Hi everyone! I have been in touch with Ghostbloggers (whoever is behind the scenes) and asked them to delete my account. I wished them well. I am removing the article and I think I might list it for sale today to someone in my email list.
I really hate to change my mind about this place. It was building a good buzz up. But I think the site owner isn’t really up to managing it quite right just yet, so maybe later we’ll all return to find it thriving.
The main problem I have with the site is the lack of controls for the people using the site. For instance, I didn’t understand the way he tacked on his cost completely (math and all that jazz), so it wound up being really pricey for a site where you get content churned out like that.
So a couple of weeks ago I asked him to lower the price. He replied to me and mentioned my request to allow writers to alter their own price, etc., but he didn’t change the price of my article like I’d asked!
I find that the site is EXCELLENT to buy from. I’ll still be doing that!
The quality was great, I was able to choose what I wanted and see a snippet. I felt the price I paid was fair to both me and the writer.
But as a writer, the site owner a.) doesn’t let us maintain control (like if we want to remove the article). and b.) doesn’t promote the site at all.
Maybe he’s been lucky with a few articles being done about his site, but where is he in the marketing world? No one I know has heard of him. If he’d dig in and start marketing the place, maybe more people would show up and it would thrive.
So where would I go if I were freelance writing?
It wouldn’t be iWriter (sorry Bob). It wouldn’t be Ghostbloggers. It would probably still be Elance and Warrior Forum (Warrior for Hire).
Those are where many marketers go to use freelancers. Yes, many “budget minded” people go to iWriter, but like one guy (Bob) mentioned in his comment on my blog, he’s an Elite getting $13 per 500 words. That’s still LOW to me – for a top tier? No thanks!
Your top tier should be around $20-30 per page. You CAN get that on Elance. I did. So don’t tell me it can’t be done.
I always shake my head when people get all panicky thinking, “But there’s too much cheap competition!! I can’t charge that much!”
Do you know why that BUGS me?
Because I can’t count the times I bid the HIGHEST bid on Elance and got chosen over allllllllllllllllllll those cheap ass writers with a cost cutting mindset.
Why did I get hired? Because (well it’s all in my Ghostwriting Cash course), but basically, I provided amazing bids that were personalized and WOWed my prospective clients. AND…I also created an amazing portfolio of samples. NOT from client work, mind you – but from sample topics I whipped up.
I knew my stuff, people. And if you STOP approaching this type of service as “I can make $30 if I do this many projects today” and start approaching it like you’re MARKETING yourself, then you’ll start being in demand and you won’t have people preying on you because you don’t know any better that you could be getting paid more.
Because now you DO know better.
I just told you so.