Would You Write A 500 Words Article For $.80?

Philippines
April 18, 2010 10:56pm CST
I have been writing web content articles for about 4 years now. I have also written done about 300 article writing tasks mostly for SharonBucks and all these 500 words articles are priced between $4-$5. However, would you write a 500 words article for $.80cents or less?
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I think those people who are willing to accept such a small amount are either not really writers or they really don't value their work. This is far, far below the going rate. With all the online writing options, no one has to accept payment this low, even if it's a topic you know well. Why undervalue your talent and work? People, of course, will try and take advantage of those who are willing to put in the time. Even an article on a topic I know will take time to craft, and there is no way that 80 cents would cover that cost. Good luck on your writing. Don't succumb to these kind of low offers!
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Totally agree with you 100 percent. The price is too low for the effort. 500 words article is still 500 words and will always take up some of our time no matter how well verse we are with the topic. I have already written more than 600 articles for different people either web base or other wise. I am just worried that if people are starting to accept this very low amount of pay, soon enough the price for one article would go down and its not good news for writers. We work hard for every article we write and it is just fair to get a decent pay for every work done and $.80 for a 500 words article is not even worth the amount of electricity spent using our computer and internet.
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• United States
19 Apr 10
I agree with you. Once people start writing for such low prices, they drag the rest of the offers down too. I have a hard time believing that anyone who calls themselves a writer would take this amount. There are so many other options, right now, for a much better rate of payment. The lowest that I have seen or would accept would have to be $2-3, and even that can be improved on with a little surfing of the web.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
That is what I am worried about. Once people here in mylot accepts that low pay, it might dictate the price writing tasks are paid here. We do make an effort writing articles and for such low amount I rather go out take a walk or go window shopping than earn .$80 for a hard work. Doing research alone for the topic is not worth $.80 how much more putting these into an article.
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@Nilman (59)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I see that a lot on the available tasks on mylot. I think the price isn't reasonable. $0.80 dollars for one's creative thoughts? What a waste of ideas. I could take my 500 word articles somewhere and get paid much better. No offense to those who seriously take these jobs. It's just my personal choice.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I do agree with you. If writers keep accepting this low paid tasks, we might end up with very low paying articles. I would not want to waste my time for a 500 words article with .80 cents pay. I am usually paid between $4 to $5 for these kinds of article and I guess that is the usual pay for these types of articles.
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• United States
1 May 10
No, I definitely would not go that low. I do not care if it something that I enjoy talking - or writing - about. Yes, it is very easy to write 500 words when you are really interested in something, however, it still takes time to write a good article. You have to write the article, proofread it to make sure there are no errors and then submit it. This takes time no matter how you look at it and I feel that my time is worth more than 80 cents. I used to have a freelancer job re-writing articles. They paid me $1.50 for each article. I did this for some time before I realized my efforts and time would be much better spent if I wrote my own articles for sites like Associated Content or Reviewstream. Reviewstream pays $2.50 for a well written review. You not only get to say what you want to about a product you have used, but you also get paid well to do it. It usually takes me 3-5 minutes to write a review and get paid $2.50. If I want to write about something I am familiar with or enjoy, I choose to write for Associated Content. I make between $3.00 to $5.00 an article and I can write about whatever I like instead of having to write what someone else asks me to. I have even gotten offers from other sites paying $25.00 an article which really made me happy. I know that I am not an experienced writer - so I feel blessed that I am making this amount of money for my work. Still, I feel that employers are taking advantage of people when they are only willing to pay 80 cents for a 500 word article. As you mentioned, if people keep accepting this low price, freelance writers will never be able to make decent money.
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
Yes, I hope those asking people to write perfect article, grammatically correct, etc..and paying .50 or .80 cents should think again, would they really be able to get good quality article with the meager amount of money they are offering? Hope mylotters here should also stop accepting tasks paying very low for an article which takes time and idea to work. I guess it is better to answer discussions and enjoy than writing an article worth .80 cents.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
19 Apr 10
No, I probably wouldn't. It would be a waste of my time. I can write something for Associated Content for between $2 and $5 for the same length, or I could write an article on Textbroker for $2 - $6. So writing for less than a dollar really wouldn't be worth it when I could put my time and effort into something that's going to make me considerable more money.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I agree with you Phyrre. I also wouldn't write a 500 words article for that amount. I am just asking people to see if they would waste their time writing for such a small amount because I have seen lately tasks here in mylot offering $.80 for a 500 words article. I can see that the task disappears quicklly(though not as quick as SharonBucks tasks which offers good pay). This means people are accepting these tasks. Just would like to know how many writers out there would do it for such an amount.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
19 Apr 10
Well, I would, depending on the topic of course. Writing is my hobby, and I do very much enjoy writing articles ans short stories. If the topic is of my liking, it just takes a few minutes to write a 500 words article. It is enjoyable to make some money just doing my hobby. If it pays more, that would be better and more enjoyable of course.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
It is always nice to be paid while doing what you like. And if writing a 500 words article gives you a worthwhile time and enjoyment, the small pay becomes just an added perks. However, if the topic is something you do not even know or not interested, would you still write for $.80?
