Just starting to get into article re-writing, trying to participate in this section as much as possible. I've been getting articles off AC and re-writing them in order to practice improving my times. I've tried my best to pick ones I know nothing about (Tiger Woods, Health, Beauty(im a guy), Soap Operas) and I get about 4 done in an hour. They all include a re-written title & subtitle, however I'm not really taking the time to generate meta tags. I am interested in starting as a re-writer for GAF, and I have a lot of questions before I get started as I don't want my first jobs to give me bad ratings. How can I make my bid appealing if every listing already has 20+ bids from writers with reputation? What should be included in my profile? How are re-writers generally assigned work? Do I get sent a .txt file or do I just get a list of URLs and extract the article myself? What sort of keyword research is expected of me? And furthermore, am I going to get a list of keywords that have to be in my writing? What are my chances of getting ripped off from a posting from someone with no rating? Do these people have a preferred method of communications other than email? Is there like a specific instant messenger service most people use, or should I just get a program like Trillian and take the time to sign up for everything. What are my chances of getting a workload that will keep me working for 10ish hours/40 articles? What format do writers typically submit their work in? I don't currently have Microsoft Office installed. Should I? How much would a good website for my services help out my reputation? And if it does, what should be in it besides a portfolio and contact info? Would a .co.cc or a .info domain be enough (not trying to get indexed on google), or does that look unprofessional? Is re-writing phrases and sentences enough, or am I expected to restructure the entire article? What are the chances of article re-writing being extict? If AOL or another competitor surpasses Ezines and AC by a lot, and these companies stop paying, are re-writers going to be out of a job? I realize that a lot of this stuff is going to be different depending on who I'm working with, I'm just trying to find out the "trends" of what most people are doing and what I should be prepared for. I'm very easily distracted and re-writing is not exactly the most exciting work in the world, so if I spend a lot of time setting up stuff like this as I go along, I may not be able to focus on my work very well. One more side note because I know this reply is coming. I am not currently interested in writing for Associated Content or Ezine's directly. I'm from America, speak English and all that, but I don't feel very comfortable setting up a billion accounts that could get banned. I also don't like the idea in spending hundreds of dollars in order to find decent re-writers. Maybe I'll take a shot at it later, but for now I just need to make some money.