Writers Wanted: Online Writing Sites for Extra Cash
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Writing online for extra money is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that is taking off at breakneck speeds. There are dozens of writing sites out there. Some are pretty exclusive, some are not. Some seem too good to be true - and usually are - while others are credible and reliable. Maneuvering your way between all of your various options can be difficult, but making extra money online by writing IS completely possible if you know where to look and set your mind to creating content, articles, blog posts and more. For people with a passion for writing, learning new things and becoming more flexible, online writing as a freelancer for some extra income is not only possible - it's fun. This hub will take a look at some of the sites out there, and give aspiring writers a good starting point to hone their skills and continue moving forward.
If you want to write like a dog and earn some extra cash, Blogmutt may be the place for you. Blogmutt focuses on short blog posts (the minimum requirement is 250 words or so) for various clients in every subject imaginable from acupuncture to pets and IT Tech savvy specifics and more. Writers go through an incredibly short application process, get approved via email and they're good to go.
Pros: All posts are worth the same amount - and $8 flat fee if the post is accepted. Requesters have the opportunity to accept a post, request editing or reject a post. One of the best features of Blogmutt is that writers have the ability to easily recycle a rejected post to another customer so they don't feel like their hard work has gone to waste simply because it was not in a particular customer's niche. Writers who reach a certain level receive a Blogmutt polo shirt, and writers who achieve an even higher level are awarded a share in the company as an added benefit. Points are awarded for writing posts, having posts accepted and bonus points are given for posting in a customer's queue who have less than two points. After a little over a week I am almost at level three after only 20 posts in a month-long period. Writers also have the ability to set their own goals, are encouraged to meet and exceed their goals, and pay day is once a week.
Cons: The site can be difficult to navigate for newcomers. There is a forum full of support and advice from moderators and technical staff as well as other writers, but finding the post you're looking for can be a bit confusing. There is no guarantee that your work will be accepted, and you're never entirely sure when your post is going to post (and be invoiced). Customers have the ability to bump posts up in the queue or move them down so it's possible that a post you wrote this week won't post until a month from now. Since so much control is in the hands of the customer, it's hard to count on a certain amount of money each week, but writing continually and adding constantly to your posts will give you a better chance at a higher weekly payday.
IWriter was my first online writing experience, and although I got off to a slow start, it was my most successful writing site to date. Fortunately, I was able to impress a regular article requester, who sent me posts continually each and every week, and in two years, I made several thousand dollars. There are rewrite requests, ebook requests and regular articles in several different languages.
Pros: Getting started is as easy as signing up and jumping in. Writers have the ability to set their own minimum payment to get a payday (as low as $20 if you're short on cash) and their own pay frequency. If you want to save up your earnings and get a bigger payday once a month, you can - or you can also get a regular, weekly payment as long as you meet the $20 minimum (or whatever minimum you set if you choose a higher one). You can also see a requester approval or rejection rate and read the reviews of writers who have previously written for them. There is always a possibility that you can land a regular requester who can give you repeat, constant work but it's up to the luck of the draw. Iwriter works on a rating system of stars. One star is where every new writer starts out, and pays the lowest for the word count. Three stars pays the highest. Articles that are neither approved or accepted in a certain amount of time are automatically approved by the system and credited to the writer's account.
Cons: Some of the requester instructions are less than clear, often the rewrite articles don't come up when you click on them, and some customers are incredibly harsh in their rejections. If you're on an acceptance kick and receive a one star review, it can bump you down significantly if you don't already have a steady base of ratings if you're aiming for a higher star rating for the higher pay levels.
Have you tried any writing sites other than Hubpages?
I Need Articles
I Need Articles is a burgeoning site for aspiring writers and writing pros alike. I've worked on INeedArticles off an on for several months, and while I've never made a big payday, the pay is regular if you can keep up and keep posting.
Pros: Incredible support forum where questions can be addressed quickly and efficiently by staff and other writers alike. There are several types of articles that can be chosen from short blog posts (which pay the lowest for a few hundred words) to regular articles, to rewrites. The owner is always trying to implement new ideas for his team to earn extra money from a beta yahoo Answers tab, to incorporating rewrites as a possibility and more. It is an innovative site that gives new online writers the opportunity to get their feet wet and learn new markets simultaneously. There is also an in-site research window that enables writers to write about subjects that they may not be as familiar with in order to learn without having to flip from tab to tab to find necessary information to write about.
Cons: There are slow times on the site where there are very few (if any) articles available, but this seems to be more infrequent as of late. Compared to other writing sites, the pay seems significantly lower, but for writers who can knock out several articles quickly, the lower pay can amount to a higher overall payday.
Although I no longer write actively for TextBroker, it was the first online writing site for extra cash that I ever heard of. The application process was intense and difficult, and all initial posts are monitored by staff for quality assurance. This turns out to be a blessing and a curse for writers interested in honing their skills, but is not necessarily user-friendly for writers new to online freelance work.
Pros: The feedback you get from the staff can be helpful in pointing out areas that can be improved in grammar, punctuation and spelling, but this can be taken overboard and a lot of the staff seem more like punctuation Nazis than helpful aids. Some of the available articles are well-paying, and I made almost $100 in my first week. Unfortunately, that kind of earning was not repeated after that, which encouraged me to look for other online options.
Cons: The application and quality assurance process was notoriously difficult for a burgeoning online writer, but some of the feedback I got was incredibly helpful and insightful on some of my writing habits. TextBroker also works on a star rating system, and writers who are on the lower levels have very few writing options to choose from, compared to the higher rated writers. While it is possible to move up to the higher levels after starting, this is notoriously hard to do with only a handful of articles to pick from.
Of Course, Hubpages
HubPages has been my online home for interaction and posting my own ideas and meeting new friends - many of which have transcended hubpages and moved on to my normal life. Hubpages allows writers to write about any topic they choose and receive residual income on their own niche - or several niches. I often come to Hubpages with an idea in mind, start a hub and start writing, and some of my impromptu hubs have received the most traffic. It incorporates various ad programs to enable their writers to earn on several fronts at once, and it offers a mostly-positive community of support and encouragement among its writers.
Pros: Writers can write about whatever they'd like and earn residual income from their completed work. Writers can also track their visits, comments, feedback, earnings and more with a simple click of a button. While Hubpages is a writing site for writers, it also contains an active forum life for every interest known to man - and then some.
Cons: Hubpages is not a site that earns writers instant, weekly income. Writing on Hubs is more of an investment in residual payments over time. If you write hubs often, you're going to earn your $50 target for payout much quicker if you're focused on producing evergreen, lifelong, entertaining hubs. Writers also receive a score that can encourage them to produce more content, as well as interacting with other hubbers.
Not all writing sites are created equal, and like anything else on the internet, finding the format, the prices and the site for you is a matter of individual taste. Instead of focusing on one avenue and sticking with it, trying to make it work when it may not be for you, try out your options. Find a writing site (or two or three or more) that you like. While not all assignments may be up your alley, expanding your knowledge base and trying new things is one of the best ways to achieve success and productivity. For me, writing is a hobby that i have always enjoyed - especially when it means I get to learn new things about subject matter that I may not be as familiar with. The extra income is just a nice added bonus.
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