Can you really make money Freelance Writing for Vocal and Jerrick Media? Yes. A little. Maybe…
Congrats, you are reading what may be the best ranked article on Google about freelancing for Jerrick Media, via the Vocal.media submission platform. Thanks for that!
Some of you may’ve read my posts for Jerrick Media’s OMNI (now Futurism, because of a lawsuit), Geeks, Longevity, Potent, or Filthy…Well, now Jerrick offers you a direct path to contributing to their multiple online magazines, via their easy-to-use author submission platform.
Any aspiring writers can sign up and submit directly. If one of the Jerrick Media editors approve the submission then it gets posted and monetized. Is this a good idea for writers to use? Well, read on for the pros and cons… (you can also review my reply to a Reddit post, “Is ‘Vocal Media’ legit?”)
CON: Jerrick Media / Vocal.media doesn’t pay upfront for articles (unless they hire you outside of the Vocal submission platform) but…
PRO: …if a piece does well, then the writer gets paid by performance.
Now, I was lucky enough to have been writing odd pieces for them BEFORE they decided to launch a Beta version of this new platform, which – again – they call Vocal (www.vocal.media).
So I was paid a flat fee for many of the articles I wrote for Jerrick Media, before and during the Vocal.media Beta phase.
But now that the platform has gone live, I am, in essence, just like any other authors out there who want to contribute. I won’t be paid per piece but by performance. Here’s a shot of what the console looks like.
NOTE: These are from my actual Vocal.media dashboard!
You can see my Total Views and Total Earnings writing for Vocal.media… My Available Balance is $10 because I already withdrew the rest and it paid directly into my bank account.
Here is a snippet of some of my actual published articles for Jerrick Media, from the Vocal platform.
I keep stressing the difference between Jerrick and Vocal because you are not writing for “Vocal.” In it’s own words, “Vocal is a long form social publishing platform for contributors and readers engineered for creation and discovery.”
You can see the View count on the side; some do much better than others… (Note, the below pic is old, but the one after has been updated)…
My best performing article to date is ‘Most Underrated Sci-Fi movies!’ Around 100,000 views so far…
Check it out if you’d like to see an example of what they are after, at least in terms of listicles…
If you like Breaking Bad, you can see my newest article “35 Habit-Forming Facts for Breaking Bad Addicts!”
My hope is the same little boost will happen to a few of the others, but I know Vocal / Jerrick Media have lots of other writers and pieces to deal with. In fact, the numbers are going daily, because they keep opening new sites, and they are open to publishing just about anything…
CON: That is why it is really incumbent on the writers to promote their own work, with this and any other freelance endeavor! That’s also why, to a big extent, the clout which goes along with getting published is somewhat diminished…if they publish nearly everything, then you aren’t that special. Neither am I!
Well, we’ll see. I’ve yet to write anything new for them, since the Vocal.media site just went live recently (UPDATE: I put out a few new articles, such as Top Ten Classic Comic Batman Trivia Tidbits…and What to Buy to Actually Become a Superhero…), but they are tracking the performance of my posts since early November, so I can see how well (or not) each old piece is doing on a daily basis…and see what my earnings are (because they have gone ahead and allowed monetization for a few November pieces that the writers had already submitted invoices for and been paid for…which is kind of them).
Let me interrupt for a sec to mention, you might also want to try Upwork for extra money!
PRO: As mentioned, they have a LOT of online mags to choose from; after you create your post, you submit for review and it’ll ask which magazine you are submitting to… UPDATE: Vocal has just added more sites, The Swamp (about political news), Feast (about food, natch…), Beat (music), and Proof (booze), making it a total of 10 sites to choose from! The others, as shown below, are OMNI (science), Potent (cannabis), Longevity (life extension), Journal (work), Geeks (sci-fi and pop culture), and Filthy (sex!). And they keep adding more all the time… I can’t keep up!
PRO: As far as drafting the actual articles, it is pretty intuitive but they have built a few training posts to help writers figure it out. For me, one of the coolest bits was being able to copy an Amazon product URL and paste it into their product placement cell… It automatically links to their affiliate code.
CON: I doubt that any products sold from the affiliate link will translate to shared profit for the author, and many of my own posts didn’t ever contain product placements… But there was never any pressure to include product placements anyways. Indeed I never had any pressure in any of my dealings with them. It’s been a pleasant experience working with their staff so far! (And no, nobody asked me to write that. I’m not on their paid staff, and have never even met anyone in their office).
(Sorry for this random video of me parasailing dressed as Darth Vader; I have to get revenue somehow, and this site’s not monetized!)
So sometimes in my posts on Vocal.media did include product links; sometimes not. My earliest posts, yes, because those were listicles that they specifically had asked for. And those types of posts do perform well, based on the stats I’ve seen. I realize they aren’t always the most fun things to write, but then again it was always interesting for me to research and to learn about new books and videos. Hey, one way to look at it is, the more money Jerrick Media makes, the better they are able to advertise…and thus more traffic for your monetized posts!
Okay, there’s my plug for Vocal / Jerrick Media. NOTE: It wasn’t asked for, but I felt like sharing because I do think it’s an intriguing new option for niche writers. So I recommend giving it a try!
As a part-time freelancer, I must say I haven’t seen a platform quite like this in my ventures to date. Not saying it is 100% unique, because if I say that some wiseass will prove me wrong… But it is new to me in any case.
Well, honestly I’m not doing much writing these days, due to pain in my arms, elbow, wrists, etc… Sometimes I’ll write a new post for my site ScumHive.com. I also periodically do articles for other sites; I was even published in Forbes (and wrote an article on How To Get an Article Posted on Forbes…). I’ve turned towards branding and brand marketing, via my new media company, Sable Mare Media, LLC. Actually we are looking for freelancers to collaborate with! So check us out!
Oh, I almost forgot! How do you get paid on Vocal.media, you may wonder…? Vocal / Jerrick Media uses another site, Stripe.com, which processed payments directly into your bank account. I cannot confirm that it will take accounts from any country or not; based on my reading, it looks like they take several but some are being beta tested and some weren’t listed all all. But for US-based writers, or those with US bank accounts, you’ll have no issues…
So is Vocal.media legit? Absolutely. It is for everyone? Well, it is OPEN to everyone…let’s put it that way. I also wrote a brief review for Writer’s Circle, to answer “Honest thoughts about writing for Vocal.media.” Check it out!)
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