Good as portfolio builder, bad as income source
Politics Writer (Former Employee) – Telecommuting Position – April 9, 2016
I signed up for Examiner.com because nowadays, many jobs ask for writing samples, and it's great to be able to say I've had my writing published online. However, I never saw a cent from the articles I wrote.
The website is heavily based on how many clicks and views your articles get, and your compensation depends on it. This means you're responsible for promoting your stories and getting your articles out there as much as possible. That is fair, but then the fine print: You only get paid once you hit the minimum payout. So if you make $2 or less per article (which is the average amount reported from other examiners), you won't actually get paid for that $2. They'll only pay you through PayPal once you hit the minimum payout, which, last I recall, was at least $25-$50. A lot of writers quickly get disillusioned by this process and hate that they have to hustle so much for a few dollars.
The acceptance rate for Examiner.com writers is tough though--I think only 1/3 of applicants actually become writers. The application process requires you to submit at least one writing sample, and you get to pick what kind of "examiner" you want to be.
Flexibility in journalistic focus, fun doing research for articles
Poor pay, pay-per-click dynamic