Most of you know I am always looking for new writing sites to experiment with. While I have some private clients, the work load varies from month to month. Oftentimes, I sign up on writing sites and “watch” long before I write anything there and this new site was no exception. Meet Blogmutt.
What is Blogmutt?
The service is a platform for blog owners to purchase content at a fixed price for a specific number of posts per month. For writers, you can write as much as you want and are paid $8 per post. The good news about this is the posts need only be 250 words. Some clients may request more but the maximum ideal post is about 350 words.
How long does it take to get posts approved?
You have heard me rail about this in the past on other writing sites (especially on Skyword). With that said, Blogmutt is a bit complicated as far as approvals! So here I’ll have to describe how the site works:
- Blogmutt posts a list of clients and a description of what types of blog posts they are interested in purchasing.
- Blogmutt writers select the client they wish to write a post for and using the client’s keywords and instructions they write the post and add it to the “queue”. Now it’s important to note that more than one writer can claim an article or a keyword for the same client. Keep in mind, the clients are searching for a set number of posts per week (most of them only one).
- Blogmutt clients pick up the posts, review them and “schedule” them
Here’s where it gets complicated!! Here are some of the things that can (and do) happen!
Blogmutt writer sends a post to a client and they are in position labeled as $ – this means that your post is scheduled to be posted during the next cycle. Now keep in mind, you may not land in $ section, you could land in 2, 3, etc. I’ve currently got posts sitting in $, 2, 3 and 7. So what do these numbers mean?
- $ means my post is slated for the next posting
- 2 means my post is 2nd in line
- 3 means 3rd in line
- and 7 of course means 7 in line
What does that mean for payments?
What is means is that $ (see below for complications) are slated to go to the clients blog during the next cycle (Thursday’s at noon Mountain time). That means that on Thursday, my account will be credited for these posts. Now keep in mind, these posts were written February 18 and 19 (in my case) so it will be approximately 2 1/2 weeks before I am paid for the work I wrote.
What do you mean complications?
Aha! The client looks at all the posts that are available in their review queue. They can then do a number of things:
A) they can accept the posts in the order they were submitted
B) they can reorder the posts
C) they can request a revision
D) they can reject the post
What happens with these “complications”
When A happens, that is good news! You will be paid for the post and the client has the option to leave you “stars” and feedback. They may or may not do this. By the way: Don’t get too freaked out over these stars, I had 3 orders “stars” and one was 2 stars, one was 4 stars and one was 3 stars: Who me worry? <smirk>
Let’s say B happens: This is often due to the fact that clients are attempting to avoid back to back posts on identical topics. You can get bumped “down the line” for that reason. The easy solution is to check the queue list which Blogmutt posts showing which keywords have been used and also check their pending queue to see what is there.
Let’s say C happens: This one can be annoying because sometimes these revisions occur the day before your post is scheduled to go live! The downside: Once you make the revisions, you can drop to the back of the line. This is NOT always the case so don’t fret too much. By the way, if you get a revision request and you decide to not revise, the post WILL be rejected!
The dreaded D happens: Overall Blogmutt has a 10 percent rejection rate. I have had a rejection on one article out of 25 in total. The client’s message ” Just didn’t like the post” <sigh>. But there’s good news! If it does get rejected you can sometimes recycle the post to another client (which I did!). If not, snag that puppy and post it to your own blog!
Let’s talk green stuff
OK Money matters otherwise we wouldn’t write! Unlike many other sites I have written for, Blogmutt has you issue an invoice. This isn’t as complicated as it sounds because Blogmutt makes it easy! The option to invoice is entirely at the discretion of the writer so you can allow your earnings to build up. If you request payment, the invoices are paid on the following Monday or Tuesday. You can request payment one time per week and payments go to your PayPal account.
Overall I like the site, I like the flexibility it offers in terms of selecting clients and I like the overall “feel” of the community. There is a point system which I won’t bore you with, sign up for yourself and see what you think!