Sunday, November 27, 2011

Interact/Zerys -- another article marketplace in the Textbroker and WriterAccess mode

I found this site (Interact Media, aka Zerys Content Marketplace) through a Craigslist ad.  It's another site, like Textbroker and WriterAccess, that brings together writers and clients for specific assignments -- some open to all writers, others direct assignments. It even uses the same two-to-five star rating system.

This is the ad. (They use the name Zerys on the ad, but Interact Media on the site itself -- I think Interact is the parent company):
The Zerys Content Marketplace is an award-winning content management platform developed for the purpose of bringing together content buyers and providers. We post thousands of jobs each week, and our client base is growing rapidly. We need experienced writers to join our network and become part of the content marketing revolution!
With our unique system, buyers use specialized set-up tools to create a list of titles they'd like to have written, along with writer instructions and other job details. Then, they can either post these titles to the writer job board, or assign them directly to you. When buyers order directly from you, they pay you the per-word rate you specify in your profile, or any rate you negotiate with them.
When you first apply, we will review a unique writing sample from you and give you an initial quality rating of 2-5 stars. After that, your rating will be based on buyer ratings. Buyers can search writers by quality ratings, so the higher your rating, the more likely you are to get higher paying jobs. 
During the application process, you will enter the pay rate you wish to charge per word for direct assignments. Payments are made every 2 weeks through your PayPal account. 
If you're interested in becoming a writer in the Zerys network, please apply here: 
http://admin.interactmedia.com/apply.aspx
Thank you!
Here's their writers' FAQ page.  Other than what I saw in the ad and on their site, I know nothing about this company.  Has anyone worked for them?  If so, what was it like?

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  1. Hey!

    I just started writing for them a week ago, and I really like it. You have to do a test to qualify but once you're in, you can bid on any jobs that match your rating, from the job boards. I have done three assignments and both times the editors were really nice.

    The pay isn't bad, for what the articles are. And you don't have take the really low-paying articles, if you don't want to. PM me, if you want more details!

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  2. Thanks. I'd like to hear more. I don't know how to PM you, but you can email me, if you want, at maymonten (@) gmail (-dot-) com.

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    1. Forget Zerys! I've been a writer there for a few years now. Their support is horrible! I had one article put "on hold" while awaiting a response to a question from the client. It took three days to come. When it did, I was never notified by email, which is their supposed way of alerting you to a message. I lost the article; it was labeled "cancelled" by me for having missed the deadline.

      I have complained about that before as well as other issues, none of which has ever been resolved. None! I complained about an issue in January, 2012; it is STILL unresolved "...until next batch."

      These are iffy people to work for. They never have a lot of articles available anyway. I'm a 4-star writer on the 'favorites list' of several clients. You'd think that they would be responsive. Nope, is NOT going to happen. Stay away!

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    2. I agree with the other Anonymous. I'm only keeping Zerys as an egg in my basket, for the moment, because of my direct client relationships.

      Rates ARE better than Textbroker, BUT

      1. Textbroker has a higher approval rate.
      2. Clients often ask you to come up with titles without paying your for it.
      3. Clients can remove sections of your content and then approve at a lower price.
      4. The admin responses for support tickets are a joke. For those who write for Zerys... you know who I'm talking about. When the admin does respond, her responses are circular logic and rarely ever a solution. One of the common responses on a ticket is: "This isn't happening with any other writers." No solution. No concept that it could be happening, but they think issues are on their end. Some of the other answers are technologically illogical as well.
      5. Writers can still rate bad clients with a low score, BUT they can't complain in the comments. Comments are now moderated and complaints, even ones that are valid, aren't published.
      6. Unlike TB, Zerys only pays twice monthly.

      I'm a 5-Star writer. The site would be great if the company got rid of at least one member of its staff and listened to some of the valid complaints of its freelancers.

