Clever Ghosts Review (After Using this Content Service for 3 Months)

UPDATE NOV. 25, 2020

CAUTION:  I promoted CleverGhosts to my email readers in early November 2020 based on my positive experience (read below).

However, I’ve received some emails from referrals and it’s been mentioned in the Fat Stacks forum that CleverGhosts failed to deliver content in a timely manner.  In some cases, people received nothing weeks after signing up.

Back story:  I used this service for months before recommending it in an email and on this site.  I wanted to make sure I received good content on time consistently. For the most part I did.  However, I CANNOT maintain a good review for readers when CleverGhosts failed to provide the same level service to referrals to date.

Accordingly, I CANNOT recommend this writing service.

Based on how this all went, I’ve severed all ties with Clever Ghosts.

END UPDATE.

The following is based on my experience as a content client… but I no longer recommend this service.

This CleverGhosts review could be a game-changer for your content needs.

It’s sure helped me get more content on more sites for a lot less money.

Today I’m talking about a CleverGhosts, a content service that has delivered more quality content for less money than any service I’ve ever used thanks to its “unlimited content requests per month” plan.

This review is 3 months in the writing.

In other words, I’ve been using this service for 3 months. I’ve received a ton if completed articles to date (I’ve lost track). Most of which are quite good. It’s cost me very little for all that content.

How much does it cost?

This is the nutty part.

They actually have an unlimited content requests plan that costs only $747.49/month

There are lower-priced plans, but I’m only interested in unlimited.

In reality, the unlimited is not unlimited returned content inside 30 days. If you send them 500 article topics you won’t get them all returned inside 30 days. I know because I literally did send them 500 topics out of the gates haha.

They drip-feed content back to me weekly.

Here’s what I can tell you. I receive a lot of content monthly for the price. And the content is decent.

All I do is send in hundreds of topics and I get content drip-fed back to me for all sites weekly. More importantly, the cost per word is ridiculously low… lower than I’ve ever paid.

How good is the content?

CleverGhosts writing service

See for yourself.

Below are links to some articles on Cyclebaron.com written by this service. The following articles were not edited by me or anyone on my team, so you get a realistic idea of what to expect:

TIP: How you can get more content returned faster?

One way to get more content faster is to sign up for multiple unlimited accounts (the Elite account).

On the flip side, it doesn’t hurt to test the waters first. It’s a tough call. I sometimes throw caution to the wind. In this case, it worked out for me.

Is it too good to be true?

Yes and no.

While the pricing seems too good to be true (especially the unlimited content requests for $750/mo.), I want to make it clear that you must realize the service will return only so much content each month due to turn-around times.

Also, and this is very, very important. Onboarding can take up to a week or two (but then content starts coming in nicely). You must be patient but IMO in the long run it’s worth it.

This content service is more like those graphic design services where you submit tasks and they are returned in a drip-fed manner.

But this much is true… the content is very good for what you do end up paying per word. The resulting per word I’ve spent is lower than any service I’ve used.

If it’s so good, why do I also work with in-house writers?

I treat CleverGhosts as gravy content that’s trickled in for all sites weekly. It’s particularly good for my smaller niche sites for which I don’t have in-house writers.

I love the drip-fed weekly content.

My in-house writers focus on the more in-depth content as well as improving older content. This content service provides plenty of content for all sites that I use to fill in the gaps or publish more content daily.

Is this the service that inserted their own Amazon affiliate links in the articles?

Not too long ago I told you about a writing service that inserted affiliate links in the content.

Yes, this is that service that did that and it really ticked me off. But when I told you about that I also mentioned that while I considered quitting the service, I just couldn’t given the quality and cost.

I do not know of any other service that provides this quality of content in this volume at these rates. I chose to overlook what really wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

In fact, this content service had no problem stopping the affiliate link insertions. They even went through all articles in inventory and removed the affiliate links.

Looking back I over-reacted, as I sometimes do. It’s all good now.

While the affiliate link thing ticked me off initially, it’s no longer an issue.

I suggest you ask them to not input their affiliate links in your content just so everyone is on the same page up front.

Do I still use this writing service?

Yes, I’m currently using it on all niche sites. I now have 4 Elite accounts.

Is this writing service for everyone?

No.

No service is for everyone.

I believe it’s worth trying but please have realistic expectations. It’s fair to expect decent quality for low rates but you can’t expect 500 articles returned inside 30 days.

As for quality, please check the quality of the articles on Cyclebaron.com set out above. Again, do not expect the same quality you’d get hiring a PhD or best-selling novelist to write for you. But it is very decent. If you need PhD level content, this is probably not for you. You should hire a PhD.

