooked up with the Russian immigrant community for DB coding.
I had to agree to a certain amount of paperwork and give grades and stuff, but it was well worth it.
I hadn't thought of that in years. You know, at one time Etak had 3 shifts of Russian immigrants digitizing maps (now MapBlast maybe?) for years. That's how come we all have access to free maps!
Posted 18 February 2004 - 11:40 PM
$5 to us is a large latte at Starbucks or 30 minutes worth of parking in downtown LA.
$5 to the average hourly worker in China, India and Indonesia is two days pay.
Its all relative.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 11:02 AM
Just make sure that you check the work ahead of time, since you want to be very sure that the writing is up to (at a minimum) newspaper levels and many ESL students (even those with straight A's) can't consistantly achieve that.
I took Blackfoot in university and got an A+. The course was in written Blackfoot and I got better marks than every one of the native Blackfoot speakers there. I'll tell you right now this says more about the teaching and testing than it does any knowledge I might have about the subject. I'm notoriously bad at other languages (which is why I took Blackfoot instead of French, Spanish, or Chinese).
Get samples of the work ahead of time. I'm not saying don't try it, but if (for example) you are marketing to a North American audience you need to meet or exceed the standards and expectations of that audience - and we get hit with high priced, high power, native language marketing thousands of times a day - so someone who is top of the class in a market with less competition may not meet expectations.
They are out there. They are available. But if they are good enough to meet the language expectations in a foriegn country, you will almost certainly pay a premium.
You might want to check with some universities to see if some students want to take on the project as a class assignment. That way at least there will be a teacher involved and you may end up with better results. We've done this in the past with some low-end engineering stuff with not bad results (not high end, either, but adequate).
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