Leah Zitter

Leah Zitter

Three Ways To Find Writing Jobs On The Deep Web

FundsforWriters.com | January 10th, 2016 | http://freelancersmarket.com/three-ways-to-find-writing-jobs-on-the-deep-web

It’s harder than ever to be a writer. In 2014, the global market research firm, Edelman Berland, calculated that freelancers make up 53 million of the US workforce, whilst the Freelance Industry Report reported that half of these are writers. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics records that writing opportunities (albeit, for full-time writers) will be 3% slower than average.

So what we have is a ravenous demand for writing jobs with skimpy supply.

The results are two-fold:

Jobs go to the lowest-bidder: ‘lancers tend to gravitate to so-called writing mills or bidding sites where pay is as low as $3 for 1000 words. Jobs go to the ‘king of the castle’: Recruiters have their pick and qualified writers are routinely pushed aside for writers with degrees, hefty portfolios, connections, and boggling resumes.

So, assuming that you are as in-middle-of-the-stream as I, how do we get these steady well-paying writing jobs and beat the competition? Or do we have to surrender our ‘free’ status for ’employed’?

Last year, I coupled wise work with hard work and went to where writing job-sites (such as Monster, Indeed, FreelanceWriting.com) don’t. I used my SEO/ SEM and scientific research skills to dig into the Deep Web.

Berkeley University describes the Deep or Invisible Web as billions of data that escape regular search engines such as Google largely because pages on this Invisible, Deep, or Hidden Web are not linked to other webpages. Reasons include limited access, scripted content, or Non-HTML/text content. Examples are teeny groups on Facebooks, Web archives, and thousands of niche groups that are small enough to be invisible. Each of these contains ads that few, if any, freelancer writers see.

Over time, I devised and tested various means for scouring the Deep Web.

Three of my methods are the following

Meltwater IceRocket.com — This is one of the most powerful blog search engines. It searches blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and sites on the worldwide web. I use the advanced search options to type in certain words such as ‘ paying submissions’, the date (‘today only’) and tag — which searches for words in the post. Example [tag: writer telecommutes]. Meltwater Ice Rocket has proved its weight in online space over and again.

Twazzup.com — This is a new all-in-one Twitter search engine. Twitter has other search engines that you can use such as OneRiot and Louis Gray, but the helpful thing about Twazzup is that you can type in whatever interests you, and Twitter returns all — noise and all. Just yesterday for instance, Twazzup threw me a ghostwriting opportunity. The recruiter had posted her ad twice. I was one of two people over the last three weeks to respond. The pay was great and competition nil.

Metasearch.com — This is a search engine that is specially developed for the Deep Web. I usually direct the engine to ‘Tweets-Topsy’ then type in a term such as ‘writing jobs’ and sort by latest results. (Topsy also shows me social analytics and social trends which helps my writing).

Each of these three — The Rocket, Twazzup and Metasearch — are just several of the many tools and algorithms that I use to dig the Deep Web.

So many of us legitimately complain about abysmal competition. Doesn’t it make sense then to go where few others go? You’re far more likely to get the jobs.