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Company Overview: Scripted is an online marketplace that connects businesses that need blog posts, articles, social media posts, and newsletters. It is an excellent place for business owners to get quality posts. Writers who are new to freelancing can enjoy the opportunity to pitch for jobs and show off their skills to editors who need the work.
My Experience Writing for Scripted
I have been writing freelance blog posts for the last two years, and joined Scripted as a way to pick up additional writing gigs. My writing has rapidly improved since joining Scripted. As a freelance writer, the best way to get jobs is to pitch ideas to editors. To do this you have to discover who the editor of the website you want to write for is and review their website to determine their target market. This can be very time-consuming.
Scripted allows you access to over 300 projects with the defined target market and keywords given to you. This allows you to focus on creating an excellent pitch without spending time figuring out who the right contact will be and researching to see if they have already done a post on the topic.
When I started working with Scripted, I hated the pitching process. I hated coming up with ideas and pitching them only to have them rejected. One weekend I sat down and created 30 pitches. Then I waited. I was discouraged that I didn’t hear back right away, but of those 30 pitches, 4 of them got accepted.
Now I don’t worry too much about pitches that aren’t accepted. It just means that my writing voice or ideas aren’t right for the client at this point. I didn’t like doing revisions at first but have come to accept that they are part of the process of becoming a better writer.
Scripted is the best place for new writers to find their first writing jobs. It may take some persistence to master the art of pitching a blog post idea, but it will make you a better writer. You’ll discover what the managing editors want to read and share with their readers.
The Good & the Bad
PRO #1: Quickly find jobs that you can apply for today!
PRO #2: Pitch to many types of jobs and discover what kind of copywriting bests suits your writing style quickly.
PRO #3: You are able to bid higher rates than many content mills will pay.
PRO #4: There is a timeline for getting the project done and having the revisions completed. This helps the writers manage their writing without becoming overwhelmed when an editor requests revisions a month after the article was written.
CON #1: There is a test to determine your writing proficiency before signing on with Scripted. You will be charged for the test (about $15), but your earnings from your first job will more than cover the expense of the writing test.
CON #2: You may end up pitching for many jobs that you don’t get. This can take up quite a bit of time and it’s discouraging when you don’t get the jobs. While this does take time, it can improve your pitching and help you hone your skills.
Scripted Tools & Training
Scripted provides writers with a writing platform to create blog posts and newsletters for their clients. It is very similar to WordPress. The Scripted platform has a textual analysis which lets you know what grade level you are writing at. This is very helpful when writing for specific markets.
Scripted has a feature to detect plagiarism prior to submitting your work to the client. If you have used too many direct quotes, your work could be flagged for plagiarism. This ensures that anything given to the clients is quality work.
Within the Scripted platform, there is an email function to allow communication with the clients.
When writing for Scripted, you will have the support of the Scripted team. Some of the accounts are managed accounts and you will be interacting with a manager from Scripted. They will indicate to you where your writing can be improved to meet the needs of the client. Additionally, if your bids are out of the clients’ budget, but they still like your proposal, they may negotiate a smaller word count or lower price.
LEGIT! If you are just getting started with freelancing Scripted is a great platform to find writing gigs that pay pretty well. You will gain experience and polish your writing style. Some gigs will allow a byline, which helps you to build your portfolio.