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$5 for 10 unique articles - 600 words each. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

Goodness, gracious me! I can't believe that some clients would have the audacity to pay mere $5 for 10 articles of 600 words each with the demand of it being original, copyscape passed and the list goes on.

What is happening around here? If oDesk places a threshold value on jobs, it will lose business, so it doesn't bother doing that. But the clients on this platform - are you actually that cruel as to get manpower at rates that are cheaper than nuts and candies?

While its agreeable that you come up here to minimize cost factors of hiring actual workers at the usual market rates, but don't you think its way too cruel and biased for you (if any of the contractors here have practiced this) to pay a mere $0.5 and even less for a well researched, thought out, original, unique article of more than 500 words?

Shouldn't the minimum standard rate be $1 for 100 words? I mean common, I supposedly live in an under-developed country, but even here, I get paid $3 and above for a 400 word article.

Please, enlighten me on this malpractice. Is it fair? If you really are poor and don't have the budget to hire, then why don't you do it yourself? This is nearly free work that you are asking naive writers to give. Terrible.

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Score: 10.0, Votes: 23
Not at all.

$1 for 100 words is a penny a word. That's a ridiculously cheap rate and not worth YOUR time writing for. And $3 for 400 words is also ridiculous.

Its "malpractice" because that's what you allow yourself to write for. You, quite frankly, are a much better writer than that. You should totally rethink what you're charging and be part of the solution -- not part of the problem.

Silly Assumption of Dollar Value

I know, it's incredibly cheap, but this was the *least acceptable rate* that I am narrating here. Can you believe people sending in $0.30 - $0.40 for a 100 words. Part of the solution is not working, because there are hundreds of newbies who are working at these rates Sad And because of that, skilled writers have to suffer too. It's that bad.

Contractors should play fair. They should not misuse manpower to this rate. No where in the world is cost of living easy. A dollar amount doesn't make life easy because the expenses are almost the same. Please bring in fair market value instead of misusing manpower based on silly assumptions of dollar value!

Mindless Contractors

And the most absurd thing of all, some contractors bid half the amount offered by the client just to get the job! Don't they ever think that they are making the qualified ones standard less, undeserving, underpaid and even themselves worthless?

I tried to apply to one of the posts that offer a fixed price of $200. When I get a notification that says that the job has been closed, I tried to figure out why and look for the auspicious contractor who won only to find out that she bids $100! Gosh!

I'll call your $5 for 10 articles of 600 words each

and raise you -

$5 for the set of 25 articles with around 400 - 450 words.
Guessing that's for 25 articles of 400-450 word each.

Here's the killer -
Applicants: 14 (avg $4.88)
Interviewing: 2 (avg $5.28)

Just found this winner a few minutes ago ... geez ... 10,000 words for 4 bucks ...

I can beat that, William.

Figure out how much that is per word. HA!

Check out my post in this thread.

1,500,000 words for $500! And somebody took it and considered themselves lucky.

https://www.odesk.com/community/node/25484

Holy crap

That's 312 hours of typing at 80 wpm - just typing! Not even writing.

I couldn't imagine sitting at a keyboard for about 8 weeks, actually probably about three times that long, for 40 hours a week for 500 bucks ... my Gawd, that's 6 months at a keyboard ...

I'm just amazed at these website 'entrepeneurs' that have absolutely no concept of business.
They have a website that generates $8 a month in adsense revenue and they need 4000 words of content a month to keep it going - so do they say 'hey this business is a flop' and do something else?
No, they post for writers here and elsewhere for 8-500 word articles a month at 50 cents a piece - and get 'em.
Then they realize they're making $4 a month - all they need to do is 'scale it up', with a hundred they'll be making great dough.

So between the 50 cent articles and the 'scale it up' mentality the internet turns into garbage to the left of me, garbage to the right ....

This is a first....

Job posted sitting for 15 hours with no applicants.

HOWEVER, the job requires creating a process that will have a sustainable commission model in place, proposing a basic sales pitches to city and county gov'ts., managing marketing/pr/sales people, etc.

