Finding contract jobs is easier than ever before. Finding high-paying, quality contract jobs is not always as easy.
I signed up with several services to see what sorts of project work in internet content, affiliate content, and other demand generation content projects were getting posted by companies looking to outsource.
What I found was not inspiring and led me to dig a little further – most of the project work available being posted was by tiny companies looking to create sites that appear to be MFA sites that Google penalizes over time. MFA stands for Made For Adsense and it is something Google is constantly battling. They want to reward sites with pagerank that have real content that is relevant to the search. So I am careful not to bid on jobs that simply look suspect from the start. Some multi-level scams have made their way in, too, so be aware.
Finding project work is made easier, in some ways by these online matchmakers, but it still takes a lot searching to find the right projects and the right employers. The social networking and rating aspect of these services can help you vet out the top players. The rating systems generally go both ways. When I search for projects, I look for employers that have paid for a lot of projects already. You can see feedback on their payment record and how easy or hard they are to work with.
These are three that rise to the top:
TJ McCue is a content guy at Q4 Sales. He blogs about marketing, small business, and entrepreneurship and the helpful resources you need. His work can be found here and at Fast Company, Sales and Marketing Management, and the Telemarketing Appointment Setting Resource Center.