Do you work for less than minimum wage as a writer? I still can’t believe how cheap people will work for writing. iWriter is the newest slave labor writing website. This is my rant of the quarter. I don’t rant often and try to be inspiring, but COME ON!
Article marketing and content is in such demand that it drives prices down for all the new webmasters to jump on board. I hate to say it, but the world of Internet marketing makes it seem like all you have to do to make a lot of money is put up a website, a few generic articles – and the riches will be coming in. With all the auto-this and auto-that, it is like no one wants to work at building a real business. It is maddening to me.
Here is how you get paid on iWriter.
Question: How much do writers get paid?
Answer: Writers get paid 81% of the price of each article. Paypal takes the rest in transaction fees, as well as Copyscape quality checks to ensure the article is unique. This leaves a profit of $1.62 for a 300 word article, $2.43 for a 500 word article and $4.05 for 700 word article for the writer. If you receive a “special request” from a requester you receive another 5% (i.e. 86%) earnings per article, which equates to $3.01 for a 500 word article.
Gee, thanks. $3.01? Really? Really? Who can possibly live off that? And that’s with a “special request”? Even an average, no research involved, generic 500 word article takes 30 minutes to write. Or more. Let’s do the math.
First, here is what you get per word for those who like to compare par per word rates.
300 word article =$0.0054 a word.
500 word article – $0.006 a word.
700 word article = $0.0057 a word.
If you drone away and write 10 articles a day (no thanks!), you will (if you are “special”) make all of $30.10. At 30 minutes an article, non stop, that is 5 hours of work.
5 hours @ $30.10 = $6 an hour! That is less than minimum wage in the United States. Plus, a LOT more brain power. I can do a mind-numbing job for more than that! Plus, get benefits. Self-employed, or freelancers, need their OWN computer they pay for, health insurance, etc.
5 hours @ $24.30 = $4.86 an hour
Is that what your time is worth?
You are better off putting those hours into something like marketing yourself to businesses that understand the value of good content. Or your own website. Or selling hamburgers and french fries.
And this is assuming you could even get 10 articles a day of work – day after day. This is assuming you work non-stop. This is BILLABLE hours. You don’t get paid for breaks. A whole 5 days of this and you will pulling your hair out.
5 hours a day. 10 articles a day. 5 days a week. 25 hours a week. For $121.50 – $150.50.
And those buying these articles: either you are getting a) really poorly written articles from a non-native English speaker or b) a decent writer who have succumbed to slave labor.
There are times working for cheap, or even free, are beneficial (i.e. guest posts with a byline) or to get your foot in the door of a high traffic and highly respected publication. But when are just churning out article after article for others to make money from, and you get zero credit and a measly $2.43!!! It is sickening to me.
This motivates me to work harder on my book, Calling All Freelance Writers. Writers need to know that this is NO way to make a living. Instead of spending 4-5 hours a day pumping out boring, generic articles for a whole $30, there are much better ways to make money writing, which will be a part of my book’s message.
I am done. Soap box. Off.
I would LOVE to hear comments on this one.
- Hiring a Writer – You Get What You Pay For (freelancewritingprofessional.com)
- Writers are Happy Getting Paid $.88 an Article! (inspiredtowrite.com)
- Getting the “Good” Writing Assignments (inspiredtowrite.com)