***They got me in the end. Copify boss Martin Harrison sent me a reasonable e-mail asking me to take down the name of the company other than Copify mentioned in this post (three letters long, hopefully you’ve all memorised it), so I am. I have requested that he inform the-company-who-shall-not-be-named how bad their employees’ behaviour was. I’d like to bet that he won’t.
I was originally really impressed with Copify as a way to make beer money on a day to day basis.
However, it seems that the low rates attract the kind of client who doesn’t mind being openly rude to writers, and can evidently do the job themselves. One wonders why they bothered to outsource the work in the first place.
One company wanted SEO pages designed to make people conduct job searches via their site. They wanted certain keywords included, as well as company mottoes and values.
Well I included all the keywords and I got one word back. Spammy. Just that word. So I took them out and left the motto in. I got - please re-write so it’s 100% original. I really couldn’t win with these people. Bearing in mind that I was being paid £2.00 per page, they wanted a hell of a lot. They also marked all the criteria for each page as ‘poor’, which looks very bad on my writer profile (which up until now has had nothing but 100% fabulous reviews.) One ‘professional’ sent me a narky message telling me which words were unnecessary – maybe they should have just paid their tuppence and edited it themselves.
I certainly won’t be writing for Copify again. The fact that it’s cheap, with a fast turnaround, attracts entirely the wrong sort of client, who think that they can be rude to writers because they’re paying a couple of quid. Well they can’t, and quite frankly, we’re all too good for that.