All for the absolutely fantastic price of $5. Yep, all that and you can make a whole $5!

Amazing!

You've really

... gotta appreciate a Skinny Vanilla Latte to work that hard for it.

Hard to believe...

After 2 days, there are still no applicants for this beauty!

https://www.odesk.com/jobs/Something-Prove-For-the-Comfortable-Spouse-Animal-Lover_%7E%7Eda22e3a41f7f060a?sid=54002&tot=1&pos=0

and after 11 days...

Haha, and after 11 days (just checked) they still have no applicants!!

I think...

....that job is even too pathetic for the oDesk job spammers to go after!

Either that or maybe all our

Either that or maybe all our efforts on the forums are finally paying off and people are realizing their worth?

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Always reach for the skies, for even if you fall, you'll still be on the top of the world...

You know, Ayesha

As much as I would like to believe that, I think that's wishful thinking on your part. Wink

As proof:

"******** is looking for talented writers eager to be published. We are a publisher of E-Books and POD

What we are looking for:

Submissions are open to UNPUBLISHED writers.

Genres:
FICTION:
Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Poetry (Anthologies preferred), Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Erotica
NON-FICTION:
Autobiography, Biography, Business, New Age/Religious, Pets & Animals, Self-Help/How To, Inspirational.

What you receive:
- Successful candidates will receive:
- $5 for the submission
- 2 year author contract & quarterly royalities
- Book trailer (selected titles only)
- Customized Fb page for your book
- Possibility of being on display at the main international book fairs

The stories should range from 20,000 - 100,000 words. Perfect spelling/grammar is required and native English speaking writers only please.

The stories MUST be 100% original content.

HOW TO APPLY:
1. Submit a synopsis of your book/novella
2. Attach 3 chapters either in PDF or Word doc

Only those with original content attached to their submission will be considered.

Submissions without the guidelines mentioned will be automatically denied.

Thank you for taking the time to review this project and we look forward to hearing from you!

Skills Required:
grammarenglishebookspoetrypdf

Client Activity on this Job:
Last Viewed :
4 days ago

Applicants:
14 (avg $7.18)
Interviewing:
2 (avg $5.28)"

$5 for 20,000 to 100,000 words! And the people they're interviewing are going even cheaper if you consider they're probably paying the oDesk fees!

Nobody should be that desperate.

Cate, this one is a little

Cate, this one is a little different. The job states quarterly royalties (Not that it is excusable to offer a $5 down payment on a novel!) But maybe people are looking at the prospect of royalties and of being published rather than the actual compensation offered.

I recently came across such a platform. They claim that the company is planning to go live in December 2012 and will focus on South Asian writers. They say they need writers for ebooks, and when I asked for details, they tell me that I get 20% royalties, no upfront payment, and copyright in my name while the company gets an exclusive 10 year license for the ebook. I never wrote back to them. (Honestly don't know if this is a good offer or not and wanted to do some research first)

But generally I've seen that the blind 100+ applicants on unreasonable job posts are decreasing, ever so slightly. That's a start, and yeah some wishful thinking on my part too, but a girl can dream... Smile

oDesk Forum Moderator

Always reach for the skies, for even if you fall, you'll still be on the top of the world...

Ahhh, but Ayesha

Do you know how many "writters" I've heard say that they think they have the next NYTimes bestseller sitting in their desk drawer just waiting to be discovered? Just about as many $3 an hour contractors as are on this platform. EVERYBODY thinks there is a book inside somewhere. Wink

So, they may get $5 for their idea and their book chapters, but it is highly unlikely that any royalties are in the offing!

What is much more likely is that someone will take those ideas and those book chapters, and farm them out to writer/editors to clean them up and make them presentable, then self-publish them under another name and keep all the "royalties" for themselves.

