Verblio Writer Reviews

Updated 8 Aug 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Crowd Sourcing Writers Content Mill"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Writer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay starts at $11.50 for a 300-word job. Better than most content mills. Support for writers is excellent.

    Cons

    Some of their clients want more than they pay for. Periodically, requests are longer than the word count for the job. Occasionally, the requests are vague.

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  2. "Best Content Writing Site on the Net"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Content Writer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for more than a year

    Pros

    If you’re someone who likes to write, but has no ‘experience’ give Verblio a shot. They don’t immediately decline writers who have no publishing experience, which really makes them stand out from the crowd. They only choose 5% of the writers who apply, but that determination is based off of you writing an article for an actual client. If Verblio likes your work, and hires you, then your article is immediately up for sale. And you can begin writing other articles as soon as you get that congratulations email stating that Verblio has accepted you. So if you give them a try, and they accept you, get to writing! I think one of the biggest pros about Verblio is the admin. I’ve never had a negative experience with them, and I don’t know of anyone else who has. Anytime I have a question or concern, they’re quick to answer. They are both professional and friendly, which is a hard line to walk, but they do it with grace and integrity. They are also constantly getting feedback from the writer community, and updating the site. Some updates go over well. Some... not so well. But Verblio doesn’t hesitate to fix any mistakes they make. They also never make the writers feel like they can’t speak out. The more info we give them, the happier they are. And the feedback isn’t file 13ed like so many other sites. It gets utilized, which is amazing. I also like the freedom I have on the site. This is a part-time gig for me, but it is sorely tempting to try and make it full time. In fact, it is full-time in the summer. I am able to write when I wish, and when I just need to take a break, I have that liberty. The pay is also consistent. If you write, you’ll get paid. The clients have the right to decline your work, which is more than fair to them, but I’ve been writing there for a year now, have written close to 600 articles, and have had only 10 declined so far. The rest have been purchased. If I wrote more, I would get paid more. I also like the level system. You start out at level one. Like, everyone starts at level one. There’s no “Well, we want to work with you, but we think you’re only a level 2 writer, when we have 5 levels, so we’re going to make you work ten times as hard to reach level 3, and you can forget about level 4!” That doesn’t happen at Verblio. You start at level 1, like I said. Then as you write, earn points, and make sales which earns you more points, you move up to level 2. Then level 3. And when you hit level 4, the job opportunities really begin to blossom. Pay at level 1-3 is $11.50 to 17.50 for 300 to 550 word articles. I know a lot of writers who complain that’s not enough, but many sites give you $2 for 1,000 word articles. And you’re stuck at your level, so you can’t earn more. And a novel barely sales for $10, so..... I think that’s pretty darn good pay. Are there sites out there that pay more? Yeah. But you deal with a lot of crap to get that pay. When you hit level 4, you earn $23 for $600. At level 6, the pay jumps to $57 for 1,000 words. When you hit level 8, you start to get shares with the company. Now how many other sites look out for their writers like that? Now I’ll admit, those first three levels can be rough. It took me about four months to shovel my way through it, but I admittedly didn’t put in as much effort as I could have. There’s plenty of writers who dig their heels in and get through it in less than a month. The writers are also very welcoming on the writer’s forum. There are some writers on there who have a long resume of working with newspapers, writing their own novels, and even have their own companies. Most are more than willing to share their experiences so newbs can learn and grow. If it weren’t for many of them, I wouldn’t have pushed through to where I’m at now. And I would have missed out on a lot of opportunities! Finally, the clients can obviously review your work, but if they give you one out of five stars, it isn’t detrimental to you. It simply means they aren’t pleased with your work, so move on to a client that is. On the other hand, if you get a five star review, you earn more points towards the next level. On other sites, you bust your tail to get to the next level. Get there, and one crappy review from a client who expected more than they’re willing to pay, and you get punished by getting bumped back down the ladder. Verblio doesn’t do that to their writers. If you’re consistently getting declines and bad reviews, they’ll take a look at your writing and offer advice to help you build your skill. Otherwise, it hurts your pride, but you never get bumped back down a level. Clients do have the option to label you ‘Not a good fit’ but that’s for their purposes only. No other clients see that. And it isn’t published to your public profile. In fact, the only comments that hit your profile are the ones that you post there. So... Verblio is amazing. If you see a pay scale that says you make $10.50, that’s outdated. Verblio gave all the writers a raise recently, which is another great reason to give them a shot.

