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Why Revenue Sharing is Bullshit

Yes, a strong word.  Bullshit.  Complete, total, raving bullshit.  The downturn in the economy has seemed to lure out the vultures that claim that they want to “pay” for your writing when the ad dollars start rolling in.  Here is why that is not a good idea.

Freelancewritingjobs.ca gets about 60 unique visitors a day by the time you carve out all of the search engine spiders and non-human traffic.  That’s not too shabby, especially since we started last October.  However, this traffic only nets us on average about a quarter a day.

Multiply our traffic numbers by 10 and we’re still not talking about huge dollar amounts that prospective writers can partake in – and those numbers are site-wide.

Revenue sharers often only want to share revenue on the page that your article is placed on, not their entire site.  What is that then – 0.25 a month?  I don’t think so.

Then there are the more legitimate seeming outlets that get you all excited about the prospect of revenue sharing so that they can pay you untenable initial rates for your article (cough*Bright Hub*cough).   Watch out for that little tactic as well, since it is equally flogged and equally unforgivable.

Another great thing about revenue sharers is that you can flag them on Craigslist and have their ads removed if they are in the “writing jobs” section as those must be paid jobs.  This will force them to go back and post in the “writing gigs” section, which looks less legitimate and isn’t as used.  Please feel free to join me in cleansing them from the world of the Intertubes.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Good Morning Canada!

It’s Friday – and with it we have a whole new crop of projects and jobs to choose from.

Canada

Web Writers and Editors Wanted – Toronto, High Park
Company:  Web Impact for lifestylemagazine.ca
Link:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4267260&Source=JobPosting
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, full-time
Key Requirements:  University, work samples
Compensation:  TBD with benefits

Junior Web and Marketing Material Writer – Vancouver
Company:  Hays hiring for company
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1022719596.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Blogging, understanding of web technologies
Compensation:  TBD

Press Release and Copy Editor – Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1022434786.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, short project and maybe ongoing projects
Key Requirements:  Portfolio and background in writing
Compensation:  TBD

Nail Care Site Needs Writer
Company:  New Site about nail care
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1023066644.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Experience in nail care industry
Compensation:  TBD

USA

Coin Talk – Blogger
http://jobs.problogger.net/view/2013

Expert in Building Technical and Construction Matters
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/1022227874.html

Pregnant Writers, 0.15 cents per word
http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/wrg/1022159411.html

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Canada

Positive News Writer Wanted – Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1021005197.html
Key Requirements: send an e-mail with ideas
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated
Compensation:  TBD

Erotic Ezine Seeks Writers
Company:  Erotic Erotica
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1021446240.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated
Key Requirements:  Asking for original work, you may want to write for more guidelines
Compensation:  TBD

Gaming Writer Wanted – Markham
Company:  Clipwire
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/wri/1020952299.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite… with FOOD!
Key Requirements:  Writing skill, HTML, CSS, basic Photoshop skills, some knowledge of a programming language
Compensation:  Competitive

Content Writer for Financial Company – Toronto
Company:  conceptpayments.com
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1020865794.html
Key Requirements:  none listed
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not stated, e-mail for more
Compensation:  TBD
Freelance Sportswriters – Toronto
Company:  PA SportsTicker
Link:  Click on this – long link
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but must be from Toronto
Key Requirements:  Have a love for sports and ability to cover events
Compensation:  TBD

USA

Chemistry and Medicine Background Writer
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1020768124.html

Poker Writers
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/wri/1020458830.html

Environmental Science Writer/Editor
http://maine.craigslist.org/wri/1020199703.html

Wednesday, February 4 2009

Your ad clicks have spoken – the new format wins.  Thank you and I wish you the best of luck with today’s leads!

Canada

Proofread my Manuscript – Toronto
Company:  Individual
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1020027171.html
Key Requirements:  Can edit
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Compensation:  $50.00

Full-Time Writer – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019539157.html
Key Requirements:  Not given (?)
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Compensation:  $32,000 with $5000 raise after 3 months

Experienced Copywriter – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019482601.html
Key Requirements:  Can be the voice of a brand that lives to win (translation – they need a writer to make themselves sound less cheesy).
Onsite/Telecommute:  I’m going to guess onsite so that you can proofread the boss’ poetry to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure it’s epic.
Compensation:  Hourly rate depending on experience

Writer for Employment Related Topics
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019480626.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Familiar with NOC, CP style and plain language
Compensation:  Per Piece

5-6 Week Web Writing Contract – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019099171.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, downtown
Key Requirements:  Degree in Journalism, 2 years experience, SEO copywriting experience
Compensation:  Open

USA

Sports Bloggers Needed – 10.00 per post
http://www.barefootstudent.com/index/listings/page18334.htm

Freelance Report Writing – 15.00 per hour
http://www.postjobfree.com/Job.aspx?id=681376a546414ed2b554bf6990aaa823

Personal Finance Writers
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/1019126630.html

Tuesday, February 3 2009

After a bit of a lacklustre day yesterday, I’m switching it up to a formula that I think makes sense – details for the Canadian jobs, no major details for the the US telecommute jobs.  The telecommute jobs are usually “TBD” anyway for pay and such.  Where they do mention pay, I’ll post the rate.

A quick note on rates – my threshold for posting on this blog is 10.00 per post for blogging jobs and $30.00 and up for articles.  If you find out that any of these jobs are paying less than that, e-mail me and I will remove them.  Please also e-mail me if you apply to any of these positions and you are rejected because you are Canadian.

Canada

Technical Writer – Banff
Company:  The Banff Centre
Link:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4262177&Source=JobPosting
Requirements:  University, 2-3 years experience
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full-Time
Compensation:  3300-3700 monthly.

Creative Writer – Cornwall
Company: Corus
Link:  Creative Writer
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Temporary
Key Requirements:  Writing skills, usual office skills
Compensation:  Not Stated

Managing Editor – Toronto
Company:  Student Newspaper
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1018105278.html
Key Requirements:  Journalistic leader who is a team player with long-range vision.  Wait… Superman?
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Part-Time
Compensation:  $16.00/hr

USA

Health & Weight-Loss Blogger
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/wrg/1018702761.html

McGraw-Hill Education Seeks Freelance Writers/Bloggers
https://mh.taleo.net/careersection/3/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=325349&src=JB-11420