February 21, 2010
AOL's Seed was launched in beta form late last year as part of the company's attempt to redefine the way it creates content for its huge network of blogs. Seed essentially assigns articles to anyone and everyone on the Internet with experience or knowledge in the area required. All you have to do is sign up for a free Seed.com account and start looking for work. To help grow its network of users, and in theory generate more content, AOL has created a Seed iPhone/iPod touch app. The AOL Seed iPhone app app allows you to sign into your Seed account (you must sign up online at seed.com) to find assignments, write and submit your work, view your submitted work, track how your published pieces are performing, and even take pictures to capture and submit breaking news. Seed assignments are entirely text and photo-based, meaning you don't have to necessarily be a writer to earn some cash. Assignments span many categories, such as health, lifestyle, technology, etc., so there should be something for everyone. Each assignment displays what is required of you, such as how many words are needed, when it must be completed, and how much you will be getting paid. For example, today I discovered a "How To Treat Kitty Dandruff" assignment that required 500 words and paid up to $50.00. Not too shabby if you know a lot about kitty dandruff. You can claim assignments directly from the app itself, and you can even write it up your piece and submit it from your iPhone or iPod touch. Submitted works can be tracked from the app as well. If your work gets published on AOL's network of blogs, you can track its performance to see just how much money you have earned. AOL Seed is now available for free in the App Store. If you are looking for a way to earn a few extra bucks and put your talents on display, why not just give it a try?