1) I strongly recommend domains that pass the telephone test.
2) As you probably know, content for the web has become a commodity. Writers from Asia and some from North America are willing to write for a few cents per word. Lots of people will never consider you with your rate per hour. Stick to your guns if you are good. You don't want to be a racehorse that pulls a plow.
The rate that you are asking can only be justified by a few types of webmasters:
A) those who have enormous traffic that can pay back what you charge in ad views;
B) those who have a professional site with high value visitors;
C) organizations where image, quality and "getting a message out" are held in high regard;
D) those who are gunning for home-run-hitting content that will be widely shared and attract visitors; and,
E) a few other special cases.
Those make up a very tiny percentage of webmasters.
I have paid your rates for highly skilled writers with very specific expertise who can efficiently produce best-on-the-web content for assigned topics. These people also come with access to materials and locations that provide perfect photos for illustrating their writing.
Sometimes I make a profit from their writing and sometimes the return is negative. I do most of my own writing and their work ads variety to the site.
I have two problems: 1) people who have the expertise and photo access are horrible writers; and, 2) those who can write well lack the content expertise (which is quickly detected by visitors to my website).
If I was looking to sell myself as a writer I would figure out how to let people know that I don't write 500 word articles for $5 long before they call or email. I would also have a website that points to lots of great content that I have produced for other websites that is ranking well, attracting links, and pulling lots of traffic.
You didn't ask for this but I want to ask why you are not building a content site for yourself? Great content writers are the most valuable talent on the web in my opinion.
If you have a great site you get to keep all of the rewards instead of working by the hour or by the piece for a rate that is low enough that your client can still make a nice profit.
Last edited by EGOL; Aug 1st, 2012 at 10:29 PM.
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