The Real Score with “Online Writing”

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This is a re-published post dated August 11, 2011 (05:51 PM) taken from my personal blog. Though a year has passed, I believe it is still relevant and important to the growing freelance writing community here in the Philippines. Writers, feel free to share your thoughts on the topic. Thanks! 

ABS-CBN did a feature on the topic of “online writing.”  Great!  The Philippines is finally aware that people can build a career through corporate/SEO writing, I happily thought.

But what irked me about this video was how they described the work of an online writer.  As I watched the interview till the very end, my face had a disappointed, disturbed, and criticizing look.

Disclaimer: This isn’t a personal attack against the companies or the people featured in the video. This is just to clarify the misleading ideas it has already spread to the general public. My apologies as well for just placing a photo. Apparently, there isn’t an embed option available.

Update: The video is no longer available, and the post has been slightly edited for better reading.

This is the video caption translated into English:

Do you want to earn money without leaving the comforts of your home?  Online writing is one of many popular work trends today.  The income is high and you don’t have to be tied to the office.

Sound familiar?

For those who are interested in venturing out into the world of web writing, 80% of what this feature has covered is just the sugar and spice about the industry. Sure, you can earn from home. Yes, you don’t have to be tied to an office chair to be a paid writer. But dear, that’s where the good stuff ends.

Let me just clarify I few things mentioned in this video to prevent you from being misled by the wrong notions.

Clarification #1: P20,000 a month?  Think again.

Companies here in the Philippines who provide outsourced writing services don’t pay their writers this kind of amount consistently.  There might be a few rare ones that do, but in general, you’re one lucky bastard if you’re able to find a company that will pay you that much to work at home.

But I’m not saying you can’t earn P20,000 per month as a writer.  Heck, you can even earn twice or thrice as more.  But that would depend on four main things:

  1. If you know how to price your services,
  2. If you know how to WRITE well,
  3. If you know how to manage your time, and
  4. If you know where to find and how to build a constant source of income.

Clarification #2: You’re not paid a “salary.”

00:20 – Clarice earns P20,000 per month as an online writer.

Seeing that she works for several companies, she probably is able to sustain this amount of income per month.  But what she is earning isn’t a salary.  She’s earning through pay-outs from the companies she’s writing for.
[quote]salary |ˈsalərē|
A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly or biweekly basis but often expressed as an annual sum, made by an employer to an employee, esp. a professional or white-collar worker[/quote]
The first thing you should realize before becoming an online writer is that UNLESS you’re selling a book, an info product, or any other product alongside your writing services, your income would depend on how much work you churn out and how much the client is willing to pay.

If you don’t take assignments, you’re not paid.  If you write and submit a set number of articles per month, you can probably earn P20,000 per month just like Clarice.  But again, this would depend on how much the pay-outs are for an article or project.  If a project requires 5 500-word articles, and each project costs P300, you will only get P300 for every project you submit. And if your brain and hands can only supply 10 projects per month, you get P3,000 per month. No more, no less.

Update: Clarice works as an editor, not a writer.  But I stand by what I said about freelance writers and salaries.  And ABS-CBN, my goodness. Get your facts straight before airing your show!

Clarification #3: It is not easy to be an online writer.

01:24 – Madali magiging online writer, says the broadcast journalist Karen Davila.  My response? You haven’t been doing your research, have you? 

I’m going to put my foot down on this one once and for all.  Being a writer is completely different from signing up for an account to become an online writer. You can create an account in 2 minutes flat.  The company can send you their approval in a week’s time.  That’s where it’s easy.

But to be a writer who can write something with sense, who can write facts in good grammar, and who can express himself or herself properly through words requires constant practice, hours and hours of reading, passion, and a good grasp of the language. You must be equipped in organising your thoughts before putting them down on paper.

You don’t just transform into a writer with a click of a button and a few ticks of the keyboard.  It’s never that easy.  If you think online writing is quick to become, that being a writer will bring in the big bucks, and that you can just walk around and tell people, “I’m an online writer,” you’re only fooling yourself.

