Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Let's Review A Freelance Writing Site: Examiner.com

So, I have been a member for four days now. I haven't had time to go over much of the videos and university information, but there are a few things that I have learned. I would like to cover some of the topics from my freelance writing video review and a few new things I have learned. As I get more involved with the site, I will be able to add additional information. So, subscribe, follow or bookmark this site as I am very interested in helping aspiring writers and, of course, making money while helping.

Alrighty then, let's get started. If you watched my video then you know a little bit about how the site works. However, I do unscripted reviews and miss many things that I end up covering in my written reviews. I would like to start with a very important one that I missed. The following is quoted directly from Examiner.com:

How is my freelance writing pay figured?

Here at Examiner.com, your pay is based on a rating that considers a number of factors, including advertising revenue and the quality of your audience. This includes things like frequency of publishing, subscriptions, page view traffic and session length. Pay may fluctuate depending on any of these and other factors. Examiner.com makes no guarantees as to minimum payment. Focusing on providing robust, useful, topic-specific content that grows your readership and encourages your readers to want to read more than one article is the surest way to maximize your earnings.

Now I realize that is pretty vague so,  I looked around their forums and found some useful information. What I saw were a number of people saying they made between $50 and $100 per month to as much as $1000 or more. However, the average of the 30 figures that I calculated came to around $350 per month. The one major point all of the big money makers made was that it took a lot of time and energy to achieve those numbers. But this is typical with any job.

One of the cool features I learned while browsing the forums was that most contributors receive freebies. And not just T-shirts; although, T-shirts are frequently given away. They also send Examiners laptops, iPhones, bicycles, modems, games, gaming consoles, gaming PCs, etc., etc. Now, some have to be returned after a set amount of time, but most of the comments mentioned keeping brand-new laptops; among many other items. That is just amazing to me. Of course, you have to contribute articles and reviews consistently and complete their e-mailed projects, but if your staying at home with nothing better to do, then write about what you know. 

I missed covering localization benefits in my freelance writing review so I will quickly cover it here.

Basically, it doesn't pay any more than a regular article or review. What it does is create a page that will drive more traffic (cash) to your content. It's relatively easy and they have a complete video tutorial on the site. 

So far I have made .34 cents on the site. I have been with them for four days now and have two articles published. One affiliate is in the process of verification, which requires a W-9 form and sometimes a background check, and Examiner will pay me $50 for that referral. 

From what I have seen so far it is a fully legitimate freelance writing site and I endorse it. I look forward to writing about things I like while getting paid to do it.

Until next time, this is Freelance Mike signing off!

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Freelance Writing Site: Examiner.com

Just did a video review of Examiner.com; a freelance writing site. Take a look at it and see what you think. If you're interested the go here and see what they have to offer. Again, be sure to vote on my poll and comment with any questions, comments or ideas.

Freelance Mike Out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Writer For Examiner.com

Hello again! I recently applied to become the San Diego Examiner for Games and Technology. I am very excited about this site and, after using it for a bit, I will do a complete review, both written and video, covering everything I learn over the next few days. Hope everyone is enjoying the site and please vote on the poll below to let me know what you want to learn more about.

Thanks for your patronage and I look forward to your comments and votes.

Freelance Mike

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let's Review A Freelance Writing Site: MyAMS

Okay, so this is a freelance writing site that I work for as an affiliate. I want to be upfront with that. However, I am going to try my best to provide a completely unbiased review. The site has many unique features and the pay is decent; you're not going to get rich from it, but you can make a relatively good wage and they pay every Friday morning through PayPal or Payoneer. So, let's get started.

The Pros of Freelance Writing for this Site

MyAMS has a unique Job Board that, on average, has upwards of 500 projects available at any time. They also include a couple different types of bonuses. The first type is a 5% bonus on all there articles that are not urgent. A writer can get this bonus by turning in the project within 24 hours. In regards to the second type of bonus, it works a little differently. This bonus is based upon an urgent article. These are projects that typically have less than 24 hrs to complete. They pay an extra $1.10 depending on the urgency of the project. By examining the job board, you can find projects that are urgent and pay a lot more for a lower word-count. This a good way to make extra money while doing less work.

Another cool thing that this freelance site offers is titles. Each title pays 1 cent. Most projects need 25 titles. Some need 100 or more. The great thing about the titles is that MyAMS provides what they call a title spinner. This unique widget can help you create the titles quickly. For example, 25 titles typically take about a minute to create. So, it is important to look for projects that need titles as this is a very simple way to make some quick cash.

They also offer a comprehensive help page and Live Support. The help page covers every type of project they offer, how to use their system and a plethora of other advice. It also has numerous video tutorials that are very helpful. The Live Support is almost always on line and you can have any questions answered immediately. When they are offline they will get back to you quickly with answers to any questions.

The Cons of this Freelance Writing Site 

The site is still under development, so if you dislike ugly websites then you will hate this one. It's plain but functional. However, some of their seemingly simple functions do not work as intended.

As an affiliate for their freelance writing site I have noticed that not all of my writers show up on my payment page. I have contacted their accounting department about this and still have not received an answer. It makes me worry that I am missing out on payments because they are not properly tracking what my writers turn in.

