Found a New Writing Site: ‘Work-Online’…

work-online.org.uk
(IMPORTANT UPDATE: Work-Online has made some key changes since I wrote this review. Read details
here.

I’m leaving this review here, though, to reflect how the site was at the time.)

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Now, I don’t usually go for low-paying writing gigs, uh-uh, but I have my reasons for going for this particular one (which I’ll explain later).

So, what’s this Work-Online thing, then?

Work-Online is a site that pays you to write stories (owned by a UK-based company called Re-Route). Each story has to be a minimum of 350 words and must have a certain number of keywords. One keyword has to be used at least once and three keywords have to be repeated at least 3 times throughout the story. So, for example, if your task is to write about Bubblegum, you’ll be given 4 keywords to use:

– sugar
– pop
– strawberry
– teeth

Now, in your story, you have to use the word ‘sugar’ at least once, the word ‘pop’ at least 3 times, the word ‘strawberry’ at least 3 times and the word ‘teeth’ at least 3 times.

That’s it. Apart from that, you can write whatever you want, however you want it.


Can anyone join?

You know what? I don’t know. I’ve checked through their site and I can’t find anything about it. It’s definitely open to UK residents as I’m one myself and had no problem joining. If you’re non-UK, you can either try contacting them or just try joining and see what happens. However, I’m thinking the fact they pay via Paypal might mean it’s open internationally. Don’t quote me though.

A nifty little in-built word processing program…

Work-Online has an in-built word processor on its site. When you log in, you’ll see a list of writing tasks available. Then you select the one you want to write about. Once you do that, it takes you to the word processor. As you type, the processor keeps a count of how many words you’ve typed in and how many keywords you’ve used. You can also do a spell check. Plus, you can save what you’ve typed as a draft and come back to it later.

What topics does the site give you to write about?

Well, the topics I’ve seen since I’ve joined cover Technology, Transport and Adult. You have to opt-in for the Adult topics to be listed (and obviously it’s meant for 18+ writers).

For anyone that might be concerned about the topics thinking they know nothing about Technology or Transport, trust me, it’s real easy to write on. I don’t drive and I’ve been able to write about several Transport topics with ease and without having to do an iota of research. You just make it up as you go along. For e.g., if you were a non-driver and you were told to write absolutely anything on car insurance using the words ‘drive’, ‘car insurance’, ‘licence’, ‘roads’, you could write:

You know what: I’ve never really felt the need to drive. Never. Some people put it on their list of things to do in their lifetime, but it’s not something I’ve been interested in. I get about just fine using good old public transport. So, thank God, I don’t have to worry about all the expenses involved in having a car – driving lessons, driver’s licence, car insurance, road tax and all the other expenses involved in maintaining one. I almost got a provisional licence, though, when I was 16, but it was only because my mum wanted me to learn how to drive, not because I wanted to. I think the roads of London are clogged up enough without me adding to it with a car of my own.

That’s about 130 words right there.

Just make it conversational, use the keywords they give you and you’ll be fine.

So what’s the pay like? (IMPORTANT UPDATE: 10TH AUG – Work-Online’s payscale has changed. It no longer starts at £0.50 per story. More details here.)

£0.50 (about $0.80) per story. After you’ve written the first 100 stories, you get paid more, but I’m a bit confused over the exact amount ‘cos there are contradictions on the site. On the ‘tell me more’ page, it says:

“You will receive 50p for the first 100 stories you write, 75p for the next 200 stories, and £1 for every story thereafter”


But when I log in, on the ‘Help’ page, it says £1 per story after the first 100 stories – so I’m not too sure on that front. However, I’m not that bothered for now as I’m nowhere near that amount of stories yet.

(Update: They’ve since changed the ‘Help’ page to match what it says on the ‘Tell Me More’ page – it’s 75p per story after the first 100 stories).

Referrals?

If someone joins through you, you get 10% of whatever they earn when they write (applicable to the first 100 stories only).

Minimum payout…

…is £10.00 which can be paid via cheque (UK only) or Paypal.

The pay ain’t that great, not what I usually go for, but…

– curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know if the site really did pay

– I found the stories super-duper easy and quick to write. Less than half an hour per piece

– it’s a great way to warm myself up before moving onto higher-paying writing gigs

– I also find it makes for a good stress reliever/ mind break

“You type, we pay” is Work-Online’s motto, but DO they really pay? Really?

