There is a lot of stuff posted all over this site about writing for Bangari Content Gallery. This post is the latest and summarizes it all, in as close to a ‘TOS’ (terms of service) that I can get. Although, as a democratically controlled co-op, I prefer the term ‘Field of Agreement.’ I’m advertising for writers now, because I have a little money that I earned from AdSense to reinvest. This is on top of the time I’ve put in over the last three months, that has paid off by getting Bangari a really good Alexa ranking. This investment is to get our ranking even better, increase our traffic, and get us some cash-on-the-barrel-head gigs.
We are a group effort, and a true co-op, run democratically. We do not chase Google algorithms. We promote only legit businesses. We promote them by increasing their Web Presence. We increase their Web presence only by utilizing ‘white-hat’ search engine optimization methods. White-hat optimization methods means that we do only the things that the major search engine want us to do. We put our efforts and talent into producing and posting good, original content. We do not try to game the search-bots.
As a co-op of good people, doing good work, we also make sure that we never game each other, or ourselves. We subscribe to the Freelancer’s Union. We pursue and expect to earn a living wage for our efforts. We expect to be paid for our work. People are often burned in this business for a lot of reasons. We’ve had four major projects here at Bangari, and two of our customers balked when it came time to get paid. I saw to it that everyone was paid. I collected from the clients who attempted to stiff us and lost them for repeat business, but –oh well! We avoid ghost writing, except under special circumstances. Bangari Content Gallery will always promote it’s authors and their respective books and Web properties.
This campaign is geared to increase our traffic, and to expand on the content we already have. Browse around, and look for a topic you would be interested in writing about. Use the search box to enter subjects you have in mind, and see if we currently cover it. When you fill out the ‘Join Us’ form, include links to some of your best work, if it’s posted online already. For now, only include the topics you want to help us with here. This campaign will be paid for differently than the COB (Cash-on-the-barrel-head) work we are trying to attract. The writing and posting for this campaign will earn $.005 per word. That’s $5.00 per 1000 words. Not much, huh? But wait! There’s more…
Promote your name and your domain
The content that you create, you own. Your name always stays on it, with a link to your bio. Your bio page can contain as many links as you want to your other Web properties and content. Bangari Content Gallery is not ‘link greedy.’ We are not worried about searchers bouncing off our page, should they find information somewhere else that suits them. We are glad to have led them in the right direction. We are a true ‘hub.’ As it is, with plenty of outbound links, our metrics show that our average visitor spends 15 minutes on our site. Good stuff! They read over eight pages per visit. More good stuff! Our bounce rate is only 37%. Excellent! As of August, 2013:
Earn Passive revenue
We will build for you a password protected trade table when you sign up, and we’ll help you build your Bio page. On top of the upfront revenue (of .005 per word) you also get a proportionate share of all the revenue that Bangari Content Gallery earns, in proportion to the amount of content you have contributed. This is the Bangari bucks system. If you don’t understand how this system works, don’t worry. no one else does either…not even myself, and I invented it! Just kidding. I do get how it works, and I guarantee, you will not find a better revenue split anywhere online. I’m working hard to develop some instructional material to explain the system. We won’t have the ‘proof in the pudding’ results, until the site takes in enough revenue to split. Hopefully, after this campaign, we will.
Socialize in a real co-op
Socializing is a plus for some, a minus for others. Bangari Content Gallery is a true co-op. We all put in our efforts, and split the revenue fairly. Some may not think the split is fair, for one reason: Each writer gets a share proportional to the quantity of what they produce, not the quality. If your quality isn’t up to par, in the sense of how well you write, spell, use grammar and post…Then you can’t be in the co-op. Bangari is not an ‘anyone can join’ site like some others. If you have been invited to be part of our co-op, then we already see you have the skills to produce content we would be proud to post here or to sell to clients. However, because as any experienced Internet content producer knows, we never know what content is going to get ignored, and what content is going to go viral. So with our co-op, we ‘insure’ each other by sharing the revenue proportionally to the total views, that all the content gets, pooled together. We encourage and help each other and just socialize as we work together. It’s fun and interesting, especially when we get the big projects, like a $5,000 gig we got at $.05 per word (that’s $50.00 for a 1000 words…much better, huh?)
