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Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-07-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,104
Posted By AC80
Almost as shady as that silly survey they had a...

Almost as shady as that silly survey they had a few months ago that was extremely slanted toward a pay-to-play system.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-06-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,702
Posted By AC80
One of the main differences is that clients can't...

One of the main differences is that clients can't just make an account on CS and post individual orders there. CS goes after large (ish) accounts. Another difference is that TB uses onsite eds who...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-30-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,231
Posted By AC80
I edit for them now and then. No complaints, and...

I edit for them now and then. No complaints, and I'm extremely picky about what work I'll take on.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-27-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By AC80
I quit writing the Q&As quite some time ago...

I quit writing the Q&As quite some time ago because the pay isn't enough, and I recall being a little frustrated with them because they were always changing their style guide. I'd get several emails...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-26-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By AC80
I'm curious about something, if anyone who edits...

I'm curious about something, if anyone who edits for CS would care to answer...but what's with the comments of the editors in the forums there? They're constantly posting snippets from work they've...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-25-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,927
Posted By AC80
Try joining your local Chamber of Commerce,...

Try joining your local Chamber of Commerce, especially if it's an active one with lots of meetings and events.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
That's nice, MReynolds. I'm sure you fit in quite...

That's nice, MReynolds. I'm sure you fit in quite well in Textbroker's forum :) Not sure what point you were trying to make -- those words can certainly be used in the proper context, as LindaKay...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Why are you stalking LindaKay? That's just weird.

Why are you stalking LindaKay? That's just weird.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
It's no big deal that it went off-topic --...

It's no big deal that it went off-topic -- happens all the time in real life conversations.

Isn't it weird how some kids of abusive parents idolize the parent as adults? I don't get that myself....
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
You know -- that type of toxic family can really...

You know -- that type of toxic family can really have an effect on your current life. Trying hard not to be like them just for the sake of not being like them gives them too much power over your...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Negativity is just a catchword on these forums...

Negativity is just a catchword on these forums for "I don't like your post." ;)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By AC80
That's because most of the work there isn't worth...

That's because most of the work there isn't worth doing. Sorry, but that Q&A project...writers who are working on that are doing so because they've got nothing else. I've been doing a bit of the PDs...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-24-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
You're wrong, MReynolds. ssrr8, I think it's...

You're wrong, MReynolds.

ssrr8, I think it's just that you tend to come off as a little judgmental yourself, and...well, I'm not sure I see the point in making everything so personal. In other...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-22-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
That's nice, ssrr88. If you've ever worked a...

That's nice, ssrr88. If you've ever worked a brick-and-mortar job, your employer paid into an unemployment insurance fund, and as I stated, in a couple of states, employees also contribute. Fiercely...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-22-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Not gonna argue about this, but unemployment...

Not gonna argue about this, but unemployment (which freelancers don't have) is paid out through a fund created by specific taxes on employers (and in a couple of states, employees pay into the fund)...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-22-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
I choose my private clients carefully because...

I choose my private clients carefully because I've heard too many horror stories about writers not being paid when PCs sneak off into the sunset. Right now, I couldn't be happier with the ones I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-21-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Main site work isn't that hard to find, and it...

Main site work isn't that hard to find, and it certainly pays better than the $8 you get from Blogmutt (if that's the site you're talking about). After all, Scott Yates charges clients $20 for those...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-21-2015, 01:17 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Yeah, I'm aware that not everyone who does this...

Yeah, I'm aware that not everyone who does this type of work is a parent. I was referencing a specific example rather than making a generalization.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-20-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
I've seen her flat out put writers down for...

I've seen her flat out put writers down for working for "content mills" and for not settling for what they're worth. I've seen her call $25 an hour for freelancing "starvation wages" and to me,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-20-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
I think the only one who makes money off Carol...

I think the only one who makes money off Carol Tice's method is Carol ;), but only because she's selling insecurity to new writers. I looked at her stuff when I was first starting out and figured if...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-20-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
I agree with a lot of this, especially the part...

I agree with a lot of this, especially the part about how higher rates generally come with a more professional type of client. There are also significant benefits to working with a professional...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-19-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,281
Posted By AC80
Twenty-five dollars for a 400-word article isn't...

Twenty-five dollars for a 400-word article isn't a bad rate if it only involves minimal research, which is how it should be for that amount. If it involves extensive revisions and other bs, it isn't...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-19-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,231
Posted By AC80
Sorry, but this project has a non-disclosure...

Sorry, but this project has a non-disclosure agreement. It'll probably also be flooded with applicants now, so I wouldn't expect much if I were you.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-18-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By AC80
Those companies are still there. It's not...

Those companies are still there.

It's not my favorite site. The Q&A project is ridiculous, and anyone who's writing for those rates probably doesn't have any other choice. I only keep my account...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-17-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,636
Posted By AC80
True, but WD rates are a bit higher than 1-3...

True, but WD rates are a bit higher than 1-3 cpw....the premiums pay around 6 cpw. I write at another site where I make $23 for 400-450 word SEO articles. That sort of work provides a good way to...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-17-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,636
Posted By AC80
I can put together a good-enough-for-WD 600-word...

