Looking into joining one of the writing websites

United States
March 10, 2012 8:25pm CST
As blogger, I'm using my experience here to prepare for a freelance writing career. I've been looking & reading up on several top-paying writing websites like Yahoo! Voices, Helium, Seed, and ODesk. Yahoo! Voices is still in a work in progress as far as they're concerned. Helium is pretty good, money-wise. It pays up-front. Seed, an AOL affiliate, seems to the be the best one that pays up front. It sends money earned into Paypal or through regular mail. I prefer getting it in the mail so I can personally cash or deposit into my bank account. ODesk is another one that seems to be one of the best. It pays by the hour unlike the other ones mentioned. By paying by the hour I could take my time like I usually when writing. I'm a slow writer because I do a lot of research when I write professionally & try to use my own words. That takes more time than blogging. So, instead of getting paid for just quality work, I could get paid for the amount of time I put into it. Any suggestions?
5 responses
@scheng1 (24807)
• Singapore
11 Mar 12
Hi Dcunni2990, since you are living in the US, you should consider Demand Studios and Textbroker. Many writers join Textbroker, and ghostwrite for clients. They are able to earn enough to pay the bills, while building up a portfolio to earn passive income. Another way to make big money is to write and sell your content in Constant-content. Bear in mind that this site requires perfect command of English. They have the rule of three strikes and you are out. That means a missing comma is enough to disqualify you. If your content catches the eyes of those major news network, you will have a steady flow of assignments.
• United States
12 Mar 12
Demand Studios seems to be up there on the list, in fact in 1 website it's considered No. 1. Unfortunately, I had already worked for Demand Studios 2 years ago for 5 months. It had a strict, but fair plagiarism policy that I failed to live up to for what I thought were minor citing problems. So, I got fired. But to get paid pretty well, you have to be authentic. It's only right. I'm ready to start writing professionally again, but not @ Demand. I don't want to work @ a place I got fired from. I read about Textbroker but it's a bit complicated as to how you claim an assignment & get paid. Any site where I don't fully understand the policy, I don't want to join so I won't get jipped because I didn't know the program. I never even saw anything called Constant-content on the web. I like the challenge when it comes to copy editing. I'm good when it comes to proof-reading. I just have to work on citing properly. I like the fact that once your work gets used by the big news co.s, they'll give you steady work every day. I'll look into Constant-content. Thanks for the info.
@peavey (16473)
• United States
12 Mar 12
Textbroker isn't as complicated as it sounds once you get in there and start working. You can make decent money at it if you're quick enough and can do research. You don't get a byline because it's all ghost writing, but they're fair and they're growing, which is a good sign. They pay every week.
• United States
11 Mar 12
I write for triond.com they pay low, I'm still getting signed up with more article websites. also try wikinut, I write for them also. Any website you have to at least write about 100 articles to see income. I write because I love it. but, once you write everyday, you will began to build your income up.
• United States
11 Mar 12
It sounds like you have done some research and I appreciate the information you're sharing with us. I think you'll do a great job for whatever site you choose because from my point of view... You are a gifted writer. This information is based on what you've written in this specific post.
• United States
12 Mar 12
Thank you, Sherrybelle, for the compliment. I didn't think my writing was that special. I just write the same way I think and talk. It takes more than information but writing well that counts when it comes to writing for money. Thanks for the compliment.
@maratus (184)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 12
You can try Trion.com,This website gonna give you payment when your article get published, get comment or someone like your article..., or you can try slicethepies.com..., :D
• United States
12 Mar 12
I will look into those websites. Have you worked at those 2?
@peavey (16473)
• United States
11 Mar 12
I think Yahoo Voices has a greater reach, although I'm having trouble with their tech support at the moment. Helium has become better over time but I don't write there any more. I don't know if you still have to maintain a rating to get paid (by rating others' work), but I do know they have a decent market place. I have no experience with the other two, so I can't help you there.
• United States
12 Mar 12
Good to get advice from a former Helium writer, just so I know the info. is straightfoward with no exagerations. Thanks, I'll keep your advice in mind.