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Cleaning house and you can help!

Cleaning house and you can help!

I have been working on cleaning up this blog and it’s almost like a full time job.  One of the major problems with this blog is that I have been writing here for nearly five years and some of my older posts — well, they are pretty pathetic. Today alone,…

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Promoting Your Work

Promoting Your Work

When you are prolific writer, it is generally more acceptable to “spread” your work out over many sites versus promoting all of it in one place.  In many case,  some work simply does not work on some sites.  Here are some additional ways of promoting your work, potentially increasing earnings.…

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What the merger of oDesk and Elance could bring – Part 1

What the merger of oDesk and Elance could bring – Part 1

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of news out of oDesk – first, they announced a strategic partnership with Kelly Services. Now, it rather baffles me that a company like Kelly wouldn’t have their own online services offering, given the company is more than 50 years old…

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Are freelancers too dependent on sites like oDesk and Elance?

Are freelancers too dependent on sites like oDesk and Elance?

One of my primary concerns going into 2014 is how dependent I’ve grown on freelance marketplaces. This includes sites like oDesk (I personally do not use Elance) and of course some of my favorite writing sites like Writer Access and Blogmutt.  The lure of having assignments there to pick and…

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Content mills or private clients

Content mills or private clients

There is no doubt that most freelance writers would prefer to work for private clients rather than spending their days working at content mills. Regardless of how well you are treated, how good the pay is and how responsive the site is, most freelancers will do far better with private…

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BrightHubs massive failure

BrightHubs massive failure

As most of you who have been reading this blog for a while know one of my favorite sites to write was BrightHub. That was until nearly two years ago when they suddenly announced they were ending their submission process and even worse, they were ending their revenue sharing program…

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Web Misfortune Master

Web Misfortune Master

I love it when I get spam and it turns out the spam is related to a scam! In fact, it’s one of my favorite things of all time because it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Today’s con artist is Web Fortune Master.  Now people often ask me how…

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Product Review: Sinbad 2 IN 1 Removable Wireless Bluetooth ABS keyboard

After I purchased the Kindle Fire, I decided to get a keyboard to go along with it so I could have it available for when I was on the road. This is the unit I purchased: Now it’s important to note that when I purchased this (or when I was…

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Product Review: Kindle Fire HD

Recently, I saved enough money to purchase the KindleFire HD which I’ve wanted for months. At long last, it arrived on October 10 so I’ve had a couple of weeks to play around with it. I decided to upgrade to the 8MB and go with the HD version so this…

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Defending the indefensible

Defending the indefensible

As many of you know when I am researching work at home scams, I tend to review numerous sites including the Better Business Bureau, RipOff Report (often unreliable) and various blogs. Ironically, you don’t often see people defending the company that is in question and if you do, it is…

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September did improve but still needs work!

September did improve but still needs work!

Early in September I complained about how far off my goals I was and indicated I needed to get back online. Well, getting back to work is not as easy as saying you are going to do it but, I did make an effort if nothing else. It is important…

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Writing and complaining

Writing and complaining

Freelance writing seems to be accompanied by complaining. In fact, freelancing in particular seems to be accompanied by lots of complaining overall.  There’ s a certain irony to this in my opinion and one that makes me scratch my head.  This may be especially because I think there are some…

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Talk about sluggish! Motivation problems

Talk about sluggish! Motivation problems

It has been nearly 40 days since I created a post on this site! Yes, 40 days! Of course,  I could hide behind some very basic truths including: I took a one month vacation (Yes, a whole month!) It’s summertime (it is in fact almost over) I’ve been busy (not…

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LinkedIn spam getting worse

Spam

I am moderately active at LinkedIn though I admit to neglecting it quite often because of the number of outright morons that dwell in so many of the writing groups on the site and frankly, the lack of any real way to figure out who may need a writer and…

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Personality disorder or defective bot?

Personality disorder or defective bot?

I have posted about my fascination with a new plugin I found called “Stop Spammers” first writing about how much work it was saving deleting bogus signups and then later, commenting about the fact that over 3,000 spammers had hit the site. Little did I know that such a short…

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