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Spam-a-lot

I ran into my first negative experience on elance. I’m new to this world, I don’t understand everything they are talking about, and when I responded to an ad asking for someone to read and comment on other peoples’ blogs to bring in traffic I assumed it was a networking job.

 

Sort of like what I do here. I find blogs similar to my likes, writing, I go out and read the blogs, follow the people, and comment on their blog to start a conversation. I make friends but also increase the traffic to my blog. I mean, I look at the people who comment on other people’s blogs I follow and go look at that person’s blog.

 

Of course I also continue to read the blogs I follow but it sounded like this person wanted someone to begin this entire process for them. With the promise of continued to work in the future.

 

I totally missed my mark on this. After I had accepted the job I got the dirty details they wanted me to do.

 

Spam blogs.

 

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That’s right, they gave me a link to their website they wanted me to hide in my comments. So I was to go out, read the blogs, respond to the blogs in a way that when I put the link into the comment it would be accepted instead of going into the rejection file.

I know, you’re probably all going into your spam folder now to see if I spammed you but IT WASN’T ME. I had to look at blogs I would otherwise not be interested in. Mainly the Business world and Marketing.

I know a lot about Marketing now.

But they wanted me to do this to 1000 blogs. It took almost 14 hours just to get to 200. Not only was this A LOT of work I wasn’t getting paid very much for, but it was unethical. I began to get physically sick. Especially since I said it would only take me a week to do the job.

So I called the friend who told me to join elance in the first place going WHAT DO I DO?! I didn’t want to get a negative review, I just started, that could ruin my career before I even began.

She told me I could always cancel a job. All I had to do was write a nice email that put the blame on me and there wouldn’t be any hard consequences.

I did. And it really was my fault, I thought I could do the job, I couldn’t. I didn’t have the time or the energy to follow through with what I promised.

I left out I didn’t know I was spamming. At first the guy was offering to pay me for the work I did do but after I gave him the passwords to all the fake account I had created, he split. Whatever. I really do wish all the best to him and his company.

So, I did look into my spam folder at all the poor spammers. I wanted to send them messages that said, “I UNDERSTAND YOUR PAIN!”

Don’t hate on those spammers but feel just a little bad for them. They’re doing A LOT of work, and they’re not getting paid much to do it. Show ‘em just a little love.

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Fre-elance-ing

 

I’ve decided that I obviously have too much time on my hands to finish my novel.

 

I decided to sign up on elance.com after my friend explained to me, at gun point, I could find a way to make some extra cash each month writing.

 

Elance is the place to be if you want to be a freelancer. You sign up for free, you’re give 40 ‘bids’ per month, you have to go through some crazy loops to prove you’re who you say you are, and bam! Start working immediately.

Sorta.

 

More like slit your wrist, the wrong way, and beg for attention.

 

I’m being (slightly) over-dramatic.

 

People post jobs and you respond with a proposal, using a bid, watch as 20-50 other people respond to that same proposal, and begin to understand what it must feel like to submit anything to an editor/agent/publishing house. May the rejection begin!

 

It really isn’t that bad. The first job I ever bid on was an editing job for a Romance Novel. I didn’t get it, but the author did respond to me. We had a delightful chat back and forth via e-mail, until she told me that she was going to go with another editor. We wished each other the best and went our separate ways.

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I worked on better-ing my profile after that. Elance has a number of tests you can take to show you are qualified for what you say you are qualified for. I passed two of the tests with flying colors, they’re 40 minutes long and you must make over 80 to pass, and on the third (I think because I took it right after I did one) I bombed out. No worries though, they make you wait two weeks and you can take it again.

 

I did ignore elance for quite sometime and then I took my daughter to the dentist. She has four cavities, our insurance covers the majority of the fillings but the total still comes to $160. I have to get my teeth done, wisdom teeth removed, and I’m sorry I will not be awake for the procedure. I can’t imagine what the cost is going to be.

It hits me; I’m that penniless writer. Not saying we are dirt poor, we live well within our means, and we can afford all of the above, but I want a vacation. I want to travel again. I want to have the money to enjoy life!

So I log onto elance and decide to start this all up again.

 

I’ve decided to blog about it to.

 

It’s nice to finally figure out what I’m going to make this blog about. Welcome to the world of the starving, freelancer, writer who will one day finish her best selling, mind-blowing, novel.

PS. I love Neil Gaiman. So, so much.

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