This entire review of mine is based all on my personal experience. Particularly, writing an article for the Travelista Club.
Now, if you’re looking for a straightforward answer if the Travelista Club program really does pay you $40 for writing a piece of over 1000 words, yes it does. Allow me to express the procedure.
Just like you, I wasn’t sure either but as I really had nothing to lose and had ample time, I decided to give it a shot. To write, some of the requirements include identifying yourself through Instagram or Facebook. Recently, the Google plus option has come up too. The next most important requirement is to have a website/blog of your own. The program will guide you through the entire procedure of purchasing a site from Godaddy(another website where one can purchase domains for a period of time) if you don’t have one. Now here is where I made my first blunder.
I followed the procedure thoroughly, got a domain in my name. Then I tried to submit the site directly. It was rejected immediately. Never submit an empty/contentless domain. The domain is a requirement so that the person who hires you to write, can first go through your works in your site. So I made my next move by writing up a few pages and posts on the domain. After slightly filling up the site with some content, I resubmitted it.
Another important they ask is to not submit free blogging sites for review. Not only Travelista Club, but many of the other sites that pay for writing do not accept free blog sites. Some of these include wix.com and Blogspot. But as I was going through the procedures, I did find an option which could convert blogs from these sites to paid sites.
Anyway, sometime later I received an email saying that my blog was approved. I was eligible to write. Soon I got down to work. Wrote an article on Batam Riau, Indonesia. The first time I submitted the article, it wasn’t approved. I received an email to change heading sizes (H3 to H2 something like this). I made the necessary changes and resubmitted it. A day later, the article was approved. I was ‘paid’ the amount. As Writers Agency mentions, the payments are made every Friday according to Australia.
So still being in a dilemma, I waited patiently for the day to arrive. When it did in the morning, bingo! The amount had been transferred to my Paypal account.
On the other hand
So far, that is the only piece I’ve written so far for Travelista. So there is no guarantee that after you write and get paid for your first article, you will get another chance. But if you’re a pro, you just might get it. In the meantime, the Writers Agency provides training for online writers. This website that you are in, is basically my training grounds. So go ahead, give it a shot. I say it’s worth it!
If you have any questions, you’re free to ask below. I’ll attend to it as quickly as possible.
(Updated part on 4th March 2019)
With respect to the guarantee if you will get another chance, a small update… If you really make a lovely website and if Writers Agency rates your website ‘A’, then the possibilities of getting another chance are high. Recently, my blog was reviewed and this time the rating jumped from ‘C’ to ‘A’ and just a few days later, I received another job offer.
This is how the ratings are actually made:
A -a fully developed portfolio based on the training
B -a partially developed portfolio
C -a barely touched portfolio with little content.
D -the portfolio is offline, or has errors
So, to all of you out there, don’t panic, stay calm (I know they’re the same thing) and be patient. If you really write well, Writers Agency will be watching you. Cheers!