Get Gigs that pay Cash on the Barrel Head
We have landed projects here at Bangari, that could allow the average American (or British) wage earner to quit their day-job! $.04 per word is about $35.00 per hour for some writers, like the uber talented Martha Jette. We want us some mo-a-dat! Here is where politics enter the scene, and socializing has to rise to the next level and become real and friendly cooperating. We have had some falling outs with each other because if misunderstandings that I’m sure are typical in co-ops, especially among people who don’t have a lot of experience earning good money participating in one. This has brought on some undeserved negative publicity for Bangari and myself. We need a strong set of guidelines to prevent this in the future. To be a true, well functioning co-op, we need a field of agreement that we all adhere to and build onto so that each other’s needs and expectations are met. Hoping that this FOA will be added to, as the co-op grows and people contribute their governing ideas, here is what I’ve come up with so far:
Landing work at work-at-home living-wage
1. We are not gig greedy. If a member of the co-op is approached by a potential client, even if it is through Bangari, and that member wants to serve that client, independently, without any help from the rest of the co-op, fine. The rest of the team will stand by, ready to jump in and help out when and if that member needs and requests assistance. Although, we do believe that as a member of the ‘Freelancers Union’ we shouldn’t give away the store and burn the job. Internet content production could be the perfect work-at-home opportunity for a lot of people. However, too many talented writers sell their services for so little, like $5.00 per hour, ghost writing, that they kill it for the rest of us. Who, if given the choice to write for $5/hr. or flip burgers for $9/hr…wouldn’t flip burgers? Think of this: if a good client gladly pays us .05 per word, isn’t it unethical to work for a cheapskate-client for 20% of what we charged the good client?
No sketchy deals. Transparency rules.
2. We are not gig thieves. If the co-op lands a project through one of the members, and work and pay is divvied out between the members who are invited to, and agree to work on it, all of us involved, including the member who landed the gig, agree not to steal the project or the client away. None of us will privately renegotiate the deal, at a cut-throat rate or otherwise. According to point of agreement #1, if a member lands a client, and deals with them alone, fine. Once a project or client is shared with the co-op, we don’t make ‘back-room deals’ with them from that point on. Even after the project is complete, should the client want to work with one of the members again, that fact should be revealed to the rest of the co-op. If the co-op’s client wants to work just one on one with a certain member, for instance to write a novel or memoir, then surely, the non-greedy-for-gigs co-op will congratulate that member, and extend our best wishes for the project, standing by to help if needed. We agree not to be sneaky about it.
3. We know that managing a project and serving the client is hard work -even before any word-count is produced. We have learned from other projects, that the gig’s project manager should receive about $.01 per word for all the content that is produced for the gig that they land and/or manage. This is how we ran the big $5,000.00 project that we completed for Increase Visibility. Sally Collins managed it, and although it was almost the death of the poor girl, she did a completely awesome job at it. It is not easy. The manager by no means is making ‘money for nothing.’ They are not making money ‘off the backs’ of the content producers. The revenue breakdown for the type of gigs we are shooting for is: $.05 per word as the client’s cost. The manager gets $.01 per word on everyone’s content that they turn over to the client for payment. The writers get up to .04 per word. This includes the project manager. They get the $.01 per word management fee, even on what they produce themselves, on top of up to $.04 per word for the content that they write themselves.
4. The co-op writers will work with the project manager and the client to construct deals many different ways. Sometimes, the content is ghost written, and all of it is turned over to the client. This is how it worked with the Increase Visibility project. Other projects paid less per word to the writers, however, it was agreed that the authors could keep a spun copy of their article to post on their own site, and Bangari could also keep a spun copy for the co-op to earn passive revenue from. There are many different ways to structure a deal. It’s just very important to make sure the deals do not violate our field of agreement and do not exploit any of our members. We need to show good will all around, writers, to clients, to managers.
5. We operate transparently. Other than doing what is required to protect the client’s intellectual property, trade secrets, or their campaign’s timing…we need to keep all conversations in the open. This method not only keeps all the members of the co-op ‘honest’ -it makes it so much easier to communicate with everyone working on the project. It enables us to do our writing work ‘wiki style.’ And prevents the manager from having to email every content producer separately. One on one communication is chaos in a team effort! Every question needs to be answered three to six times! We are gentle when we need to correct or criticize each other. We have a thick enough skin to take correction and criticism, even in front of the rest of the group, without hard feelings, shame or embarrassment.
