Fortitude is a new writing site (established in June of this year) that has an appeal to writers because of the income potential for just one article. This is what lured me in. However, before you join Fortitude, please consider the pros and cons (based on my experience) that may or may not make Fortitude a writing site for you.
I was drawn to Fortitude first and foremost because of the ability to write whatever you’d like and the real possibility of being paid handsomely for your efforts. You can write poetry, life stories, news events, humor, and pretty much whatever you’d like for this online magazine, and it appealed to me as I am able to write about the things I really want as opposed to worrying about keywords and common searchable topics.
The site also promises a payout of $10 to $100 for any article that hits its online front page. The decision is based upon high reviews from other writers of Fortitude who rank your article from 1-10. The higher the ratings, the more likely you are to hit the front page and make some serious cash.
Another plus is that you can get paid $.05 for every article you review on Fortitude as a member. You can only review another article if you do not have an article being reviewed yourself, but it’s a nice extra $.25 a day or so.
It’s also nice that there are not a huge amount of members on the site right now, making it less competitive to hit the front page.
However, I have noticed a few things about Fortitude that I don’t enjoy.
First of all, you have to pay $1.99 a month to become a member who can submit articles. (You can join as a Scout so you can only refer people for pay on Fortitude, which is a free account, but you can’t write articles as a Scout).
Also, currently Fortitude is only paying $10 for front page articles, which I did not find out until after I joined. Apparently, Fortitude has depleted its start up and can’t afford to pay more for articles. I don’t know. But if I had done my research and found this out prior to joining, I likely wouldn’t have. There is no ETA on when the payout for a single article will increase.
Another downer? There is currently for the last few days only ONE article hitting the front page out of about 7 competing entries. This means you have a 1 in 7 chance daily of your article hitting the front page for your $10 payment.
While you get paid for reviewing other articles, you don’t get paid if your article doesn’t make the front page, and you can only review other articles if you don’t have an article in review yourself. This means you can’t make money every day with Fortitude, which is putting me off.
You can submit articles daily, but they sit in review for a long time (about 4 days) and if they don’t make the front page you don’t get to find out what your rank was. This means you put your heart and soul into a great article, nobody liked it, and you can’t get paid for it. You don’t even get reader pay. If it doesn’t hit the front page, you get ZILCH. But you can resubmit your article elsewhere. You may not resubmit front page articles anywhere else.
You have no idea how your article will pan out with the other readers. You may have written an excellent article, and some story about office affairs can hit the front page over you. You have literally no control over your article’s ranking. You just have to hope that your well-written article will appeal to others and hit the front page.
It seems to me that the only way people are making decent money on Fortitude is with the referral system, which pays pretty nicely. You get $12 for the first 9 people you refer to a paying account, and $16 for 10 or more people who sign up under you for a paid account. While this is appealing, I’m a writer, not interested in a referral program, and if referrals is where the money is at, then something is seriously wrong.
Oh, speaking of referrals, you have to wait 90 days to get your referral money to make sure your referrals don’t punk out. So even this is an unreliable source of income.
While Fortitude has its (minor) appeal, had I read the newsletters prior to joining I would not have joined. If I had done more research on the site rather than being lured by the potential payout of $10 to $100 for a single article and read the fine print, I would have bid this site goodbye and moved on.
However, I do enjoy getting my articles published without having to worry about keywords or search engines. It really is a site where you can type like a real writer, you just likely won’t be paid for it.
Would I recommend Fortitude? Hmm…maybe. You can give it a try, but I warn you to do your homework first, as this site appears to be changing its payout rules a lot and the likelihood seems pretty slim on making any real money.
To be honest, I prefer Associated Content. At least if I don’t get upfront payment for my articles, I will get performance pay for them. A few cents is better than submitting a well-written article for no pay at all under the pretense that it can possibly make a whopping $100. Plus, Associated Content is free to join, and a reliable, long-standing site that I love.
Fortitude to me is like gambling with your work. There’s a chance you will get paid, but the odds are way against you. My suggestion is to save your time (and money) and stick with the sites that you know are paying you for your efforts.
But if you still want to check Fortitude out, give them a try.