Write for wiseGEEK



The wiseGEEK company used to put out writer ads under the name “Write for Conjecture,” a company that publishes articles on wiseGEEK.com and a couple of other websites.  They often look for writers to write articles on the following subjects, but they issue orders for other topics, too:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Finance
  • Engineering

They are quite specific in their writing style — succinct and to the point.  Other requirements and aesthetics for their writer positions are as follows:

  • You work as an independent contractor.
  • You get a byline — includes your name, bio and picture.
  • Pay is $10 to $14 per article.
  • You pick the articles from their system with around 500 to choose from.
  • You are paid via PayPal, typically within 4 business days of submitting articles.
  • Minimum average length of 400 words per article.
  • They REQUIRE a minimum of 10 articles per month or else you are canceled as a writer.
  • wiseGEEK prefers 5 articles a week or more.
  • They own all content after submission — you release all rights.
  • They hire writers from all over the world; HOWEVER, you must have strong American English writing skills.
  • You pick articles from their database of available articles.

To become a wiseGEEK writer if you are a U.S. citizens apply here.

Non-U.S. citizens apply as follows — the information I found on wiseGEEK’s website is below:

Send an email to wisegeek@wisegeek.com. Include in the body of the email —

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Resume — within the email, or simply include a paragraph or two about your writing experience
  3. Writing Sample #1
  4. Writing Sample #2
  5. Country of Citizenship
  6. Country of Residence

After applying, wiseGEEK takes you through three testing phases of three articles each. Below is a quote from wiseGEEK’s website that provides more detail:

How do I become a wiseGEEK writer?

We’ll review your application usually within three days of receiving it. We’ll get back to you either way, but if we like your application, we’ll invite you to go through our writing test. If you pass the test, you’ll be welcome to contribute as many quality articles as you like.

What is the test like?

The writing test consists of three separate phases. Each phase, or batch, consists of three articles. You’ll get to choose the three articles that make up your batches. Once you submit a batch, an editor will review your work and let you know if you passed that phase. Complying with the writing style guide and applying the editor’s comments will determine whether you pass each stage of the testing process. If you pass all three phases, you’ll be welcomed to regularly contribute articles.

Will I be paid for the articles produced in the testing process?

Yes, we pay the normal rate for the articles you submit during the testing process, assuming they represent a good faith effort and do not contain plagiarism or non-100%-unique content.

How long does the testing process take?

Deadlines will be provided to testing writers at each stage of the process. Writers typically have up to four days to produce a batch. The entire testing process is generally completed within two weeks.

What happens if I pass the testing phase?

If you pass the testing phase, you’ll be asked to complete a formal contract and tax form. Once we receive that completed paperwork, an editor will be assigned to you, and you’ll be welcome to contribute as many quality articles as you’d like, but at least an average of five per week, or 20 per month.

What information do I need to provide to apply?

We request a resume and two writing samples. Ideally, writing samples should be in a similar style to wiseGEEK articles (e.g., encyclopedic rather than blog-like or narrative), but anything that represents your writing ability is sufficient. If you are invited to test with us, you’ll be asked to provide your PayPal address and your preferred byline. If you pass the testing process, you’ll be asked to complete a formal, written contract and tax form as required by the IRS. This paperwork will require that you provide us with your address, formal name, and social security number.

8 Responses “Write for wiseGEEK” →
  1. I’m so not sure whether to go for wisegeek or not. I’ve heard some bad things about ’em, but anyhow, I kinda want to try. $10 per article sounds great- it’s certainly a heck lot better than what most beginner freelance writers get.. (less than $5/article). Hmm. I’m not making a lot of money online yet, so I suppose it might be helpful for me. Thanks for posting this, by the way.

    • If you’re making less than $5 per article, then wiseGEEK would be a great place to apply. They have the same standards as Demand Media Studios and they pay $10 and $14 per article. If you’re from the U.S., Canada or the UK, I believe you can apply at Demand Studios. They pay $15 per article. You do need to write in good American or UK English, though — they are sticklers for that. Glad the post was helpful and hope you visit again, Anish.


  2. ramanatth&3sonsGmail.com

    February 25, 2012

    How do I become a wiseGEEK writer? I am going to be retired from police service on 31st March 2012 after 31 and half years of service having vast experience in the field of execution of law,supervision of administration,management of any organization and security.

    • If you’ll read down through the post, there is a spot that says the following:
      “To become a wiseGEEK writer if you are a U.S. citizens apply here.” Click on the “here.” If you’re a non-U.S. citizen, follow the instructions that follow that.

      With your experience, it sounds like you might make more money through Demand Studios. I’d check them out if I were you. Click here to go the DMS website.


  3. Wordqueen

    April 17, 2012

    Just a head’s up. I wrote a ton of stuff for Wisegeek from December of 2010 to Jan.2012, just over a year–I think it was around 450 articles. I loved my editor, and loved the freedom to choose when and how much to produce. BUT THEY ARE NOT HIRING NOW. They are going through some major changes and no one seems to know what’s happening. They are not offering new titles, and the hundeds of writers who were working with them are still waiting (many months later) to be notified to test for working as an editor/revising writer. Testing has begun, they say, but it’s April and I’m frustrated and am sure I’m not the only one.

    I hope I get contacted soon, b/c I really enjoyed working with them and would hate to have that relationship end.

    • That’s very curious what WiseGeek is doing right now. Typically when a company does something like that, they are either out of work and scrambling or slowing down because they are gearing up for some major work. Let’s hope it’s the latter.


  4. wordqueen

    May 15, 2012

    They are saying that they are ‘cleaning house’. They aren’t generating new material, but are supposed to be contacting those of us who wrote for them to interview us to review and re-write previously published articles. They claim they began interviewing (and, I assume, hiring) last Jan., but I’m still waiting. I’ve contacted an editor a couple of times and have been told to just hang on.

    • I have some direct contacts with company owners, but this is not one of them, WordQueen. If anyone in our blogging audience knows anything about what’s going on with wiseGEEK, please let us here at WFE know. Thanks!


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