Thursday, August 27, 2009

You Work Hard on Your Articles - Choose Your Writing Sites Carefully

Hi all,

Recently, I've been hearing about new sites popping up all over the Internet promising big money to those who write for them. Many are offering higher-than-normal percentages on ad revenue in order to entice writers to join and add content. If you've been around the block (or Web) a few times as I have, you tend to be leery of new sites until you have read reviews and completely looked over their Terms of Service. Unfortunately, in their haste to earn income from their writing, some writers tend to get overly excited when a new writing opportunity comes their way and jump headlong into the site without doing their homework. We all want to make the most from our writing, but instead of joining every site that offers ad revenue for your articles, take a moment to read and understand the site first.

Always Read The Terms of Service

I know all this small print is tedious to read, especially when you are so excited about joining the site and earning money, but it is important to read and understand these terms. Many times the terms explain how the site will use your writing, even though this information does not appear in the Author's Rights section. For example: I recently heard about the writing site InfoBarrel, so I had to go over and check it out for myself. It sounded pretty good, after all they are offering 75% of all Google Adsense revenue from ads attached to your articles. However, after reading the Terms of Service, I decided this wasn't the site for me. The terms read:

"Rights Granted. By submitting your Original Content for publication on the Site, you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally grant InfoBarrel, and any of its affiliates (hereinafter also referred to as "InfoBarrel"), a irrevocable, perpetual, unlimited free of charge and exclusive right to publish the Original Content on the Site and/or on other Internet Sites the Original Content shall be referred to by InfoBarrel (hereinafter also referred to as the "Site"), as InfoBarrel shall deem suitable under the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as well as allow users of the Site to view and further use the Original Content, free of charge, for any such purpose permitted by InfoBarrel, provided such use shall not be for profit generating purposes. Without derogating from the above, InfoBarrel shall be entitled to edit, delete, cutback, rephrase, reproduce, copy, translate, merge, add, use and make use of the Materials, in whole or in part, in any way or manner and at any time, as InfoBarrel shall deem appropriate in its sole discretion. "

Yet, under Author's Rights, they state that the author owns all rights to their work. Hmmm, I didn't like the sound of it. Besides, at InfoBarrel you have to submit content that has not been published anywhere else on the Internet or in any media form whatsoever. That is fine, but I don't like the thought that I must submit brand new content that I cannot publish anywhere else yet they can do whatever they want with it. I would rather place my fresh content on a site such as Constant-Content and sell it for far more than I would probably make on residual income at Infobarrel. That is just my opinion. So please, read the terms of service before signing up with any site.

Always Read the Author's Rights

Reading the Author's Rights should be a no-brainer for most serious writers. You need to know if you are giving away all rights to a site, or if you will continue to own all rights. It is also important to know if you have the right to publish the material elsewhere or if, once published on the site, you cannot republish. Let's say you publish several original articles on one site and then find a few months later you are not happy with the income you are making. Are you allowed to delete the material from their site? Can you then submit it to a site, like Associated Content, HubPages or eHow, that allow previously published material? Understand your rights so you don't work hard for someone else to make money off of you.

Understand How the Site Pays

Okay, I know we all sign up with eHow not quite understand HOW they pay, we just know that they do pay. But with eHow, you know that if you reach the $10 minimum, you will receive payment via PayPal. Find out the minimum payout on each site you join and understand how they are going to pay you. For those of you who live outside the United States, make sure the site will pay non-US citizens. If the site does not offer a clear explanation of payment, don't join, it's just that simple.

Read the Writer's Guidelines

Every site has their own guidelines for how they want their articles written. Always read the writer's guidelines and follow them. All the hulabaloo at eHow over articles being deleted is because people either didn't read the writer's guidelines or thought they didn't apply to them. Save yourself, and the site's editors, a lot of trouble and read them.

Some Writing Sites I've Heard About

Here are a few writing sites I have heard about but have yet to have time to review. I hope you will do your homework before you join and submit. In the future, I hope to review these in depth.

Leave a comment if you have written for any of these sites and the experiences you have had with them. I love hearing from you.

