2.01.2012

How is Skyword After a Year?

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I've written for Skyword for about a year now, and my last review of this awesome client was lost when I transitioned my old blog to my new one. So, I figured I would give an in depth review of my past year with them.  Be warned; this company is not for everybody. It takes a lot of hard work and devotion to marketing your stories, but I can honestly attribute 90% of my success to Skyword, and I am happy writing for them -- that's more than I can say about the rest of the so-called "content mills" on the net, as well as other private clients.


Skyword trumps all of the other freelance writing clients that I've worked with. That's including the dreaded Demand Media Studios. (Especially, in fact.) At first I was a little worried about falling in love again, because as we all know, my romance with DMS crumbled. In fact, I stayed with Demand Media Studios for most of the year that I've written for Skyword due to the fact that Skyword is relatively new. Well, I'll be the first to say that it looks like they're here to stay.

Before I decided to end my relationship with DMS (which lasted nearly three years) I began making substantial amounts of money with Skyword, proving that my hard work on the side was certainly paying off. What's more, the writing was of topics in which I find actual interest. Let me break down to you why Skyword is among the best in freelance writing clients:


  • They hook me up with the best program managers -- Depending on the program you sign up for, you'll be assigned a program manager which will work with you personally to improve your writing and your readership. I've had three different managers; one for the Bounty program, one for the Daily Glow program and one for the Gather News program. In addition to the friendly content moderators, my program managers (especially with Gather News) have really improved the way I look at freelance writing clients and my work overall. I simply just cannot stress enough how these program managers make Skyword a cut above the rest. 
  • The editors are actually well-trained and do their jobs well -- Skyword's editors are well-trained and work with you to produce quality pieces of work. What attracted me to this client in the first place was the fact that the editors, or content moderators, give you several opportunities to produce a well-read piece of work. They make sure your piece meets all of the  content standards of your program and help you with whatever grammatical errors or misspellings you may make in the process. They're friendly, and obviously value their jobs and their coworkers. That's more than can be said for some other competing content companies.
  • They pay consistently -- The 15th and last business day of every month is pay day for Sky-writers. When I began, it was only once a month which didn't last very long. It was nice getting huge payments once a month, but the twice-a-month pay has greatly increased my productivity and drive. It has also completely replaced Demand Media Studios for my income.
  • They give me freedom to be myself -- Writing for Demand Media Studios, Bright Hub and other "content mills" totally sucked the life right out of me. I wrote on and on like a drone about their stupid pre-chosen topics, to their stiff and emotionless guidelines. Places like that are similar to working in one of those mail sorting facilities. It's just blah. With Skyword, I'm allowed to insert my own personality, points-of-view and analysis into the stories I write, even when the story is from a pre-chosen keyword as with Daily Glow. Skyword doesn't stifle its writers. Instead, the writers are given the ability to express themselves and flourish into their crafts.
So it's safe to say that this is a sweet romance. I am a total Skyword fan. My first year with them has been absolutely awesome and as I said earlier, I can attribute pretty much most of my drive and direction right now to them. Had I not found Skyword, I'd probably still be churning out those "McArticles" for DMS and the like-clients. I wouldn't be focusing instead on writing about the things that interest me and inspire me to move on with my career to make a name for myself. I truly hope things stay this way -- because I do intend on staying with Skyword until the end (whenever that may be...hopefully never!)

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15 comments:

Adam Vavrek said...

Hi Chelsea,

I always enjoy reading your honest and thorough reviews of Skyword. We are happy you are a part of the Skyword team of writers.

-Adam Vavrek, Skyword Writer Services Manager
support@skyword.com

Chelsea Hoffman said...

:) Thanks, Adam.

Corrina said...

Great article, Chelsea! Skyword is absolutely great and I agree that it is much better than most of the other sites out there. My favorite thing is all of the help the program managers give for sure!

Chelsea Hoffman said...

I don't know where I'd be without Erik's help for sure! Skyword did a good thing with the program managers and selected really able individuals.

Caitlin said...

The freedom (even with given keywords) was kind of daunting at first. I'm still unsure of myself and I don't pimp my articles all that well. Even with those handicaps working against me, I'm still loving Skyword better than 99 percent of the other places I've worked.

Chelsea Hoffman said...

Caity you can post your articles on my FB wall ANY TIME! :) You always write great pieces.

Nadenl said...

Ok where do I sign up. I have some great material stored in my mind.

Adam said...

Hi! You can sign up for an account on Skyword here: https://write.skyword.com/join.action

-Adam

Chelsea Hoffman said...

Thanks for posting that, Adam!

:)

Rayda Jacobs said...

Well that was great to read Chelsea. Just when I find a new site and am pleased another one comes along. Can you share with us what Skyword pays for an article? IF you have to pay to join their site? And if you are a good and fast writer whether you will be able to make $30 a day? I know I am being ambitious but I work hard. Please let me know. Thanks.

Chelsea Hoffman said...

depends on what you write, how you market yourself and how much you write.

Danelle said...

Hi Chelsea,
I have been a Sky Writer for a little over a year myself, and I completely agree with you. The freedom and ease in choosing topics far exceeds the other "content mills" for which I have written in the past. I love working with the editors, who do seem to truly enjoy their jobs as much as I. I look forward to writing with them for quite a while!

Margie said...

Just saw this through the Skyword newsletter. Great review! I love that you can do as much or as little as you need. You can basically choose your income level with Skyword. Plus, I agree with you, great Program Managers!

Sunny said...

Hello Chelsea,
Does Skyword only accepts writers who are US Citizens? I searched everywhere in their site but I just can't find the answer.

Chelsea Hoffman said...

@Sunny -- I believe writers from UK/Canada can as well but I am not entirely sure. So don't take my word for it. Contact Skyword and ask via their contact section!