The internet has been a rapidly growing medium for writers since its inception. The internet offers marketing potential, publication potential, and independent publishing fulfillment. There are also opportunities for writers to generate a second income.
Many sites advertise “writers wanted,” or “editors wanted,” but do you really know what that entails? Here are personal testimonials (used with permission) from writers who have worked with a variety of websites that claim to pay or promote writers.
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I visited BellaOnline years before I applied to be an “Editor.” Editors there function much the same as “guides” on sites like About.com. You select your area of interest to create content and manage the specific section on that topic. I had always wondered why they always seemed to need so many editors. The site has a long internet history, and they maintained consistent focus through the years.
I decided to give it a shot. I’ve professionally written for many years. The staff claimed they usually only worked with “new writers,” which should’ve been a red flag. I was given the opportunity, but the focus on inexperience was off-putting. It made no sense. If you have an information-oriented site, you want knowledgeable people working on it. That’s how your site builds credibility, your hosts have credentials. There was actually a good reason for it. You can treat new writers in any way you wish, and they won’t know it’s wrong.
The editorial process was an unbelievable trip into lunacy. Editors at BellaOnline are governed (and I do mean “governed”) by the most bizarre practices and regulations imaginable. To this day, I still don’t know half of what my editor wanted. Her emails were pages of copied-and-pasted, redundant information, most of which didn’t even apply to my situation. I had to study them to filter out the few sentences that were personally for me.
Rather than pointing out precisely what needed changing, she ranted about how I didn’t do what she wanted (not that she told me what she wanted to begin with). She said I had to remove my linked articles from the homepage because they needed editorial work, but then I was “hiding them” when I removed them.
The process caused me physical illness, even though I’ve spent years with the toughest editors imaginable. You must follow outdated SEO practices. You can’t use video and can’t really even use images (even public domain). I put excerpts of my articles on my personal blog and the BellaOnline staff completely removed my articles from their site because they feared “duplicate content.” I don’t guess anyone there visits newspaper or magazine websites where the same content is syndicated across thousands of websites.
I could’ve overlooked all of it, if not for one issue: my editor. After their last inspection, the editor locked me out of my area (without warning). BellaOnline doesn’t have many “editors” because they just don’t want them. When brave souls do volunteer their time and hard work, they’re tortured beyond measure. You have 30-, 60-, and 90-day edits, as well as edits every six months, just to be harassed. I just had a 30-day and a 90-day edit because my editor overlooked me. Working with them isn’t just about managing a section or creating content, it’s adhering to the ridiculous practices of unreasonably pretentious editors who seem to take some kind of joy out of harshest reviewing practices.
It’s easy to see why they want “new” writers after you’ve tried to work there.
Writers are “paid” by running ads and things on their respective pages. I did not pass the 90-day edit so I was not paid for any of it.