Yes, I can confirm that they do. I’m relieved that they do as I was a bit cautious at first and it soooo would not have been cool if it had turned out that I’d written 20 stories for nothing. When I reached payout (£10.55) and requested it, it was with baited breath. On their site, it mentions that Paypal payments can take up to 14 days, so I was quite surprised to get mine 2-3 days after I requested it.

work-online: proof of payment

I’m holding onto this one, I think…

For me, for now, Work-Online’s a keeper. As long as I keep finding it painless to write the stories and it doesn’t start to feel like a chore or a bore, I’ll stick with it.

Things to bear in mind if you plan on joining Work-Online:

– Your stories have to be unique, coherent, fairly well-written and free of typos.

– Once you submit your stories, it has to be approved by the site administrator. You’ll receive an email letting you know if it’s been approved or not. Only when it’s approved will you get paid.

– For the Adult topics, keep it mild.

– There are times when there are no writing tasks available

– If you have a Paypal business account, you could get charged a fee by Paypal when you receive payment from Work-Online. Mine was £0.56.

To join…

Update – 29th Oct ’10: Work-Online seems to be on a rather long hiatus of some sort. On the few occasions that I’ve logged in, there have been no stories available. Alternatively, it could be that that’s it for the site.
 
There is currently no way to join. A reader kindly alerted me of an error that’s thrown up when you click on the ‘join‘ link. 

If you do get a chance to join, do take note that on the joining-up form, year of birth only goes back as far as 1980. It’s cool – if you’re older than that, just pick 1980 and complete the registration.

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it’s a fried-egg sandwich…

Ebele.

12 comments

  1. Ajith Prasad Edassery

    Hey Ebele,
    This one sounds interesting. At least not like those get-paid-to-rant kind of site. I guess, they focus on keywords 🙂 reminds me of those english exercises in school 🙂

    So how have you been? I am going a bit slow on blogging and online activities owing to work pressure.

  2. ebele

    Hi Ajith 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Yeah, it’s not a bad site at all. If one aims for a minimum of one story a day over a month, that’s at least £15/mth (as long as they’re all approved, that is, and there are stories available to write). Not a massive income earner, but it’ll do as a nice bit of pocket change.

    How am I? I’m cool. Thanks for asking.

    I hope the work pressure you’re under eases up. Of course, if it’s what pays the bills, then it’s totally justifiable that it takes priority over your online activities. But I hope it eases up soon.

    take care and have a peaceful weekend.

  3. Sidd Fisher

    Hello 2thepoint,
    When I first looked at the earnings you’ve accumulated I said,”WTF how the F did this woman(want to say something more vulgar but I can’t can I?) make this much money”
    Than I checked out all the websites you’ve reviewed.
    Which of the websites have paid you the most?
    Since you’ve not worked a lot on GAF I couldn’t figure out where you made such big money.

  4. ebele

    Hi Sidd,

    Most of my ‘big money’ doesn’t come from websites, but from the writing I do for private clients, none of which I list on my blog. However, the website that enabled me to source those clients is Digital Point forums.

    take care and thanks for passing by.

    Ebele.

    (p.s.: I no longer go by 2ThePoint, but by my real name, Ebele.)

  5. ebele

    Yay! – you like my blog! – thank yoooou.

    Hope you have a blast on Work-Online. Thanks for joining through me. If you have any questions about it, let me know.

    take care…

  6. shyguy76767

    I’m sorry! I was so enthusiastic about signing up that I’m pretty sure I didn’t use your referral code! I’m so used to PTC sites that I guess I assumed it would be built in. My apologies.

  7. ebele

    No problem, shyguy. No problem at all.

    Enjoy the site, make the most of it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    take care…

  8. Anonymous

    Hello,
    If I get referrals on work-online then how will I know who has signed up under me? Can I view their usernames?

    Thank you

  9. ebele

    Hi Anon,

    Unfortunately, you can’t see a list of your referrals as Work-Online doesn’t share it, so there’s no way of knowing who’s joined through you.

    Take care…

  10. GetPaidToBeaReferral

    I just tried to join and I got this error:

    Oops!
    404 – Page Not Found
    Sorry, it appears the requested page “session::register::index” does not exist.

    I emailed them about it; hopefully it’s just a site bug and they’re not blocking me because I’m from the U.S. ! I really want to join this site…

  11. ebele

    As far as I know, Work-Online is open to the US.

    I tried the join link in my post, plus I also tested it from their homepage and, yes, that error’s coming up.

    The couple of times I’ve logged into the site, there’ve been no stories available, so perhaps they’re on a long hiatus or have moved on altogether (which won’t surprise me – it happens).

    Take care…

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