You will not get rich from this website. However, it is a good starting point and they always pay. The only bad part is that they take full control of your work once you submit it, so there is no real way to build a portfolio through this freelancing site.

There are a ton of projects to choose from, but many of them can be very boring unless you simply enjoy writing no matter the topic. Most are UAWs which includes 1 original and 2 rewritten articles. This can become an arduous task when you do them over and over.

So, Why Should Freelance Writers Work For AMS?

There are many reasons. The most simplest is that you can completely stop bidding on freelance sites and work strictly for them. You will typically make more money than projects on the aforementioned websites and you will never have to worry about getting screwed out of a payment by an unscrupulous employer. Which I have experienced many times, and I am confident you all have as well. They pay every Friday morning and there payment screen does a relatively good job of tracking your jobs and how much you are owed.

After a year or so of working for other auction sites I finally discovered MyAMS and was ecstatic that I could finally pick and choose the projects I wanted to do. The Job board is by far the coolest thing I have seen. It tells you everything you need to know in a glance; how much the project pays, the deadline, any applicable titles and any special instructions.

If you're tired of placing bid after bid on site after site then I highly suggest you check-out MyAMS. Or, watch my freelance writing video reviews on my channel and embedded here.

Thanks for reading and Freelance Mike Signing Off!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

HELP! I Need Freelance Writing Ideas!

I finished a really fun and, hopefully, helpful video and written review of ContentSpree; a new freelance site strictly for writers. But now I am lost as to what to write about next. I need your help here. It's really simple though.

Just vote on the poll below and let me know what you want to learn more about. Once I get a few votes on a certain topic, I'll write a post covering it.

Or, leave a comment. Ask a question or tell me one of your ideas. I am always learning new things from other freelance writers. In this way we can help each other and, hopefully less experienced writers will pick-up a thing or two along the way.

In this world of internet entrepreneurship, the freelance writers in the mix need to stick together and help each other as much as possible. That is my sincere goal and I want to jump-start that community cohesiveness here.

So let's do it. Let me know what your thinking, where your concerns lie and I will do everything I can to answer your questions to the best of my ability.

Freelance Mike Out!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Let's Review A Freelance Writing Site: ContentSPREE Buyers Side

So I finally found the time to write this review of the buyers side of ContentSpree. If you read or watched any of my previous posts then you are familiar with the basics of this new freelance writing site. I spoke with Andrew, the webmaster of CS, about his goals and future plans for this writers-only-website. His excitement and energy about the direction of CS and his genuine desire to provide a better, securer atmosphere for buyer and seller piqued my interest. Over the course of this series of freelance video reviews I have seen Andrew's ideas begin to take shape. This review is going to cover the buyer's side, so I will start with those changes.

Already, over the course of a week, the amount of quality writers available has risen tremendously. When I say quality I mean the exact definition of the word. I have used many other sites to hire proofreaders and editors for my work, as I do not have the best grammar (I am sure some of you have noticed), with typically the same results: digging through dozens of useless bids to, hopefully, find that one person who can actually meet your needs. Then, if your lucky, that one person might complete the project to your liking. That's if your lucky. Andrew and I agreed about the lack of writing specific freelancers on the other websites. It seems CS is on it's way to becoming a hub for talent in an internet field that is rapidly growing.

And I really think that is what Andrew is trying to provide on the buyer's end of CS. A place where the growing masses of internet businessmen and women can find skilled and professional individuals to provide them with intelligently built content.

As I browsed the different categories of writers and read their profiles, I found legitimate credentials in their resumes and flawlessly written articles in their samples. I inspected a few written by a person who claimed to be skilled in SEO and keyword placement. I  know a thing or two about these tactics as well, so I figured I would put his content through the Freelance Mike Inspection for Quality Assurance (actually, I just made that up but I did go over his work thoroughly). I found them to not only have proper keyword density and placement, but to read naturally and flow perfectly. His grammar (as far as I could tell) was impeccable and the point of each article was clearly and concisely made. All in all, ContentSpree does not lack for talent.

One of the main points Andrew made as we spoke was ease-of-use. He certainly achieves that with this Beta version of CS. The site is simple to navigate and easy to traverse. He provides multiple ways to access various areas and it's ridiculously easy to post projects. Want to invite a writer to a job? Simply jump to their profile page and click invite, a box pops up to confirm and they're encouraged to bid through a message sent to their inbox. With notifications, the writer will receive an email as well. If there are a few writers that have worked well in the past or just ones that meet your requirements simply add them to a watch list and they're easily accessible anytime you post a new project.

ContentSpree is still in Beta testing so I'm sure a lot of Andrew's other ideas will be implemented over the coming months. As it is right now, I think CS has the potential to be one of the better freelance writing sites available. And the fact that it is strictly for writers and the buyers that need their work is what I like the best. I believe that the growing market for internet content will help propel CS and Andrew's past experiences and future goals will make it a profitable venue for individuals to ply their written web wares.

Be sure to read and watch the previous segment of this series and my freelance writing reviews.

Until next time, this is Freelance Mike signing off.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Freelance Writing Site Strictly For Writers: ContentSpree

Here is the buyers side video that I put together. Take a look at it and decide for yourself whether this Freelance Writing Site can be beneficial for you.