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Thanks and a few ideas
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:46:48 AM »
I have been a customer of Jons over the years buying many of services and software, as well as following his blog which has always been excellent.

I recently became a writer for iNeedArticles and I would like to give Jon a BIG THANKS for helping me start a new direction in my life. I'm a war pensioner and have tried many things over the years to make money, some successful others not, but I had never considered writing for others until this opportunity came up.I am really enjoying it knowing that I am helping others.

OK so I am not going to get mega rich but it does mean I don't have to work on the days my health is bad, although I should still manage around 100 articles a week of various word sizes.

I know Jon is always open to ideas so just a few thoughts I have had on this excellent new business venture.

Article Rejections

I have read a few posts on customers wanting the possibility of rejecting articles, however from a writers point of view this is annoying and could send a few of the good ones moving on elsewhere.

There is relatively fair way of doing this though:
  • A customer can reject an article but not those with a rating of 4+ and more than 50 articles completed. This is because the article was written by a proven quality writer so the rejection reason would probably be due to unclear instructions (which I cover below). By doing it this way customers are happy as they don’t have to accept a low quality article, and it would also give those with lower ratings a big incentive to improve quality.  :)

Unclear Instructions

From a writer’s point of view, a number of orders come with no instructions, so we have to guess on what they are after, especially if the keyword can have a number of meanings, this is not the fault of the writer but we do get a lower rating if we guess wrong.

I am not sure how the customer adds instructions but maybe a few tick box selections would help such as:
  • UK English not US English (and vice versa)
  • Avoid writing in the first person
  • Use sub-headings or bullet points
  • Article may be about anything as long as it includes the keywords.
  • Please use X number of paragraphs
  • Add a brief description of the context you require if any ______

Extras

I have seen a customer ask for the option of rewriting an article, this I feel is a good idea, and would mean more orders for Jon.  :) Obviously these would have to be cheaper, 75% of the normal writing cost sounds fine.

Add an option for writers to write an article that hasn’t been requested but sell it through iNeedArticles, Jon takes a cut … Ka-Ching.  :) Maybe rejected articles could be moved to this area so someone else can purchase it, and the writer doesn’t feel aggrieved with the rejection as they may still earn revenue from it. Doing this means you can give two options for a sale:
  • Unique: Costs more and once sold vanishes off the for sale list.
  • Non-Unique: Can be sold any number of times, but for ½ the price. If this is the first purchase the Unique option would vanish
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That’s it, I’ll allow Jon to shoot down my ideas now  ;D … but many thanks for the writing opportunity.
Keith

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Re: Thanks and a few ideas
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 11:37:55 AM »
It's good to hear from an accepted writer, I have had some VERY good articles through ineedarticles. Most have been excellent quality, a few have needed rewriting but at the price charged, I accept the need for rewriting anyway and the content, while not in the format i wanted, gave me facts I could put into an article that flowed better (for my purposes).
I would be quite interested in having the option to buy "rejected" articles if they became available, though I have to say that I would not have rejected any of the articles I have received through the service.

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Re: Thanks and a few ideas
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 06:53:56 PM »
I am either one of the unfortunate ones or maybe my standards are too high.  But I no longer use ineedarticles as 60% of the articles I received were not usable as written. So I use another service that does allow me the ability to communicate what I need and to reject an article if it is not usable as written.

I am willing to pay a few dollars more to receive articles that are well written and cover the subject the way I need it covered.  If I must spend my time rewriting an article so it is usable then I am better off just writing the article myself as it takes almost as long to correct an article as it does to write it.


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Re: Thanks and a few ideas
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 10:31:46 PM »
I have been a customer of Jons over the years buying many of services and software, as well as following his blog which has always been excellent.
I recently became a writer for iNeedArticles and I would like to give Jon a BIG THANKS for helping me start a new direction in my life. I'm a war pensioner and have tried many things over the years to make money, some successful others not, but I had never considered writing for others until this opportunity came up.I am really enjoying it knowing that I am helping others.
OK so I am not going to get mega rich but it does mean I don't have to work on the days my health is bad, although I should still manage around 100 articles a week of various word sizes.
I know Jon is always open to ideas so just a few thoughts I have had on this excellent new business venture.
Article Rejections
I have read a few posts on customers wanting the possibility of rejecting articles, however from a writers point of view this is annoying and could send a few of the good ones moving on elsewhere.
There is relatively fair way of doing this though:
    A customer can reject an article but not those with a rating of 4+ and more than 50 articles completed. This is because the article was written by a proven quality writer so the rejection reason would probably be due to unclear instructions (which I cover below). By doing it this way customers are happy as they don’t have to accept a low quality article, and it would also give those with lower ratings a big incentive to improve quality.

It is great to hear a writer for INeedArticles make such an awesome post...

I am really happy to see that a new blooming writer is getting a start, that Jon has provided...

In additions, I would like to add that I too got my start through another of Jon's programs 'Cash4Links'... Jon is always anxious (and willing) to help us get a leg up, exactly when we need it...

Believe me when I say, it is just a starting place, through Jon's 'Cash4Links' writing program, I was able to build a successful writers site, and truly never run out of clients...

HoneyJo
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Re: Thanks and a few ideas
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 10:43:49 PM »
I am either one of the unfortunate ones or maybe my standards are too high.  But I no longer use ineedarticles as 60% of the articles I received were not usable as written. So I use another service that does allow me the ability to communicate what I need and to reject an article if it is not usable as written.
I am willing to pay a few dollars more to receive articles that are well written and cover the subject the way I need it covered.  If I must spend my time rewriting an article so it is usable then I am better off just writing the article myself as it takes almost as long to correct an article as it does to write it.

ElseEdward, in theory this is a great concept, but as you well know ineedarticles is not designed to be highly researched, and on topic articles...

It may be available in indeedarticles if you want to pay more. However, you may need (as you mentioned) to go with another source..

If you choose another source, there is one listed on the forum, that writes for 5.00, and they will correct until you are satisfied...

HJ


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