I am more than skeptical of the gimmicks new platforms use to solicit content without guaranteeing payment. Promising to link to blogs, contests, or vague options of “reader’s choice awards” are just one step above simple “exposure.” I can’t help but think they’d be better off just paying for product. At $.10 per word – that’s only $100 per 1,000 words (photos and graphics negotiable). At $.05 – it’s $50. If a platform can’t afford that? They need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a more equitable business plan.