Writing Site Reviews: Media Piston

I recently found a site called Media Piston where they encourage writers to sign up and earn money for submitting articles. This site is similar in some ways to Textbroker and offers writers “one of” assignments at a fairly low rate of pay. However, there is no minimum amount of writing that you can do and you are paid on a weekly basis for assignments that are accepted by editors and by the client.

My experience on Media Piston

I only signed up on Media Piston recently. The process was relatively painless, you sign up with your email address and submit a writing sample. Unfortunately, I cannot recall whether the sample had to be original or not so I apologize in advance for that.  Once I received notification that I had been accepted, I logged in and took a look around.

What I really like

The site is really a “no fluff” site, there are not fancy graphics on your dashboard and nothing that will really distract you from the task at hand, specifically, finding assignments. Writers can list their personal writing preferences (e.g., small business, legal topics, etc.) and those categories will show up as hyperlinks when you are looking for assignments.

Your dashboard is divided into sections which are

  • Action required – these are for articles that have been returned from an editor (or client) that need attention. There is also a “time clock” on this section so that you will know how long you have to address the issue.  It also specifies whether this is an article that needs to be completed (authoring) or editing (revision request).
  • Pending assignments – assignments that are pending editor approvals or client approvals. This section shows articles you have submitted and advises you of the current status.  This makes it simple to keep track of how many articles you have submitted that have not been approved.
  • Recent activity – finally, you will see comments from editors below these two sections. These comments help you keep track of mistakes that you made on recently submitted titles. This is convenient as it can help you avoid the same mistakes later.

This is the “main” page of your personal dashboard and shows up under “Home”.  The other sections are as follows:

Completed work – this area shows you your recently accepted assignments.  This shows you the name of the title, the “batch” it was accepted from and the rating provided by the client.

Payments – this tab shows you when the next payment will be made on your account, what items are pending payments and what payments have been made (there are three “sub-tabs).  This is very straightforward.

These tabs are pretty much what makes up what you really need to know about Media Piston.

About the assignments

Perhaps the best thing about Media Piston is the instructions for assignments. When you claim an assignment you will be taken to a new screen that shows client instructions, necessary word count and the payment. Each assignment also has a “bonus” attached to it. While the base payments are relatively small, remember speed and accuracy make all the difference in the world!

About the editors

I am either really lucky or my writing isn’t as bad as Textbroker editors seem to think :).  My editors have been awesome providing me with clear and valuable feedback on the assignments I have submitted. I’m not getting dinged for “misplaced” commas :) like I seem to on Textbroker which makes me a happy camper.  The editors are in fact pointing out the minor errors in wording in a constructive manner and ALWAYS with a positive comment.

Overall, Media Piston has been a positive experience for me. You get paid weekly on Friday for all work completed by Thursday via PayPal. You get reasonable and helpful feedback on your work and there is no doubt about how clients perceive your work as the feedback is readily available. You might not get rich on Media Piston and there is probably not enough work to keep you working 8-10 hours a day but honestly, if you do a piece or two daily, you’ll do just fine!

About Doreen Martel

Well-rounded freelance writer who contributes to various blogs, paid to write sites and revenue sharing sites. Doreen is legally blind and has worked at home for more than 10 years. She uses the lessons learned from this experience to enhance her writing and share information with others.

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11 Responses to Writing Site Reviews: Media Piston

  1. July 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Media Piston sounds like a wonderful place for writers to work. I will be tweeting about this review and include Media Piston on my list of best upfront pay websites for writers so that other writers enjoy as well. Thank you so much for the beautiful review, Doreen; and wonderful replies in the comments everyone.

    • July 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

      David, awesome blog you have there. Thanks for commenting. I like Media Piston though have to admit that some of the subjects are not good for me so I don’t do a lot there but it’s great for fill in work!

  2. June 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I am very happy that I found this site, I signed up with Media Piston today and they sound like a wonderful community for writers. I am looking forward to starting.
    Thanks for the great information, I wish others gave such honest reviews, and the feedback from the actual company shows me that they really care about their writers.