I can put together a good-enough-for-WD 600-word SEO article in about an hour, but I tend to stick with subjects I know something about. Just wouldn't be worth picking those up otherwise. I don't...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-17-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,636
Posted By AC80
If this is just SEO schlock such as WD articles,...

If this is just SEO schlock such as WD articles, Cassandra has a point, but I'm with the others about quality work taking more time.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-01-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By AC80
No one is fired..exactly, were they? But I guess...

No one is fired..exactly, were they? But I guess it amounts to that. The eHow project just went away, and that was the bulk of their work. My section still has a few assignments from SFGate, but...
Forum: Virtual Assistants 08-30-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,046
Posted By AC80
It's piece work. I guess those with experience...

It's piece work. I guess those with experience can make minimum wage if they're lucky.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-30-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By AC80
Thanks. I made this thread over a month ago, and...

Thanks. I made this thread over a month ago, and my question was specific to that time frame. It's picked up since then. I know how much it fluctuates, but this was the worst I'd seen it since they...
Forum: Virtual Assistants 08-29-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,046
Posted By AC80
I tried it out of curiosity and because I thought...

I tried it out of curiosity and because I thought it might be nice to have something to do that didn't involve writing, but it was a pretty awful experience. I took this task involving looking up...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-14-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
Actually, I don't get their emails anymore. I...

Actually, I don't get their emails anymore. I told them to stop spamming me and that no amount of begging was going to get me back on that project.

I don't really trust them. Who knows what's...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-14-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
There is only one client on the Q&a project. It's...

There is only one client on the Q&a project. It's Ask.com. CS does have other clients, but all of the questions and answers are for one.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-14-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
I gave up on that project months ago. It isn't...

I gave up on that project months ago. It isn't just isn't worth doing for such low pay.

It's my understanding that the writing and editing on the Q&As are of such poor quality that the client is...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-12-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
PD = product descriptions. There were supposed to...

PD = product descriptions. There were supposed to be posting thousands of those from Overstock, but they didn't materialize. It's fun to pick up a few of those now and then. They're the only reason I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-12-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
I wonder what's going on over there. There isn't...

I wonder what's going on over there. There isn't any work to speak of -- even the question queue for the HT ones is almost dry, and the admins haven't said a word. Even the the thousands of PDs that...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-31-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,173
Posted By AC80
Sorry, but it's not a public forum. It does...

Sorry, but it's not a public forum.

It does sound as if they have a lot of cash flow problems. I have an account there but have never written for them and doubt if I'll bother.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-27-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By AC80
WD Review Times?

Is it just me, or have WD reviews slowed down to a crawl yet again?
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-27-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,216
Posted By AC80
Nothing, I suppose, but it doesn't seem to be a...

Nothing, I suppose, but it doesn't seem to be a common occurrence from what I've seen. I think most writers avoid writing for clients with long lists of pending articles. I'd be surprised if there...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-27-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,216
Posted By AC80
No. You really need to take a look around their...

No. You really need to take a look around their interface to see exactly how it works. It isn't like Constant Content. You write for the clients of your choice using designated keywords from a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-25-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,732
Posted By AC80
Will send you a pm :)

Will send you a pm :)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-25-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,216
Posted By AC80
I've had one rejection. I think the client may...

I've had one rejection. I think the client may not have renewed his contract; can't recall.

These are just meant to be light blog posts. If I find one I can pop out in 15 minutes while I'm taking...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-25-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,173
Posted By AC80
I don't write for them, but there are writers on...

I don't write for them, but there are writers on another platform's forum who are discussing the same issue you're having.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-22-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,732
Posted By AC80
I do mostly culinary/lifestyle/travel writing and...

I do mostly culinary/lifestyle/travel writing and have a couple of regional niches. I've been thinking about playing around with some microfiction, though.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-21-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,732
Posted By AC80
Considering that a lot of literary journals don't...

Considering that a lot of literary journals don't pay anything for fiction, this isn't a horrible rate for unknown writers. I can name some middle-of-the-road publications that pay about a penny a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-12-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,216
Posted By AC80
Wait a minute -- they're paying writers $8 per...

Wait a minute -- they're paying writers $8 per 250+ word post and keeping the rest? That's a way higher percentage than the others. Textbroker and other like them take only around 30 percent, and...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-25-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
I have to admit I'm loving those little art print...

I have to admit I'm loving those little art print ed jobs and the OS prod descriptions. I've never made so much on CS in one day before. Be nice if it stayed this way for awhile.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-19-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
I like the Overstock descriptions. For the most...

I like the Overstock descriptions. For the most part, though, I can't afford to work there because the rates are too low.

They aren't going to find a good talent pool among those willing to pay...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-16-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
Really? It's full of work right now. They're...

Really? It's full of work right now. They're doing the Answer.com project and the place is overflowing with 100 and 200 word questions and answers. There's also a bunch of product descriptions. They...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-11-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By AC80
Of course they were considering it. That's my...

Of course they were considering it. That's my point.
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