No plagiarism. Original content only. Spun content is good.
6. We don’t plagiarize each other’s work, or anyone else’s. We understand that in a certain light, ‘article spinning’ could be considered a form of plagiarism. This is what Copyscape is for -to determine original content from copied material. It is an excellent tool. Article spinning, with its associated applications and robots, if done correctly, is nothing like plagiarism. As the World Wide Web develops, and search bots evolve, then the more content there is online, the better it is for everyone. Even if the content is reworded or rehashed or spun or whatever you want to call it…This helps Artificial Intelligence. We don’t think like some old folks who waste a bunch of time, deleting emails to ‘free up space’ on their computer. We know that the Internet will never fill up with content, and that as long as it is useful, original content (by Copyscape standards, not human judgement) then it is not polluting the Internet in any way.
Bylines, Bylines, Bylines. Don’t be a ghost writer ’till you’re dead.
7. Our names are important. We want them associated with our content. We try to include a Byline on everything we write, and only ghost write under special circumstances. We try to avoid using pseudonyms. We share all the content on Bangari under a Creative Commons 3.0 Share Alike license. Someone can post our stuff somewhere else, but they must include a link back to the author…not just to Bangari, but to the page on Bangari that posts the author’s bio. We will do periodic sweeps of the Internet, to be sure this licensing agreement is being obeyed. We are not content thieves, and we do not tolerate content thieves, or scrapers.
Who can be a project manager?
8. Anyone can be elected to manage a project. The person who finds the customer and lands the gig and decides to share it with the team, will have first dibs on managing it. If they wish, they may resign the management position, at any point in the project. We work together to make sure the project transitions to another PM seamlessly, and without concern to the client. They will still get the management fee for the work they turned over, and the new manager will pick up the fee on all the subsequent work that is turned over. Experienced project managers will share tips and advice with new ones. It’s called team spirit!
No flaking out.
9. Time is of the essence, almost always. When a member accepts a portion of work, they need to finish it in the time the manager specified. Managers will post all parts of a project, and give everyone interested a fair shot at taking a piece of it. The system the PM uses must ensure that no two members accidentally work on the same pice of content, unnecessarily duplicating work. When this happens, and it has, we have a way to salvage the duplicate, but the manager has to cover the balance of what the mistake cost, if anything. Managers must track word counts, payables and receivables. It’s done on a master spreadsheet in Google Docs. Content producers need to copy and paste their individual totals to their own trade tables.
Article spinning tools
10. We use two pieces of Jon Leger’s technology to produce our content. The Article Spinner and Thrifty articles. The Article Spinner costs $7 for a one week trial, and is $77 for a one year subscription. Bangari gets a good commission on the sale of an Article Spinner. That revenue, like the WordAds revenue and Amazon Associates commission, gets split up among the co-op. The Thrifty Articles tool is free, and in my opinion, is even easier to use and more useful for spinning articles. Realize that the Thrifty Article spinner is an ‘online tool’ and every sentence that you post and spin is probably going to end up in a huge data base that belongs to Mr. Leger. I am working on building a similar tool, that will be all ours…But my scripting skills leave a lot to be desired. Until then, I think it is worth it to use Jon’s program.
Web 3.0. The Semantic Web
11. Web 3.0. aka The Semantic Web is on the horizon. Bangari is looking to grow this co-op with writers who keep their eyes on he horizon. If you are an excellent writer, great! However, if you know nothing about the power of search engines and are completely uninterested in learning about what makes them tick, then you should probably get a literary agent, and stick to writing for print publications. Good writing is only half the battle when it comes to writing content for the Internet. Web sites, and the robots that crawl them without ceasing, they are the agents for Internet publishing. At Bangari, we need to understand how they work. Not only that, but we need to understand how they will work in the future.
Show me…Wax de car!
12. We want to offer our clients a good understanding of Internet promotion concepts, coupled to good writing, built into the content we sell them. We also want to think beyond selling our content to Businesses and Websites. Remember Mr. Miyagi of the Karate Kid? All of our content spinning, and bulk content production has to be considered like all of the fence painting and car waxing the Karate Kid did for his Sense. It was useful in itself, but also excellent training and conditioning for the ultimate purpose, in the Karate Kid’s mastering of the martial arts, in ours -mastering artificial intelligence.
