(August 28, 2012)
The “Turk” is a great tool to get cheap articles if it’s only about the personal opinion of a requester. For example, you can ask for a personal story from his last party or from his last vacation.
For this, I have made the experience that using Amazon Mechanical Turk works great.
You can get a 300 word article for just 50 cents there. No problem.
But that’s only because the writer does not have to research anything. He can simply write about his day and get paid for it.
However, be sure that you don’t get banned from Amazon Mechanical Turk for breaking their rules.
Their terms of service state that you cannot directly promote any website or business nor cannot ask the requester to sign up for anything.
Also you shouldn’t ask for any information that can identify your requester over a HIT.
If you ask for a personal story and it’s important for you that you get the name and the location from the poster, formulate the questions like this in order not to get banned from Amazon Mechanical Turk:
“For your article I need the name of an author and a location where the author comes from. This information does not have to be your own.”
I have made good experiences using this little addition that the information does not have to be his own to prevent getting banned from Amazon Mechanical Turk.
Carefully reading their terms of service is very important if you want to use the Turk long-term. If you get banned once, it will be very hard or impossible to get back in.
So stay on their good side.
Anything to add?
Did you have any experience or know anyone banned from this service?
Let us know in the comments.
Comments for Article Writing HITs That Will Get You Banned From Amazon Mechanical Turk
|Apr 12, 2013||New in business
by: WebsideNoviceThanks for all those little hints, they really help a great deal!I’m glad I don’t have to make every mistake on my own. 😉
|Apr 12, 2013||Glad to help 🙂
by: FrancisEveryone starts at some point. And there is more than one topic where I’m still a complete newbie myself.But if you can use the Turk effectively, I believe it is a very useful and effective tool for fast content production!
|Jul 08, 2014||Wanted: writer
by: JohnThis is one of the reasons that workers of MTurk loved—no attachment with any of the requesters. They can do their thing and so is on the other end. But, only it’s a win-lose situation. This is actually a nice piece of information; it can help newbies who wants to try their luck with MTurk’s crowd sourcing services.