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March 22nd, 2007

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02:57 pm - The Internet Writing Economy
In my job search, I've come across a number of websites that purport to pay freelance writers for online articles at their sites. Sites like Suite 101, Associated Content and Helium. I'm not sure what to think of any of them. They all seem to promise some nominal fee for contributors, payable to a PayPal account, and bonuses for people who contribute a lot. It seems odd to me that there are multiple such sites out there. I guess there must be some sort of advertising scheme and Google ranking going on. When you consider going into freelance writing in today's media rich environment, the idea of writing for the Internet is one that gets tossed at you a lot. It has even been suggested that I should try monetizing this blog. But I guess I just feel leary of it all. Maybe I shouldn't be.

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Date:March 22nd, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)

Grab cash

Dude, you must absolutely put Adsense on your blog! YOU WILL MAKE MONEY!

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Date:March 23rd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I don't think I can do that on LiveJournal, though. I think I would have to switch platforms over to Blogger or something like it.
Date:March 27th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

Then do it.

Submit your site for consideration to Google, they will let you know if you need to change anything. You are too good to be writing for free. In the future you will probably have to freelance on the net anyway, so why not start now? Who wants a fuckin job? Turn your website into a business and do what you want! It can be done. I'M DOING IT! Yes I work at the University too, but I am very close to paying all my bills with my blog. You can too, go after it!

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Date:March 27th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Tom, I'll consider it. I do already have a blogger account. I use it to comment on people's blogs -- like yours.
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Date:March 23rd, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)

The Internet

What an interesting concept!
Would you end up with sponsors if they liked your product?
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Date:March 23rd, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)

Those sites looked fine.

I read around on all of them, I especially liked the set-up and options on Suite 101. I think it's a good idea.

I do see how one might feel leary. But I also think---think of all the decent, and _good_ writers out there. People I went to school with. People at the Bread Loaf conference when they're not publishing something big. People who just plain have good ideas. I think it's cool that there are lots and lots of places for them.

Those sites felt like magazines to me, and I like magazines. I like scrolling around looking for interesting headlines, and articles I might like.

Also, my friend Macy Raymond writes for the Internet, sometimes. She also has a screenplay deal and a novel coming out this year, but sometimes she writes fun, fashion-y kinds of things, too, just to be working and writing.
Here's an example.

I think you should. But then, I'd also enjoy reading your stuff out in the world.
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Date:March 25th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Those sites looked fine.

I read the Macy Raymond article on Newbury Street. It was fun. I would go searching for more of her stuff. How do you know her? The world just gets smaller and smaller.
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