Blogs

FundsforWriters Review: Legit or Scam

FundsforWriters is a website that will help writers find the funds necessary to continue on with their writing career. The website is set up to help writers understand how to format a manuscript, write a query, and different writing guides to help you with your writing career. Each week the company sends out a newsletter that is filled with information for writers. This site is focused on helping writers focus on the marketplace, find writing competitions, locate different awards or grants, find publishing agents and jobs that suit your writing skills and talents.

Write For The Newsletter:

  1. It is possible to submit an article to the site for their newsletter.
  2. The article must be 500 to 600 words long.
  3. The site will publish one article per week. It must be short and sweet.
  4. They are looking for articles that are to the point and help out writers.
  5. Don’t supply an article to the site that is filled with lists of different links to other writing sites.
  6. The site informs you that their newsletter is filled until the end of November. They are looking for articles that will stand the test of time because it could be quite sometime before your article is published in the newsletter.

What Not to Submit:

  1. They don’t want an article about how to write.
  2. They are not interested in articles about developing a plot, a setting or a character.
  3. Topics that don’t relate in some way to help a writer make money with their talents.
  4. General topics that don’t have any solid examples or supporting resources to help a writer.

What The Site Is Looking For:

  1. Good examples and tips about how to write for a contest and win a writing contest.
  2. They are looking for ideas to help a new writer break into the field or a particular market.
  3. New and different ideas about how to earn an income with writing words.
  4. Write a success story and give ideas to others how you did it.
  5. If you know about profitable business practices that are related to writing.
  6. Different types of seasonal material that is associated with a particular market.
  7. Stories about how you were successful and obtain a grant.
  8. Stories about how you landed a nonprofit partnership.
  9. Stories about writing for a unique market.
  10. Unusual ideas about how to earn income
  11. Any type of help that will give an author the change to earn money.

Hints For Writing Your Article:

  1. The readers like to view different links that will help them.
  2. Tools is another great item to add to the article. The reader loves to learn about new writing tools they can use.
  3. Do not type in all capital letters.
  4. Do not send a query to the company using your smartphone.
  5. All queries must use correct grammar and spelling.
  6. Don’t request to write an article in another language besides English.
  7. Your bio and introduction are just as important as your submission to the site.
  8. If your English is weak and you have poor grammar the site will automatically reject your query.
  9. They are looking for writers who have an established online profile.
  10. The company will check for plagiarism so don’t bother copying another persons work.
  11. It is best to send in a query to make sure the site is interested in your idea.

How To Submit Your Article:

  1. You must submit the word count to the company.
  2. The title must be on your article.
  3. Your article must be included.
  4. They need a brief bio at the end of the article with a link to your website or blog.
  5. They need your PayPal ID to pay you.
  6. They won’t pay any writer in a foreign country with a check or wire transfer.
  7. If you omit any of these items the article will immediately be rejected.

How Do They Pay?

  1. If the company accepts your article they will purchase it for $50.
  2. Payments are made to your PayPal account.
  3. The company rarely pays in checks and they don’t pay by other means.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate website to write for and submit an article for their newsletter. They will only publish one article each time in their newsletter. Therefore, if the company accepts and pays for your article it could take several weeks or up to a few months before your article is published in their newsletter. This is an excellent site for writers and it is filled with a lot of information to help a writer earn money. Furthermore, you will find lots of information about grants, writing contests and other helpful information on the website.

Advertisements
Blogs

Thrifty Fun Review: Legit or Scam

Thrifty Fun is a website that has been around for several years now. This site is very unique and has a lot to offer you. There are many different categories that you can write a tip, recipe or DIY instructions to earn money. They have categories for tips, a pet contest, a recipe contest, and a garden and natural photo contest. This is only a few of the contests the site offers. Every month the site picks one, two, or three winners to award them $50 for the best advice given. This is an international site and anyone can join.

How Does It Work?

