I have now made the acquaintance of two new internet-based “content management industries”—one that’s less alarming than I initially thought, and one that’s downright sleazy.
PaidPostingTools - Get Paid To Post On ForumsAt first I assumed that they were being recruited to post unblockable comment spam, and hated them. Then I took a closer look, and realized they were in a different line of business altogether:
If you have a strong grasp of grammar and are capable of posting to online forums or blogs in a wide variety of subject matters, then www.paidpostingtools.com is looking for you! Our lineup of available opportunities is exploding and we need many more writers.
Freelance writers are needed to post to forums, blog, place comments on blogs and write custom articles.
Payment is weekly via PayPal.
Current payment structure:
Forum posting: starting at 15 cents per post
Blog commenting: starting at 20 cents per comment
Blog posting: starting at 2.00 per 300 word post
Article writing: starting at 2.00 per 300 word article.
Many jobs pay more. We are growing at a rapid clip and hope to attract talented writers.
For more information visit www.paidpostingtools.com/writers.asp and apply as a writer.
Current subject matters include:
CSS and Web Design
All Wheel Drive Vehicles
Mixed Martial Arts
and more - currently over 200 opportunities!
Alternatively you may email email@example.com for more information.
Solutions for your forums posting business.My current understanding is that there are all these web entrepreneurs out there who run online discussion forums because a forum is the only kind of website that will, on its own, generate a constant supply of fresh content. That’s their ideal: a website that’ll pull in a constant supply of saleable traffic without any work on their part.
Thriving online communities require active participants. Forum owners and administrators seek to build post counts by attracting members to become active in their forums. Your business seeks to fill the void of empty forums by providing top-notch writers who fulfill the orders your company recieves.
The big problem is getting the forums going in the first place. Nobody wants to post to an empty site. Thus Paid Posting Tool’s troop of writers: they post to your forum, making it look attractively populated. Think of them as duck decoys, or as one of those porcelain eggs you put underneath chickens to get them to start laying. Once there are enough real members to keep the place going on its own, the PPT personnel can be withdrawn.
Seem strange? They’re not the only company doing it. There’s also ForumShock, ForumBulge, ForumBooster, The Mad Poster, The Forum Fairy, Forum-Angels, Forum Elevation, 100posts Forum Posting, PostOnMyForum.com, and goodness knows how many individual freelancers. You can find online discussions where forum proprietors recommend this or that service to each other, and sites for work-at-home schemes where they discuss the profitability of writing posts for hire.
Here’s an entire forum for people who are selling or soliciting paid forum posting services, with predictable gaps between rates sought and offered. And here’s a company that runs a post exchange system, whatever that is.
What a bizarre universe I’ve stumbled upon.
While I was researching this, I also found evidence of a more disturbing line of business. Like me, you may have heard about PayPerPost this past summer, and fervently hoped it would die of its own stupidity and cynicism. Here’s the idea:
Advertiser OverviewThere are three problems with this. First, affiliated bloggers aren’t required to disclose their relationship with PPP and its advertisers, and they’re silently paid off via PayPal. Ted Murphy, creator of PPP, has not come up with a new idea. This is plain old-fashioned Payola: a corrupt, dishonest practice and a violation of the reader’s trust.
PayPerPost™ is a marketplace that allows you to promote your Web site, product, service or company through the PayPerPost™ network of thousands of independent bloggers. Advertise on blogs to create buzz, build traffic, get product feedback, gain links, syndicate content and much more. You provide the topic to our blog advertising network and our bloggers create stories, videos, audio or photos and post them in their individual blogs.
Get Paid for Blogging. You’ve been writing about Web sites, products, services and companies you love for years and you have yet to benefit from all the sales and traffic you have helped generate. That’s about to change. With PayPerPost advertisers are willing to pay you for your opinion on various topics. Search through a list of opportunities, make a blog posting, get your content approved, and get paid. It’s that simple.
PayPerPost™ is a marketplace that allows you to promote your site and get exposure for your sites content through the PayPerPost™ network of thousands of independent bloggers. Advertise on blogs to syndicate content, create buzz, build traffic, get content feedback, gain links, and much more. You provide the main story to our blog advertising network and they create responses and post them on their individual blogs, linking back to your site for the original content.
Following a slew of online denunciations, PayPerPost came up with a breathtakingly cynical response: DisclosurePolicy.org, which automates the process of generating a disclosure policy for your weblog, which you then register with them. However, the degree of disclosure is left entirely up to the weblogger—which means it changes exactly nothing.
(These denunciations were followed by some internettishly predictable responses: Don’t worry, the invisible hand of the marketplace will take care of it; PayPerPost are lusers who run their operation on a Macintosh; Just because I’m standing out on the streetcorner in black fishnets and a miniskirt, offering to have sex with strangers for money, doesn’t mean you can call me a whore; I say yay rah for PayPerPal, the People’s Medium, because the blogs that oppose it get lots more hits than I do; and Hello out there, I’m ready to be bought! … Hello? … Is anybody listening? Also one sensible-sounding response: PayPerPost isn’t evil, it’s a failure. It’s nice to know the standard distribution is still standard.)
I suppose this means that for a while, at least, we’re going to be seeing gormless weblogs fill up with awkward, unconvincing testimonials to unlikely products. It’s dishonest, but it’s not the end of the world—as long as they keep it in their own blogs. The minute they start getting paid to post that crap in my comment threads, I’m going on the warpath.