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    3. Anonymous - I am someone who has been on both the agency side (the one hiring writers) and both writer side. I can address two points you brought up here:

      2. Clients often ask you to come up with titles without paying your for it. - I don't think you should get paid extra for a title because it's not that hard and no where else do you get paid extra for a title. You wrote a 500-word article. It's not that hard to come up with 10 more words for title. As a writer, the title should come with what I produce. As an agency, if you want to get paid for 10 more words then submit a 510 word article.
      3. Clients can remove sections of your content and then approve at a lower price. - I have actually done this twice. The first time, the writer did not follow instructions and spent half the article writing about something that the instructions specifically said NOT TO DISCUSS. As an agency, I'm not going to pay for content I specifically did not request. As a writer if you want to get paid for the work, then don't turn in work the client can't use and did not ask for.
      The second time, the writer was long-winded and redundant. The writer repeated himself while saying things that were obvious, fluff, and just plain nonsense. As an agency, I'll pay for 500 words, but only 500 good words. Not 250 words twice, and not 500 words that don't say anything at all. You want to get paid for 500 words, then turn in 500 good words and provide something beneficial to the reader. Don't write four sentences defining the word, "blog". It's 2013. We all know what a blog is. That's something I'll delete because it's obvious.

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    4. Anonymous #2 and Allison-
      2- Allison is right, it isn't that big of a deal to toss in a title for free. Until you consider that your pay is broken down into fractions of the penny you get per word... Then yeah, all the words need to be included.
      3-Allison, again I understand your point. I don't think that's anonymous' complaint. You ordered 500 words, I submitted 500 words. No, you can't pick out the 250 you want and not pay for the rest of what you ordered. Not in any real world situation outside of the internet anonymity Zerys clients hide behind.
      4-LOL! I know exactly who you're talking about. Her new response is, "Well, you can always give the client a bad rating to warn other writers, and then block the client. Just remember, if you give a bad rating that isn't warranted we'll boot you from our site and not let you write here anymore!"
      5- I think I already addressed that
      6- I wish they paid every 2 weeks. Some clients do, most use their 3 weeks and then finally review the article an hour before it auto-approves, so it goes from the editor to the actual client for three more weeks. Then you have a 50/50 chance of it falling on the last day of the pay period so you get paid tomorrow or else it falls on the first day of the new pay schedule so you have to wait 2 more weeks to get paid. It doesn't matter, it could be a $20 "windfall" you get, or you might wait all that time for two and a half bucks.
      3- Part 2 response-The only better response than hers is when she's too busy and frustrated with all the complaints so her BOSS steps in... His standard response is, "But, but... You're a five star writer, and you've written X amount of articles successfully, why are YOU complaining?"

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  3. I have a question about this company- will my name appear on articles I sell? And can I also post the articles on my own site?

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    1. No, to both questions.

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    2. Technically speaking, you can't even use your writing as a sample of your writing because when the client buys it the client owns ALL the rights to piece. The dirty little secret of the internet- you know all those internet magazine articles you like to read, and you follow that one author because you like her writing? She never wrote a single jack word, she bought it from me and bought the right to put her name to it. Believe it or not, people who don't write don't have the pride I have that wouldn't allow me to put my name on someone else's work even if I DID own legal rights to it.

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  4. No, your name will not appear on the articles you sell, and the client owns your material once they purchase it -- meaning you can't post it on your own site as well.

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  5. Just wondering if anyone had tips on what type of writing samples to submit in order to get a higher rating? Thanks for any input (and/or advice)! - Ana

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    1. It doesn't matter, you'll get a 3-star rating regardless. Then, if clients accept your work you'll get paid. If clients don't accept your work, someone else will write the article and get paid. Either way, Zerys gets paid. So telling you your initial submission is so good that you've received the honor of writing for them is the modern version the old trick of, "Your poem was so awesome we'll include it in our book! Don't you want to buy a copy so you can see your poem in print?"

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  6. Hello ad like to know if a Non-Us resident can qualify as a writer for this site. Anyone who can help on this info mail me on lahmuh@ovi.com
    Advice on other well paying sites is welcome. Thanks

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  7. I currently write for Zery's.
    I love the fact that you can get connected with outside contacts for consistent direct assignments. It's a stable, constant way to make some additional money.
    You have to LOVE writing, though. Sometimes you write about the most boring (or most fascinating) things!

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  8. Hi there,

    Thanks for writing this article to let people know about the writing opportunities at Zerys/Interact Media.

    Full disclosure - I provide customer support for the Zerys Content Marketplace. However, I started out just as a writer for them. As a writer, I had a better experience with Interact Media than sites like Textbroker. The rates offered for assignments tended to be higher than those found on similar sites and like others have said, it's really great how you are able to work with clients on an individual basis to negotiate long-term projects.

    I also really like the fact that payments are made every two weeks, rather than once a month. As a freelance writer, bi-weekly payments were important to me.

    They also provide outstanding writer support and work hard to make sure everyone is treated fairly. Writers from other countries are now able to apply, but they are required to select their native language during the application process.

