Things have changed a lot since I wrote this first Inquisitr review. I’ve added some updates at the bottom of this piece. A change in July 2017 was so big that it called for a new review post. You can find this newer post here.
This review will share why I used to highly recommend Inquisitr to writers but some of the changes that led to the bigger July 2017 update.
As you know, I like to share reviews of websites that I contribute to. Inquisitr is just one of them, and I currently have 300+ articles on the site, having been writing there for just over a year.
With that in mind, I thought now was the time to really share my Inquisitr review, and let you know whether I recommend it.
Please note that this review is my own experience with the site. It is an honest review, and that doesn’t always mean lots of positives are shared!
Write About Anything You Like
As long as it’s news related, you can write about anything you like. When I started, I covered a variety of topics, ranging from general entertainment to UK news; whatever really took my fancy.
While the income was okay, it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to make a sustainable income from the site. Some of that is from old articles. Every week I see older pieces getting views. But a lot of it is from current pieces that I write; on topics that people are really passionate about.
This is the site where I learned about a niche that I’d never really considered in the past. So, now I focus on TV shows. It’s a niche I’m passionate about and people love to read.
Duplication Policy in Place
You’re really not limited with the site, except for create duplicate articles. I actually find the duplicate policy a great one, because it stops a lot of people writing on exactly the same piece of news. Great writers will be able to find a different angle on a story, rather than step on each other’s toes.
The first person to claim a topic gets to write it, but they do have a four-hour window. They need to actively work on the article, rather than claiming it just for the sake of claiming it. They can also only claim one article at a time.
There can be a downside to this at times. There are a few people who write on the same TV shows as me. I have to make sure I’m the first to claim the topic when the news comes out, or I make sure I find a different angle. It’s not that difficult, but takes some time thinking. It’s worth it when the two articles can complement each other.
It is possible to raise a complaint if someone has duplicated a story. People do check this, but there are limitations to it. I’ve once been pulled up when my story was completely different in the body. It was just the title that was similar, and that was by accident because the article hadn’t shown up in the search result.
This duplication policy can be a little annoying if you really want to cover a story for your own following. You need to get on the site quickly to claim something when you see it, and it could be too late by just a minute! There are times that being in the GMT time zone can be useful, but times that it really hinders my capabilities since there are some writers in the EST and PST time zones.
A Team to Improve Your Performance
Inquisitr pays at least $15 per article, but you can make much more than that on a weekly basis. There have been times that I’ve been paid $500 on just five articles written in a week!
The team wants your performance to be great. After all, that helps the site overall. That means there are always people there to help you improve it.
It’s because of this that I’ve managed to find a niche I’d never considered and build my income considerably. I’ve also been able to use my articles for samples to get other writing jobs. You won’t just get help finding a niche, but also on SEO, writing, linking and much more.
You’re encouraged to get in touch with the team to improve your performance if it is low. Sometimes, if it’s just due to being a bit stagnant in the number of articles you write, you may have someone get in touch with you. Last week I had that. I’ve written 7-10 articles a week consistently now for a while, and my income has remained steady that whole time. I had someone get in touch to let me know that there is potential to earn more by writing more (now someone just find me more hours in the day!)
Weekly Pay on Time
You get paid weekly, which is so much better than some sites. I don’t rely on this income, but I can usually factor it into things if I really need to.
Payment is always on time on a Tuesday morning. Sometimes it comes in the Wednesday (the official day we’re supposed to get paid). We’ll always get an alert when it is going to be the Wednesday instead or if there is a problem with pay.
This really is a site that respects its writers, knowing that it’s the writers that bring in the readers.
This may not sound like a lot, and it isn’t for many writers. The benefit is that your earning opportunities are endless. As I said, for five articles I was paid $500+ one week. The extra income is based on your views.
How does the pay work? For each 2,000 average views you get $12 per article. Get 4,000 average views, you get $24. Get 6,000 average views, you get $36 per article. And so on. There are other bonuses available.
Initial Intern Period
There is an initial period where you will be an intern. This is paid, and it’s a chance to make sure you’re happy working with the site and can follow the guidelines. It’s also a chance for you to ask your questions and find out more about your earning potential.
You’re paid a set rate. When I did it, it was $10 per piece, but it may have gone up to $15 per piece now. You’ve got 4-8 weeks to complete, and you need to write 40 articles within that time. You can do up to 10 per week, but need to at least do three (that’s the bare minimum for the site on a weekly basis anyway).
I didn’t mind it. Really, it’s like being a member of the site on a trial basis. I used it as a chance to find out what type of articles would work, what I really enjoyed writing about and what type of content other people wrote about.
Overall, this is a site that I enjoy writing at, and financially I’ve found it worthwhile. It doesn’t take too long for me to create one piece, so my hourly rate is also reasonable. There are downsides, but that comes with all sites. The duplication policy is one of the trickiest to get around but a great writer will never need to duplicate an article!
I hope my Inquisitr review has been helpful for you. Have you tried Inquisitr? What do you think about the site? Please feel free to share your comments below.
Update: The views are currently low on the site. I’m just getting the minimum and have been for a while. Many news sites have reportedly been hit by Google News algorithm changes in January 2017. I am trying various actions to see if I can raise the average views, but so far nothing is working.
Update 2: The payment model saw a change in summer 2016. There were also complaints of the minimum views writers had to make. The views for the site overall never increased, despite other sites that I write at constantly seeing improvements in monthly views. The most recent changes have warranted a whole new Inquisitr review.