The "writters" are a totally

The "writters" are a totally different specie! But I'm guessing that occasionally a decent writer might be willing to give them all the financial benefits in return for being published the first time? I know it sounds tempting, but then, I am an oDesk survivor so I know better Smile

And you're right, they're probably looking for ideas and there will be no royalties in the end... I was assuming the case where the client would actually offer decent royalties.

Speaking of which, do you have an idea of what the going rate is for royalties in the real world? My novel is in its final stages and I'm talking to different people about getting it published. But the issue is I don't know the usual compensation for a full length novel, what kind of upfront is paid, percentage of royalties offered, any other things to watch out for in the contract terms, etc.

oDesk Forum Moderator

Always reach for the skies, for even if you fall, you'll still be on the top of the world...

Ayesha,

Get a copy of the latest "Writer's Market." I believe you can purchase it online. Its pretty expensive, but its also very comprehensive, giving you data for books, magazines, newspapers, etc. "The Writers' Market" also gives you tutorials and essays on how to write query letters, how not to be scammed, how to protect your rights, etc.

I would also suggest sending queries to various literary agents both in the states, in Europe, and in Asia. You have to be careful with those however, because so many of them are scammers like you see here on this platform. And, of course, NEVER sign anything re: your novel with the benefit of a literary attorney that can get you through all the loopholes of a publishing contract.

I wish I could write fiction. Occasionally, I'll get a good short story or scenario out of me, but I'm one of those writers who knows my own limitations...and fiction is one of them.

Good luck.

The Writers Market is very

The Writers Market is very expensive, especially the deluxe version with the codes for internet access to the most up to date information.
That is why I purchased the last years version at a VERY low price, imputed my codes and have access to the up to date info, even if my hard copy is not the most current version. Wink
(This worked well around the first of the year. I am not sure of the schedule for when the codes expire, so YMMV)
Fiction is fun, but doesn't pay many bills. Sad

Thanks you two, I'll

Thanks you two, I'll definitely look into getting a copy Smile

oDesk Forum Moderator

Always reach for the skies, for even if you fall, you'll still be on the top of the world...

Makes me crazy

This one makes me absolutely crazy -- there is another one out there that is very similar that was spamming me 2-3 times a week. I finally emailed Help and their initial response was that I could simply DECLINE but I asked them to contact the cheap skate and ask them to NOT invite me again. It was getting flat out annoying to be invited multiple times a week, declining and telling them why and still getting invites.

Last week I had someone "offer" me $4.22 (less oDesk fees) each for 112/ 500 word articles. I responded to his offer and I'm hoping he is STILL smarting.

I had an awful one like this spamming me.

I hit decline the first couple times, and then finally let them really know what I thought of their lovely offer. Hmmm, they stopped contacting me. I wonder if it was something I said? :/

I receive

I receive spam invites from other cheapskates too but I don't even bother to decline or reply anymore. Totally not worth it. I like seeing a lot of client-initiated applications on my profile Laughing out loud

I know a very famous person

I know a very famous person who did something similar, not sure if she still does or not... but she didn't pay $5 for the book, lol... you need to pay HER $5000. Other than that, basically the same situation. She is very well known and worth millions. people jump at the opportunity to work with her

I think this is a self

I think this is a self publishing scam with slightly higher pay than usual (usually vanity presses charge writers for print.) Here, the publisher probably makes its money from sales made to the 'writer's' friends and family. A publisher that doesn't know the difference between an anthology and a collection does not earn the title of 'publisher' at all.

Yes indeed.

I agree with you here, Farah, and find myself skipping a lot of potential work even though I'm in a fairly serious financial situation. I can't afford not to work, but I can't afford to work for the rates that these clients are offering.

It's been suggested on the oDesk blog, I think, that contractors apply -- but make the case that they are worth far more than what's being offered and try to encourage the client to pay more. I have yet to have this actually work, though, and I'd love to hear what others have to say on this subject.

Probably a waste of time

I've applied for and got a few things at twice the original budget, but the original budgets weren't that silly to begin with. Some people do apply to the joke posts with sensible bids but I have no idea whether anything actually comes of this. It seems to be a way to vent frustration more than anything else.