As a freelance writer, the last thing I want is for people to think that they can do this type of work so easily.  I never once told people that being a web content writer is a piece of cake, or that I earn big amounts per month just sitting in front of the computer, tapping the hours away.  My skills were not harvested overnight, and yet I still have much to learn. So, you can just imagine how extremely bothered I am by how ABS-CBN has handled this Lifestyle feature.

But changing what has been broadcasted is futile now, so I only ask that new writers will stop themselves from believing in P20,000/month salaries through online writing.  Don’t swallow this video entirely and assume that things are already laid out for you.  Writing for the web isn’t an overnight success, and that you’ll never be a true writer if you don’t know how to write properly or if you think writing is just another way to make money.

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  • Sheila

    Hi Steph, it’s not a paid ad. They just called us and sched an interview. After the interview, they did not show us how it will be aired in the program. Clarice as a full time editor receives a monthly “salary” around 20k. We have also clarified some details that were sensationalized in the report via twitter.

  • John Eustaquio

    I haven’t seen the interview but i do believe that you are right. It Takes a lot of time on reading, researching and furnishing your language to write a good articles. And also with a lot of experience to be a great writer.

  • brattymelai

    *insert sarcastic tone* But dear, that’s where the good stuff ends. As I’ve said, I don’t mind paid ads, that’s how businesses promote their services. But my God, misleading information can and will dishearten new writers. I remember seeing the Jobstreet ad of the company four years ago, 15K to 30K a month. Woohooo! 15K to 30K a month… if you’re a cyborg. *sigh* Frustrating. This leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

  • Naomi

    We could just hope that freelance writing aspirants would take this bit of “information” with a grain of salt. I guess they’ll find out the hard facts the hard way soon enough, won’t they? Thanks to you, news media.It’s admirable that you took time to clarify this. Couldn’t have said it better myself. You could try posting a link to this on Bandila’s Facebook page, or mention ABSCBNNews on Twitter. (I would have done it already but I’m OFF social networks these days, remember? ;) hahaha) Kiss.

  • Naomi

    @Melai: Cyborg!! LOLOLOLOL

  • Stef Gonzaga

    @John: Hi Redge! You can click on the link at the top to see the interview. Writing is a lot of work, yet sadly, most people take it for granted or underestimate the amount of work being put in to every piece.@Melai & @Naomi: Thanks guys. If this was indeed a paid ad, sige na lang since this means business. But I wish they didn’t have to use misleading facts about the work of a web content writer just to get people to bite the bait. It’s disappointing and will disappoint a lot of people in the long run.And yes, may the power of the cyborg rest in your hands if you expect P20k at your doorstep by next month!Naomi, I like that idea of putting this on their Facebook page and mentioning them on Twitter. They should at least be informed of the real deal with online writing. If you guys can retweet and share this post as well, we could spread the word to others who are interested in becoming writers. :)

  • Charlene

    ….I can’t believe they made it sound like a piece of cake! Yes, we do stay home and earn but my golly! I, for one, work from 4am to 9pm everyday (minus at least 21/2 hrs break time for lunch and dinner) literally killing myself just to earn a decent income every month. Imagine those employers (esp the ones from the Phils) willing to pay us peanuts ($.50/400 word article) to write at least 10-15 articles everyday. How many articles should we write to earn as much as 20k a month?? That’s approx 1000 articles in one month. No wonder I have a tennis friend who’s daughter is interested to start earning as a freelance writer herself so she made an account at oDesk. She told me, “I know data entry, content writing and copywriting…” I replied, “Really? You know copy writing???” her answer…”copy, copy lang naman siguro ng writing yan” Aaaah ok… hay naku….

    • Digit

      LOL. Say what? Copy copy lang daw?!? Ano kala nila, lahat ng trabaho nakukuha sa diskarte? Well, I’ve tried working in ODESK and I’ve never gotten a decent job… pero perhaps that was because I didn’t take it that seriously (that and aside from the fact na marami talagang competition doon). Fortunately lang naman, I finally got a client who provides me with articles to write at a decent price. Yun nga lang… di araw araw.

