Media Piston is a content mill like Textbroker and The Content Authority, but as anyone who works more than one content mill knows, they do not all run exactly the same. Media Piston is no different, as there are plenty of little quirks that make it somewhat unique from the rest.
How Do I Apply?
You simply sign up and select areas you would like to write about. This does not bar you from writing about other topics, but it sets up your account so you can quickly see which available articles may interest you the most. There is no writing sample required to sign up. You can set up your profile with all of your information to make you more attractive for direct orders however.
What About the Money?
From what I can see, the pay is slightly higher than a penny per word on most jobs, but there is a catch. Each article lists a price to be paid if accepted, plus a bonus that will be paid if the article is exceptional. The bonus is what makes most of them worth the time. I have written three articles for Media Piston and have received the bonus each time, so I cannot see where it is difficult to get as long as you do your best work. You get paid via PayPal on the Friday after the client accepts the work.
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What Makes Media Piston Different?
While weekly pay always sounds good, do not necessarily count on it being just that with Media Piston. The review process is different than what I have come across with most content mills. The editor may take up to 5 days to review the article, and then they leave feedback or corrections for you to make. You make those corrections and leave any feedback you want or need to, and then wait until they get back to you or submit it to the client. The process of actually getting it ready to submit to the client can take up to a week or more, and then you have to wait on the client to accept. There is a 3 day limit I believe, which is not bad, but getting it to the client may or may not take a while. This means you could write an article on Monday and not get paid that week. The good thing about this is that you can claim more than one article at once, so you do not have to just sit and wait. Most of the deadlines are 8 hours or less though, so be sure not to overload yourself.
The Bright Side
The good thing about the way the feedback and review process is set up is that everything is done in comments under the article itself. It actually works out to be a great learning tool. They also have a ranking system of 1 to 5 stars, and the rankings are done by the client rather than the editors. However, the editors do leave final feedback before submitting to the client, such as “submitted as is” or “submitted with minor edits.”
Media Piston is a great egg to add to any freelance writer’s basket. It pays a fair price per word and pays on time, which are two things that any freelance writer finds priceless.