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- If you pay by the listing, how does that incentivise discarding the crap?
- A lot of my editing effort is spent moving listing suggestions to the correct category for further evaluation there, not in actually listing them. The reason why I don't complete the process in one hit is that I don't usually know the deep category structure at the destination and it would slow me down a lot to find out then and there.
- When I was on dialup, I could process around 12 websites an hour. On slowish ADSL, it's about 24 per hour. (Durned Flash and unoptimised graphics). I'm a practiced editor; newbies would be a lot slower to begin with.
- Don't get sucked into piecework rates based upon newbie work rates.
Some of them pay by the hour. In order to do this, you have to be confident in both the editor's expertise at the job and the editor's integrity. You don't want to end up paying for someone's extended learning curve, undoing and redoing errors, or time spent playing online games.
Others have paid us for production. The one in this category that I like best paid a per-action amount based on how many one already had done.
Once you make the offer and get editors, you need to be sure to ride herd or have someone you trust ride herd, as the real flaws in ontology don't show themselves until you get more than 3 people in there adding sites and descriptions.
There is really no need to advertise. The community of professional directory builders is a pretty tight one, and a few well-placed inquiries should start the word spreading like wildfire.
[edited by: Laisha at 3:35 pm (utc) on Mar. 22, 2009]