      Oh my gosh, $.50/ 400 words? Wow, charge to experience nalang para magka-rating?

      Thank you for writing this article. Reality bites and this is reality.

      • Stef G.

        It’s hard to swallow comments and assumptions like that. But, the best thing we can do about it is to prove them wrong and to show them that writing isn’t just a gig you can hop onto anytime. ;)

  • jubaldo

    Oh my Stef, this was the one you’re itching to write. It’s a strike of luck if you find companies who will really pay that kind of money!

  • Stef Gonzaga

    @Mom: Frustrating, isn’t it? *sigh* And to the daughter of your tennis friend, good luck to her if she’ll be able to find any good-paying clients at all. @Jen: Yup, this is the one. And after pouring my frustrations over this issue, sad to say I am still irked. :(

  • jubaldo

    @stefgonzaga ‘s mom. LOL “copy, copy lang naman siguro ng writing yan” I’m stumped!

  • brattymelai

    Oh my! New definition of copywrite: “pa-copy-copy lang” O_oAnd this is precisely the reason why it’s very important to advertise internet writing responsible. Para wala ng mag-isip na copy-copy lang pala ginagawa nating lahat. Hmp.Anyway, mine’s up Stepipay. I don’t usually post my articles anywhere else pero this is a different ballgame. So :|

  • brattymelai

    *copywriter (see, hindi nag pro-proofread! LOL)

  • brattymelai

    *responsibly (sige ako na! hahaha!)

  • kelly

    Once had a client who paid $500/month, but it was hard work. And it didn’t last. Usually its a per project basis, right?

  • Stef Gonzaga

    @Jen: My mom’s awesome hahaha!@Melai: Exactly. Because of all this hoopla about writing being so easy, people will begin making silly assumptions, which will eventually lead to “pa copy-copy lang”. *shake head*I love your post dear! Went ahead and shared it to my Twitter networks. Oh, and remember I did that search on Twitter? May nakita akong tweet from a user: “Earn 50k per month as an online writer! Sign up at ***.” :-|@Mommy Kelly: Hi Mommy Kels! Normally writing projects are by the bulk/per article. It’s rare to find clients who are ready to pay you by the hour.

  • Naomi

    This is so going to backfire, BIG TIME, to the featured company. I imagine hundreds of wannabe online writers enticed with the promise of easy money clamoring to sign up and then finding out, to their bitter disappointment, how FREAKIN HARD it is to earn P300, let alone, P20,000 when they join said company. And then these disappointed horde would start going around saying bad things about the company. Oh, what a bloody mess.

  • Naomi

    @Mommy Kelly I love how you talk as if you have not been part of this industry for years already! X) Well for the benefit of newbies, let’s see -Project-based jobs – are beneficial to clients who only need say, content for a website, or articles to post in various online channels to promote a website. These kinds of projects are easy to come by, some clients might pay well, but they don’t usually provide a stable income for an online copywriter, (who by the way, does not make “copy copy lang” haler). Full-time jobs – In my experience, companies that usually offer stable, good-paying full-time jobs to online writers are those that need a steady stream of content, which they also provide to THEIR own clients. Such companies include SEO companies, web development companies,etc. This is how my present employers operate.But the idea of this whole freelance thing is that, you need to discuss all the details with a potential client before you accept the project. You are free to set your rates according to your skills and value as a writer. Syempre article na tong comment ko. Wala na, ayoko na. Haha. To newbies, visit It provides all the info you need on freelancing in the Philippines. (oks ba ang plugging Stef?? hahaha)

  • Stef Gonzaga

    @Naomi: Ahaha! Thanks dear, and it’s perfectly fine, I assure you. XD And if I was a newbie wanting to become a writer, your explanation is more than enough for me to get a grasp at what I’m to expect. In fact, it’s important to make the distinction because so many writers still think like an employee — waiting for the client’s beck and call, and letting them decide how much their “salaries” would be.Which brings me back to Melai’s epic line in her blog post: “What’s the point?!”

