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Article Writing Jobs, just “how low” will you go?

Should an Article Writer Accept $2 Article Jobs?

Everyone has their limit as to how low they’ll go with writing assignments, but lately there has been a lot of uproar about writers who take low paying jobs. We’re talking super low, $1-5 for up to 800 words! These are often keyword articles, ones that have super short deadlines and requirements that can stretch even the best writer.

Is it really that bad for a writer to take on the cheap keyword jobs? Some argue that the writing business will only suffer if people keep accepting these rock-bottom prices and that writers such as these will really drive the prices down on all assignments. Others stand by the fact that for some, these prices equal a decent wage. It all depends on where you live. For example, a writer in India might be quite pleased to have ten articles a day at $2, giving him a total of $20 per day. Where the cost of living is lower, it is easier and actually worthwhile for writers to take on these types of pay rates. But does that mean it’s a good idea?

It all boils down to what you feel your work is worth. Do you write at a $2 level? Then maybe you should stick to those lower paying jobs until you improve your skills. If you feel that you have what it takes to get higher paying assignments, go ahead and hold out for them. Self-confidence is extremely important when you are taking on jobs. If you are bidding on a project and you shoot out the lowest price possible, you won’t necessarily win, in fact, you may be doing more damage to yourself! Some companies overlook the super low bidders, figuring that you get what you pay for.

Think of it this way, you are building a brand . . . for yourself. Your name is going out there on job applications and bids and if you are constantly taking on the lowest paying jobs, that is what you will be offered in the future. If it is enough for you to live on and you are happy with this type of work, that’s fine. But, if you want to move on to higher paying jobs, it’s a good idea to be a bit more selective.

Sure, you might be desperate for some cash, so you take on a $2/article gig . . . but don’t just sit there. Keep looking for and applying for higher paying jobs and when you get them, drop the lower ones. Don’t feel that you have to stick with the company just because they gave you that first job. Drop all low paying jobs as soon as you can and keep climbing the price ladder.

By sticking to your integrity and striving to be the best you can, you will be able to command a higher fee. It might take some time, but with some hard work and patience, you will reach the level you want to be at.

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Comment by Free Arcade Games | 2009-09-16 23:28:28

It’s always better for the person that wants to hire a writer because there are always jobs to be seeked. I was offered $1 per 1,000 pageviews, lol. I totally DECLINED it!



Comment by Matt Hayden | 2009-10-08 12:36:45

Yes, the payment just seems to be getting lower and lower for articles for the reasons you describe.

I think the best approach is to not sell articles. Just keep writing stuff for yourself and then publish it on your blog, or submit your articles to directories to get backlinks. As the traffic builds, monetize your blog with Adsense and affiliate links.

Not only will you have this income, you’ll also have all that material that you wrote and own. You can edit it into an ebook and make more money that way.

Sure, this method is not as immediate as writing for others. But I think it’s more profitable in the long run.


Comment by Mark Bronson | 2009-10-09 12:12:06

95% of your article submissions should be done automatically with software that will generate as many as you need from content that you find elsewhere, and submits it for you. In the odd occasion that you want to write something yourself, I’ve written a step by step guide check it out if you like

Good luck guys,



Comment by YinTeing | 2009-11-23 04:28:01

I agree with what Matt says- write for yourself would be better rather than accepting $2 for an article. I write for myself and the articles posted in my blog also brings me good returns. Furthermore, if we manage our own sites, we get to retain our own name and identity.


Comment by jenny | 2009-12-29 10:32:39

Think of it this way, you are building a brand . . . for yourself. Your name is going out there on job applications and bids and if you are constantly taking on the lowest paying jobs, that is what you will be offered in the future.


Comment by FreshArticles | 2010-02-15 20:44:55

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