Scam Alert – Getting Professionally Written Articles For Free

Getting Free Professionally Written Articles seems to be not only easy, but no big deal to some people.

This thread was posted on Facebook, then Twittered, and apparently that was too much scrutiny and has since been shut down. However, I’m sure the scam continues so I’ll post what I remember from the original thread (I should have copied it, but I didn’t. Ironic, no?)

The subject was how to get professionally written articles for free. You know, because evidently it’s better to put more energy into figuring out how to steal content than writing your own material.

This “ppatil” person posted a very “helpful” black hat tactic of ganking professionally written articles by placing a free Craigslist ad (in the suburbs, not the city listings; there’s a $25 posting fee for posting in the big cities and this was too expensive for our intrepid friend) looking for professional writers. The ad read like it was a legitimate opportunity; ppatil advised asking for a resume also, “to make it look more authentic.” The ad asked for a “sample” article written for a specific topic, and a choice of five topics was given.

Further instructions included word count (400 minimum) and other parameters common to article writing. A pay rate of $10 – $15 was offered. (Smart, this. Not so high, not too low, right in the middle.) More work was promised if the writer met the expectations. Applications submitted without the article would not be considered.

He received 20 decent responses, with samples attached. “ppatil” then took those articles and posted them at Associated Content under his own account, and he stated he had earned $35 so far.

Other contributors to the thread added refinements to this process, such as asking for subjects that weren’t the “same old same old” subjects of weight loss and such. Again, it was reiterated to target small cities and suburbs, where it didn’t cost anything to place such an ad.

It has been my practice not to write articles on spec. I’ll point prospective clients to content already published, and provide live links to work I’ve done on the web. I’ll provide references, but I won’t submit a sample article written to their specifications UNLESS I’ve checked out the company and I’m assured they’re legit. I realize this might put me at a disadvantage for some jobs, but I have to cover my ass.

The moral of the story? Due diligence, my friends. Yes, you’re trying to land a gig. Yes, the client has every right to see work you’ve done. BUT, it’s way too easy to get ripped off by unscrupulous sharks that inhabit the Internet Pond. The best way to combat this is to investigate the client, which you should always do before sending any unpaid work, if you decide to submit unpaid work at all. Another solution is to have an online portfolio, whether it’s your own site or hosted at Helium, Associated Content, or Constant Content. And, keep track of your articles you’ve written — see where they end up.

These guys get my Phucktard of the Month award. And that, friends and neighbors, is free.

Anything else is not.

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ADDENDUM: Here is the original posting as it appeared. (Thanks, Tara!!)

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Heyya peeps, haven’t been on in a long while since the hack attacks, but got into this AC thing. So far its shit cause they’re real big bloody assholes about what kind of articles they want; kinda like a little kid who picks at his food.

Well I guessed they couldnt turn professionally written articles down so here’s what I did short and simple. I went to craiglist put up a job listing in suburbs and shit like that (since the cities cost $25), it was for a writing position on how-to’s and guides. I instructed them to send me a newly written sample 500 word article on a topic that I chose for each ad. I also asked for a resume to make it look more authentic.

Took about 4 days, but I got maybe 10 to 20 articles on good subjects that I submitted to AC and got paid a good $35 bucks total for the articles since they were very nicely written.

Try it out and enjoy!
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Default Re: Getting free professionally written articles
smart idea.
my situation is i got lots of 0.99 for each article,that sux a lot!
im moving to other sites..
fu*k AC

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Not a bad idea. Might try this over the weekend. AC has been getting slow on paying out though.

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Yea, if I were you I’d leave AC and use articles to actually gain SERP for your own sites.

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which cities u posted ? care to share ?

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Any rural or suburb will work, cities won’t because, well you have to pay $25 per post and it’s simply not worth it.

Few ideas, Ottawa, Worcester MA, etc.

Writers are everywhere, just pick a region that CL doesn’t charge for and post
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AC is awful imo

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is there any way that they could sue or should i put a disclaimer at the bottom of the craigslist ad or at the bottom of the email that assigns their topics.

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have posted an ad on kijiji, will update as to its success. I posted it in New York City by the way

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Any update on your side mrblackhat ? I am about to try this myself..

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Yes, Associated Content is not writable without the words Ass and Con.

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I posted ad on kijiji in the job section but strangely my ad didn’t show up, i’ll try posting it locally and i’ll be back to update, i’ll post on craigslist aswell.

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This is a great idea. I’m going to try it right now

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People are just too straight forward and bland.

AC can pay decent per article, just stop writing articles on boring topics which have been discussed 1,000 times over and over.
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Today I posted 10 job offers in different cities in California. I received around 10 responses, on the first day, but only 4 articles. 4 of the postings were also flagged and deleted. Hmm…

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You have to be very convincing in your ad, this is one of mine:

Quote:
We are a new start up that specialize in providing niche content to online publishers and webmasters. We are seeking candidates that are well versed writers who can write flexibly and on many unique subjects. We are looking to acquire content that is not time sensitive, so we will generally prefer writers who are best at creating guides and how to articles. We pay very competitive rates that are around the $10 to $15 per article range. We also compensate by the hour if so desired and will take care of the telecommunication required. Articles that you write must have proper grammar and syntax and should also be more than 400 words in length.

