Posts Tagged ‘ oDesk ’

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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Cheap freelance rates hurt EVERYONE

Cheap freelance rates hurt EVERYONE

Many of you have read my rants and raves about oDesk on more than one occasion and you have also read about my complaints about new freelancers who insist on lowering their rates to land that first assignment. My contention is that these cheap freelance rates hurt every freelancer. I…

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oDesk: Another Epic Failure

oDesk: Another Epic Failure

Several days ago, oDesk decided to roll out another “feature”. Now, I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea (or for that matter WHY they thought it was a good idea) but the overall failure of this feature is evident in reviewing the response from contractors (most, not…

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Costly oDesk Profile Mistakes

Costly oDesk Profile Mistakes

There are many mistakes you can make on your oDesk profile but some of them can be far more costly than you might think. There are some profiles I’ve seen recently that have made a number of errors that as a client at oDesk I would pass right over and…

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An Update on Textbroker

An Update on Textbroker

I have to admit that I’ve been a bit skeptical about Textbroker because too often, I feel that the ratings by the editors (or whoever does them) is far too subjective.  While I am well aware of my propensity to either over or under use commas, I feel that for…

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Year drawing to a close

Year drawing to a close

Who would have thunk it? 2012 is drawing to a close and I’ve gotten around to reviewing what my plans were for 2012. While some of my plans came to fruition, it appears that they got somewhat thwarted around mid-year meaning I had to change course!  Last year at this…

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The best way to market your company

The best way to market your company

Marketing for growth One of the many challenges of owning a business is marketing. Without a successful marketing plan, chances are that your business will stagnate and over time, you will see a decline in sales. When sales begin declining, it may be too late to start a new marketing…

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Twitter – How effective is it for marketing?

Twitter – How effective is it for marketing?

Maximizing Twitter’s effectiveness Freelance writers, online marketing professionals and bloggers may be overlooking the potential for a great Twitter advertising campaign for their products or services. Learning how to use Twitter effectively is one of the most important steps that must be taken to get the most out of Twitter.…

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How do you select great writing topics

How do you select great writing topics

Defining your niche market For many writers, the biggest obstacle to writing is selecting a worthy topic. For some, this is a fairly straightforward process while others struggle to come up with the right ideas. There are some things that may determine how a writer prepares to create new work.…

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Essential elements of a successful blog

Essential elements of a successful blog

Never overlook the importance of small things It’s easy to set up a blog, and with the variety of social media sites that are available, it’s easier than ever to find a group of readers who are interested in your site. Of course setting up your blog well and getting…

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How to create an effective social marketing plan

How to create an effective social marketing plan

Common social media plan issues Frequently, social media specialists think that opening an account on popular social media sites and throwing a bunch of information into the feed is the best way to attract attention. Nothing could be further from the truth. Social media marketing requires a well thought out…

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Online Writing: Pleasure or practicality

Online Writing: Pleasure or practicality

Motivation for writing Many of us envy those writers who write for the sheer joy of writing. While many writers are motivated by the sheer pleasure of writing and sharing knowledge, many more are motivated by the money they can earn writing. However, this does not mean that the person…

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The dangers of multi-tasking

The dangers of multi-tasking

Too much work too little time We have nearly all done it. We take on one thing after another then try to get them all done, oftentimes with set deadlines. While some people boast about their multi-tasking skills, the problem is that if we are trying to do too many…

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The basics of business blogging

The basics of business blogging

Blogging as part of freelancing One of the many opportunities that freelance writers can take advantage of is blogging for money. Setting up a blog is easy, maintaining a blog and promoting it well is not as easy. Blogging can be fun and rewarding, but also requires a fair amount…

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Making the most of oDesk

Making the most of oDesk

Warning: Work Required! With the number of websites that promise “instant riches”, “thousands of dollars a day in passive income” and “get out of debt today”, it’s pretty evident that some people are not particularly interested in working in order to earn money. However, there are an equal (or greater)…

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