Happy writing,


Monday, August 24, 2009

How Does eHow Figure Revenue?? and Suite101 Update

Hi all,

Recently I've been asked this question by several people at both my blog and at eHow, "How does eHow figure revenue?". This is a wonderful question that so many people want the answer to but no one but eHow knows the answer for sure. Let's start with eHow's own answer. Under the Writer's Compensation Program's Terms it reads:

o Popularity of the article;
o Number and quality of inbound links to the article;
o Topicality and newsworthiness of the article content;
o Usefulness and applicability of the article content;
o User response to your articles, such as positive reviews and comments;
o Degree of specialization of the article content; and
o Quality of the writing.

Under eHow's FAQ'S it reads:

You get paid per article. Your article's earning potential can be based on a combination of several elements, including the amount of times it's been viewed and its category. The more useful your articles are to the reader, the more money you could make. Check out our tips and guidelines, like adding photos, and eHow's most-requested topics page for How To ideas.

So your guess is as good as mine.

From what I read, though, the most popular view on how eHow pays has to do with revenue share. The more popular your article's topic is with advertisers, the more eHow gets paid to place ads on your article page and the more money eHow shares with you. Of course, views also play into this because the more views of an ad, the more money eHow makes that then trickles down to you. So a knowledge of popular keywords plays an important factor in how much your articles make.

Since popular keywords come and go much like hair styles and clothing styles, you will want to keep up with the popularity of keywords by checking a tool such as the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. This tool will give you some idea on what keywords are worth.

Personally, I write articles on subjects that catch my interest more than for keywords. I like researching health articles, so I write them. I enjoy writing about writing, so I write those articles too. I have had articles at eHow receive 200 views and earn no money, while other articles earn .01 cent to .015 cent per view. My most popular article has earned $9.00 this month alone while some are still at 0.00. I would never have guessed that the highest earning article would have been so popular, so you really never know what will spike the public's interest.

I do know that at eHow I do have the potential to earn good residual income so it is worth the time and effort I put into it. I'm working toward that 100th article in the hope I will be on my way to earning money even when I don't have time to write every day.

In my search for answers to the above posted question, I came upon three interesting blogs about eHow that I want to share with you. I do not earn any residual income from sharing these blogs - I just thought you might find them interesting. :)

"Writing for eHow" by HSSchulte at Squidoo

"My Experiment into eHow Part 6" by Josh of The Brainy Money Blog

Update on Suite101

After reading how well Felicia from No Job for Mom is doing with her articles at Suite101, it sort of gave me a kick in the pants to get over my distaste for writing in the third person and writing a few more articles for my Suite101 account. Hearing that a writer from Suite101 earned $5000.00, (yes, that is five-thousand dollars) last month alone at Suite101 from her residuals helped to encourage me, too. I followed some of the successful writer's advice about writing several articles on the same subject and linking them, and placed several back-to-school articles on the site. After writing in the third person for awhile, it stopped bothering me and I actually enjoyed the change of pace from writing "How to" articles. My earnings are rising, not fast, but steady, and I hope to place at least 1-2 articles a week (on average) there to build my residual income. If you don't already write for Suite101, check it out and give it a try. You can read my Review on Suite101 if you want to learn more about the site.

Until next time...

Happy writing


(Okay, the photo has nothing to do with this post, I agree, but I just love Aussie puppies, especially since my dog is an Aussie!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Writing Site FireHow Review

Hi all,

If you are looking for another potential income earning site for your articles, you may want to take a look at FireHow. FireHow is a revenue share site that is much like a carbon copy of eHow, only it hasn't quite matured yet. Starting up in November 2008, there hasn't been too much time for this site to grow up, but it is beginning to build, even as I write this. The word is getting out and members are joining quickly, so if you are interested in belonging to a site before it gets too big, now is the time to join FireHow. I did join FireHow today and placed some articles there so I could tell you first hand what the site is like. You can click here to see my page.

Articles on FireHow

Articles on FireHow are almost exactly the same as on eHow. They are "How to" articles that have a beginning paragraph introducing the article and then steps explaining how to do what the article is about. Tips and Warnings are also expected to be added at the bottom. They do not require a Resource at the end of the article, but you can add a picture. I will explain more on how articles are posted later in this post.

