Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let's Review A Freelance Writing Site: MyAMS

UPDATE: Hello again everyone. It's been a few months but life got a hold of me and I had no time for writing. I'm going to start again though and would like to update my opinion of MyAMS. Let's jump right in.

I've read the comments below and looked into the policy over at MyAMS. On their FAQ they state:


Do I have to be a native English speaker?
Yes. This is an absolute must and there is no exception to this rule. If you are not a native English speaker but still join us, please note that we close your account and don’t pay you for the work you have delivered. We also don’t use the articles you wrote of course.
We have writers from USA, Canada, England, South Africa.


This is taken directly from their FAQ and is ridiculous to me. Wouldn't you make that decision according to the skill of the writer? Not their nationality. I know many excellent non-native writers. I've looked into this more and realized that MyAMS is not the only site that does this. Most Pay-upfront sites require the author to be from an English speaking country. I guess it's just the name of the game.

On to another thing I've noticed over the two or so years I've been associated with MyAMS. Their affiliate pay scale, and pay in general, is pretty low for the amount of writing. I've stopped writing all together for them as the amount of time versus the price per article is unbalanced. Also, I have over 500 affiliates and receive maybe $10 every 2 to 3 weeks. That's it. I feel they either don't register all of my affiliates or they don't pay when I've been inactive for a couple weeks. When I do log-in I typically have to click a link that "reactivates" my account. I think that's just a slick way to not have to pay.  Thanks for reading.



Okay, so this is a freelance writing site that I work for as an affiliate. I want to be upfront with that. However, I am going to try my best to provide a completely unbiased review. The site has many unique features and the pay is decent; you're not going to get rich from it, but you can make a relatively good wage and they pay every Friday morning through PayPal or Payoneer. So, let's get started.

The Pros of Freelance Writing for this Site

MyAMS has a unique Job Board that, on average, has upwards of 500 projects available at any time. They also include a couple different types of bonuses. The first type is a 5% bonus on all there articles that are not urgent. A writer can get this bonus by turning in the project within 24 hours. In regards to the second type of bonus, it works a little differently. This bonus is based upon an urgent article. These are projects that typically have less than 24 hrs to complete. They pay an extra $1.10 depending on the urgency of the project. By examining the job board, you can find projects that are urgent and pay a lot more for a lower word-count. This a good way to make extra money while doing less work.

Another cool thing that this freelance site offers is titles. Each title pays 1 cent. Most projects need 25 titles. Some need 100 or more. The great thing about the titles is that MyAMS provides what they call a title spinner. This unique widget can help you create the titles quickly. For example, 25 titles typically take about a minute to create. So, it is important to look for projects that need titles as this is a very simple way to make some quick cash.

They also offer a comprehensive help page and Live Support. The help page covers every type of project they offer, how to use their system and a plethora of other advice. It also has numerous video tutorials that are very helpful. The Live Support is almost always on line and you can have any questions answered immediately. When they are offline they will get back to you quickly with answers to any questions.

The Cons of this Freelance Writing Site 

The site is still under development, so if you dislike ugly websites then you will hate this one. It's plain but functional. However, some of their seemingly simple functions do not work as intended.

As an affiliate for their freelance writing site I have noticed that not all of my writers show up on my payment page. I have contacted their accounting department about this and still have not received an answer. It makes me worry that I am missing out on payments because they are not properly tracking what my writers turn in.

You will not get rich from this website. However, it is a good starting point and they always pay. The only bad part is that they take full control of your work once you submit it, so there is no real way to build a portfolio through this freelancing site.

There are a ton of projects to choose from, but many of them can be very boring unless you simply enjoy writing no matter the topic. Most are UAWs which includes 1 original and 2 rewritten articles. This can become an arduous task when you do them over and over.

So, Why Should Freelance Writers Work For AMS?


There are many reasons. The most simplest is that you can completely stop bidding on freelance sites and work strictly for them. You will typically make more money than projects on the aforementioned websites and you will never have to worry about getting screwed out of a payment by an unscrupulous employer. Which I have experienced many times, and I am confident you all have as well. They pay every Friday morning and there payment screen does a relatively good job of tracking your jobs and how much you are owed.

After a year or so of working for other auction sites I finally discovered MyAMS and was ecstatic that I could finally pick and choose the projects I wanted to do. The Job board is by far the coolest thing I have seen. It tells you everything you need to know in a glance; how much the project pays, the deadline, any applicable titles and any special instructions.

If you're tired of placing bid after bid on site after site then I highly suggest you check-out MyAMS. Or, watch my freelance writing video reviews on my channel and embedded here.

Thanks for reading and Freelance Mike Signing Off!


5 comments:

  1. I too was a affiliate for this site. But they suspended my work after an year saying that my writing is poor. If it was so, they should have suspended it months ago. not after I have accumulated more than $200 in my account. Is there any way I can get this money? I tried contacting their support center but I have not got a reply so far.

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  2. I would keep contacting them about it. Another guy I know got cut off at around 5 or 6 articles. I'm not sure how much he had earned but he eventually got paid. I'll see what I can find out about it. Probably not anymore than you, but if this company is in the habit of this I want to know about it.

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  3. To put it due prospective, AMS is a bunch of frauds. I do not know but I can assume they way they go about business, they are taking writers for a ride. This is done is done in one way or the other.
    I having got the boot in submission of my first article on the pretext that I am a non native user of the language seems a silly excuse for not only me but my son and my grand sons there after will be the users of the language.
    If this is the case then another point can be made against AMS that they are racially biased. Me being a nature user can and will strongly stress this.
    Steven William Pitts

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  4. I also think there is a racial element in this site's operation. I joined and wrote articles which they kept rejecting on extremely flimsy grounds.I think they set their mind and decide not to admit some people beforehand; especially when they have a clue that you are NOT ONE OF THEIR OWN. If i sent some of the articles they rejected, on controversial grounds,to an English language professor , they would receive a big nod. I say this because I happen to have been through English language classes run by the creme de la creme of the field, and I did well.Its either someone is sleeping on the job or there is an elaborate scheme to shun some groups of people because of reasons other than their writing abilities.

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  5. These guys are always discriminating against other races in the name of "not native".

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