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I've been getting more and more of the following kinds of comments on my public blog entries: "Keep on doing whatever it is that you do because it is something that such a person like me likes it." Or, "What a great resource." I am not even unscreening these--they're often on entries where I've shared pieces of my personal story. I do this for a reason, and at one time in my life it actually seemed to have a beneficial effect for people who read, as indicated in the comments. This is actually how I met many of my LJ friends--I am not active in many communities, and I link my other blogs to my web site. However, I do not post my blog entries in order to be spam breeding grounds, and I'm getting really tired of this stuff.

Now if this entry generates a "what a great resource" comment, I will be amused, though it might be appropriate since I'm going to reveal how I actually got work on a freelance site. I still won't unscreen that nonsense.

On to the topic du jour... I have been attempting to get work via Elance again. I swore it off last fall after getting my first job, which turned out to be someone who didn't want to work via the Elance system at all. What a mess! There were other issues with that particular job having to do with my personal situation, and I ended up feeling like I might spend my whole month attempting to get work and never land anything that would make it possible to even cover the cost of the membership.

I decided to give it another try, this time revising my strategy a bit. I updated my profile a bit; and I started paying attention to the already submitted profiles on jobs I wanted. I can't see the bid amounts; but I can see the bidders' locations and the first couple of sentences of their pitch. If I see that the bidders are all international, I might have a higher chance of getting the job, especially if the written English is poor and I am bidding on a writing or transcription job. I am also learning the art of writing the sales pitch that doesn't sould stupid. It really has to go at the top, and then I introduce myself; and that is a mistake that probably a lot of people are making. The jobs are going to companies who are starting their bids out by saying, "We do this, this, and this fast." So I started mine out by saying, "I know your field and will give you blah blah blah." I got the bid.


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Apr. 21st, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah--I've found that the honest approach does work lots better in that regard. More honesty less marketing so-to-speak. :-)

I sincerely wish that LJ would update their code and fix their broken site so that spammers couldn't get accounts. It's ridiculous!
I'm not surprised that they're having problems with that and their whole denial of service attack thing; that's what happens when your code hasn't been updated since 1999 or 2000. :D
Hope all is well!
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
spammers, etc.
I don't really buy that about LJ. Where are you getting that info? And, I'm having the same problems with spam on all of my blogs regardless of where they're hosted, If you have public entries, you get spam. It's just part of life but seems worse this year.
Apr. 21st, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: spammers, etc.
Actually I've had spammers try to add me as well.
And have seen multiple spammers post to communities too. It's ridiculous!
And until you look at their accounts, they look like real users but they're really spam.
It's no different really than how you can tell the twitter users who are not real. :-)

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