Digital Point forums: a freelance-writing review…

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(Update – Jan 24 2011: Please note that this review was written some years ago. I’m not as active on DP as I used to. However, I feel it’s still a useful read.)

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BIG MOMMA ‘SHE-SHE’ PLAYS THE WRITING GROOVE…

Digital Point is a thriving collection of several forums. However, as this review is written from a content-provider point of view. I’m referring mostly to the Content Creation forum under their Buy, Sell & Trade section.

A significant amount of my online income has been earned through jobs I’ve gotten there including forum posting work, blog commenting, blog/article writing and proofreading work.

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AFTER YOU JOIN DIGITAL POINT…

You can reply to posts in the Content Creation & Content sections, but you can’t create new topics of your own (threads) until you’ve been a Digital Point member for 14 days and have 25 posts. I don’t believe the rule applies to the Copywriting section.

You can easily reach the 25-post requirement as there are lots of other sub-forums you can participate in, not just those two sections.

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HOW THE CONTENT CREATION SECTION WORKS…

– Clients are looking for writers. Writers are looking for work.

– Client X creates a thread mentioning what he/she wants done and the amount of people required.

– Writers who are interested either reply within the thread or send Client X a private message.

– Client X selects who he/she wants.

That’s it, really.

– Alternatively, you could create a thread offering your services, then clients who are interested in hiring you will get in touch by either private-messaging you or leaving a post on your thread.

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OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:

– Though most writing opportunities can be found in the Content Creation section, you can sometimes find some in the general Services and Buy, Sell or Trade sections.

– There’s a whole range of topics being asked for, it just depends on what you’re interested in writing about.

– There are a lot of $0.01/word requests. If you can avoid doing those, do. However, if your cost of living is such that $0.01/word gigs are satisfactory, then go for it. I, for one, choose not to.

– Amongst the $0.01/word gigs, you can get some that pay much better. You might not get as many clients, but then you wouldn’t need as many if you’re getting paid at a better rate.

– Remember that after 14 days, you can create your own thread advertising your services in whatever topic interests you. Hopefully, someone will bite.

– DP have a rating system called ‘iTrader’. When you finish your gig, the client can either give you a positive or negative rating; you get the opportunity to do the same for the client. The higher your iTrader, the better your perceived reputation on the forum. This ‘apparently’ helps you secure more work as it means you can be trusted. I say ‘apparently’ as this isn’t always the case.

– Be careful. You can meet some great clients, crap clients and every other type of client in-b/w.

– Scammers are also part of the territory where money exchanges hands, so be mindful of that too. I’ve had one or two non-payers but it hasn’t been for much. Ask for a 25-50% deposit if you can before you start a gig. Sometimes I don’t ask for a deposit. I go on a hunch, and it’s worked out OK. However, I’m not recommending you do the same. Do so at your own risk.

– I studied the Content Creation section A LOT before I started posting up. It might be something for you to consider doing too.

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MY EXPERIENCE ON DIGITAL POINT…

Though I applied for one or two $0.01/word gigs in the beginning, thank God I got whooped upside the head with a bag of marshmallows and saw sense. In terms of pay, I’m now working towards what my ass is worth (i.e. big ass, big pay).

My experience on DP has mostly been a good one. I’ve written articles and blog posts as well as doing the occasional proofreading gig. I’ve written on travel, wine, children’s health, dating, art, etc. I basically go for the gigs I think I’ll enjoy writing about. I’ve also been paid to post on forums but that was very short-lived as I didn’t enjoy that so much.

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HOW MUCH I’VE MADE SO FAR?

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve made over $600 from gigs I got thru DP. Spread over 5 months, it’s not a lot of butter, but it’s better than sitting on my backside doing nothing. Like I’ve mentioned on occasion, I’m new to earning online – I’m still in awe of the fact that I can actually earn some kind of income online.

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MY VERDICTOMENTO…

DP might not be for everyone who writes to earn. For every person who’s had a blast on it, there’s probably someone out there who’s had a complete and utter nightmare with it.

But it’s working for me (touch wood, touch wood, touch wood). And I’m as grateful as a prize-winning poodle fresh outta the hairdresser’s with a tattoo on each paw.

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I am…

MissEb.

10 comments

  1. Petula Wright

    Hi! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. I’ve been really stressed and such, and I am trying to catch up with everything. I tried to subscribe to your RSS so I don’t “forget” to come by, but it keeps doing something weird.

    This is a great review. This sounds like it requires a lot of patience and extreme organization. Hmmm? Interesting though and worth checking out.

  2. 2ThePoint

    No apology necessary AT ALL. I understand…

    I tested the RSS. Worked fine for me, so can’t pinpoint what the issue might be.

    I’m not the most organised of people. I’m not impatient, neither am I the most patient. So if I can do it, so can you. I’m here if you have any questions (if you do go ahead and check it out).

    take care…

  3. Dean Saliba

    DP is very good if you are also looking for information.

    I have found some very helpful people on the board who have helped me find extra ways of making money and how to monetize my blog better.

  4. 2ThePoint

    Hi Dean 🙂

    I haven’t really explored the info side of DP, but I expect it’s very helpful especially seeing how prolific the forums are.

    Glad you found it useful.

    take care!

  5. Petula Wright

    I signed up for the forum today! (Was on my to-do list) And realized why I don’t do forums… they seem so overwhelming and confusing to me so as soon as I confirm I’m sure I’ll be emailing you for tips.

    Thanks… you’re a gem! 🙂 Have a good night.

  6. 2ThePoint

    Hi Petula!

    It’s really good of you to pass by. Sorry I’ve hardly passed by yours of late – I’ve been really really busy.

    Yeah, sis, send me a she-mail if you ever need help with DP – I’d be happy to give you a hand.

    You take care…

  7. ebele

    That can only be a beautiful thing, then, Bianca Raven. Two sides to one coin.

    DP does have its rockbottom offers, but I’ve been lucky. Besides, compared to the unbelievably low offers for writing gigs on GetaFreelancer, DP’s a hell of a lot better.

    Take care and thanks for dropping by.

  8. Anonymous

    dp is the most stupid forum i ever seen they only allowed white ppl to be exact USA ppl only to work there, they ban all foreigner all asian from earn a living there, I hope we all unite and boycott this stupid mother fucker shawn until zero come to them until then they will think hard

  9. ebele

    Hi Anon,

    I’m black and I live in the UK, so I don’t fit into the view you hold about DP. However, there are definitely mixed reviews about DP. Some people like it and some can’t stand it. I’m OK with it. It helped get me into freelance writing and though I don’t utilise the site as much as I used to, I’m thankful.

    Have you considered starting a thread within DP to discuss what you believe to be the problem?

    Take care…

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