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Cheap Article Writing That Doesn’t Suck – Is $2 Per Article Possible

Getting high quality articles written for a very low cost is a key strength for my online business. In this article and for the first time I share exactly how I get high quality articles created cheaply. Websites having good content has always been important and is only getting more important according to this Matt Cutts interview.

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The Typical Way of Getting Quality Articles

I am looking to build my authority site with 50-100 on site articles and one of the most popular options to get quality articles created is to use TextBrokers and get their 4 star articles for $20. That would be $2,000 worth of articles on the website and another $2,000 for off page content. Although I hope that investment would have a positive ROI I would prefer not to put that much money at risk if there is an alternative.

100 quality articles at TextBroker would cost $2,000!


The Typical Way of Getting Cheap Articles

I have tried several methods to get articles created including those recommended by many of the people in this field I respect including the guys at Tropical MBA who talk about using Filipino writers. However in my experience these articles have been of low quality and provide less value than I would like. The guys at TropicalMBA(1 of the guys at least) and AdSense flippers are located in the Phillipines and that may be why they have had better luck than me with Filipino writers.

  • Fiverr – 5 articles for 5 dollars
  • UPWork – Part time Phillipino writer working for $2/hr-$5/hr works out to around $3/article


Here is how I (USED TO) get a 500+ Word High Quality Article Written for $2

This strategy has never been shared before and I have had reservations about revealing this part of my process for getting articles written since I know it will likely be copied. But, I made a commitment with this site that I would be 100% transparent so in the name of that here is my step by step process for creating quality articles.

I use ODesk for almost all my hiring needs. The benefit of ODesk that I love is that you can easily assign a team manager to take care of hiring/firing/supervising tasks. I simply set up a process, teach a team manager it and then let them run with it while I monitor.

Over the last 5 years me and my team managers have paid for over 23,000 hours of work and worked with 370 contractors.

My ODesk Experience

My ODesk Experience

In ODesk  I have a team created called my “Content Creation” team and it is managed by one of my project managers.

The system works like this…


1.       Identify Articles to Be Created

I have a few different simple Google Document spreadsheets for my various projects with a typical list of…

  1. Website
  2. Title(target keyword)
  3. Type of content (Pillar 2000 word article or 500 word blog post)
  4. Link to eventual Google document of the article (for when the article is created)
  5. Link to published URL (either on my site or another page online)

This process could be improved if I used one master list but since I have both smaller niche sites and authority sites I haven’t created a system that works really well tying them all together.

For my authority website case study I have one main Google document I created in the Keyword Research post.

I also sometimes get lazy and just email my team manager saying 10 more pieces of content on site x with a few keyword suggestions and they get the content created. I try not to do this since it messes up my simple systems and tracking I have in place.


Article Tracking Template


2.       Post a Job on ODesk

The job on ODesk doesn’t have to be anything special. The key to hiring good writers is understanding what they are looking for and providing it. My ideal writer is looking for an opportunity to get 5* feedback and steady work. I am looking for someone who is…

  • A Native English Speaker (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia)
  • Has writing experience
  • College educated
  • Newer to ODesk and looking for experience/exposure
  • Returning to the workforce and hungry to prove themselves

These qualities typically reflect themselves in a stay at home mom returning to the workforce or recent college graduates who is looking to get experience.

Here is my article writing job posting I like to use…


—- Article Writer Post —

I have a quick 10 article writing job if you are interested in getting some 5* feedback on your ODesk profile and potential long term work.

I will provide you with the article titles and would like you to research them and then write 500 word articles

– Native English
– Interested in completing this job quickly for the fixed bid amount and receiving 5* feedback
– interested in potential longer term writing assignment after the successful completion of this job
– Bid at or below the $20 for 10 articles

—- Article Writer Post —


3.       Hire 2 Writers for Each Group of Keywords

No need to interview since there is very little you can learn to better inform your decision. By not interviewing you take on 2 risks…

  1. Writer is not serious and does not complete the work – However, I don’t believe interviewing would reduce this risk and the consequence of not getting your articles is minor since you are hiring 2 writers for each group of keywords.
  2. You receive of sub-par quality content – Again, this risk is minor since you have 2 writers working for each group of articles and if the content is decent(which it almost always is) but just doesn’t add enough value it can be used as an article at EzineArticles, Hubpages or my Private Blog Network.

