In hindsight, my reply to the message was far too nice. I am tempted to go back and edit but think I'll use my blog as an outlet instead.
is a great example of why there's so much garbage content online. First of all, writers who accept these assignments probably don't have English as their first language. That's the only explanation for accepting $1 per 500 words. Maybe that $1 buys you more in a different country other than Canada the US, UK or Australia. Shrug.
Many writers who are desperate to write will take low paying gigs to get their start. This type of gig is way too low. Before I found out about the lucrative freelance writing market, I tried doing a few things to earn money online. Before I knew anything, I might have seen $10 for 5000 words as a fun past time but clearly, it's not for serious writers. I hope this guy doesn't get any serious newbies who are willing to write for that low just for the glorious title of being called a paid writer.
As for low paying assignments, I've done it, I still do at times but my bottom end is $.01/word and that's for no brainer and high volume assignments. But trust me, for $01/word you still get good flowing, true and quality original articles. Please don't support companies that don't treat writers fairly. You'll earn more money than this writing on AC and Helium and waiting a bit longer for payout.
If you want to find decent jobs, check out Deb Ng at Writersrow.com or the homepage of goldenprose.com