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By Michael Wong

About.com is a popular website where you can make money online writing, blogging and producing videos on topics from health care and parenting issues to advice on travel, cooking, technology and hobbies.

Did you know... About.com has been online since 1996, reaches 60 million unique monthly visitors in the United States, and is part of The New York Times Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion?

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About.com fact sheet

Work where?
Pay by
Pay schedule
Joining fee?
Minimum age
Paid out
Mobile apps
$1,00+/mth to $100,000+/yr
Check/direct deposit
Independent contractor
Some jobs require experience
All jobs require in-depth knowledge
New York City, NY, USA.
$31.1 million
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Where is About.com available?

About.com is available to English and Spanish freelance writers worldwide.

How do I make money with About.com?

About.com offer three types of jobs.

About.com in the news

Seeing major news networks run stories on a company is always reassuring. Having said that, About.com has been online since 1996, even longer than this old relic (me)! Haha! :-)

More reassuring is that About.com is part of The New York Times Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion.

The New York Times Company publishes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 websites, including NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and About.com.

I think you can safely say you can trust About.com. ;-)

I must admit I couldn't find any good video news stories on About.com by a major news network. If you come across any, let me know. I'll pay you $10 per video for the first 5 that I use.

About.com user comments

It's hard to tell whether an online job or business opportunity is any good. So I've scoured the internet searching for the most relevant comments by people who've worked for About.com.

+ = positive comment / - = negative comment

-Well my 8.29.2011 application (placed the DAY that the topic went on the application list after being vacant since may of 2011) is still in waiting. While I feel happy that they haven't picked a prep yet (which would mean they didn't pick me) its still a LONG time to wait on a topic. - Uncarved, Jan-31-2012
+I've been a guide since 2007. I love it. They are a great company to work for. I'm proud to claim the work I have published there. - mlc23, Jan-03-2012
+Two+ years after I landed the gig, I still love it. I hope to be there as long as some of the other guides, who've been there 5 or 10 years or more. - Del S, Jan-03-2012
+I've been an About,com Guide since last summer...Was it still worth it? Absolutely! I love writing for About.com, and I love my topic (I'm the Pet Supplies & Product Reviews Guide). - inkkognito, Jan-03-2012
+I write for About.com...and in the almost one year I've written there, I've made a bonus every month except one...We get bonuses based on page view increases and I think for many guides, getting year-over-year increases is more the norm than not, simply because the longer you're there, the more content you have, which translates into more PVs. - Del S, May-26-2010

Have you made money working for or applied to be an About.com Guide, Topic Guide or Video Producer? Please share your experiences with the community at the bottom of this page.

Is About.com a scam?

Here's a summary of what's good and not so good about About.com.

What's good about About.com

+Fortune 1000 company: it's reassuring to know that About.com is part of The New York Times Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion.
+Online since 1996: it's reassuring to know that About.com has been online since 1996.
+60M U.S. visitors: it's reassuring to know that About.com reaches 60 million unique monthly visitors in the United States alone.
+Work from anywhere: it's great to see that anyone 18+ living anywhere in the world can apply to be an About.com Guide. In fact About.com Guides live and work in more than 35 countries worldwide.
+Respectable pay: it's reassuring to know that About.com Guides earn on average between $1,000 and $2,000 a month, with some Guides earning over $100,000 a year.
+60+ topics available: it's good to see that there are over 60 topics still available, ranging from retirement planning and Oregon, to meat and game cooking and kids' parties and celebrations. There are even over 25 topics available for Spanish Guides. These details are correct at the time of writing, February 16, 2012.
+You retain copyright: it's good to see that you the author retain copyright to any material you produce for About.com.

What's not so good about About.com

-Long wait: some people have complained that they've waited months without reply or only to find out the position went to someone else.
-Long evaluation process: the evaluation process takes place over a period of a month which is pretty long by anyone's standard.


About.com is legitimate and definitely not a scam. Having been online since 1996 and part of The New York Times Company, a Fortune 1000 company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion, you know you can trust About.com.

About.com offers freelance writers and video producers the opportunity to make money online part-time and even full-time writing and producing videos on topics they're passionate and have in-depth knowledge about.

Overall based on what I've seen and read, with guaranteed minimum pay and a solid company backing you up, About.com offers one of the best freelance writing jobs around.

The work is interesting. Guides are proud of having their work published on About.com. The pay is respectable. And they don't even require any qualifications. What more do you want? Go apply today! Haha! :-)

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