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Robert Kingston spent some time last week visiting the Why Do Work website for a review. Here’s what Rob had to say about the site…
WhyDoWork.com is a relatively well established website, focusing on the employment market and providing people with opportunities to work from home, in positions worldwide. Sporting a job search engine, freelancing information and a community of freelancers, this website promises much but does it deliver?
If you’re a freelancer/student/stay at home mum/dad, this site might be just the thing for you. Otherwise read on anyway as we take a look at what this site has to offer.
When you first arrive at the website, you’re hit with an interface which strikingly resembles parts of LinkedIn. I’m not sure about the technicalities/legality of it but it sure did instill a sense of trust, that the site could influence my career. I signed up and gained access straight away. The navigation links at the top were extremely easy to use, denoting the exact content of the pages they heralded.
Below the navigation was the obvious option to Search Jobs, Forum entries and the rest of the site. Acting on my curiosity, I had a go at searching for Jobs in my hometown of Brisbane, Australia (I was actually surprised they showed it at all).
I searched for jobs such as “website manager”, “promotions manager”, “manager” and “programmer” but I found nothing. I was about to give up on it, until I searched for “writer” in Brisbane – 2 telecommuting Positions turned up. I tried some other cities around the world, New York wasn’t particularly great but it did turn up a fair few results – all of which were pulled from Craigslist.
In the Work at Home Jobs area, there was also a list of employers, categorized by jobs. It hosted an exhaustive list of Writing, Research, Data Entry, Sales, Tutoring, Recruiting, Psychic (Yes, really!) and Accounting websites where freelancers could find positions. I’d seriously recommend checking out at least that section as I found it REALLY interesting.
They even included Mystery Shopping Opportunities and Online surveys in there. I don’t think I could resort to doing online surveys all day but it may appeal to people such as students.
According to the site, one of the main attractions, is the forums, boasting over 26,000 members. With my soft spot for forums, I just HAD to check it out.
When I got on, it wasn’t quite as bustling as it was made out to be. I was one of 7 registered users online at the time (and that was around the same time of day which the forum I run with Yaro in the US was most popular). The fact that there were only 54,000 posts (roughly equating to 2 posts per member) also told me that there were a lot of lurkers on the site.
To its credit, it appears to have been active in the past and the forums are well moderated and stocked with useful content about money making opportunities. If there was one thing to do to increase forum participation, it would be to start a competition – and that’s exactly what they’re doing at the moment. It looks easy enough to enter the comp, so for a chance to win a website review and $150 USD from them, visit this page.
Perhaps one of the most useful aspects of the site is its repository of free information at their blog and the reviews section, specifically developed for the freelancer and small business owner in mind. They’re throwing up a LOT of content on their blog on a daily basis. I found a lot of the information to be basic but it looks to me that they should have way more subscribers than they currently have.
I would have expected the WhyDoWork.com Blog subscriber count to be at least in triple digits. If they hadn’t put their subscriber count up in the first place I would have had more respect for the blog. I recommend they remove the RSS feed subscriber count until it hits triple digits so they don’t risk putting people off – it could be viewed upon as negative social proof, which Yaro always talks about.
Conversely, the range of EBooks which they have for sale is quite interesting. After reading the article the other day about the potential behind EBay, their two EBooks on EBay look quite enticing – even if they only cover basics. At just $10 USD a pop, it’s pocket-money!
I can’t say I was overly impressed with the site. It looked to have a lot more value on first impression than I found inside. If I were to visit it again, it would be to check out the list of employers. I may even keep my eye on their blog for now as they’re really working on building it up and the content is pretty solid.
By the looks of things the team behind WhyDoWork.com are really working hard to build the site back up. With this sponsored review, the contest they’re running at the moment and the steady stream of solid blog posts, they’re actively generating awareness and striving to add value to the great looking site they’ve had since 2004. I might even go as far as to say that the forums will notice a big jump in activity thanks to the effort they’re putting in.
I recommend this site for stay at home mums, students and beginners in Internet business. There is a lot of information on the site for freelancers and those in Internet business, so check it out to see if it appeals to you.
What are your thoughts?
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