And please, please, please be patient during onboarding. Onboarding does take a little bit of time.

Readers FAQ

After I sent out this write-up to Fat Stacks readers, many folks had more questions.  Here they are along with my answers:

How much content have I received? How much did it cost per word?

Here’s the financial breakdown almost everyone asked about:

151 articles returned in total to date averaging 1,600 words. That’s 241,600 words approximately.

$4,650 spent over 3 months (multiple accounts).

It works out to $.019 per word to date. Let’s call it $.02 USD per word.

Month 1: I signed up for one account also enjoying the 70% discount: $225 (there was a 1st month discount when I joined).

Month 2: I realized one account wouldn’t get me enough content for all sites so I signed up 3 more accounts at $225. I renewed the original account: $1,425

Month 3: Renewed 4 accounts at $750 per account: $3,000

Total spent to date: $4,650

Sorry, I do not have a breakdown on the number of articles delivered each month.

The first month was a bit slow due to onboarding. I spent time explaining my needs. They assigned writers. I submitted topics. This all took time. I did receive enough content at the end of month where the $225 I spent was worth it and warranted renewing. In fact, it was sufficient for me to sign up for additional accounts.

Why does the service say unlimited when it’s not?

It’s a good question. I don’t have an answer for that. At first, I was perplexed and even annoyed but when I consider the quality of the content for what I end up paying per word, I’m still ahead. Hence I stay and pay every month.

Content volume improved each month

As I worked with my project managers, content volume improved month over month as we worked on workflow which we’ve streamlined considerably.

What’s the best way to use this service?

Here’s my approach. I have in-house writers do the more complex work. I then submit all the supporting “cluster” topics to to fill out the clusters. It’s working very well.

Do they write product reviews and vs. articles?

Yes, they will but you can’t expect them to be good if they don’t use the product or service. They will do a good job with vs. articles that are conceptual such as “travel by plane vs. bus” but not comparing two specific products. Nobody can if they don’t use the products.

Do I provide content outlines?

No, I don’t. I just send in topics. In some cases, I link to examples on my site for writers to get a sense of what I want.

I use this service for the cluster content. I particularly like them for question and answer articles.

Could you provide outlines?

Sure. It’ll add to the workflow, but by all means, provide outlines.

Onboarding

Once you sign up you’ll have a backend portal but I don’t use that. Instead, I contacted them asking to have a manager get in touch so that I could provide a Google Sheet for topics. I find this to be way better.

As soon as you sign up, contact them and ask to get onboarded ASAP with a Google sheet system (unless you prefer another method).

How do I order content?

During the onboarding process we worked together to put Google sheets together. Since I have access to the Sheets, I just add topics. Each site gets its own worksheet. It’s very simple. Works great.

My head VA has access to these Sheets and all content delivered so I’m out of the picture.

Is there a word count cap per article?

No, there isn’t. But you’ll receive fewer articles if they’re super long and involved. I received some articles with nearly 3,000 words. Most of my articles are in the 1,300 to 1,700 words range.

Quality control

One very nice aspect of is they have layers that include quality control. During onboarding, you’ll be assigned a project manager. That manager will assign writers.

When writers submit completed content, it’s vetted by editors. Editors either send it back to writers or approve it for managers to get it submitted to you.

I have all my articles submitted to me in Google drive. We set up folders for each site where published articles go. It’s a very simple, efficient process.

One of my VAs has access to the Google Drive account and she handles getting the content onto my sites.

Will this service publish directly on websites?

I believe they will but discuss it with your project manager. I didn’t want this because my VAs are well-trained on exactly how Iike my content published.

Will this content service find images?

They will look for images on Amazon and Shutterstock and insert URLs to those images in the content. It’s a huge timesaver for me. My VAs then get the images and put them in the article.

How you go about this is up to you and your project manager to discuss.

Who chooses word count?

I do. I indicate on the topic spreadsheet the approximate word count for each topic. However, I’ve told my manager to instruct writers to write an amount that will thoroughly cover the topic. Sometimes it’s more than I estimated and sometimes it’s less.

Will the service format articles (headings, bullet points, etc.)?

Yes, they will. In fact, they do a great job with headings, sub-headings, bullet points etc. They actually get h2, h3, h4 hierarchy which is really nice.

How do you cancel the subscription?

Just make sure that your billing or subscription is canceled in your account and you won’t be billed again. You are not in a contract. You can cancel any time.

This service is well-versed in how I do things

CleverGhosts Review
  • Content quality
  • Turnaround Time (TAT)
  • Customer Service
  • Price (Value)
1.8

UPDATE: I’ve had good results with CleverGhosts and so I recommended them to readers.  They had a terrible experience.  Therefore, I no longer recommend this service at all.  I give it a high quality rating because the content they delivered me was excellent but many people I told about didn’t get much or any content.