    As far as the writing sample goes, I would just pick a high-quality blog post or article that you've written recently and feel represents your strengths as a writer. In my own experience, their rating system is very fair and all it takes is a couple high ratings from your first few clients to boost it up.

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    1. Hi Ashly,

      At least you were honest about your current position with the company. And you are correct that Zerys pays better than Textbroker.

      That said, you need to take a second and third look at how Zerys treats writers these days.

      They do not provide outstanding writer support or work hard to make sure everyone is treated fairly. The current deadline suspension system is proof of that fact. I'd recommend going to the Zerys forum and type "penalty" in the search and then ask yourself if you were correct about fair treatment.

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  9. Why does a writing marketing oriented site have typos on its web pages and in the ebooks that they give away on the subject of doing business with them?

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    1. Well, they're hiring writers. They're not writers. They're web people and marketers and such. Creative types that are not writers are well-known to struggle with spelling grammar.

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    2. I respect your right to have your own opinion, but I still believe that a basic rule exists concerning a universal acceptance of the necessity to proof read and correct work. This means that one would never submit writing of any sort with glaring typos and grammatical errors, especially where the writing is a professionally or educationally related submission. Given the fact that Zerys allowed so many glaring grammatical and spelling errors to be initially placed on his site,only to remain there after his own writers offered to correct them, really showed a willful disconnect from the rest of the world's standards, hence I questioned the appropriateness for someone to do this when he sells professional writing service. Given the prevalence of built in spelling and grammar checkers there really is no justification for anyone expecting a pass on the basis of not being a professional writer. In fact I have never heard such an excuse used before and it would certainly not hold any water within respectable circles. Incidentally, Zerys finally cleaned up his site, but it was long after the shortcoming had been pointed out and even questioned publicly. But I am uncertain about whether any of the negatively effected e-books that act as his promotional material has been appropriately corrected.



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    3. Because they only pay their workers when someone hires their workers to write, they don't pay anyone to actually write for THEM!

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  10. I write for interact media can anyone out there refer other well paying sites.

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  11. I have written for Interact Media / Zerys and I highly recommend not working for them. I am a 5 star writer there, but this is the only company that I know of that can reject the content for no reason. They also allow the customer to cut the word count and not pay you for the portion that they cut. The reason that I was given was that they needed to cut their budget.

    In my opinion, WriterAccess is the best place to find good writers and to write for. I hire off of Textbroker sometimes, but I don't really write for them anymore because the pay is too low for the quality that they want. They are a lot better than Zerys as far as being a reputable employer, though.

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  12. Response to a complaint after being robbed of 300 words because the client didn't have the budget to pay the full amount. The part where they said that 90 percent of articles are accepted refers to the clients that pay .71 cents per word. The jobs actually worth working have as much as a 50% rate of rejection for any reason whatsoever.

    I'm sorry you feel that way. We are a marketplace, so buyers can make any offer to writers, and writers can either accept the offer or not. Some writers who are used to making a lot more money for writing may years ago are upset that recent technologies and marketplaces have caused a downward pressure on prices in general. We do not set these prices - the market does. If the buyer is not satisfied with the work, the buyer has the right to not accept the content. This risk-free approach causes more buyers to use the system, and ends up providing more work for all our writers. Over 90% of pages ordered by buyers are accepted and purchased, so only a small percentage are declined. If you actually search the forums, you will find that the average pay rate offered on our system is over double most other similar platforms. We have a very good reputation with writers for paying on time every 2 weeks. We try to balance the needs of buyers with the needs of writers. Sorry you did not have a good experience.

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  13. Writing for Interactmedia is a TERRIBLE experience and I would not recommend anyone write for them. The fact that they reject your hard work without allowing any opportunity to revise the content is unacceptable. Can we say: "thieves will take advantage of this?!"

    Another thing, this company pays market rates?? Yeah, compared to content mills and other low-balling, commodity-based writing outlets. Any writers looking to get paid for THEIR TIME should look past working for this site. The work generally takes significant time and research and in the end you are left making less than minimum wage---when delivering quality work.

    The staff is not supportive and their new "policies" are not writer-friendly at all. Avoid these type of companies like the plaque and get yourself out there-- in the world of clients that pay what you're worth.

    Never allow these shady websites/companies to dictate what YOU are worth as a writer!! Let them go bankrupt!!

