I try to concentrate on worthwhile markets for freelancers in this blog, but I just couldn't resist offering this example of how paying writers as little as possible for work is presented on the other side of the fence.A recent article in a publication called Virtual Strategy Magazine lauds a new site called Article Teller which, like several other similar sites, brings freelancers together with potential clients. In this case, says the article, it's a really cool site because the rates that a business would have to pay for an article are so low:
In most cases, the press releases, SEO content, Web content, blog posts and other freelance writing projects that are produced cost less than a cup of coffee. In fact, at Article Teller (http://www.articleteller.com), rates can range from $0.01 to just $0.0075 per word, depending on the length of the job.
There aren't any extra zeroes in that figure: 1,000 words of professionally written content costs just $7.50. And if the quality of the writing doesn't live up to expectation, the client doesn't pay for it.
In other words, the entire premise of the site is to provide content as dirt-cheap as possible — and the expectation apparently is that writers will provide high-quality content for nearly no pay.
"We are finding more and more professional writers are ready to help business owners," Holmes said. "It's time for well-written SEO content, Web content, blog posts, articles, press releases, e-books and other business writing or rewriting needs to become affordable to literally anyone. Article Teller is the site to make it happen."
I'm sure that at least some of Article Teller's clients will find writers who will submit long articles for pennies. Whether the term "professional" will apply is another question entirely.