  1. It is simple to join the site. Just visit the site and register with your email address or your Facebook account.
  2. Once on the site, you will see your dashboard.
  3. Visit the Menu tab at the top of the page to get started.
  4. At the top of the page, you can visit, the menus and see what the site has to offer, ask a question, share a post, view your account or even search the site for what you are looking for.

How To Earn Money:

  1. Visit the contest page and view the different contest the site runs.
  2. Answer contest: Each month the site run a contest and awards people for answering questions. The top award is $50 for answering the most questions, 2nd place is $40, 3rd place is $30, 4th place is $20 and the 6th to the 10th place winners will receive $10 each.
  3. DIY Contest: The contest runs for 2 months. In this section, you can write up step by step instructions on a DIY project. The site requests that you supply your own photos for each entry. The photos must be your own and taken by you. They won’t accept any photos that you’ve found online. You can earn $5 to $10 for submitting your tip. This will depend on how many photos you have used. Every two months the site will pick one winner and award them $50 for the best DIY tip.
  4. Food Tip Contest: This contest allows you to share any type of tips on saving food, storing food, or other helpful tips on freezing food. In this contest, you don’t need a photo to enter. Just type up your trip and submit it to the site. Every two months the site will pick one lucky winner who submitted the best food tip. You’ll be awarded $50 for the tip if you’re selected.
  5. Cleaning Tip Contest: If you have some great tips on cleaning submit them to the site. You can submit a photo or there is no need to in this contest. Enter your tip for a chance to win $50. Every two months the site will select one winner who has submitted the best cleaning tip.
  6. Organizing Tip Contest: If you love to be creative and invent easily to implement organizing ideas share them on the site. The contest runs for two months and at the end of the contest, one lucky winner will earn $50 for sharing their tips.
  7. Craft Tip Contest: Share your crafting tips on the site for a chance to earn $50. The contest runs for two months and the site will select one lucky winner who has submitted the best tip.
  8. Gardening Tip Contest: Submit your gardening tip for a chance to win $50. The best tip is selected by the site every two months and the winner is awarded $50.
  9. Gardening & Nature Photo Contest: Share your photos of your garden or other nature photos you’ve taken. Every two months the site will choose one lucky winner to be awarded $50.
  10. Craft Contest: Enter a craft project with step-by-step instructions and photo. Depending on how many photos you submit you’ll be paid $5 to $10. Furthermore, every two months the site will select 3 of the best craft projects. The projects selected will win $50 each for their submission.
  11. My Frugal Life: Share a store about your life and how you are frugal and save money. Every two months the site will select one store and award the person $50.
  12. Recipe Contest: If you love to cook, share one of your favorite recipes on this site. You’ll need to use your own photos, step-by-step instructions and a list of the ingredients. Depending on how many photos you submit, you’ll earn $5 to $10. Furthermore, every two months the site will select two of the best recipes to award each person $50.
  13. Pet Contest: Submit a photo of your animal for a chance to win $50. The contest runs for two months and at the end of the contest the site select two winners.

How Are You Paid?

  1. Once you’ve submitted your work, you can review your rewards on the dashboard.
  2. The site will enter your reward.
  3. A few times each month the site sends out payments automatically.
  4. You can only be paid by PayPal from the site.
  5. There is no need to request your payment the site does this automatically.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site. I have written for this site for a number of years. I have always been paid by the site and I have also won many contests on the site. The only contest that is paid monthly is the answer contest. The other contests run for two months and at the end of the contest, the site will select one, two, or three winners to earn an additional $50. The site will announce the winners of the contest on the 15th of the month. If you love to do crafts, work in your yard, or share tips to help others, this is a fantastic site to join. You never know if one of your crafts, tips, or even photos could earn you’re an extra $50.

 

 

Blogs

WritersWeekly.com Review – Legit or Scam

WritersWeekly.com is a website that allows freelance writers to submit content for the money. The site purchases articles from writers across the globe every Wednesday. WritersWeekly is interested in hearing from you, but they are not interested in people proposing columns, series, guest posts, advertorials, and articles that promote a product or service. The site won’t accept a complete manuscript from you and will only accept a query. If you’d like to write for this site, you’ll need a PayPal account in order to be paid. Read how to submit your query to WritersWeekly if you’re interested in writing for this site.

