July 27th, 2012 by Bob Bly
I was recently solicited by a company called Blogmutt; they offered to ghostwrite this blog for me.
Checking them out, I found they would charge a little under $20 per blog post and that they hired freelance writers to do the work.
If the writer splits the fee with Blogmutt 50/50, the writer is getting paid ten bucks per blog post — a pittance, to be sure.
I expressed my dismay at this to Blogmutt, saying that at this pay scale they are exploiting naive writers or wanna be writers — those who don’t have the resolve or smarts to get a fair fee for a fair day’s work.
A Blognutt representative defended their pay scale, saying writers were happy to take it and it was better than working at Starbucks. Also that their clients were satisfied.
Am I right to think Blogmutt is the bottom of the barrel of the freelance writing game, paying subpar wages to amateur writers?
Or are they providing a valuable service to clients — and an opportunity to their freelancers to write and get paid for it?
What say you?
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