What: Blog Mutt is a content mill that asks you to write on spec, but will pay writers a pittance per article, if the article sells. 

Expected pay: $9 to $72 per article purchased

Husl$core: $$

Where: Nationwide

Requirements: Writing ability and a computer


Like some of the other content mills, Blog Mutt aims to connect writers with companies that want to publish content. However, instead of paying a pittance per word, Blog Mutt pays a relative pittance per piece.

According to a company spokeswoman: “Right now, our jobs range from $9-$72 each, and we will be adding a large number of job types for 2018. The top of that range will be increasing to approximately $130 for our longest-form jobs. At that time, writers will also receive a pay raise across all job categories.”

She didn’t say whether there was a required word-count for any of these pieces, but from the reviews, it appears that the shortest stories are 250 words. At $9 per piece, that works out to 3.6 cents per word, which is actually a bit better than some of the other content mills, but not enough to make it worthwhile. Moreover, most pieces are written on spec, with no assurance that they will be purchased by any of Blog Mutt’s corporate clients.

You’re likely to earn more at another site, such as Fiverr, Cracked or Upwork.

What their writers say: (from Indeed.com and Glassdoor)

“Where do I begin? I’ve been a full-time freelance writer and blogger for the past five years, during which I’ve worked with about six different companies. Of those companies, I can say that BlogMutt is the worst. The pay is absolutely horrible. Writers earn a measly $8 for a 250+ word post, for which BlogMutt earns $17. So, while writers do most of the work, BlogMutt keeps most of the sale revenue.

BlogMutt also uses a format that similar to 99Designs, where multiple service providers compete to win clients. This is great for clients, but no so much for writers. Clients often reject blog posts for reasons such as “I’ve chosen a different post” or “I liked another post better.” Like other writers have said, BlogMutt will suspend your account without reason. After working with them for over a year, I was shocked to discover that I could no longer log into my account. They didn’t tell me why my account was closed, nor did they return my unsold articles stored in their system (over $1,000 worth of unsold articles lost). Unless you write strictly as a hobby and not a profession, stay away from BlogMutt.”

“You only get paid if a client takes the article you write. If the client already has a lot of articles in their queue you probably won’t get paid for your article for several months. Some clients reject articles a lot, so writers often avoid them. If you are new you should avoid them too. If you want to make this a regular job you need to write often and eventually, you’ll start getting paid every week, since you have so many articles out. If a client does reject your article, you can send it to another client.

“I’m a freelance ghostwriter for this company, and I can’t say enough good things about it! You work your own schedule, you have full support from the in-house staff for anything and everything you need, the management is stellar, and the community of writers is all very supportive of one another. The most enjoyable part is being able to work my own schedule and gaining writing experience at my own pace. The hardest part is not knowing whether an article you submit is actually going to sell. Occasionally, you spend an hour writing something you think is great and it winds up getting rejected.”

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