If you need content and don’t have a good budget, you might be tempted to hire a 2-star writer from any number of content mills. These guys typically make up to .01 cents per word. This means a 500-word article would pay the writer $5, maybe. If you’re going with Textbroker (TB), that writer gets… I think it’s .007 a word or $3.50 for a 500-word article. I’m not even sure that pays for a happy meal at McDonald's.

What Should You Expect for $3.50?

Hopefully an article you can edit to meet your needs and post on your website. In other words, you are going to get NOT A BLANK PAGE, and you will most likely have to adjust it to meet your needs.


What Will Your $3.50 Writer Not Do?

They won’t:

  • Add any external or internal links

  • Check it for plagiarism (content mills usually do this by default, but your writer won’t precheck it to make sure it’ll move through that system and get sent to you. Depending on the content mill, the writer will get it back if it fails plagiarism, and they will drop it.)

  • Communicate with you. (If you think you need 45 messages to get the content straight and make the writer understand what you want, understand that you’re not paying for that. The writer may drop it because you’re taking up too much of their time. It other words, they could do ten other articles in the time it’s taking them to read and respond to your messages.)

  • Do any revisions (Don’t even think about sending that badboy back. If you do, your $3.50 writer will drop it because it wasn’t worth doing the first time. Of course, you get your money back, but you have to wait for a new writer to pick it up and write it.)

  • Give much of a shit if you don’t like it

  • Perform any research

  • Provide any formatting

  • Read it twice for mistakes or edit it at all

  • Run it through Grammarly

  • Spell check it beyond what their word processor offers

What Is $3.50 for a Professional Writer?

Most writers know their average hourly rate. If it’s a $100 article, let’s say they know they can do that in 1.5 hours. This means they earn about $67 an hour. We’ll call it $60 for simplicity’s sake. Now, you are paying your professional writer $3.50 for 500 words, not including whatever fees the site tacks on to that order price. Most sites charge 30 to 35 percent above what the writer gets per order, but either way, you’re paying for 3.5 minutes of the professional, experienced freelancer’s time.

Now for the Challenge: What Can I Write in 3 Minutes and 30 Seconds? Can I even hit 500 words?

The first thing to note is that I’m going to copy and paste your title/topic whatever you put in the subject of your order. I don’t have the time to think of a good title for you. We’ll assume that you sent an order on: Reasons You Need a New HVAC System? Now I’m going to hit my timer.


Are you thinking that you need a new HVAC system for your home? Here at XYZ Heating and Cooling, we can com eout to your home and look at your existing unit in oder to give you a quote on a new system. Of course, you problably want to know if you need a new system before you call us. This is why we’ve put together these tips.

1. How old is your unit?

If your unit is more than 10 years old, there’s a good chance you’d benefit from a new HVAC unit. Older units are not as energy efficient or as reliable. This is because the more they run, the more wear and tear they experience, and they take more energy to operate.

2. How many repair calls have you made in the last 12 months?

Have you had to call your HVAC repair guy multiple times over the last 12 months, if you have, it’s probably time your a new HVAC unit. This is expeicially true if you’ve spent more than 25 percent of the cost of a new unit when you add up your repair bills.



The The The That's all folks!


That article or what’s there took me 3.5 minutes. It’s 190 words, completely off the top of my head and typed as fast as I can type it. Normally, I’d pull up 3 or 4 websites with similar content as your topic, review them, make a numbered list with H2 headers and fill in the in-depth content. Then, I’d add a call to action with your phone number and a good external link along with any relevant blog post links on your website that can help further clarify the message in the post and give visitors more to read so that they hang around longer. 

I’d also fix the typos, brain/hand malfunctions and spelling errors, run it through Grammarly and check it for plagiarism in Copyscape. For $3.50 however, I can’t even finish your article much less perform all those extra steps so that you get an article that you can copy and paste into your website and immediately start sharing on your social media feeds. So, there it is, my version of a 2-star article or as least as close as I can get after 10 years of experience in writing custom content.


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