Monday, March 30, 2009

What to Do When your Article Gets Plagiarised

Just published an article on on Triond about the options available to writers who get their content plagiarised.

Was inspired to write it after reading a topic started by Spike over at MyLot about a website that he discovered had been plagiarising his articles, and apparently articles by a few other writers as well.

Here's the link to the article for those of you who are interested
http://writinghood.com/online-writing/what-to-do-when-your-article-gets-plagiarised/

Sunday, March 29, 2009

List update

Added descriptions and moved Feed The Village and Print N Post up to Sites which let you earn passive income

Personally, I don't like Feed the Village. They're not the only site donating to charity, and if you take the 10% they donate and add that to the 10% they pay out to writers, that's only 20% they're paying out. In contrast sites like Squidoo and Triond pay out 50% of the revenue they earn to writers. And Squidoo even pays out an additional 5% of their total revenue to charity and doesn't attempt to make a marketing gimmick out of it. You could decide to give half of what you earn on Squidoo or Triond to charity and both you and the charity of your choice would still come out ahead earnings-wise compared to writing for Feed the Village.

Print N Post, on the other hand, might be worth taking a look at.

True, it's a site where you earn via having Google Adsense displayed on your articles (which means a high payout threshold of $100USD for those of you who care about payout thresholds), the community isn't very large so you won't be getting read a lot by traffic within the site itself, and the Page Rank for Print N Post isn't very impressive so natural traffic from search engines will be low.

But.

They do allow linking in your articles, and those are quality links e.g not "nofollow" links. Which makes Print n Post useful for publishing excerpts to your blog entries/articles published elsewhere.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

PWRLN and Bianca Raven

Those of you you have been following my blog will know that I recently discovered Bianca Raven's blog just two weeks ago. Since then, I have been checking back on her blog quite frequently.

In her 20th March entry, Bianca Raven blogged about Googling herself to see how easy it would be for someone looking for Bianca Raven the freelance writer to find her using a search engine.

Let's just say that she didn't like the results :P

Since her stated goal in her blog entry is to be the only Bianca Raven to turn up for the first page of search results, I decided to give her a hand by starting the Let's Help Bianca Raven Achieve Her Goal Of Being The Only Bianca Raven To Show Up On The Search Engines by Using Every Chance To Refer To Bianca Raven By Her Full Name When We Can Project or PWRLN(Project With Ridiculously Long Name).

It occurs to me that since Bianca Raven the freelance writer doesn't like revenue sharing sites, her blog + her blogger profile + profiles for one or two other sites she joined = short of the 10 results required for Bianca Raven the writer to hog the front page .
Therefore, in order for her to succeed, it falls to those of us involved in PWRLN to blog/write about her so our blogs/articles mentioning Bianca Raven the freelance writer will appear on the front page.

So, here's a call for my readers to participate in the PWRLN to help Bianca Raven the freelance writer achieve her goal.

List update

Added Bianca Raven's blog (http://ravens-writing.blogspot.com/) and Athlyn Green's blog (http://www.writeandearnaliving.com/) to the list under the "Sites Where Publishers Will Post Jobs Requests" section. Both are freelance writers with years of experience and they do post writing leads on their blogs. Athlyn Green's writing leads are quite frequent, and you can view them via a JobThread widget she displays on her blog. While Bianca Raven's writing leads are less frequent, she does focus on high paying gigs which she'll cover in detail in a blog entry.

I'm planning to split the "Sites Where Publishers Will Post Job Requests" section, since it appears to have grown quite long, and quite a number of sites are not exactly sites "where publishers will post job requests". Probably into a blog/forum section for those sites where you can find writing leads and a true "Sites Where Publishers Will Post Job Requests" section for bidding sites and other sites that do fall into this category.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Qassia

Just recently, Qassia has started charging new users a one-time fee to sign up for an account with them. For those of you not familiar with Qassia, it's a site where you can post information and for each piece of information you post, you get a backlink to the site of your choice. You can also earn via Google Adsense on Qassia. Guess I'm lucky I signed up with Qassia before they implemented the change, though to be honest, I haven't gotten around to using it much. For those of you you are interested to read more about Qassia, read this review that I published here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Murphy's Law

I was contacted by the owner of a copywriting and copyediting company today. Which would have been nice, since I'm a freelance writer. Well, it would have been nice if that phone call had just come 5 minutes earlier today. Or 5 minutes later today. However, I just so happened to be cutting through my local mall at that time, while en route to the train station. Which just so happened to be having a hip-hop dance competition today (the mall, not the train station)

Guess where I was standing when I received the call :P

Anyway, I did manage to catch her name, and after my attempt to maintain a conversation failed miserably, I established that I would call her later.

