UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this article, Vocal has created a paid version. This article still holds true, and I have continued to make money on the unpaid version. I am making enough money now that I felt confident in paying for the $9.99 a month subscription. I will be writing a new Vocal Media review about the paid versions soon….
Writing Articles for Vocal.Media
There is a free platform where anyone can get paid for writing simple articles. You don’t need to have a website or a blog, it’s already been done for you.
Just write an article and submit it, and get paid when people view it – they don’t even have to read it all or click on anything for you to earn.
It’s so super easy, I highly recommend it to anyone who has a surpluss of content that never ends up on their blog – or anyone who wants to just try out blogging without getting into the technical.
What is Vocal Media
Vocal Media, also referred to as Vocal, is a free social publishing platform developed under Jerrick Media to help give a voice to writers and assist them to earn money passively with their writing.
Writers, age 13 and over, can submit articles that Vocal Media will approve and publish for readers who visit their site. Points are then collected based on article views and interactions, and the writer is paid once a certain amount of points are collected. With the traffic the site receives naturally, if you can write on interesting topics, it’s not hard to earn points.
Using a bright and attractive layout, visitors to vocal.media are invited to explore and read information through:
- Stories – Individual articles under specific topics
- Creators – The collective authors of the articles on Vocal Media.
- Collections – Groups of specific topics.
- Communities – Groups of creators who focus on specific topics.
The content is promoted throughout the Vocal Media community, which already receives thousands of visitors, and it can also be picked up by Google, Bing and Yahoo, through keywords used in the content and, if well-written and popular, could rank it at the top of those searches.
As many writers are experiencing with Vocal Media, an article can be written and published, earn points day by day and automatically pay out. The more articles you add, and of course the more popular they are, the more points you’ll earn and the more money you’ll make.
On Vocal Media you can write about pretty much anything that fits into the following topics:
- Arts + Entertainment
- Food + Drink
- Health + Wellness
- Home + Travel
- Business + Education
- News + Politics
- Science + Tech
- Love + Relationships
Many people write about things they might not feel otherwise comfortable about writing on a personal blog. This is a great space for touching on politics or controversial matters, or anything you feel someone might be interested in.
The topics continue to grow and expand as more and more content is submitted, so even if you don’t see your preferred topic above, chances are they’ll add it if you keep submitting.
How Do I Make Money on Vocal Media
There are three main ways to make money with articles you submit on Vocal Media:
CPM is the term they use, which basically translates to cost per thousand, to describe their point counting system. The idea is that you get paid $1-$2 for every 1000 views, basically, but there are other things taken into account to help you earn more points.
The system is not easily defined, which is a bit of a downside because it’s hard to track, but basically it’s based on how long someone views your article and whether or not they are considered to have interacted.
Even if a reader just opens your article, you will earn points, but you will earn more points the longer they read it or if they click on a link in it – so it helps to write engaging articles with decent references.
The algorithms they use seem to be fair, but I’d imagine you’d want to view it over time to see if your writing time spent is worth it, or if it would be better to build your own website and affiliate market for higher-priced items. If you have a thought on that or any experience, please share in the comments.
I was able to dig up an example for you of the monthly earnings of someone who has been writing on Vocal for at least a few years and was posting daily.
The graph below shows a total of 930,046 total view points, with a monthly earning of $3534. Depending on how many posts, and what kind of keyword research that took, it’s definitely evident you can make a living as a freelance writer with Vocal Media.
What seems cool to me is that this person could actually take a month off and, based on the history of automatic views the posts are getting, still expect a paycheck between $2000 – $3000 dollars. Or keep writing and it will just build and build. (hello, retirement income)
There is an option at the end of every article to gift someone. Anyone who reads and appreciates your work enough to pay you for it can do so.
In order to have this feature in your articles, you do have to sign up for a Stripe account, but you will need that in order to get paid as well. It takes about 30 seconds and it just verifies your identity and allows you to securely submit a bank account to get paid to.
If you have a product, e-book, YouTube video, Spotify link, or anything that you sell online through another platform, you can embed images and provide links. This is a great promotional idea since you get the benefit of the community already within Vocal Media, as well as their premium SEO ranking.
As a note, Vocal Media is an Amazon affiliate. If you insert links or products, they automatically become affiliated with Vocal Media and they will get paid the commission for referral. This is one of the great ways they make money.
If you are an Amazon seller and don’t want to spend a lot of time building out your website to gain traffic, you could just as simple write a few articles here to help promote your product, and give you something to share on social media.
Important Note: If you are going to promote and review products anyway, you can make a lot more money as an affiliate marketer or blogger. I would recommend checking out our article on that here: Affiliate Marketing is an Easy Business to Start
You do have an additional way to make money, through Vocal Media contests. They provide the topic and give the writers a hashtag to include in their post. Writers can submit as many articles as they want, within the guidelines of the contest. First prize gets their story featured on a website and $500, two runners-up receive $100.
I’m kind of excited about the current contest – #WorstDate. I can think of a few articles that I could write about that. Imagine if a writer gets featured on a popular website, the additional money they’d make through clicks and views.
My Vocal Media Review
I’ve only just started playing around with Vocal Media as a writer, but I already love the content. It’s a lot of fun to read through these articles, these authors don’t hold back, and I find great stuff to share to Facebook or Pinterest.