  • brattymelai

    @Naomi WINNER chica ang “comment!” HAHAHA! This will bleed profusely. Sorry na lang sa babagsakan ng dugo. Which is kinda sad too. I have two employers. One is project-based, $500+/month & I have to come up with 7,500 words a DAY. it’s fun and lucrative but it’s not a steady job. Sabi nga ni MamiKels, these projects don’t last. But Im lucky enough to have an understanding w/ the client na when he needs me, gow ako, same rate, same churla. My full-time job is more demanding where since I have to edit articles and write for VIP clients, madugo din sa simula. Kelangan ng mahabang negotation to get the rate that I wanted. So ang moral of the story :p walang madali sa internet writing! HAHAHA! But yep, unless you want to submit mediocre articles since copy-copy lang ito and not sleep for a week, sure, kayang-kaya yang 20K! :D

  • Johna

    “But to be a writer who can write something with sense, who can write with facts and good grammar, and who can express himself or herself properly through words requires constant practice, hours and hours of reading, passion, and a good grasp of the language. You must have the ability to organize one’s thoughts before putting them down on paper. You don’t just transform into a writer with a click of a button and a few ticks of the keyboard. It’s never that easy.”Slow clap here. IT’S NEVER THAT EASY, AND I DISDAIN IT WHEN PEOPLE THINK IT IS. I also dislike it when crappy stuff are easily published. But maybe I’m beginning to take things personally – because, writing IS fricking hard, and to work sweat and blood trying to get things right – and brilliant – only for people to think what you’re doing is easy, is a misconception that drives me – and I’m sure writers everywhere! – up the wall.

  • Johna

    Oh, I just realize I ranted there. Sorry!Anyway, this is a good piece. Very well said.

  • Naomi

    Good morning everyone! @Melai: My God. 7500 words a day?? And that’s not even your full-time job? WOW. There you go. Being a cyborg is practically a requirement for online writing.@Johan Same here. I find it sad that you see a lot of crappy articles online. Let’s not even get started on mental block phases and boredom phases we get to experience once in a while.

  • Pinaywriter

    There is a reason why is stopped (I got bored and my day job took my time) and why I am afraid to start (the way you guys did) because it seems to tedious to start and negotiate. And I am not the most tactful of people when it comes to telling a person that what he is asking is just too much work for such a low price. I would get banned in writing job sites in no time. T_T, When I told my mom and other people about this I think they were surprised at just how many words it took. I tell writers that it’s easy IF they have enough training for it. But if they don’t, it would take some time before this is lucrative.

  • brattymelai

    Hello again!@Noami :) I knoooow. I guess I’m just lucky that every time I have a project-based assignments, my editing job doesn’t require too much attention. But yeah, no social life, few hours of sleep, endless supply of coffee and cola. :pAs I always say, “:talent alone cannot make a writer.” Aside from your writing skills, self-discipline is very important. Well, unless, pa-copy-copy lang ginagawa natin. (see, i’m still annoyed sa “copywriter”) :p

  • Helene

    Wow, just saw this entry of yours, Stef, and watched the video as well. I highly dislike that statement of Karen Davila’s, “Madali maging online writer.” It’s just so misleading, and yeah, it’s probably going to result in lots of people signing up and thinking to make “easy money” only to realize that it’s a lot harder to earn that P20,000/month.I remember an incident, when my HS classmates and I had a reunion, and the friend who referred me to online writing and I were talking. One of our classmates suddenly butted in and said, “Oh, I have a friend who earns P40,000 a month doing the same thing, and he says it’s really easy. Gusto ko nga ring itry e.” It really made my friend’s blood boil, and raised my hackles as well. I wish people would stop making sweeping statements like that without knowing all their facts or trying it out for themselves.Haha, and that comment about copywriters being “pacopy-copy lang” is sooo funny!

