Tech in the country. Programming & Technology inovations.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Vanished story is up
My friend got a good write up. I got a tiny mention.
This photo is from my recent trip to NYC. The foreground has the new
high line park.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
A Penny A Word: The marketplace for content online
In a quest to expand the content in some of my websites, I discovered the online marketplace for writers. Freelancers, many overseas, looking to make some money online find that writing articles for mere pennies is a quick fix. Publishers of sites, like me, that need content to fill out some websites pay for someone to write vast quantities of content. Here's my experience. Round 1: Ten 500 word articles for $50. The somewhat randomly selected author quickly turned over the assigned topics. My first reaction was: ugh. horrible. Poorly written. Obviously non native English, and somewhat useless content wise. I put it up online anyway and basically forgot about it for years. 2 years later, total profit: $100. Pretty good investment actually, though somewhat slow turn over. I might have spent my time better writing the articles myself, if only I didn't hate writing assignments. The most surprising statistic: they are the highest paying per CPM pages of all my sites! They pay 3 times per page view as other sites, but with little traffic. Round 2: Today I'm bringing in a few better writers, and hopefully they will get better placement. 2 years down the road, the marketplace has improved. I also have some deserted sites that need more content. Obviously, I'm hoping that the article writing project will scale up from the pennies a day volume it currently produces. So, would you write for a penny a word? Talk is cheap and online content is even cheaper.