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    1. Thank you for being the first person that I have seen who points out what has been in my opinion an obvious risk to the writers and a flaw in the system, where buyers are able to gain possession of completed work then opt to not pay for it with impunity, and no safeguard against his or her subsequent use of that work. Not all use of writing involves search engine accessibility, so we can't assume that such thieves will be exposed and writers will have an ability to prove that rejected work was ultimately kept and used without payment. Sometimes I think that the elaborate schemes for obtaining work are nothing more than a cover-up for a larger scale writing for hire rip-off by an unsavory bait and switch artist.

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  14. As opposed to Jarvis' experience, mine has been very good. As with any system, you learn as you go along, finding out the best clients to work for and jobs to accept, little tricks of the trade, and acceptable writing styles. The staff on the site is very responsive and they are continuing to improve the system.

    The pay, I think, is excellent. I've written about three dozen articles and calculated that I'm paid, on average, 4.0 center per word. The average article takes me about 15-30 minutes to research and write. Hourly, my pay rate would then be anywhere from $40-$80.

    Of course, I'm picky with the jobs I take, and this supplements my income. My average rate would go down drastically if I took more jobs and I'm sure I would become burnt out if I wrote more than a piece or two a day.

    I've had some difficulties with clients, including one that wanted to change the entire direction of a piece for which I'd already written over 1,000 words. However, with this client and with others, I was able to get satisfactory resolutions. I've never had a client take away more than a dozen or so words for a piece, and certainly any words that have been omitted have been more than offset by small bonuses I've been rewarded.

    An absolute key is to get your rating high. I began with a 4-star rating based on a piece I submitted during the application process. I quickly achieved 5-star status and haven't relinquished it. I'm now at a point where I would have to write a lot of very subpar articles to lose that rating (I almost always receive five star ratings, rarely receiving fours and never anything less than that). The five star rating is essential because it not only unlocks a number of otherwise hidden articles, but I do believe it also reflects well on you for editors who are looking to assign articles directly. Some reviewers have mentioned the low pay rates, but I haven't taken any of the lower rung jobs since my very first day on the site, because I'm able to explore higher paying jobs with the higher rating I gained.

    I would definitely consider joining and at least exploring the site. There's very small commitment and potentially a really good side job to gain.

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    1. You make mention of direct offers of work for better writers. I thought that the entire system prevents identification of a writer by the use of their true name, or any offer of a direct e-mail address or phone number for the purpose of preventing the exchange of work from taking place outside of the system's own loop and fees for services.

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  15. Hi. I recently registered as a writer on Zerys. I even submitted a sample article but the next time I tried to login I received this error message: “Thank you for applying as a writer with Interact Media! We do not require your services at this time, but will let you know if and when things change.”
    What would be the reason?

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  16. I ditto all the negative feedback, esp. regarding having your content rejected for no reason or rather, a vague and undefined reason by the clients. This one particular client I "worked" for didn't let me know that my content was rejected until almost 2 months after I submitted the work. Excuse me for sounding bitter and angry, but honestly, WTF? All the stress and trouble for a $2 article? IMO, it was definitely not worth ANY trouble.

    My experience would have been better if the job listings were abundant, but the jobs I "qualified" for were slim to almost zero. Each time I received an email notification on the job board, I've had to quickly log in, otherwise, the available jobs as they are usually taken by other writers within minutes after I receive an email, if not, LONG BEFORE I even receive my email notification. Based on my experience, Zerys should NOT be considered as supplemental income as you hardly get job offers and once you do, your content is likely rejected AND like another person mentioned, once you write your content for a client, it becomes THEIR property, so you CANNOT use it for your portfolio, despite some reviews stating that you can add your written work to your portfolio. After all, it IS ghost copywriting.

    Honestly, I rather sell stuff on eBay than deal with getting writing jobs through Zerys. Some of their clients are assholes and I rather deal with assholes on eBay than through Zerys.

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    1. That was a wonderfully apt comment! I stopped selling on eBay after facing dishonesty by some buyers. But now that you've mentioned it, the rate of profit is far higher when reselling on eBay as opposed to sweating out our best work on a deadline for nothing. This being the case after having written for only a couple of dollars online and being rejected, or treated like the suckers I am afraid that we appear to be to others.

