Becoming a Compose.ly Writer and Getting Started
  • 12 Oct 2022
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Becoming a Compose.ly Writer and Getting Started

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Our writer application process is highly competitive, with only about 1 percent of all applicants being accepted. Before you get started, please read on to know how our application process works.

Who Should Apply

While we’d love to welcome every great writer into our community, Compose.ly isn’t always hiring in every industry. We can only bring on writers who fit our current clients’ content needs. But because our client base is constantly growing more diverse, we’re always accepting applications!

Regardless of the industries we’re targeting, though, Compose.ly specializes almost exclusively in web content. That means:

  • We’re looking for SEO experts. We always need writers with experience writing blog articles, webpages, product descriptions, social posts, ebooks, and the like. We look for these types of samples when we’re reviewing applications.
  • We’re (usually) not looking for creative writers and academic writers. Our current clients simply aren’t looking for these content types. Even if we love your essays and short story samples, we likely won’t accept your application because we won’t have projects that match your skill set.

You'll also need to have a PayPal account, where you’re able to receive payments. Please review the Payment page for more details.

The Recruitment Process 

Our recruitment process comprises 3 phases: 

1. Assessment phase 

After you sign up via this page, you'll be able to start our two-part, multiple-choice writer assessment. This assessment is not timed, so you can take as many breaks as you need to relax and/or research things you don't understand.

If you pass this assessment, you’ll be taken to a page where you can submit your resume and three SEO writing samples, link your portfolio and LinkedIn profile, and select your industries of expertise.

Notes:
  • Compose.ly has no objections to the use of pseudonyms/pen names, but we require disclosure of their use to our team when you apply to join our community. We won’t disclose legal names of any writers using pen names to any clients or anyone else without the writer’s express permission.
  • If you accidentally log off before or after starting the assessment, simply go to our writer login page and log into your Compose.ly account using the credentials you used during registration (i.e., before you started the assessment). In most cases, you'll be able to pick up from where you left.
  • If you encounter an error page, please clear your browser's cache and cookies and reload/refresh the page. If that doesn't work, try again after an hour or so. If you're still unsuccessful, contact us through Compose.ly Bot.
  • You can attempt our assessment only two times. Specifically, if you fail only PART 1 of the assessment, you can reattempt it after three months, while you can reattempt it after six months if you fail both parts of the assessment. In general, if you fail after entering the trial phase, we may consider a fresh application from you after six months of your initial application — subject to the discretion of our recruitment team.
  • You needn't be a US citizen to write for Compose.ly as long as you have SEO expertise, full-professional English proficiency, and an eligible PayPal account.

2. Application review phase

Our recruitment team will review your assessment scores, writing samples, and resume. Your application will move forward only if your profile suggests that you’d be a good fit for our current stable of clients. If you don’t move to the next step, it doesn’t mean we don’t like your writing.

After your application is accepted, you'll be able to log into your account via our writer login page and navigate your dashboard. You’ll also be prompted to complete your profile.

3. Paid trial phase 

This is the final and the most important phase. Here, we’ll to test you on up to three paid trial projects with set deadlines. Of these, the first two will be fake, and the third one will be a live client project. The trials we assign may or may not be from your area of expertise, but we’ll try to match your preferences as closely as possible. If you successfully complete this phase, you'll be invited to become a Compose.ly writer. 

Note:
Due to the high volume of applications, it can take some time to process them. You’ll definitely hear from us if your application is successful. Please don't reach out if you don't hear from us immediately — we're a small team, and going through all the applications regularly is impossible for us. We'll definitely get to your application eventually. Thank you in advance for your patience.

New Writer Phase

If you've become a Compose.ly writer recently, congratulations — we're happy to have you onboard! But before we can assign you projects at your full potential, we want to make sure that you are well-trained on the requirements of clients, which is why we've introduced the New Writer phase. This is not a recruitment phase, but a transition phase.

In this phase, you'll have access to a number of relevant live client projects, of which you'll be able to choose the ones you want to work on. However, you'll have a limit on the number of words you can claim at a time.

All projects you write as a new writer will reviewed by our editors — their ratings will determine how fast you become a core writer. So, make sure to take all the feedback you receive seriously and apply it where you need to!

If you get consistently good ratings and become a core writer, you'll start seeing more projects and your claim limit will be increased to match your chosen bandwidth.

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