I have been reading a lot of criticism from writers and buyers about those who deal in the penny per word writing job space. As a freelance writer who started in this business just over two years ago, the penny a word gig is how I got my start.
I had a comment on an old post today where I described how much I make freelance writing. It was an old post and my rates have definitely increased since then. Not only do I make money per word but I also have project and consulting rates as well. I also have my own stuff with affiliate marketing that I do as well so some of my income does not even come from article buyers.
Today I'm (thankfully) doing much better than $5 an article but I definitely don't knock $5 articles because: that's where I got started and it did a lot for my career.
As a matter of fact, I still deal with some low paying buyers for easy work and for volume work that keeps myself and my team busy with regular income. Penny per word writing gigs did a lot for me in my early days including teaching me a lot about writing for the web through having multiple clients do things various ways. Today I write for clients and for myself. I also have writers who work for me.
Because of earning one cent a word I:
-learned an awful lot about search engine optimization
-learned how to write quickly for various audiences
-learned how to research just about any subject online
-got paid to write
-started my own business
I have a small team of writers working for me and the work still starts at a penny a word and up. The rates depend on a lot of factors including how much work is involved. As my rates increase, so do my team member rates. I've often made $75 an hour writing for clients and I've made $10 an hour as well. The thing is, you need to start somewhere and you need money to pay your bills so don't let someone else's opinion of how much you're earning impact your self-worth. If you don't have to start at the very bottom, good for you but if you do, just learn what you can so you can move up quickly.