What The Site Won’t Accept:

  1. Many people send in pitches about pets, religion or other topics that are of no interest to the site whatsoever. Furthermore, if you send in a pitch with grammar errors, misspelled words, or incorrect punctuation, the site won’t bother to answer you back. You must follow the guidelines and pitch a topic of interest to the site if you expect a response back.
  2. The site will reject all articles that are very common topics in the industry such as:
    1. Writer’s block
    2. Finding inspiration
    3. Finding your muse
    4. Avoiding burnout
    5. Writing about your hobby
    6. Write what you know
    7. Selling rewritten reports, rewrites, or resell articles
    8. Don’t try to rewrite or revamp an idea that’s already been rejected.
    9. How to self-publish a book
    10. How to get along with editors
    11. How to become a writer
    12. How to take more photos to sell more articles
    13. How to be a copywriter
    14. How to be a ghostwriter
    15. How to be a grant writer
    16. How to negotiate your rates
    17. How to blog for a living
    18. Articles about networking or SEO

What Type of Articles Does WritersWeekly Want?

  1. The site is focused on how to sell the written word and not how to write it.
  2. The main focus of the site is about how to make more money writing and doing what you love.
  3. If you have ideas about home-based businesses and self-employment, this is a great topic to pitch on the site. However, these ideas must focus on writing such as self-publishing, ghostwriting, or even corporate writings.
  4. You need to pitch an article for the site that will help writers support themselves by writing and doing the work they love.
  5. A few other topics of interest are about writing for markets of a specific gene. You must supply the names of these markets, a link to their guideline, and information on how much you’ll be paid.
  6. You can submit unique book marketing ideas. Make sure they are not written up already and plastered all over the internet. The site wants unique ideas to help people and not ideas that already exist online.
  7. Find a topic or subject that hasn’t been done before or has received too much exposure online. Furthermore, don’t submit a topic the site has already published.
  8. The site is really looking for articles about unique assignments, different corporate services for writers, self-publishing, marketing, and networking advice.
  9. Each query needs to be submitted by email and make sure you include all the credits in your query. Don’t submit the completed manuscript to the company. They won’t accept this. If they like your query and can work with your idea, you’ll be contacted by the company. Normally, the company will respond within a week of submitting your query.

What Does WritersWeekly Pay?

  1. You’ll need to submit a query to the site before writing your article.
  2. The site has a contact form for you to use.
  3. When submitting your query, make sure that your idea will help others make more money from their writing.
  4. A featured article must be 600 words or longer, and a success story must be 400 words or longer.
  5. The site will pay $60 for a feature article and $40 for a success story.
  6. When sending in a query about your success story, the site won’t accept them if it was a one time deal on how you sold one article to one publisher. They are looking for more about how you broke into the industry and what types of success you’ve had since selling your first article.
  7. The company sends your payment by PayPal and no longer can send you a check. You’ll need a PayPal account to write for this site.

Conclusion:

WritersWeekly is a legitimate company that accepts freelancers to submit their ideas to the company for approval. You’ll need to send the company a query about the article you’d like to write for them. Make sure your ideas haven’t been done a million times before online. The company is looking for unique ideas and ways a person can earn a living writing and doing what they love best. If you have a unique way to earn money as a writer, the site would love to hear from you. Each feature articles needs to be 600 words or more and the company pays you $60 if they accept your articles. So make sure you read and follow the guideline carefully if you’d like your article considered for publication on this site.

Just curious about how many people have written for this site. How did you like the site and writing for them? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments below. Furthermore, if you have any questions please ask me in the comments below.

 

Blogs

The Dollar Stretcher Review – Legit or Scam

The Dollar Stretcher is a blog site that is dedicated to helping people live better lives for less. The site provides information on how people can save money and time. Furthermore, the site published its first newsletter in January of 1998. Afterward, the site started a weekly newsletter that they send out to 200,000 people online. The website is visited by more than 1 million people each month. In addition to the newsletter, the site posts daily articles and updates.

