Monday, December 28, 2009

Writing Sites - My Year in Review

Hi all,


It has been a wonderful writing year for me in 2009 full of new and interesting writing opportunities and also a few flops. But, live and learn. I’ve very much enjoyed sharing new sites with all of my blog readers and trying them myself to see if money could be made. So now I’d like to share with you each of the sites I did write for in 2009 and what my experiences were with each of them. Remember though, that each person has their own likes and dislikes about certain sites and just because a site isn’t a good fit for me doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be for you. I just want to share my experiences and would love to hear about all of your experiences with different writing sites too. Here goes…

Associated Content – I’ve been with Associated Content (AC) for two years so this wasn’t a new site for me in ’09. However, I continue to add articles there from time to time and earn a few dollars each month. I consider it a small extra income and most of the articles I place there are re-prints. I made more money there this year than last and even moved up to the $1.60/1,000 level. I will continue adding to AC and see how it grows, although I am sure I will never get rich there. See my review of AC.

Constant-ContentConstant-Content (CC) has continued to be the highest-earning site for me and this year was no different. I enjoy the flexibility of writing for CC and also the fact that I can name my price on my articles. I haven’t spent much time writing for CC this year, yet I earned a good income from the articles I had placed there in the past. I will continue writing for CC in 2010 and maybe even go back to writing on a regular basis in order to increase my monthly income. Before trying CC, read my review of the site. So many people join and then are disappointed when they don’t follow the rules and guidelines. If you are a good writer, you can do well there. What do I mean by well? Some writers at CC earn $1000-2000 each month. When I was placing articles there part-time, I would earn anywhere from $100-350 a month. CC is really worth checking out if you are a good writer.

Demand Studios – This was my first year writing for Demand Studios (DS) and I did enjoy it at first but lost interest after awhile. When I find a topic there that I am excited about, I do enjoy writing for them. However, I didn’t like their new rating system because I thought it was demeaning to the writers. I think I will put DS on the backburner for now and only write an article from time to time in order to stay on their writer’s list in case I decide I’d like to add to my income with them. The truth is I can make more money at Constant-Content per article without having to deal with silly re-writes. I know several writers who love writing for DS and earn a good income there, so if it is the right fit for you, wonderful.

eHow – This was also my first year with eHow and I have enjoyed writing for them very much. They are my second-highest wage earning site for the year and next year I know I will make a good residual income from them too. I know that there are publishing problems at times and the sweeps can be frustrating, but I am going to hang in there for the long haul and see how much I can earn.  Read my review of eHow.

Examiner – This was my first year with Examiner as their Minnesota Heart-Health Examiner and I have been enjoying writing for this site. I am not making as much money there as I’d hoped, but I plan to stick with it in 2010 and see how things go. I did get one referral there, and that made up for the low earnings. I also recently placed an article there that did get high earnings, so if I am careful with keyword choice I think I could do much better there. I know that some people make a good residual income there, so it is worth it for me to build up an article library there and see how things go. ( See my review of Examiner.)

FireHow – I did sign up for FireHow this year and gave it a try. I’m kind of on the fence about this site. My articles are earning money there, but not at the same rate as they do at eHow. Also, I have had trouble getting on the site over the past few weeks, so I’m not sure what is going on there. I do think this is a good site for writers who are starting out and could end up being as good a moneymaker as eHow in the future. So I’m going to keep it on my radar and see how things go with it. See my review of FireHow.

Life123 – When I first reviewed Life123, I never really intended to write for them. However, my curiosity got the best of me and I did submit two articles to see how quickly they earn the first $5.00 from the first 50 clicks. Unlike other sites I write for, those first 50 clicks are very hard to get even though I added the articles to every share site that I belong to. It took about 20 days to earn the first 50 views on one article I have posted there, so I have earned $5.00. However, since it takes 500 more views before I earn the next $5.00, I’m not holding my breath for that. I’m hoping that as Life123 grows, getting views will become easier. So I am going to keep my eye on this site and probably add one or two more articles to see how they do (I will try some popular keywords this time). I’m not sure yet if Life123 is a keeper for me, I’ll let you know later in 2010. See my review of Life123  Update: Life123 is no longer accepting articles.