What was the Web, what will it be?
13. We want to blaze the trail for all other Internet content producers, in preparing for Web 3.0, the Semantic Web. The way to do this is very subtle. It is also very helpful and useful, as it serves multiple purposes. It in no way shape or form tries to game the search engines or trick those who search the Internet for information, products or services. However, it is important that our individual methods jive, and are laid out in this field of agreement. Our co-op here at Bangari, strives not only to be on the same page ourselves, but to lead the way in getting everyone else who produces content and posts it on the Internet on the same page. Field of Agreement Points 14-21 should get us all focused in the right direction about how to produce Web 3.0-friendly content.
No keyword stuffing
14. The simplest way for us to understand the difference between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, even if some of us never really grasped much about the former tactics of search engines, except for a basic understanding of keywords, meta-tags and linking, is like this: The robots are much smarter than they used to be. Formerly, say, in the beginning of Web 2.0, they could read tags and keywords. They looked for them, especially in the beginning of the content, and at the end. Then, content producers figured this out. So, they stuffed keywords into the content to the point it was just annoying and uninformative to the searcher. They wrote content that was nothing more than a frame for keywords. This was by design. The content producers only wanted this search-engine-optimized content to ‘capture’ the search engine user, then quickly bounce them to their ‘landing page’ where they would sell them something. This is what Search Engine Programmers deem as ‘deception.’ This same deception occurred with linking.
15. The search spiders got smarter. They counted keywords, measured the time a visitor spent on a page, compared it, I surmise, to the total word count in that content, and then checked the bounce rate. They taught the robots how to sniff out crap-content. If content was overstuffed with keywords and no one stuck around to read it all, and ‘escaped’ the garbage pile by clicking a link, only to end up on another garbage pile that offered some garbage for sale, then it was classified and indexed by the Bots as crap-content. If a Website was deemed to be stuffed with crap-content, then it was classified as a content farm, or a made for AdSense site, and deemed a crap-Website. Google’s ‘Panda Change’ was, in a nutshell, the evolution of the robots that enabled them to tell the difference between quality, informative content and the promotional garbage produced only for advertising revenue.
16. The ‘Penguin Change’ that Google subsequently introduced, was another deception detector. One of the ways the robots could tell if content was good and useful, and not just promotional crap, was by looking at the links all around the Web that pointed to it. Web content producers caught onto this aspect of the Search Engine algorithms, and as they did by overstuffing content with keywords, they over-linked as well. Again, attempting to ‘game’ the robots, by deceiving them into thinking all sorts of people were just loving their crap-content so much, that they were ‘talking about it’ and posting links to it, all over the Web. The biggest problem with gaming the robots -is that it works! People who are first at reverse engineering search engine algorithms, use this ‘secretly obtained’ knowledge to sell SEO services to consumers, or build entire Websites to take advantage of these ‘tricks’ that make them a lot of money in advertising revenue. Their clients (who pay for these ‘black hat’ SEO ploys) or their content producers (who implement their tricks within the content they produce on ‘content farms’ for a measly share of the revenue) initially see excellent results, and think they got their money’s-, or their time’s worth.
The end of content farms and link prostitution
17. Now, as of 2013, Web sites with thousands of bogus incoming links, have been entirely black-listed. Outbound links have also been examined. If 1% of them point to http://www.Wikipedia.org, and 99% of them point to http://www.How-To-Make-a-Billion-Dollars-Overnight-While-You-Sleep.com, then we know what the Search Engines are going to think of this site. Sites like this, after spending lots of time, effort and cash to do all this bogus link building, are now spending even more to ‘clean up’ these sites, then resubmit them to Google to get them off the blacklist. When Mike Quoc of Factoidz.com started offering to pay for inbound links, I warned him not to. He didn’t listen, and had to rebuild his entire Website, and then rename it ‘Knoji.’ This site was a user generated content farm and a Ponzi scheme, as well as a site that successfully, but only temporarily, gamed the Search Engines as it got away with scamming its content producers. Above all, our co-op here at Bangari, will be the antithesis of sites like Quoc’s, even though from a distant view, we may appear to be one of them. Because of this deceiving appearance, we may garner some false accusations. Some folks who have been burned by sites like Factoidz, or EzineArticles, don’t even realize it. The one’s that do recognize that they were scammed, don’t trust legitimate multi-authored, revenue sharing Websites like Bangari was founded to be. They think, looks like a duck, Quoc’s like a duck…At Bangari, we want to be the ‘good guys’ even if that means finishing last. However, we have enough faith in the brilliant people who develop the robots that determine the good guys from the bad guys, to eventually see the bright white hats on our heads, and reward us accordingly. Our stats seem to show that they do recognize that we are playing nice, by their rules, that are meant to benefit everyone except Internet con artists.
