Anyone can sign up and submit directly. If their editors approve the submission then it gets posted and monetized.
Jerrick Media / Vocal doesn’t pay upfront for articles (unless they hire you outside of the Vocal submission platform) but, if a piece does well, then the writer gets paid by performance. Interesting concept to me. I was lucky enough to have been writing odd pieces for them here and there when they decided to launch a Beta version of this new platform, which – again – they call Vocal.
UPDATE: I was offered a referral link from Vocal; so if you do decide to check them out and submit an article, please use my link!
So I still got paid during the 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 dashboard!
You can see my Total Views and Total Earnings… My Available Balance is $17 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 from the platform. You can see the View count on the side; some do much better than others…
By far my best performing article to date was ‘Most Underrated Sci-Fi movies,’ most likely because they boosted it or promoted it somewhere. Check it out if you’d like to see an example of what they are after, at least in terms of listicles…
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. That is why it is really incumbent on the writers to promote their own work, with this and any other freelance endeavor!
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).
They have a few 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!).
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.
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).
So sometimes in my posts on Vocal 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!
UPDATE: In case you missed it above, I was recently offered a referral link from Vocal / Jerrick Media; so if you decide to check them out and submit an article, please use my link! Their referral program is brand new; I just got the notification today (1/24/2017), and they offer $5 for every referred new author (you perhaps?) who has an article published by them.
Okay, there’s my plug for Vocal / Jerrick Media. 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…).
Oh, I almost forgot! How do you get paid, 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…
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