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by | Jun 13, 2012 | Featured, Finding Work | 32 comments

:: 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.Β 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.

Have you worked with BlogMutt before? What were your experiences? Any tips or tricks for making online income with BlogMutt? Any questions about BlogMutt I might not have answered? Just leave me a comment in the box below! If you like what you read here, follow me on social or sign up for email updates using the form in the sidebar!

About The Author

Jon Stone

As a full-time stay-at-home dad of a two spunky kids–2 and 9 years old–Jon Stone spends what little time he can form coherent thoughts working as a content marketing specialist and copywriter.

He loves coffee, fantasy novels and Minecraft. Sometimes, if he’s super lucky, he reads the back of his own eyelids. Most times, he’s just busy scribbling notes like a madman or playing with his kids.

32 Comments

  1. John

    I too have been suspended from BlogMutt. They didn’t provide a reason; just a closed account with $1,000+ worth of unsold articles, all of which are now inaccessible. All of emails have apparently fell on deaf ears, as I’ve yet to hear so much as a response. What a highly professional way to treat writers who’ve been with them for over a year.

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  2. Cherilyn Yap

    Hi, I tried to apply and realize that it is only for US residents. Do you know which similar sites that are open internationally?

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    • virtuallydonebydebbie

      Cherilyn, try Lionbridge. They hire all over the world for interpreters, ad raters and other tasks. As for content writing, I suggest a Google search for ” remote content writing jobs for people who live in (insert country).”

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      • Jon Stone

        Thanks for the input Debbie!

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  3. Shcteve

    I just got accepted. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some solid income from this. Though I found myself struggling to understand how the site worked from the get-go. Thanks for this article, definitely helps.

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    • Jon Stone

      Yeah, the flow of things is interesting there and the UI definitely takes a bit of learning. I hope you find success there!

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  4. Mandy

    I joined BlogMutt about a week ago after reading your article (very informative, by the way) and progress is slow but not bad. I’m hoping my speed in researching topics I’m completely unfamiliar with will improve over time. I did submit a post to BlogMutt which they gave me a byline for. I’m only just getting into freelance writing so this was exciting for me. Do you have information on how you would put this in a resume as well as experience in general with a company like BlogMutt? I’m not sure if it technically counts as a job or not…

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    • Jon Stone

      Hey Mandy! Thanks for adding your experience to the comments here!

      Some of the topics at BlogMutt are very much specialized and outside the “normal” content farm sort of topics. But once you get a few topics you’re comfortable with, you can keep a steady stream of posts in queue for a few clients and start seeing some regular income.

      As far as the whole resume thing, it depends in a lot of ways.

      Obviously, the stuff you’ve sold through BlogMutt is the property of the business now. But if BlogMutt themselves gave you a byline, there’s a good chance you can link to it or reference it as much as you’d like. You just can’t duplicate the content itself. Though that’s all contingent on anything you might have signed for them or agreed to obviously.

      If you’re putting together an actual resume–like the cover letter and single page “HERE I AM” sort of thing–I’d tend to include places that I’ve written for that either (a) I’ve written a lot of content for or (b) they have enough of a reputation to count as a sort of name drop. Once you’ve been with them for a while, you could always say something like “Self-Employed Content Writer for BlogMutt” and the time you’ve been active or something of that sort.

      However, as a writer, I much prefer a portfolio approach to the resume unless one is absolutely required. In that case, you can have a section along the lines of “Places You Can Find My Work” and toss the link to the post with byline there.

      Hope you find continued success there and congrats on getting started! Being a freelance writer is one of the wildest rides I’ve ever been on. But wouldn’t trade it for anything πŸ™‚

      //edit – And as far as “Is it a job?” – for income purposes, yes! It’s just an independent contractor job as opposed to the traditional employee job. I’m not a lawyer, nor am I an accountant, but it essentially boils down to since you’re an independent contractor they can’t stipulate exactly how you perform the requested tasks and offer no guarantee of future work or extended benefits contingent on you working for them. However, at the end of the year, you’re still responsible for reporting your income–assuming you hit income requirements–just like any other income.

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  5. Raani Starnes

    I got approved by Blogmutt in less than 24 hours, so I am up and running as of today!

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    • Jon Stone

      Congratulations! I hope it’s a lucrative opportunity for you.

      If you don’t mind checking back in and letting us know your thoughts on writing for them, I’m sure the readers out there would love to hear about it!

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      • Raani

        Update: I accumulated $80 in future earnings on my first day of writing, so I was pretty excited at first. I’m a little nervous now, though. A day and a half later, and it’s all still listed as “future earnings.” Only one of the ten articles I have written has even been “viewed.”

        I guess I just don’t want to do too much work until I know what the acceptance rate is. I wouldn’t mind waiting a month or more to get paid if I knew for sure my work had been accepted. I’m used to Textbroker, which e-mails me every few hours congratulating me as each client accepts my articles. That said, Textbroker doesn’t pay enough to pay the bills. (I’m a Level 4 with them.) What’s a girl to do?

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        • Jon Stone

          Totally understand the struggle.

          That was my biggest issue with the payment structure at BlogMutt. IF it pays out, then that’s awesome. But there’s an awful lot of if to deal with while you wait for those articles to be accepted.

          I’ve heard TextBroker is revamping it’s ratings system? Last I checked, I’m a level 4 there as well.

          It looks like you have a blog established and you’re comfortable with the skills and concepts of writing web content–maybe it’s time to start striking out on your own and pitching clients?

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          • Raani

            Thanks for your input. I look forward to reading more of your articles!

