Is Blogmutt just another content mill squeezing out all they can from unfortunate freelancers who need work? Or is Blogmutt a freelancer’s dream?
How Blogmutt Works
Blogmutt is not really a content mill in the traditional sense of the term, as it does work quite differently.
It’s aimed at creating and updating blogs for small businesses who wish to have an online presence.
Businesses register for a monthly fee, which depends on the number of posts they need per month. They then list a number of keywords that they want posts written about, and Blogmutt writers write these posts. Many posts can be written for one keyword unless otherwise indicated.
Each written post goes into a customer’s queue. Each week, on Thursday at around 2:30 pm Eastern time, the next post up in the queue gets published. Once a post is published, the writer’s account is accredited, and they can submit an invoice. Invoiced can be submitted each Thursday get payments are made via PayPal on Monday evening.
Customers can request edits, reject articles, and move around the order of the posts in their queue.
Most posts are required to be at least 250 words and pay
$8 each (Update October 2017: The 250-word posts now pay $9 each). Customers can sign up for posts of 600, 900, and 1200 words, which pay $19, $40, and $72. Not everyone can write for these clients, only writers who have already written a certain amount of posts.
*UPDATE*: So as of 2017, things have changed a little. Blogmutt has introduced a new system where customers can choose not to have posts purchased and published automatically. As mentioned, posts used to get published every Thursday by default. When your post got published, you got paid.
Many clients are now on a N/A schedule, meaning posts only get published when the client manually checks in and approves a post. If you’re a potential client, you’ll love this feature. If you’re a writer, you’ll find that Blogmutt is much less a reliable income source than it used to be, simply because many clients aren’t having their posts published automatically, and what ends up happening is that some clients never get around to manually approving and publishing posts, meaning you can end up waiting a long time until your posts get paid.
You can stick to the clients that auto-publish, though there are less of them now.
There seems to be some discussion about this now in management, and Blogmutt staff seems to be working on a solution so that writers don’t lose out because of clients who never publish posts. I’ll update this review when I hear any news.
Oh, and Scott Yates has retired; Steve Pockross is now CEO. And I’ve made around $5,000 the last year and half just working for Blogmutt a few hours a week (a couple hours a day at most) — not a bad place for writers at all.
What Does The Blogmutt Application Entail?
You must write a sentence that contains certain tricky words, and it’s easy to get the grammar wrong.
You must also prove that you’re a US citizen, which is done by providing your LinkedIn profile, which must look authentic, meaning you must have enough connections etc. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, don’t despair! A Facebook profile might also work, and I personally did it by sending them a copy of my passport (with the number covered, of course.) Contact Blogmutt support for that, or wait until they ask you for more information.
As a new writer at Blogmutt, your first posts will be looked at by an editor. If they are not up to par to Blogmutt standards, they may be rejected, and if there are a lot of mistakes, you may be booted as well. Usually, though, the editors will just send you helpful tips. After your first few posts, there are no more editors; it is up to the client to decide whether to reject a post or not.
*UPDATE*: I think this is still the application process; if anyone signed up and saw anything different, please let me know. Also, there is a short quiz on plagiarism.
So, Is Blogmutt Legit or a Scam? Can It Really Be True?
Blogmutt is definitely legit. The pay, though not necessarily the highest, is still pretty good, especially if you write about topics you are interested in or have a lot of knowledge about, in which case it should take you half an hour or so to write a short post.
When you’re able to write longer posts, your pay goes up, too.
Blogmutt, unlike most content mills, really value their writers, and clients who are picky and reject large amounts of posts for no reason quickly learn that their queue will be empty. No one wants to write for nothing. Clients that act rude to writers are also contacted by support to let them know that is unacceptable.
With that being said, I don’t view Blogmutt as anything more than a way to earn some nice supplementary income here and there, and for good reason. First of all, that’s really what it was meant to be. But mainly, it’s because I will only get paid when a post gets published.
Many times the queue is already full for a few weeks, and sometimes months. Sure, there are clients who only have zero or one posts in their queue, but there’s a reason for that: Either they are very picky and like rejecting posts, or they have uninteresting and highly technical topics, which requires plenty of research and time to write about.
I try to write for clients that need a post before a month or two. But then again, one week a lot of my posts may be published, and another week, close to none. Since it’s not very dependable, I can’t view it as my main income stream. *UPDATE:* Over the course of the year since I joined Blogmutt, I have written for them on and off. I have also written for them when I could not find other freelance writing work. Altogether, I have earned over $1,300 from them just from writing about 150 posts.
However, after a few weeks there, the money will start coming in, don’t worry.
Some More Points
- You’re writing for real businesses here, albeit small ones who don’t have the budget for 10-cents-a-word writers. You may actually recognize one or two of these businesses. So you have to put yourself in the business’s shoes: Is my post what they’re looking for? Did another writer already write basically the same thing about this keyword? Research the business a little! Businesses can reject posts if it is bad for their business, for example, if it mentions competitors or services they don’t provide. Hopefully, they’ll ask for an edit before rejecting.
- There is no ranking system at Blogmutt. Clients can rate posts, but there is no average rating and it doesn’t affect the amount you earn, so you don’t worry all day about your earnings suddenly decreasing.
- There are about 900 businesses or so currently at Blogmutt (written December ’15).
- There are various levels at Blogmutt, which are earned simply by writing posts. Higher levels allow you to write longer posts. At a certain level, you’re sent a Blogmutt shirt, and at an even higher level, you get a share in the company and a certificate, meaning that if Scott Yates (the owner) ever decides to sell Blogmutt, you’ll receive a share of the profit as a token of appreciation for the hard work you put in to help the company grow.
- Levels are according to how many points you have. Points are made by simply writing posts, and you get bonus points for writing for customers with queues that are empty and even more bonus points if you get five-star ratings.
- In case a client rejected your article, or the client went inactive before your post got used, use the recycle button to find clients with similar keywords.
- Did you write an article about a topic you love? There’s the “magic 8 ball” that tries to find you up to 8 clients with similar keywords!
My Blogmutt Review, In Conclusion
Blogmutt is a great writing place! There is a supportive writers’ forum, in which the owner (Scott Yates) takes part in from time to time, as
well as other staff members, and it’s a great way to earn some supplementary income. You should really have some writing experience before joining, though.
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