Many people will disagree with me on this but hiring them right away without an interview saves me a lot of time!

My 2 Reasons for Hiring 2 Writers for Each Group of Keywords:

  • Timing – Some percentage (around 25%) of writers will not follow through on the contract so by having 2 writers I will have a high chance that articles will be ready for the site when I am ready for them.
  • Quality – Sometimes even when I hire my ideal candidate the quality of content is lower than I want on my main site. So by having 2 writers I have 2 articles to choose from on what to post.


4.       Send Them a Message with Instructions

Here are the instructions I send via ODesk as soon as I hire them, this email is nothing special but lays out what delieverables are expected and when they are expected. A great podcast if you are interested in running an efficient team is Manager Tools who teach the basic principle of project management is defining “who is doing what by when”.

One change I made to this template that improved the number of writers that completed their articles was asking for a small action right away “email me confirming you have received and understand these instructions”.


—- Email Template —-

Welcome to the team. I really look forward to working with you!

My name is _____ and I am the team lead here, please email at _______ to confirm you have received this email right away.

If you ever have any questions or concerns you can get in touch with Jon the owner at _______

Here are the 10 articles each article needs to be 500+ words and 100% unique…

Title 1

Title 2

Title 10

Following the general instructions provided at the link below (specifically section 4)

Please send all articles in individual .doc form to the emails above.

Hopefully you can complete all 10 in 1 week, 5* feedback and more work will follow.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Thanks and I look forward to speaking with you more.

_______ (Team Lead)

—- Email Template —-


5.       Receive Articles

Once the articles have been received they should be checked for the following…

  • PlagiarismFree checker
  • Quality – Review the article to see if it is good enough to go onto the website, again if it’s not it can be used at a Web 2.0 property or private blog network.

I then have my team leader copy each individual article into the Google document to be shared with me and other members on my team.

Copy all the articles in a Google document – One Google document for each article. Once you have copied the article share it with whoever is required. Typically the team lead who uploads the article shares it with me and for Micro Niche Sites my WordPress Development guy. For this site I will have a VA working directly with me so they will need to get access to everything.

Once the article has been put into a Google document and shared with the appropriate people it needs to have the URL placed in the main Authority Website Content Tracking Document.


6.       Publish Articles (more to come in future posts)

Once the articles required are available I will trigger the website builder to create the site or if this is ongoing content they would be aware and as soon as the Google document is available the post would be up.

It is very helpful on each Google document to leave comments on where / when the content was used so you don’t get mixed up on whether or not the articles were used.

Depending on the quality of the writer, me and my team manager will move them onto bigger assignments as required.

So that is it, six steps showing how I get cheap articles written that are of high quality!


Other Systems People Use to Get Content Created & The Importance of Quality Content…

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

Leave a Comment:

Sammy says September 7, 2012

I cant believe how in depth this post is…its amazing. Aren’t you concerned that others will are going to do exactly this and thus drive up the demand and costs? I will definitely be trying this out.
Keep the good stuff coming.

    Jon says September 7, 2012

    Hi Sammy, thanks for the compliment. Regarding your question…am I concerned that others will try this…I fully expect people will but I think the amount of experience I have and reputation on ODesk should let me still get great writers even if others are doing the exact same thing I am. But yes I am concerned…Good luck with finding writers!


      Dustin Jones says August 18, 2013

      I once thought this way as well. But the fact is, we’re coming to Jon’s page because he’s taking the initiative to go out and learn this information on his own. You could write a manual and a step by step guide from concept to advertiser check and the fact is, most would still fail.

      Gotta have the passion, enjoyment and vision to learn these things.

      I’m not an IM pro, but I’m 28 and have a two businesses which both do several million dollars a year. This concept goes for any business really. I’ve had competition try to do exactly what I’ve done in the past. At the end of the day I work harder and have a passion for what I do. I could give them the keys to the castle and they probably wouldn’t succeed. Where succeed having the definition of thriving and not surviving.

