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I recently received an email from the owner of a site called TheWriteFinder.com. Updated 2/2/12: TheWriteFinder is no longer in business.

Normally I delete emails if I don’t recognize the return address, but for some reason I opened this one. I guess its because the message said something about freelance writing projects. The email was sincere enough so I decided to visit the site.

It appears that TheWriteFinder is a writing broker. They bring clients and freelance writers together. Each week TheWriteFinder sends an email listing of writing opportunities to their writers and the freelance writer has an option to respond to or bid on the writing projects.

It seemed on the up and up so I decided to click on the “Register now” link. When I went to register I found that they charge a $6.99 annual administrative fee. While $6.99 a year isn’t much at all, I elected not to sign up.

With free sites such as Constant Content, oDesk, Guru and other free bid for work sites, I didn’t see a need to pay for a bidding site.

According to the site, many writers have secured full-time writing jobs once they completed projects through their service. If that is true, $6.99 is a very small fee to pay. However, given the option to make money with or without paying an annual administrative fee, guess which one I would choose.

If anyone has any experience with TheWRiteFinder.com, I’d be interested to know how you’re doing with them.

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  • Veronique November 8, 2008, 12:46 am

    Felicia,I applied with Destination 360. I’m concerned because they require a sample article. I’m proceeding with caution; my concern is if they don’t choose me, they still will have a free article. I could have sworn I saw something about this a while ago on another freelancing site. Red flags are appearing before my eyes. This is what Kristin Kendle had to say to me:

    Kristin Kendle
    to me

    show details 4:54 PM (6 hours ago)

    Reply

    Hi,

    Thank you for inquiring about our Travel Writer position. At this point I feel its best to provide more details about the job so as to gauge your interest. To give you a little background our site, Destination360 has been online for about 5 years slowly building to the point it’s at today. This is a startup venture backed by a successful interactive media company http://www.studio360.com. Each guide contains approx 40-60 articles of approximately 400-600 words and assignments consist of either large guides like this or smaller update assignments ranging from 1-30 articles. As you will see the style of writing isn’t what I’d call Lonely Planet quality or one of the other brand name travel guides, but more an emphasis on search engine keywords and providing basic content for the traveler.

    We are currently looking for a writer to write for a specific project requiring articles on Caribbean cruises, Caribbean islands, and other cruise-focused Caribbean content. The writing is research based. Initially, there will be about 80-100 articles with the potentially for more and likely the opportunity to continue writing for Destination360 after this project is over if you are interested.

    The successful candidate for this position will have the ability to write well, write prolifically, and implement our keywords. Our current writer has been charging a rate of $10 per article.

    I know this will not appeal to everyone so if this doesn’t sound like your kind of gig there’s no need to reply.

    If you are interested, I would like to request you to write a sample article for review. To write a sample, please use the keywords below. Use each of the two keywords at least 3 times each:

    Title: Keywords:

    bahamas

    Bahamas, Cruises to the Bahamas

    Thanks for your time I look forward to hearing from you.

    I haven’t been able to find any reviews of Destination 360. The site is nice, but I’m still unsure. If someone has had any experiences with this site, please give some feedback.

    Thank you.

  • Felicia November 8, 2008, 7:07 am

    Hi Veronique,

    I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of Destination 360. I tried to find more info on them, but it seems the info is a little thin.

    They have a nice Alexa ranking as far as websites go, but that doesn’t tell me anything about how they treat their writers.

    If you’re truly concerned, why not send Kristen Kindle an email inquiring about what happens to the sample if you are not selected as one of their writers?

    Some sites will specifically state that they will pay the writer if they use the sample, while others don’t. I’ve written a few samples and have been paid for them. The ones where I didn’t receive payment, I used the work elsewhere (usually on one of my own sites). I guess that’s one of the risks with freelance writing.

    Depending on how Kirsten replies to your email will determine which way to go next.

    I’d love to hear if anyone else has had experience with Destination 360.

  • Annika January 8, 2009, 8:42 pm

    I wrote for destination360.com for about a year and a half. At first they tell you that they require your articles to be 400-600 words, but when it comes time for editing, they usually ask you to increase the length of article. They aren’t really concerned about the article’s content, but more about keywords. The keywords are ridiculous. They are so unnatural and are very difficult to use. The site always pays on time, which is an advantage. $10 is awfully low for this type of writing.

  • Destination360 April 6, 2009, 7:29 pm

    Just wanted to drop a quick response to the exchange going on here.

    Yes, I’ll agree that the rate is low but it is based on the economics of the internet. We compete with sites that publish work and do not pay at all. It’s difficult to compete with that. We have a business model that pays what we can to run a business. On the flip side we give assignments of 40–60 articles per project so it can be efficient for someone that is quick and a good writer.

    We pay on time and I’ve been told we are easy to work with, but we do have expectations of quality work. I would recommend reviewing one of our newer guides such as New Hampshire to get an idea of what we do.
    http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/new-hampshire/

    I would take exception to the last commenter “The keywords are ridiculous. They are so unnatural and are very difficult to use.”
    This is not true. There are usually 2 to 4 keywords per article. We don’t ask for more than 400-600 words. If a writer falls under 400 words, we do we ask them to meet the guidelines. Finally, I’m not the editor or a writer I’m a production manager.

    I hope that clarifies our position since on the internet so easy to hear one position and pass judgment.

    Regards,
    Destination360

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