With the freedom that comes with freelance writing/blogging comes the uncertainty of income. Some are fortunate enough to have clients who provide consistent work at premium rates, but others have to constantly be on the prowl for work just to make ends meet.
Update: As of March Farkie.com has moved and re branded to Lolwot.com
At the end of the day, we all want to have a reliable source of income and to earn more.
The obvious thing to do is to always look for work to replace gigs that have ended. While it can be touch and go, this strategy works as long as you’re determined – and smart – in your job search.
But there’s a new kid on the block that can help ease this burden: LolWot.com.
You may be thinking that it’s just another of those content platforms that hook writers with enticing promises and then fail to deliver.
If you are, I can’t really blame you. I’ve had my fair share of writing for several platforms without really earning anything because there’s no outright payment system.
With Farkie, however, you do get to earn without solely relying on page views and similar metrics.
How about I show you around, and then you can decide for yourself at the end of this post?
Farkie is a premium content network which can serve as an online portfolio for writers. Writers have to sign up to be part of the network, and they get paid for their work.
Why try LolWot?
Because it truly has a different setup than existing networks which “pay” freelance writers for creating pages, articles, or however they call it. Here are the highlights that you will want to know about Farkie.
- Registration is FREE. You don’t pay a single cent.
- There is a level system in place, which allows writers to earn more as they level up.
- There is no minimum work required, neither is there a maximum limit. Work when you want. Rest when you want.
- They have a wide array of topics to choose from, and you are not forced to write about anything you don’t want to.
- They pay using PayPal and have a reputation for paying on time.
An inside look at Farkie
Now that you have a general idea how Farkie works, let me run you through the system.
First you have to visit their home page, enter your e-mail address, and click sign up.
No fees. Nothing. All you need to do is upload your resume in PDF format. This is a required action, so make sure your resume is up to date.
You will then have to wait 24 hours for your account to be approved/activated. This is one of the things that I like about Farkie’s system: while they don’t require you to be a published author, they do vet their writers. For me, that means quality.
When your account is approved and activated, you will be taken to your dashboard. It will look like this the first time you log in.
The notification at the top of the page is another indication that the platform puts a premium on quality. They have guidelines, and they require their writers to adhere to those. Hence, new signups have to read the Guidelines page. You’ll keep seeing that notification until you visit the page.
You’ll also see the quick stats displayed, so that when you start writing and earning, you can easily keep track of your articles and earnings. You can also see what articles are still pending and which ones have been rejected.
Before you can proceed, you will need to fill out your profile.
This is another requirement in order to be published. The way I see it, this is another way to ensure quality – your online identity will be linked to your Farkie work. This is also where Farkie as an online portfolio works. With your name associated to what you publish, you can easily use Farkie articles as samples to other clients.
To start getting jobs, you simply have to click the “Jobs” link on the left. You’ll then be taken to the page where available jobs are displayed.
Let’s take a close look at the elements on this page.
You’ll notice there are two main types: List Articles and Freelance Articles.
For List Articles, you get paid a flat rate of $30. Once you click “Create List”, you’ll have to confirm that you want to create a list. You’ll then be taken to another page where more details will be given.
If you want shorter news articles, you can opt for Freelance Articles, but these pay $3 per 1,000 visits.
You’ll also notice that there are specific topics which you can write about. Needless to say, I suggest you choose a topic you are familiar with.
Say I wanted to write about Angry Birds. The popup tells you the rate (in this case $1 per 100 words) and how long you have to submit (12 hours). If you don’t submit within the time frame, your account will be suspended. Deadlines matter!
Additionally, if your article is not news about the chosen topic, your article will be rejected.
Now what about the BOUNTY tag?
That’s what you want to go for if you’re really familiar with the topic because BOUNTY topics pay out 20% more!
Levels, rejections, etc.
What about levels?
I mentioned earlier that you can level up and earn more. In the previous section, you saw that an article paid out at $1 per 100 words. That’s because I am still at level 1.
This rate goes up progressively with levels. So, the more you write, the more you level up, and the more you earn.
What if your articles get rejected?
First, make sure you read the Guidelines thoroughly. It’s very detailed – from SEO to Content to Quotes to Sources. If you’ve read and understood the Guidelines, you probably won’t have any rejected articles.
Also check out the FAQ.
The more eyeballs your articles get, the more earnings you make – especially for the News-type. The good news is that you don’t have to promote your own articles. Farkie has their own system for that.
However, if you really want more views and are proud of your work, promoting your own content is a no brainer!
The final analysis
Farkie.com has the potential to give freelance writers a steady stream of income, not to mention increase the amount of money coming in. While the rates may not meet the expectations of some freelancers, with a bit of effort and regular work, it is totally possible to have Farkie as your main “client”.
My recommendation: Visit LolWot now, and give it a try.
Let us know how it goes for you!
Author: Noemi Tasarra-Twigg
Editor of Splashpress Media, writer, and geek bitten by the travel bug.