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An Almost Review of ContentCurrent.com

I came across a site called ContentCurrent.com. What attracted me to it was that it touted that it paid weekly by PayPal.

Writing for Content Current

The signup was easy enough. Simply inserting my name, email address, PayPal info and selecting a password. They didn’t request a social security number so I assumed this is an opportunity for international writers too. Once I signed up I had to agree to their terms of service.

The interface was pleasant enough so I decided to see what it was all about. In order to write for them you have to prove your writing ability writing a sample article. That’s when I decided I didn’t want to write for them.

Below is a description of what they want in the sample. It’s a 500 word piece for which I would not get paid. RED FLAG!

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If you really want to see how I write, ask for a sample of previously written work or request a small 200 to 250 word sample on something that is not an obvious requirement for a website on which they will place my ‘sample’ article and for which I’m not getting paid.

Sherlock Holmes Investigates Content Current

Being the internet sleuth that I am, I did a little research and came across this thread . The posters to this thread did not give Content Current favorable reviews. One even threatened to take them to small claims court for payment. I couldn’t find too much else aside from the fact that it’s a new company and launched in November of 2008.

Maybe over time the company will grow and improve, but at this point in time, I’m not going to bother with Content Current.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Max June 15, 2009, 1:59 pm

    This website is owned by the admin of ForumBooster.org, which is a lame website. I’ve been writing about them on my blog and got 80% of negative feedbacks. I guess that test posts are being used for their own websites.
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  • Kelly June 17, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the post about this sight. I applied and wrote the sample. I haven’t heard anything back yet. I, too, was attracted to the weekly pay. Now, I’m going to be a bit more careful about posting a sample of that length.

  • crunch play June 19, 2009, 12:20 am

    Although in this case the site does seem pretty sketchy, going by negative reviews posted by former users isn’t always the most reliable way of finding out if something is legit.

    People often can’t be bothered to read the terms and feel they should be paid for everything they do whether it qualifies or not. I think the scam flag is thrown around way too much on the web by newbie writers and bloggers making it hard to tell if sites will be any good or not.

    • Felicia June 19, 2009, 7:41 am

      Thanks for your comment, crunch play. I re-read my post and the comments that I received, and I don’t think anyone called Content Current a scam.

      I did say that the “company may grow over time, but at this point in time, I’m not going to bother with Content Current.” Every site goes through growing pains and I choose at this point in my freelance writing career not to go through the growing pains with them.

      Upon doing further research I found the following less than glowing reports for Content Current:

      Freelance Writer Jobs – Upfront Pay at Content Current: The majority of the comments are not favorable.

      What All Those Freelance Writing Job Ads Really Mean: In all fairness to Content Current, the few comments on Content Current talked about the ‘free’ writing sample and finding out after writing the sample that the pay rate was $6/500 words (lesson: never write a sample until after you find out how much its worth).

      I couldn’t find much info on the site, but the information I found was not positive. I’m not calling them a scam, what I am doing is recommending that freelance writers stay away from them until they iron out the problems they’re having.

      During these tough economic times, many anxious writers often are not cautious enough about reviewing the sites they sign up for. I think it’s better to err on the side of safety rather than spend time and effort writing and not getting paid.

  • bigdan201 December 25, 2009, 1:04 am

    I signed up to contentcurrent. They accepted my application and sample, and ive done a few articles for them. So far everything seems ok.. my only complaints are that there arent always new jobs available, and theyre not adding any paid forum posters. The site is legit, though, and you can get paid.

  • Katina Diep January 16, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Thank you for your insight on Content Current. I was about to begin the 500 word essay and I decided I was goin to double check if the Web site was for real.

    I read your post and it’s true, the other Websites, here in Canada and in the US as well, all you have to do is sent an already published post or article. You just saved me hours of hard work !

    Best Regards,

    Katina Diep
    Montreal, Canada
    .-= Katina Diep´s last blog ..11/01/2010 Retour sur le juge Gomery =-.

  • lavinia March 28, 2010, 6:06 pm

    I can back up bigdan201. I’ve signed up for content current a few months ago. There are indeed weekly payments , but not so many jobs available. I’ve written about 50 articles for them, with no encountered problems.

  • Susan June 14, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I just had to create a 250 word article as a test for them. Basically, I faked my way through writing an article on something I knew nothing about and was accepted. I doubt this article will be published anywhere.

