It’s been a while since I’ve talked about some of the sites where freelance writers can make money. In the past, i’ve talked about Writers Access and Textbroker. In this post, I’d like to introduce you to Blog Mutt.
Blog Mutt is a site that specifically connects freelance writers with clients. Blog Mutt is perhaps the most different from other freelance writing sites, including Writer Access and Text Broker.
For starters, every post earns you $8, and there’s not necessarily a set word count. However, I try to aim between 400 and 500 words. This means I make around 2 cents per word. It’s low when compared with some sites, but the effort seems minimal, and this is a good tradeoff for me.
Blog Mutt doesn’t have just a list of titles, where each title can be accepted once. Instead, multiple writers can write blog posts focusing on a subject and keywords and submit that. The clients can choose from the pool their favorite post. They’ll move through the ordered queue, and they might want more than one blog post per keyword, but this isn’t always the case.
Searching for needed posts can be a little overwhelming because you’re looking via category and then keyword, and then you must check how many spots are open for the keyword. However, the “Urgent 7” list shows you posts that are most in demand, which can help you get started. Many of the articles revolve around IT and social media. However, there’s a variety of keywords and subjects, just like with other freelance writing sites.
This makes for competition between writers, and you may wind up writing articles that don’t sell, which I’ve done — but only once. However, Blog Mutt has a “recycle” feature that enables you to reuse the content for other articles rather than just flushing it from the system. When I’ve had this happen, I sold the article at Constant Content, instead, because it has better rates than Blog Mutt.
The editing page is a little more basic — no HTML or rich text editor — when compared with other writing sites. There’s also no option for multiple “parts” to an article, which would be useful because many clients want social media updates to go with the actual blog post. Keywords are automatically entered into the beginning of the editor box, which is a bit strange. You can change the location and syntax, so I don’t think the system is as automated as some.
One of the helpful features at this writing site is the ability to see rejected articles from other authors and comments on those articles from clients. It helps to show what individual clients are looking for. However, there’s no other communication between clients and writers, and clients can’t contact you directly to ask for work. The writer profiles seems less important because of this. In fact, they’re not even mandatory like they are on other sites.
Like Demand Media, you can set up a goal, and you’ll get emails notifying you of your monthly progress. Each submitted and accepted article also improves your rank, but this doesn’t lead to an increase in payment-per-word. Rather, you level up. Higher levels have actual rewards, such as:
- Level 5 means you have earned 1,500 and you are awarded a badge for your LinkedIn page.
- Level 6 means you have earned 3,500 points and you are awarded a BlogMutt Polo Shirt.
- Level 7 means you have earned 5,000 points and you are eligible for special writing assignments as they come up.
- Level 8 means you have earned 10,000 points and you earn a share of the company.
- Levels 9 – 20 means you have earned 10,000 points for each Level, and you earn another share of the company for each Level achieved.
One thing I’d like to see is the ability to claim multiple posts/keywords at once. You can only grab one at a time, which makes Blog Mutt much less of a “sure thing” when it comes to getting paid for your time and effort. You don’t get paid on specific dates, either. You have to create an “Invoice” to create payment. This is somewhat similar to Textbroker. After doing this, you’ll be paid the next Monday night.
I wouldn’t rely on Blog Mutt as my main source of income, but it could definitely supplement it, and I prefer it to HireWriters.