At least in the writing section, the joke posters do know what they are doing, they are trying to get something for nothing, and they are obviously experienced in taking advantage of people, or at least have read some ghastly post in that warrior forum thing. Personally, I cannot see the point of trying to tell them what is a realistic budget for the work. They probably know and they don't care.

No, nobody's kidding you.

No, nobody's kidding you. That's how it is around here.

Welcome to oDesk.com, the world's largest online marketplace!

Enjoy your stay.

I am looking for a PHP

I am looking for a PHP developer .... should develop new PHP scripts ... Running the scripts is an ongoing task ...

2$ per hour.

Please apply if interested

Applicants: 12 (avg $4.40/hr)
Interviewing: 0

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Oh well, that dollar sign sure looked like a 5 when I first read threw it.
Was thinking allright.
Any other wording I would use now would just get censored.

Newbie and low rates

As a newbie, I cannot get a job, no feedback or need at least 1 hour of o Desk, because the rates are so cheap, but I CANNOT sit at my computer for 40 hours+ for $20.00. I am not that desperate, in the first place, and I thought the clients would be willing to pay a lower fee for services but not expect me to give my time and effort away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anybody notice any discrimination here?

Job posting:

"Do Not Apply If:

* Have scored less than 90% on a English test.
* You have received feedback less than 4.
* Your previous feedback does not show you have a history of Wordpress admininstration.
* You cannot give me at least 16 hours per week.
* You dont use Skype.

Still reading? Good - I'm looking for someone who eats, lives and breathes the web.

Why Work For Me?

1. I'm honest and communicate clearly.

2. I'm technical - you don't have to explain anything to me.

3. The requirements are specific. I know what I want, and I know what is possible. I will not change things mid-way through a project.

4. I pay $$ bonuses for good people who go beyond the call of duty.

5. I have many projects. If you are good, I will give you a regular stream of work and more hours (= more $$ for you).

About You - You Must:

1. Be a TRUE professional. I can't emphasise this point enough. Your english must be excellent, as must your honest communication style.

2. Never provide lame excuses. No excuses for not meeting deadlines. No excuses for not completing tasks. I don't care about your dead cat or ISP problems.

3. Know your boundaries, so if you don't know something, tell me so we can deal with it! Don't pretend. If something is unclear, ask me. I would prefer to get 50 questions a day, than for you to incorrectly assume something and spend days developing something unusable.

4. Sign and return a standard non-disclosure / confidentiality agreement (email is fine). I don't hire anyone who wont provide me with their employment details.

5. Love what you do. I want someone who is excited about their work and wants to experience new things.

6. Demonstrate significant progress. I know the techniques people use to scam the system, consume hours and extend the contract - I'm not stupid. If you do the work, you get paid and given more work = $$. Its simple. If I detect that you are not delivering, you won't work for me ever again.

7. Be contactable. If you are on oDesk, IM or Skype then great. If I ask a question, then I expect an answer within 48 hours (unless its a holiday / Christmas) Smile

The Work

This can vary, depending on the projects I'm working on. Right now I'm looking for someone who can:

1. Post articles to Wordpress blogs.
2. Upgrade plugins via Wordpress interface (1 click)
3. Basic Wordpress configuration (installation highly regarded)
4. Keyword research
5. Perform basic Internet research on particular topics.
6. Data entry into online databases, excel spreadsheets etc.

When applying please tell me about your skills and rate the above 6 items out of 10. 10=perfect.

I will give you very specific information after you have signed the confidentiality agreement.

That's it! - Sound good? Once you work for me, you won't want to work for anyone else again. Smile

Apply now and tell me why I should hire you over everyone else.

Preferred Qualifications:
Contractor Type: Independent Contractors Only
Feedback Score: At least 4.50
Hourly Rate: $2.00/hr - $4.00/hr
Location: South Asia
English Level: Fluent in written, good verbal skills
oDesk Hours: At least 100 hours
Should have a portfolio"

Looking at this job where the client wants only Southern Asians and is willing to pay $2 - $4 an hour, I went and looked at his past job postings.

