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Updated Oct 10, 2022

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47%
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  1. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Senior Contributor - Editorial - contract position

    Apr 20, 2022 - Senior Contributor 
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    Pros

    freedom to write when you want to write tiny upside for bringing on new subscribers

    Cons

    after base monthly pay, pay is per pageview so it's erratic

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  2. 2.0
    Current Freelancer, more than 5 years

    Great clout, awful gig

    Oct 10, 2022 - Senior Contributor 
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    Pros

    Forbes still means something to a lot of people who want press. The platform will get you into many rooms.

    Cons

    Pay is dirt. $250/month for a minimum of five articles. Zero editorial oversight. Most contributors are awful writers, which diminishes credibility by association. But that doesn't seem to matter to the company - Forbes just wants content.

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  4. 2.0
    Current Freelancer, more than 5 years

    Pros and Cons

    May 20, 2022 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    Flexibility, exposure, can build a following, freedom

    Cons

    Low pay, content mill, declining credibility

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  5. 4.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Forbes is great

    Jun 4, 2021 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    Great editorial team and a genuinely great experience overall

    Cons

    Contributor pay could be more

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  6. 3.0
    Current Contractor

    Steady then unsteady.

    Apr 30, 2021 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    Page views can vary dramatically. And that's not necessarily related to how talented or SEO-savvy the writer is.

    Cons

    Dips month to month can be steep -- and lasting.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Get some clips and get out

    May 5, 2021 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    The word about Forbes and its contributor model is only just starting to get out, so people still give the publication clout, meaning you can use the Forbes name to get interesting sources and use the clips to get other jobs (which you should, ASAP).

    Cons

    The contributor model for Forbes makes it so that you need to publish five articles per month to get paid at all, and seven articles to make a bit more money. If you run six, you get paid the five rate. Both rates are pennies. The last article I wrote for Forbes I wrote while very sick and was literally running to the bathroom to throw up and then going back to my computer to finish it so I could run it by midnight and not lose all the money for the other articles I wrote that month. That was the end of the abuse I was willing to take. (And btw, I got a great job soon after, so if you feel like you need Forbes to get clips or money, YOU DON'T). Oh, and no one copy-edits contributor articles before they're published, so anything you read in Forbes could be wildly factually inaccurate. Management was also miserable, meaning they're overworked and underpaid too. In summation, Forbes lacks integrity in every possible manner.

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  8. 1.0
    Current Contractor, more than 5 years

    White People Will Do Well Here

    Mar 19, 2021 - Contributor in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Great benefits, nice for your resume

    Cons

    Whiteness: The Forbes "family" is not inclusive. There are no people of color on the c-suite and their PR tactics are very performative.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Freelancer

    Nice platform for your work

    Dec 18, 2020 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    I was a contributor. Nice platform for your work.

    Cons

    Pay is too low for contributors.

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  10. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Forbes "culled" writers in the pandemic

    Nov 8, 2020 - Contributor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    People want to be seen in Forbes.

    Cons

    Editors have little to no respect for creatives.

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  11. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Good for name association, bad for money; erratic managing staff

    Mar 4, 2020 - Contributor 
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    Pros

    They offer a strong brand name to associate with. Their information systems are decent and they have a significant amount of guides and resources to utilize to assist with your work as a Contributor.

    Cons

    Terrible cost-benefit from a money standpoint. Very micro-managing and volatile staff and unclear expectations. You’ll spend endless amounts of time and may well not even get paid due to their high thresholds. I found the staff managing the Contributors to have issues with expectations, timeliness, and sometimes honesty too.

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