Pros and cons of online writing – how to find the best online writing sites and what to expect.
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Methinks not. There are a whole lot of articles, but also a whole lot of scams. The worst part is that the sites that are free to join have clients who want articles written for a ridiculous amount. It is a humbling experience and a competitive market, but if you are broke for two or three months, yes, you can write some articles, but by the time you get an employer who does not claim articles you have written and run off with them you can no longer stand the grind of whipping out ten 500-word articles a day for fifty cents or one dollar an article. Who the heck can live on ten dollars a day?
The market is saturated with writers and employers can have a field day choosing the best. Think of all the samples they receive. And there are employers too who use more than one email address to get as much as they can. Still, I recognize many employers by the quality of their own writing and the way they use words. These employers go for the jugular and want 100 articles of 500 words written for thirty or forty dollars. They outsource the articles and the employers receive crappy work. They also demand the best quality and pay the least.
Finding the best sites for online writing
This is a trial and error process. If you have the time and want to earn a few dollars, first study the articles that are out there – like this one – for some ideas. You need sub-headers and bullet points in your articles. You need to use keywords around which to write your article. Go online and navigate your way through the different sites like Freelancer, oDesk, Craigslist, Real Writing, Elance, and many more. You will just have to apply and follow their requirements. You have a time within which to write and deliver your articles. Write one generic article you can use for everyone and submit this with your application, and warn the client that the article had already been published so they don’t use this for their own ends.
I did this stint for six months and despite the lousy pay, gained some experience as an online article writer. I am quitting today from a site I found and started to work for right at the beginning of my search. I am still working for them and found them the best site to work for. They are South African, like I am, and I guess we understand many things like courtesy, honesty, being paid on time, besides being Springbok fans. I have not yet told them I am quitting as I just don’t have the heart to do so…not yet.