This website is dedicated to helping people fix and maintain their marriage. But can you really make money writing for MarriageCounselingBlog.com?
I found this website on a list of websites that supposedly pay freelancers for their services as writers. And after a bit of research, I actually found that this claim was true (Kind of. It turns out that the site might not be publishing new content anymore. You can learn more about this further along in the review). The site is indeed looking for freelance content, and they do indeed pay for it—but there are some specifics you need to know about before pitching to them!
Let’s talk about that.
The Specifics: What Does It Take To Write For MarriageCounselingBlog.com?
There is a page on the website specifically dedicated to writers, and though it was brief, it was quite helpful in allowing me to determine exactly what the site is actually looking for. Here is what it looked like.
They start off by saying that their site is high-ranking in the search engines, and that they add content to it almost daily. They are also always looking for new authors to contribute. However, there is a pretty big IF attached to this.
They are really only interested in new authors IF those authors are licensed therapists.
I am afraid that the site doesn’t give much of an alternative for this. If you are not a licensed therapist, it sounds like your chances of getting published here are pretty slim. But… that is also not intended to dissuade you too much. You never know what could happen if you pitch a good enough idea. It is just important to know that your odds of success are less (possibly zero) if you are not a licensed therapist.
With that being said, let’s move on.
The next thing they say is that there are many benefits to having your content published on their site. Among these benefits are…
- The good feeling you get from helping people with their relationships
- Name recognition
- Google authorship credit for your writing
- Links to your website
- The possibility of payment for your content
They then go on to say that they have regular writers who get paid to contribute content as well, and that if you (a prospective writer) like to get paid to write, then they can try to come up with an agreement that suits everyone’s goals.
They also feature a link on the page that you can click on to contact them. But yeah… aside from that, there wasn’t much else to be found on this page.
But now, I found myself curious about what the rest of their content looked like. So I headed over to their blog to check it out. Here is what I found.
Checking Out The Content On MarriageCounselingBlog.com
The blog for this site seems to be located on the landing/home page. I feel like it is important to read through some content on any website that you plan to pitch to, because reading through existing content is the best way to pick up on the exactly style of article the website likes to publish.
As a writer, it is actually really important to understand your clients. And the best time to get to know them is actually before you even pitch an article! Granted, some writers may feel like this will end up being a waste of time if they don’t end up getting published—but the opposite is actually true. You may actually end up wasting your time pitching if you don’t do your due diligence beforehand.
Getting to know your clients very well is one of the single biggest things that you can do to boost your chances of success as a writer.
So with that being said, here is what I learned after reading through some articles on the Marriage Counseling Blog.
First of all, it really seemed like the newest article available on the site was from 2013. I looked hard to find something newer, but even the archives did not seem to go past 2013… which was kind of strange to me. I decided to go take a look at the blog’s Facebook Page, and was pleasantly surprised to find that new content was being posted there… albeit, from different websites.
It would seem that the website was sharing blogs from a different site, called TalkAboutMarriage.com. I decided to visit this site, to find out exactly what was going on. Maybe the site had migrated or something like that?
I also sent them a message on Facebook, asking them about this. Here is what happened.
At this point, it seemed like the best course of action was to check out that other website that they were sharing articles from. So that’s what I did.
Checking Out TalkAboutMarriage.com
I visited the site. It was actually kind of like a combination blog/forum site, and to be super honest, wasn’t anything really special. I searched for any evidence that this site may be a migrated version of MarriageCouonselingBlog.com, but found none.
I am actually pretty certain that MarriageCounselingBlog.com is NOT publishing content anymore. I could be wrong, but I messaged them through Facebook and got no response. They ARE still sharing content on social media though, so I guess it is possible that they are still accepting submissions. It just seems unlikely to me at this point.
What Can We Take Away From This Review?
First of all, as you can see, it is really important to understand the website that you are pitching to before you pitch to them. If I had simply written up an article and tried to send it to them without researching their content, I would never have seen that they haven’t published anything new to their blog since 2013! And that is kind of an important detail, so I am glad that I noticed it!
I feel like it kind of goes without saying that you need to make sure that any website you are pitching to is still publishing content. You also need to check that content out and read through some of it to make sure that what you are writing is a good fit—but yeah, really make sure that you check to see that the website is even still working!
I cannot say for sure if MarriageCounselingBlog.com is still interested in publishing articles, but I can say that it is not a good sign for me, as a writer, that they haven’t published new content since 2013.
Personally, I do not feel like pitching to this site further would be a productive use of my time. I cannot say for sure that I won’t get something published, because I do not know 100% what the site is doing—but all I can do is look at the information I have available to me.
Some Personal Tips For Finding Websites To Write For
It can actually be really challenging to find quality websites to write for. In fact, in all of my years of using freelance writing as a side-hustle, this has probably been my number-one challenge. I have made some pretty decent money writing for different websites, but just being a writer will certainly not win you any jobs. So here are some tips for finding the best writing jobs online.
- Start by putting together some reference work. If you have never written for a website before, write a couple of articles to use as examples of your work. Even better, start a blog or a website that you can show to prospective clients to demonstrate the level of quality that you can deliver when you write.
- Start out small. Don’t pass up the opportunity to write for free. At this point, just getting your name on some quality published articles is a big win that will help you down the road!
- Start looking for websites that publish articles about something you are knowledgeable about. If you find a good one, check to see if that website pays writers for submissions. Or, if nothing else, see if they will accept a guest post, just to get your foot in the door.
- Websites like Upwork.com can be helpful for finding website owners/SEO managers to work for if you are not sure how else to get started. Upwork.com and other freelancing sites have their own advantages and disadvantages, but sometimes they are well-worth the time and effort they require!
The most important thing to remember about freelance writing is that it takes time and dedication to get right. You will experience ups and downs if you choose to write as a side-hustle, but you should not let the down times determine the value of the side-hustle. If you keep working at it and keep trying, you will likely experience some success… and that success can really pay off in the long run.
Writing for websites will not make you rich, but it can really help you to make some extra cash… and that is pretty awesome.
Our Final Opinion About MarriageCounselingBlog.com
Should you pitch to them and try to make some side-hustle money as a freelance content writer?
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