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
19 Apr 10
awh gosh i don't think i would have the willingness to do that for just $.80!! that is way too low i suppose!!
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Again just like I said in my earlier replies, I also think that .80 is rather a very low pay for a 500 words article. I love writing but I at least I would be paid enough for the effort I made. A 500 words article , I think deserves more than $.80. Just my opinion. But for those who want to accept the pay, it is really up to their decision and willingness.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
definitely no! That's way to low. I really do not take those writing jobs that comes with a very cheap price tag. it's better they write it themselves if they are going to pay that low. lol good luck!
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
You are right candyfairy21. I too wouldn't take such very low paid writing jobs. No one can come up with quality article with that kind of pay.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
If it's very easy to write, if all the data I need would be given to me and I just need to construct paragraphs to incorporate all the data, yes, I would accept .80 or less
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Actually you still need to research on the topic. You are not given the data. You have to do it from scratch including research.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
80 cents is too little for that. Especially if the topic is too broad or shallow. atleast $2 would suffice
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I agree. A 500 words article should be at least worth between $4 to $5. Anyone asking to have quality article for $.80 will be having a difficult time looking for writers who are willing to work for that kind of pay.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Yes I would, if the article is very familiar to me and something I am really interested in. It becomes effortless to make 500 words if the interest and familiarity is there.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Well good for you Joedollarhuat. You are right, it becomes effortless if you are interested in the topic. Sometimes, the pay do not matter much as long as you like what you are doing. The pay just becomes an added incentive.
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@jaypatch (22)
• India
19 Apr 10
If writing from memory, some one can type 500 words for $0.80. But writing for web is a different process. It needs creativity as well as research. I generally write, spin and submit a new artile for anywhere between $25-$50 based on the distribution channel selected. Article gets submitted to 100+ top article directories.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Wow those are highly priced articles. Great!
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• India
19 Apr 10
Thats a normal price any SEO company charges. Ofcourse, most part of it is spent on arrticle distribution. For writing a good article we charge anywhere between $2-$10. Thats quite reasonable. So the articles are not pricy, but distributing them across various sites is costly.
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• Philippines
20 Apr 10
ah ok,now I understand. So $2-$10 is about the most reasonable price for an article.
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
20 Apr 10
It is not worth writing for 80 cents. If the article is good and on simple topic, they must pay you 10$. If it is on more detailed topics that need research, you need to get paid more. I would say about 20 and 25$. 500 word articles when written for online sites would help you make more in pageviews in the long run. Also it depends on writer's experience and quality of article.
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
Yes, I also agree that .80 cents is rather very low considering the amount of time you will spend researching for the topic. However, there are still a lot of those who accept this low pay and I think for them it is probably fair. On my part, I think .80 cents is really low and I would not want to waste my time writing an article for such a low pay.
• India
11 Dec 10
I strongly support you dear. Mylot should do something for this. It is also so depressing to submit a task of 500 words for below $1. Again many times creators are rejecting our hard working tasks.
@wjack2010 (755)
11 Dec 10
No I can write a 300 word article and get pid $2.50 so for 500 word I think around $3
• Portugal
6 Dec 10
500 words articles for 4 or 5 dollars? thats great really^^ so the site you said is called sharonbucks? so you just have to write an article and they pay you all that money for writing an article with 500 words? i know that 500 words is a lot but at least i can try my best if i can earn 4, 5 dollars for it. can you explain me more or less how that site works and how many articles you can write per day? thanks so much^^
@alocure (372)
• United States
9 May 10
i love writing but thats a lot less for a lot lol
• United Arab Emirates
25 Apr 10
That's not worth it, thinking about the time i have to waste on researching for materials where i'll read and construct from and this will not be one materials it has to be more for me to totally understand the subject matter before creating my own article, it's not worth it it's a total waste of time and resources. Happy Mylotting
• Indonesia
20 Apr 10
Yes .. I want to write an article .. bur sometimes ..idea ..what I should write?
@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
20 Apr 10
Personally I agree with all of the others in here who have said that anyone who really considers themselves a Writer should be Happy to only earn .80 cents from their writings and want to talk about it. I know that there are many sites and things out there that do pay better, and if it is something you need to research first why waste your time for that little of pay? Unless it is for somewhere where you do have a byline and others might actually get to see your work if you're wanting to get started you would be wasting your time to do this.
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
20 Apr 10
Anday, do you have a good sites to write some short articles or short stories, however I am not good skill at English writing, can I take part in the sites? I appreciated your comments.