The debate is raging on whether writers should write for content aggregators like Helium. Some writers say it’s great to write an article and get it online sans query and editing process, and they boast that they can churn out several articles per hour; others point out that the pay is peanuts and the market is a less-than-impressive place to showcase your clips.
On the Word Count blog, Michelle Rafter invited guest posters to write about the pros and cons of content aggregators like Helium. Long-time freelancer Tim Beyers gives three big reasons writers should not work for content aggregators. Barbara Whitlock, Helium’s new member outreach manager, replied (guess what?) in favor of Helium.
On his WriterBiz blog, Erik Sherman broke out a calculator and figured out what people are actually making for their effort, and whether it’s worth it. (Short answer: No.)
Check out these blog posts and let me know your conclusions: Should writers spend energy writing for content aggregators? [lf]