On Writing for Scripted
There seemed to be some confusion about the content sites and opportunities for writers online in regards to mills and agencies "being dead" since changes to SEO and Google. At least, that is what I gathered from the comments on my last blog . Yes, SEO has definitely evolved, and many of the places that used to exist are gone. What is "dead" is keyword stuffing, low quality content, spins, and articles stuffed with links and brand names. Places such as Scripted continue to thrive and content is still king, perhaps more than ever as Google SEO is impacted by whether or not fresh, quality, non-spammy content exists on a site. I actually love SEO now.
There is definitely a market for content.
The Good Stuff
Scripted isn't so much a content mill as it is an agency. While there are unclaimed jobs listed for those qualified to write them, there is a section where you have to pitch your idea on a requested topic to the client. If the client accepts, you get to write the article. If your article is excellent, it gets through the editor, and the client rejects it anyway, in some cases you would be eligible for a 50% kill fee. This isn't something offered by the mills.
Scripted also recently started a Topic Marketplace, which lists pitches writers have created on a topic that clients can request to purchase, and then the writer writes the article.
Writers must be very good at what they do to write here, but will be rewarded with industry standard pay. The lowest paying job I have seen is a blog post for $28. For Specialists, they range from $40-$90.
You get a real editor, which is a perk. If changes need to be made before submission to the client, your job will bounce back to you with what needs to be changed. We all miss clunky sentences from time to time, and real writing jobs employ real editors to help you make changes and improve your work when necessary.
After signing up, writers used to have to apply for an industry in order to pitch, write, and pick up Unclaimed Jobs. Scripted recently got rid of the industries and are going with an overall writing score instead. Be prepared to write or use your best samples. They absolutely reject applications that are not up to their quality.
Writer should still apply for Specialties, as this not only increases the amount of work to which you have access, but also to the highest paying gigs.
The Not-As-Good Stuff
Overall, it is my favorite place to write. I don't have many beefs with them. Support is responsive, editors edit and will make great suggestions, pay is generally within industry standards (Writer's Market 2015 lists $49 as the median pay for a freelance blog post).
They do not use Paypal. They use Bill dot com. Not liking Bill dot com is a personal opinion of mine, and some may not find that to be a downside.
You will not be pounding out two $90 articles a day, as nice as that might sound. Unlike mills where there are avilable titles, you have to get pitches in the queue and wait for clients to respond. It can become steady work if you pitch a lot, but sometimes there is a wait or an unresponsive client.
Clearly this is my favorite place for getting extra work. It can really impact your bottom line. There is absolutely work to be found here. These jobs require quality writing, research, and often linked or in-text sourcing. They have been very professional and work with some very professional and responsive clients.
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