0.15cents Article...Is This A Joke?

Australia
October 5, 2010 2:14am CST
I am a web content writer and been writing online for five years now. There are sites that offer online writers $2, $3, $4, a bit less or a bit more per 200-300 word articles. For writers who are capable of writing articles in a short time and able to earn quick, that is a good money. I have been checking every now and then the tasks here and I noticed task givers who would pay few cents for a 300-500 word articles. I was surprised that there are members who would take offers like this. This is like underestimating your own ability and intellect as a writer. I cannot blame though those who would accept such tasks in the desire to accumulate small earnings little by little. Personally though, I won't take such offer. I would prefer to post responses and discussions to earn that amount rather than do brain-storming for an article in the price of .15cents. What about you? Share your opinion.
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39 responses
• India
5 Oct 10
Well Alicia, I am really shocked to read this. Because I just started writing articles. Need more info. And that is why i am here reading and responding to your discussion. hehehee.... its really hart hitting on the face. I know truth is bitter. I am fully accepting your view. By the way, need to get more info on how i can do the writing with legit, genuine, reasonable and respecting our skill sites. I know this is not the place. So, pls inform where can i get some more info from you. I know visit your profile in search of info.
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• Australia
7 Oct 10
Hi wealthymouli, I don't know where you are from but Helium and Associate Content work well with US residents and writers. Triond is a good site as well but you need to really write there regularly. Triond pays cents also but the thing is your article earns as long as the site exists. Product Review sites like Review Stream and Shared Reviews also work well with some writers. I love Shared Reviews. There are other sites that I am in but exclusive for Australian residents. So keep on discovering other sites and enjoy writing. This is all just a matter of finding the right sites. Goodluck! :-D
• India
9 Oct 10
I am from INDIA. I wanted to know which sites pay $2 /$3 per articles. infact i added u as friend so i can seek the details thro PM. Since u have not responded i deleted my request assuming that u r a very very busy person. If u really find time, pls. add me and message me on this 2 dollar / 3 dollar per article sites. I am eager to know. of course every one would be is it not? if u be a guide to me in making my dreams come true...well, i am really thankful.
• Australia
18 Oct 10
Hi wealthymouli. Kindly read my response below, paragraph 3 to respondent #5. Hope that answers your questions.
@jheiem (142)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
same here, i would rather find a real job as a writer and not just to waste my time posting articles which you can just earn for about .15 cents. it is very unpractical.
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• United States
8 Oct 10
I am happy for you alfoi635. I tried Triond couple of days ago, I have not earned anything though. That is an achievement...
@SamShima (71)
• Nigeria
5 Oct 10
Some of us are beginners in online business. Some have been there for centuries. The basic truth is that some people are writing not for moneysake, but popularity. Others do it for share joy of writing. Some of them undertake such contracts for getting experience. Situation warants. It is better to have something doing than to sitting idle. SamShima.
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• Australia
18 Oct 10
Hi SamShima. I agree with you. That was also my thought when I was starting to explore online. I just sincerely hope good and serious writers online can find much more better opportunities to get paid for their work without being exploited. This is all a good learning experience. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
You cannot blame beginners like me. But thanks for the information anyway. This is the right place for beginners maybe. They might not even expect for high payment like you do because you are quite long in this kind of business. Probably they are only after of the experience they can get from writing of something they could not even imagine they will get paid.
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• Australia
18 Oct 10
Hi astroval. No blaming involved here lol! I understand. Mylot is also the first place where I started to experience earning online. From here I have learned a lot. Mylot is a very good site to mingle with other online earners and learn. Good luck!
@yspmyl (3437)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
I think this is a real joke if you write a few hundreds words article just for 0.15 cent. I think the person who offer such an offer is either too smart to give such a offer or too idiot to give such an offer. For me, I will not entertain this kind of JOKE.
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• Australia
18 Oct 10
I should say "too smart" because writers from countries where the exchange rate of US$ is high would grab the opportunity. .15 cents in some countries could be good enough to buy them a meal. My only point is that a writer's article that long, especially if it's well written could worth more than just .15, isn't it? Thanks for responding.
@claire87 (131)
• Australia
5 Oct 10
What websites pay you for writing articles I'm interested now? I too noticed the offer of a measly few cents to write an add or article and hoped everyone would know that this work is worth a lot more than that!
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• Australia
18 Oct 10
Hi claire87, I used to write for a friend's site. I also like writing articles for Sharonbucks here when she used to pay upto $4-4.50 per article. I write product reviews as well for SHared Reviews although they used to pay per page views, votes, etc.
