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My Experience With Real Writing Jobs

I hardly ever post two days in a row, but after yesterdays post,  Do You Want To Earn Money Writing? I thought I should make an exception. You see while writing yesterdays post I got so excited that I joined the company I was promoting. As it turns out it was a real disappointment. It seems in my excitement I forgot the golden rule, ‘If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!’ While their promise that I could make up to $315 a day sounded too good to be true I thought that it was achievable as I’ve written 200 word posts where I was paid $20 so I figured writing 15 articles a day, while tedious, was doable. Now for the facts.

  • Real Writing Jobs!: I assumed that they were a company that supplied all the jobs, where in essence they don’t, the bulk of their jobs were sourced from other sites, something that Allan Douglas from The Write Stuff mentioned in his comment on that very post. That being the case why would I want to pay $47 per month when most of the jobs were available off site.
  • Pitiful Pay Rates: As I mentioned earlier I would do a 200 word paid post for $20 which works out to 10 cents a word. Most of the jobs on offer were only paying half a cent a word and only a few offered one cent a word. As most articles requested were to be 500 words in length at one cent per word you would only be paid $5. This means to make the $315 benchmark you would have to pump out 63 articles a day. Sorry, I don’t think that’s doable and if anyone was able to write that many articles a day I reckon they would be pretty shitty ones.

It is disappointing

Once I got that far I was so disillusioned that I contacted them and asked to cancel my membership and within hours I got a reply saying that they were sorry to see me go and if I ever changed my mind I could reply and they would reinstate me. At least it’s good to know that they’re professional in that respect.

While I wouldn’t pay the $47 per month to have access to their virtual job board I reckon there are obviously a lot of people out there who don’t mind as it makes things easier for them, seeing all the jobs available in one place without having to search several sites on a daily basis looking for work. There was one good thing that came out of it though and that was it led me to Freelancer. They are free to join and they offer a variety of jobs. The writing part doesn’t pay much but there were other jobs that paid quite well. I noticed some web design jobs that were paying $800 to over $1000 as well as other jobs such as blog installs and blog theme modifications. There were also some eye openers but I think I will leave them for another post.

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  1. Twitter:
    Wow! Even the sites I use for just a few extra bucks here and there offer me a lot more than that. I’ve been getting about $13.50 for 100 words. The jobs available at Real Writing Jobs definitely don’t seem worth the $47 per month, even if they do give you the chance to see everything in one place. It seems to me like it would take a lot of work to even earn enough to actually pay for the monthly fee. So glad you didn’t have to pay the full month to try it out!

      1. Twitter:
        It’s through Social Spark. I don’t get offered a lot of different tasks, but most of the ones I have had have been $13.50 for 100 words. Since I’ve mainly just been doing it for a little extra spending cash, I haven’t put a lot of effort into doing a ton of paid posts lately.

        1. I actually deal with them and I agree some of the tasks you get are well worth the effort. They’re actually an offshoot of PayperPost who used to be really good at the beginning but went downhill near the end.
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          1. Twitter:
            I still get an occasional task offered from PayperPost, but they’ve been getting fewer and farther between, and the amount for each of their posts has been getting smaller.

  2. Thanks for your report Sire. Exactly what I suspected but now I have something to point people to when they ask about it!

  3. Never tried these stuff, but if you want to do 5$ articles then DP is the best place to find some work for yourself .

      1. Its digitalpoint :P
        I was a regular visitor of that site when I was a noob

        1. OK, thanks for clearing that up.

  4. Photographers and writers have had their pay rates smashed in modern times. Things are changing and it’s probably better to see if you can monetize something else you enjoy.

  5. Thanks for the follow up Sire, useful info.

    What did you say….
    ‘If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!’

    Guess we should all remember that.

    Thanks for going through the process so that we don’t have to.
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  6. Thanks for the hat-tip, Sire. I hate to say “I told ya so” so I won’t! :-) I learned that lesson the hard way too.

      1. Oh, you caught that did ya? :grin:

  7. I’ve never even seen a job board with a fee…

      1. Are you referring to “featured jobs” paying a fee?

        1. Sorry mate, you lost me.

          1. As with anything of this nature, you usually see a regular section where everyone is listed on top of each other, then a “featured” section for pay and extra benefits.

            Is this what you’re referring to or have you see job boards where everyone pays…which would kinda suck for some.

