I received a review about a new marketplace for freelance writers in my inbox last week and decided to check it out. The review sounded very promising and stated that DoNanza was a marketplace that connected writers with clients. The sign up process was very easy and your profile can be taken from a choice of your social networking accounts. I chose LinkedIn which was very straight forward and then I added links to my other social networking accounts. This only too a couple of minutes to complete. There is a section for uploading a resume and adding samples too if you wish. I left this section blank for the moment as I wanted to see exactly what this website had to offer.
Signing up is free and there is a premium option available too. Once I had completed my profile I scrolled to the end of the page to see the job listings. It gives a couple and then you can click on a link to view the full job listings section. So far so good. I have to admit I was excited to see what was on offer but that soon disappeared. All the jobs listed came from websites such as Elance or Freelancer so DoNanza was nothing more than an aggregated feed of what these websites have to offer and of course the way they are going to make their money is through affiliate payments whenever someone signs up for an account with these marketplaces or secures a freelance writing job.
Now I have nothing against affiliate marketing but this website was advertising as connecting writers with clients and they also say that clients can view your profile and get in touch with you. Nothing actually happens through this website and payment terms, job management, etc., is all up to you.
This was very disappointing and I have to admit that I left the website once I realised that they were just listing jobs from Freelancer and Elance. As you know, I have nothing against Elance and have found some great clients through their websites but Freelancer is a site that I hate. It is nothing but extremely low paying jobs and I have tested it on numerous occasions over the years and it never changes.
If I want to place a bid on a job on Elance or see what is on offer, I visit their website. I keep a free account open just in case there is anything that catches my eye but that is about it. As for DoNanza being the next big marketplace, I sincerely doubt it. I didn’t find anything to suggest that clients would visit this website or list their jobs. Again I suspect it is just a way for someone to cash in on the freelance writing jobs market and for those who are just beginning and don’t know any better.
Will I be visiting DoNanza on a regular basis. I don’t think so not unless things change. If you have an account at this website and you find it useful please feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I am always open to new websites and ways for freelance writers to secure more paying jobs.
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