Don’t be mean. Don’t be sketchy. Don’t chase algorithms
18. Bangari co-op’s FOA Point #18 is simply going to state the advice of Matt Cutts, Google big wig. We adopt this as our ‘Mantra.’ So, we also have an associated, shorter slogan, like Google’s “Don’t be mean” -Bangari’s slogan is “Don’t be sketchy.”
One piece of advice I give to S.E.O. masters is, don’t chase after Google’s algorithm, chase after your best interpretation of what users want, because that’s what Google’s chasing after.
Good and proper posting
19. Points 14-18 covered what has been, and what not to do. Points of agreement 19-21 will cover what is coming, and how our co-op will keep ourselves informed to ethically cooperate with it and substantially benefit by doing so, as we help those that the content we produce serves in a permanent, transparent and ethical way. By lines are crucial! If you notice, when content that I wrote comes up in search results, my profile picture is posted on the left of it. Pretty cool, huh? If this doesn’t happen with your content, it should. If you are a member of Bangari’s co-op, it must. We will help you achieve that. It isn’t that difficult to do. Search engines facilitate it, because they value content that is ‘signed’ by the writer or photographer that produced it, much more than ghost-written garbage, that normally isn’t signed, because even though some content producers aren’t too proud to accept .001 to write garbage, they have enough self respect to refrain from claiming it as their own. Although there are special circumstances that require content to be ghost written, for example, when we did a project for Liberty Medical, a company that sells mail-ordered medical supplies, I was not too worried about posting my by-line on the multiple, 300 word descriptions I wrote about colostomy bags, catheters and hemorrhoid creams. However, if someone has a pet bird, and it screeches all night long, and keeps them awake, so they search the Web for a solution; Natasha Polok has written a good and thorough article that explains this problem in detail, and offers information providing for a solution. She may not win a Pulitzer prize for this article, however, she should be proud of it, because it is a good piece of writing that gives a user what they want, and allows a fellow human being to get some sleep, and prevents some poor parakeet from getting flushed down the toilet.
Content created with link-love
20. When we produce content for others, we post it here on Bangari first. This is part of including ‘link love’ with our content, and benefits the client. When the project is satisfactorily complete, we transfer the content in a real cool way, so all the traffic goes to the client’s domain. See ‘Buy Content Here’ for more information on this innovative process. We had an unnecessary battle and falling out over this system, because a PM and her client didn’t understand it. Our system of posting our content for others or ourselves, needs to be uniform, and properly understood so it can be explained and utilized correctly.
Pre-posting and transferring content
21. Aside from other details, the content we post here that is for others, can be set up to redirect whatever traffic it begins to draw while posted here to the client’s domain. It is an advantage to the client, because with the ‘redirect’ also comes a contextual link from a well ranking Web site. It is to Bangari’s advantage as well, because it gives us a form of ‘mechanics lien’ on the content until the client fulfills the contract. This isn’t a matter of lack of trust, even though many in this industry get burned for their work. Just read some of the stories on the Freelancers Union Website. This system, you will see as a project manager, also creates a very organized way of handling the content for money transaction, as a contract is performed on and paid for piece by piece. There is the additional advantage of drawing comments, if desired, that can be transferred with the content, as well as feedback from people outside the team.
Please comment and add suggestions for this Field of Agreement:
This current discussion is regarding profanity, and rating of content that we post at Bangari. I’m working on a tool to make the site ‘kid safe’ Yet, still available for grown-up content.
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- Laurie Thomas: Good Writing and Good Diction (bangaricontentgallery.com)