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« on: August 19, 2016, 03:09:33 PM »
I ghostwrite articles and blog posts for You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, a company hired by websites to produce content for SEO.  Topics range from business, to jewelry, to social media marketing, and beyond.  You basically do research on whatever they want you to write, and pretend to be an expert in your piece.  It's not fantastic pay, but it's consistent.

They'll have you write a test article for free before they let you start posting paid articles.  However, they happened to like the test article I wrote so much that they ended up paying me for it!  I thought it was very honest of them, because they could have just kept it, and I'd never have known.

I don't know if they automatically let everyone write a test article.  I have an English degree on my resume so that may have helped.

The assignments are usually between 500-750 words with a deadline of two days.  They pay twice a month, $20 for articles of that length, and more if they assign an article of a different length.  If you want to know what kind of quality they're looking for, here are a couple of things I've written:

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Here's the link: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.  I know it might seem shady because the company name isn't listed, but it's the same link I applied through, and I have gotten several other people jobs for Gryffin.

For "Writer Specialty," it doesn't really matter what you check, if anything.  I didn't, when I applied.  If you get the job, they'll send you assignments on every topic imaginable, but if you happen to have a specialty in a certain area, I'm sure they'll appreciate that.

As far as the "Attachment" section, I attached my resume and a piece I had written about my experience planning my wedding, and what people can learn from that.  Nothing that had been published except on Facebook, haha.  I have no idea whether they will respond if you leave this area blank, but it's always a good idea when you're applying.

One more thing:  It took several months for them to reply the first time I applied.  But I bugged them, and they sent me the assignment.  So don't be afraid to bug them.

Good luck!

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Re: Success writing blog posts for company
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2016, 10:25:16 PM »
Really, you are a very patient person. Several months to respond! If it were me, I would have given up after a couple of weeks. In fact, when I was reading your post, I was inclined to give this a try. Then I reached the part about you having to wait several months for a response. That's too long a wait for me. I will just wait to hear further news from you before I send in my application. By the way, how much work have you done for them and how much have they paid you so far?

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2016, 06:12:42 AM »
Thank you so much for that detailed information @listener1987. This seems like something I could do since I love to write and I have been looking for jobs like these. I'm just wondering if this job is also applicable for worldwide workers. Anyway, I will soon check out this site and see if I qualify for their requirements. :)

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 09:58:07 AM »
Thank you for the lead! I'm okay with a company that takes a while to get back to me and that payrate is better than what I make for a blogmutt piece of the same length. I appreciate the information about your application process with them too. It gives me some idea of what to expect.


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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 01:17:45 PM »
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Really, you are a very patient person. Several months to respond! If it were me, I would have given up after a couple of weeks. In fact, when I was reading your post, I was inclined to give this a try. Then I reached the part about you having to wait several months for a response. That's too long a wait for me. I will just wait to hear further news from you before I send in my application. By the way, how much work have you done for them and how much have they paid you so far?

I had been applying for various jobs at the time, and I'd forgotten about applying to this one until they finally emailed me back.  But when I started referring other people to them, they seemed to respond better.  If they don't respond, keep asking.  Their HR person isn't very good but the owner the company and the editors are gems!

I'd recommend you apply, but of course you already know not to put all of your eggs in one basket.  Add this to your list of "pursuing" jobs while you're applying to other things too!

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 01:21:20 PM »
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Thank you so much for that detailed information @listener1987. This seems like something I could do since I love to write and I have been looking for jobs like these. I'm just wondering if this job is also applicable for worldwide workers. Anyway, I will soon check out this site and see if I qualify for their requirements. :)

That I don't know.  I should have clarified that I'm in the US!

Writers do have to submit an I-9 form for tax purposes, as in the US you legally have to report the income you make to the IRS.  The I-9 just says that you're a contractor working for the company.  At tax season, the company will submit it to the IRS as they are required to.

So I don't know how that would work for you.  But it's worth a shot!  Just make sure you ask them about it before you write the free trial assignment.  Wouldn't want you to do that work for nothing!

As to how much work I've done for them - I've written about 65 articles between January and June (I took a break for the summer because I was busy).  I would estimate I've made about $1500.  There were maybe two times where they said they didn't have enough work, but most of the time I was getting more assignments than I could handle, and asking them to reassign some of them to other writers because I couldn't keep up!
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 01:26:54 PM »
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Thank you for the lead! I'm okay with a company that takes a while to get back to me and that payrate is better than what I make for a blogmutt piece of the same length. I appreciate the information about your application process with them too. It gives me some idea of what to expect.

You're so welcome!  Their HR process is a little confusing, so I wanted to help clarify it so people would apply and not give up.  And if you get hired, you can ask me questions on here too.  I've been through the confusing part of it all and asked so many questions the HR person got a little annoyed at me, so I can help you out.  Good luck!

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2016, 09:06:40 PM »
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Really, you are a very patient person. Several months to respond! If it were me, I would have given up after a couple of weeks. In fact, when I was reading your post, I was inclined to give this a try. Then I reached the part about you having to wait several months for a response. That's too long a wait for me. I will just wait to hear further news from you before I send in my application. By the way, how much work have you done for them and how much have they paid you so far?

I had been applying for various jobs at the time, and I'd forgotten about applying to this one until they finally emailed me back.  But when I started referring other people to them, they seemed to respond better.  If they don't respond, keep asking.  Their HR person isn't very good but the owner the company and the editors are gems!

I'd recommend you apply, but of course you already know not to put all of your eggs in one basket.  Add this to your list of "pursuing" jobs while you're applying to other things too!

Alright, I will give this a try and see what happens. Maybe I will just send in the application, then continue doing whatever I have in hand. Low expectations pre-empt a disappointment.

By the way, how well do you know them? You sound like you know them more than just casually from the way you mentioned how the HR person and the owner and editors have different attitudes and temperaments. You wouldn't happen to know them in real life, do you?

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2016, 05:16:27 AM »
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That I don't know.  I should have clarified that I'm in the US!

Writers do have to submit an I-9 form for tax purposes, as in the US you legally have to report the income you make to the IRS.  The I-9 just says that you're a contractor working for the company.  At tax season, the company will submit it to the IRS as they are required to.

So I don't know how that would work for you.  But it's worth a shot!  Just make sure you ask them about it before you write the free trial assignment.  Wouldn't want you to do that work for nothing!

As to how much work I've done for them - I've written about 65 articles between January and June (I took a break for the summer because I was busy).  I would estimate I've made about $1500.  There were maybe two times where they said they didn't have enough work, but most of the time I was getting more assignments than I could handle, and asking them to reassign some of them to other writers because I couldn't keep up!

Thank you for your reply. :) I tried checking the site but I couldn't find any information on whether they accept international workers but basing from the requirements you mentioned, I think that they only accept US citizens for that matter. I will try inquiring about it though.

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By the way, how well do you know them? You sound like you know them more than just casually from the way you mentioned how the HR person and the owner and editors have different attitudes and temperaments. You wouldn't happen to know them in real life, do you?

No, I don't know them in real life, but you get to know the individuals as you work with them.  It's not a big company.  You have close contact with the editors who give you the assignments.  The owner of the company is really nice.  And I have a lot of contact with the HR person.

So that's why I seem so familiar with them!

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