If you wish to be considered or wish to show interest please reply with resume attached. ALSO, as a quality sample please write and attach an article on the any of the subjects specified below. 400 Words MINIMUM:

Subjects:

Airsoft (Equipment and Sport)
Investing
Guitar playing
Household Cleaning methods
Study habits and time management

A niche and unique subject of your choosing will also be accepted as long as it displays flexibility and wide general knowledge and research skills. This means no weight loss/ pet care content or content on subjects already widely available on the internet, we focus on building a unique library of high value content.

REPLIES WITHOUT A RESUME AND AN ARTICLE THAT IS NOT PRE-WRITTEN WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

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11 thoughts on “Scam Alert – Getting Professionally Written Articles For Free

  1. It gets really tiring when the world thinks that the words we produce have no value. “Information want to be free!” they shout.

    It is, you friggin’ morons. If you want that information to be entertaining though, pay me. Rip my stuff off and I’ll track you down, come to your house and nail your housepet’s head to the coffee table.

    Try me.

    (Although I can’t for the life of me think why I giggle so much over your word, “Phucktard.” Every time you use it, I can’t help but think of a hockey player in a ballet attire.)

  2. Tiring, frustrating, and aggravating.

    It’s hard enough making a living as a freelancer, this just frosts my cookies. If these people put as much energy into actually producing their own material as they do ripping off other people’s work, they’d be rolling in the dough.

    Heh. A hockey player in a ballet outfit? What a visual. You crack me up.

  3. I managed to cut and paste the full contents of the scammers’ ad before it was shut down:

    We are a new start up that specialize in providing niche content to online publishers and webmasters. We are seeking candidates that are well versed writers who can write flexibly and on many unique subjects. We are looking to acquire content that is not time sensitive, so we will generally prefer writers who are best at creating guides and how to articles. We pay very competitive rates that are around the $10 to $15 per article range. We also compensate by the hour if so desired and will take care of the telecommunication required. Articles that you write must have proper grammar and syntax and should also be more than 400 words in length.

    If you wish to be considered or wish to show interest please reply with resume attached. ALSO, as a quality sample please write and attach an article on the any of the subjects specified below. 400 Words MINIMUM:

    Subjects:

    Airsoft (Equipment and Sport)
    Investing
    Guitar playing
    Household Cleaning methods
    Study habits and time management

    A niche and unique subject of your choosing will also be accepted as long as it displays flexibility and wide general knowledge and research skills. This means no weight loss/ pet care content or content on subjects already widely available on the internet, we focus on building a unique library of high value content.

    REPLIES WITHOUT A RESUME AND AN ARTICLE THAT IS NOT PRE-WRITTEN WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

  4. And here is what the original post said about the scam:

    Heyya peeps, haven’t been on in a long while since the hack attacks, but got into this AC thing. So far its shit cause they’re real big bloody assholes about what kind of articles they want; kinda like a little kid who picks at his food.

    Well I guessed they couldnt turn professionally written articles down so here’s what I did short and simple. I went to craiglist put up a job listing in suburbs and shit like that (since the cities cost $25), it was for a writing position on how-to’s and guides. I instructed them to send me a newly written sample 500 word article on a topic that I chose for each ad. I also asked for a resume to make it look more authentic.

    Took about 4 days, but I got maybe 10 to 20 articles on good subjects that I submitted to AC and got paid a good $35 bucks total for the articles since they were very nicely written.

    Try it out and enjoy!

  5. And someone else wrote this:

    have posted an ad on kijiji, will update as to its success. I posted it in New York City by the way

  6. It cracks me up that these thieves are bitching that AC isn’t paying them enough to keep up the scam. It gives the old saying, “Crime doesn’t pay,” a whole new sub-text.

    theBarefoots last blog post..

  7. I’ve been flagging all the Craigslist ads that I see with this general style: insists on a fresh, usable sample of writing, has no verifiable web presence in the ad.

    I’m tempted to write one of these, submit it, then turn the SOB in for business fraud when they use it without paying me.

  8. Thank you for posting this warning.

    I work at Associated Content (the link above is to our official blog). AC is very concerned about this scam, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent it, including removing fraudulent and plagiarized content and banning users who post it.

    If you have been a victim of this fraud, please flag the post, contact Craiglist where you found the ad AND email AC at designated_agent@associatedcontent.com with all of the details about the incident and it will be dealt with immediately.

    Laura Keefes last blog post..AC Meetup & Workshop in Brooklyn on April 2 at 7:00 pm

  9. I know, Barefoot – it cracks me up too, that they’re crabbing about the pay. WTF??

    Tsu, that’s great. If everyone does that when they see an ad like this, hopefully it will make it that much harder for these cockroaches to pull off shady shite like this.

    Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I imagine it is tremendously difficult to track people like this. They’re not stupid; just asshats who don’t feel like they need to actually work for their money.

    It’s actually up to the writer to police their own work, but day-um! There’s not enough hours in the day, so every bit of effort is most welcomed and appreciated.

    Thanks all, for stopping by and spreading the word.

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