By Doreen Martel on being a writer for Verblio (formerly BlogMutt).
You want to work at home. One of your primary skills is writing. You found a lot of writing sites online, but some of them are questionable. Some sites want you to pay a fee; others have demanding experience requirements. If you want to know what it’s like being a writer for Verblio, here’s one writer’s perspective. This is the first in a series of three, which we’ll publish in the coming weeks.
Being a Writer for Verblio
There are a lot of Verblio clients looking for posts. This is good news as it means steady work. As a “newbie,” you’ll have access to hundreds of clients looking for 250-word posts.
There’s more good news: No deadlines to meet. You go at your own pace! I found this particularly helpful since I’m terrible at managing deadlines. There is no limit on how many items you can submit in a day. You don’t even have to meet any goals that you don’t want to.
Understanding the Pay Model
Wow, you sold a couple of posts. Now what? It’s simple. Before Monday night, click on your invoice tab and create an invoice. Your pay goes to your PayPal account. Simple enough, right? Yes, but there’s a catch.
Clients get to decide what blog posts they want to post which week. This means: you submit a piece and three other writers may submit one as well. Even if your piece is scheduled to be bought next, the client can move yours down on their list of posts. Don’t panic, this means they’re saving it for later. More on this later.
What’s the Best Part?
There are many great features about being a writer for Verblio:
- There are no deadlines to meet; you decide when to submit.
- There are a lot of clients to choose from, which means a lot of different topics to choose to write on.
- There’s a supportive community of writers.
- The support team is awesome.
For my own purposes, I focus on legal, business, and financial writing. These are my strong suits. So, I found my niches and I stick with them because they work for me.
What’s the Most Difficult Part?
This is an easy one—clients accepting pieces so you get paid. This part can be especially frustrating. Here’s the deal: It’s Monday morning. You find just the right client, you see she has no posts in her queue. This is GREAT news for you, right? Not so fast! Clients buy posts on Thursday. This happens either (a) through automation, or (b) the client picks a blog post and claims it manually.
If the client used automation, you’re all set. Since you put the first item into the queue, your post sells. But if other writers have contributed since Monday, you could get bumped. This isn’t all bad—it only means the client may pick your piece next week.
Let’s be clear about something: You have some control over this process. First, write your best for every piece, so you’re more likely to be picked. Second, write, and write some more. The more pieces you have in customers’ queues, the less likely you will be to have a $0 payday.
There is, of course, one other frustration that every writer deals with: the dreaded rejection. Don’t let this get to you too much! Most Verblio writers have about a 10-percent rejection rate.
Advice for Writers Who Want to do Well
Here are some keys to doing well at Verblio:
- Do your homework. If you have a couple of areas you know a lot about, start there. You’ll be less frustrated.
- Write daily. The more you write, the better you get, and the more posts you sell.
- Review, review, review. Make sure you check your posts for typos and grammar errors. This is IMPORTANT. Here’s a great method.
- Don’t be shy. If you want to learn something about a topic, do some research and write about a new topic today.
- Take a peek. Don’t be afraid to look at other posts a client has accepted. Reviewing other writers’ posts can help you discover what the client likes from a writer for Verblio.
I am of the belief that if you apply yourself, you can find success. It’s not going to come overnight. Writing is hard work. Keep at it and don’t get discouraged. Ask questions when you’re not sure about something.
I’m a seasoned writer and I’ve worked at home for more than 20 years. For my time, I find that Verblio provides a steady stream of opportunity.
If you are just getting your feet wet, becoming a writer for Verblio is the best place to start. You’ll find a wealth of clients, a supportive writer community, and super helpful staff.
You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain! Go for it!