  • Stef Gonzaga

    @Johna:*huuuuugs* I can still remember how hard you worked on your thesis, so I don’t blame you for the rant. @Naomi: Here here! I too hate wannabe writers who keep publishing crap online. And by crap I mean spun articles that make no sense, or original articles that are full of errors and STILL don’t make sense.@Melai: Whoa, 7500 words a day?? I gotta be honest, di ko talaga makaya yan. *bow* :) And yes, talent alone won’t do any writer any good if s/he doesn’t have the attitude and the common sense to put it to good use.@Helene: Hi Helene! I don’t normally watch ABS-CBN or Karen Davila, but she just made it to my dislike list thanks to this video. And if it is true that he earns P40k a month, I’m gonna bet that it didn’t come from just one stream of work. Sigh, it’s sad how our work is being looked upon as an easy money-making scheme. Writing used to be about self-expression, delivering a well-thought out message to an audience, and touching people’s lives in many ways. Now it’s been butchered and shamed by people who don’t understand what it takes to be a good writer.

  • Anonymous

    @ Stef G and brattymelai- The wonders of envy and crab mentality. Keep it up. LOL

  • Kelly Palaganas


  • Justine Raagas

    Hi Stef, I haven’t seen the news footage pero mejo insulting when people think we earn simple money, because truth be told, my writing skills weren’t developed overnight – my writing skill development started when I was in Grade FOUR, and I’ve been practicing and constantly honing my skills since then. As for freelance writing – I had to learn the ropes by myself, starting wiith odesk and my measly $1 per 500 word articles three years ago. Everything was self-learned, through trial and error – I got scammed for $150 by one client and $50 by another, but that’s part of learning, and that has made me the experienced freelance writer that I am now.I believe 20k is doable – I mean, that’s my quota monthly and I even aim for twice the amount – but it’s not easy. Reaching these rates meant juggling four to seven clients at a time, working really hard to get good feedback, developing thirty zits on my face because of sleepless nights and yes, learning SEO stuff and putting up with “character” clients.I just wish we’d get the same respect as other office jobs because what we do is hard din. It’s good money, yes, but it’s not easy money at all.

  • Justine

    Naman! Full name ko pa ang naka lagay sa comment. HAHAHA. :D

  • Naomi

    @Kelly oh didn’t you hear? trolling is the new black!@Stef and everybody else: I guess I can say that I’ve learned a lot in the past years, too (and I’m sure I’ve still a lot to learn) but you know it’s funny and sad at the same time when I still encounter clients who do not really care what you write as long as they have content to sow all over the net in hope of getting more visitors. (Thus, no lack of jobs for copy-copy-lang writers) They do not realize that while SEO and studying Google search engine algorithms is important, it’s the content that grips the readers, taps their emotions, and tells them if your company/business can be trusted. And you guys said it, writing for marketing is a skill that needs to be honed.

  • Kelly Ramos-Palaganas

    @Naomi, haha!@Justine, that 40t a month is inspiring! I’m gonna aim for that as well. I was actually contemplating switching careers for a while, until I learned to haggle for my price! It’s kind of fun.

  • Justine Raagas

    Well 40t doesn’t happen regularly.. Once in three or four months but aiming for it to be the standard. Haha ikaw nga with ur rates 40 is so easy for you :) yup haggling for rates is kinda fun! Before kc I’d stick to a safe mid range rate pero now I cn haggle for twice the amount (or turn down invites nga eh hahahaha)..what’s also fun is rebuilding my credibility back after getting bad feedback (less than 4.8 out of 5) bec good feedback means better prices, diba? :) Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld

  • Justine

    But on the opposite side of things, there are also some people who look down on us “freelancers.” Forgive me if this is out of topic but I’ve seen looks from relatives and friends which look like “ahhh… she’s a bum. unemployed. nasa house lang.” Para bang, excuse me ha naka pang bahay lang ako pero I earn as much as those who wear office uniforms or even more and I work my ass off – too. LOL.

