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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.

Recent Changes

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.

Overall

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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Comments

Feisty56 wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:08 AM

This is wonderful information to have -- I've shared it on social media to help spread the word. I think there are many of us who seek an opportunity such as Scripted provides, but are often unsure as to which sites are legit.

littlenancy wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:33 PM

Thank you for sharing, as you know THAT is always appreciated. :)
I will write about others I use. Some are pretty cool and some are "meh"...lol

CoralLevang wrote on October 8, 2015, 12:48 PM

littlenancy I appreciate your reviews of sites. I also appreciate that you present things in such a way that is forward-thinking/reaching, even when it is "The Not So Good." Many could take a lesson or two from this, myself included. Thank you.

littlenancy wrote on October 8, 2015, 1:04 PM

My thought is really that nothing is perfect..and that balance is needed for honesty, without being slanderous.
I probably will not review textbroker, for instance, because the only Good Stuff I can say is that you get paid your piddly wages on friday with a $10 minimum to paypal.
The rest would be just...meh. And I want to keep things informative and positive. lol
So, I am going to focus on the better paying, or at least the more pleasant places to make some money writing when I do reviews. I figure, for those who like to write, and wish they could do it full time, why not give info on where they can go? :)

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 10, 2015, 3:04 PM

Writing for this site appears to be something one could do full-time and make enough, provided your writing was up to snuff, to live on or at least supplement a retirement income.

littlenancy wrote on October 10, 2015, 5:03 PM

It is decent, certainly.
I wouldn't count on any agency as a soul income, though, even though I count on this one for some of my better paying gigs. You may not find something in your approved specialties every day, and generic stuff pays less (about $24 to $40 each). There may be times where the client delays or rejects an article.
I totally believe in having a lot of eggs in your basket...in other words, as many agencies or mills as you can find, along with your own clients as you find them, as long as you don't start missing deadlines from doing too much. Clients quit, businesses go under, people retire. SO, while the pay here is pretty good, especially for a good researcher and writer, I wouldn't have it be my only one. As a supplement? Yes. For sure.

cheri wrote on October 11, 2015, 11:07 PM

A good opportunity to those who need this

ViperGirl85 wrote on October 26, 2015, 8:29 PM

Thanks for the info! I definitely need to look into Scripted, especially for times where my other work gets slow.