I Guess I Can’t Complain When I Only Pay $5 for Content … Or Can I?

As someone who spent a few years as a professional copywriter then later as an web marketing consultant, it always makes me cringe just a bit when someone — in all sincerity — offers me a copywriting job for what amounts to a pea pod with no peas.

Hey, come on! We all know that the best part of a pea pod is not the pod, but the peas!

So I guess I should feel a little guilty doing the same. But the thing is, I don’t! Why? Well, first off, I’m a businessman. I’m not going to pay the rate I ask for if I can get away with it. Shoot, if I paid everybody my rate, there’s no way I could stay in business!

Also, the following are samples taken from actual articles that I paid $5 each for. Yeah, after seeing these, I think you’ll agree with me that I’m the one that got ripped off here. Enjoy the show!

When a person wants to purchase a product or a service online, their are many websites that will offer them what they need and more. Here’s a look at three very different marketplaces, and how they operate to offer people the different products or services that they desire.

First, there’s Amazon.com. People might be amazed by the variety of products and services that Amazon offers. How Amazon works, is that people order their products online at the website, and then Amazon works with a network of drop shippers, and they stock products in their own warehouse, where people who work in the warehouse pick the orders, box them, and send them to the customers. All a person has to do is to go to Amazon.com, and type in the search engine bar a product or service that they are looking for. It should be known that however, that Amazon primarily offers products. The next time a person is curious about a particular product, they should type it in, and chance are that Amazon will have it for them for purchase. Amazon by the way is also a great resource for a college students by their textbooks as well.

Craigslist is a no-nonsense online classified ad website. How it works is that a person goes to Craigslist’s main page, where there are links for cities in the U.S., for and different countries all over the world. This is best website for people who want to obtain products or services right in their community. On the other hand, if a person is aware of a particular product or service in a different city, or around the world, they can look here as well. People have also found roommate arrangements, or rooms for rent as well.

The last place that will be mentioned for online purchases is called eBay. eBay has been around for a while, and it’s an auction site. How it works is that people post pictures of the products that they have for auction. People have to bid on these products. The difference between eBay and some of the other online marketplaces, is that eBay is totally driven by the people who want to sell particular products. eBay doesn’t have warehouses of products such as Amazon, and it’s not community driven like Craigslist. But if a product appears on eBay, it’s totally at the discretion of the person who has an eBay account. When that product is gone, it’s gone forever, because it has been purchased.

If a person wants to decide where they should buy from when shopping from an online marketplace, the answer is that it depends upon what they are looking to purchase.

The great beauty of the above article is that author had the audacity to ask for a tip. Hey, you never know unless you ask, right? I feel particularly sorry for the person I asked to rewrite it for me. Copyediting is definitely not one of my great loves in life.

This next sample, in the author’s defense, was a teenager who happened to owe me quite a bit of money. I offered them $5 for an article and told them that if it turned out well, I’d pay double and have plenty more work for them. I won’t say who this person is to save any embarrassment. After all, I remember being their age and I have to thank Mrs. Jamsa, my 8th grade English teacher, for teaching me all about proper use of paragraphs.

This was meant to be an article about monetizing a blog. But instead… well, take a look.

how to start blogging for money is starting a blog. There are many free blogging platforms out there- -for example:word press, Live Journal,blogger, etc.- -using the free platforms will limit the money you get.

I suggest using a domain name as well as webhosting and customizing your own wholly you blog. Many webhosts include the ability to install blogging software autimatticly with just a touch of a button, so you can literally be on your own “you.com” website and start blogging within minutes.

how to start blogging

blogging is writing so get started! try talking about something new everyday. if writing daily is to much, start with three every week. or even two posts a week. having multiple posts every week is important because search engines want to see that- -that’s important and we will descuss that in the next section.

you can write about almost anything. if its politics, personal life,music, sports,video games- -whatever you want.

whatever you choose to write about try to stick with a common theme and write regualrlly. if you do that you will eventually get traffiv

Get Traffic
ok time to be honest if you want to max out your hit counter then write about something that’s extremely conversational. then say the less popular side is better or agree with it. then get uber extreme in your view nothing says “hey come to my website” better than something that almost everyone disagrees with.

but in the end, its really all about talking about something new regularly. getting three new posts per week will eventually get u traffic.

Get Paid

there are a couple of ways to get money first get a good amount of traffic. lets say over 10,000 unique visitors per month. if you get that kind of traffic ,you can start to charge a decent amount for an ad space.

a different method is you have a good google pagerank (PR) The higher PR, the more people will want to advertise on you page. writing multiple posts a day, some bloggers are making several thousand dollars a month its not a lot but it can easily pay the mortgage on a modest home.

The above was a rewrite of an article I had written — which is why there is the occasional patch of proper grammar. Needless to say… well, since it’s needless, I’m not going to say it. I think the moral of the story is quite obvious.

Some might say I got what I paid for. To that I say, “Maybe.” At least I got a blog post out of it!

2 thoughts on “I Guess I Can’t Complain When I Only Pay $5 for Content … Or Can I?

  1. Carina

    You do get what you pay for, which is what I tell people when they find out my rate. Heehee.

    I’m going to start everything I write from now on with “ok time to be honest.”

  2. Stu Post author

    Very true! Tell you what Carina, if anybody ever tries to lowball you feel free to use the above samples to say, “Sure I’ll take that rate. But this is what you’re going to end up with!” haha!


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