    • anana

      “I’ve seen looks from relatives and friends which look like “ahhh… she’s a bum. unemployed. nasa house lang.” – naku. ganyan na ganyan ang itsura ng mga kakilala ko nung nalaman nila na nag freelance online writer ako. mas gusto pa ng boyfriend ko marinig ang junior PR editor! at least editor daw, kesa sa writer! ouch!

      • Stef G.

        Stereotypes are always difficult to swallow, and it’s sad that freelancers have to deal with it as well.

  • Stef Gonzaga

    Thanks Justine, Naomi, and Mommy Kelly for sharing your insights. It really is difficult and discouraging when we’re constantly dealing with people who think we’re just bumming around the house, when we encounter people who assume writing can be done by anybody, and when clients don’t care about the quality of the work so long as they 1) get the service at peanut prices, and 2) get traffic through Google keywords and SEO. The best thing we can do at this point though is to keep going. Let’s keep up the excellent work, stick to our chosen freelance rates, and make sure that we don’t let anyone tell us that our work is just a piece of cake and let them get away with it. And if we can’t get them to understand that freelancing and writing for the web isn’t easy, we might as well let them learn for themselves the hard way. Besides, that was how we did it, right? ;)As for Anonymous, I’m just amused that s/he finds this post interesting enough to care to write a comment.

  • Rabusa Micon

    yabang naman ng blog na ito

  • Kelly

    Hindi naman. We just feel strongly about the topic. Ang interesting nga ng discussions na lumitaw after Steffi’s post e

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  • Jovell

    Very well said Stef! I was not able to watch that video but with what you’ve described, the things Karen Davila mentioned are the most common connotations of freelance writing newbies. It’s really best to set the facts straight. I hope ABS-CBN gets to read your post.
    Everybody can write that’s true but to be able to write online content which can easily be understood and consumed by online readers takes A LOT of hard work.
    Though nowadays, I think the number of Filipinos who’ve changed their way of thinking about online writing has grown because many are working already in BPO companies. They are more aware of the hardships of working via the internet since writing is almost always a part of most outsourced jobs, even customer related services (they are often required to take down detailed notes of each and every call). I’ve met with some friends during the holidays and when I told them I have focused on online writing as a freelancer, they concernedly said, “that’s hard…what if you’re not in the mood to write or you’re not versed with the topic you need to write about?”. It’s great to know some people realize that online writing entails good research and dedication for each and every piece of content.

    • Stef G.

      Thanks, Jovell! It’s a shame they took the video down. But as you can see in last year’s comments, it really sensationalized online writing to the point that any newbie who sees it would have been all hyped up about it.

      If Filipinos are aware of the difficulties, that’s good to know. At least they won’t have any ridiculous expectations when applying for online writing work.

  • Cecille

    I really feel you guys ’cause I, too, am a freelance writer myself. I used to earn Php20k per month last October, but it was definitely a “restless” and unstable work for two foreign clients. Sabi nga, tyagaan lang talaga at makakaipon din. I do not discourage aspiring writers though. As long as you have the skills, the passion, the guts, confidence, and patience; go for it! Malay nyo in the future yumaman na tayo from this business, LOL!

    Good luck to us! :D

    • Stef G.

      Thanks for sharing, Cecille. Good luck indeed!

  • Malds

    Nice post. It’s true mahirap nga magsulat. And being good isn’t even enough to earn you decent income anymore. You need to know how to find clients that pay well, how to keep them, and how to market yourself so that you spend less time looking for clients and more time actually earning money. Plus kakaiba din yung mental exhaustion that happens after writing so many articles na sunod sunod. Quality drops drastically when you force yourself to become an article factory. Personally I cant write more than 3 decent articles in one day. Pwede ko pilitin lol pero walang kwenta na yung iba.

    It’s nice to be able to say na hawak mo oras mo but the flipside is that you’re only able to do that kasi humahataw ka sa trabaho pag kelangan na lol.

