Thanks for this post! After freelancing full-time for a number of hookup bars Eugene OR years, their ad on Craigslist and the writer application page it directs you to – neither of which give any information on payment, by the way, despite claims that they are transparent about how they pay their writers – raised plenty of red flags for me, so I decided to Google them.
Then at least you’d get ALL of the ad revenue, instead of only a fraction of it. Why spend all your time building someone else’s site? If you are going to assume all of the risk, you ought to also have the ability to reap all of the benefits.
Despite the GLV staffers who have written in – and yes, if you are earning a commission from writers you have recruited, Rebecca, that makes you affiliated with the company and therefore NOT just a regular freelancer voicing your opinion – I hope that anyone who reads this post will see through the B.S. and understand what is really going on here.
Well, people write for big-traffic sites because they feel a percent of views on there will be more income than they’d make on their own low-traffic blog…but they may not be right about that.
I do have a complete post coming up on GLV, Katharine, so stay tuned on that. Been talking to multiple GLV writers for it.
I look forward to your post! It’ll be interesting to see what the writers have to say, especially after all the posturing going on in the comments here.
I was writing for the GLV for about a month and a half but decided that it wasn’t for me at that point. I think it’s a good way to get exposure if that’s the only thing you’re interested in, but it’s not a great way to make money. I mean, I guess you can make money if you devote a lot of time to recruiting people for your team, but that’s not something I wanted to do.
I actually did start my own website after I left and monetized it with ads. So far I’ve made more than four times what I made writing at the GLV and have actually written less.
Exactly, Jonathan. Good for you! I monetize my own sites too, and although I find that the ad revenue suffers when I go through periods of not blogging as much, I also think it’s a much better deal to be putting my work into my OWN websites. I want to retain my own work and ideas!
I, too, happened upon this site after researching Guardian LV as a possible writing opportunity. As spirited as the discussion became, I’m truly grateful for having been able to observe opinions from both sides. Very enlightening and very helpful for those extreme newbs like myself who understand the need to proceed with as much information as possible! Much appreciation.
Stay tuned for a whole post about Guardian, coming up in the next few weeks. Will have a lot more information.
Thanks much. I’ve been bouncing around your site, it’s a wealth of information! Thanks for the time and effort put into making it available.
I’m reading all the comments about Guardian Liberty Voice, and to be frank, it is a content mill that lures people in based on the premise of big rewards. I looked into it, had friends who wrote for it, and all have left because of the lack of pay, and the complete lack of follow through by people who were suppose to be in charge.