I’ve been working closely with this service for months. They are very well versed in how I do things so I suspect they should be able to treat your account and content the same.

I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone and via email working with them to get the workflow smooth and the content just the way I like it.

You are free to ask that everything be set up similarly to my set up… although you probably have your own preferences.

That’s a wrap on the questions so far. Thanks for sending them. I appreciate it.

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28 thoughts on “Clever Ghosts Review (After Using this Content Service for 3 Months)”

  1. This looks really interesting. Thanks for the review. With your multiple accounts, do you have one account per website? Are you able to order articles for multiple websites on unrelated topics under one account?

  2. I’ve used them for a month and I knew the first month would be slower. I got the highest paying plan, the agency Elite plan.
    Well after a month all I got are 3 measly articles. And an account manager that never replies to my email. My experience has been terrible and still is as I am chasing them for the remaining articles they’ve promised after over 5 weeks of signing up. Not worth the hassle.

  3. I am having the same experience. I am 2 weeks into the service and have not received one article. They never answer their phone and hardly respond to emails. I was very excited to use a service that could help automate writing, but I may have to fraud alert my credit card to get my money back.

  4. 3 weeks in and not a single article has been delivered. Have issued a charge back. These guys are a fraud. Disappointed you would endorse them Jon.

    1. Sorry to hear that Robert. They assured me they would deliver. I worked with them for months. However, I’ve revised this review to reflect their poor performance for referrals.

  5. I joined after your review / email, on the elite plan. Before joining I used their IM to ask how many articles I could expect in month one, and was told 50-60 x 2250 word posts.

    I joined up. I’m now a few days short of my second payment being taken, with not a single article received so far.

    I’ve been literally ghosted by my account manager, ten days after my initial ‘ETA’ for the first batch of content, who stopped replying to my emails. Skype I received one messaging saying hello- three days ago.

    Nothing since. No content, no communication.

    I expected a delay as you detailed in your mail but this is ridiculous.

    What a waste of time and money.

    1. If you don’t get anything you can file a chargeback with your credit/debit card and get the money back if nothing else.

  6. I’m currently 3 weeks in with no articles to show for it yet either and no “eta” for any articles.

    I’m assuming they were a great service that simply wasn’t ready for a huge influx of new unlimited customers but a simple follow up email to everyone detailing the delays and giving the next month for free while they ramp up would certainly be much better business than just not giving info to their customers.

    Certainly don’t blame you Jon and hope/expect it to get better faster bet there but we will see.

  7. I just signed up today. Unfortunately I didn’t read the Trustpilot reviews or these recent comments or I would have thought twice about it. I was so excited to get started and finally start churning out some content for my site. Now I am feeling a bit deflated. I’m not sure they are going to be able to deliver if they aren’t on top of their business. Are you still receiving your content on time at the moment Jon?

  8. Four weeks after I paid (and two weeks after sending them article instructions), and I’ve received absolutely nothing.

    Maybe the story about them inserting their own Amazon affiliate links in clients’ content should have been a warning? Gee…don’t I feel dumb.

    As with the previous commenter, I’m a few days short of my second monthly payment being taken, with zero content received.

    Huge disappointment.

  9. I signed up for unlimited content, now they stopped responding to my emails, messages. Even the account manager is out of skype for several days. Now, is there any way to get back my money? Fatstack blog shouldn’t have recommended this service. I trusted trusted them based on this review $225 dollar is a lot of money for me. What should i do now?

  10. Bad Communication & Constantly Miss Deadlines
    I’ve been using Clever Ghosts for 7 months now and I currently have their Elite Agency Plan for $747. They have yet to deliver a project on time in the last 3-4 months. I’ve worked around all their requests to help improve the process, tried communication through Skype, Email, Chat, submitted projects weeks in advance, but nothing has improved.

    Whenever I would submit projects or request updates on projects they consistently over-promise with delivery time/dates “uploading right now or today” and weeks go by without any updates. Making very had to run business with VERY UN-CONSISTENT TIMELINES & COMMUNICATION.

    The quality of the work is ok but still has typos and grammar errors but the biggest deal-breaker is the communication, expectations, and level of service.

    If you don’t care about timelines and communication then you should give them a try.

    Update: on 12/1/20 after waiting 3 weeks on one project they decided to cancel my account. So this whole time while I’m waiting on a project I’ve been telling my client it would be coming soon just have them pull this BS.

    “Hi Jahiro, your account is now cancelled and we are going to provide a full refund for you last payment. Sorry for any inconvenience but we simply don’t have enough resources to meet your deadlines at this time.”-CleverGhost

  11. I, unfortunately, signed up on November 3rd before seeing this thread or any news about the issues. Haven’t heard from them after sending them two emails, so I went ahead and requested a chargeback through Chase. It’s too bad they couldn’t deliver like they were for Jon. Sounded like a great opportunity… Good luck everyone!

  12. I also used this service based on the recommendation here… this company is definitely Clever… because they GHOSTED me. Stay away. I paid for the professional plan. It’s been 7 weeks and not a single article. I tried their chat, and they stopped responding. i emailed, and they won’t email back. They have not responded. Took my money and have not provided anything. STAY FAR AWAY.

  13. Hi, I also have the same experience and a guy named Jason is very rude when I mentioned i have filed for chargeback after they didn’t provide me any articles for 3 weeks after sign up. The way he phrase it is like it is my fault and still have the audacity to say that they do not have a refund policy and will dispute the chargeback.

    Hi Jayden,

    Since you filed chargebacks we are going to cancel both accounts immediately. As I mentioned, your other account manager wanted to take over for both accounts and emailed you on the 10th. He has not received a reply from you.

    I’m not sure why you did a chargeback as the content is already in progress and we do not have a refund policy. Oh well, we will be sure to dispute the chargebacks and share the emails we sent with no response. Thanks for giving us a try.

  14. I subscribed to Clever Ghosts and have yet to get any content after 18 days. This is getting a little ridiculous… I’ve emailed them several time and contacted them via and phone, but have completely ghosted me. This is a terrible service.

  15. 7 weeks after signing up on Elite plan… I received one single ‘test piece’ clearly not written by someone fluent in English, with half finished sentences and littered with spelling mistakes. Nothing useable.

    I requested a refund – no response to my refund request, to multiple emails, no response on Skype. Very clever ghosts indeed.

    The whole process has been stressful, expensive and a waste of time.

    Total SCAM. I hope Jon gets involved in getting his readers money back since he was keen to promote them to us 🙁

  16. Exact same review as all the other ones above. 5 weeks after payment, still haven’t received a single piece of content.
    They stopped replying on all channels: email, skype, and even their web chat.
    The worst part is that from the moment you sign up, you are absolutely clueless about what’s happening. No communication about what to expect, no updates, even though you already paid.
    I don’t understand why they would keep taking on new clients when they clearly can’t deliver on what you paid for.
    From the reviews I’ve read above, it seems like they’re trying to cover their track by sending a few emails like “Hey are you free today for a call?” to use in legal dispute for refunds. Make sure you take screenshots of the conversations you have with them.
    @Jon any feedback? Any advice on how to deal with the situation?

  17. Jon, you should be held accountable for this fiasco and for supporting this scam.
    You might have good intentions but you promoted a shitty product to your community in exchange for… some commissions. How much have you earned from US, your LOYAL readers? What have you done with our money? You have lost all credibility by minimizing your implication in this.
    And if you don’t fight for us, to fix your mistakes, you’re a scammer just like them.

    1. Hey Frankly,
      It was a fiasco. I agree and I apologize for the problems. I worked with them for months before promoting and they assured me they could handle an influx of work. They couldn’t. I have served as liaison between CG and readers for weeks. I sent an email to all email readers stepping through exactly what they need to do to get this handled. Refunds have been issued. I also set out updates in the Fat Stacks forum. If you are on the Fat Stacks email newsletter and/or forum you would have received step by step details on what to do in order to get a refund. Anyway, they are issuing refunds for failure to deliver content. I’ve tried to be as transparent about this process as much as I can. I’ve been in text and email communication with the company stepping in for dozens of Fat Stacks readers (those who received the email and/or are on the forum) and have secured refunds and helped them out. If there was more I could do, I would. I sincerely apologize for all the hassle.

  18. I have had a terrible experience with the Cleverghosts service. I signed up on Jon’s recommendation and my subscription for the month will expire in 2 days. I have not had any replies to any emails or chats. I have not received any content whatsoever. I just had a single welcome email from my account manager. I have been continuously following up, but no replies. My credit card company In India says I cannot issue a chargeback as it was an authorized transaction. There is no way of canceling the subscription from the credit card company’s side as well. @Jon I request you to help me here in whatever way you can. Is there any way you can contact these guys and at least get them to cancel my subscription? Doesn’t look like I am getting my money back for this month and it was a huge amount for me 🙁

  19. I am still struggling after having signed up for this service, I am devastated. 🙁 I signed up after being recommended here, but I cannot even cancel my account!! and they are not answering me for a refund, I may have to close my card, and this was a lot of money for me.

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