Monday, September 22, 2008

List update

I did some changes to the list, so the categories actually showed up in the table of contents. Also moved up some sites to "Sites where publishers will post job requests". Some of those sites on my "to be checked" list have been sitting there for quite a long time. Some of those, like Blog Posts for Sale are sitting there since "paid to blog a advertisement" doesn't appeal to me and I have been putting looking at those sites off to look at new sites which I have more interest in. I really should stop putting them off. Think I may start a new category and find a day to review all those sites in one shot.

Sites moved to "Sites where publishers will post job requests"

Online Writing Jobs.net

Accentuate Writers Forum

Freelance Writing

Craigs List

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Triond article published

Another Triond article published. This one's on how to tell if a writing site is a scam. The article link

http://www.writinghood.com/Online-Writing/How-to-Tell-If-a-Writing-Site-is-Legitimate.256087

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Update : Added to list

Addded Freelance Writing.com , Accentuate Writers Forum and Online Writing Jobs.net to the list, under "Sites which I intend to take a closer look at". Thanks to Triond writer Allison West for writing an article highlighting these sites. Here's her Triond profile and the link to her article.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New layout for blog

Just "upgraded" my template. While the abilty to add widgets without doing much coding is nice, I do wish that it's possible for me to access and tweak the widget code on the edit widgets panel. Looks like I'll have to hunt down the specific widgets on my blog template and tweak it from there. I'll do it next time.

Made it to Triond Hot Content

My humour article about cats made it to the Triond hot content! I find it ironic that it was written when I wanted to take a break from research-intensive articles, see this blog entry here. I'll still be concentrating on writing about writing sites though, as I think my research will help fellow writers. I'll probably do a humour piece every now and then.

Here's the link to it.
10 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have a Cat

List update

Added Dooyoo to the list under review sites. It's only available to a few European countries though.

Friday, September 12, 2008

List update

Added Get A Coder to the section "Sites where publishers will post job requests". Although most of the assignments there are programming based, there are still quite a number of writing assignments there. You can filter your search results to only show wrting assignments.

Moved Xomba up to sites "Which let you earn pasive income". Basically, Xomba lets you place Google Adsense on your articles and splits the revenue 50/50 with you. It doesn't sound all that attractive, but Xomba does make up for it by holding frequent contests where winners stand to earn cash prizes. In addition, Xomba articles can also be used to generate backlinks to your other blog/site/other articles.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shared Reviews running into funding problems

Shared Reviews will stop paying members revenue from the end of September onwards. They put up an announcement in the forums saying that they have been having funding problems and as of September 2008, they will be putting the revenue-sharing model on hold. They have promised that they will still any outstanding amount that are owed to writers. The link to their forum announcement

http://forum.sharedreviews.com/forums/1/topics/1728

As Shared Reviews will be putting writers on hold indefinitely, I'll be taking Shared Reviews off my list for the time being.

Another Triond article

Just wrote another article for triond today. It's a humour piece on why every home should have a cat. Wanted to do something different after all those articles requiring research that I had been doing. It was a nice change to write something which didn't require research and only needed me to be creative.

The link to my article is here.

10 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have a Cat

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oboulo.com

Compumom from MyLot started a discussion about Oboulo.com, a paid to write site she discovered recently. I went to take a look and the site has a large number of grammar mistakes and weird sentence strutures.

Which raises one red flag for me.

The site claims it has been around for 3 years and for the top 10 most popular experts, the most popular expert has earned $255 and the "expert" in the number 10 spot has made a whooping $10. Yes $10.

2nd red flag.

Their most popular article ---> Business case study: Panera Bread

Summary of the article as copied and pasted from Oboulo

"Panera Bread began back in 1981. It started out as a small sandwich shop. After going public the company grew in size with the addition of more stores. It is currently headquartered in Missouri. Revenue has seen a tremendous change for the better. This year alone revenue is expected to come out near one billion U.S. dollars. In order to achieve its great success the company had to implement many successful strategies. These strategies include; identifying the opportunities and threats, analyzing the target market, determining position in the market, deciding on a growth strategy and figuring out the marketing mix."

Hmm, not a very well written article for "most viewed documents in the past 30 days"

3rd red flag.

On articles they are accepting

"We are looking for a wide variety of documents, so it is easy to make money as a Ambassador. Among other documents, we will consider: term papers, essays, articles, market surveys, college and graduate school application essays."

Does graduate school application essays mean what i think it is? Hmm, so customers can't actually complain about the poor standards of work that they are getting, since they shouldn't be doing that in the first place...

4th red flag.

I could probably uncover more stuff, but there are way too many red flags already. I would rather concentrate on researching sites that might actually have a chance of being legitamate. For now, I'm flagging this site as "Highly Suspicious".

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Linkfilter.net article published

Just did an article on Linkfilter.net

A Look at Linkfilter.net

I'll be following that up with an article on my experiences and interaction with the Linkfilter.net community. Link Filter kind of reminds me of those villages in those stories, where any outsider who steps in for the first time is automatically mistrusted and he or she has too work to prove that they are trustworthy and be accepted into the community.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Constant Content rejection

Just had my article rejected by Constant Content. Reason given was "Please submit in one of our accepted file formats: rtf, txt, or doc. We do not accept odt files." I had to ask in the forums to find out, as they seemed to be having problems with e-mailing some writers. Kind of relieved to know that it wasn't for grammar or writing errors.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

List update

Well, Academia-research got moved from "suspected" to "to be avoided". Moved Ciao up from "sites I have been meaning to check" to "Review sites" and updated a few site descriptions for this week.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Finally, another article published on Triond

I just had another article published on Triond. It took me 4 attempts.

The first time I submitted that article, I did a pretty silly thing. I submitted a blank file with the same name. There's a story behind it, while I was working on my article, my comp crashed. I hadn't saved it, and I have a habit of starting and saving an article with just the file name. Now I restarted my comp, opened my file to see if my word processor(Open Office.org) had managed to save during the crash. It was at that moment that my word processor informed me that it was retrieving the data. So, I waited and then the pop-up says that it has been retrieved. So, now I'm looking at an empty page with just the title, so I close it, with the intention of reopening it again. Open Office tells me that "changes have been made since I last saved it" and would I like to save or discard changes. I'm not sure whether by changes it means the empty file or the retrieved file, so I make a slight change to the file name so I can save it without over-writing. So you can probably guess by now where the "empty file" i submitted came from :P

The 2nd and 3rd time, my submitations got rejected by Triond as "submitted file is corrupt". I'm not sure if my comp crash had anything to do with this. I do know that I have no problems opening and viewing the file, but apparently the people at Triond can't read it. After the 2nd submitation, I copied and pasted everything from the old file to a new Open office document and submitted it. Apparently this didn't work as well, since Triond rejected it again with the "submitted file is corrupt" and so I saved the file as a .doc instead of .odt and apparently that did the trick, as Triond has finally accepted my article.

So now that my article is published, I'm going to have to submit a fix for my article. The formatting has turned out weird and one of the links has been misplaced to the next paragraph, so it no longer makes sense...

Wow, the fix happened quite fast, it's already been fixed. I do have to commend the people at Triond for this one. I just went to check my article and get the link to it and it's already been fixed. I submitted the fix a couple of hours ago.

The link to my article is here. It's about academia-research and all the stuff I found about it which leads me to conclude that it's a scam

http://www.writinghood.com/Online-Writing/Academia-Research-Exposed-as-a-Scam.240057