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  17. Here's HubSpot's take on Zerys, of course, it's meant for clients, not writers.

    http://www.hubspot.com/products/business-blog/zerys-content-marketplace/

    From what I hear about writers from Zerys, most earn between 2 cents to 5 cents per word, while very few earn over 10 cents per word and the extreme opposite of that: less than 1 cent per word. Many complain about small things that should be expected in the first place, but there are a few complaints that warrant the severity of the reaction. Conversely, there are are also few extremely positive reactions when it comes to working with clients, since these buyers have a lot of control that tend to raise the eyebrows of writers. I guess I can say be wary of any extremely negative comments - they're either from very good writers who just wouldn't fit into the sort of content marketplace that Zerys is, or lousy writers (if they can call themselves that) expecting a lot for subpar work. I've never read a gushingly positive review of any content marketplace by any writer decent enough to earn his worth. And why should they? They're getting what they expect. Nothing to be ecstatic about, is there?

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    1. Something that might not be general knowledge:
      Zerys is a Hubspot PARTNER. Hubspot gets ten percent of the gross on all content sales to their own users.
      As I recall, the award that Zerys brags about on their site came from Hubspot.
      Does anyone else see a conflict of interest here?

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    2. Thank you for pointing that out. I've been on agency calls where Hubspot promotes "partner" services but didn't realize that meant they were getting a cut. Why do I suddenly feel like I need a shower...

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  18. Zerys is the most unfair site I've ever worked with. Hard and very good work is rejected on a whim. Unreasonable, incomprehensible and absolutely ridiculous revision requests are also common -- with new requirements not included in the order. NOT OKAY.

    For example, one client sent me a redline of my work in a separate document and expected me to input his numerous revisions. Seriously? WTF. Never in my life have I seen that anywhere. I'm a WRITER, not a f'ing word processor. Why any writer should be expected to do that is beyond me, especially for THAT amount of pay.

    And Zerys backed him up! That was the end for me.

    Zerys also never backs up writers at all. NOT OKAY. Write for them and you risk NOT being paid. NOT OKAY!

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  19. I'm honestly wondering if Zerys is a scam to take advantage of writers looking for work. My experience with them has been frustrating; I've also had perfectly good work (grammatically and factually) rejected without explanation. But recently, I got a very good client who gave me a direct assignment to do about 25 articles, and the client is paying 13 cents a word, for which I should be getting 9.1 cents a word. In spite of numerous messages to their support line, asking them to correct the payment rate on their system, they are still paying me 2.8 cents a word, and this has been going on for over a month. The first several messages about this discrepancy were polite and concerned that the staff might be overworked, and that the error was simply an error. I'm no longer sure of that.

    A commitment to a client is sacrosanct, and I keep doing the work, but Zerys is pocketing over 70% of the money. I've done freelance work for years, and having access to constant work seemed like a better option than searching for it and applying do do jobs on a one-off basis. However, dealing with the frustration of working with these people is taking more time than getting jobs through the conventional method, and I'm beginning to suspect something unsavory there.

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    1. Forget Zerys! I've been a writer there for a few years now. Their support is horrible! I had one article put "on hold" while awaiting a response to a question from the client. It took three days to come. When it did, I was never notified by email, which is their supposed way of alerting you to a message. I lost the article; it was labeled "cancelled" by me for having missed the deadline.

      I have complained about that before as well as other issues, none of which has ever been resolved. None! I complained about an issue in January, 2012; it is STILL unresolved "...until next batch."

      These are iffy people to work for. They never have a lot of articles available anyway. I'm a 4-star writer on the 'favorites list' of several clients. You'd think that they would be responsive. Nope, it is NOT going to happen. Stay away!

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    2. I'm glad to read this thread. I have been a writer for hire for four years and am sick of trying to sell myself to private clients. Enter content mills.

      I work, and have worked, for various content mills for four years, and haven't made much money. It's ridiculous how low the pay is, but sometimes the extra cash helps with gas or groceries, so I keep them around for that reason.

      Imagine my shock when I got rejected by Zerys! "We have no need for your services as a copywriter at this time." Seriously? I know my sample was good, and I know it was unique and passed Copyscape. They didn't even accept me as a lower level writer! To be experienced and to be rejected is almost laughable.

      Sounds like I am going to be better off, though, if they are sketchy with their support.

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  20. do most free lance for-pay writing gigs, such as the ones you frequenyly make mention of, pay through pay pal? if not, how is payment received?

