Blogmutt Review – Is Blogmutt a Freelancer’s Dream?

Blogmutt ReviewIs 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 noblogmutt reviewt 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

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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.

Hey, if you liked this post, why not share it with all of your friends on social media… or, at least, give it a tiny Facebook like below, using the Facebook like button 🙂

Also, make sure to get started with Kindle publishing — it’s really easy to write a mini-ebook and self-publish it on Kindle, and it can be a source of consistent passive income.

17 Comments

  1. Josh

    There’s just no other way to put it… BlogMutt is horrible for writers. I had written for them for over a year, was approaching level seven status (the highest), only to discover that I could no longer log in to my account. I maintained a below-average rejection rate and had great reviews from clients, yet for some reason they decided to suspend my account without so much as telling me why.

    Of course, that was a blessing in disguise given the rude and incompetent nature of this “company.” What writer wants to earn $8 for a blog post that sells to clients for $25? Awfully unfair ratio that’s discouraging to serious freelance writers such as myself.

    My two cents: STAY AWAY FROM BLOGMUTT!!

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hey Josh,

      This isn’t the first time I am hearing about this happening. I’ve heard reports of accounts being shut for no reason. I really hope they wouldn’t do that anymore if what you are saying is true.

      All the best,

      Ben

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  2. Kira

    Blogmutt doesn’t pay a dime for product unless and until THEY have been paid, and in that, Blogmutt has found the perfect business model. Perfect for them, that is. Not for writers. Just keep in mind that the article that you submit will nearly always go to the end of a very long and dreary queue (line). Then, the client can STILL reject it! In other words, at Blogmutt, you write articles and submit them for no pay at all, until their client decides to accept your article. This can take months, and may not happen at all. Keep in mind, also, that the client can request, which is the same as require, edits. On a 250-word post for which the writer is being paid the grand sum of $8, these editing requests can end up costing more in terms of the writer’s time than they’re worth. You would be unpleasantly surprised at what many companies expect for $8!!! Most content mills do NOT “pay a whole lot less” than Blogmutt. They may pay somewhat less, but at least they pay within a reasonable timeframe. Many pay more, especially at the upper levels, and at least sites such as Textbroker agree on your fee BEFORE you begin the work. No, I am not advocating TB, and truly, they are slow as molasses — I’m just using it as an example. At least at TB and other sites like it, the writer is guaranteed payment for their work. At Blogmutt, writers often wait for months to get paid in that it takes that long for the client to get through the queue. If the article is rejected, or if the writer declines to do tedious editing, then the writer gets nothing at all, and no matter what, Blogmutt still gets THEIR money. And that’s treating writers fairly???????

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kira!

      Thanks for pointing that out. I agree with you.

      I wrote the original review back in 2015, and a lot has changed since then, such as the N/A issue.

      Blogmutt isn’t perfect and has many cons. I think a lot of writers are starting to realize that they can’t rely on Blogmutt as much as they did.

      Compared to sites like iWriter, Blogmutt does treat its writers pretty well and are usually attentive to what they have to say. Compared to other sites it might not be the best. In addition, a lot of work is available on Blogmutt compared to other sites such as Copify (though less reliable work is now available with the NA issue).

      I agree Textbroker is more reliable than Blogmutt when it comes to getting paid. You do get paid less, though.

      Eight dollars isn’t that bad if you can write a post in half an hour or so. However, it is pretty low if you are only getting paid that money months down the line, especially considering the fact that it might be rejected, edits may be requested, or you may never get paid for it because it can languish in a queue until a client goes inactive.

      I feel like a lot of writers are getting frustrated by the issues you mentioned. I have been reading the Blogmutt forum and have seen them discussed there. They are serious issues and I hope Blogmutt will address them and find some sort of resolution.

      Again, thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Karen Forsman

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve never heard of blogmutt, but am definitely going to check it out. It’s nice to hear that you’ve had a look at their offering and can say it’s legit. The term content mill is not one I’d heard of before getting into blogging seriously, and it’s surprising just how many there are out there!

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hey Karen,

      Content mills are big business 🙂

      They used to be more popular before Penguin and Panda, when cheap SEO content was the norm. Some people still use them for backlinks, but not as much as it used to be. Yes, there are SO many! You can check out these 40 content mills that I reviewed.