      I would think the same concept goes for the IM arena as well. Not to mention contacts and connections made as well as affiliate commission and probably the best of all…contributing something of value that people are seeking 🙂

James says September 8, 2012

Hey Jon –

Great post! I’ve spent way too much on TextBrokers lately and now am writing all my content myself for my authority website. However in the future I plan to outsource my content and think I may try you strategy. Thanks for sharing.

Never been to ODesk but have heard a lot about it. I’ll definitely have to check it out in the near future.

    Jon says September 9, 2012

    Thanks James. When I started using ODesk back in 2007 it was one of those “new technology” moments where you think “holy crap this is amazing”…like the first time playing around with an IPhone or similar… The writers on there are worth a look but like any solution it’s only as good as the person you have writing for you.

Joe @ How I Got Rich says September 11, 2012

Wow, thanks for sharing these great instructions. I have real trouble finding good quality writers on Odesk so will give this a try if you don’t mind!

Miki Vicioso says September 20, 2012

I would like to say this post has great value! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

    Jon says September 25, 2012

    No problem Miki…Hopefully your new writer is working out 😉


Phil Jensen says September 23, 2012


Awesome article.
Finding good quality article writers for reasonable rates is amongst one of my biggest challenges. I often resort to writing the article myself when I really know my time is better suited on on other tasks (I do write for my main sites myself however).

$2 an article however seems to be a stretch. I can’t imagine getting anything for $2 that I would want to post online. That being said, I haven’t tried this strategy yet.

Might give it a try.



    Jon says September 25, 2012


    $2 high quality articles are 100% possible. I do have to say that this isn’t foolproof…after I have been doing this for awhile I still only get about 50% that I am comfortable using on my main sites. Most of the others are still good enough for Web 2.0 properties.

    If you give it a try let me know how it goes.


Joe @ How I Got Rich says October 5, 2012

I tried this and found two people who were interested and seemed to have good English.

Their work was ok but needed checking and I wouldn’t put it on my main sites. But for Web 2.0 probably ok.


    Jon says October 5, 2012

    Hi Joe

    The system definitely doesn’t work 100% of the time and I think maybe my “secret sauce” is my profile on ODesk having a lot of 5* feedback. Using a VA to help manage the article assignments, hiring writers etc is a big help.


Adam says October 10, 2012

Hi Jon,

I must say this is a very nice write-up indeed.

I do have a question tho being that this is an authority type site you are building do you feel the $2 dollar articles will provide your readership with quality content or is this strategy designed more or less for link building purposes?

I have a 4 star writer at TB I use and although she is well worth the cost you are indeed correct that it can add up quite quickly and the risk to reward ratio is never a surefire thing.


    Jon says October 12, 2012


    That is a fair question! In practical terms I don’t think my audience cares how much I paid for the article, I think they care about the usefulness of the article.

    So if I can get quality/useful articles created for $2 than that is a huge advantage over people using TextBrokers paying $5-$20 for the same quality article.

    The problem with my approach is that I don’t always get website quality articles so I end up using a lot (about 1/2) the articles on web 2.0 properties or article directories…this content system helps feed my back-linking system.



Gilad says October 19, 2012

Hi Jon

Quick question: how do you make sure that the writers that apply to your Odesk job posting
really hold up to your criteria? I tried to work in this method but so far encountered contractors that don’t hold up to the demands i set up in the job posting.

    Jon says October 19, 2012

    Gilad – What you are encountering is the problem with this approach. You don’t always get writers that complete the job. I have 3 tips…

    1. Hire 2 writers for each article (50% failure rate is expected)
    2. Hire the writer shortly after they apply without an interview and ask them to send the first article right away
    (the shorter you can make the gap from them applying to them writing the first article the more likely they are to complete the job)
    3. Don’t be afraid to end contracts and move on…if you hear nothing back after a few days its unlikely you will hear back if you write more emails and wait longer…end contract after a fair amount of time and move on.

    Hopefully these tips will help!


Gilad says October 20, 2012

So what you are basically saying is that articles in fact costs 4$ and not 2$?

    Jon says October 20, 2012

    Gilad – You can think of it that way.