            1. Well at Real Writing everyone pays and I have come across this sort of thing before.

              With Freelancer it’s free to join and bid for jobs but once completed you pay $5 or 10% of the successful bid, whichever is higher. I had a quick look and Freelancer does have a featured section but I haven’t looked learned what that curtails yet.

              OK, had a quick look and featured jobs do incur a one time fee of $19.
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    1. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the service Kimi, there are obviously people out there who are happy to pay for having all the jobs appear on one site, it’s just not for me.
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  8. Can’t fault you for trying! There are so many offers on the Web that come up and even sometimes when it sounds too good to be true, it actually is partly true! Either way your honest opinion is what counts and you have just saved a few people from going down an empty path.

  9. I tried a similar site a number of years back on a trial basis for web and graphic design jobs. It was a bidding system for the work and people seemed prepared to do the jobs for pennies. Not for me as I value my time much more than that.
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  10. As a freelance writer myself, I have gone through this dilemma time and again. Agreed life appears less miserable when you can get jobs from a singular web source, but then it becomes impossible to consistently deliver original matter in bulk quantity.

  11. Hm I guess people try to create all kinds of business that will run pretty much on autopilot, but when it comes to writing I think you can find better opportunities to make money. One being distributing your article on networks that will pay you for every view your have (or with ad earning share), and if you think about it, writing only something like 2-5 articles a day and publish all the articles on more networks could make you way more then 5$ an article and the best part is that this can bring you money indefinitely.
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  12. Yep, another one of those “schemes” that many people get so excited about. I’m glad you brought this up as it is really a very important issue. What sometime I do not understand is “how in the world” does someone ask for a “unique” 500 word quality article for $5. Guess the problem is that there are people willing to do it (just hop over Fiverr) and for as long as this is true, they will never stop. Sad really..
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  13. I was prepared to pay about $9.00 for such a writing opportunity, but as I went through the payment process they wanted another $42.00 and my credit card No. Sorry I just deleted there and then. False advertising as far as I’m concerned.

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    1. You could of actually got a 10 day trial for $2.95 Pete and the $47 per month would cut in unless you canceled beforehand. I don’t know if you can say it’s false advertising as they never said it was a free service.
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  14. It is still easy to tell good writers and I dont think you should take that 1/2 cent per word garbage under any circumstance. Most of those are probably spun articles that they are giving to unsuspecting cheap buyers.

    1. You know Rob,one of the qualifications required when bidding for a job is experience. They want good experienced qualified writers and yet they offer peanuts for the work. Sort of makes you wonder if the quality is actually any good. Perhaps it would improve if they offered more.
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  15. Twitter:
    What’s funny is that I was betting after reading the first post that you’d be back sooner than a week saying how lousy it was. You remember my issues with Demand Studios and some of those other writing sites, or maybe you don’t, but that’s one of the things I ran into. Glad you came back pretty quick telling folks how it really is.
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  16. You’ve stated one of my rules for living

    1. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
    2. Never trust someone who doesn’t have old friends.
    3. Choose your enemies as carefully as you choose your friends.
    4. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
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    1. That’s not a bad set of rules to live by Julie, here’s another one that my father always used to tell me; To trust someone is good but not to trust is always better.
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  17. Sorry you got sucked into those folks… you’re not the only one. I regularly hear from my readers that their spam load increases and that canceling turns out to be a nightmare – hope you have better luck.

    They make it sound good and they are really sneaky with their ads. Thanks for warning more folks off.

    The thing that blows me away is they’ve been doing this for ages – I thought they’d either get legit or disappear… how wrong I ways.

    1. Hi Anne,

      no big deal, it only cost a couple of bucks to suss them out and as I said in the post it was really easy to unsubscribe.

      I suppose they’re still around because there are those who find the service useful otherwise they wouldn’t have lasted this long.
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    1. That’s for sure and some were even offering .5 cents per word, and to think some people were happy to work for that.
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  18. When I left uni (a long time ago), all I wanted to do was write for people. After a year of endless low pay and no-pay jobs I gave up. Lately I’ve found plenty of work writing copy for website designers. Three tips: hunt around, do lots of cold-calling, have a portfolio.

    1. It’s good that you didn’t give up Matt.

  19. I always wanted to take up writing as my profession but because of low pay packages I decided to choose a different career. After settling up my passion for writing gave a call again. I registered for online courses and then began with freelancing on weekends. I am happy I could do this and now I am preparing the draft of my first book. Writing always welcomes you with open arms even if you come back to it late in life. It’s never too late.

