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I was burned out on CloudCrowd and stopped working there almost entirely for the last few months. But I went back a few days ago and started doing a bit of work there again, lured by higher payments for some writing tasks as well as staff promises to make changes to improve some of the more frustrating aspects of the CC experience.
I noticed that I had accumulated a fair number of referrals, but only one person had done any work at all. I was wondering why almost everyone seemed to get either stuck or turned off before they even got out of the starting gate.
There's definitely a mix of good and bad at CloudCrowd, and I'm not here to plug it. I do have a vested interest, though, in seeing my referrals succeed there. So if anyone has any questions -- whether I've referred you or not -- leave them in the comments below, and I will try to answer what I can. If you wanted to get going there but couldn't -- if you ran into some obstacles -- maybe I can help you figure it out.
(And if you haven't signed up yet and want to give it a shot -- here's my referral link: CloudCrowd signup. You need to have a Facebook account as the site runs as a Facebook app, but it's okay to set up a new acount to use just for CloudCrowd if you don't want to use your regular account for privacy reasons.)
Editing to add: After I wrote this post earlier this evening, a review task I did at CloudCrowd was rejected, and now the reasons I got fed up before are all coming back to me. Also realized that the price quoted per word for the writing task only applies if I get the bonus, which is hard to do. Without the bonus, the price drops from 4 cents/word to 3.36 cents/word. That's still higher than many sites, but lower than what I usually get at WriterAccess. Writing for CloudCrowd may be easier than writing elsewhere, as no one at CC seems to particularly care if the articles are engaging -- only that they are grammatically correct. On the other hand, even if it's easier, writing boring articles is, well, boring. So CC is still a mixed bag.
Editing again to add: I've been doing more there this past week. They had a batch of jobs for movie reviews and previews, which were much more interesting than the usual articles to write, review and edit. The pay for some of the new tasks has improved. The site still has its frustrating aspects but, at least for the moment, I'm back into it.