Orato – I joined Orato this year and it seemed like a good up-and-coming writing site, but I am sorry to say that I am rather disappointed in them. My earnings have been extremely low considering that several of my articles were popular with readers for a long period of time. I’m going to place Orato on the farthest backburner and check in on them from time to time. The site does have the potential to grow in the future, but for now I need to spend my time on other sites that are more profitable for me.  See my review of Orato.

Suite101 – If you have been reading my blog, you already know that I am disappointed in my earnings at Suite101. I’ve been writing for Suite101 since April of this year and currently have 30 articles there. Yet, I have only earned $48.50 there for the entire year. Not a good return considering these are original articles that I cannot place elsewhere for one year. I know there are people who earn a good residual income there; I’m just not one of them. However, Suite101 has been a good showcase for my writing and I have had some good offers for writing assignments from other websites that have read my articles there. I plan on completing my year contract with Suite101 and then I will decide if I will continue there or not. See my review of Suite101.

Textbroker – Earlier this year I did some writing for Textbroker and I have to admit I enjoyed writing for this site. However, the pay for articles is very low, so I moved on to Demand Studios who paid more per article. What I liked about Textbroker was the varying assignments available. I wrote many press release type articles and travel articles there that were fun to do. I doubt if I will go back to writing for Textbroker but I do think it is a good starter sight for writers who are new to Internet writing. Read my review of Textbroker.

Triond – I’ve been with Triond for about two years now, so it wasn’t a new site for me in 2009. I only add articles occasionally at Triond, so I don’t make a lot of money there. One problem I have with the site is that they only accept articles that have not been previously published. After they accept it you can place the articles on other sites. However, I can earn more money by placing new, fresh articles on other sites first, so that is why I rarely publish on Triond anymore. Also, since they have started placing your Google Adsense earnings directly into your Google account, I earn less in ad income there. Let’s face it – it takes a long time to get up to the $100 minimum payout at Google, so the $3-4 dollars I earn on Google ads at Triond each month are going to sit there for a long time before I can get the money. I doubt if I will be adding articles to Triond in 2010 as there are other sites I can earn more money at. Read my review of Triond.

XombaXomba was a nice little surprise for me this year. I had never even thought of looking into Xomba until I noticed that you can place links to articles there like a sharing site. I really liked that feature, and the fact that you earn Google Adsense income from these links. I did add a couple of articles on Xomba and many article links and I will continue to do this in 2010. I earn a few cents here and there in my Google account from Xomba while promoting my articles on other sites. All these little additions to my Google Adsense account will hopefully get me closer to a payout (so I can enjoy that Triond money too!). See my review of Xomba.

Write Moms Blog – I started my Write Moms blog in April of 2009 with an idea of sharing information on writing and am so happy to see how far it has come in less than a year. I don’t earn a lot of money from my blog, but I’ve made many new writing connections and new friends which have really meant more to me than money could have. When you work for yourself, it can get boring at times. But with my blog, I am able to share experiences and hear about other writer’s experiences. As I’ve said before, Write Moms is like my office and my readers are like my co-workers. It’s been so much fun and I will continue sharing with my readers through 2010.

That’s it – my writing year in review. Let me know how you did in 2009 and what your goals are for 2010.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2010.

Happy writing,
DeAnna

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15 comments:

  1. hello DeAnn! thanks for sharing these opportunities to us! will surely check them out one day soon!

    happy holidays!

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  2. Wow, that is a lot of sites for me to wade through. It sounds like you have been plenty busy in 2009. Here's to 2010. It has been nice meeting you through your blog.

    I will be sure to keep up in 2010.

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  3. Hi Deanna,

    Thank you for the informative post! I've been writing online for the last 7 months or so and still find myself behind the learning curve.

    I'm curious about your experience with Bukisa. You didn't include it in your review but have a link to it on your blog. How has Bukisa worked out for you?

    Happy New Year!