  • Gargi July 9, 2010, 12:24 am

    So far everything has been fine with me. Heard all stories of delayed feedback- sometimes taking a couple of weeks and even longer on test article and all that stuff. On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised to see them respond within 48 hrs of my submission, informing me that I have been successful in their test and has been selected as a writer. Hope the going is smooth all through

  • Susan July 9, 2010, 8:21 am

    Have you had any chances to write articles at Content Current? I keep checking and there is nothing available.

  • Gargi July 9, 2010, 10:13 am

    I dont know but I saw plenty of jobs available when I logged in today, about 30-40 may be more. Have to see for a few more days to be able to provide a more solid feedback.

  • Gargi July 11, 2010, 1:29 am

    Can anyone let me know which is the exact weekly payday in Content Current?

  • April October 22, 2010, 1:29 am

    Ok…so I came across Content Current and signed up. I had attempted this a year or so ago but never wrote the “test” article…so I decided on a whim to give it another go around. After signing up, I decided to check out Felicia’s trusty blog for info and found this…Thanks Felicia! So what I am wondering…

    First and foremost…If they have been around since 2008, WHY does their site show that they are STILL in the Beta process???

    Secondly…Am I blind, or is there no real contact info…in the form of an address, phone #, etc…

    and last but certainly not least…I believe an above post mentioned they only pay $6 per 500 word article?

    If anybody has any current info on them it would be much appreciated. Not sure if I will do the test article or not…I might come up with something if I have time…but at $6 per article and no real way of contacting them, I am not sure if it is worth my time!

  • Balint Haui October 24, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I can only add to what Susan and Felicia suspects. I have signed up with them about a month ago and wrote them my test article. For weeks no reply, then I checked what was happening. They replied one day later that they accepted me as a writer upon receiving my article. Since then I’ve been checking regularly their site for writing jobs … nothing.

    • Ken April 24, 2011, 9:13 pm

      I also applied and my test article remains in the “submitted” status. I tried to contact them yesterday and told them never mind…don’t accept me if you were going to. I can find other work.

  • Gargi May 3, 2011, 1:21 am

    My experience with Content Current has been pretty dismal to say the least, for the past one year since I joined. Firstly, article orders are rare (in fact, rare is an understatement. You might land up on some orders in 3-4 months). Secondly, revision requests that are made at times to the articles are pretty vague – they lack focus. Clients themselves seem confused about exactly what they want.Consequently, even if you put in your 100%, you can be dead sure, the article is going to be rejected/assigned to a different writer. The whole way of their operation including client instructions,approval procedures and writer-company representative interaction techniques are shady. The site thoroughly lacks transparency, clarity and no good writer worth his salt should even venture into working for Content Current – its an absolute bogus site!

    • Nilesh January 24, 2013, 4:14 pm

      Gargi, I have read your comment two times and I am going to read one more time. Why? Because of your good English. I am good at research for writing articles but being an ESL writer is a big loss for me. I hope I can write as good English as you within a year or two. Thanks.

  • mehak December 21, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I have been writing articles for content current and got messages that my articles are approved but i am not yet paid.

    • Felicia December 22, 2011, 10:28 am

      Mehak, I’m not sure of their payment schedule. You might have to contact them or review their site on how they pay their writers.

      • mehak December 22, 2011, 10:46 am

        thanks Felicia. But if you can suggest me some good and genuine article writing websites that pays well. I will be highly grateful.

        • Felicia December 22, 2011, 10:52 am

          Check out the “Database” and “Opportunities” links in the menus above.

          • mehak December 22, 2011, 10:54 am

            I tried writing mails to content current but no replies received so far. Don’t know what to do now???

          • Felicia December 22, 2011, 11:03 am

            Mehak, I just re-read my original post. If you check the post you can see that I gave a warning about writing for them. I did not recommend them as a reputable writing site. If you choose to write for them, you must write for them at your own risk. Sorry, but I’m not able to help you with Content Current.

            If I were in your shoes, I would chalk it up as a learning experience, cut my losses and look for reputable writing sites.

          • Gretch July 19, 2012, 5:58 am

            I applied at content current and got approved after a month. Before I can even start writing for them, my account got suspended– for no reason at all. They do not reply to emails sent from their online help desk, so i emailed one of the managers. She asked me to write three articles, which she assigned via email. I have no idea when they’re going to pay me , and up to now, my account is still suspended. I don’t think anyone should write for this people.

  • Ken Muise December 22, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Yeah…can’t say I would endorse Content Current. They’re just real shady. No communication and one of those places where your test article is taken and used…but not paid for.

    It’s like a weird little circus freak parade over there…bearded lady and all.

    Happy Holidays!


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