Monday, August 19, 2013

Catching up with the content site news


Hi. I haven't written in this blog for almost a year. I got tried of tracking and publishing my content-site income. It got to be too much trouble for the small amount of money I was making.  I may start doing it again at some point, on a less detailed scale, but I have to think about that.

For now, I'd like to update what I know about what's been going on with the sites since the last time I wrote here.

Demand Studios
They raised their rates, but they are also looking for more substantial experience, credentials, and degrees in the subject-matter areas they cover.

Helium
They said they will be launching a redesigned site before the end of the year.

Media Piston
Shut down.

Textbroker
They raised rates for their clients, but didn't raise pay for their writers. It seems like a lot of the work has shifted to team orders. On some days, the open order pool is almost empty, although I guess that could change.

WriterAccess
There's more competition for orders now after an influx of new writers, but it's still a good site for good writers.

Writers Domain
A lot of new writers signed on, but they are still accepting more writers periodically. Easy work.

Yahoo! Voices
This is the site that used to be Associated Content. I really haven't kept up with what's been going on there lately, but I've heard some grumbling.

Are you working for any of these sites or any other content sites?  Please share your opinions in the comments below. Pooling information helps everyone.

If you want to comment anonymously, please select Name/URL from the drop-down box and make up a name. That way, if someone wants to reply to your comment, they don't have to refer to you as "The second Anonymous," or "Anonymous at 6:31 p.m."

Rants, raves, warnings, and neutral opinions are all welcome.  Any detail you can provide about what, specifically, you like or don't like about a particular site would be fantastic.

Play nice.  Don't insult your fellow commenters who may have different opinions than yours.

3 comments:

  1. Hey May, I'll play.

    Helium has, indeed, slipped some information to privileged users (channel managers, for example) about the new relaunch, even giving a month. Regular members are getting vague information about taxonomy on the forums, and a recent string complains about lower payment with the usual "it's August, everyone's at the beach" response from moderators.

    Textbroker has been "good" to me, only use them during summer months when day job income is down. Sometimes there's something interesting to write about, most times it's dull copy writing. Pay's not great but if you can evade the comma police there and keep at L4, it's good for a couple hundred bucks in a month's relaxed mindless writing.

    Writer's Access I haven't gotten around to writing to but they do have a rule about living in the States or at least being a US citizen. Living abroad means I have to ask them to make an exception for me (why can't Americans imagine that one of theirs might not be living in the Homeland? See Writer's Domain....)

    Writer's Domain, same narrow view of life as Writer's Access, to prove you're American you have to have an address on American Soil.... I wrote them directly and they looked at my passport and said as long as I was not writing from Africa or Iraq there would be no problem, as I could prove I was a citizen with my documentation. Again, why do Americans assume that Americans only live in America? Zeus....

    No one ever mentions "Triond"-- ha! I still get monthly statements from them (have had a short story and an article about saving water there for eons....) , that statement always says I've got ten cents in my account but can't collect it until it's don't remember how much. Same old, same old.

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  2. Oops, forgot to add that Writer's Domain listed on their web registration form that French writers from Canada would be put on a waiting list but the same was not listed for either English or Spanish writers. So, I wrote the silly sample article and took the silly "grammar" test and got told that I was put on a waiting list to write for them in English. Didn't like that sleight of hand.... had I known I'd be put on a waiting list I probably wouldn't have bothered with either the article or the silly "grammar" test.... either their site was not "updated" when I joined or they just forgot to say. Kind of peeved me at the time, still watching my email to see if I have been taken off the waiting list.... hate that.

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  3. Hi, Rev. Thanks for chiming in.

    Interesting that you find Textbroker relaxing and mindless. I get very tense whenever I attempt to do anything at TB, almost at panic levels, so I find it virtually impossible to write anything there and only do a few articles per year. Wish I knew the secret to doing them without anxiety ...

    Don't know why the sites are so picky about only hiring writers who are living in the U.S. ... since we're contractors, not employees, it shouldn't really matter ... maybe it's a tax thing.

    I think that Writer's Domain probably just forgot to say that they weren't hiring right now. I can see why they aren't -- when they have an article drop now, everything gets snapped up almost immediately. But there's a lot of turnover, and the site does open its gates periodically, so hang tight. It might take a few months ...

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