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"The second most-frequent writing request, after books, is for school papers.  We respond to all such queries by refusing to help a student cheat himself (or herself) out of an education."
David Leonhardt of The Happy Guy Marketing, as quoted in Maclean's

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Pricing and packages for services ffom The Happy Guy Marketing

Before you read any further, please ask yourself this question: "Am I on so tight a budget that I want to starve the people I need to help me make money?" If you answer "Yes" to this question, please look for a freelancer at GetAFreelancer.com. You can find some bargain programmers, writers, editors and translators there. Just remember that you get exactly what you pay for.

On the one hand, we do not come cheap; on the other hand, we charge the most we could. We believe in both delivering value to you and being able to heat our home in the cold Canadian winter. Speaking of which, we can quote you in Canadian dollars and help you market to Canadians, too.

While most of our services are custom-designed for each client, and are hard to price without detailed information from the client, here are a few sample packages we offer:

SEO / search engine optimization :: writing :: editing, proofreading and translation

SEO hourly/daily rates

If you wish to hire our SEO expertise on an ad hoc basis, we provide hourly and daily fees. Our hourly consultation fee is $150. Our per diem is $1600, plus out-of-pocket expenses.

SEO Review or website audit

We will review a simple website for $900, and report on improvements you can make yourself to boost your search engine rankings. Our report will include detailed recommendations on each of your main pages, as well as suggestions about site-wide issues. We cover issues such as:

  • domain issues
  • meta tags
  • file/directory issues
  • navigation
  • presence and use of search terms
  • presence and use of stemming
  • outbound links
  • inbound links

Most of all, we will be on the lookout for anything that could put your website at risk of drawing a penalty. This has been growing more and more important since Google's Panda and Penguin penalties began.

We will NOT do any on-page work for this price. Nor will we do keyword research. We will not build links, either. This service is strictly a review with recommendations you can implement yourself.

Complete SEO campaign

This package has a pretty wide price range, in part depending on the breadth of a website's niche and in part depending on the level of competition in the sector. It includes everything involved in getting your site ready to climb the rankings: all the keyword research and mapping, all the on-page coding and text edits, creation of some pages if necessary, and developing and executing a link-building strategy. We ask for a one-year commitment, as SEO work requires time to bear fruit.

The price range for this is typically $750 - $3000 per month. The lower end of the spectrum is reserved for small, focused websites, where the on-page work and keyword research is less than on a typical site, and where competition is light. The upper end is reserved for wide-ranging sites requiring much keyword research in competitive sectors.

SEO writer work

Presuming that you provide the basic content, that is to say the points you want made on the page, we will write each page for $100...with discounts for multiple pages on similar themes. If you want us to write from scratch, the cost will be higher.

Content Marketing

One of the best ways to build the kind of quality incoming links that the search engines drool over is to create stunning content that people will want to share all over the Internet. We can write and promote top quality blog posts typically for $200 each, and create Infographics for $300-$600 each. We promote through social sharing, social bookmarking, blog carnivals, and whatever else is appropriate for your niche.

One of the best ways to quickly spread your reputation and your links across the Internet is by writing articles. Articles that appear on other websites, such as guest blogging, or in offline publications are a tremendous way to build your credibility. Online articles can carry a "resource box" with your contact information and a link back to your website.

Editing and Translation Fees

We have set prices for both our proofreading/editing services and our translation services. Please note that all these services are subject to a minimum $100 charge.

Our base proofreading rates are $20/1000 words and our base copy-editing rates are $30/1000 words (not re-writing, mind you, just editing), with a minimum $100 charge. These prices depend on the condition of your text, and are higher for academic, scientific, medical, etc. Learn more about our comprehensive copy editing services.

We translate from French to English or from English to French for $0.22 per word, up to 10,000 words of simple text. Complex topics will cost more. Beyond 10,000 words, we give a volume discount. Learn more about our French translation services, which are second to none and much better than most.

We translate from Spanish to English or from English to Spanish for $0.18 per word, up to 10,000 words of simple text. Complex topics will cost more. Beyond 10,000 words, we give a volume discount. Learn more about our Spanish translation services.

We can also arrange translation in other languages, such as German or Portuguese.

News releases (press releases)

Writing a news release is a very specialized craft, requiring both writing skills and an understanding of how the media function. We can edit a news release for maximum effectiveness, or we can prepare one from scratch. We charge a flat fee of $100 to review and edit your news release. To prepare one from scratch, we charge $125, based on the information you provide. If multiple versions are required, we will charge extra only if significant differences are required in each version. Read more on our news release services.

Ghost writing and book writing

Book pricing depends on both the length of the book and the experience of the writer, as well as on how organized your material is. A typical book running 200 - 250 pages (or about 50,000 words) start at around $10,000 - $12,000 for our ghost writers to prepare the first draft, assuming all the information is well-organized and easily accessible to the writer. If you want one of our senior writers with more publishing experience, the price will often start at $12,000 - $16,000. If you want to transmit information by interview, require transcription, have research done on your behalf or write a longer manuscript (100,000 words or 120,000 words or more), the price will be higher. We have written some books for $20,000 and $30,000, but we ahve also have some shorter books for $5000-$8000. So let us know what you need.


We accept payment via PayPal (including credit cards processed through PayPal), and we accept checks and money orders in US and Canadian currency. All prices on this site are in US dollars. We will provide quotes in Canadian dollars upon request. We also accept trunks of buried treasure, crown jewels and priceless artifacts, as long as they are not being pursued by a blood-thirsty pirate or a diabolical relic hunter.

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