So, I have been experimenting with various writing sites since the last time I wrote about taking jobs online for writers. And I have found that there are a lot of sites out there that cater to specific customers that writers can reach whenever they get online to work. What you, as the writer, needs to realize, is that you don’t need area specific articles in order to write really good articles. For example, I live in Arizona, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not qualified to write about the tornado in Texas if I really want to write about it.
How can I do this? Well, it starts by making sure you do your research about the area first. If you know next to nothing about the topic you are writing then you can’t write the article. Google map the area to get a lay out of the area, stores and so forth that are in the area. The next thing you need is to see if you can find someone who lives in that area who will be willing to talk to you about the incident. Barring that, normally a really good writer can use their own personal experiences with a similar situation. For example, I wrote about a tornado that had touched down in a different state than where I lived (for the full story read it here: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-tornados-changed-childrens-feelings-of-12411416.html?cat=2).
As you can see, it was about a tornado, and our experiences, but the main article was meant for someplace other than where we lived at the time. I used my experiences with a hurricane that had landed and caused tornado’s and how my children had reacted to the hurricane and tornado’s.
Now, as to writing sites, writers can do this as long as they are careful and they use either testimony from people who were there and experienced what occurred, or they use their own experiences. This is really easy, unless you write for a company like Zery’s. This writing site has some of the best programs in deterring false articles that I have seen thus far. For example, you are only allowed to write about things that you have knowledge of, you are only given a certain amount of subjects from the knowledge that you have to write about. Also, you get a list every morning to choose from, if you don’t have anything listed in the morning then you have to check the site during the day, roughly every 20 minutes, in order to have work.
There is the ability to advance, provided you receive enough articles as well as a guaranteed paycheck every two (2) weeks provided you have worked during that time frame. It can be as little as $2 or as much as $20. I have had payments of nearly $30 in a matter of two weeks. Also, you get a payment for your articles a week after you start working with the site, as opposed to having to wait for the next scheduled payday. Payment is sent on the first and fifteenth of every month, no exceptions.
If you want to play around with your writing skills, you can go to sites like iWriter or NewsModo or any of the others that promise work so long as you win the “bidding war” on the projects that come up. But that’s not guaranteed paydays. A friend on mine uses one of those sites and she has to work a full time job on top of that, and her husband is working two jobs, because she’s just not making the money needed. However, if she was to turn her efforts to a site like Zery’s or Textbroker, she would find that she would be making double what she normally makes on the site that she uses as well as possibly being able to go from full time “Just Over Broke” to part time.
If you want to hone your writing skills, and become a better writer, as well as get paid for your efforts, go to the good sites. Yahoo Voices, Textbroker, and Zery’s are just a few of the writing sites that I would recommend for writers who want to get paid for their work.