Freelance Writer Opportunity

October 26, 2012

My husband’s company, Wimpy Analytics, LLC., is seeking a part-time freelance writer and PR person for their website Coppergoose.com. Below is a description of the position:

Wimpy Analytics, a software startup, is seeking a writing and marketing intern/part-time staff member to become part of a fun, enthusiastic team. The chosen candidate will be responsible for writing blog posts and press releases, researching and pitching to markets of potential interest, and writing short descriptions of prizes to be given away on the company’s flagship website, Coppergoose.com. Time commitment will be about 5-10 hours a week and all work can be done remotely with a computer that has access to the Internet. The position pays $10/hr with long-term possibility for the right fit. The position is open to anyone with good writing skills willing to work remotely, whether or not you are a formal student. An interest or involvement in “geek” subculture is a plus. If taking the internship for credit, we will work with your department to ensure that internship criteria are met.

To apply for the position, please submit a letter of interest detailing your related work/personal experience and qualifications to jobs@coppergoose.com. Please note that this will also serve as your writing sample, although you may supply additional samples at your discretion.

About Coppergoose.com: Coppergoose is the premiere offering of Wimpy Analytics, LLC., a software startup based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s a no-strings-attached giveaway site offering the chance to win free goodies every day and catering to the “geek” market (sci-fi and fantasy, role-playing, video and board games, anime, comics, etc.). To learn more, visit http://www.coppergoose.com/faq/.

A few notes/a bit of insight from the wife:

  1. Although the job is posted as an internship, this is mainly to welcome students and those beginning their freelance careers to apply, and to let applicants know that Wimpy Analytics is willing to work with academic departments if you prefer. Because it’s not a full-time gig, it may be best suited to students or those who have another source of income. If you are interested in the position long-term or are not a formal student, don’t let the word “internship” scare you off.
  2. This is a fun writing gig for someone who’s the right fit, particularly someone who is interested in geek subculture or software startups.
  3. This is an “entry-level” freelance writing gig — clips or extensive publishing credits are not required — just proof that you can write.
  4. It’s a great, flexible way to earn a little extra $$ each week (who doesn’t want that?)
  5. I would not post this on my blog if I couldn’t stand behind it as a legit freelance opportunity. (Nor would I marry a guy who was a jerk to the people he works with.)
  6. Ivan (my husband) and his business partner are enthusiastic, fair, intelligent, and laid back. They’re open to working with and discovering new talent.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments below, or to email using the address provided.


Content Writing Sites: What are They?

June 17, 2009

A friend of mine (who, incidentally, has a great blog here) recently asked about content writing sites. I realized that I mention them often in passing but haven’t actually defined them in this blog. Basically, content writing sites are sites that are hungry for content–usually text, but sometimes video or other formats as well. They’re usually quite easy to write for, some of them not even requiring an application process. As they view it, the more content they have, the better. With a lot of content, their chances of showing up in search engines are better; more visibility in search engines means more click-through, which means more people will see the ads on the site/purchase the products on the site, which means the site makes more money. Most of these sites offer some sort of payment to writers as incentive, although it’s quite minimal in some cases. Also, there are varying levels of quality control on these sites, with some of them focused on any content, period, while others find it important to maintain credibility. At any rate, content-writing sites make it easier than ever for folks to earn a little money freelancing on the side. Below are some of the content writing sites I’ve explored.

  • Associated Content – Associated content lets you write about anything. You can choose upfront payments for content you’re essentially “selling” to them, or click-through based earnings on content you’ve published elsewhere. I’ve tried uploading several pieces from my blogs for click-through based earnings; unfortunately, Associated Content basically accuses me of plagiarizing every time because they do searches and find my content on my blogs, claiming it already exists on the Internet and is not associated with my name. And if content from this blog isn’t associated with my name, I don’t know what is. I’ve basically decided AC is more work than they’re worth.
  • Textbroker – Textbroker is a content-writing site that acts as the middle-man between writers and other sites desiring content. You can choose what to write from a list of available topics. The pay is ridiculously low — about $2 per article when you start out, with the potential to earn more. I’ve never bothered to put in the time with those kinds of rates.
  • Ehow – Ehow accepts content from anyone, and your earnings are based on how many people view your article. There are no upfront payments. Most of my articles from Demand Studios end up here, but the payment from Demand is better than going directly through Ehow because Demand knows what people are most likely to be searching.
  • Suite101 – I’ve never written for Suite101, and most of what I know of them comes from Freelance Home Writer’s blog. In a nutshell, they pay per click, no upfront payments, similar to Associated Content — but with a better reputation for high-quality content. They require an application process and have editors work with their content writers.
  • Demand Studios – Like Textbroker, Demand Studios fields content requests from other websites. You can choose from a massive, ever-changing list of topics, with payment usually ranging from $5 to $15 per article. You can also write revenue-share articles for Demand Studios, for which there is no upfront payment but the potential to earn on an article indefinitely over time. (A recent Demand Studios email claimed that the same article that would have earned you $15 upfront will earn you about $80 in revenue share over 5 years. But who can wait that long? That’s why I do a little of both.) Demand Studios requires an application process and has recently become more strict about their content, requiring references for each article and employing fact-checkers. This makes writing for them take a bit longer, but I respect their measures to weed out sloppy content. Because of the upfront payments and variety of topics, Demand Studios is the only site I write for on a regular basis.
  • Helium – I’ve only discovered Helium recently, so I haven’t written for them yet, but there are a few things I really like about them. One is that they have different “channels” (topics) you can write for. They pay per click for most articles, although upfront payment seems like an option for their higher-performing writers. The best part about Helium is their marketplace section, where you can submit articles to various providers seeking content for the potential to earn substantially more than you’ll find on other content-writing sites. The competition also seems to be less stiff than at sites like Elance.

There are tons of other content writing sites out there, but these are the ones I have personal experience with. My friend Jenny also has a great post that covers content writing. Doing a search on “write for us” will usually pull up hundreds of sites that want your content.


Beginning Freelancing 101, Courtesy of Jenny

March 5, 2009

So I’ve been meaning to write a post that reviews all those content-hungry sites out there that pay freelance writers: Associated Content, Suite101, Ehow, and a bunch of others I either don’t know about or that will be covered by Jenny shortly.  I’ve often heard the question, “Do those sites really pay?” The answer is, yes. Do they pay a lot? Well, that depends on what you’re expecting. At approximately $10 – 20 per article, the pay may be “low” as far as freelance gigs go (I know a woman who made almost $100 for a 75 word article about how to put on a condom!), but if you can write at a good rate, you’ll be making more per hour than entry level jobs out in the “real world”–AND you get to wear your jammies.

Freelancing is a dream for a lot of people, and the Internet, with its constant, insatiable hunger for content (more content attracts more ads attracts more $$) make it more possible than ever before for beginning freelancers to get gigs and get real money. And I don’t know about you, but I think real money for work that’s not always that exciting is better than fantasizing about interesting assignments and big paychecks that don’t actually materialize.

Right now, I get almost all my work from New Moon Girl Media and Scribendi, so even though I’m approved to write content at a few sites, I haven’t fully explored the world of content writing. That’s why I’m pleased to offer links to Jenny’s blog, because she HAS. And she’s got lots of good insider info.

Jenny’s freelancing blog post #1

Jenny’s freelancing blog post #2

Now, go forth and make money!