I did submit one article. It was approved within 24 hours, with no request for edits or anything. And then a day later has already 11 views within Vocal Media – I’ve done none of my own sharing or promotion. While it would be nice to be paid in advance for work like this, as a blogger I know it doesn’t always happen that way. I think this could have real potential and I’m happy to tap into the marketing that’s already being done for me on this venture.
UPDATE June 2018: I haven’t continued to post on my Vocal account, simply because I’ve been focusing on my two blogs, but I just checked in and the random post I did write there has already collected over 250 views. I’m not at the point where it’s making money, but I can see how throwing an article in there each week could eventually build into an income. Just this last week I had up to 11 views on the one post in a single day – and I do NOTHING to promote this article, because Vocal Media does it all. It kind of seems easier than keeping track of an entire website, answering comments and emails, etc….hmmmm. I may just test it out some more and throw a few more pages in there.
I also found a great review from Matt Cates that outlines his experience making money off of his articles year after year, without having to take any further action. He has one popular article that is continuously making him $1500 a year, with no effort from him. He has some pretty amazing stats with Vocal Media, that you can check out here: How to Make Money Freelance Writing by Matt Cates.
Get Paid to Do What You Love
There are so many ways to get paid for writing articles online. Your information and experience is valuable in today’s virtual world, with Internet users in the range of hundreds of billions of people.
If you’re really serious about it, I would recommend taking a look at a community like Wealthy Affiliate, where you can build your own free website and learn how to make money by creating your personal online brand.
But if you’re looking for something more passive, and you can be really patient, Vocal Media sounds great, too.
As a blogger, I know not all my writing ideas will make it to my website.
I love the idea of dumping off anything extra in Vocal Media and seeing what it does for me financially.
What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Vocal Media, or the idea of writing as a way to make passive income. Please share your thoughts with our community by commenting below.
I think you are right about vocal media, its a website i like very much, i have not made.any money yet but i am confident that it will happen since i joined recently and have submitted over 20 high standard articles in the last two weeks with views increasing every day only greator things can happen with this website.
So thank you for bringing it out there for other writers to know.
Hi, Dave. Thanks so much for your feedback. It’s nice to know a fellow who is using vocal media. I hope you come back and let us know how it goes. Best, Jaime
Interesting ideas for someone that really likes writing and sharing their thoughts. Have you had any experience with Vocal Media personally? It sounds like something that I might be interested in. I really like writing and talking about certain topics of interest. Just wondering if this would be something worth it to look into. Thanks!
I’ve only just started writing with them, so I’m not at the point where I am getting paid. But I watch the views build on my posts day by day, and I’m close to collecting enough points to earn something. I can see by just adding a few interesting articles a week, after a while the income will just be passively coming through. I definitely think you should give it a shot!
I had not heard of Vocal Media but it seems like a great place to go and test out ideas you might have for a blog.
Not only would you be able to find out if you enjoy writing abut the topic but you’d also be able to get an idea of whether people like what you write too.
It takes a while to establish an audience when you create your own blog when using a site like Vocal Media, the readers are already there, all you have to do is create content and check out the response.
What I also like about vocal media is that there is a way to be compensated for your writing, not usually so, but some compensation is better than none.
Hi, Mark. Thanks for sharing. I completely agree and love that you can get compensated easily for your writing. You don’t see that a lot in community blogging these days.
I started writing on vocal.media as a curious way to advance my skill in writing. I write about different things, but mostly on experiences with mental health. I am a mental health champion so it feels like a good place to get my voice out there. I am currently writing a book, and the feedback I get from Vocal helps me with this. Its not just getting paid what counts, to me its satisfaction in knowing my voice has been heard, and also that my piece was good enough to be accepted.
Wow, that’s a great idea for using vocal.media. It definitely feels much more anonymous so you can write without feeling as judged. At least that’s how I relate to it. Thanks for sharing!
Just found an ad about Vocal on my Insta and was curious, thanks for breaking it down for us. I like the graphs as well. One question I still had was about the membership, is this a free site or do you have to pay the $10 a month is asks for?
Thanks for the help
Hi Elizabeth, happy to help! They have added the monthly fee only this past year and I have yet to sign up. I’m still making money every month on the same articles, I need to do an updated post about that. You absolutely do not need to sign up at all to make money – I know because I’m doing so without it, but I may sign up anyway and test that out because there are some benefits to it and chances to make more money from what I’m seeing.
Thanks so much for this article – it definitely encouraged me to join Vocal myself after seeing a facebook ad for the site. I actually joined with the paid account right away, as a motivator for me to write more. It’s been a couple of years since I was writing creatively on a regular basis, and I’m excited about expanding my repertoire into articles on all sorts of topics, from debt repayment to surviving nursing school. So far, the motivator is working 🙂
I would definitely recommend Vocal to other writers out there – whether the free or the paid version. It’s a great one-stop spot for writing of all kinds.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! I agree that it’s a great way to motivate yourself as a writer. There is so much inspiration from like-minds you can find in every category, with a bonus being you can earn money!
last 2 months I have written for vocal.media but getting 0 views it’s very hard to get views on vocal.media
It’s important to use keyword tools and find out what people are searching for on Google. The traffic you get to your article is going to depend on how many people are looking to read that topic. I would recommend trying Jaxxy to find things you can write about that people want to read. Keep trying and good luck!