Originally Posted by PureInk
My questions are - how much would a company expect to pay for this kind of article and is there a market for it? I can see these longer, well researched articles being good for SEO as they should generate links and also good for generating brand awareness via social media.
This is tricky. There is definately a chance for this to work out, but as from a company perspective that buys a lot of articles I would have to say companies look for bulk, price, flexibility and reliability. Quality is not only factor when deciding. If writer doesn't fit in my business model I will not use him. That's how things work. I think you need to aim on what your targeted market needs, and not what you want.
I think you should probably start low as a regular writer and work your way up. Be hardworking, do the job as the clients need it, learn on the way what are needs of your market. For example, I found many writers that were good and thought they should make a lot of $$ but in the end I keep using the ones that are good, affordable (fit in my business model) and stable. Tons of writers just get tired after 3-4-5 months. It's wrong approach. Imagine if any of the big brands would after 3 months decide they don't want to work anymore? Would you count on them seriously? By becoming stable writer you will find some stable and regular clients. You will develop relationships and some of them might want to hire you exclusively to work for them. Some of them might decide to hire you for more detailed quality articles and would hire you for bigger bucks. When you develop relationships with many clients, than ask them would they like your service. You might offer the best articles on the internet but if I need 4 articles a month and you do only 2 for me than your quality is useless to me.
I just wanna say, quality is not the only factor for deciding when hiring someone. Most writers over estimate themselves, that's a problem, you gotta be realistic. There is ton of good writers out there looking for a job. To get the wanted $$$ per article you don't just offer price and wait for the job. You gotta fight your way up, you gotta earn reputation, you gotta build a brand of yourself, you gotta prove you are reliable to ask for higher price.
I am saying that because I have writers that charge me more than others and I have no problem paying that bigger price. But the key thing, they are not rude, they don't overcharge, they work for that money, they provide excellent quality, they communicate, they ALWAYS do edits for free, bottom line they offer superb service at affordable price. And this is why they will always have work from me. If I have 10 articles to write I will first ask them and than look elsewhere if they can't do it for whatever the reason. I might be flexible and delay my deadlines for them. They earned they trust and I am willing to be flexible with them for that, they can demand more because they earned that right.
So my advice for you. Your idea might work, but most business people know it's not about the projects it's about the people behind the projects. Most overnight successful businesses had people who learned how system works for a long long period. So your idea might be perfect for some companies, but if you don't have proper conditions than it will probably fail. Find first 10-20 companies who will hire you and be satisfied with your work and than ask them if they would like this type of service.
And for the end, I will just say that I have US writers doing articles for $15. However, I have a team of researchers who prepare everything for writers before and than they don't need to spend time researching. Results are great with this approach. If a writer would do detailed research but I mean really detailed, providing some new extra value not just "another article" I might be ready to pay $50 per article. I know I'm not the "market" I know I might be cheap but I also know my numbers and I know how much is too much for me to pay and for how much I can pay per article.
I hope this advices help you.