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  21. how much money can a diligent writer make through these free-lance writing sites (say, per week) IF HE IS WILLING TO WORK THROUGH MULTIPLE SITES? please don't just say, 'it varies', i know that. i just want a ballpark figure and a 'guesstimated' average for a good writer who is both diligent and has unlimited time on his hands.

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    1. In addition to the info below, you cannot factor in a 'weekly' pay. I write for two sites. One, Zerys pays only twice a month, and O)NLY if your article has been approved, which may take weeks.
      The other site pays weekly. However, the pay may not equal all that you worked or earned. Again, approval of the article is the key. That may not occur for a week or even longer. You cannot rely on writing for a weekly pay as far as I can see, and I've been writing online for over three years. It's a jungle out there!

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  22. Anonymous # 1: Yes, most pay through PayPal. Anonymous #2: Sorry, but it really does vary. For example, do you have education, experience, or credentials in a topic that is in demand? What you bring to the table in addition to your ability to write can make a huge difference.

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  23. Before considering writing online, unless you have a good background in writing professionally, you can expect to start out at a lower level of pay. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are strictly judged. For example, you cannot write "i" instead of "I" and expect to be accepted as a five, four, or even three star writer. You will need to study up on all the components of writing, or you will get many articles rejected or sent back for revision.

    The pay is not all that spectacular. On one site, I make 1.37/cents per word unless I accept a team order or a direct order, which pay more. However, don't expect to get anything more than $0.03 per word unless you are a five star writer, and only after years of writing.

    I am a four star writer with well over 5,500 articles, blog entries and product copy items successfully published, yet I still can only demand $0.03 max per word. That's for one client because that client likes my work a lot and asked me to charge that rate to him that so I would be sure to accept his articles.

    At that rate, I make $15.00 for a 500 word article. They don't come all that often. The good news is they usually have a large number of normal articles at 1.37/cents to choose from.

    Another site, Zerys is much worse. They rarely have more than a hand full of articles. The pay scales can be higher if you get those jobs, but they usually go to five star writers. The most I've gotten there is a few 3.5/cents articles. Usually, they are around 2.1/cents per word. Their support is terrible too. I only go there when nothing appeals to me on the other site.

    While there are a great many articles on the other site, most of them require either sick technical knowledge or serious research.

    Good luck!

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  24. I seems to me that most of the Zerys complaints smack of "sour grapes " from inexperienced writers with questionable ability. Writers who don't follow instructions and lack knowledge of grammar should Brompton when the grading system catches up to them.

    I had over two years in with TB but their rating system was nowhere near as fair as the Zerys method. The same could be said of their rate, although the pay for team jobs there eastbound. In just three days, working three -four hours each day, I made over $80 working for Zerys as a 4 star author with a limited but profitable number of available jobs.

    I have yet to see just cause for all the negative comments directed towards them.They look to be a company on the move.At this point ,I am spreading my time with both and choosing what works for me.

    Quit your bitching folks. Bear down and get to work.

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    1. LOL! There it is I guess. All of these sites have their ups and downs, but they pay well enough for decent work. For single parents like myself, the opportunities at Zerys and textbroker and all other sites like them make it possible for me to work without battling traffic or paying for child care. When you factor in the savings from these things, the earnings are actually quite higher. You don't have to pay for gas or day care, so effectively, your hourly rate goes up. People who want to be the next J.K. Rowling should write books. Otherwise, this is a fabulous opportunity for people who are realistic and want regular earnings. I agree with the whole bear down and get to work. I've written thousands of pages in creative work that have earned me nothing. It is nice to be paid for my craft. Fiction journals and other publications pay in free copies, so real, regular work is a real treat.

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    2. I am neither inexperienced nor uneducated. I have pieces published under my name as well as ghost written pieces for reputable sites.

      The issue with Zerys is that a client can reject your work for any reason, with no compromise. I suspect some clients order multiple articles, select the ones they want and reject the rest. They never intended to buy everything they requested, instead treating the site like a dressing room that allows them to pick the one or two pieces that they like.

      Great for the client who only pays for two articles, not so good for the 40 writers whose work was rejected because: "writing style"

      If you are doing well, I hope it continues for you. Check back in a couple months and let us know if it's still working for you.

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    3. Bravo! I could not have said that better myself! Thank you for responding to that with finesse. You spared me the knot in my stomach which would have come with trying to counter that one myself.

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  25. I've written for Zerys, textbroker and a few other sites, and it seems like I have always received the short end of the stick whenever I have a question, or concern.

