Work at Home Jobs: Internet Cut and Paste

Among the truly mediocre work at home jobs, by far the worst are the cut and paste jobs. These are jobs where people are required to cut and paste text and links to sites. They're miserably paid, and the people doing them are sometimes not paid at all. Non payment is usually for 'technical' reasons, which means the employer has figured out a way of not paying them.

Types of cut and paste jobs

Forum posting: These jobs are essentially about planting links on sites, and they're among the worst of the worst. Websites generally don't like this material, and often delete the posts, which means all the work is wasted. It is quite possible to spend a day cutting and pasting, to find it all gone by the next day. Usually payment is set at a given number of words or posts. This is the Internet's equivalent of a letter drop, and it pays the same sort of money.

Blog posting for commercial sites: Marginally better in terms of pay, but not by much, these can occasionally be real work. The cut and paste person posts a targeted blog on a website related to the employer's products or services. Pay is calculated either on number of posts, number of words, or both. The hours and effort required to 'qualify' for payment can be horrendous. Just finding sites can be a problem, as well.

Paid dialogue on forums and news sites: If you've ever wondered why some people produce such banal, one-track minded posts on these sites, paid posters are the reason. They're hired to make online statements expressing the employer's views. The pay for these postings is sometimes a bit better, because the employer has a vested interest, but it's still terrible work. This is the old 'professional letter writer to the papers' thing, reworked for the net. As employment, it's barely the equivalent of a minimum wage job at best.

Testimonials: These are the unbelievable stories of how great a product or service is. If you've ever wondered where all those people come from, this is where. This is commercial writing, but just barely. The pay is appalling, and so is the work. More importantly, the quality of the work is no help in a writing career. It might barely qualify as copy writing, but bottom of the scale.

More downside:

  • None of these jobs can produce a reliable income, let alone a livable income.
  • As work skills, they're non-existent. They can in theory be used to fill in gaps in a work history, but not in practice. They usually won't be considered to be actual employment.
  • Employers are often unreliable and unrealistic in their demands for output.
  • Aspiring writers should note that as work credentials, these writing jobs are useless as part of a portfolio for getting better paying jobs. They can get similar work, but almost nothing else.