    But remember the second article even if its not website quality is still unique and grammatically correct so it makes a great Web 2.0 article.

    As a planning basis paying $4 for 2 article 1 being website quality and 1 being web 2.0 quality is reasonable.

    Thanks for the questions.


micro services says January 8, 2013

Hello! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

Enstine Muki says February 5, 2013

HI Jon,
I came here from a link on Theodore’s blog and I must say I’m NOT disappointed. Thanks for sharing your well treasured working method. I’ll be looking into it closer and I hope it works too for me.

Hope you have a splendid week

    Jon says February 6, 2013

    Thanks for stopping by Enstine, I am happy to be sharing what is working and what is not with everyone. This method definitely has a lot of benefits!

Experienced writer says April 14, 2013

So you are the people responsible for creating much of the terrible writing on the web.
I doubt I ever look at any of your websites because it’s easy to see on SERP’s that they are not click-worthy.

    Jon says April 15, 2013

    I think you would be surprised by the quality of the articles! The poor quality articles end up on article directories and you are correct they are not typically adding a lot of value. The articles on my websites are of value – have a look at my case study site and let me know if you think they aren’t.

Home Learnig says June 12, 2013

Hey Jon, I love the template you included in your post. They are great! Thank you for sharing the great information. I am currently building links to my authority site and niche sites. I will give them a try.

Mason says August 1, 2013

Hey Jon, great info here. One quick question: when you find good writers using this method, do you actually keep them on board and start paying them more per article (IE “…more work will follow.”) or do you just move on to other new writers who are looking for quick ratings to get established in order to keep costs down?

Thanks again for the thorough article and case study!

    Jon says August 1, 2013

    I start paying them more, increasing with each batch of articles by $5-$10 per batch up to usually around $50/10 articles and then hold there.

    Some I offer and they say thanks for the feedback that is all and move onto other things.

    Either option works for me as long as everyone is happy and so far I have had a very high rate of everyone involved being happy with the deal.

Peter says August 9, 2013

Hey Jon, I’m right in the middle of trying this out now. I got 8 bids and selected 3. I was going to select 2 but one bid $2.50 so I thought I’d give her a go as well. From Pakistan.

So far no articles at all from one writer (not the $2.50 writer, but one from South Africa) one article from each of the other 2. Not great, I gave 2 keywords for each article with clear instructions how to use them and the keywords don’t appear anywhere in the articles. Oh well.

I thought I’d ask what you do where they don’t deserve maximum feedback, either because they deliver nothing or because the work is very ordinary. Do you still give them the 5?

Dustin Jones says August 18, 2013

Hi John.

I’ve also had the experience of using odesk successfully, but outside of IM.

I wanted to say thanks for the article and the blog is really useful. I’m in a similar boat as you. I have over 6000 hours logged and $50,000 on odes managing workers over the last 3 years for my cell phone business (getting leads, qualifying leads, administration support and software development ).

It’s interesting and music to my ears when you say that you don’t have to pay a lot for quality work when you find the right individual. On one project for a very key software development piece I hired expensive individuals and agencies which all fell short on skill and deliverables.

In the end, I offered my script worker who didn’t have the best programming skills or the experience I the language I had preferred. However, he was 10x cheaper and dedicated and able to problem solve and produce what I needed in a timely manner and exceeding expectations.

Also my best two virtual assistants from the Philippines were contractors with 0 feedback and now have thousands of hours logged with me. It might sound a little cliché, but the job assignment I picked them from required a voice recording. My southern heritage must have a radar for “good honest hardworking people” and I felt I was able to sense this through a voice recording over any type of established profile or portfolio.

In fact I prefer the workers who do not have a robust portfolio and contract. These workers typically have a lot of jobs and always sense they have the upper hand mentality of “I’ve got so much potential work, why do I need to go the extra mile/I don’t have time to go the extra mile with all my commitments and request.

Before ranting any further, I’ll leave with just just these two points.
– Try to retain hard workers and dedicated virtual workers even if your next project isn’t an exact fit for them. Also get to know your quality workers other strengths or even interest I other areas. A hard worker
Who’s dedicated and willing to learn that already has worked with you and works well with you will many times save you time money and headache in the end.