    Zerys never even replied to my issue I had with a client taking advantage of me.

    I have started writing for a few other sites now with better success, like HireWriters.com. Pay is not great there, but at least the approval process is simple and the support is excellent. I feel like they are making an effort to be fair to everyone.

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  26. Hi. A note from your blog host. Thank you all for sharing your experiences and information. It's very helpful to be able to pool what we know!

    But could all the different "Anonymous"es here please pick and use a name -- it doesn't have to be your real one!

    It's confusing/impossible to tell who is saying what when everyone has the identical "Anonymous" handle ...

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    1. Forgot to mention that if you choose the "Name/URL" option in the "Replay as" drop down box, you can put anything in there. You don't have to break anonymity by using one of your other IDs.

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  28. There was a wonderful flurry of personal accounts being exchanged here and then things seem to have come to a halt with a resounding thud after the innocent enough request for people to avoid using the Anonymous moniker in favor of a ghost name, for the sake of creating some continuity between threads. I would like to add that the exchange of meaningful ideas is far more important, so if anyone it about to steer clear of adding their 2 cents as a result of the request, please stay and use Anonymous rather than withhold your ideas. I found this thread to be extremely valuable. Plus its messages mirror my experiences, so I consider them to be valid. Lets not allow this thread become lost due to inactivity!

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  29. I am really shocked by the "grading" system that Zerys uses for submitted samples. I have by BA in journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter for 7 years. I have also edited trade publications and worked for online news companies in the past, and I currently work at a marketing firm. I say this not to toot my own horn but to establish that I have SOME idea of what I'm doing when it comes to writing content. Zerys gave me a 3 star rating for the 500 word sample I submitted. 3 stars out of 5! There was not a single spelling error in that entire sample, and I don't believe there were any grammatical mistakes. They are now using this sample on one of their affiliate website without paying me a cent. To top it off, their email to new writers includes an explanation about how they won't give a perfect score regardless of how good the sample was. Excuse me? I put a lot of thought and effort into that article. The email also explained that it was up to the writer to improve a score through future submitted jobs. That's just not a fair system and I would not have submitted my sample in the first place had I known that it was a "claw your way to the top" type of deal. I also wonder if their "editors" are fellow Zerys users who might benefit from downgrading new samples. Just food for thought for anyone considering writing for this website.

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    1. TheOtherAnonymousApril 25, 2014 at 5:47 AM

      They give everyone three stars and tell them how good a writer they are and need to write professionally. Then if your articles are accepted you get paid, if they aren't accepted they go back to the job boards, someone else writes them and gets paid. Zerys doesn't care how it all works out because they get paid either way. Do you see how it works NOW?

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    2. Another anonymous posterMay 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      I wish I had seen your comment before creating a sample for them!

      I am one of the many anonymous commenters in this post and I just said above that I was rejected by them even though I am not new to this field.

      For you to be listed as a 3-star writer despite your extensive experience is ridiculous. Not even Textbroker does that! They have people like you in their 5-star category.

      I am a 4-star writer at TB, and have been since my first week there. I have ghostwritten entire blogs for people (private clients, not through TB), and have also been hired via TB to ghostwrite for some very famous knitting blogs that I read daily! It was a trip and a thrill to read my own work on these blogs! I had no idea who I was working for when I submitted the work.

      My point is---my writing is good enough for LOTS of people, but not Zerys! I could not believe I was rejected outright! I'd thought about reapplying, but after reading all the posts here, I will just cut my losses.

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  30. Yes, Zerys really does play hardball. They still permit clients to do as they please, they NEVER stick up for writers, clients can take their time to approve an article, and the pay every two-weeks, though OK, is not suitable for most writers. Anyways, I would warn freelance writers to stay clear of Zerys. They act like they are the Pentagon or something. So self-important with a million categories for you to select from. The disregard of writers is appalling!

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  31. Don't write for Zerys. As everyone says, the support is non-existent. The pay is deplorable--and as many others have said on here, clients do steal your copy. You will have an article declined, then go search for it on the web and find it. It's ridiculous.

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  32. I've been writing for Zerys for just over 18 months and have more than 2,000 completed jobs. As a part-time writer I've made some good money and haven't had any of the experiences that many of you have talked about. But I guess my comment isn't valid since you (other commenters) only want to hear from people who share your views. Oh well.

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    1. And frankly, after reading these comments I can understand why some of you may have had problems getting your work accepted.

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