@LouieWpHs04 (4559)
• United States
5 Oct 10
Eh. If you think $2, $3, $4, and such are good amounts of money. Try moving to the United States. I know companies(magazine and other various publishers.) paying as little as $50 per each article published to as high as $300+ per article. However, these usually require a lot better quality of writing and usually involve pretty heavy competition for them. Plus the nice thing about those low-end articles is you can almost always guarantee you'll get paid for them as there isn't nearly as much competition. The way I like to think of it is if I get $2 per article and write 10 articles in an hour that's $20 an hour. So if I could do that for 3 hours each day that's $60 a day, $1800 a month. For only about three hours a day. 21 hours a week. That's about the equivalent of a part-time job for almost double what you would make for an average one(less taxes too since you're "self-employed".). The sad truth though is that in most cases there is a good bit of writing work but whether you'll have enough to make such a steady income like that might be a bit unfeasible. Where do you write at for the $2, $3, and such? I am always interested in new places to write. PM me about it :)
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• Australia
7 Oct 10
"Eh." That made me laugh. lol! For those writers who are in countries where the exchange rate of $US/AusD is high few dollars is a good amount of money. I hope I can find web magazines as well where I can earn $50 or more per article, that would be great. I won't bother to move in US though even if I earn $100 per article. I really just want to make something out of the time I spend online writing. I write articles for friends' blog sites. I write product reviews as well for Shared Reviews. I write tasks here but only for Sharonbucks and only articles not the ones that she's been posting lately.I write for Triond which pays cents but earns as long as the site stays. I write product reviews here in AUstralia also.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
I think people should only write when their work are well compensated. Not everybody can produce a well written article and for that reason writers can demand for good payment for their works. Getting chicken feeds payment is only devaluing the writers talent. I am not a serious writer so could not demand like other polished writers.
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• Australia
6 Oct 10
"Getting chicken feeds payment is only devaluing the writer's talent" - that's the whole point zandi. But Zandi, I have known you here in Mylot for years now (although the participation number beside my name doesn't show those "years") and I believe you are a good writer. So I think you can demand for a good pay if you want to take writing seriously as a sideline job.
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
Way too low. However, some are deperate for money while others, cant write good quality articles. This could be the very well reason of it. But again, if it is too low....just move on!
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• Puerto Rico
6 Oct 10
Well of course they will pay 15 cents u get a lot of articles so you'll pay more in the total of people but you'll get ideas and some good articles so that's pretty smart. Shame on you for opening the eyes of the people lol :D i dont do the tasks cause i find them unfair so i get what u say :)
• Australia
25 Oct 10
Lol! Some may find it unfair. You are right. But reading the responses here I quite understand why some members would take such tasks. Fair enough. Thanks for responding.
• India
5 Oct 10
well i don't think 15 cents is an enough reward for a 300 word article but since i was free i wrote just for fun and posted it as i believe in the old saying that "something is better than nothing" because this type of task came on mylot after a long time...
• Australia
25 Oct 10
Well, that's a good attitude pankajgarg. Hope you can get some tasks later that will pay a bit more than that. Thanks for responding.
@oldchem1 (8144)
5 Oct 10
The Sharon Bucks tasks that I have done on here have paid quite well - $3 and $4 dollars, they are not on all the time it's just a case of keeping checking the available tasks. I dont bother with the 15c tasks!!
• Australia
25 Oct 10
It's been quite a while since Sharonbucks posted tasks like that. There are lots of members waiting. Thanks for responding.
• United States
5 Oct 10
I'm just surprised that anyone would accept $0.15 for their article when Review Stream's bulk rate is $0.50. I'd understand if it was Helium or Triond because they give revenue to articles based on views but at least you could get more than $0.15 for your article.
• Australia
25 Oct 10
That's the good thing about sites like Helium and Triond- your articles continue to earn as long as you get page views. I quit from Helium though, but I am still with Triond. Thanks for responding.
• China
5 Oct 10
hello~alicia I quite agree with you i think 15cents is not resonable at all , it waste time also , and i think my articles are worth more than this price
• Australia
25 Oct 10
That's a good thing- you feel confident about the worth of your writings. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
You are right when you say that to take that job for that measly amount is just underestimating their talents. But then again, a work is still a work however small the payment is. It is better than nothing, I guess.
• Australia
25 Oct 10
Hi friend. That's a good point. Thanks for responding.
@trisha27 (3497)
• United States
25 Oct 10
I totally agree with you on that. .15 cents is just not enough to do some research for whatever topic and then write on it. I just pass them on by. And I'm the same way I'd rather post comments and make discussions then waste my time on such task as those.
@angelic123 (1112)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Honestly I did that task... and it give me headaches... they pay my article but I am not so happy about it. So little payment for a lot of thinking... I prefer to interact with my co mylotters. I totally agree with you...
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
7 Oct 10
Well, I too believe in expressing my thoughts in discussions. For me, these earnings are a kind of bonus, since by themselves they are not enough even for my small daily needs. For daily needs, we have to rely on other earnings and our savings.
@Memnon (2173)
7 Oct 10
This does seem a remarkably small amount. I know that sites like myLot do not pay large sums: but then I imagine that most of are using this as a forum, for which there is also a modest incentive.
@aerous (13465)
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
That maybe due to excitement to earn some even if this is a small amount or maybe money for them are a having higher amount of exchange in their country and the amount is good enough... Have a nice day!