Writer’s Qualifications:

  1. The site is looking for experts on the subject about finance, saving time and money.
  2. If you’re not an expert in your field, it’ll be necessary to find an expert. You’ll need to find a person who can offer a few quotes or some insight into the article you’re writing.
  3. The site doesn’t want quotes taken off the internet; they’re looking for original quotes from experts, on the subject.
  4. When you quote an expert. it is possible to mention their website or book they’ve written.
  5. Also, provide statistics for your article if necessary. People love statistics and it’s important that you use them in your article.
  6. The length of your article should be 800 words or less. The majority of articles written on the site are 500 to 700 words long.

What Does the Site Want?

  1. The site is interested in a specific way to help people save money.
  2. They don’t want articles about 100 ways to save on your grocery shopping. However, if you can write an article about 8 to 10 ways to save money or reduce the cost of buying veggies or even hamburger, this will interest the site.
  3. People love how-to articles. If you can write any time or money-saving articles about how to save, this will be considered for publication.
  4. Ideas on how to save time and space.
  5. Creative ideas and ways to save on housing, clothes, and food.
  6. Any type of articles about the stages of life. It can be about babies, teens, college students, single parents, divorced parents, or even retirees.
  7. If you live with a partner, child or significant other who is non-frugal, we want to hear how you deal with this.

How Can You Write For the Site?

  1. Before you can write for the site, you must send a pitch to the site about the article you want to write.
  2. The site has over 10,000 articles already posted on the site; therefore, they don’t want to post an article that is the same as one they already have.
  3. They will consider revisiting one of their ideas if your pitch is different and can show some new ways or techniques that aren’t already posted.

How Does the Site Pay?

  1. If the company accepts your article and uses it in the monthly print version, you’re paid $0.10 per published word.
  2. Payment is sent out to you by a US check or by PayPal.
  3. The site is only paying for articles they use in the monthly print version. If your article appears on the site, the company is able to pay a few of the authors who don’t want to link backs to their book or site.

How to Submit Your Article:

  1. After the site approves your pitch, you’ll need to write your article.
  2. Once the article is completed, you’ll email the article to the site.
  3. When you email the article, it’s necessary to indicate if this is for the online submission or the print submission. This is important to put this on your email.
  4. If you fail to mark your article, they’ll send it back to you to mark before they review it.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site to write for. However, they only publish their newsletter once a month and space are limited. Therefore, you must have a fantastic article and be an expert in your field to be published in this newsletter. However, if your article is of interest, the site does pay a few authors for writing on the site. Otherwise, you can submit the article and they will add your bio and link it back to your book or website.

 

Blogs

InstantShift Review – Legit or Scam

InstantShift is a blog site that covers any and all things related to design. If you enjoy writing about new technology in the design industry then this is the perfect site for you. You can write about new design technology about photography, icons, fonts, CSS, WordPress, Website Design, tools, and more. The company encourages freelancers to write for them and has a few guidelines to follow to submit your ideas before writing up your articles.

How to Become an Author on InstantShift:

  1. Anyone can write for the site because they don’t have any specific set of requirement so submit articles.
  2. The site is always looking for new talent, skills, and a passion towards writing.
  3. The team of editors on the site will provide you assistance, suggestions, and ideas on how to improve your article.
  4. Furthermore, you can post your articles under your own name on the site.
  5. The articles the site accepts and looks for are articles that have a fresh new content idea. You must research your article, be original, clear about what you’re writing, and talk about for a specific design topic.

What the Site Requires From Contributing Authors:

  1. When writing for the company they need your first and last name.
  2. If you have a website, you’ll need to submit the site’s URL.
  3. Write a short bio about yourself and describe who you are and what you do.
  4. You’ll also need a gravatar to write for the site. If you don’t have one, it is easy to create one.

What Does the Site Pay?

