Monday, August 25, 2008

Academia-research on watch-list

Academia-research has the dubious honour of being the first one to be put on my "To be watched" list, meaning I have turned up enough cases and reports of misconduct on the site itself to be wary of it, but have not gathered enough conclusive evidence to put it on "sites to avoid" list.

What I have found so far.

- Lied about address being in the US, despite it being a Urkaine company

- While Academia-research won't blatantly not pay a writer, it may delay and fudge to avoid payment.

- Academia-research was by started by someone who split from Essaywriters.net, the notorious freelance writing scam also located in Urkaine.


Which is part of what makes my search so hard, as there is apparently quite an intense rivalry between Essaywriters.net and Academia-research and Essaywriters.net is not above telling outright lies to smear the competition, so I have to sift through my intel and establish it's reliability. I do the same for other sites I look at, but there's quite a lot more sifting to go through for this site.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Daytipper, scam? Not worth the effort?

Checked some sites on my list of "Sites which I intend to take a closer look at". Except for Daytipper, all of them got moved up to their respective categories. A search on Daytipper revealed that it used to offer $3 per tip, which got cut down to $1, which got cut down to cash handouts to the top 3 writers of the month. On top of that lots of writers during the $3 per tip period didn't get paid for tips that were published, due to Daytippers "unique" way of defining "published". My search also revealed that an article by a Susan Corbett from Associated Content, saying that Daytipper was a scam, has been called a scam by Nathan Preheim, the founder of the site. Huh? That is also a new definition of the word scam for me.

Stay away from the site.

Did an article on Daytipper and a few other sites here.

Top Sites You Should Not Write For

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Massive list update

Well, added quite a large number of sites to my list, especially under "Sites where publishers will post job requests"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Squidoo Lenses (For List)

My Squidoo lenses is up. I finally arranged Iakul's List (calling it List of Freelance Writing Jobs is such a mouthful), and categorised them, instead of the haphazard way I just placed the sites all over the list before. The list is now available at

http://www.squidoo.com/writingfulltime

I'll still be keeping the list on my blog for now. There's still a lot I plan to work on for the list and until then I'll be keeping it here also.

Another list update

Added Feed the Village, Epinions, Review Party and Letter Rep to the list.

Descriptions are up for all of them except Feed the Village. Still not sure about it yet. Epinions and Review Party are both review sites, although Review Party sets itself apart from other review sites in that it doesn't pay a lump sum, but offers you the opportunity to earn through ads displayed on your reviews. Letter Rep is a niche market website, specialising only in letter assignments.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

List of list updates

Added Qassia, Tutorial Tub, How to Do things.com, Xomba, Rankrz and Rate It All. Haven't done any site descriptions for them yet, although Qassia and Xomba look promising to me.

Both are sites that generate income through Google Adsense.

Qassia appears to be a cross between a promotion tool and an article publishing site.

Xomba appears to have quite positive feedback from what I gathered after searching the web about it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

List Updated

Added the site Shared Reviews. Thanks to Ruth Belena for mentioning it to me.

Also added Genuine Jobs and Online Writing Jobs.

Friday, August 15, 2008

First Payout From Associated Content

I got my first payout from Associated Content! 10 USD. It was for submitting at least 5 articles in July.

Shvoong and Squidoo

Been checking out these two sites. Squidoo I joined quite some time ago (along with the rest of the freelance writing sites I joined like Triond and Helium)but just left it sitting there cos' there was so much to figure out there and I had so many other sites to take a look at...
Shvoong I just checked out and joined. Added my Squidoo referral link here. Will update on my experience with them after I have had more publishing experience with them.

http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/referral/iakul

To do list: Check out Hubpages and Review Stream when I'm done with these two
To do list after I'm done with the to do list: Check out Storymash, Informative Post, Newsvine, eHow, Academia Research, Ground Report...

List of Freelance Writing Sites

A list I complied of freelance writing sites. I haven't checked all of them out yet. Have yet to decide whether I'm going to add sites like Get A Freelancer to the list or start a seperate list for them. Will be updating this and moving this all the way to the front whenever I find more sites

Sites which offer a one time payment for articles

Constant Content
A site where writers can showcase their articles with a preset price tag and have interested publishers buy them. Has strict standards for submitations (free of grammar mistakes etc) so check to make sure that you are submitting a flawless article.


Demand Studios
Offers upfront payments for articles. No passive income though and you lose your rights to your articles once they are published. Only available to US residents.

Textbroker
Only available to US residents. Pays on a "price per word" basis, with higher rated writers being able to command a higher price.

Sites which let you earn passive income

Triond
A site where you can publish your work and earn a passive income through page views generated by your articles. One of the better paying sites for passive income.

Suite101
A site where you can publish your work and earn through page views. Requires writers to publish at least 10 articles every 3 months.

Shvoong
A site where you can publish your work and have them earn a passive income.

Squidoo
A site that lets you build your own web pages, called "lenses" on squidoo and earn from them.

Hubpages
Another site that lets you build your own web pages and display your articles on them, letting you earn passive income.

