freelance advice

United States
January 17, 2012 8:12am CST
As most of you know I have finally built up a small freelance base of clients. Well, occasionaly, I write an article that is good, but for whatever reason does not fit exactly what they wanted. Sometimes the instructions are unclear and I just give it a shot - and miss! And other times it just didn't go exactly like what the client meant or I simply misunderstood the intent. So I end up having to do a totally new article. I was just scrapping the rejected articles. But this morning I was like, "duh!" I can put them on article bases. I am on Helium and Triond. Which of those do you think are the better place to put these "extra" articles? I am not too active on either one as I am too busy, but I want to try to take advantage of them if I can... some help please???
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@shrijsr (577)
• Bangalore, India
17 Jan 12
Hello friend, you can put those extra articles on expertscolumn. It is way better than triond. I am not in helium, so i don't know about that. Sorry. Other than that, the articles that you are posting on expertscolumn can also be posted on triond with the link on it to the original article just to ensure that you are the original creator of the article. Hope it helps.
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• United States
17 Jan 12
I had ot heard of Expertscolumn. But I will look into it. It sounds interesting since you can post it on Triond as well. I have used Helium some in the past but not had a lot of luck. But I figure if I put the article up on any of the sites and make a few pennies it's more than it would make if it sits in a folder on my computer! lol!
@shrijsr (577)
• Bangalore, India
18 Jan 12
Thats right! I made 0.5$ with only 2 articles on expertscolumn, within just 15days with no effort of mine. And yeah, the articles which were rejected for some reason were the one's which I had posted on that. For the same articles on triond, i hardly got 0.1$. The result shows itself. That is basically because, in triond, we should take care of bringing the traffic to the articles, but in expertscolumn, our articles will be shown on the site for the readers to read. Which means, they help us with the traffic. Good luck!
@shrijsr (577)
• Bangalore, India
18 Jan 12
If you have many articles, then may be you can cash out soon on expertscolumn because the minimum payout is just $5 unlike triond whose minimum payout is $10. This will surely be a bonus for you, instead of keeping it in the computer for no use!
@louievill (16230)
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
hi friend, have not seen each other for quite sometime, well I don't really write articles for a living although I could write and had done research and articles for a fee from a distant not so distant past,probably you already know that I am a full time businessman. As you mentioned you sometimes miss out on things like "intent" which is for me one of the most important basic aspect for success in what you are doing, it's part of client relationship and good you have identified the weak spot so it's best that you improve on it. It was easier back then because we talk to people personally, next is thru telephone where we can as they say "read between lines", we have to listen, cater and attend to clients needs in order to make a successful sales kill. With the internet now it's a little bit more difficult cause it's less personal although I would think the priciples would still be the same. Now my advice lol, I think we should learn and be good business people as much as we strive to be good writers, just an advice and good luck on your career friend
• United States
19 Jan 12
You give good advice my long, lost friend! What you say is true about the way we contact each other and how difficult it is to share intent in print. I have worked with this client for some time now and learned to communicate with him. But sometimes he gives me a rather general topic and I jump in and get it done. Then he asks me to redo it and gives me the details! lol! The first time I almost cried becasue I thought he was going to "fire" me! lol! But my motto with all of my clients is that I will do it again - until it is acceptable according to what they are looking for. So far so good! lol!
17 Jan 12
Hello Mac, Great that you have a client database - I think that's fantastic! Very enterprising! It's great to 'meet' a fellow writer too. I mostly do fiction, I would like to try articles again though - but it's a difficult one to get into isn't it? I totally understand about the 'unclear instructions' though. As you said they often say, 'it isn't quite right' (sigh). The writing has to be tight, tight, tight. I have joined Triond, but find their system a bit complicated - but maybe that's just me. I've never tried Helium - not heard of it - but will have a shufty asap. Placing extra articles with either of these sites might be worth a try as you've already written them haven't you? You haven't got anything to lose by doing so really have you? I personally wouldn't try any sites that offer to supply the work for a fee - would you? Do you work via the net? I would not want to 'rain on your parade' in any way, but would be interested in knowing how I could go about getting into (paid) article writing for the net. Sorry - not much help am I? Take care, M.C.
• United States
17 Jan 12
It is nice to meet you as well! I do all my work via the Internet and over the last couple of years have been able to find about 3 or 4 clients for which I write. I have worked on both Triond and Helium. Helium seems much more complicated than Triond so I may go with Triond and see what I get... Thanks!
@BoboMama (321)
• India
17 Jan 12
I guess you need a slight improvement in your article-writing skills. You should really attempt to do the tasks given by multimastery which are more based on testing your writing proficiency , gonna help a lot :D
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• United States
17 Jan 12
I may look into multimastery. Thanks. The trouble however, is not my writing skills. It is that I did not write what the client desired. I wrote an a different aspect of a topic than what he was thinking. The article, I assure you is well written! lol! It was just from a different angle.. I just hate to waist 500 words!
• Singapore
17 Jan 12
Squidoo is another option that you might want to look into.
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• United States
17 Jan 12
I hadn't thought about squidoo. I might try that one. I have written lots of content for others to build their lins but never built my own! I guess I could look into it- but I would not make money on it as I have no site to link it back to.
@KrauseHome (33258)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Personally I have always wondered what is the Best, and many times if they are published somewhere else a lot of places may not take them in the future, and just because they were not suitable for that particular theme, then they could be good for something else. I would consider finding another way to keep them somewhere and submit them to other better paying sites and venues instead. Just my thoughts.
@MandaLee (3699)
• United States
5 Mar 12
Hello, I would put them on Helium. Helium is a great site. I am on Helium too.