  1. There are a few writers on the site that write for free. In return, the site adds their blog or website links and a bio at the end of the articles.
  2. However, the site does pay writers and your pay is based on the volume, content, and quality of your article. You’ll need to discuss this with the site before starting your article. You can do this in the writer’s form on the site.

How to Submit Your Pitch to the Site:

  1. You can either send an email to the company or fill in the form on the site.
  2. In the form or email, you’ll need to full name, email address, what subject you want to write about, and a pitch outlining a few details of your article.
  3. Send the company your email or submit the form on their site.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site to write for as a freelancer. The site will pay you for the articles that you write. However, before submitting an article to the site, they require that you send them a pitch. They are interested in fresh new ideas about design and the design industry. So if you love to write technical articles, that deal with design, then this is the site for you. Furthermore, if you’re good at writing tutorials the site is interested in publishing them and negotiating payment with you.

 

Blogs

The Expeditioner Review – Legit or Scam

The Expeditioner is a website about travel, travel stories, and anything to do with travel tips. The site allows freelancers to submit their stores for consideration. You can write anything about travel that deals with adventure, budget, beaches, news, food, female or male travel advice, photography, news, and tips. The site has a large variety of topics you can write about.

How to Submit Your Idea to The Expeditioner:

  1. The company wants an unsolicited article about your adventures and places you visited.
  2. You can either write up a pitch for the company or write up your article.
  3. Submit the article to the editor of the website Matt Stabile.
  4. Not all pitches or articles are accepted for publication on the site.

What Type of Stories Are They Looking For?

  1. Readers love first-person narratives. The story can be all different sizes and lengths. They are looking for stories that are 1,200 words and up.
  2. Now and then the company will publish top 10 pieces.
  3. If they publish a non-narrative piece it must be inspiring, interesting and informative for future travelers.
  4. Your article will need original photographs. The site would like to see some of your original images online. If you store your images online, supply the link so they can view your images.
  5. All articles must be proofread and formatted for an American audience.

How to Pitch a Story to The Expeditioner:

  1. Write a fantastic introduction to your travel article. The lead to your article must be intriguing, and attention-grabbing.
  2. Don’t add your point of view, but add an angle to the story. Give a perspective that is fresh and unique
  3. Try to add clichés to your story. Use as many as possible. Words like charming, cute, rustic, and quaint are perfect examples of what should be included in your article.
  4. Talk about your experiences, not local dialog with others. Make the reader experience your adventure. You don’t need to write about how the local lives, or what they do at night. Write more about your experiences and what adventures you had that stick in your memories.
  5. When you end your article, end it with a nice cliché and something catchy that will make you want to visit there again.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. For each article the site accepts and publishes, they’ll pay you $30.
  2. You’ll need a PayPal account to accept payment from the company.

Conclusion:

This is an excellent travel blog to write for that pays freelancers for their travel stories. The site is looking for first-person stories and adventures. Furthermore, the site wants original photography and a link to the images on your article. This way they can pick and choose a few of your images to feature with your story. You can either write a travel story or send in a pitch to the editor of the site. They will review your story or pitches and get back with you.

 

Blogs

Goodblogs.com Review – Legit or Scam

Goodblogs is a website that hosts different blog sites that freelancers can write for. They have a unique platform that companies can use to increase their presences online and receive content for their blogs or website. Any freelancer worldwide can write for this company. The most popular Goodblogs site is The Flaming Vegan. If you’re a freelancer visit the site, select a category, write your article, find a dynamic image, and submit the article and photo to the company for review.

How to Write for Goodblogs:

  1. Anyone with a valid Facebook or Google account can join Goodblogs.
  2. You can choose to write a blog post for anyone of their platforms.
  3. Otherwise, just read the blog post and vote on the articles that you like.

How Does GoodBlogs Work?

