I am constantly on the lookout for new writing venues. I want to find the site that will give me the most income for the amount of time I spend there. I don’t like to waste my time earning next to nothing for a ton of research and writing. I’m sure most freelance writers would agree that time is valuable, and you want to be paid well for it.
Anyway, a while back, I stumbled across a site called Blog Mutt. It’s basically a site where companies contract out their blog. They provide key words and topics that they would like their posts to be on, and they give links to their site and blog so you can see what kind of style they are looking for. Then, writers choose a key word and create a 400-500 word piece around it. It can be more or less, but the pay for each article is always the same. You get $8 for each article that is accepted by the clients.
At first, I was so excited. I thought that this was my chance to really earn some decent income, and I was so used to earning a few pennies at a time that I thought I’d hit the jackpot. However, it turned out to be a lot different from what I’d expected.
I submitted just a few articles at a time. They were short, and I usually finished two each day. However, they took a lot of research. As time went on, I got more and more rejections because the clients wanted highly specialized articles, and I was not an authority on the topic. Granted, I could have written for other clients that had easier topics, but the waiting list on their site’s Blog Mutt page was ridiculous. I just didn’t have it in me to wait two or three months to see if I would get approved for 8 measly dollars.
I did have a good experience, though. The forum was full of positivity and cooperation, and the admin were very responsive. They even send a weekly report to each writer to help them stay on track with meeting personal goals. However, I felt that, for the time I was spending on the writing, I wasn’t being paid well enough. Plus, it was heartbreaking to work for over an hour on a piece, only to have it rejected for a random reason like, “This doesn’t match my blog,” or the ever-annoying, “I just don’t like this post.”
So I’ve moved on. I highly recommend it to anyone who has experience with technical areas or business. They need a ton of articles. But, for me, it’s not a good fit. I’ll stick to what I’m good at, I guess.