Jeanne says August 28, 2013

Jon – thanks for the in-depth explanation for how you procure articles. Would you, or someone else who is reading these comments, please explain what you mean by “web 2.0”? I understand that roughly half of the articles you receive are not good enough quality for your authority sites. You indicate that you use them elsewhere and I’m not sure what you mean by that. Do you have other ways of getting a return on the money you spent to have these articles written?

    Jon says August 28, 2013

    Hi Jeanne
    Web 2.0 pages may mean different things to different people but when I am talking about them I am referring to the free pages you can create at site like Squidoo, Hubpages,, Blogger and a bunch of other sites like feedly, tumblr etc. These are free to create online content pages where you can insert a link either back to your site or to another piece of content you are wanting to increase the rankings for. The articles that go on these web 2.0 properties are not going to make money directly but the intent would be to boost the rankings of the pages on my site that will result in an increase in rankings/money.

Dale P says August 31, 2013

very informative piece.

A lot of helpful resources on here.

Question on the spreadsheet, what is the first column? Are these just random keywords you would try to target?

    Jon says September 2, 2013

    Hi Dale, yes the first column is a list of keywords/article titles I am going after. I try and vary it up between posts I am creating for SEO purposes and posts I am creating for sharing purposes.

Chris Desatoff says September 4, 2013

Shoot Jon,

I stayed up all night the other day reading all your income reports, and I’m pretty stoked to shift into high gear with my outsourcing. I just signed up on odesk through your link, and I’m gonna post my first job right now using your method. Thanks for spilling your secrets, bro! 🙂

Aloha, Chris

    Jon says September 4, 2013

    Chris, congrats on getting through the income reports! I put a lot of effort into those and I really hope you enjoyed and more importantly learned/were inspired by them.

    Let me know how it goes on ODesk.

    Now that you have read all my content what area of my online business do you want me to dive deeper into?

      Chris Desatoff says September 4, 2013

      Dude, that’s easy! 🙂

      A follow-up to this article right here…what the heck do you do with those $2 articles that aren’t good enough for your site? You mentioned web 2.0 stuff, and that immediately made me think of HubPages and Squidoo, but it seems to me that low quality articles don’t stick easily at those sites anymore. I mean, I’ve had 500+ word articles I wrote myself get shot down on both sites — and I’m a 4-star writer at Textbroker, born and raised in English-speaking America!

      So I have some general ideas of what to do with those articles. I guess I could try putting them on my own account or even on Bubblews. But I think it would be interesting to get an “over-the-shoulder” look at what EXACTLY you do with your lower quality content.

        Chris Desatoff says September 4, 2013

        …and also on how you outsource that stuff to your team.

        Your outsourcing “machinery” is fascinating to me. The most I’ve done is hire some Textbroker writers (and now, Odesk)…but a TEAM?!? Virtual Assistants?!?! I don’t really know where to start.

        Again, I know you’ve touched on this topic, but an in-depth, over-the-shoulder tutorial would be awesome. A lot of that seems like common sense for guys who’ve been doing it for so long, but for a total newb, it all seems so foreign.

          Jon says September 7, 2013

          Stay tuned Chris – I have something in the works!

Stephen Coffey says September 7, 2013

Jon this is another amazing guide. Thanks so much for your hard work on this. I definitely appreciate it and I’m sure everyone else who is running over to Odesk right now (like me) appreciates it as well.

    Jon says September 7, 2013

    Glad you liked it…I have been nervous about putting it out since I use it so much and don’t want everyone to copy it but its more fun sharing everything then trying to keep secrets.

Jeff Gilbert says September 8, 2013

Love the site!

I especially like how you have concrete steps that can be followed. So many other sites just talk about concepts and don’t provide any details. Other sites talk about how important it is to have great content, but don’t give any examples on how to get or create content.

Anyways, I signed up for odesk and am ready to get some content created.


Mike McCarthy says September 9, 2013

Thanks Jon,
Fantastic post – I’m going to take the plunge and give this a go. Any more info on the “management” of the process would be much appreciated for future posts!

