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- I have used Elance quite extensively in the past, though not for some time. When I first started freelancing in 2007, Elance kept me as busy as I wanted to be (freelancing is my retirement career/hobby).
I am also a 'member' at Freelancer, oDesk, as well as Demand Studios, and several similar sites where one can submit direct content (often referred to as "content mills"). Content mills generally don't 'pay the bills', but there are some advantages, I think, to use such platforms, especially if payment is via AdSense or similar ad-revenue-sharing methods. It offers a bit of control for authors; usually copyrights remain with owners, and owners are more inclined to promote (share) or otherwise try to increase traffic, thus potential revenue.
Things began to change in the freelancing arena in general; i.e., more and more people across the world became engaged, and it seems the lower economic regions began to claim most of the freelancing opportunities, and rates plummeted.
It was inevitable, I guess; content was/is "king", and if it can be obtained cheaply, why not take advantage, right? Unfortunately, we're seeing some of the negative results of this in some of the content out there.
Hopefully, things will begin to turn around again to where quality trumps quantity; then freelancing (in the U.S.) might be a bit more promising again.
To be fair, I have not been very actively engaged in seeking new freelance work lately, so I cannot really say too much about whether or not the market and opportunities available through Elance or other similar sites are more attractive today than a few years ago, but my sense is that things are still highly competitive.Jul 3, 2014