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What do you want - blood?

Some people want blood with their , I swear. And for such little recompense too...

Do you have like that, who always want that little bit more without paying any more ?

There's an old saying: you gets what you pays for . That is so true. And if you pay me half the hourly minimum for something that takes me quite a while longer than 30 minutes to write, you may not get the very best service I can provide.

Some people give me plenty of to go on when I'm reviewing their products and websites. Others expect me to spin their one page startup into 400 when there are only 20 on the page and some uninspiring photographs too.

As the photographers among you will testify, a good can speak a thousand words. One of my regulars is a professional travel photographer. No problem there describing the photographs he produces of the places he visits. He writes an epic in one photograph. All I do is transcribe that epic to the written form.

But someone whose is poorly presented and badly written gives me nothing to go on. Someone peddling an inferior product wants a silk purse out of their sow's ear, which I will struggle to provide. Yet another who expects thousands of people to come flocking to their site when it really doesn't have that reach, and neither do I. Plus if I was able to rustle up that amount of interest, Google would suspect I was employing unnatural links and bots and would penalize not only the site I was writing about, but also my own work.

Now, this piece is heading up towards the minimum 400 words I write for most of my articles. But this is a subject I am interested in and have an opinion on. When there's nothing to grab my and less to interest someone who isn't paid to be there, what's to do? Fluff will only go so far. Too much fluff will only attract the scam and spam crowd, who are no use to either my views or my client's site publicity. But if there's no content, no one will be interested anyway. I can't write about something that isn't there, and not providing it shows a lack of professionalism and pride in the product on the part of the seller. It won't succeed with that attittude.

Image Credit » Image is my own - my hardworked laptop keyboard

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masoncerritos wrote on August 4, 2014, 4:47 PM

It seems to me that these days a seller has to vet their customers as much as the customers should be vetting their sellers. Not everyone can be my customer and not everyone can be my seller. It is as much about relationships as it always was.

MegL wrote on August 4, 2014, 4:48 PM

Yes, it's a hard call, sometimes.

Scorpie wrote on August 4, 2014, 4:55 PM

Fact and fiction must combine in a beautiful twist of prose until no one knows or cares what you are writing about. emoticon :smile:

Scorpie wrote on August 4, 2014, 4:57 PM

Time has taught me one important lesson that everyone should adhere to: never revise an estimate except to raise it.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:30 PM

A tried and tested tactic employed by tradesmen and car mechanics everywhere... *grin*

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:31 PM

I am far better at embellishing the truth in prose than I am in person. Words on a page will do what you tell them. Words in a sentence are out before you can stop them.

Scorpie wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:32 PM

I resemble that remark.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:33 PM

It's the 'something for nothing' entitlement thing again, masoncerritos . I HATE that attitude but so many people have it these days. Add that to an inability to read and comprehend language and you have a bad and toxic mix.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:35 PM

Sure is MegL . Some people just don't get the writing thing - give me the information, I'll make it sound great. Without information, what am I going to write about? What are your potential customers going to see, exactly? It's no wonder people can peddle scams these days when people will part with their cash so easily.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:47 PM

You resemble that remark? Are you a tactic? A tradesman? Or a car mechanic? I have to admit I LOLed at that comment, and had visions of you in 50s style mechanic gear of oil-stained dungarees and T-shirt. The truth should be known, I humbly request, trying to keep it light and not unintentionally offend you.

Scorpie wrote on August 5, 2014, 3:50 PM

The latter I'm not afraid to say. No worries I can only be offended in person. emoticon :tongue:

masoncerritos wrote on August 5, 2014, 4:40 PM

Yep I would agree that advertisers think they have a right to distract you from your life to view their advertisement and they don't want to pay you for it. It is called today spam. Until we fix this type of entitlement all other forms of entitlement are justified by it.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 5:09 PM

A real honest-to-goodness car mechanic? Well, bless your oily dungarees! Where are you when I need you??

Scorpie wrote on August 5, 2014, 5:36 PM

I'm on the left side of the big pond.

WordChazer wrote on August 5, 2014, 5:49 PM

And I'm on the right. So that would explain why you are not at the end of my yard when I need you. And why it would cost a LOT more to get you over here to fix the car than it should...

(Well, technically, seeing as the garage faces west, you ARE at the end of the yard, just a Rather Long Way Away.)

GreatMartin wrote on August 6, 2014, 4:47 PM

400 words is nothing--if you raed my post about not earning a living from writing you would understand--briefly I write 800 words when 400 would do the job! LOL

WordChazer wrote on August 6, 2014, 5:10 PM

That's why I can write 400 words on just about anything. As you say, 400 words is nothing. Those who have a real and proper website for me to review know that and will ask (and pay) me to write a longer review.

The spammers and scammers, on the other hand, they want something for nothing. They will get the fluff their scams deserve.

WordChazer wrote on August 6, 2014, 5:58 PM

Yup. Or anything on eBay... 99p and free postage please, even for something where the tag clearly says £17 and it will cost you £2.80 to send it.

UmiNoor wrote on August 6, 2014, 9:25 PM

I guess most people are cheap. If you can get it for free, that's even better. LOL.