Don Shelton says September 25, 2013


Again, astounding, detailed stuff. I’ve used oDesk for a few years for various projects, mostly with good results. There is a learning curve for hiring and at least at first a fair number of hiring mistakes are to be expected, but it’s still amazing. I had just recently sworn off Textbroker, which had been IMO the best of the article creation sites, and was setting up a system on oDesk for writing when you posted this, so pretty good timing for some pointers. One thing I do which some might find helpful is set up a folder in Drive and create blank docs titled with the title/keyword I’ll be hiring out for. I set sharing for anyone with the link (just for that folder – don’t do this with a subfolder, or you could do individual sharing after hiring) and when I hire just give the contractor the link with instructions to create the articles in the created files. Three advantages 1) I can see instantly if they are working on it or not, see what quality it is, and even leave them comments in the Doc to guide them. 2) I just hire one writer to start with; if I see no work in the first day or two, or I see the work quality is such it’s going to be used for 2.0 rather than main sites, then I hire a second writer, but sometimes I just need one and that saves quite a bit. 3) I already edit in Docs anyway; this saves me having to download the file and upload again (and you can still do a Word copy/paste into the post edit box in Word Press; it works exactly the same as from Word).

Ethan says October 22, 2013

Thanks a lot man. Just posted my job and accepted two offer that are WAY lower than what I have ever gotten on Elance. Thanks A lot man.

Guitar Player says November 4, 2013

I’m trying this out for the first time right now. It is cool to see that seemingly overqualified people are actually interested in this just so that they can get good feedback. Odesk and Elance is a highly competitive meat market and providing jobs like this has the potential to be very beneficial for someone starting their freelancing career.

Pedro Guerra says November 22, 2013

Hello Jon, Great post here!!
when you said in the email template :
Title 1
Title 2

Title 10
This are the exact titles of each articles??? so the writers are going to write only the body
based on the title of the article??

Thanks in advance Jon. Great Blog!!!

Jibran Qazi says December 10, 2013

Hi Jon, What a lovely share. Thanks for being so transparent. Regrettably I’m old fashioned and will continue writing my own articles but I might use this strategy for getting people to “review” websites for me in my directory. All the best!

Net Blogger says January 4, 2014

Thank you for the in depth article Jon, I have used many writers from Digital Point forums before and most of them didn’t provide great articles. There were some I have found were good, these were native speakers of English. Nowadays I just try to write my own articles or stick with the ones I know. Thanks for sharing these tips, I will look into ODesk next.

Jennifer Saenz says February 26, 2014

Hi Jon,

I have recently started following your blog because #1. it’s clean and easy to follow and #2. I want to see if you really live up to your tagline (a tagline I love btw). Do you still have the offer for quality writers on the cheap if we sign up to Odesk via your aff link? I have had horrible success on Elance and would like to give Odesk a spin; I am finding I need to outsource more so I can do more!



Jesus says March 8, 2014

Awesome, I am really enjoying your blog Jon, thank you for this valuable information!

Quang says April 5, 2014

Hi Jon,

Unfortunately, I register an account at Odesk before reading this post. I would like to know some writer from your Content Creation team, any way to register your affiliate link ?

Nolan, More says June 11, 2014

Hey Jon! I know you posted this a while ago, I wanted to ask if you experienced or by chance? I am looking to get my blog fully managed and I would like to know what you could recommend… I looked at and they seams to offer a great services but I never purchace from them. A friend of mine told me that is ok but he was not that impress there either.

Any feedback?



Keith Lambert says July 25, 2014

Wow Jon
What a fantastic article with some great tips on getting content, this is invaluable to anyone looking at setting up their own blog, like all the information on your site its in depth and straight to the point, keep producing this information I love it

    Jon says August 2, 2014

    Im glad that my article has reached out to you.

    Jon says August 2, 2014

    Thanks Keith

Paul says August 4, 2014

Hi Jon, let say I want to have an 2000 words article, going by 500 words/$2. Then 2000 words article will costs $8. You mentioned having 2 sets of work done on the same keywords, wouldn’t it be costly?

Priyanka S. says January 23, 2015

Hi Jon!

So your blog is where my previously well-paying clients disappeared to! 🙂

As as a professional content writer, perhaps I should be offended by this piece. 😉 But I am not. Content marketing and link-building is incredibly important for any business today, especially those based online. It is no wonder that many people would be looking for a lot of content without having the desire or ability to pay reasonable prices. I don’t mind. To each his own. Having said that, I truly believe that high-quality compelling content is something that one can only get if he is ready to pay a reasonable amount of money. Not sky-high prices, but ‘reasonable’ ones. Anyone who writes a 500-word piece for a couple of dollars will not bother too much about research, grammar or even deadlines. Jon, your post has got so many comments because it has been written so well. The same rule applies to anyone who is trying to get an audience, no matter what industry or business he is in.

For quality content at very reasonable prices, hit me up at And no, I do not have an Odesk account. 😉



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Sameer says March 7, 2015

Hi Jon,
Came across your blog couple of days back. A quality one. I like your approch of turnign things in to repeatable process. I do have a specific question on this post – you mentioned about 10 articles for $20. Does this include pillar articles also? How much is expected to pay for pillar ones?

Huander says June 30, 2015

I wanted to help you and click on your affiliate link, but they aren’t working.

Odesk now have become

All the best,


    Jon says July 14, 2015

    Thanks, I have changed the link…no more affiliate program for me unfortunately!

arunreasey says July 8, 2015

Hey! affiliate link /odesk link not working.. please update it

Tonmoy says August 12, 2015

Hello Jon, I’m late as well i just started. I tried to join but your link is not working as well you know Odesk is now upworker. And as well I’m one of your loyal reader I think you already few few thinks about me as well you commented on my blog 🙂 And I’m really surprised to see your this article. I was searching how to get quality articles within budgets and i got your this article and read it more then 5 times today and now making a comment to you. So, as well you mentioned you would share few writers (Who will join with your link {but now not’s working } So, please help me as your one of loyal reader)

Have a Good week end

Juan says January 20, 2016

Thanks a lot!

Do you mind sharing how do you write the pillar article?

Rupa says February 29, 2016

There is another place where you can get high quality articles written at a cheap rate ($3 for a 500 word article)

    Markus says May 10, 2016

    Hi Rupa,

    Where did you find the high quality articles at a better rate? I am very sure that Don has covered Upwork which is the obvious for all freelancing but curious to know if I am missing any.


tor says June 17, 2016

I don’t understand what to do if the niche is specialized and requires knowledge beyond Googling and reading or summarizing a few articles. An example would be recreational drones–how they work, what they do, down to the detail… it’s not something most people have ever even seen. Unless it’s a very short review it seems challenging to write a long article or review. Do you look on different types of sites for writers in that case?

sachin rathi says September 4, 2016

Hello Jon, Can you share your latest strategy as there been a lot of changes in Odesk, it is upwork now. How much I should offer for 10 articles now in 2016.

    Jon says September 6, 2016

    The strategy pretty much remains the same. The only difference is that you definitely have to pay more now usually in the 5-15/article to get quality writers.

Abhishek says September 10, 2016

In the recent time, ODesk(upwork) has become costly.. i prefer iwriter where one can get an article at low price of below $1.25,,

Tracy says October 27, 2016

Really like this article, the information and the way you wrote it. I have used HireWriters before, but their prices have become ridiculous. I’ve been trying to write for my three websites, but only manage to write about 5 articles per week…feel like I’m wasting my time. So will be trying your suggestions. Thank you. 😉

Clay says November 15, 2016

Hi there John,

This is a really nice article, it really helped me out to find some sites with cheap articles. I consider this as a big favor from you.


Clay Smith

Emy says February 6, 2017

Great info. I’m am currently building my blog and this information is timely and handy.

Abdul Saleem PN says April 3, 2017

Hi Jon,

Since the beginning of my site, my main issue was the content. As everyone in the industry agrees with the saying “CONTENT IS THE KING”. Till now I was using They are costly and quality on product reviews are not so fine. Actually, I am not getting the researched content which intends to be. Now I will try to follow your guidelines to get quality writer team. Your indepth guideline is a very much interesting. Thanks a lot..

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