Actually, this is going to be short and sweet. I started putting some articles on DotWriter because they weren’t selling on Constant-Content, and some that I wrote for DotWriter. It became obvious that their traffic is quite small compared to Constant-Content, as articles languished on the site for ages without selling, even at low prices.
DotWriter takes a smaller cut off the top, but it’s more than offset by the lower prices offered there and the light traffic that depresses sales. When I became concerned about some articles on the site having long lifespans and becoming somewhat out of date, I realized that, unlike at Constant-Content, I couldn’t edit or download them for updating.
Worse, repeated requests to support for some explanation or the ability to remove them were greeted with silence. I can’t get them to respond to requests to remove or reduce the price of out-of-date articles.
I would recommend sticking with the more highly-trafficked Constant-Content site, even with the higher fees. At least there you still own your articles, can remove them, or you can edit them as necessary to make them more saleable. As far as getting any response to a serious challenge to DotWriter policies and procedures, you’re more likely to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole.
Perhaps the worst experience I’ve had with a website of any type, my experience in trying to place articles on Content Gather really is far and away my worst customer service experience online.
If you read other reviews, you’ll see many that state that writers uploaded articles only to find their site blocked with an “Account Suspended” message. I assumed that some people may have had a bad experience, but that the site should want new writers.
I’m already placing spec articles on two other sites, but decided to pull down some older articles listed on another site and place them on Content Gather to see if a different audience would find them of interest.
That was Sunday morning, this morning. It’s now Sunday night and I just checked the site to find my account suspended without explanation. This site is a trap and should be avoided at all cost if you’re a writer who wants to sell their work on article sites. I suggest you use Constant-Content and Dot Writer. They’re reputable and you will not be abused as I and many others have been by Content Gather.
**UPDATE: The articles were uploaded to a different site this morning (Monday July 29), and all have been approved and are up for sale.**
I just finished a project for the “New Year, New You Retreat With The Biggest Losers” in Las Vegas, to be held in January 2011. Their site isn’t up yet, and I’ll update this blog with a link when it is. Copywriting is selling with words and images, and this is an interesting project. Unlike other copywriting projects with long term Web exposure, this one has a finite amount of time in which to generate registrations for the event.
Getting people to register to attend is the focus of the material, and I believe that this is going to be a really big event, with past season Biggest Losers and the show’s producers there. It should max out at the 5000 attendees they’ve limited the event to as well. I wrote Web page text, video scripts and order page material for this project.
In mid-2009, I completed a ghost writing project, a book about Internet marketing for a company I can’t name here, but I do a lot of writing for this company about real estate investing as well. Blog posts and website articles, as well as training materials keep me fairly busy with this group.