Here is a series of content that About.com requested to see in order to complete their application process to become an About.com Guide. This was for the Darts and Bar Sports Category.
I didn’t listen to my own advice… and applied for the gig anyways.
Why was this stupid? I wasted a bunch of time that I should have spent on this existing company, and not monkeying around generating content at a low wage for a Google hoarding site. I disclosed my company affiliation in the first sentence of my application. Then I created solid content (many articles and blog submissions) and moved on the second round of the application process… which was a ridiculously time consuming task of creating websites utilizing their archaic system. No drag and drop in there, just an old school HTML mess and a horribly formatted backend which was impossible to learn and use. I finally perfected the site. OK, lets get the show on the road.
3 weeks into the process I was asked if my writing was going to be biased based on The Day of Games background. About.com… are you guys paying any attention whatsoever? I disclosed that Day 1! Eventually they decided that the conflict of interest was too great. I have no problem with that, but I have a huge problem with the timing. Thanks for wasting my time About.com
I would suggest anyone considering applying for an About.com position to run the other way. The recruiters are unprofessional and the pay is undermarket for the value you are generating from your postings. Now I’m off to play some bocce ball.
The About.com work put in; for no pay whatsoever: