Money. It’s the reason 97% of us work. But for whatever bizarre sociological reason, it’s always the last thing to come up during job interviews.
It doesn’t get any better for freelance bloggers. In fact, since many of the hiring agents are small in size (when compared to brick and mortar companies), I often find them to be quite unsure what a fair wage actually is. Most blog employers want to tow the line of paying as little as possible (while being fair) in return for quality product. That is why as a freelance blogger, I find it important to go into a conversation about a job knowing how much I want to be paid. At the very least, have an understanding of the minimum you are willing to accept.
While it is possible to glean some basic rate information from job posts, it is not as good as knowing what someone is actually making.
Feel free to keep it anonymous, but help your fellow BlogHearld readers out by giving full disclosure on your blogging rates.
I’ll go first…
- I have earned as low as $5 for 250 words (I will no longer except this rate)
- I have earned as high as $25 for 250 words
- My average rate is approximately 5 cents per word
I will always factor in the post frequency and offer a ‘bulk discount.’ Blogging items that you are expected to perform, other than writing, should be built into your rate. For example, if the blog owner expects you to locate an image, crop it, add keywords, submit to social networks, etc. – this should be factored into your rate or used as a negotiation point.
Being a compulsive bunch, I realize most bloggers are pleased to simply make a few extra dollars. But if you value yourself, you will make sure that you are earning what you deserve.
How much do you earn per post?