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cherubsmummy
03-26-2007, 08:19 AM
I am working hard at starting a career as a freelance writer. Today I swallowed my fear and sent out my first email regarding a freelance job I read about through a blog. The reply came back, and although they did not specifically mention the company name, I have found out by looking at the email and googling that it is Adonico, a Russian web content company.

They are paying $2 per article, which, naturally for web content, needs to be chock full of the keywords that are the topic. They specify that the keywords must be the provided order, even if not gramatically correct. That part rubs me the wrong way. I have to write two sample articles, with a minimum character count, rather than word count.

Has anyone dealt with this company? Am I agreeing to a sweat shop for hopeful writers in the forlorne hope of collecting my first clips? I am just not sure about this whole thing, especially the lack of detail about the company.

Emma

KCH
03-26-2007, 03:06 PM
I don't know anything about that outfit--or any of the content sites for that matter. It just boggles the mind to know so many people actually think those deals make sense for a writer. Sweat shop. Your words. I'd say that $2 an article pretty much qualifies for that designation.

To my mind, if you're doing it to get clips, would word churning websites even count for much to anyone other than another content site? Especially a russian one? I wouldn't even open a url with an .ru location.

cherubsmummy
03-26-2007, 05:11 PM
Thank you, that was my gut instinct too. I appreciate your input.

Emma

James D. Macdonald
03-26-2007, 05:28 PM
The gatekeeping for content sites in general is so ... variable ... that they don't even count as clips. Put the articles on your own website.

ResearchGuy
03-26-2007, 07:04 PM
I am working hard at starting a career as a freelance writer. . . .
Allow me to recommend that you get your hands on a copy of Getting Published: The Writer in the Combat Zone, by Leonard S. Bernstein (William Morrow & Co., 1986). Although it is dated in specifics (references to typewriters), it is an admirably hard-headed, specific, readable explanation of how to become a published writer. He cuts right through the crap and the excuses.

If your local library does not have it, the library can get a copy via interlibrary loan, or maybe you can find a used or remaindered copy. Amazon has some listed, cheap.

Anyway . . . two bucks per article? I don't think so. Aim higher.

--Ken

Tsu Dho Nimh
03-26-2007, 07:45 PM
If you are a legal USA resident, and want to get some clips, try associatedcontent.com

They do pay based on "searchability", but they also don't make you force your grammar to fit the keywords. They want to get things READ, not just indexed.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/10118/tsu_dho_nimh.html

victoriastrauss
03-27-2007, 12:41 AM
I really don't think you can count on using articles at Associated Content (or similar sites) as clips. The quality of the articles is too variable.

- Victoria

cherubsmummy
03-27-2007, 01:09 AM
Thank you all so much! I certainly won't be sending the articles in. The good thing I gained from this is a greater confidence in my own ability. I had a written article done two hours after the topic arrived! I'll polish them up and keep searching for a market :)

Emma

CaoPaux
07-26-2010, 07:58 AM
Adding link: http://www.adonico.com/

CaoPaux
08-25-2014, 06:02 AM
Went down in '12. The US/English version was supposedly at website-content-copywriting.com, but I'm not finding any sign it was ever more than a server placeholder page before it, too, expired.