  20. I didn’t have a very good time with writing jobs. They never offered decent salary packages and it was difficult for me to survive on that money. I instead picked up a teaching job that paid me really well. Also, I was left with enough time to write and day by day I gained experience and got many stories to write upon. I interacted with people of varied age groups and knew about their backgrounds and lives. This game me a lot of data and different outlook in life. Now my first book is going through its final stage of revision and I am so happy I could make it till here. Being hopeful and a backup is what worked for me.

  21. Sean’s story is inspiring me a lot. I used to write a lot in my school days and even in my college. But after I began working I didn’t take out time to do so. These days I am getting an inner call to write once again. I am a little nervous that will I be able to write again? I think if Sean that succeed then i too can. I am planning to take up few online courses and refine my writing skills. I have a story in mind and I want to give it the form of a book. Thanks guys! Your experiences are helping me a lot

    1. That’s what I love about blogging, you can learn, or in this case be inspired, just as much from the commentators as from the original post.
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  22. Getting paid only one cent or half a cent for every word is too less I feel. And that too when you know that you have many other companies paying you more than this. In my college days I used to write some articles and blogs for companies online as a free lancer. I just did it for some extra pocket money. I am a working person now. But I still feel that I should start writing articles all over again. After I come back from work, I get some time where I just sit idle and do nothing. I think that’s the right time when I can write some articles. Your story has really inspired me. Thanks

  23. I am not into writing or any similar profession. During school days I really loved to paint. With time I had to divert my mind to studies, but even now when I see an attractive picture or poster I get goose bumps. I think I am missing it a lot and should pursue that interest once again. If people can get back to writing, then I too can get back to painting. I hope to still be good at it!

    1. Hey Jim, sure take up painting and then you can share all your masterpieces with us on your blog explaining all the techniques and products you used.

  24. I am not into writing or any similar profession. During school days I really loved to paint. With time I had to divert my mind to studies, but even now when I see an attractive picture or poster I get goose bumps. I think I am missing it a lot and should pursue that interest once again. If people can get back to writing, then I too can get back to painting. I hope to still be good at it!Thanks.

  25. Writers really have to slog hard to get successful in their career. Because they get paid for what they write. Their influencing power should be such that it should attract a lot of readers to it. If you write for a brand or a well known company you get handsome salary in hand and then you need not worry about anything. But for freelancers, the world outside is very tough. They get paid on the basis of their word count. So they really need to be very creative in terms of their articles. I love to write and people even say that I am really good in terms of expressing my views but I am scared to get into this profession. So I have considered writing as my hobby and not profession.

    1. Nicholas, if you love to write then I think you should at least give it a try. Maybe it will work out, maybe it won’t but even if it doesn’t work out the way you want to, at least you know you gave it a try.

  26. Writing jobs does not have much scope further because writers do not get paid much for their job even after slogging out the whole day. Unless and until you get placement into a good company, you will not earn that great. One of my friends is a freelance writer. He writes blogs, comments and articles. It was very difficult for him to survive on what he was paid by his company but 8 months back he has joined a well known newspaper company. He is earning great now. It is luck that matters.

  27. When I had begun writing as a freelancer, what I earned was peanuts. After all the hard work and research it felt bad and underutilized. Never got appreciated for my efforts and that added to it. Then I took up content writing and earned much better, but I lost the freedom of writing on topics of my personal choice. I wonder if I can do the writing of my choice and earn well too!

    1. I can’t see why not Moe. You just have to find people who are interested in the same stuff you are that would like you to write for them

  28. Hey Moe, I just read your comment. Don’t get disheartened dear. It is just that you need to put in some efforts to achieve your goals. There are some companies in the market which give you a big list of topics and then ask you to write on any of them whichever you liked. This is their main strategy. Because they believe that when a writer is interested in some topic then he will surely write quality content for that particular topic. So I think you should hunt for such companies which will pay for whichever topic you write.

  29. I feel that talented people should persist and never lose heart. Many people would not understand our work and seem insane to them. Very few could understand the depth of what we have written and how it is meaningful. Others would think about interesting things and ability to sell in the market. I find it great to write for myself and publish that work instead of working with a firm and write to please them solely!

    1. I don’t think that everyone should persist and not lose heart when things go against them, not just the talented people.

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