Skyword is another writing platform that has some mixed reviews. If you’re constantly getting work and it is getting accepted, there are many positives and it is possible to make good money. However, getting the work is the problem. My experience writing at Skyword hasn’t, unfortunately, been all that positive.
A Lot of Changes Over Recent Years
This is certainly not a site for freelance writers to start out at since the most recent changes. Rather than applying for programs, writers are now selected for them to apply. You need to fill out your profile and share your best clips over a range of topics to show your capabilities.
Well, wrong. There’s no say in how editors choose the writers for applications. Despite writing for four different programs in the past—and being successful in them until their closures—I’ve had one invitation for writing at Skyword. And that invitation was for a program that was extremely misleading to start with. I’ve not even done the first article since being approved.
Apparently, there are still writers being approved but I wouldn’t even be able to tell you who the clients were anymore!
Pay for Writing at Skyword?
The pay ranges depending on the program. There are reports of some writers being paid in the thousands for their articles. But they don’t say how long those articles are.
I never saw programs with more than $50 per 400 word article on offer. Most of them were between $5 and $10 and a lot of work was involved. While there are keywords, they have to fit in perfectly and you need to meet a certain grading before sending articles for approval. Honestly, it seemed a bit like school.
And then there’s no guarantee you’ll be paid. Editors check the articles and send them back for all sorts of reasons. Some writers would be sent an article for corrections, make the corrections and then get told to put the original content back in by another editor! There just isn’t any consistency, making the pay for writing at Skyword questionable at best.
I was kicked out of the IBM program because I apparently don’t get technology for small businesses. Not that I run a small business and love tech (oh and I write for another tech site!).
Constantly Changing Guidelines
The guidelines for programs would continually change, without any notice. To top it off, writers were never paid for their work completed before the guidelines changed; as if we were meant to pre-empt these changes.
Just recently, there were some major overhauls to the Choice Hotels program, which led to articles being sent back because they no longer met the guidelines. I chose not to complete mine—and I’d already been paid for the work because originally they met those guidelines and were accepted. I stated that it wasn’t fair for writers to have to change things for no extra pay when it wasn’t the writer’s fault. While the editor agreed, I was kicked out of the program for having this view. I’m not sure how many others had the same view.
Honestly, though; I would have left had I not been kicked out. It was a ridiculous decision.
This wasn’t the first time I was met with changing guidelines while articles were pending, but this was the worst and the final straw.
While my account is still open, I don’t pay much attention to the site. I no longer say that I’m writing at Skyword and remove it completely from places like LinkedIn and other sites. I’ll contact companies directly to see if they hire freelance writers. They’re more likely to pay better and treat writers better!
Do I think you can make a career from writing at Skyword? No. The constantly changing rules make it impossible to do that. I don’t even recommend it as a site for writers to turn to for income.