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Are Freelance Marketplaces Killing the Web?

In-between long-term projects this month, I’ve been using Twitter to keep an eye on the opportunities available to freelancers as they are announced, using the #writing hashtag.

The results have been interesting; while I’ve been able to communicate with some other writers (something for another blog, I think) I have also discovered several new online marketplaces for freelancers to find work. These are in addition to Elance, Guru, Freelancer, iFreelance and many others.

Now I generally steer away from this type of website as they tend to offer projects at horrifically low prices, like $5 for three articles or some such nonsense. Over the past few days, however, I’ve noticed that things are a lot worse than this.

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