I get your M-W-F newsletter from you about writing jobs. While it’s good to have a source of such listings, I would like it better if it was less frequent and screened more carefully. A large percentage of these listings aren’t really jobs at all. For example, the first listing every day is for Suite101, which only pays you a percentage of revenue from ads.
Another site I applied to last week claimed they were going to be paying writers to do sports or movie reviews. After applying for this, I never heard back about my application, but started receiving promotional e-mails from them every day for various offers. And so on.
I know it must be hard to screen all these listings, but I’d prefer to have a much shorter, but higher quality list. Just my opinion, of course.
I understand – it’s frustrating for sure.
Here’s the problem from this end. Yes, Suite101 does pay me when someone signs up with them – it’s one of the ways I can keep doing the jobs without charging for them. Since its first I think it’s easy to skip if you’re not interested; some people feel they have benefited from writing for them.
Although I’d love to be able to charge for the job listings I haven’t found a way to add enough value for it to make sense.
If I take time to screen the ads… that is email or apply and wait for a response, 9 times out of 10 or maybe 9.9 times out of 10 the job will be filled before I can check it out. I’d be spending way more time and offering you less. You’re only looking for one or two or so types of jobs… I’d have to look at everything. Won’t work.
Because the jobs are filled so quickly it almost makes sense to check daily – but I’m not willing to do that either because I have clients and a life. Three times a week seems about right for me.
Several sites have tried to solve this various ways including posting only jobs that pay say $50 or $1 a word, etc. It hasn’t worked well because so often the pay isn’t stated clearly, even on legit jobs. Digging around to find the few jobs that post this kind of rate is time consuming – you’ve probably discovered that.
If I could find an even fairly efficient way to screen in time to get info to readers I would, and that I probably would charge for – but no one’s figured it out yet. I’m wide open to ideas about how to do this.
About the only thing that really distinguishes my listings from other’s is that I try to be sure I post only what I call real freelance writing jobs – that is, gigs you can do from home or a coffee shop.
I’m sorry one of the listings I posted resulted in spam – it would be nifty if you’d post that info in comments – it at least warns others.
Now, I’m going to suggest you look over the category, How To Find And Get Freelance Writing Jobs, and see what might apply to you and make your life easier and job searching work better.
Thanks for taking time to write and I’m going to paraphrase your letter and use it as a Q&A or something because it’s time I said this all again.
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