Helium
Has a very active marketplace where publishers will request specific articles and frequent contests, both of which offer writers the opportunity to earn lump sum payments. Articles published will generate passive income.

Associated Content
Has contests every now and then, and specific article requests every now and then, so writers have a chance to earn lump sum payments. Also offers upfront payment for articles, but this is restricted to certain topics and only available to US citizens. Articles published will generate passive income.

Gzyn
Site that lets writers place their work there and generate revenue using Google Adsense. Takes a 10% cut from your profits.

Sites where publishers will post job requests

Online Writing Jobs

Genuine Jobs

Writing Career.com

Sunoasis
More suitable for US residents, as most jobs are based in the US. There a few jobs that require writers in other places like the UK or Canada, or even internationally but writers will have to seive through lots of job offers to find those.


iFreelance

Elance

Get A Freelancer

Writing Bids

Writers Weekly

Freelance Writing Gigs

About Freelance Writing

Funds For Writers

oDesk

Journalism Jobs

Writer's Market
Paid subscription needed for this site. They do however offer a free trial period.

Editorial Freelancers Association
Paid membership needed.

Freelance Daily
Has a daily newsletter with job listings. Offers a free trial period of 1 week, after which you have to pay $3.95 per month for subscription.

Absolute Write
Has a free newsletter listing jobs for writers. Also has a forum section devoted to paid writing assignments.

Freelance Free

PoeWar.com

Writerlance

Guru

Sites which specialise in certain writing categories

eHow
A site dealing in "How to" articles.

How to Do Things.com
Another site that publishes "How to" articles.

Tutorial Tub A site which lets you earn by displaying your tutorials (another way of calling "How To" articles) and earning through Google Adsense.

Newsvine
A site that publishes only news articles.

Ground Report
Another site that only accepts news articles.

Student Network Resources
This site specialises in research work.

Storymash
A site specialising in works of fiction.

Wisebread
A site that focuses mainly on financial topics, though it does publish articles that focuses on other issues.

Life Tips
Site where writers can apply to be paid for tip writing assignments.

Letter Rep
As you might guess from the name, this site focuses only on letter assisgnments.

Review Sites

Review Stream
Offers either $0.40 or $2.00 per review( depending on how valuable the site thinks your review is).

Review Party
A review site, this site lets you earn by letting you place Amazon affiliate links and Google Adsense on your reviews.

Epinions
Another review site. Pays $10 for 10 reviews. While the site does pay to non-U.S residents, only U.S residents are eligible for the contests held by the site. Payout is also set higher for non-U.S residents.

Ciao
You earn on this review site whenever another member reads and rates your reviews.

Sites which I intend to take a closer look at (But haven't)

Feed The Village

Qassia

Xomba

Rankrz

Rate It All

Gather

Craigs List

Informative Post

Buzzle

Print N Post

Help Your Money

Oocuz

Blog Posts For Sale

Common Ties

Sites on my to be watched list

These are sites which I have found quite a lot of negative stuff about, but have not yet gathered enough conclusive evidence to take them off and put on my "sites to avoid" list. If you have any links or information regarding these sites, please leave a comment so I can look into it.

None, at the moment. The last one here was Academia-research, which I took down after I had done my research and concluded that it was a scam.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Scour, a Scam?

Scour is a paid to search site that offers to send users $25 Visa cards once they reach 6500 points. Over the past few weeks, I have seen quite a few MyLot users posting on it and whether it is a scam. Due to the numerous users who have said that it was a scam, I have never joined it.

Recently took another look at it again and did some searching about Scour, and assuming that it is a legit site, here are the major problems that you are likely to encounter.

1) You won't get paid when you hit your points and request for payment. Yes, you won't. You'll have to send quite a few e-mails, post comments on their blog, and try a few means to contact them, before you get a chance to get paid.

2) It is possible that you'll get banned by an automated banning system when you reach payout, and then you'll have to send quite a few e-mails, post comments on their blog, and wait a few weeks to wait and see if the problem is resolved.

All these problems, ASSUMING it is legit. Now operating on the assumption that it is legit, the site already throws several obstacles at you when you claim your payout. Now the whole idea of joining a paid to search site is that I'm paid to do something that I'm already doing everyday. I don't mind waiting a long time for my payout, but when you have to actively hound the company for your payout, to unban you and jump through so many hoops, it is no longer " something I'm paid to do that I'm already doing". The effort spent is frankly not worth it.

Who cares whether it is a scam? Even if the company is legit, that $25 needs way too much work. I'll stick to My Homepage Friends for now.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My Homepages Friends

Discovered my Homepages friends, which is a Paid to search site. Tried searching for anything negative associated with them and didn't turn up anything. I'll join it and see how it goes, especially since I'm doing quite a lot of searches per day now. Added my referral link here.


http://www.myhpf.co.uk/apply001.asp?Friend=174057

Blog started

Started this blog to blog specifically on freelance writing. My other blog will be for personal stuff and I haven't updated it in a long time anyway, lol.