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Updated Version: Freelance Writing for Zemandi Is Not a Scam

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So, quite a few freelance writers out there have stumbled across Zemandi and there is a great debate about whether or not this company is legit. Is it real or is it just another scam? Well, writer friends...I'm here to answer that question for once and for all.


What is Zemandi?

Zemandi is an online-based company that offers an endless stream of freelance writing opportunities on diverse topics. Freelance writers will anonymously write articles that deal with content, reviews, blog posts, or news article and get paid per article. As long as the writer has at least a $20 balance, the company sends out payment every Monday via Paypal. Zemandi is not the best paying freelance opportunity, but it's a legit company, not a scam.

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Compensation for Your Writing

If you're looking for a "get rich quick" gig, Zemandi is not the company for you. They offer some of the lowest starting pays that I've found online with beginner writers (score 3 writers) receiving 40-60¢ per 100 words or roughly $2-$2.25 for most 400-450 word articles. They also offer a referral bonus program where you get paid a percentage of the earnings of writers who you refer. Below is a chart of Zemandi's compensation breakdowns. They go off of a score system; the writer's score is based upon a number of factors including how many articles he writes weekly, how many articles are accepted/rejected, and how grammatically correct the articles are, as well as how much the client is willing to pay to have the article written.

Pay-Out Breakdowns Based on Score

Score
Rate of Pay
Pay for 400-450 word article
Pay for 500-750 word article
Pay for 800-1250 word article
3
$0.40-$0.60
$2-$2.25
$2.50-$3.75
$4-$6.25
4
$.60-$1.20
$2.40-$5.40
$3-$9
$4.80-$15
5
$1.20-$3.50
$5.40-$15.75
$9-$26.25
$15-$43.75
These are estimates based on the range of pay listed on the website and estimated pay-outs for articles based on score and pay range.
  • fluent English
  • strong understanding of grammar rules
  • commit to 5-10 articles daily
  • active email account
  • free to sign up

Requirements to Work for Zemandi

Even if you aren't the best writer in the world, as long as you can string together coherent sentences that are free of grammatical errors, then you can work for Zemandi. You can be a professional writer, a stay-at-home mom, or a college student needing to earn extra cash on the side. You are required to be fluent in English, written and verbally, but English does not have to be your native language.

They prefer writers who can commit to writing 5-10 articles per day, but you can choose to write as many or as few articles as you'd like.

All you have to do is sign up, verify your email account, and begin requesting article assignments immediately. There are no startup costs, no credit card needed on file, and no hidden fees.

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Examples of Articles

  • IRA funds
  • lacrosse
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • mascara
  • dyeing Easter eggs
  • wilderness realty
  • breast enlargement
  • payday loans
  • head teller positions
  • SBA 504 loan

What Kind of Articles Will You Write?

The topics are very diverse, and you do not necessarily get to "choose" the type of subjects that you will write about. What you do get to choose is whether you want to write an article that is a blog, a review, a news article, or a content article. Subjects vary widely, but they do not expect you to be an expert on the topic. All you need to know is how to use a search engine to find information on the topic. Sometimes, websites are provided by the client to assist you with your research. Here are some topics that I have written on while writing for Zemandi:

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. You escalate up the score system slowly, so expect to be a score 3 writer for a while.
  2. Writing interesting and grammatically correct articles is not always easy depending on the subject matter and can take up to 1-2 hours (or longer) to write.
  3. You can reject assignments, but they frown upon this and will penalize you with mandatory writing assignments if you reject too many assignments.
  4. Requested assignments expire after 8 hours; they do not like for assignments to expire so if you can't write it in time, reject the assignment in a timely manner.
  5. They use copyscape to check for plagiarism, which is a very sensitive program so if you find information somewhere else online, put as much of it in your own words as possible.

Pros & Cons of Zemandi

Pros
Cons
Set your own schedule
Extremely low starting pay
Write on a variety of topics
Writer for hire (ghostwriter)
Expand your knowledge
Clients can reject your work
Get paid every Monday via Paypal
Takes hours of commitment
No Start-up Costs
Have no copyrights
Referral Bonuses
Copyscape very sensitive to plagiarism
Opportunity to make $300-$500 wk
Don't get to choose subject matter
No binding contract
 
Write as much or little as you like
 
Begin making money immediately
 
A table listing the advantages and disadvantages of writing for Zemandi

My Personal Experience

Like many others, I stumbled upon Zemandi on Craigslist while looking for a legit work-for-home opportunity (which was no easy task considering the loads of scams and pyramid schemes saturating the writing jobs/gigs forums). Having already fallen prey to some business ventures that I leapt into before sufficiently "looking", I googled Zemandi to see what I came up with. Many people were calling this company a scam, and I've even read another hub that considers Zemandi a scam.

From personal experience, this is just simply not true. My first paypal payment from Zemandi was $29.75, my second one was $39.50. This was after two weeks of writing.

Some people complain about articles being rejected: Not a single one of my articles has been rejected by the clients because I truly take the time to research the content, meticulously read the "special instructions" submitted by the client, and pay great attention to my grammar. I have had one issue with plagiarism, but that was only because I misunderstood the assignment (which Zemandi allowed me to fix and resubmit).