ALL of his other jobs -- where he hired "Western" people -- he paid anywhere from $20 an hour to $40 an hour. The 3 jobs where he paid $5 an hour went to ......you guessed it .....Southern Asians!

For this latest job of pure slavery, he has 19 applicants already, with the average bid going for $3.60 an hour. All 19 are Southern Asians.

Question:

Why is this kind of obvious discrimination allowed to continue?

Answer:

Because a lot of people on this platform buy into it and think $3.60 an hour is a good wage and all they're worth!

This is very sad.

Low rates

I saw a job on another site that wanted a well researched paper of 75 pages and their budget was $50.00. They went on to state that if you could not accept the rate not to bid, ect... I put in a bid of $800.00 just to make them mad. The bad thing about these low paying writing gigs is that they are now spreading to other sites. One of my sticks and bricks clients has now paid me $1,400 to "fix" something that some one wrote for him online. He has told me never again.

People just don't value their skills

Hello,

I have been working on oDesk for a couple of months now and I have seen several job posts offering insulting wages for article writing like the ones you guys talk about and i am also frustrated to see not only that they keep showing up, but also that people actually bid on them!

I would personally never agree on less than my wage, article writing requires skills, is not a mechanical job: it needs talent, creativity and research not to mention many other unique aptitudes and personally if a client cannot value, perhaps I am not the type of contractor he needs.

People, let's value our capabilities don't bid on disgusting cheap jobs, clients need to understand that our work has a price and that is the price they need to pay if they want things done.

Yippee!!!

"I'm looking for an article writer who can write high quality articles. Topics will be varied and include pets, locksmiths, tow truck services, and other topics.

Payment will be $3.50/500 word article ($0.70 per 100 words). If you are a good writer who can write quality articles at a reasonable speed this equals about $5.00/hr!"

Yep, I'm definitely going to hop on this one....ppppfffftttttt!!!!!!

(but 39 other people already have!)

3.00 for 500 words.

Currently I'm working for a lady writing articles. 3.00 for 500 word articles. She has many articles, and I can do them and turn them in whenever I want. Is that a good rate. In the beginning I was coming up with my own creative, banging content, but soon learned that I can spin articles from google. Only takes half the time. Instead of writing for an hour and getting paid 3.00 an hour, it takes me 15-30 to rewrite and spin.
What is everyone's take on this?

Your cheating the client.The

Your cheating the client.

The rate would suck if it was your own work.

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Looking at your profile, I am surprised you obtained any jobs.

If this is true, Sharon's cheating the client

and stealing other people's work. The client is probably cheating her own clients (sounds like a farmer) and quite possibly Sharon (no sign of that job on her profile). A lovely long chain of dishonesty. Sharon, if you're not joking/trolling, I think you should cancel that job immediately.

It looks like it is closed anyway.

Judith B. wrote:
and stealing other people's work. The client is probably cheating her own clients (sounds like a farmer) and quite possibly Sharon (no sign of that job on her profile). A lovely long chain of dishonesty. Sharon, if you're not joking/trolling, I think you should cancel that job immediately.

It looks like the contract was closed anyway......

You're kidding, right?

Sharon R. wrote:
Currently I'm working for a lady writing articles. 3.00 for 500 word articles. She has many articles, and I can do them and turn them in whenever I want. Is that a good rate. In the beginning I was coming up with my own creative, banging content, but soon learned that I can spin articles from google. Only takes half the time. Instead of writing for an hour and getting paid 3.00 an hour, it takes me 15-30 to rewrite and spin.
What is everyone's take on this?

Only amateurs, mommy bloggers, and inexperienced hacks "spin" articles...especially for $3. No professional would even consider such a thing because its considered plagiarism. If you don't know what that is, Google it. The practice is unethical at any price and is akin to stealing someone else's work.

If you don't have the brains, the talent, the education, or the work ethic to get off your tail and figure out how to make money writing your own "banging" material, then you probably need to go back to a B&M job.

