About.com?

Canada
October 14, 2010 4:50pm CST
Does anyone write for About.com? How do you become a writer for them, what is the pay like, and in your opinion is it worth the work involved?
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@greenline (14865)
• Canada
14 Nov 10
I have not become a writer there yet. I did see the opportunity to join the program. And, I am certainly very impressed with the range of subjects the program is covering. I sense that to become a successful writer there, one has to specialize on certain topics, and be unique in the presentaions.
• Canada
16 Nov 10
I do have expertise in First Aid, writing, and ancient philosophy, but when I checked out there requirements, they need every writer to know about HTML, which I don't think makes any sense. I'm a writer, not a computer programmer, so why do I need to know HTML to write for them?
@Catana (736)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I've never written for them, but I did read all the information about applying, payments, etc. That was a while back, so some things may have changed. But it's been around for a long time, so it's not the kind of site that will suddenly disappear and take all your hard work with it. They have a list of open topics, and that seems to be all they will consider. You have to apply and go through a supervised training period, and then they have requirements for the way you run your topic. I've heard that it's difficult to get accepted, but that the pay is very good if you do. If you're thinking about it, look at some of the topics and get a feel for the kind of work you have have to be doing on a regular basis. If you don't mind working to an exact plan, then it might be a good deal.
• Canada
18 Oct 10
Thank you for your information. It sounds a lot like Demand Studios. I have been writing for them for a few months, and at first they seem very picky but once you get used to it is not that hard to write articles for them, and the pay is very good. It is difficult to find a title to write to, however, because their titles are very poorly catagorized. You spend more time looking for titles than writing! That is why I am considering About.