I came across this website looking for freelance writers this week. They were looking for all the kinds of writing I do: website copy, blog posts, online articles, press releases and social media posts. There were testimonials scrolling across their site from their writers saying how much they loved writing for them. I decided I might as well apply and see what it is all about.
The site is SearchInfluence.com.
I started working through their application process. I really liked how they had it set up.
Instead of asking you to simply provide samples of your writing, they ask you to write fresh copy for each type of writing you wanted to apply for. They gave you some basic parameters and a word count range for your sample.
Having to write fresh copy for each of those areas takes quite a bit of time. I had plenty of existing published work I could have used as my writing samples, so why would I say that I “liked” their application process? What I liked about it was that it put everyone on an equal playing field, the newbie writer with no samples and the experienced writer with plenty to draw from.
So, I spent the morning writing out my fresh copy for each area: website copy, blog post, social media etc. Once I had completed every area I wanted to apply to, I submitted my application and they promised to send me details about their pay rates.
Sure enough. I immediately received an email in my inbox thanking me for my application and explaining their pay rates.
I was so disappointed!
Rather than tell you what it said in my words, I’ll just copy and past the info here for you to read for yourself:
Thank you for your interest in Search Influence! We will review your entry, and get in touch if it looks like you are a good fit for our team.
How much do we pay?
Pay is tied to our grading system. All content is graded on a 1-5 scale, with five being the highest. If an assignment receives a grade of 1 or 2 it will be sent back for a rewrite. A grade of three earns $4, a grade of four gets $5, and the highest grade of five gets $6.
Don’t worry, we will work with you to make sure you’re making the most of your efforts. Our editorial team would be ecstatic if every piece was a “5”.
Our best writers may have access to higher value content as well.
When will I get paid?
We pay every other Friday by PayPal for each piece which has made it through the editorial process.
What kind of deadline will I have?
Deadlines are based on business demands, and can range from 24 hours to 5 days.
We look forward to working with you. Thanks again for your interest.
If you feel this isn’t a fit for you please do us the courtesy of emailing Content@SearchInfluence.com as soon as possible so we don’t spend unnecessary time reviewing your work.
They don’t mention how long each piece of content is that will earn you the $4-$6, but if it is similar to the sample writing, I’m guessing about 400 words.
If that is the case, $4 would be a penny a word. $6 would be .015. I can make more than that through Textbroker.
I did follow their request and email them back to tell them if the rates were at .01 – .015 cents a word, I would not be interested in writing for them.
For someone starting out or just trying to make a few extra dollars here and there, it might be fine. I’m certainly not implying that you shouldn’t write for them. That’s your choice. I just can’t make a full time living off of that kind of pay.
Any SearchInfluence writers out there?
I’d love to hear from a freelance writer who actually writes for SearchInfluence.com. If you do, what has been your experience? Do they offer much higher pay for those who excel? How tough is it to make a 5 star rating?