eCopywriters

Although, eCopywriters pays their senior writers relatively well, it may take some time to arrive at that status.  According to the company’s system information, there are 5 levels paid 1.8 cents per word to 5 cents per word.  I believe I received an e-mail from them recently indicating they would be broadening their levels to 7.

After being accepted as a writer for eCopywriters, you typically start off at Level 1 or Level 2.  The system indicates that you could be promoted to the next level within 3-4 weeks.  They say the criteria for “promotion” depends on the quality of your writing and how often you accept and submit assignments. I have to say, though, I don’t know anyone above a Level 2. Not to say that there isn’t. I just don’t know any.

The company offers 7 levels paid as follows:

  • Level 1 = 1.8 cents per word
  • Level 2 = 2 cents per word
  • Level 3 = 3 cents per word
  • Level 4 = 4 cents per word
  • Level 5 = 5 cents per word
  • Level 6 = 10 cents per word
  • Level 7 = 15 cents per word

Example:

That means for a 500-word article you are paid $9.00 at a Level 1 or $10.00 at a Level 2.

I initially applied to the company and was accepted in April of 2009, but was busy with other projects. I believe I was originally assigned a Level 2. I finally considered taking on some of their assignments in October of 2009.  I misunderstood the pay levels, though. I thought the pay was 18 cents per word for a Level 1, 20 cents for a Level 2, and so on.  I became very excited at the possibilities. After submitting several articles, I finally realized what the pay actually was.

In addition, the pay timeframe is quite lengthy. I was paid on 2/1/10 for all articles I completed and submitted from 10/14/09 to early-December 2009. That is 3-1/2 months to get paid for the first article I submitted.  In addition, I completed assignments for them from mid-October to early December 2009 and have yet to be “promoted” again.

When accepting eCopywriters assignments, the system only allows you to claim one article at a time.  When you complete the one assignment and submit it into the system, you may claim another.  If you do not complete an article within the assigned timeframe, the system will reclaim the assignment and you have to claim the assignment again.

The writer section of the eCopywriters website is very organized.  You will find everything you need to take on new assignments, since details are provided in the system – article title, specific keywords to be used, content expected and how many words should be contained in the article.  If you write more words than assigned, you may or may not be paid for them.  It all depends on the final, edited article.

One caveat you need to be aware of if you decide to write for eCopywriters is that even if you are accepted as a writer, you may be dismissed if your articles require too much editing.

My experience is that the people behind eCopywriters are friendly, helpful and easy to work with.

Interested in writing for eCopywriters?  Register here.  The system will send you an e-mail with further instructions on how to be considered to write for the company.  I believe one sample article is required for consideration or maybe samples of past articles.

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10 Responses “eCopywriters” →
  1. That must have been a bit galling for you when you found out the low payment rates. Unfortunately in my experience most of these types of sites pay very low. I’ve had much more lucrative jobs from small web design companies.

    A lot of their small business clients don’t understand that they are supposed to supply copy and want to leave it to the design company. Most small outfits do not have copy writers so they are often glad of a freelance which they can use as and when.

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    • I agree emphatically. Like you, some of my clients are web designer companies who need an occasional copywriter.

      What’s interesting about article sweatshops, however, is that their writers don’t have to write that well to work for them, and some of their writers kick out copy rather quickly, so they are able to make, what they call, a comfortable living. People like you and me, on the other hand, can’t get past the need to write quality copy, so we can’t work for these type of businesses, although they fill an obvious purpose.

      Just checked out your website — love it and I will subscribe to it shortly.

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  2. Gina Guillotine

    September 3, 2011

    I recently joined eCopywriters and placed at a level 2. Like, you, I got all jazzed about, “Wow, .20 cents a word!” hahaha Boy, did I get the wind knocked out of my sails! It’s all fine and dandy, though, my writing is too loose and conversational and needs tightening up, so I’ll gladly take a lower pay rate while I fix what used to be really damn good, and try to undo some really bad habits I’ve obtained over the years.

    My only problem with them so far is that many clients want bullet points, and there is no way to insert them in the text box! I’ve looked all over the web site and can’t find anything on it, so i tried Googling how to insert them, and found this blog! 🙂 Still don’t know how to insert bullet points, but your blog is very interesting, and you have a new fan. 🙂

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    • Hel-l-l-l-lo, Gina! That’s great to hear you found us here at W4E. We have a fairly robust bunch of followers. Most don’t comment, but occasionally, the quiet ones pipe up and we get a glimpse into their lives and writing activity. I have to say that I love your writing style. It’s got great attitude and your personality shines through it. We all could use a little more of that. As far as bullets, I believe this’ll work — create your bullets in word, then cut/paste into your doc. That should do it — the bullets usually maintain their integrity. The other option is to simply put dashes in front of your bullet points. Please let us know if either work or you find something that works better. Glad you’re here and hope to hear from you again! Sherry 😉

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  3. Good post.

    I actually stumbled across this blog post while looking for freelance sites (other than Textbroker) to join, that offer upfront payment for writing. After reading through the pay scale above for ecopywriters, I suddenly remembered I had applied for them earlier in the year.

    So, I decided to visit the site and woila – I had an account there! For some reason I never received an acceptance email but I was approved to write with them. I guess I would have never thought to check if I hadn’t stumbled across this site!

    Thanks. 🙂

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  4. fisherman's friend

    November 14, 2011

    Hey, I just wanted to thank you for all the information! I have recently got myself involved in the world of online writing and found this really helpful! I have had trouble finding out information for some of the better content farms, other than Textbroker, Independent Publishing, seed.com etc. so I was very pleased to find this. I have recently signed up and began my ecopywriter adventure, so thank you!

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    • You are very welcome. I’m always glad to hear that someone found helpful or useful information on this blog. Congratulations on your new venture. I wish you the best! 😉

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  5. hello, I recently joined ecopywriters. Unfortunately, i am placed at level 1 – the lowest possible. Anyways, can anyone tell me when i can find any job posts over there? I keep on checking ( although i started only three days ago) but i am unable to find any jobs. Is there a particular day when ecopywriters’ team displays the available jobs? As well, do you know how I can join any of the available groups? It is a pity that ecopywriters does not have a forum! I value any information that you can provide. Thank you!

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    • Hello, Magda. I just checked and all I had to do to find the jobs was to click on the ‘Jobs’ tab and all open positions under my level showed up. I have not written many articles for them, and it’s been a long time since I have but I believe you should check every day. I don’t think I was ever really notified when new articles were available unless they had a big order that they needed completed quickly. Good luck, though, and keep checking. I’m sure you’ll find new ones posted soon.

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