You know those little text ads you see on most websites? There is actually a way to get paid for writing those! And yes, this would be pretty easy writing because the text is very short, usually not more than 30 to 40 words. A site I stumbled across a few days ago called BoostCTR will let you apply as a writer for these ads. However, this is actually more of a crowdsourcing thing than upfront pay writing.
How it Works
After applying and being accepted as a writer, you log in and search for ad-writing contests to enter. You’ll be given all the information you need to write a good ad if you find one you think you can do. According to the website, “Advertisers have the option of accepting, rejecting or modifying every ad submission. If your ad beats the performance of the existing ad, then you are paid the stated contest prize.” So you are competing with others to write the best ad for people/companies that need ads written.
In addition to these ads you write for contest submissions, there are also “instant pay” ads that pay around $4 (the contest ads pay much more more than that if you win, around $25 to $45 apparently), but after digging through their site I can’t find much information about these. However, I have applied and if I’m accepted, I can come back and provide more details.
If a certain advertiser really likes your writing, he/she can select you to participate in private challenges that pay out more than other challenges do.
The Application Process
As stated above, I went through the application process a few days ago. You have to take a short test where you pick which ad out of two given would win in one of their contests, and then you have to explain why you chose the way you did. They stress being very detailed in your explanations.
They state before you take the test that their need for writers fluctuates and that they can afford to be picky in who they approve, so I have no idea if I’ll actually get in or not, but I hope so because I’d really like to try this and see how it goes! And then of course provide more detail here. You are asked about your copywriting experience when you submit your app. Unfortunately the drop down box doesn’t have an option for no experience. You have to select at least one year. But if you’ve ever written any content that was kind of salesy in nature then this would count as some experience.
BoostCTR will pay you with Paypal for your ads. They do pay every week, but only US dollars are available.
Most opportunities like this are just extra money and that would be my immediate assumption here, but BoostCTR claims differently on their site. This is taken from their FAQ:
How much can I earn with BoostCTR?
A lot! BoostCTR offers its writers the opportunity to generate a consistent and potentially a significant revenue stream while working from home. Our on-demand model allows writers to have the flexibility to choose their own hours, assume projects at their choosing, and the ability to work from any computer with access to the internet. The potential to generate revenue can vary greatly depending on writer’s experience, efficiency, quality of reported ads, writer’s grade, etc.
Would you like to go ahead and sign up?
You can do so here. I have applied myself, and I’ll report back on my experience if I am accepted.
Update August 6, 2012 – I have been writing for BoostCTR! More detail provided here on my experience.