Recently I came across a discussion in the LinkedIn about what should be the rate for an Article of 500 words. There were many Authors who had participated in the discussion penning down their thoughts.
The established writers said that their charge was least $ 100; some said they will write for $ 50 and some at 50 cents per word.
There was another discussion in a different Forum initiated by another writer where she was concerned at the peanuts paid to Article writers.
Buyers will definitely find ways and means to control expenditure. Controlling expenses is a mean to increase profit.
This is perhaps why Articles are outsourced from the west to the East. In the East the Cost of Business is cheaper than in the West. The Eastern Agencies are quite capable to deliver quality Articles, at a much cheaper price. Although the reputed and trust able ones charge a standard rate.
The competition has worsened over the years and all want to earn as much as possible quickly.
Now western buyers want an even cheaper price which has made way for many mushroomed agencies who offer the overseas client such cheap rates that the they cannot ignore. These agencies first hire good writers to write the first few articles. Once the buyers trust is achieved the Articles quality start to slip down and down as they start to get the articles written by the least paid writers.
I came across another post where an agency has bagged some article writing assignments
that were written by some writer. So this Gentleman starts his post “Have you heard of X.com? Etc. I was curious and was going through the comments and the very first one, a woman said “Are you hiring writers or Slaves?”
After going through a few more posts what I found was this gentleman (of eastern origin) sitting in Australia has newly entered this Article Trading Business. He is generously giving job to everyone, Rupees sixty for an Article of 500 words. That is less than one dollar per article. He surely wants to be rich and quickly and he has targeted the unemployed educated youth of the East. He may be successful too!
Writing is an art that requires will, skill, tact and experience over the use of words.
It seems the art of writing is slowly going in the hands of these middlemen.
Is the article writing industry going for a toss?