    • Stef G.

      I know exactly what you mean, which is why I’ve stopped accepting article factory projects after I’ve developed confidence in myself to specialize my skills. :)

  • Lui B.


    I remember this video clearly . In fact, I know the exact company who was behind it. They pay Filipino writers a measly amount for every 4 to 5 articles written. And to earn 20, 000 per month means pushing yourself to the point exhaustion. Every. Single. Day.

    I never thought that it was just plain sensationalism until I tried it myself. The first few months as a freelance writer was a total struggle. You have no choice but to churn out as much as 10-20 articles per day just to make ends meet. And I didn’t have the right to complain as I was just a newbie with no impressive clips under my belt. My expectations were not met and my self-esteem suffered terribly. As expected, the news report didn’t reveal anything about what it really takes to reach and get past that 20,000-peso mark. But what do we expect? Not all people can understand the challenges we writers face everyday. Heck, they can even call us “lazy” and “unproductive” for all we care.

  • MJ Tomias

    When someone learns that I have been doing this online writing for quite a while, the usual comment I would get is they also want to learn this kind of extra income stuff (or in Filipino term, “raket”). The first thing I would usually asked them is “do you have the passion for writing?” And then most of them would say no. Online writing might be easy if you are just doing it without quality and in haste. But as for me, for online writers like us, this is more than just an extra income. Passion should be on top of it. You cannot really be in this market if you feel that you are doing this just to earn extra. It is more being in love with this profession. LOL


    Writers would always say that they are not the highest paid employees and it is still true. Maybe for that girl who claims she is being paid 20K or more, maybe she doing more than just writing online. :)

    • Stef G.

      Exactly, MJ. And it was mentioned in the comments that the writer in the video is actually a full-time editor employed by the company.

  • Celine

    While I agree that income from online writing can be high, making that sweeping assumption on TV is irresponsible. For example, the income per hour for SEO writing or article rewriting will never be as high as the income per hour for sales letter writing. So the type of writing you do will greatly determine your income. The same goes for the types of clients. Large corporations may be able to pay a lot (more than $200 per article), but you rarely get to be in a decision-making position, so if the editors/managers do not know how to monetize or justify the expense for your writing, they can’t keep the project going forever. Big blogs are a safer bet, since they require recurring work, but it’s hard to find one that pays beyond $150 per article (with most being in the $50 to $100 range).

    And those are the good, steady jobs. The worse jobs are the ones that tend to be in job bidding sites. While there’s the odd high-paying client there, they are more the exception than the norm. It can’t be helped, because the nature of the job bidding sites is to bid. on. the. jobs. And they are often advertised to clients as low cost. Not to mention that many from the “outsource your work at $1/hr” mentality tend to brag about the “cheap labor” they find there, so their readers/followers create client accounts on those sites with that expectation. In other words, where a freelance writer looks for work/clients also affects how much he/she earns, and since most look for work in job bidding sites, there’s higher competition and lower pay. So if you want to get paid high, you have to look for unadvertised jobs, which certainly isn’t “madali” like the reporter said. It’s simple (procedural), but it’s not easy. Psychological barriers pa lang, mahirap na.

    Sorry naging rant :p I just hate it when people, especially those with a platform, do this. This is exactly why I downplay my own numbers, because I don’t want my students/audience expecting the moon and the stars. Sure, we can all get there, but it takes hard work and proper planning, neither of which is “madali”.

    • Celine

      It reminds me of the recent brouhaha about stocks. People mentioning about how their portfolios/funds did over 30% last year, so their readers/followers/viewers should invest in stocks NOW. Errr, no. The numbers got that way because they bought the stocks/funds WHEN THE PRICES WERE LOWER, or during 2008 when world economies started tanking and almost everything could be bought at a bargain. Now, almost everything is too expensive. It’s irresponsible to give people the impression that it’s a great time to buy, without giving them the foundations and balanced background info to make the decision for themselves. (But that’s another rant :p )