  1. As a writer for the site, you’ll need to visit one of the hosted blog sites and select a category to write a blog post for.
  2. Blog posts are between 300 to 400 words long.
  3. Write your blog post; check your spelling and grammar before submitting it to the company.
  4. Find a quality image to accompany your blog post.
  5. The image must be 615 x 350 pixels for the site to accept your image.
  6. Submit your blog post and image for review.
  7. If the site accepts your blog post and image it will be published on the site.
  8. You’ll receive a notification that your blog post has gone live or that you’ll need to edit the blog post or find a new image.

What Sites Can You Write For?

  1. The Flaming Vegan – this is a vegan website that has different categories to write for. You can select to write a recipe, about vegan lifestyles, clothing, travel, family, organic garden, beauty, animal rights, and vegan books. The site pays $15 for every post that is voted up and appears on the top post section of the site.
  2. Of Horses is a blog site about horses and horse owners. If you’re interested in writing for this site, you can write about riding, competition & shows, apparel & fashion, horse care & health, training, travel & vacation, and anything random about horse stuff. You’ll be paid $15 if your post is voted up and moved to the top post section of the site.
  3. Travel Iowa is all about Iowa and the traveler. Here you can choose to write about arts & culture, events, family fun, food & drinks, places to go and the great outdoors. Each post that is voted up and moved to the top post section of the page is paid $20.
  4. Imagine Northeast Iowa is all about the people and events that take place in Allamakee, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. You can write about the great outdoors, cultural activities, food & drink, events, people, places, waking on water series, summer trail series, fall faves, and winter wonderland series. Each time your article is voted to the top post section, the company pays you $15.
  5. Rolling Without Limits is a blog site that caters to the disabled. There you can write about accessible home design, health, lifestyle, employment, disability rights, products & equipment, quality of life, and travel. Each time on of your blog posts is moved to the top post section, the company pays you $20.

How Do You Earn with Goodblogs?

  1. In order to be paid for the article you write, you must earn points on the site.
  2. You’ll need to promote your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, to your friends, family, and any other social media site you choose.
  3. The most votes on the blog posts are moved to the top post section and are paid by the company.
  4. However, if you don’t earn enough votes, you’ll not be paid for your article on the site.
  5. Normally, the company moves one post each day to the top post section of the site and sends the person a payment to their PayPal account.

How Does the Company Pay?

  1. The company pays either $15 or $20 to a blogger that has accumulated enough votes on his article. The articles with the most votes are selected by the editors of the site and moved to the top post section of the site.
  2. The company sends the blogger’s payment to their PayPal account.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and pays bloggers to write for their different sites. However, you have to earn votes on your articles in order to be paid by this company. The company pays one blogger each day and moves his blog post to the top post section of the site. All other bloggers are not paid. However, if you didn’t make the top post section today, there are no new blog posts added tomorrow, you’ll have a chance to be paid tomorrow if your post is moved to the top post section.

My Thoughts About this Site:

  1. I’ve written for Goodblogs for a number of years and was always paid by the company when my post was promoted to the paid section.
  2. What I don’t like about this company, is the fact that too many of the writers cheat to earn votes.
  3. This is a democratic voting system and you need to work hard to promote your work.
  4. If you can’t earn enough votes on your blog post, you’re not paid for your work.
  5. The company receives 15 to 20 new articles each day. It takes them over 72 hours to decide if they will post your article on the site or not.
  6. The site continues to reject articles because of the image you’ve selected.
  7. The site doesn’t have any rules to follow when selecting your image.
  8. You could resubmit one article 5 or 6 times because the editor didn’t like your image.
  9. In the beginning, it was easy to write for the site and earn from the articles you’ve written. However, today too many young bloggers have joined the site and found ways to get around their voting system. It’s impossible to compete with the new wave of bloggers. Normally, these bloggers find ways to earn 40 to 60 votes for each article they’ve written.
  10. The site tries its best to control the cheating and has implemented new rules for the site. Today, you need a Google or Facebook account to register, write, and vote on the site.
  11. The company relays on the computer program to verify IP address, votes and promoting the posts to the paid section of the site. This is unfair to many writers on the site because it doesn’t guarantee that members on the site aren’t cheating.