Usually, I bag on freelance ads for doing stupid things like offering $0.00002 per word or having unreasonable turnaround times. This one, though, is bad for a whole different reason.
A client needs general fitness articles that are original (no plagiarizing) and at least 550 words long that have been SEO’d for the URLs & keywords listed. They will be paying per article.
They will hire anyone who bids $4 per article immediately. I have attached the guidelines and examples.
Article Writing Guidelines:
You will be creating an ORIGINAL fitness related article (this will be verified, do NOT take paragraphs from other articles, combine them and submit as original) that will be optimized for a specific keyword / URL combination (see attachment for current list). Use this as a guide for writing your articles. Also see the sample article at the end of the attached guide.
When placing your bid, please attach a sample of your CURRENT WORK.
Did you catch it? They will immediately award the job to ANYONE who bids $4 per article. I’m generally annoyed with those who place these kinds of ads for trying to screw over the writers they hire, but this time, I’m actually feeling kind of bad for the potential employer. S/he has put way too much faith in the people on Guru who will bid $4 for 550 words. Apparently no one has explained the concept of “you get what you pay for” to these people.