Writing Ghost Articles

What is a “ghost article”?  Simply put, a ghost article is one where there is no by-line anywhere on the page and no way of knowing who wrote it.  There are lots of sites out there which do this; most of these are general information sites or marketing sites.  Many are content driven and need new subject matter almost daily to keep growing.  All of these sites use paid freelancers to get the content they need.

If you are looking for some quick easy money, writing ghost articles is a way for a freelancer to do it.  This is especially true if you know anything about SEO (search engine optimization) and the use of keyword placement.   Pick up some jobs from the writing boards, most of the time the provider will hand you a topic or list of topics.  Your job is to do the basic research and write up an article with the specified word count and topic.

The advantage – it’s really simple work.  It’s also a great way to get into writing each day and make a few bucks while doing it.  The disadvantage – you usually don’t get the by-line and most often work for one tenth of what you should actually be making to write the articles.

Another advantage to writing ghost articles is that you don’t need to worry about coming up with the ideas to write about.  If you get a topic or keyword you know about, research for the article is almost none and should only take up to about a half hour of your time.  The huge disadvantage is that if you ever get an idea off of that topic, you must watch the way you write it so that you are not repeating the article you just sold off for pennies.  I did a check recently for some of my old work and was surprised at where some things ended up.

But, like I said earlier, if you are simply out for a quick dollar and really don’t want the recognition then writing ghost articles is not a bad way to go.  And yes, before anyone asks, there are people out there who are making a living off of doing this.  It takes practice just like any other form of writing but it is possible.