- they are not a scam
- they tell you what they're going to pay you upfront
- they deliver on their promise
- they are ripping you off because of their pathetic payout amounts
Sentiments of a Former Zemandi Writer
So, you may have read my article “Freelance Writing for Zemandi is Not a Scam.” I joined Zemandi in December 2013, and though I no longer write for them, I still stand behind my decision that Zemandi is not a scam. The question here would be, what exactly is a scam and why do so many people consider Zemandi a scam when it's really not?
A scam is when a company or product lies to you. A scam would be writing an article where the client promises you $50 and only delivers $5. That would be a scam. They lied to you. They did not make good on their promise.
Zemandi does not lie to you. They let you know up front exactly what they will be paying you for that particular article. So if you accept the writing assignment that pays $2.25, you cannot be surprised once the article is accepted and $2.25 shows up in your account balance. How is that a scam? They are being very honest about what they’re going to pay you and they deliver on their promise.
Why a ripoff?
- Client pays $50 for an article, Zemandi gives you $2.25 and pockets $47.75
- Client pays $150 for an article, Zemandi gives you $13.50 and pockets $136.50
Zemandi is a Rip-Off
So no, I don’t believe Zemandi is a scam. But, boy, is it a rip-off! I no longer write for Zemandi because of how badly I felt that I was being ripped off. After spending hours at a time to complete the word count of a particular article on a subject that you know absolutely nothing about, you’re given anywhere from $2-$13 for the article (and trust me, it’s usually on the lower end, between $2 - $4.50 per article). You get paid every Monday, but only if you have a balance of at least $20.
I started feeling like I was getting ripped off when I looked at my Hubpages balance one month--yes, I said Hubpages. That particular month, I hadn’t written a single article for Hubpages, yet I had a balance that would’ve taken me writing at least 10-15 articles for countless hours and days in order to accrue that same balance for Zemandi. That was a true wake-up moment for me. Write nothing, get paid. Write entirely too much, get paid pennies. It just wasn’t fair!
Now, this right here is something to definitely think about. I’m not sure where Zemandi’s owner gets his orders from, but I’m pretty sure that he makes at least $40-$50 or higher for the content that WE write. Imagine you writing an article that costs $50 and Zemandi only gives you $2.25 and pockets $47.75. Does that not look like a rip-off to you?
If it’s such a rip-off, why do people continue to write for them?
1) One reason is because of how easy it is to start writing for them. Other writing companies require a slew of things including a sample of your writing, a graded writing assessment test, and the standards are often so stringent that you’re constantly getting denied or rejected. Also, you might find websites where you spend lots of time writing an article that never gets accepted, and now you feel like it was a complete waste of time and energy. For example, I wrote an article for a particular website that wasn't accepted, posted it on Hubpages and voila! It was chosen as an Editor's Choice article (Orange - Why Hunters Should Never Leave Home Without It). With Zemandi, this is not the case. As long as you can write decent sentences that are grammatically correct, you can sign up for Zemandi and start writing the same day.
2) Another reason is because you are guaranteed a paycheck every Monday. That means, you can get paid four times in one month. Not many writing companies offer this perk. Even Hubpages only pays you once a month, and that’s only if you have a $50 balance.
3) And finally, the last reason is because after getting turned down or rejected or having your work not chosen while trying to write for numerous other companies, your work is almost guaranteed acceptance at Zemandi (as long as you abide by the rules in the special instructions section).
My Final Say
Is Zemandi a scam? No. Is it a rip-off? Yes. Is there a difference between the two? Yes, because a scam tricks you, but Zemandi lets you know the deal up front. Honestly, if you have a bill that needs to be paid and you need money quick, Zemandi is a viable option. Just make sure that you give your fingers a good stretch and give your brain an energy booster because you will definitely be writing your life away.
For more specific information about Zemandi, please read my hub Freelance Writing for Zemandi is Not A Scam.
What do YOU think?
© 2014 Jessica B Smith
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on November 02, 2016:
Alice, I agree with you completely. Treat it as a "game" and it's easier to stomach. Treat as a viable source of income, and you will definitely feel ripped off.
Alice on April 26, 2016:
Thank you Jessica
Calling it a rip off is Spot on. I still enjoy the challenge of writing an article as fast and as accurately as I can every once and a while. For me its just like logging on to games.com and playing WORD. IT's nothing more than a game. If you take it seriously then your likely to feel RIPPED OFF!
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on September 28, 2014:
@Rock nj, thanks for your comment. I'm loving Hubpages! It was slow to get the ball rolling at first but I agree with one fellow hubber--what you earn at Hubpages is all about what you put into it.
@RonElFran, I'm glad I was able to warn you before you wasted your valuable time and talent ;)
Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on September 23, 2014:
I wasn't aware of Zemandi, so thanks for the warning. I don't particularly want to be on a writing production line for pennies an hour, and that's what Zemandi sounds like.
John Coviello from New Jersey on July 24, 2014:
I'm glad HubPages is working out for you Jessica. At least at HubPages, you get out of it what you put into it. As you pointed out, even if you take a break, you continue to earn money at HubPages. It's also nice that you can write about what you want to write about, rather than have someone else assign you a topic. Good luck! Hope you continue to do well at HubPages!
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on July 14, 2014:
You're welcome for the warning, and that's what I love the most about Hubpages - the passive income. One month, I checked my balance and was stunned by how much money I had accrued without ever writing a single article. Passive-income rocks. :) Writing for Zemandi doesn't. :(
NathaNater on July 14, 2014:
I was writing for a freelance site for awhile but after I considered the time and work I was putting in and the pay, I had to stop writing there. I'd rather focus on passive income. Thanks for the warning about Zemandi.