So we focused on making the best list shaped articles we possibly could. Even though we’re known for doing a lot of lists, our articles are never listing things. We’re using the list format to organize a series of interesting facts, or unexpected observations around a coherent thesis. Nobody wants to feel like they’re using a crutch to get people to read. But I eventually got tired of seeing articles I loved by hilarious writers not get read. The one thing people want to know about when they search for info on writing for cracked.com is the pay.
In 2009, Cracked debuted the web series Agents of Cracked, which generated 20 million views over three seasons. I actually found this blog from Cracked. I was a big fan of Absurd Pirate Myths and all the badass soldier pieces, but I’m also an expat living Okinawa, so I can relate to your Japan posts on here. I’m always proud of my soldier articles and this is no exception.
If you write 4 or more in a year the price has increased to $200. There is a strict format to follow when writing a pitch. You’ll start off with a mind-blowing title. The title is what will make the people look at your pitch and read the pitch. The editorial team committee will hold a meeting to go over all the pitches it has received. Okay, that involves booze, but it also involves history.
Anyway, the site seems legit and if we have a little creativity we can earn some good money. The segment — which he now describes as the “worst piece of comedy to ever make it on television” — was quickly canceled. But, it gave him enough comedic props to be contacted for Cracked Magazine’s re-launch in 2005. UX Booth is an authority when it comes to User Experience, and they are looking for research-backed articles on how to create better user experience. They pay $50 – $200 per article depending on the type of article.
They also pay $50 for one-tine use of your photographs, and they pay upon publication of your article. They pay via Check upon publication of your article, within the first week of the month of publication. Scotch is looking for articles about web design and development.
If your work gets published in my members only newsletter, you’ll get paid more money, but you will not be able to republish your article elsewhere. If you have some original work, a great idea or a hack for the business, marketing niche, this could be a site to consider. They pay cash for your tutorials and list-based articles so not only are you helping out fellow coders and designers but you are making more of a name for yourself as a freelance writer. Register for the site, click on the writer’s workshop, which leads you to the message board where everyone pitches their articles. You’ll find freelance job portals very helpful since employers themselves are posting updated jobs. All you have to do is to create a writer’s account and start browsing job offers.
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And that’s why Cracked is ultimately not a bad website. They could stand to pay the writers a little more, but that’s just me bitching. The editors are brutal, but they’re never wrong. And let’s face it, what other website would publish a silly idea like an article about funny ways to fight video game piracy? If you’re a freelance writer, Cracked is a golden opportunity to get a little experience. After all, it’s not every day that you’re read by more than 1.7 million people.
The approval is based on your research and formatting and the insight you give to the team in your pitch. The editorial team will review your pitch, see if it needs more work, or it is a good fit for the site. It seems that it pays a lot for an article … And that increases the chances of us being disqualified.