Thanks to my writer pal Ann Olson, I came across this tidy little gem of a site called "All Freelance Writing". Apparently this site is to help other freelancers or online writers find success. But don't be fooled. The web is all a-flutter with these type of sites. But pay attention to the writing and to what the writer says about themselves to decide for yourself if it is a quality site or not.
Take a look at this article. Go on. I'll wait. Come right back.
Like what you read? If you're one of the AC writers who makes good money from AC then this "experiment" probably just ticked you off a little.
Do I make good money from AC? I make descent enough for what I need. I could do more but I also write two topics for Examiner and I write on whatever fiction project I have currently going (I'm working on my third novel right now). On AC, though, I remain in the "Hot 500" so I'd like to think I've learned a little something along the way. So, are you going to listen to someone who does make money on AC or are you going to listen to someone who wrote two "craptastically fast" articles and then whined that she didn't make much money?
This "experiment" is flawed from the beginning. First, you can't expect to write a holiday article only a few days before the holiday and expect it to perform well. Next, you can't write it badly and expect it to perform well. Third, you can't expect to do an experiment half-assed, let it ride for a couple of weeks, and expect the results to be something you can try to pull over on the world. And that is the problem with many writers who whine that they can't make the money they'd like. They have an over inflated version of themselves and feel like every thing they touch (or write) should be gold. Then they refuse to listen to the experts and then whine that they aren't making what they'd like... well, go figure. This is not AC FAIL. This is contributor FAIL.
So the AC writers came out to defend their work but with every point made, the writer and other members of the blog had a reason for everything. Thus another sign of the inflated contributor. Instead of listening and trying to take to heart what was done wrong and learn from it, they obsessively try justify their actions. But watchya gonna do? Oh, well.
Point is, I think this writer has actually hurt her chances of picking up jobs. If I were a potential client looking for a writer to do work for me and I saw that particular post, how the writer knew she was writing bad but didn't take care to correct that, that she couldn't find a good enough topic to gather page views, and that she ran such an obviously flawed experiment and proceeded to dis a website and it's contributors because of it, I'd move on to another writer.
And I definitely won't be promoting that freelance site as anything worth reading.
What's next? All the good writers who actually make good money from AC are liars?
Alright. Let's all move on with our lives and continue doing what we love.