As a freelancer, I periodically check the listings on particular websites where short or long term writing gigs might be found.

One of these is, a website that I have a huge amount of respect for. However the job board increasing leaves a lot to be desired.

This isn’t an attack on the site or its founder – I’ve learned so much from Darren Rowse and his book, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, but increasingly jobs are posted at that feature unhelpful descriptions, require the freelancer to be based in a particular country (something they might not learn until after the application has been made) or paying on a revenue share basis.

Those of you who know me will of course be familiar with my background as a freelancer. I’m fortunate enough to be in this position thanks to Bright Hub, a website which used a revenue share model. The important difference, however, is that they also paid per post.

Revenue share doesn’t pay enough for anyone to earn from, and is used largely by content farms and by small websites who have no money behind them to pay their contributors the going rate. Content farms – sites that publish many reviews and “how-to” guides on a daily basis – are suffering under the current method of indexing content on Google, which means the chances of earning enough cash to survive on from such websites are minimal.

There are plenty of occasions in which the revenue share model can work, but these are limited and in my experience don’t offer a way in which any freelancer could pay the bills.

So why is listing these jobs? Shouldn’t there be some editorial oversight into the process of what is listed?

It would be great if there was, but sadly it seems as though this automated freelance gig listing service simply displays what is submitted, without editorial approval. Hopefully this will change, but in the meantime if you’re freelancing, check the price that is being listed as payment.

And if there is no price listed, tread with care…