    Cons

    I think the biggest, and perhaps only con, is some of the clients can be a little temperamental. But those are few and far between. I have had the honor of working with some truly great clients, and love writing for them. The clients who are hard to work with are easy to pick out, and the admin works hard to act as a go between so that the writers can figure out what the client wants. So while they may be hard to work with, admin goes out of their way to make it work. On that note, writers, can’t communicate directly with clients. You have to contact admin, who will communicate with the client and get back to you. It does make it hard, as sometimes you have a question about an article, and can’t get an answer from the client, but that’s Verblio’s policy. For the most part, I don’t mind it. The clients often leave notes for the writers, and you can learn a lot from those, so it’s usually not that big of a deal. A little research usually goes a long way towards answering your question anyways. Finally, the site is based off of competition. Unless you get assigned work, other writers can compete with you. I don’t particularly like that part of it, but I’ve learned to write my article, and move on. I don’t go back and check on it, to see if someone else has decided to compete against me. On the other hand, when I have noticed this, and the client picks my article over the other writers.... It feels amazing. And when they pick the other writer’s work, it gives me an opportunity to review how I can up my game. And the clients always have the opportunity to buy both articles, and they have. That’s a win-win for everyone, and it feels great.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect Freelance Gig for Skilled Writers"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Content Writer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) It offers quite good pay as compared to most other freelance content writing websites. 2) The managers/editors are very professional and helpful. 3) Allows writers who reach level eight earn shares of the company. 4) Once you reach level seven (sometimes earlier depending on skill), writers will be gradually given more and more direct client orders. 5) You will be writing content for a lot of major corporations, which is pretty cool. 6) You can work from anywhere at any time.

    Cons

    1) In the beginning, writers will have to compete against other writers on a single project. However, if you heed the advice of other writers on the forum, you'll learn tricks that limit competition. For example, the Verblio platform allows you to refine your client search. I usually search for very new customers because no one has started writing for them yet. Those who have griped and complained about competing against other writers and it being a waste of time most likely aren't good writers. If your skill is mediocre than it will be a huge waste of time. Verblio is a platform for highly-skilled writers who can figure things out quickly. 2) There is no automatic purchase function like most freelance writing sites offer. This means clients can purchase finished content whenever they want. Of course, this also means you get paid only when they decide to purchase. Being forced to wait for payment can hurt sometimes.

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    "HORRIBLE waste of time & effort"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Writer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for more than a year

    Pros

    None whatsoever. They offer writing jobs, then the client chooses between your work and a LOT of other work, and it's unlikely to get the job OR payment. So much wasted research and effort for NOTHING.

    Cons

    Too many to list. AVOID this place. Go elsewhere. Even volunteer your writing efforts at a nonprofit over this, as at least you'll be helping someone deserving with your FREE efforts rather than letting Verblio make money when you get nothing in return.

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  5. "Decent gig"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Content Writer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for less than a year

    Pros

    Always work available, interesting clients, supportive forum community, responsive administration, able to work as little or as much as you want

    Cons

    just some slight kinks to work out on the platform interface

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  6. "Good side paying gig"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Writer in Pembroke, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy setup, efficient pay, creative influence

    Cons

    Inconsistent availability of jobs, low pay

  7. "Perfect Work for Great Writers"

    5.0
    Current Freelancer - Writer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio

    Pros

    Flexible, room for growth, niche based writing

    Cons

    The company does not have medical benefits, to my knowledge.

  8. "Miserable business model. Exploitative at its core."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Writer in Athens, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for less than a year

    Pros

    You get paid, sometimes. 10.50 for 300 words, by default. Peanuts, given much of the asked content requires extensive research.

    Cons

    Enjoy doing hours of research and work, only for it to never pay off? Choose Verblio. It'll happen ~50% of the time. This isn't just writing on spec, it's writing on spec while attempting to get notices from a slushpile of other writers, all of whom are submitting for the same contract. The business model it built on wasting writer's time, all so they can pander to clients and take 75% of the cut.

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  9. "Good for part-time work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Verblio part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    So long as you're only using this as a way to supplement your income, it's a good way to pick up some extra cash.

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to find work. Would be extremely difficult to support oneself on work through this site alone.

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    "Great site, but spec work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Writer in Remote, OR
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Verblio for less than a year

    Pros

    Supportive staff, great forum. Pays weekly.

    Cons

    No guarantee of money - businesses can pick and choose from the articles you write. This is spec. work.

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