Is it a good rate

So is this a good rate to write articles, 500 words for 3.00. I really need some opinions. Google talks about spinning articles all over the internet. I just want to make sure this is a good rate, if so, I will continue to create my own unique articles. I actually just started writing, only been for about a month, but I enjoy it greatly. It's fun.

I aslo write reviews for her for 2.00. Can do in about 15 minutes. 40 a week for 80$ is not bad.

What do you think?

Sharon R. wrote:
So is this a good rate to write articles, 500 words for 3.00. I really need some opinions. Google talks about spinning articles all over the internet. I just want to make sure this is a good rate, if so, I will continue to create my own unique articles.

Is it what you think you and your work are worth? Why ask us? You're joking, right? I'd no more write an article for $ 3.00 than fly to the moon in a purple bathtub, but that's because I don't have to take on crap assignments for crap money. You do what you see fit and what you think your "writing" is worth. With your "below average Basic English" skills it's probably all you are worth, though.... Stealing other people's work and selling it is theft, plain and simple.

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I actually just started writing, only been for about a month, but I enjoy it greatly. It's fun.

I aslo write reviews for her for 2.00. Can do in about 15 minutes. 40 a week for 80$ is not bad.

Reviews for what?

Sharon R., there is nothing

Sharon R., there is nothing in your profile or portfolio that leads any of the writers here you are asking for help from, to state that you are not a mommyblogger or bottom feeder and worth more than the 1/2 penny per word you are getting now.

One month? A drop in the bucket from what you really need.

$8.00 an hour sucks, unless of course you are a high school dropout.

I can only assume that your other scores for English Comp, spelling were failures,
as they are not shown.

You need to get real.

Amazing...

Sharon R. wrote:
So is this a good rate to write articles, 500 words for 3.00. I really need some opinions. Google talks about spinning articles all over the internet. I just want to make sure this is a good rate, if so, I will continue to create my own unique articles. I actually just started writing, only been for about a month, but I enjoy it greatly. It's fun.

I aslo write reviews for her for 2.00. Can do in about 15 minutes. 40 a week for 80$ is not bad.

Your reading comprehension needs some work if you think $3 for 500 words or $80 a week for 40 articles is good wages. I make that for one article -- not here, true, but elsewhere. What I do get here is my quoted rate, and that is going up the first of February.

Gotta tell you, if you think writing is "fun," then you're not writing. You're "mommy blogging." Writing is damn hard work to make sure you get the right tone and wording for different clients, to not have any misspellings or punctuation errors, and to make sure everything you put on paper is correct and legitimate.

But since you seem to have issues with legitimacy, then I guess it could be "fun" for you.

Flat out amazing

Sharon R. wrote:
So is this a good rate to write articles, 500 words for 3.00. I really need some opinions. Google talks about spinning articles all over the internet. I just want to make sure this is a good rate, if so, I will continue to create my own unique articles. I actually just started writing, only been for about a month, but I enjoy it greatly. It's fun.

I aslo write reviews for her for 2.00. Can do in about 15 minutes. 40 a week for 80$ is not bad.

I have to tell you that my quick response to this is bull-crap. If you think that $80 for 40 ANYTHING is good you really should go and flip burgers at your local McDonald's where you can earn that in a quarter of the time you're spending on these.

Your profile is disappointing too - you have accepted 4.44 cents an hour for an assignment that was offering $10. I know things cost less in Louisiana than they do here in Massachusetts but honestly you can't tell me that $170 a week is sufficient to live on when you have children.

On the other hand, your overview is awful, your test scores are shameful and you are promoting your skills as a housewife more than you're promoting any other skills. In this case, your clients are getting what they are paying for. You'll never be a writer, $3 for a 500 word article is a flat out disgrace, I can make more on a micro-task site for this amount of words. You should hang it up because you're selling yourself out - you need a job, you have no idea how to run a business. Stop and think about what your Internet connection costs you before you think that $80 a week is such a great pay rate. Honestly what's wrong with you? I am embarrassed for you.

