:: 2016 UPDATE ::
I originally published this post in 2013 and it has remained very popular.
It’s now 2016 and people are searching for information about BlogMutt.
I suppose in ways, that says something about the site. Many content mills are long gone in just a few years.
In the time since I’ve written this article, I’ve checked back in on the site from time to time. Much of what I’ve said in this article still remains true.
If anything, the site has improved opportunities for writers over time.
The queues seem to always have pieces open and customers keep coming back for more.
The pay aspect is as important now as ever before.
As the site has grown, so has the pool of writers. When I first started with the site, it wasn’t uncommon to find that you could post an article just before the weekly rollover for customers and get paid in a day or two.
Now, with many queues featuring multiple articles, you’ll probably find that you wait a bit longer for a payout.
However, the site is still very much about creating a successful environment for writers, the community is still thriving and the rates are still a great starting point for people looking to dip their toes in the freelance writing waters.
:: ORIGINAL ARTICLE ::
BlogMutt features a unique approach to the typical content mill setup. As one of the new comers into the ever-changing field of content mills, they are quickly establishing a great reputation with both writers and clients alike.
I’ve been working with BlogMutt for roughly two months now. In that time, I’ve seen progress and changes made, seen some great prospects and experienced some minor disappointments.
How Does BlogMutt Work?
While it might have a different interface, BlogMutt is still at it’s core a content mill.
You start the application process by submitting a writing sample. If you are approved, you gain access to a pool of potential orders.
Where BlogMutt differs from many of the popular content mills is the way in which this order pool is organized. Instead of having clients request specific articles, they give you an outline of keywords they require, basic topics and a few links to help you match your writing to the tone and style of the customer. This also makes it easy to check and see if you’re risking submitting an angle or topic that someone else already covered. It is very straight-forward and plenty of information is provided.
The only thing they do not provide is post titles and specific topics. That is up to you to create.
After choosing a client, you open the BlogMutt interface, click the keyword you wish you use and start writing. The editing interface automatically plugs the keyword and appropriate links into the editing space to get you started. While this has created a few frustrations with getting the links to format properly while adding text, it works quite well and would be a welcome addition to most content mills. No worries about typos or weird links. Everything you need is baked into the article from the moment you start.
BlogMutt Writer Requirements
If you have a decent grasp on the English language and some experience with blog posts, you likely qualify to write for BlogMutt. Most of the writing is not meant to be technical or highly specialized. Clients use the blog posts from BlogMutt to fill blogs, generate backlinks and establish a customer base. It is pretty standard SEO stuff.
That’s not to say that quality is low or that there aren’t opportunities to find an advanced niche and reap the rewards, but you don’t need a degree or years of experience to create content for the majority of the clients. Blog posts are required to be around 300 to 350-words and pay a flat rate of $8 per post. Additional length is requested by certain clients but not required.
As you create content for clients, you’ll gain access to additional tiers of content. The pay for these tiers rises accordingly. This makes the income possibilities here quite good for an efficient writer who is just starting out. If you find a topic that requires little research, it’s better still. However, there is a slight difference in how pay works on BlogMutt that could make or break your desire to work with the site.
Getting Paid at BlogMutt
Upon completing the blog post, your article is placed in a review queue for the client. There are no editors who vet content before it reaches the customer at BlogMutt. After the client reviews your article, it is either accepted or rejected. If it is rejected, you can try to re-work it to the client’s standards or attempt to use it with another client on the site.
Feedback is often left by clients to give you pointers on this process. If it is accepted, it is added to the client’s queue. Articles are published through BlogMutt weekly be default. As more orders are written for the client, they can rearrange the queue as they desire. If they really like your post, they can choose to publish it immediately.
You do not receive pay until the post is published. This means you might get paid this week, you might get paid in a month. However, all information about the client’s queue is available for you to view and choose clients accordingly. Each article paid goes into your earnings queue. After $100 have accumulated or 30 days have passed, you can request payout to your PayPal account. Payments are quick and reliable.
My Personal Opinion of BlogMutt
I’ve written up a few posts for BlogMutt and have worked with the system for a couple of months now.
I’m still undecided as to if it is a good fit for me. However, this has nothing to do with their credibility, BlogMutt staff or the clients. The community on the writer’s forum for BlogMutt is great. The owner (Steve) frequently communicates with the writers and offers tips and tricks to help new writers get accustomed to the site.
My biggest issue is with the pay structure.
While I make a very respectable living as a freelancer, I currently need dependable online income that I can count on coming on a regular basis. While the current system typically gets you pay for your articles within a week or two, I worry about what will happen if the writer pool ever grows too large or the clients stop ordering. For this reason, I’ve stuck largely with private clients.
This is not to say that you should avoid BlogMutt.
It is a refreshingly easy site to write for, the clients are friendly and the system works well. While there might be higher pay rates available through private clients, few mainstream content mills can match the rates that BlogMutt is offering. This makes them a great way to break into the world of freelance writing.
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