Blasting News Review: New Payscale Not Favorable to Most Writers

If you haven’t heard already, Blasting News has made changes to its payment model. After just six months of a supposedly successful $3 minimum, the site owners have scrapped the minimum guaranteed amount.

The new model is supposed to be better for writers, but it will actually work out worse. I wanted to update the original Blasting News review, but it’s just much easier to create a new one. As of now, I don’t recommend it at all for any writer.

If you would like to read my previous Blasting News review, you can. This review shares more about what Blasting News is and previous thoughts on the site.

Note that this is my honest opinion of the site and the payscale after almost a decade freelance writing.

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This Was Supposedly Voted for By Writers

I will make a point in saying that Blasting News gave writers a chance to vote on two options for a new payment model. It either remained the same or introduced the chance to earn residual income from the first view. This second model removed the $3 guaranteed pay, as it was possible to earn money right away.

For Social Blasters, this is great. There’s no need to get the 150 views to make sharing other people’s content worthwhile. Why do I say this? Because it seems that Social Blasters are the ones who help to push for the new model. Writers on the site made it clear publically in the Blasting News Facebook group that they wanted to keep the $3 minimum guaranteed payment.

Apparently getting rid of the minimum payment was a vote from the majority. We haven’t been shown any figures to prove that, even when asked. Blasting News isn’t open to its writers.


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Write for Pennies Unless You’re Lucky

Quite honestly, unless you’re lucky to get a Social Blaster to pick up your content (and you have to hope that you’re writing about content they like to push out), you’re going to struggle to make a good amount of money on the site.

There’s still the view that an ads not from the United States, the United Kingdom, and a few other select countries aren’t worthy enough to give you a decent income. The US ads will generate you about a penny a view for social views (anything from social media) and less for generic views (views from anywhere else).

I haven’t even worked out the pittance the site pays for ads from anywhere else. It really isn’t worth your time. For the record, I’ve never agreed with this.

I also don’t believe the system is actually set up properly for counting the views. I find it odd that I can get thousands of views from other sites but very little from Blasting News. That tells me the site isn’t ranked very well. I’ll put my effort into sites that actually pay me properly for my content and respect me as a writer.

Of course, you will get money from the first view you may now. So, there’s no longer the hope that you’ll make 150 views, but it will still take time to get to that $3. It takes more work than just creating an article and getting that weekly pay.

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Lower Minimum Requires to Request Money

There are a few positives, but they don’t outweigh the negative changes. Two of the biggest benefits is that the minimum needed to request your pay each month has been lowered from $50 to $10. That amount can also be requested every fortnight, rather than just once a month.

The amount you can earn per article has also been increased to $1,000. I’m not sure how many were making $500 per article, but there seem to have been some. The news still stops earning after 30 days (although Blasting News will still earn from views, of course). This is something I’ve never agreed with.

I didn’t really recommend Blasting News for writers the first time, but I definitely don’t recommend it for now. It’s odd that a site would have to make a chance just six months into what is apparently a successful payscale. This tells me that the payscale wasn’t successful at all and they wanted to bring in a chance that the writers had a say in (so the blame could be put on writers). I’ve stopped writing at the site and you won’t see any content with my name on it anymore. I’m voting with my feet.

Do you write at Blasting News? Have you chosen to leave after the latest change? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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