Some people complain about the pay: You won't get rich writing for Zemandi and will often feel like you are not getting paid what you deserve for writing these articles. In all actuality, you are writing for pennies on the dollar. But if you have a bill that needs to be paid--such as a phone bill, a light bill, or you need gas money--or you simply want to supplement your income and you are a decent writer, you are guaranteed a "paycheck" every Monday via Paypal (as long as you have written at least $20 worth of articles).

What I like About Zemandi

1. I like that you can begin writing and getting paid immediately, unlike other websites, including HubPages, where you have to first get a certain amount of articles approved.


2. There's no strict assessment of your skills in order to begin writing: no editorial test request, no samples of your work needed. Just write, follow the special instructions, and you will get paid.


3. It is the perfect writing stimulant. You will be surprised by how much you learn and how many articles you find yourself writing within a week's time. If you struggle with writer's block or feel like you don't have what it takes to do freelance writing, Zemandi will completely eradicate the feeling.

What I Don't Like about Zemandi

It doesn't take long to get burned-out from writing for Zemandi. You write so hard and so much and the amount of money you're being paid does not reflect that. Yes, while $55.75 looks good in my account, it doesn't feel good knowing that I could've gotten paid that amount off of one single article when it took me writing about 15-20 different articles (each one taking an hour or more to write) for that small of an amount.


Update: While I still write for Zemandi occasionally, for me, it has become a thing of the past. My time and my writing abilities are worth much more than a few pennies on the dollar.

See What Others Think

Would YOU Write for Zemandi?

  • Sure, I'll give it a try
  • No, I think I'll pass
  • I'm still undecided
  • I'm already writing for Zemandi
  • I used to write for Zemandi
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© 2013 Jessica Barrow

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deq1010 2 years ago from Burton Michigan

Enjoyed reading your article! As someone who has just trying to start a writing career, finding actual places to write for is important. Any other websites do you know about that are legit? Once again thanks for the article.


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jessicabsmith 2 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

I'm new to sorting out the whole freelance writing career; guess you can say just "dipping my toes in the water." However, Zemandi was my first freelance writing job and I still work/write for them and get paid every week for it (but the pay isn't anything to brag about). A lot of people suggest oDesk and Elance but when I browsed their sites, I wasn't too impressed by the prices or the "bidding" process. A fellow hubber, creativegenius, has a really nice hub that I have bookmarked and plan to check out when I get the chance. You should take a look at it; it's a very resourceful list of staffing agencies in search of freelance writers:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Freelance-Writing-J...


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deq1010 2 years ago from Burton Michigan

I looked at oDesk myself and just the prospect of seeing the jobs makes me happy. I'm glad that there is a chance to make money, and seeing the jobs available gets me excited about writing. I looked at the hubpage you suggested and it was also good.


Karen Blake 2 years ago

Do Not waste your time writing for Zemandi. They do pay but you might as well be working for slave wages. It is not worth any ones time to make 14 to 15 dollars for 10 articles. Even if you are a good writer it will take you more than an hour to research, write and edit your article. On average you will be earning $2.25 an hour. The company takes advantage of people. Zemandi is not worth your time.


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jessicabsmith 2 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Karen, this is true. Many writers who have written for Zemandi feel like this. For those who are considering writing for Zemandi, this is definitely something to keep in mind. While the pro is that you are guaranteed a weekly paycheck, the con is the amount of work (hours upon hours) that you must put into writing these articles while acknowledging the fact that you are being severely underpaid.


issiehenderson 2 years ago

Zemandi creator has accounts with all the legitimately higher paying sites. He then posts the work on his site and makes a profit. Can't say its not a smart idea, but if you can work for Zemandi making less than a couple of dollars for an hours work, you can sign up for the other sites yourself and make a reasonable wage. Put him out of business and do not write for him. Let the world know that pay does actually matter! Human rights


issiehenderson 2 years ago

Would you work for Zemandi? Why work for Zemandi when you can work for any of the freelance writing sites and earn a better wage! Respect your self and look for the best writing opportunities. If we allow ourselves to be taken advantage of we have no one else to blame. Zemandi will make a profit on your work, seems reasonable. Yes but please be aware that the jobs come from the other already existing sites, not from their own marketing efforts. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully Issie Henderson


melissa 23 months ago

I signed up for the zemandi but haven't yet did there assignment I was hoping I get paid, through my mailbox but who knows any ideas of other paying writng sites you can email me at sxyblonde125@gmail.com thanks sincerely, Melissa pittman


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jessicabsmith 23 months ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Hi Melissa,

For Zemandi, if you complete their writing assignments, they will pay you (as long as your balance is at least $20). The problem is, by the time you write that much for them, you'll feel like you've been literary-raped. Here's a link to a hub article that lists countless paid online writing opportunities that will put cash in your pocket while building your freelance writing portfolio/resume: http://hubpages.com/literature/Freelance-Writing-J...

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