ContentFly

Hire a writer for your business for only $250/mo

#5 Product of the DayMay 31, 2018

ContentFly lets you get high-quality writing, on-demand for your business, for a flat fee of $250/month. After signing up, you'll be assigned a writer (or writer(s)) that fits your industry and your brand voice. You can request articles, revisions, etc. whenever you want from your dashboard.

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31 Reviews3.1/5

I ordered 2 articles about merit-based recruiting. Both 2000 words, SEO-based, very good quality, fits the tone of our business blog, and were delivered on time.

Pros:

Great quality of articles, fast delivery, very good communication with the Contentfly team

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Everything's been great so far! I absolutely love this product

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As a writer, this is depressing. As a reader, this is depressing. For SEO-driven content, perhaps this works. But readers of company blogs deserve better quality content than $250 could possibly deliver! I'm working on an antidote to this, full disclosure. I believe journalists, and writers with an editorial eye, should be paid more to deliver content that resonates with readers and makes company blogs better!
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> I'm working on an antidote to this, full disclosure Of course you are. ;) I'm an industrial engineer by training, and have years of academic research & education around building optimized marketplaces. Writing is expensive because the marketplace isn't optimized - we use automation + economies of scale to bring dramatic price savings to the customer. Our average writer makes much more money than without us because that's what a free, optimized market can do. There was a time when people said "there's no way the quality of a $1000 computer will be any good". Once you introduce innovation and scale into a marketplace, prices go down. It's simple economics.
I would add some basic newsletter/pre-purchase sign-up; I want to stay in the loop about this so I can use it in the future, but I don't see a way to get on a mailing list. Also no social media links are active on your footer.
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@keithbrink Thanks for the feedback Keith. Will address it this week. :)

Paying a subscription fee for writing is a terrible idea. How much are the actual writers possibly making off of this? A 250/mo per customer, it's not enough.

Pros:

I guess this is really cheap

Cons:

Devalues writing and the content creation process

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As someone who has worked as a writer with this company, I'd like to dispel a couple concerns that seem common. The subscription price does look low. But, they pay okay. At $0.05/word, it's not catastrophically low by any means. Most importantly, of the places I've worked for at that rate -- which is a bit less than what I charge my private clients -- the expectations are completely reasonable and in line with the price. As a writer, this is important. I've worked other places with that sort of rate, including for a big name blog you definitely know of if you follow digital marketing news. (A big influencer's blog.) That paid the same, and while it looked okay on the surface, the image sourcing and other concerns made it not worth the money. It's a time and effort concern. Custom screenshots custom edited in photoshop, tons of original research, multiple rounds of revisions... there's nothing wrong with $0.05 in and of itself. It all comes down to other factors, and Contentfly is a very good balance. I was skeptical going in, but I'd recommend them both to other writers (depending on experience, skill level, etc), and to companies that need straightforward blog content. This is one of the most reasonable places I've worked for at this price point. I cannot stress that enough. I've worked for numerous content agencies at different price points, and there's a lot of variance at play that goes beyond just the per-word rate in isolation. To be fair, if you need something very detailed and niche specific, that really requires distinct expertise -- thing specific subniches of finance, some kinds of technical writing, programming tutorials where you need someone who can actually code in that language -- this might not be the right solution for you. But for a lot of smaller companies that need to start producing content and getting themselves out there as a voice in their field, I definitely recommend Contentfly over just about any other agency I've worked for. They definitely have made my list of "content agencies I'd actually recommend to people." Not all companies I've worked for are worth recommending. There's one I'd actively say NOT to work with. So yeah, as far as content goes at this price point -- as long as you know what you can expect for the price -- Contenfly leads the pack, for sure.
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