Blogging Wages: How Low Will You Go?

We’re having an interesting discussion at the Performancing Hive forum today about wages. At Freelance Writing Jobs, it’s our policy not to post any gig paying below $10. As one employer pointed out though, a job paying $5 for a post might add up to $10 – $15 per hour if one can write a post in ten to fifteen minutes.  I can agree with that.

When deciding whether or not to accept a blogging wage, consider the following:

  • How much work is in involved in writing the post.
  • Will you be expected to research or interview?
  • Are you expected to bring in traffic and promote each post?

If you’re writing a post for fifteen minutes off the top of your head, $5 a pop might not be so terrible. If you’re expected to write a well researched piece and do a lot of heavy promotion to bring in traffic, $5 is a low wage.

Remember, for most blogging gigs more than the actual writing is expected. Many bloggers are also required to build and interact with a community and bring in traffic. Perhaps an hour’s worth or more work for each post. If that’s the case, $5 doesn’t come close.

What do you think? How low will you go?


  1. says

    The differences you describe are what makes me go for an hourly rate.

    There are many factors involved, but I’ve been blogging for pay for long enough, and for a wide enough variety of people, that I can predict fairly accurately how long things will take. That allows me to give clients a useful estimate, and to promise I won’t charge more even if it takes me longer than I predicted.

    A well-crafted, thoroughly researched post that will rank high for their keywords and bring in traffic for months to come? That’s two hours. A quick post to decorate a couple of links that are the real point of the thing? Fifteen minutes. I can also edit really cheap bloggers’ posts at a rate of about 10 per hour, and some clients prefer that arrangement as an economical way to get well-written posts.

    In all those cases, using an hourly rate instead of a per-blog rate lets me and the client feel comfortable.

    I used to do a monthly rate and work it out so that I earned the hourly rate I wanted, but that can lead to dissatisfaction — on my part or on the client’s.

    With that said, there are people who want good work at an unrealistically low rate. I don’t think we should encourage them. If professional content providers will insist on being paid a professional rate, we won’t have to consider working for $5.00 an hour — unless that’s a good wage where we happen to live.


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