Compumom from MyLot started a discussion about Oboulo.com, a paid to write site she discovered recently. I went to take a look and the site has a large number of grammar mistakes and weird sentence strutures.
Which raises one red flag for me.
The site claims it has been around for 3 years and for the top 10 most popular experts, the most popular expert has earned $255 and the "expert" in the number 10 spot has made a whooping $10. Yes $10.
2nd red flag.
Their most popular article ---> Business case study: Panera Bread
Summary of the article as copied and pasted from Oboulo
"Panera Bread began back in 1981. It started out as a small sandwich shop. After going public the company grew in size with the addition of more stores. It is currently headquartered in Missouri. Revenue has seen a tremendous change for the better. This year alone revenue is expected to come out near one billion U.S. dollars. In order to achieve its great success the company had to implement many successful strategies. These strategies include; identifying the opportunities and threats, analyzing the target market, determining position in the market, deciding on a growth strategy and figuring out the marketing mix."
Hmm, not a very well written article for "most viewed documents in the past 30 days"
3rd red flag.
On articles they are accepting
"We are looking for a wide variety of documents, so it is easy to make money as a Ambassador. Among other documents, we will consider: term papers, essays, articles, market surveys, college and graduate school application essays."
Does graduate school application essays mean what i think it is? Hmm, so customers can't actually complain about the poor standards of work that they are getting, since they shouldn't be doing that in the first place...
4th red flag.
I could probably uncover more stuff, but there are way too many red flags already. I would rather concentrate on researching sites that might actually have a chance of being legitamate. For now, I'm flagging this site as "Highly Suspicious".