Abena is a writer and entrepreneur. In 2016, she took the plunge and moved from the UK to Ghana, West Africa.
Is Vocal Media worth Your Time?
I am always searching for ways to maximize my earnings as a writer. I recently started my writing journey on Vocal Media, here is my review of the platform. Is it worth your time?
What is Vocal Media?
Vocal Media is a revenue share content writing platform. They offer a free membership and a paid membership. The free membership is restrictive in the sense that it does not allow you to edit your content once your article is published. If you would like to edit your article, you need to contact support which is time consuming and frustrating.
With the free membership Vocal offers a static $3 per 1000 views and with the paid membership, you get $6 per thousand views.
Also, with the paid membership you are given access to cash prize contests. The membership fee is $10 per month which is far too expensive in my opinion. However, if your articles are popular, your earnings will cover that cost easily. That being said, it's extremely difficult to gain traction on Vocal Media.
How Vocal Media Works
Once you sign up, you can start submitting content. The downside is that you have to wait for Vocal's editors to accept your content and it can take up to four days for your content to get published.
Articles need to be 600 words minimum to get accepted and poems need to be 150 words.
You earn money in five ways on Vocal.
- Reads - based on how many people read your content
- Tips- readers can leave tips
- Bonuses- Vocal give you cash bonuses when you publish a certain amount of content. Also, if you publish high quality content and interact with the Vocal community by liking other Vocal members' content, Vocal will send you a random bonus. I have received $15 in bonuses based on content published and a $10 sign up bonus. If you publish five articles, you receive a $5 bonus. When you hit ten articles its $10 and I was told you get $50 once you publish 50 articles. I have 50 pieces of content on there and I am yet to receive my $50 bonus.
- Cash Contests - Every so often, paid members get the chance to enter a cash prize contest. Each contest has a theme. You can either publish an article or a poem to win a cash prize. You can also enter as many pieces into the contest as you like to increase your chances of winning.
- Referrals- Vocal pays members a percentage of the monthly fee when they refer people to sign up for the paid membership.
My Opinion of Vocal Media
Here are the pros and cons of writing on this platform:
- They offer bonuses
- Multiple ways to earn
- A mix of talented writers on the platform
- You can promote your business and relevant affiliate links on there too
- You can republish content from Medium and your own blog on there
- You earn money from Google traffic and from non-member traffic as well as member traffic. Unlike Medium which only allows you to earn from member reads.
- Great place to build a portfolio
- You don't have to sign up as a paid member and you will still have access to all the content on the platform.
- You can withdraw your money at any time through Stripe. As a free member, you need $35 to withdraw your money. As a paid member, you can withdraw your money when you earn $20.
- Easy to use
- Offers an image search function with Unsplash
- To earn more money, you need to sign up as a paid member. You can't enter contests unless you pay the monthly fee
- Low pay rates
- Very difficult to crack the algorithm code
- Quite difficult to integrate and make friends on there
- Restrictive word counts
- They take days to publish your content
Is Vocal Media Worth Your Time?
If you write for Medium, you can repost your Medium content there as a free member and you have nothing to lose. If you have a lot of old blog content that is still relevant today, post it on Vocal. At best, you will get your $15 bonus and with a few more articles, you will eventually receive another bonus to cashout.
I know two writers who make $2000 per month there. I haven't figured out how they are getting so much traction yet but I will continue to publish content on there. I am not there for the community because to be honest, it seems a little too closed on there in my opinion.
I have more than 500 articles on Medium that I plan to republish on Vocal. For me, money isn't the main motive, I like to test different platforms to help people make the right choices when it comes to making money online as a writer. I make most of my money from my content writing and online media companies. I also earn from affiliate marketing and eBooks therefore, I don't really need extra money but it is certainly nice to earn from your writing.
If you create your own blog, it can be difficult to build enough traction to actually start earning money. Therefore, revenue share platforms like Vocal can help you to build an audience for your blog and you can earn extra money at the same time.
I plan to spend time figuring out the platform to help those who are just starting out.
Stay tuned, I will post more content about Vocal Media soon.
intriguewriter (author) from worldwide on October 01, 2021:
Maria, you don't have to wait for 1000 views before you get paid. Vocal offer bonuses so you get paid before you reach 1000 views. You can cash out whenever you like as long as you have $35 in your wallet. They have a free option, you can choose not to pay.
Maria Logan Montgomery from Coastal Alabama, UsA on October 01, 2021:
I hadn't heard of Vocal before. I don't like paying them, and I don't really like having to wait for 1,000 views before earning any money. I think I'll pass.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 30, 2021:
Thank you for sharing your observation. I have looked at Vocal and was invited to join but when I saw it required paid membership I chose not to. I wasn’t aware there was a free option.