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  4. Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I just joined Bukisa a few days ago so that is why I didn't include them on my list. So far I have three articles there and one view. Sad. I plan on doing a review when I have a better understanding of how the site works.
    Cheers,
    DeAnna

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  5. Sounds like you've had a busy year! And a successful one too. I know what you mean about having a blog and connecting with people - it's the same with my blog, and you're right it is worth much more than money :) Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by on my blog.

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  6. Happy New Year DeAnna!

    Man, you were very busy last year. I wish you all the best in 2010. Sounds like you're going to have a lucrative year.

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  7. I was wondering if you have any information on Lievstrong. I see their job postings all over the place.

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  8. Hi,
    Livestrong is associated with Demand Studios. From what I understand, you have to become a DS writer first and if they like your work they will invite you to become a Livestrong writer. I haven't seen anywhere on DS where you can apply for Livestrong on your own. If you aren't already a writer for DS, you can apply at www.demandstudios.com

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  9. Great stuff to read! I love writing and I am starting to get really involved in writing online. Thank you for the websites to look through and try out! :D

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  10. This is my first time to your site. Thanks for all the information! I love writing and I was looking for a way to earn some extra income. I came across both Demand Studios and Constant Content. The reviews definitely helped in my decision to work with them. I'll definitely be coming back!

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  11. Hi Trianna,
    Happy you stopped by and found some useful information. I think you will enjoy writing for Constant Content and Demand Studios. Good luck!

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  12. This is my first stop by here too but I have bookmarked you and glad I stopped by.

    I have tried several of the sites you have mentioned here and a few more you don't have mentioned like Bright Hub and Helium(if you did a review for them, I'm sorry I must have missed it)

    For residual sites, I like Bukisa and Wikinut. Bukisa is a little harder. You only get paid for unique hits not visitors/views. So, if someone reads everyone of your articles, they are only counted the first time they come to your article. Not sure I like that, it makes it harder to get up to 1000 page views for your $3.57 pay(although you still don't cash out until $10). Anyways, I have been on there about a month(tomorrow) and have 62 articles now(you can put previously posted ones which I like), I have made about a penny for every article so far(so .62). I am hoping the more articles I submit, and the longer it goes that each penny will up to a dollar an article a day(would be nice)

    Wikinut is a great place. It is in the U.K. though so getting to read and convert currency took awhile to understand. I started that the same day as Bukisa and have 14 articles on there(have to be unique, so put them here and then when published put them on Bukisa too)
    It seems to be better over there though. In a month, I have received 1880 views for my articles and earned .20(USD). The rate of pay I am not sure of, although it calculates views and such, you supposedly get a share of the adsense(although you don't give them your Adsense ID, so not sure how it is calculated)

    Anyways, looks promising, I get a ton of positive comments(which I love)and you can get a share of pay for referring people and editing articles.

    I guess I should stop now or this will be an article on it's own. lol

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  13. Hi Deanna,

    Thanks for the very open review. It helps to hear other people's opinion about these matters. It also sounds as if Constant Content and Xomba would be the two to concentrate on. CC for earnings and X for back links etc.

    You mentioned "share sites". Could you clarify what you mean by this. I'm assuming you meant the likes of twitter etc but...

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  14. Hi Edward,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Constant-Content is an excellent site to earn writing income from and Xomba is great for back links. Of course, you won't need to use back links for CC articles since customers buy them, but Xomba is great if you write for sites like Suite101, Associated Content, etc. By share sites, I meant sites like Digg and StumbleUpon, and all those other sites that pop up on most articles you have posted on residual earning sites. I use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, She Told Me (you earn income from links at She Told Me much like you do at Xomba), BlinkList and of course Twitter and Facebook. I have an open account at Facebook only for my writing links that anyone can access - no personal information though.

    This year (2010) Triond has been really good in Google Adsense earnings (along with their regular earnings)so I have been placing articles there quite a bit. They accept International Writers there too. I don't suggest using Orato or Firehow - not that there is anything wrong with them but I haven't seen any income potential with those sites. (I'm sure others will disagree with me - that's fine. I do hope some people are making money on those sites.)

    Good luck,
    Deanna

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