A lot of references to HireWriters.com (HW), a new content brokerage site, have been popping up on my computer screen lately, so here we are taking a look at it. On the surface, HW seems like a viable platform for writing content, but it’s new, so we want to take a closer look at it before we pass or disapprove it.
My initial research led me to the HW home page, where the site promotes that you can buy a 300 word article for as little as $1.50. This made me a bit skeptical about how a writer living in one of the most expensive economies in the world could make HW writing worthwhile.
While searching the site, I discovered that writers can improve their credentials and earn higher fees for their efforts after submitting a relatively low number of qualified articles. According to the information provided on the HW site: At the highest level, a writer can earn up to $10.66 for the same 300 word article.
New writers start at the Beginner level and after providing three quality articles they can move on to the next level of expertise (General). Additional submissions should advance the writer to greater opportunities within the HW community.
beginner – This is where everyone starts.
General – At least 3 jobs completed, with an average rating of 4.0 stars and on time at least 65% of the time.
Expert – At least 7 jobs completed, with an average rating of 4.1 stars and on time at least 75% of the time.
Expert – At least 12 jobs completed, with an average rating of 4.6 stars and on time at least 85% of the time.
You will need a PayPal account
Registration is fairly easy, but you will need to have a PayPal account to get paid. According to the site, the payment is made to you every Friday, if you meet the minimum earnings threshold of $10.00.
After signing up, I went straight to the profile page and filled out the bio page information, including excerpts from some of my previous articles. I’m not sure how necessary the writing portfolio information was, as I found three small projects that simply needed to be accepted to get the jobs.
I put together those first three projects (about 250 words each) in a couple of hours and submitted them. Three days (actually two and a half) after my items shipped, I still hadn’t heard from the item buyer whether or not my items had been accepted.
I found it very annoying to have to wait so long, so on the morning of the third day I submitted a query to the HW help desk asking if item buyers had to respond within a specific time frame. The answer was; 72 hours If after 72 hours the buyer of the item does not respond, the item is automatically approved and you are paid.
A few hours later, all my items were approved and I was awarded $1.18 per submission. I made my first $3.84 on HW. More importantly and the reason why I chose to complete three articles as soon as possible was that three approved submissions take me from a beginner status to the next level, which is “General” and allows me to write in a better paying category.
Check article buyer statistics before agreeing to write an article.
Regardless of where you choose to sell your writing talents, it’s important to remember that your online credentials and personality are extremely important when it comes to getting you chosen for a specific content writing job over another writer.
In the case of HW, your credentials are encapsulated in a ranking algorithm that is a combined measure of how well you meet deadlines and the quality of your work. The buyer of an item can accept or reject the work you submit. If they accept your work, they will associate a rating from 0 to 5 stars to each accepted article. If they reject your work, it is displayed as a number, in the form of a percentage of the accepted work, on the dashboard.
Fortunately, HW also provides a Buyer Approval Rating, eg Items Approved: 66, Rejected: 263, Approval Rate: 20% – If a buyer has purchased many items and has a low Approval Rating, you may want to avoid it. Especially at first, when you try to create your credentials. It’s a good idea to only accept content writing jobs from buyers with an approval rating above 90% until you’ve submitted ten to twenty articles yourself.
As soon as I received my new qualification, I wanted to look for better opportunities and this is where I realized a deficiency with HW. Of the fifty to two hundred writing opportunities generally available, only a small percentage seem to offer writers anything above the entry-level pay level. It is up to the buyer of the article to determine what level of writer they will accept.
HW shows over 12,000 registered writers as I write this post and with only one or two hundred assignments available at any given time, you’d think the competition would be fierce, but it’s not. I guess the lack of competition is because even though the best writers are qualified to write at higher levels, article buyers are predominantly only willing to pay entry-level salaries (mostly).
HW looks good on paper, but in reality it doesn’t seem to measure up to the higher paying opportunities it promises to bring to more seasoned writers. We’ll give it some time to see how this new site matures, but as long as buyers of its items are only willing to pay lower rates, I think its future is tame at best. Still, it’s an interesting revenue model and if HW can figure out how to grow revenue exponentially, they may even end up with a real cash cow.
Regardless of the writing opportunities, it seems that if you are in the market to buy articles for your blogs or online magazines, this may be the place to get some fair quality writing at bargain prices.
Maybe you are a writer who is behind on your own writing assignments and you need to have something quick, this may be a perfect opportunity to get started with outsourcing your assignments. If you can buy an item here at HW for $2.00 and sell it somewhere else for $4.00, $10.00 or more, that’s a huge ROI.
My conclusion is that HW is a reputable website that offers beginning writers the opportunity to start writing articles for cash. Higher-paying opportunities are rare today, but they do exist. You probably can’t replace an income at HW, but you could probably get enough content writing work to supplement your other income-generating pursuits.
HW also presents an ideal opportunity for item shoppers looking to purchase quality items at low prices. During my research I signed up as an article buyer member on HW and posted a need for a 500-700 article requesting a writer at the “Skill” level and offered to pay $8.50, I think this translates to $5.62 for the author , or about two-thirds of the article writing fee, with the rest going to HW for brokering the deal. I logged out of my buyer member account to view the submission from the writer account side and couldn’t find the request. It took me a moment to realize that the application had already been accepted by a writer.
Since the application was swallowed up so quickly, I’ll still assume there aren’t a ton of higher-paying opportunities on HW right now, but they do exist, and if you want to grab one, you’ll have to be “Johnny on the Spot” to beat out the other writers. I will also add that the writer who wrote the article for me did a fantastic job and turned it in on time. I’m sure I’ll use them again.