    Thank You,
    Linda

    • June 22, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Linda I’m sure you’ll do well there. Like you, I’m always happy when a site owner chimes in on my reviews it does help give the writers a sense of confidence. Good luck to you!

  3. June 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    After seeing these comments I am very happy that I signed up with Media Piston today. I am looking forward to being part of what sounds like is a great opportunity.
    Thank You
    Linda

  4. April 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I have to say that I enjoy MP too. I like how transparent the editing process is and how helpful the staff are. It’s a much more positive ethos than some other writing sites.

  5. April 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Doreen,

    I have enjoyed reading your review, and as a new editor for Media Piston, I have had the opportunity to read, review and provide feedback for your nice work within the past few months.

    As a writer who has submitted over 223 articles to Media Piston for nine months now, I have found the opportunity to be an overall rewarding experience.

    During my time writing for MP, my writing skills have improved as I have been challenged, provided with excellent feedback and have consistently received timely replies from customer support.

    While there have been times that I felt frustration and an I-want-to-quit attitude from my own lack of skills or clear client instructions, each time that I have stayed with it or went back to the task, I have improved my skill level, learned from the experience and gained a better insight of how to maximize my online writing opportunities. All of which happened because of MP team’s dedication to treat the writer fairly.

    For those who read this comment – I encourage you to write for and provide feedback for this company or any online writing site that you choose to give a try.

    Freelancing is now said to be the new nine-to-five workplace for the future. Because of this, writers who contribute feedback and support a company’s efforts to build a better opportunity for writers have a part in strengthening the company, the virtual writing workforce and the online workplace as a whole.

    Anytime you have the opportunity to work with a business that is a curated platform, such as Media Piston, you have a unique window opening experience to grow with the company from infancy to the time it spreads its wings and lifts off to a long-lasting, sustainable business. In doing so, the birthing pains, the challenges and the rewards are all an invaluable part of a writer’s maturity.

    I hope that you and other writers will continue to help grow America’s online job opportunities. In reinforcing their efforts to provide a work from home job opportunity and providing them with constructive feedback, you are helping build the virtual workplace of the future for yourself and the generations to come.

    To your writing success,
    Deborah Ryan

    • April 12, 2012 at 4:26 am

      Deborah, thank you so much for sharing your MP experience! Doreen

  6. March 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Doreen,

    Thank you for taking the time to review MediaPiston! I’d just like to point out a few more things.

    First, there definitely are enough assignments to work 8 to 10 hours per day and in fact we have many writers working full time.

    You are right that our rates are not going to be as high as one can achieve by marketing themselves, bidding, negotiating and managing work directly with a client.

    On the other hand, many of the assignments we do for clients aren’t the type of thing that can be easily managed on a 1:1 basis. For example, it’s quite difficult (without MediaPiston) for clients to outsource writing 250 travel destination reviews, because the overhead of contracting with enough writers to accomplish that project quickly, and to review (edit and scan) their work is time-consuming, error-prone and costly.

    Just as there are many levels of skill and areas of expertise, there’s no one-size-fits-all type of content or freelancing community. Many of our writers who do contract directly 1:1 for high rates tell us they rely on MediaPiston for a flexible, dependable, steady stream of work which they can use to fill in the hours in their work week.

    One final thought is that we’re a community and we involve our writers in improving the service. To that end, we’re now focused on initiatives to make our editorial review process smoother and to provide more opportunities for premium pay assignments. Just this week we changed our editorial review process to allow editors to make small changes – sparing writers the agony of a full revision cycle just to fix small errors. We also launched “paid revision requests” meaning that clients are now asked to pay more when they ask for revisions that go beyond the scope of their original project description.

    Again, thanks for reviewing our service and I’m flattered that you took the time to write a review.

    thank you and I hope to see you MediaPiston!

    Joe
    Founder and Chief Piston
    MediaPiston

    • March 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Joe thanks for taking the time to stop by and add to this. Since I’ve just about gotten started, I wasn’t aware of all of these things!