So, I called her after 5 minutes and a couple of questions later, she asked about what type of assignments I took. I replied that I usually wrote SEO articles.

She then asked me what was SEO. (I presume her company hasn't taken online assignments before, though she didn't directly state that, so I might have been given the wrong impression) After "search engine optimisation" drew a blank from her, I was kind of at a loss where to start.

I am fairly confident about explaining the term to someone online, where I can provide links to various articles and examples of SEO articles. I think I could probably manage it face to face, since I can tell from the blank look that someone gives me that I have been using too much tech-speak. Plus I'm the sort of person who tends to use a lot of hand gestures when I'm talking about something(not the rude kind), so I'm just more comfortable with face to face.

Compared to explaining over the phone.

So, I eventually fumbled my way through some semblance of an explanation that I'm not sure I would have understood if I had been the one it was being explained to.

She did bring up something else in the course of our conversation that had me thinking. She mentions that her company wants to know the profile of her clients, what industry they are involved in, the deadline and so on before taking an assignment, after I mentioned to her that I don't always know the profile of the clients that I worked with, and that I only know what they want, their requirements and the deadline.

I have to admit that I'm often quite curious about just what my clients are doing. I have concluded that I don't ask mainly because of two reasons.

1. I'm not sure how comfortable a client I'm working with for the first time feels about revealing information that he or she feels that a writer doesn't need over the web. I might get around to asking what the publisher actually does after I have worked with him or her for some time. But generally, I don't ask publishers who I'm working with for the first time just what it is that they do unless they provide that info themselves. Which brings me to my second reason.

2. I don't need to know. Writing a SEO article is mainly about selling the site to search engines. What I need to know is what the publisher wants, and what the search engines want.

Anyway, I was so inspired by this series of unfortunate events that I put together a Hubpage explaining the difference between online writing and offline writing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

List update

Updated the descriptions for most of the sites under "Sites Where publishers will post job requests" Should have done that a long time ago, but I kept putting it off.

Renamed "Sites which offer a one time payment for articles" section to "Sites which pay upfront for articles"

Moved Bright Hub up to "Sites which pay upfront for articles"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Freelance Writing Income From Home

I just came across a woonderful, wonderful blog today. It's Freelance Writing Income From Home at http://ravens-writing.blogspot.com/

The blog's by an Australian freelance writer who's been in this business for 6 years and is earning a 6 figure yearly income. She does reviews on sites with writing opportunites that she has come across and blogs about her experiences in freelance writing, plus other related stuff. In other words, her blog is what my blog aspires to be when it grows up :P

She does feel quite strongly that revenue sharing sites e.g Triond, Associated Content are to be avoided at all costs though. I don't quite agree with her on that, but then my only credentials when it comes to online freelance writing is that I have managed to survive solely on my earnings from writing online and have written for less than a year.

That's about the only thing that I disagree with her about. Her blog has plenty of great advice and leads for those looking to make a living for themselves writing online so be sure to check it out!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

List update

Added Oondi and Knol to my list of sites under "other sites"

New Hub

I just started a new hub at Hubpages listing online publishing sites, their page ranks, and whether links were allowed and if those were nofollow links. What I was going after was a list which writers could just glance over and gauge which site was better for gaining exposure and creating backlinks. Of course, there are other factors that will affect traffic besides the main site's page rank, but I would say that Page Rank is a pretty good indication. Here's the site http://hubpages.com/hub/pageranks

Monday, March 02, 2009

List update

I added a total of... 1 site to the list. Whoa, I sure am effective. Bright Hub was added to the Other Sites section. Oh, and moved Rate It All and Shared Reviews up to Review Sites. After keeping an eye on Shared Reviews for these few months, I think it's safe to say that it has gotten over it's financial troubles.