        • virtuallydonebydebbie

          Hi, Raani:

          I can explain to you a bit how the site works, although I was only there 12 days. When I first started I did not understand, and people do not welcome questions from the writers there. So you write your articles, and then the customers purchase articles or not on Thursdays. If your article has a $ next to it, it means it is in the top spot due to be purchased by that customer. They may not purchase it next time around, and they may move you down in their line of articles waiting to be posted on their blog. If it says Viewed, that means the customer viewed it, and the good thing is they did not hit Rejected. This means they read it and are keeping it around for consideration. As you see Viewed with a number next to it, like Viewed 2 or Viewed 3, that is where you are on their schedule, so second or third place before being posted, but that still does no mean they will actually buy it and post it. So every Thursday you will be notified of how many blog posts you have sold. Once you sell one, hit Invoices at the top of the page to create an invoice for the articles you have sold. They pay you very promptly on Mondays at 5:00 pm via Paypal, unless Monday is a holiday, and then it is the next day. You will definitely write articles there that never get posted, but try not to think of it as a waste of time. Also, keep an eye on the customers and avoid the ones who tend to reject everything because when you get a certain number of rejections you will be suspended from the site without any explanation or ability to talk to them about it. I did not know that when I first started, and if I had avoided two of the customers I would never had those two articles Rejected, and they seemed to Reject practically everything. I wish you luck, and I hope this helps! The best scenario is finding a customer there who really likes your work, and then you can keep an eye on their needs and write for them knowing they will probably love your article.

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          • Raani

            Thank you so much, Debbie, for the insightful comment. I wrote a few more articles today after reading your encouraging post, and I now have two views, one rating and one dollar sign. πŸ˜‰

            Thanks again!

          • virtuallydonebydebbie

            That’s awesome. I am suspended, but I sold three last week and heard today that I sold two this week from the articles I still have listed. I think I only have three more left on the site. I sure wish they let me stay more than 10 days.

        • Jane Holder

          If you are an experienced writer with great samples of your work, then I suggest Textworkers Content Writing Services. I make double what I did at BlogMutt. Hope this helps!

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          • Raani

            Thank you! I’ll check that out. I write directly for a client now, so I’m keeping busy.

          • Michelle Halsey

            Janet. I checked out Textworker’s site. They advertise SELLING premium content at…and this is THEIR typo…”$0.07 cents per word.” That says it all.

          • Michelle Halsey

            Jane. Not Janet. Whoops! Glad this isn’t my splashpage!

  6. Jon

    With blogmutt, the problem isn’t just low pay, its not getting paid.

    I had written over 200 blog posts for blogmutt over about 2 months when I logged in to find a message that my account had been locked and they “will not answer any emails regarding reasons for suspensions”. This means that $900 just disappeared.

    I had a lower than average rejection rate, no plagarism and, though I don’t know every word of the terms of service by heart, I can’t imagine how I could have violated it in any meaningful way.

    At this point, I consider blogmutt to be a scam.

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    • Jon Stone

      I’m sorry to hear you had a problem with them.

      As I mentioned, I’m not sure how I feel about their payment policy in general. I get that they are selling the pieces, so they can’t really pay if the piece isn’t bought. But there seems like there would be a better way to approach the structure of things to ensure prompt payment for writers. Especially at the rates offered.

      I’m hopeful you’ll hear back from them on the matter and it turns out to be a resolved situation for the better. If you don’t mind popping back in and updating your progress with the issue if anything changes?

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    • DebP

      They continue to pay you for posts that are purchased after you are suspended. In other words, if you had posts waiting to be purchased, when any of those are sold they will email you so you will know. So you only have $900 worth if you sell $900 worth of posts. Then, you can still sign into your account and go to where your Invoice tab is and invoice that posts. So if your 900 posts sell, even after suspension, they will continue to email you to let you know when one of them is sold so that you can be paid. They pay every Monday at around 5:00 pm Eastern time. You can still log into your account and go to your Home page and see what is being sold and what is rejected.

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      • Jon Stone

        Thanks for the insight DebP!

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  7. Megan Shannon

    I just signed up so we’ll see how long it takes them to approve/reject my application. I agree with having a dependable income as I too work from home but at the same time when I have enough current projects bringing in income knowing that next month I could get a payout wouldn’t be so bad. It’s worth a shot either way so I’ll let you know how it goes when I hear back from them. Great review πŸ™‚

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    • Jon Stone

      Thanks for commenting Megan! It’s not a bad place to be if you don’t mind the payment model. It has a great writer community and the staff actually communicates as well. I’ll be honest, I haven’t visited lately. But that is not out of a lack of quality or opportunity on the site. I’ve just been busy with other projects/clients.

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  8. John Moore

    It took them about 2 weeks to notify me that I was accepted — that seems like a reasonable amount of time.

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  9. Brianka Morgan

    Thank you for the informative review! I recently tried to register for blogmutt, but we haven’t heard from them yet. Did the registration process take a long time?

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    • Jon Stone

      For me it was very quick. I was registered and rolling within 36 hours or so. However, that was at the starting stages of things. Things seem to be in full swing and going well for them there right now.

      Best of luck with a response!

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    • Grace Wolfe

      Yes, reply time took a month until I sent a follow up email. My account was suspended as well; I only had two posts so maybe that was the reason. One was purchased after three months and I logged in and invoiced it for the payment to PayPal. I have a bitter taste in my mouth regarding their business because of this “suspension” as they stated.

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      • Jon Stone

        Sorry to hear that! Seems that maybe things are changing a bit on the Blogmutt front? While they were never a replacement for private client work or the like, they were a nice change of pace when I first discovered them a few years back.

        Might need to dust off my login there and see what’s up. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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