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There is this Gather service in the webz. It's been said that this service is for writers. How exactly can it help me as a writer? Cause I didn't get anything meaningful from their "about" page, and I want to gather knowledge from people who've used it.

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IMHO this is off-topic. –  JSBձոգչ Dec 3 '10 at 20:10
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I went to their about page, and that pointed to socialwrite.gather.com, which says:

Payment

Socialwriters are paid in the following ways:

Per Article: $2.50-$10 for any articles posted on Gather that receive a minimum of 250 unique page views

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Monthly Bonus: $25-$100 based on the popularity of their writing throughout the month

Socialwriter Requirements

Socialwriters must be U.S. residents… Gather recommends Socialwriters write 20 posts per month so they can actively learn the content guidelines and sharpen their writing skills for search engine pick-up. Seventy-five percent of their posts should cover topics in their assigned writing category, twenty-five percent of posts can be in other categories.

Sounds like their writers are supposed to generate SEO-friendly copy (pfui) and in return Gather may pay them. Or maybe not. Depends on how honest their bookkeeping is, and I doubt their contracts include letting writers audit their books.

Given that they don't pay a penny until/unless you break that 250 page view mark, I recommend blogging for yourself instead.

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So it's just the money. I thought they can help me progress. –  Daniel Excinsky Dec 4 '10 at 5:50
    
@Daniel - from the sound of things, no—they just dump your content on the Web, after which you have to hope that people show up to read. –  Dori Dec 5 '10 at 1:30
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Looks like a lot of work for less than US minimum wage. –  JMC Dec 9 '10 at 9:48
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As far as I can see it's a bit like Suite 101. The site asks you to write short topical pieces that orient to good SEO results and garnishes your article pages with ads. You get a cut of the click-through revenue.

I may be wrong.

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