There’s been a lot of talk about how many articles can be written in a day. The motivation behind each producer may vary, but here’s what articles are really ‘worth’.
Starting from the low end, some people are pledging to write one article a week. What’s that mean in terms of monetary compensation? The lowest paid Associated Content article is $3, Special Content Offers are worth around $10, and let’s look at $8 as a typical payment for an average article. So, basically, one article a week means you can go out to lunch. Somewhere between a Happy Meal for under three dollars, and a medium priced truckstop/diner meal for $8-10.
But what about those people who aim to write an article every day? Using those same numbers, they’d earn between $21 and $70 dollars a week, with an average of around $56 a week. What can 56 dollars worth of pay add to your life? For some people, it’s one really nice dinner out every week. But for some families, that’s a whole week of groceries. And at 10-cents a package, $56 buys 560 packages of Ramen Noodles. Yummy!
56 dollars a week is $224 a month. That’s a rent payment in some cities. It’s a weekend getaway if you’re feeling frivolous, or a car loan payment if you’re the responsible type.
And what about those 5-article-a-day folks? That 15 to 50 dollars a day, with an average around $40. Forty dollars a day is $1,200 a month! That’s a mortgage payment in all but the least-reasonably-priced areas of this country. It’s more than the take-home pay in a lot of ‘real’ jobs offline. For five articles a day.
But what if you’re not generating that average? Maybe, in order to crank them out in half an hour each, you compromise quality and write all three-dollar articles. Even five three-dollar articles for 30 days is still $450. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Finally, let’s talk about those prolific 10-article-a-day goal people. At $3 an article that’s $30 a day, or $900 a month. At $10 an article, it would be $100 a day and $3,000 a month! And that $8 average article writer? He or she will be earning $80 a day, and $2,400 for the month. That’s a full time job with full time pay.
Now that we’ve looked at what article writing is worth, let’s talk about the value of your ‘benefits’. No gas cost to drive to work, and no weather to deal with. No fancy wardrobe for the office. (No work wardrobe at all for some of us.) The time savings of having a seconds-long commute from your bedroom to your computer. The freedom of ‘working’ with a child in your lap if you want to. Now throw in all the tax advantages of being self-employed, and the freedom on setting your own schedule.
I hope that by reading this explanation of how the money works out, you’ll see how much content article writing can really be worth.
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