(UPDATE: Please read the comment section below this article before signing up with this company – there are more than a few unhappy customers!)
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been hit up by the ‘grammar police’ online! I’d say at least 99% of bloggers have been targeted by these _____ and have had to bite their tongues in the process.
You know the people I’m on about – the ones that pick out ALL of the grammar mistakes in your posts then politely leave a comment below highlighting each one…
Seriously – you’d think they have nothing better to do!
Now I may have seen a certain deal of success through blogging over the last several years but I’ll be the first to admit I’m no Shakespeare!
If you read my work…you’ll find mistakes ( there’ll probably be a few in this post by the time I finish it! ).
Thankfully it looks like I’ve found a place for all these…individuals…to go AND earn a little money at the same time…
So, is BlogMutt scam or can it become the new home for the grammar police?
Let’s find out…
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BlogMutt is based in Boulder, CO, and was founded by Scott Yates and Wade Green in 2011. The best way to describe it is as a ‘blog centered’ content service.
The sign up process is pretty simple:
- I chose a username and created a password
- I then allowed them to connect to my LinkedIn account ( for verification )
- I checked that little ‘agree to terms and services’ block that nobody ever reads
- I completed a short English grammar test
Not bad so far – anyone can do this!!!!
Writing For BlogMutt
So once you’ve been put under the microscope ( and been accepted ) you’ll have the whole BlogMutt universe at your fingertips!
Inside the platform bloggers can purchase certain packages that allow them to display blog post requirements every week ( the more packages purchased the more posts they can request! ).
They post a brief description of what they want and provide a couple of keywords for the title of the post and the content.
As a Bloggmutt writer you can explore all these blogs and find out what makes them tick – you can get a feel for what the bloggers want and expect in their content!
So, find a blog post request that interests you and get writing – keeping in mind the requirements for the content.
Once you have finished, submit it and wait for the blog owners reply. They can either buy your post, send an editing request, or outright reject it.
This is the main problem with these types of platforms I’m afraid – they look after the blog owner but the writer must stand on their own two feet!
It’s not the end of the world if your content gets rejected – you can always sell the article/post on to someone else or it can stay in the queue to be picked up by another writer ( after a week’s wait ).
BlogMutt works on a point system that allows it’s writers to go for a specific level of jobs. To begin with you will get $8 for every 250 to 350 words post that is actually purchased by a client.
The more content of yours that gets purchased the more points you will receive. You can then move up the rankings towards $19 for 600+ words, $40 for 900+ words, and $72 for 1200+ words.
You are able to cash out your money through Paypal whenever you please.
The only way this part of the Blogmutt review will work is if I go through a few of the more comment BlogMutt complaints out there.
The first BlogMutt irritant I came across online was the initial levels of pay – many writers feel that $8 for 350 words is a bit ‘tight’ at best!
I have to be honest here – I don’t really agree with that!
It will take me no longer than 10 minutes to write a 350 word post so do the math – that’s about 6 posts an hour!
At the end of the day 350 words is nothing – even if you do a super-careful job it shouldn’t take you longer than say 30 minutes?
As a starting point to a writing service I feel that $8 for 350 words is fine – the more work you do the quicker you will rise through the rankings!
The second BlogMutt irritant I came across was the rejection policy in place – publishers can reject for any reason they see fit!
Well, once again, I really don’t see the problem with this!
What kind of blog owner is going to accept work they feel is not up to standard?
At the end of the day if you are entering this ‘writing online’ niche you are going to have to play by the content requester’s rules – period!
Don’t forget that YOU OWN the rejected piece of content on BlogMutt – just be prepared to offer it to someone else!
Yep, definitely – 99% of online content jobs use the same sort of format that they do…successfully!
You have to realize that if you are getting into this content gig you are going to meet with picky publishers. If they don’t like your work – they ain’t gonna pay for it!
Don’t expect every piece of your work to be accepted at first – this will never happen.
Find your feet, keep plugging away, and tot up those BlogMutt points day by day. The more content you produce – the better you will become at it!