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Freelancer: My experience with Interact Media
Hello all and welcome to a new edition of Freelancer. If you want to catch up with what's come before, here are a few links to previous hubs that I've written under this banner head (so to speak)...
So read those at your leisure, and further further ado here is my experience with writing for another freelancer site.
The site in question is called Interact Media, and I'm going to try to give you a fair and balanced review of this site, but it's going to be a bit tough to tell you the truth.
I came across Interact Media as part of some other writer's roundup of sites to get freelance work and of course I was if nothing else thrilled to have another source to turn to for writing assignments. After being a member of the site since July of 2011, so I've been with them for a while now, and I just checked my earnings and it's evident that I really do not take a lot of work from the site.
I'm actually writing this hub after my latest rejection of work from a client, work that would have paid me almost $20 dollars for about 90 minutes of work.
So what happened?
Well, after turning in the copy for the client's article, I was asked to revise the first sentence of the article, increase the keyword density to between 2-4 % and to eliminate the "scary" words from the article....so another 40 minutes of re-writes and additional placement of the client's keyword phrase "cosmetic surgery center in Beverly hills," which required me to insert that phrase into the article "14 Times" in order to reach the keyword density that the client requested.
As a writer who produces web copy, in my opinion, when you insert a sentence like that 14 times into the copy of an article, you totally change the way the article is going to read to someone. I'm not going to copy the whole article here, but I will share the first sentence that I re-wrote for the clients...
"People living in the state of California tend to be very health conscious. They care about eating healthy, staying fit, and having a fit and healthy appearance, and using the services of a local cosmetic surgery center in Beverly hills makes that possible"
Okay, while it's not a perfect sentence, it does work and it's not a broken sentence, written by someone unfamiliar with our language.
Here is one other paragraph where I had to include that key phrase more than once in order to meet the requirements set forth by the invisible client...
"Your choice of a cosmetic surgery center in Beverly Hills should be solely based on the services they offer, the cost for each procedure they offer, and their reputation in the local community.
Below is a list of a few cosmetic procedures that may interest you when you’re trying to decide which cosmetic surgery center in Beverly hills to select:
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy Tucks
- Eyelid Surgery
These are just a few of the procedures that a cosmetic surgery center in Beverly Hills should be able to offer its patients, but if the surgery center that you are interested in does not have similar services to what are listed here, then take the time to find a cosmetic surgery center in Beverly Hills that offers the services that best suit your particular circumstances."
Okay, so that sentence appeared in that paragraph "4' times, sorry but that is not writing to a reader, that's writing to a search engine, and that's just not the way it should be done. There is no doubt that sometimes writing for some of these clients on these freelance sites can be a total crap shoot, but when you have issues such as this, well it's almost maddening.
I have had a few good experiences with some of the clients that I've worked with thus far on the site, but I've also had a total of five (that's "5" rejected articles) and for me that a bit much, as a matter of fact that may be the highest total that I have on any site, in such a short amount of time.
I have had a few direct orders sent to me through the site, but they are far and in between at best. The other things is that there are not enough clients that pay a decent wage for the work required, and yes I know what you're all saying to yourselves but there are some clients that want a 800 word article written for $4-5 dollars, and that simply not worth the time and effort.
So my rating for Interact Media is going to be a 2 out of a possible 5 rating. I give the site props for it's support staff, which replies to queries with quick turn around times, but not much else.
Low paying jobs from clients that want something for nothing just doesn't make it appealing to take writing assignments from them, but I will take a direct order placed with me from a repeat client in order to build that writer-client relationship.
So while it's not the best site to get work from, but sometimes when you're in a pinch it may be better than nothing.
Update-Jan 14 2013
As of this writing I have had an issue with Interact Media, and the issue is with clients who reject articles with little to know information other than a generic "Tone and Style was not Acceptable" or something to that effect.
The problem with this is that this client in this instance, accepted 7 out of a total of 10 articles written. All were "Cookie Cutter" pieces about different apartment complexes across the country. The ones this client accepted were all rated at a " 5 Star" level so I have a problem with the other three that were rejected.
The real issue is the response from Interact Media's head admin (I won't mention the person's name here) but I've been basically told to just block the client. Unacceptable, this client should not only be penalized for this sort of professionalism, they should have to pay the writer some of the total amount that is due them.
Please, if you have an opinion or something else to contribute, please feel free to leave your comment here, and I'll respond as soon as possible.
Lew Newmark is the owner of KeyWords Media, an online web copy business.