Sequoyah Kennedy

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  1. Elvis Michael
    05/03/2017 @ 12:26 PM

    You mean to tell me the Nigerian prince that offered me $3,000 for a simple article just wasn’t real???? You, Sequoyah, are a liar. I’m going to go find another profitable opportunity at

    Seriously though, it IS true that most have fallen for some sort of scam, considering that some of them are rather subtle. Though unfortunately, some gigs that ask for a sample may be legit depending on the client/source/circumstance…. which only makes the overall issue more difficult. But thankfully, this is where due diligence and careful research comes in (as opposed to blindly writing a sample without question).

    Thanks for the informative (and entertaining) read!

    P.S. Coincidentally, fits your “One Simple System” example perfectly, LOL. Good catch 🙂


    • Sequoyah
      05/07/2017 @ 17:41 PM

      Thanks Elvis! You’re right, and I wish that I had emphasized that most clients who request writing samples are trying to pull one over on you. Legit clients just want to see who they’re hiring! As with anything, the burden falls on the writer to make the call whether they think it’s legitimate or not. Usually you can have a good idea by which means you used to find the job.

  2. elliott
    05/04/2017 @ 17:25 PM

    Pretty dope stuff. I have been doing it for a while, and I wish I would’ve seen this beforehand. I’ve worked with and through a lot of those shady companies. However, Writer Access, Zerys and Skyword are all legit. Skyword is the best ,and a writer can make some serious loot!

    • Elvis Michael
      05/04/2017 @ 17:28 PM

      Thanks Elliott,
      I agree about Skyword. I worked with them in the past and was earning quite a bit per piece, so the money is definitely there. It’s all about knowing where to look.


  3. Mitch Mitchell
    05/04/2017 @ 23:39 PM

    I’ll admit that back in ’09 when the economy was tanking I started out with the penny a word thing. It only took me about a month to realize how I was being taken advantage of and I never went back… kind of, since I did the Demand Studio thing for a short while also. Ugh! lol

    • Elvis Michael
      05/05/2017 @ 16:54 PM

      Ah, yes…..the memories, lol.
      I always had a love/hate relationship with DMS, and I think that goes for just about everyone.

      My focus was mostly on the Tech category, which allowed me to write countless articles with barely 200 words (and even 100 words in some cases). I could write them with my eyes closed in 10 minutes and earn a quick $18 that week (later raised to $25). So that was nice, as long as you didn’t get a picky editor.

      Then they panicked with the whole Google panda thing, and everything went to sh*t right after that.


  4. Marija
    05/11/2017 @ 18:43 PM

    What would you say is a fair price per word in 2017?

  5. Rich Witt
    05/19/2017 @ 09:09 AM

    Yes, this is really is kind of scary. So many scammers out there and what I would call pseudo scammers – they basically hugely devalue your time. And, time is money after all. Thanks for alerting us to some of pitfalls – some had not occurred to me.

  6. Troy
    05/21/2017 @ 09:21 AM

    The time wasting freelancers out there outnumber the ones actually accomplishing something and making money. I am new and landed on…the multi-accounting, multiposting, and freelancer daisy chains have ruined what should have been a good idea. That is my take-away after just 2 weeks on the site.

  7. Kimsea Sok
    06/05/2017 @ 23:30 PM

    Hey, Elvis! A nice article and useful news for freelance writer, especially the newbie.
    I found some of those companies on Fb groups as well as other platforms.

    I, however, not even click on those links as I believe I have a long story with those scamming websites. I’m offering multi services related to blogging and writing, but never use any of freelance site as I’m not so realize on those.

    Last month, I got a bunch (10 to 15 articles) inquiring regard my rate. You know? I don’t even have any hire me page on my blog. If you focus on providing quality content on your blog, you’ll have a great portfolio on what you’re doing.

    thanks for sharing..

    • Elvis Michael
      06/08/2017 @ 10:29 AM

      Thats pretty interesting and amazing. I hope many of those prospects managed to work something out with you 🙂
      Keep us all posted on how you continue doing, bud!


  8. Emenike Emmanuel
    07/10/2017 @ 19:39 PM

    Hi Sequoyah,

    Thanks for this thoughtful ideas here. I have never fallen for any of these kinds of scam because I don’t subscribe to their ideologies.

    I read a few years back that, “Nothing is guaranteed,” so when I see people use that word, or “One simple system” as you called, I quickly raise my antenna.

    Someone I know quite well (that don’t know as much as I do when it comes to freelance writing) wanted to connect me to a writing job but I turned down the offer. Why did I do that? I sensed scam in it the moment he said I should send about 400 words for a review. Isn’t that enough for a product review?

    You see, that’s why I encourage people to build their own writing platform (blog) and not depend so much on content mill. If you read 30 articles on my blog and you ate still not convinced to work with me, forget. That’s my rule, except I can hold the person if anything goes wrong.

    That’s my own opinion.

    Thank you.


  9. Patrick
    07/20/2017 @ 19:09 PM

    I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for these signs. I appreciate you bringing this to light; it’s a shame these scams even exist, but we must be mindful of them if we want to make smart career decisions as freelance writers. Thanks for the post!