Michael Wong Academy

Seed.com Profile

By Michael Wong

Seed.com offers writers and photographers opportunities to make money online creating content for distribution across AOL's network of over 80 websites, including AOL Autos, BlackVoices and DailyFinance.

Did you know... AOL was founded in 1985 as Quantum Computer Services, renamed America Online in 1991, listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1992, renamed AOL in 2006, and spun off from Time Warner and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2009? Phew! :-)

Did you know... AOL acquired The Huffington Post in 2011 along with over 9,000 bloggers, including Bill Gates, Madonna, and George Clooney?

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Seed.com fact sheet

Work where?
Pay by
Pay schedule
Joining fee?
Minimum age
Paid out
Mobile apps
United States
Paid-per-article + revenue share
PayPal/EFT ($10+), check ($25+)
Every Thursday
Independent contractor (40,000+)
Experience is required
Not required
New York, NY, USA.
$2.4 billion in 2010
Not available
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Where is Seed.com available?

Seed.com is currently only available to freelance writers and photographers in the United States.

How do I make money with Seed.com?

Seed.com gives you opportunities to make money contributing articles, images, and videos on over 80 topics to the AOL network of over 80 websites.

Content rights

If Seed.com accepts your content, they'll request one of the following licenses but you retain the copyright.

Seed.com aren't accepting non-exclusive content at this time.

Other notes of interest:

Seed.com in the news

Seeing major news networks run stories on a company is always reassuring. So here are some stories on Seed.com by major news websites.

Seen any good news stories on Seed.com from other major news websites? Please share the links with the community at the bottom of this page.

Seed.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 Seed.com.

+ = positive comment / - = negative comment

-I have written 5 articles for seed, 3 got accepted...They missed my payment for two weeks and I had to shoot them an email. It is mostly life experience topics. - tbkwriters, May-05-2011
-I submitted about half a dozen articles, most 500 word type articles, and a few shorter ones. I got one $10 "tips" purchased, and after, not a thing...Not happy with Seed.com in the least bit. - Kate, Mar-28-2011
+I started two months ago and have so far sold them 14 articles. Many in the $50 range. I have been on the front page of AOL, Popeater etc. I wouldn't give up, I work at it very hard and I did study AOL sites to get the tone and style they were looking for. They seem to like a snappy, conversational, witty etc. style so the info isn't just info...My last piece a few days ago, "confessions of a videographer; the rise and fall of the bride" was on their opening AOL page and got 200,000 hits in a few hours. - newsy1, Jul-07-2010
+I've had two articles rejected there and one article accepted. I know of two writers who are making that their full-time job now (they've made a buttload of money over there)...I really love the openness of the site. - Ann Olson, Apr-12-2010
-19 days ago I submitted 5 articles...all in all, I submitted 6200 words, requiring a lot of research. Research and time that would have been worth it, had I received payment for them at $620. As of now I will receive $20. - sabramh, Jan-16-2010

Have you made money working for Seed.com? Please share your experiences with the community at the bottom of this page.

Is Seed.com a scam?

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

What's good about Seed.com

+Listed on NASDAQ: it's reassuring to know that Seed.com is part of AOL which is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with 2010 revenues of over $2.4 billion.
+5,860+ employees: it's reassuring to know that Seed.com has a staff of 5,860+ professionals supporting the company.
+250M+ viewers: it's reassuring to know that AOL's network of websites attract over 250 million monthly visitors.
+Higher pay: There're reports of Seed.com paying up to $200 per assignment which is much higher than other websites.
+Easy photos: contributors have said it's really easy to grab photos for your article because Seed.com provides a massive photo database.

What's not so good about Seed.com

-Tough quality requirements: contributors have been complaining about their contributions getting rejected because Seed.com seem to require a higher standard for its content than other websites. This is actually a good thing for AOL visitors. ;-)
-Lack of guidelines: contributors have been complaining that they aren't sure what is expected of them due to the lack of editorial guidelines.
-Can't claim a topic: contributors have been complaining that they can't claim a topic and multiple contributions are competing against other to be the winner.


Seed.com is legitimate and not a scam. AOL Inc, which owns Seed.com, is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with $2.4 billion in revenue in 2010.

Seed.com offers freelance writers and photographers the opportunity to make money online.

After reading many articles and comments on Seed.com I get the impression that it's much tougher to get your content into Seed.com than other websites.

Seed.com seem to look for higher quality content maybe even on par with what its professional writers create. But they do pay higher rates for some assignments, as much as $150 to $200 some contributors have claimed.

One complaint that crops up often is having to wait a long time for contributions to be reviewed. This is common in this niche but Seed.com seem to take longer than others.

It's not all negative though. Some contributors have had success with Seed.com. And getting your work published in the AOL network is definitely a plus for showcasing your work.

Overall based on what I've seen and read, I'd suggest you look at Seed.com if you're confident your work is up to the standard of the content you see on the AOL network.

If you don't feel your work is quite up to that level, then you'd probably have more success elsewhere.

Go make money with Seed.com

Feb-21-2012 update: Seed.com are apparently scaling back assignments because its sister property Huffington Post is providing more content, according to this October 11, 2011 article, "Demand Media and Seed.com Weed Out Freelancers".

Feb-21-2012 update: Seed.com are in the process of reformatting Seed.com and new assignments are currently on hold. Email seed2signup@seed.com if you'd like to sign up for the new Seed.com 2.0.

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