It’s a blogging platform mixed with a social media platform. There are two sides to Medium: the reader's side and the writer's side.
As a reader, you can read two free articles per month. If you want unlimited access to articles, you have to pay $5/month to be a Medium member. As a writer, every time one of your articles gets read by a paying Medium member, you earn a small portion of their membership fee. The more reads you get, the more money. For reference, you get paid around $20 per 1,000 views, which is high!
Simily has some real benefits. Here’s how it works. You upload a story, you get paid $0.02 per view. And unlike almost every single other platform out there, it’s for creative writers. Fiction and nonfiction. You get 1000 views, you get $20 bucks.
The way it works is, you upload a story. It gets approved (usually) or (rarely) not approved if it doesn’t meet specific guidelines (plagiarized, erotica, etc). Then you get paid per view. Here’s the kicker: on Vocal, you only get paid $3.80 per 1000 views, or 0.0038 pennies per view. That’s less than a fifth of what you earn on Simily or Medium. Now, if you upgrade to their paid Vocal+ program, you earn a higher rate — $6 per 1000 views. But because it costs $9.99 per month, you’d need to be getting thousands of views per month before it was financially worth it.
To apply, you need to create an account and pass a test. The test is mostly focused on grammar and spelling. Once you’re in, you’ll be prompted to fill out your portfolio. Don’t skip this step! Do this properly, because this will impact the jobs you get offered. If you don’t yet have a portfolio, I recommend posting a few blog posts on a website like Medium that can act as a free portfolio for you. Just two or three posts, written around industries you think you’d like to focus on.
After you fill out your portfolio, you’ll get three ways to earn money.
You’ll be sent SmartMatch Job invites:- These are guaranteed work. The client sends out a work proposal, and based on your profile, Scripted will match it to writers.
Job invitations:- This is a little less pressured. Clients send out job proposals and select a subgroup of writers to send them to, again based on your profile. They only look at the first five who draft a proposal. Within two to three weeks, they’ll let you know if you get accepted.
Regular writing jobs:- Clients upload proposals onto Scripted, and you have the chance to draft writing proposals to send to them.
Textbroker acts like Scripted, except it’s more copywriting jobs and less blog-writing. The way it works is you apply, you get a star rating (one to five), and then you can accept jobs based on your star rating.