I took on a paid blogging job and now I dont want it

April 25, 2009 8:31am CST
I got accepted for a paid blogging job for a client but now I am not so sure I want it. It is alot of work for only $2 per blog post. I mean I have to write finance articles with certain keywords. Thing is I dont even know what some of the keywords mean so it would require alot of research. I reckon I should be getting paid at least $5-10 per post if he wants them keywords to be optimised. I could easily write finance articles surrounding these keywords, and keep them for myself and earn much more than $2 per keyword. If I wrote 10 articles I could make $20 plus pageviews, plus google adsense earnings, and as they are high paying keywords I would probably be able to make quite alot. Should I contact my client and tell him that $2 is far too little now and that he should look for someone else? Or perhaps I should just tell him I am not interested?
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@Trensue (5259)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Okay - wait - you have already expected the writing position and you are doing the job right? If it is a subject that you are truly interested in and want to learn then you do it this way - Propose the new fee you are requesting and let the client know that if he doesn't want to meet this you will stop writing in two weeks (two week notice is polite) - then go be his competition - Did you sign a contract? Will it hurt your reputation as far as writing references?
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26 Apr 09
I have accepted yet, but was not aware that I would have to write using specific keywords. I kind of figured I could just write around the topic. It may hurt, actually it probably will hurt my reputation on this job site, elance, but I havr figured I could just withdraw my membership. It is not that much money and I can make more money from elsewhere, doing simpler things
@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Do both. But don't steal the ideas, that's wrong. If you go through with the job, though, you could get better paying jobs in the future by citing that work. It could return more than money to you, so think of it that way, too. Definitely let your client know what you think, though. Maybe he'll raise his price.
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
if its too much work for you and you feel like you're getting the right pay, i think you should just tell your client how you feel about it. your client could arrange a higher pay for you. try talking to them about this first before giving up on the job. and if they wont change your mind, and it's a big burden for you, id say just let it go... social spark pays $5 and more, per blog post, depending on how good your post and the offer of the company. and there are still other sites that pays bloggers higher than that.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
typo on my first response *...you're NOT getting the right pay. i hope here in mylot we can edit our responses, i've been looking for it, is there an edit here? i'm still new here.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Maybe give it a try for a bit and see if you change your mind? You could always renegotiate later or change your mind if it doesn't work out.
• United States
26 Apr 09
if you'd already accepted the job,i'd just do that one,but mention you will need more money to do future ones.that way they can decide whether or not they want to give you a raise.depending on how well they like your previous work,they may not have a problem with it.
• India
26 Apr 09
you shoul do work according to you that either u want to post more blogs or not so do workk acc to you and decide either u want to work for dollors 2 or not
@scheng1 (24713)
• Singapore
26 Apr 09
Hi Heartbreaker, I suggest that you hang on for another month. Paid blogging job is like this. You have to use their keywords. If you cannot handle the keywords for finance subjects (which you are good at), you will find it hard to get other kind of paid blogging job in other topics. Starting is always difficult, just have to learn the tricks of doing the work well. Anyway, it is a good learning ground for you. Without this blogging job, you will not come across those keywords. Anyway, you can recycle the knowledge and turn them into articles for other writing sites. In this way, you make money both ways. Once you tackle SEO writings, you can get rich from writing articles and paid writing jobs.
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
hello heartbreaker. yeah i agree with you that it is too low. i don't see anything wrong if you contact your employer and tell him/her how you feel about the job. it really is too low. you deserve to be paid more because of the amount of work you do.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
i guess because there are so many writers wanting jobs out there, people figure they can pay just a little money for a ton of work. i once used to write 500 words for $10~ those days are long gone! tell them what you feel.
@somesh1984 (1299)
• India
25 Apr 09
I think in sometime you should get enough knowledge about all the jargons that are used. It will come by experience. Generate some confidence and push up, if not then as a final strategy you can go back to client and say that I cannot make it up in $2.
@nainesh1 (1656)
• India
25 Apr 09
Try to get your work done with outsourcing to other person.
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
Just tell him honestly that you can not anymore continue the job not unless he could raised the take home money for you. You are really right, if you are a good article writer, you can make more money by submitting the articles to right and paying directories rather than slaving to someone else...
@dvmurphy (326)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Depending on where you got your blogging job from and if you signed a contract will depend on how you handle canceling or raising your prices. If you are under contract you should do the work and the next time you bid on a job make sure it is worth the effort. If you don't finish a contract job it can put bad marks against your writing career and you will be seen as unprofessional and it will hurt your credentials on landing future jobs.