Hi everyone! I’m very excited about a particular site that is NEW and deserving of our viral love. It’s called Ghostbloggers.net and I heard about it on some news site and went and checked it out from a writer and buyer’s perspective and so far, I adore it! Here’s how it works:
Content is written by Ghostwriters and put on the site where short snippets are viewable by buyers. If they buy, they own copyright to it and the ghostwriter gets paid – can’t sell it elsewhere. It”s UNIQUE content available to the buyer, not PLR.
So let me tell you a little about my experience in written and video formats for your convenience. Here’s the video and then below are my thoughts in text:
First, I signed up as a writer.
The sign up was easy. I was shocked at the level of pay. Get this – their STANDARD pay for writers is $3.50 per 100 words! Cheers! Hooray! I want to give a big hug to whoever built this site with ethics intact – not some “under $2″ platform which is equivalent to a sweat shop.
And if $3.50 is too high for you as a writer, well don’t worry – you can enter whatever amount you prefer. But I’m just saying they have your back and I likey.
As a writer, keep in mind that the site is NEW so the job requests aren’t as heavy as they are elsewhere but I plan to be part of what helps that issue personally – and I think you should, too.
The site has requests in there but you also just write your own topics and upload them. Now what sucks is, once it’s there, you have to keep it there. I hope we can urge them to allow us to take our content down after so many days. They’re open to feedback and suggestions so this is something I’ll be sharing with them on their Facebook fan page.
Nathan, one of my blog readers, mentioned some of the most popular topics that have had articles purchased there – including diets, marketing, and so on.
I have a suggestion for you writers, too! How about this: You put an article on there like one about Internet marketing. Okay cool. You submit it and wait for it to be approved out of the queue. Once it’s live, you promote it!
You’re not at the mercy of whoever happens to land on their site, hoping they find your content! Promote it like a true marketer. How can you do that?
- Promote it on your blog – in individual posts AND in the sidebar! Have a list of unique content available for purchase with a link to your Ghostbloggers.net profile!
- Tweet it whenever you have a new article available for purchase.
- Google Plus it.
- FaceBook it.
- Put it in a sig file.
All the things you would normally do to promote your stuff, do it for this! So let’s say you do that Internet marketing article. I would go to my Google free keyword tool and type in “Internet marketing writer” (without quotes). Then what I would do is see what has low competition and highest searches. Internet marketing writer has 210 searches per month.
Not extremely high but that’s 210 people per month wanting someone who knows how to write about Internet marketing – and maybe they’ll buy your article as a test to see what they want to request from you.
This is the kind of site where you’ll want to really study what article titles appeal most to people, because marketers usually know these types and they’ll be looking for them. IE: “5 Ways to Trim Fat From Your Thighs” (or whatever).
And guess what ELSE I love about this site for writers? THEY DON’T PICK POCKET YOU! That’s right – whereas some other sites charge $2 per article to the client and give you a whipping $1.62 (grrr), THIS site lets you pick your rate and then they tack on what they’re going to get on TOP of your pay. LOVE IT!
Again, people if you want this thing to take hold, take a stand against low pay sites and ONLY work for higher paying ones whenever possible. The more content people find there, the more buyers it will attract, right? My article just got approved! Here it is: WordPress article.
So I am a little confused though. I charged the standard rate of $3.50 per 100 words. It’s an 812 word article. So that should be $28.42 plus they tack on 30% for their fee on top of that, which is $8.53 which would be $36.95 total. No? Am I not a math whiz today? but it’s listed at $40.60. Hmm not sure why.
Next I signed up as a buyer.
Again, sign up was easy. I was able to sort through with easy navigation to find articles in my category. I LOVE that I can see a snippet of the article to see the level of quality and stuffiness versus casual writing. I like the star rating system. I like that they show me more articles by that author (if you find a favorite). I like that it also gives me more suggestions in that category I might like.
So I have to say, I went searching through stuff I’d like and I didn’t find a SINGLE crappy quality article! Not ONE. I DID find one lady who just used words that were too snooty – not at all my style – but quality-wise, she knew her stuff.
I wound up wanting to buy an article to see how it would be in full as far as the experience goes. It asked me to fund my PayPal account so I entered $20 (since the article was $19.97 for 837 words. That’s almost 2 pages, about $10 per page! Pretty good for a newer writer – certainly not some $1.62 crap. This person must have entered a lower than standard rate because 837 words would be $28 plus some change.
I did NOT like the fact that I had to fund my account with $50 minimum. Ghostbloggers needs to change that because if I’m NEW and have been burned endless times by freelancers and freelance sites, I’m not going to want to lose $50 not knowing if I like the site. A $20 minimum entry would be perfect – or let them enter the specific amount of the article – what’s wrong with that?
Anyhoo I did it. I bought the article and it was sitting in my dashboard waiting for me. I was able to copy and paste it into copyscape and it passed with flying colors. LOVE it. It was well written, too. Now on my own blog, I like to have my own Tiff personality, so what I would normally do is Frankentiff it to have my flair.
But if I was using it on a web 2.0 entity or article ezine, I’d leave it as is. Read it here if you want to see the quality of what I bought for about $10 per page: Using the Search Function on Social Media Sites – Content Creation Cornucopia.
I left that article exactly verbatim how s/he wrote it – but the only thing I did was put more spacing in the paragraphs because she wrote long paragraphs (most people are taught this in school). Otherwise, I didn’t touch a single word. Nice, huh?
Now what do I mean by Frankentiffing it? I love her title – so I wouldn’t change a thing there. I like the depiction of a cornucopia – fruits of our labor tumbling out.
But the paragraph that starts with: “An often overlooked resource” (up top), I would probably rewrite quickly like this:
Most people ignore the poor search button on social media sites. They go there to interact, not look for information. But it’s the perfect place to find ideas because real people – not news organizations and mainstream media – are supplying the fodder you need for your blog posts! And it’s a never-ending supply of ideas that you don’t have to pay for.
You see, I embrace the dangling participle. I just want it a tad bit more conversational. But I gave her/him five full stars because I think the content kicked a little ass. It was a great concept – something FREE for my readers to learn and implement – and something most people DO ignore. Bravo, writer – Bravo!
As a buyer, you can bet your sweet butt I’ll be bookmarking and stopping by here often. If I don’t have anything for a blog post, if I need some article marketing or whatever – this is where I would go.
Why – if it’s more expensive?
First off, the QUALITY amazed me.
Secondly, It was priced well! Some people had outrageous pricing – that’s okay. They’re free to do that if they want. I think as more WRITERS go on there, beefing up content, with a variety of wages (please don’t start putting $5 crap up), then it’ll attract many, many more buyers.
So let’s spread the word, people! As soon as my article is up – it’s about WordPress and pretty good newbie tips – then I’ll link to it. I did standard rate just to stick with the basic requirements but I might put some on lower, too.
Enjoy! And bookmark this, G+1 it, Tweet it, etc. Let’s get ethics spreading like wildfire and drown out the low budget, low quality flea markets (they don’t deserve to be called “marketplaces.”