WiseGEEK is an upfront pay writing site. If you’ve never visited wiseGEEK, you should! You can find out exact information about most anything you want to know. Their website is filled with thousands upon thousands of articles covering every topic. They are all broken up into short paragraphs that are quick and easy to scan, and all the titles are in the form of question.
Update 6/22/13 – WiseGEEK is not currently hiring freelance writers. To my knowledge, they have not been hiring since the end of 2011. I will update if this ever changes.
How much does wiseGEEK pay?
WiseGEEK pays between $10 to $14 dollars for each article you submit. The easier titles pay closer to $10, while the harder, more technical topics pay closer to $14.
What form of payment does wiseGEEK use?
WiseGEEK pays their writers with Paypal.
How often do they pay?
It varies, but it’s very regular. There is no set day that they pay on. Basically, once you have completed at least 5 articles, your editor will review them. After your work has been reviewed, you are usually paid the same day.
Do they have a minimum amount of work to complete per week?
WiseGEEK would like for you to complete at least 5 articles each week, but the absolute bare minimum they require in order for you to keep your job is 10 per month. If you cannot do at least 10 articles per month, you may be removed from your position as a wiseGEEK writer.
How does it work?
If you apply and are accepted, you will have a pool of titles you can choose from to write. Most people start off being able to claim 10 titles at a time, but this amount may be raised or lowered depending on your work quality and output. Once you’ve written 5 articles, your editor may review them at any time. Each person is assigned ONE editor, so you will always know it’s the same person reviewing your work. This makes wiseGEEK a little easier to write for than certain other upfront pay writing sites, like Demand Studios, because you learn early on what your editor expects of you and their expectations tend to stay the same. You just have to learn to please the one person. Because of this, rewrites are extremely rare. After your editor reviews your articles, you are usually paid the same day (as stated above).
What about the application process?
WiseGEEK wants you to send them two writing samples. If you don’t have any copies of something you’ve written and published for another site, you may need to write something up to send them. Make it as good as you can, because wiseGEEK is selective. They only invite 25 percent of people who apply to test with them, and only about 45 percent of those are actually hired as wiseGEEK writers.
How does testing work?
If you are invited to test with wiseGEEK, they will allow you to claim three titles from their database. One of their editors (not the one you will be assigned if you are hired) will review them and grade you. The grading is on a scale of 1 to 10. Grades of 7 and above are passing. If you do OK on your first three articles, your editor will invite you to submit three more. He will then grade those, and if you make it through “round two,” you will be invited to do three more articles. This is the last testing round. If you do a good job on these, you are officially a wiseGEEK writer. Once you’re hired, you’re assigned your own editor and you can start working. Keep in mind that even if you are not hired, you WILL be paid for your test articles regardless, so that won’t be time wasted. If you are not hired, don’t despair! They allow everyone to test again within one year.
My Personal Experience
I was accepted to write for wiseGEEK in June of 2010, and they were my main source of income for a long time. I wrote five articles for them every day, five or six days a week, and I made about $300 a week there. I have since moved away from writing at content sites so I’ve sort of stopped writing for wiseGEEK (as well as many other places), but I have nothing but good things to say about them.
Is wiseGEEK recommended?
I recommend wiseGEEK. They pay regularly and have lots of good topics in their database of titles to choose from.
WiseGEEK Writing Tips
Writing for wiseGEEK isn’t very easy at first. There is a bit of a learning curve. They don’t want you to write in the way you may be used to writing. Everything has to be in third person, and you must use flexible language. This means that you have to say “generally,” “typically,” “may,” and so on a lot because they don’t want you to say that anything is fact unless it absolutely is. Read up on their guidelines before you start, and pay close attention to the areas of improvement your editor suggests to you. This will help to guarantee your success as a wiseGEEK writer.
Where can you sign up?
As of December 8, 2011, wiseGEEK is not hiring writers. But if that changes, this is the sign-up link: https://www.wisegeek.com/freelance-writing-jobs.htm
Interested in other sites you can write for online? Check out the huge list in my directory!