If you're a good writer and enjoy doing it, a good way to make some extra
money is to do it for other people. Loads of people hire writers to write
reviews and content for their websites, blogs, and product descriptions. All
you have to do is find a buyer and they'll give you a list of article titles
to write, a subject (like tech articles) to come up with your own titles, or
they'll send you a link to a website (usually about a product) and tell you
to write about it.
Looking For Clients
Search NetBuilders for people hiring writers and either post in the forum or
contact them via PM. Alternatively, you can start a new thread and let the
buyers come to you. The market's pretty competitive so you have the choice of
several variables that will catch people's attention. The first is quality: A
lot of non-English people work cheap, but have a horrible understanding of
English and so they're quality suffers. Some buyers don't care because they
just want to fill their website. Other people, however, want high quality
articles to sell a product or to interest the reader. If you offer high
quality service, then these people will be more likely to hire you. The
second thing is price: If you can't offer quality, or simply don't want to,
you could lower your prices to compete with the market. The average cost per
word used to be 2 cents; now 1 cent per word is hard to come by. People in
poorer countries write for $0.003 USD per word. That means that they have to
write 3 words just to make 1 cent. They can do this because in their country,
USD is worth a lot more. Here in the civilized world, though, we just can't
afford to work that cheap. Who knows, maybe the price will go back up.
Anyway, the third variable is turn around time. Turn around time is how fast
you can take in the order and produce a finished product. Depending on
whether you have another job, kids, a dog, whatever: you can work as much or
as little as you want. Some people want their articles within hours, some in
days, others don't care when they're finished. The sooner you can finish
their articles, though, the more likely you will be to get hired by that
Writing The Articles
When you're actually writing the articles, you will need to research, plan,
and write however many words the buyer wants and as many subjects as the
buyer wants. The easiest way to do it is to just write out several titles for
your key points and then do research on each topic. Try to keep the research
under 10 minutes though so that way you have plenty of time to write the
article and turn it in and keep your turn around time low.
Another great way to make some money through articles is article flipping. I
don't know if anyone else is doing this but I figured if I'm only doing so
many articles while the cheaper writers are getting all the customers, then I
could make a butt load of money by buying articles from the cheaper writers
and selling to the high-pay buyers. There's several problems with this,
though. The writers who work cheaper produce shittier articles and that's why
the high-pay buyers don't buy from them. They pay extra to make sure they get
good quality from an English-speaking writer.
Looking for Clients
Generally to flip articles you'll need to find lots of clients because you
need lots of articles in order to make a profit. This can either be done by
finding a great number of buyers or simply a few solid buyers who buy large
quantities at a time. For instance, many of my clients buy articles in
batches of 25 or more articles at a time. If you sold each article at 1 cent
per word and bought them at .005 cents per word then you make half the
profit. Say if you had 25 articles to do at 300 words each then you're making
$1.50 each article. That's $37.50 for the batch and you don't have to do any
of the actual writing. This means that you don't have to put in the time to
make the money, so you could have several of these deals going on at the same
time. Keep in mind, though, that you will have to make sure that your cheap
writers have good enough quality, proper English, and fast turnaround time.
You may have to go through each article that you get and correct any spelling
or grammar errors and make sure the article makes sense.
When you're buying the articles, there is a standard procedure you must go
through. Ask the writer for their price, give them an idea of the work they
would be doing, ask for turnaround time, and ask for samples of their
previous work. If all checks out then you can hire them. It's up to you
whether you want to be professional or friendly, but generally if you're more
professional then they'll work harder. I've noticed that when you establish a
friendship rather than a business relationship, people tend to be more
comfortable about their work and think they can push off the deadline for a
Hopefully you will become prosperous in the article career. Remember, it's
all a matter of how much time you put into it and how much effort you're
willing to put forth to accomplish your goals. Set deadlines for yourself and
set income goals like "this week I'm going to make $500" and then do it. Get
rid of any distractions like the tv or other people. Some people work better
with music playing, other people work better in silence. Figure out what
works best for you and stick to that.
Best of luck,
Last edited by Brandon Dennis; 17 May, 2009 at 23:52 PM. Reason: format
It seems that the article market is slow due to the economy. So in a way it would balance out as there's more writers available.
Having writers that are expert on the topic could save the research time. For instance having programmers write programming articles and so forth.
Great details! It's a lot that goes into this article writing business - and it's too bad that many people are pushing down this skilled market by writing dirt cheap poor quality articles. But hey just like you said there are still opportunities with that because you can by them cheap, check them, and turn around and resell to make a profit!
Nice post for the newbie.
Do this forum have any potential clients who can provide or is willing to outsource writing work.
A well written post. Seeing the pitch, it seems like you are an article writer
People are not sure about article marketing as of yet. I don't know what they are lacking behind is the optimization real strategies or didn't have much patience. I have noticed many people not considering article writing at any cost.
Even seen forums with threads that are questioning about power of article marketing or spreading rumors that article marketing is not considered by G and so on.
So how many people still consider article writing and submission as effective as it was before?
Article marketing works for me. In the last 30 days, I've ordered probably around 500 articles for use in article marketing.
Soon I would like to step up to the next level and start doing a lot of guest blog posts in high-quality blogs.
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