Thanks

Yea, I just put in a rate, I still got payed 10.00 an hour for that job though. Now I'm putting in higher rates. Thanks for the crtisism.

And look at that feedback.

Sharon R. wrote:
Yea, I just put in a rate, I still got payed 10.00 an hour for that job though. Now I'm putting in higher rates. Thanks for the crtisism.

Yes, and you got horrible feedback for it.

When a client tells you that you don't seem to have a concern about the quality of your work and you're unwilling to accept feedback, then you might want to think that "writting articals" is not for you.

Suggestion: Go back to school. Learn how to really write if that is what you insist on doing. You won't make it as a professional with that kind of client feedback. Even if potential clients choose to overlook that damning information, your lack of ability will keep you from obtaining the good clients of long-standing. You'll go from one off to one off until you wear yourself out writing your $3 "articals."

***And its "paid," not "payed," and "criticism," not "critisism." I suspect spelling may be one of your many issues.

Guess

I guess my assessment was right. Sharon if you don't like the criticism then you should think before you type. First off to come here and BRAG about $3 for (a) stolen work that can't be called writing and (b) claim that it's a good rate you should first know what REAL writers are making.

The feedback backs up my assessment - get a job you're not capable of running a business -- and I know this how? Simple: Business owners care about their reputation and do anything possible to protect it. You've trashed yours for a crummy $87. 'Nuff said.

BTW: I'm sorry if you don't approve of my tone, I'm not one to beat around the bush. Besides, most writers recognize the truth when it's presented to them even if harshly.

Just where IS that article writing / review writing gig?

Sharon R. wrote:
Yea, I just put in a rate, I still got payed 10.00 an hour for that job though. Now I'm putting in higher rates. Thanks for the crtisism.

With your feedback, test results, and evident lack of a clue you probably won't get any more work to mess up.

Just how are you getting paid for your "article butchering / stealing / review writing" gig? There is no sign of such a contract on your profile! There is just one finished contract with no feedback and the feedback of the contract you messed up.

NOTHING at all under "work in progress."

Why's that, Sharon? Hm?

Wow, I didn't know I had any

Wow, I didn't know I had any feedback, how can I check that by the way?

Also, I do have an article contract, it's in my contracts, I didn't receive pay yet so maybe that's why it isn't showing up.

I'm currently working one other job besides the writing on odesk, just started so no pay yet.

You haven't quite figured out how this site works, have you?

Sharon R. wrote:
Wow, I didn't know I had any feedback, how can I check that by the way?

You can see it via the ended contract, or when you click on "Find work" you see a "View my profile as others see it" on the right hand side. The client gave you one out of 5 stars for all categories. The other client did not give you any feedback so your feedback average is now 1 (out of 5) which is pretty much the kiss of death. Most clients will not consider a contractor with an average that's lower than 4.0 - a lot won't even look at contractors whose score is below 4.5.

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Also, I do have an article contract, it's in my contracts, I didn't receive pay yet so maybe that's why it isn't showing up.

You need to get into the habit of asking for an up front payment and regular milestone payments. If you have done as many articles as you claim for that client, and have not been paid anything yet, you are facing the possibility of not getting paid at all. You need to negotiate a payment schedule with your client (although you should have done that before you ever started) because otherwise you may end up working flat out for weeks on end and get absolutely nothing for it.

Frankly, personally I don't think you are quite ready for working as a self employed contractor.

Didn't read?

Sharon R. wrote:
Wow, I didn't know I had any feedback, how can I check that by the way?

Read the Help section.

So you just came on the site and started 'working', without reading about how the sites operates? You really sound like and your feedback points to you just being lazy and not knowing a dam thing about writting.

Everything you have posted, your profile, overview still sucks, and portfolio states you have no business trying to be an independent contractor at this time.

Article contract? Poor client.

Go back to school and get some more education.

Your past job history points to you having basic HS and more than likely a GED (if that).

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