      Again, I wouldn’t classify Blogmutt as a content mill, because they do work differently and have a different attitude.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Chris

    This lot are a really confusing writing platform – I just can’t make them out. On one hand they seem like a ‘upper class’ writing service whilst members also claim they are a rip off. I’ve come across numerous former members who claim their accounts were canceled for no reason (with money still in them!). What have you heard about this problem?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for asking.

      When writers join Blogmutt, they first undergo a trial period. This is because besides a one-word question and a short quiz about plagiarism, there is no real writers’ test on Blogmutt. The trial period means that the first few articles written be each writer is reviewed by an editor. If the editor sees that the writing isn’t good quality– meaning it has spelling or grammar mistakes, or it is written in extremely poor taste and style — the articles will be rejected. The writer will be rejected, too. If the posts are good, then they will continue to be able to write on Blogmutt, and there will be no more editors.

      Those members you talk about have started out, written a few posts, and unfortunately, their writing wasn’t good enough for the Blogmutt team. Thus, they were not paid for their first few articles.

      That’s just the way it works there.

      All the best,

      Ben

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  5. Meagan

    That was pretty informative post about Blogmutt. At first I had no idea what you were talking about, but i caught on as I read along. By the end of the post I was ready to look up this blogmutt site and sign up!
    Only thing I have for you is that there is one little typo towards the bottom of the post, second to last bullet…the word “post” has an ‘i’ in it making it “pist”.
    Other than that, thanks for the info!!

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Oops.. Didn’t have time to proofread… I will do that soon.

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  6. Jeff

    I do agree from reading your article that Blogmutt does represent a good way for freelancers to earn money through writing content for businesses. You won’t get rich off of doing this, but as a second income this opportunity is valid.

    I’m glad that they do initially test to ensure that a candidate has quality writing skills as far as following the basic rules of proper English grammar. Not that I would particularly like any other person writing content articles for me, it would be entirely unacceptable if the person had the grammar skills of a 3rd grade, eight year old child. At least a bit of professionalism is a requirement of candidates.

    Great review Ben! For freelancers, after they have established themselves as legitimate content writers, they would earn a bit of money.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Yeah, when work is going slow I can always go back to working at BlogMutt.

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  7. Cohen

    Hey, Ben, I loved this article. I personally love writing, and have always wanted to be a freelance writer (To some degree), but it always seemed so intimidating. Blogmutt sounds like a great place to get my feet wet, though!

    It also makes me happy to hear that writers are valued more over at Blogmutt. That was another huge concern of mine in regards to freelance writing – poor treatment by clients. It’s great to hear that poor clients find their queues empty!

    Thanks for the informative article, I look forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thank you, Cohen. I find Blogmutt to be a breath of fresh air when it comes to the way content providers treat their writers, who are really the only way they can stay in business.

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  8. Joon

    This seems like one of the legit programs out there. And I feel like this would be good for skilled writers and bloggers. I just began my journey 4 months ago and I like to write more freely without being so picky about my grammars. Also I like to write about what I really do care about then writing about subjects I have no interest in. So I’m not sure if I’d fit in to be part of this program. What do you think?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      I hear you. I really do. I personally only do freelance writing because I need the money. Why? Because as you’ve said, freelance writing has its disadvantages. First of all, you can’t always be picky about what you write about. Sure, you can find topics you’re interested in, but not always. And you do have to have top-notch grammar and spelling, as anything less than that isn’t tolerated.

      Writing for my website allows me to be more relaxed about proofreading, grammar mistakes, and typos, and I only write about things I have a passion about.

      It’s also a little disturbing to write for other people’s websites –aren’t you building up other people’s websites when you can be building your own? But on the other hand, ot does take A LOT of time to build up your own website until you earn a consistent full-time income. So I understand both sides.

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  9. Billy Hunter

    Hi,
    Well this is the Blogmut I have heard about. It seems ok according to your review. I have not seen many other reviews of the caliber and I totally agree with all your points. It’s cool how Scott is there to support you with your writing. Idk if i joined I would probably want some support and that seems great! But the pay is kinda low.. but it would add up!

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Yeah, the pay is not the highest… but unfortunately, most content mills, even ones that are open to US writers only, pay a whole lot less. Add to that the fact that most content mills really treat their writers like garbage, and Blogmutt comes out to be one of the best content providers out there. You can also earn more at higher levels.

      And yes, it really does add up–I write around 3 short posts a day (for the time being) and I’ve already earned an extra couple hundred bucks.

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