After taking an extremely long break from the world of freelance content writing I am back with a review! Yays! The main reason I ended up on a break was from a lack of constant and high paying work. After making chum change for so long and not having any large client contracts coming my way I sort of just fell off the wagon. A couple weeks ago I got to thinking that I shouldn’t allow myself to feel so discouraged about this, which is how I had felt for some time. I bucked up! I told myself I have talent! And I applied someplace new!
A reader of mine mentioned The Content Authority in a comment a while back. I figured it was probably the place I should start with. Once I got there I realized I had applied once before, in fact. I never received a follow up then and guessed I wasn’t accepted. I decided to try again anyways. Here’s a short review and my experience at the The Content Authority thus far:
Applying for TCA isn’t hard at all. It’ll take you all of thirty minutes, if not less, considering you have to write a sample article. Application is open to English speaking writers. Which means you can apply from within Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean.
- English comprehension and reading skills
- English grammar at a high school level
- Ability to construct formal articles using proper grammar
- Ability to accurately research a wide range of topics
- Ability to work within deadlines
…and just about the run of mill tasks we are all familiar with.
Applying consists of providing them with your name, email, address (including country of residence) and phone number. A 150 word sample article is required before you can submit your application. After submission you receive a confirmation email and the wait begins.
Because I had applied once before I was unable to use the email I used then. I simple entered another. That worked fine for me. About 2 weeks later an approval email arrived.
A full list of their requirements including their Application form can be found here
Inside The Content Authority
The Content Authority‘s writer dashboard is neatly laid out. You are presented with four main tabs: Dashboard, Write Content, Earnings & Profile. Additional tabs on the upper left direct you to your Account and Support.
The Dashboard proves basic. One the right are notifications sent from TCA staff to all their writers. Beside that are links to tutorials, guides, and any other additional information you may need. Finishing off this page is a brief look at your Account History.
The Write Content tab is in table form. It lists all available orders, the tier level required, word count, compensation and the option to assign yourself to that article.
The Earnings tab shows unpaid or paid invoices. All your submitted work can be viewed here. All your work goes through an approval process. The longest I’ve had to wait for an article to be approved is 5-6 days. I wasn’t so much irked by this because they do show you the expected approval date and time (down to the second) of each article you do in your Earnings tab. If I didn’t have that information I’d be harping with support on day 3, trust.
The last tab is dedicated to your profile. See picture.
RATES and PAY
The Content Authority pays its writers based on their Tier Level. There are 4 tiers to achieve, tier 1 being the lowest. You have to accumulate a minimum of $25 worth of approved articles before payment is issued. Payment is sent every Monday. I have not reached my minimum having recently started. I cannot, without doubt, state that The Content Authority pays on time or at all. Although I can say I highly doubt they don’t. Just a feeling.
Heres a quick rundown of tier level rates taken from their site:
“The amount a writer is paid for an article is determined by the number of words requested by the publisher and the Tier Level of the article. The following are the rates for each Tier Level:
Tier Level Rate Per Word
Tier 1 $0.007
Tier 2 $0.010
Tier 3 $0.015
Tier 4 $0.030
A writer can accept articles at his/her tier level, however, payment is based on the Tier Level the publisher has requested, not the level the writer has achieved. Writers are paid for the requested amount of words; therefore, if a writer submits more words than requested, the writer will not be compensated for the additional words.” (view the Writer Pay Rates page here)
More To Say
All new writers begin at Tier 1 and are on a probation period. The probation requires that you write at least 5 articles after which your account is reviewed. At that time The Content Authority can:
- advance your Tier level
- keep you as a Tier 1 writer until you improve
- let you go
You can only take one article at a time and are given 8 hours to complete it. This I actually like. It gets me out of the habit of overreaching. I also think this method makes it more fair to all writers since it doesn’t allow one writer to grab a bunch of articles for themselves. This is a matter of speed. Finish it quick so you can claim another.
So far I’m able to get consistent work from TCA. I don’t in the slightest mind the pay. And its a fresh start. So i’m up for it. Once I receive payment i’ll make sure to give it the official ‘Legitimate’ stamp in the title.
Cheers to everyone. Happy Writing!
The Content Authority issued payments to me via Paypal once I passed the US$25 mark, on time and without any issues. I hereby give it my stamp of approval.