You do retain all rights to your articles when you post them on FireHow. So, if you want to post articles you have already written for eHow onto FireHow too, you can do that since you own all rights to your articles on eHow too. For some writers, this is a way to have their articles work harder for them. Some may argue that this will mess up the whole Google listings, rankings, etc, by having your the same article on two different sites, but other people do it all the time and make good money that way. How you feel about it is up to you.

Joining FireHow

Joining FireHow is a simple matter of creating an account, username and password. They do ask for your Social Security Number in order to pay you and send you a 1099 at the end of the year. Giving out a SSN can make some people hesitate, however eHow also requires your SSN as does Demand Studios. This is a trend that you will see continue in order to keep us all honest in paying our taxes. After reading up on FireHow and finding stats at Quantcast and Website Outlook about their company, I felt they were legitimate enough to join. You can always join without giving your SSN at first just to see what you think, however you cannot earn money there until you give them your SSN. FireHow pays you monthly via PayPal once you have earned a minimum of $10.00 for the month.

One benefit to joining now that I did find out is if you join FireHow during 2009, you will receive 110 percent of the revenue your articles earn for the first 6 months of membership. While I haven't found this stated on the site, it was stated in a press release sent out by FireHow that you can read here.

Once you have joined, you can navigate around the site and add your profile and begin writing articles. Navigating around FireHow can be difficult, especially if you are used to the ease of eHow. You really have to dig around to find out how to do simple things like add a profile and add articles. If you look under the Write tab, you will find directions on how to write an article properly for their site. If you actually want to write an article, you have to look under the My Articles tab and up on top is a small link that says "New" that you click on to add another article. You can click on FAQ's at the bottom of the page for some site information, but you won't learn everything. I just played around with the site and figured out what I needed to do on my own.

Posting an Article on FireHow

Posting an article on FireHow is nothing like posting one on eHow. There is one large text box that you can either write in directly or paste your article in. There are no separate sections for the beginning paragraph and each step. There are no separate sections for Tips and Warnings. You have to write the article yourself with Step 1:, Step 2: and so forth. At the bottom of your article you will have to add the headings Tips and Warnings yourself. Even though FireHow doesn't have this all mapped out for you, they do require you add Tips and Warnings to your articles.

I always write up my articles (for every site I write for) in MS Word first and then cut and paste them into whatever text boxes the sites have. This allows me to keep a record of every article I have ever posted on every site in case an article disappears or is deleted by accident. I suggest this would be the easiest way to format your articles for FireHow so you can just paste it in its entirety into the text box and get it over with in one big swoop. One problem I did find with their text box is that the Bold doesn't work, at least I couldn't get it to. You can add links to your articles, so any resource information you do have can be placed in your article as a link. This is also a good place to add links to your other articles of the same subject, or your blog or website.

A photo can also be added to your post. This can be a little tricky, too. First you have to upload the photo to the box. Then you click on the photo and then you can add a description or caption to the photo and hit Insert. I have not found a way to add more than one photo, so if you have, let me know. You can preview your article before publishing it, and once you have published it you can always edit it or delete it.

Revenue Potential

Like eHow, FireHow doesn't exactly explain how you earn revenue except that you earn by click views, popularity of the article and the comments you receive. To give you a limited idea on earnings at FireHow, I joined this afternoon and added two articles. By this evening I had received 267 hits and earned .45 cents. That is roughly an earnings of $1.70 per thousand clicks. This could vary depending upon the article's topic. Considering this site is only ranked a 4 on Google, I didn't think the earnings were too bad. There is potential for making a significant extra income at FireHow if you can post a good collection of articles. Your article views and earnings are updated in real time. You can click the Earnings link in your profile to see how much you have earned.

My overall opinion of FireHow is that it is a fairly good start-up site that has potential for writers to earn a good return on their articles as long as they keep adding new ones to the collection. It pays a little more than a beginner earns at Associated Content (without the up-front option) and about the same as you would earn at Triond. If you are thinking of adding your eHow articles to FireHow also, I would suggest starting by adding articles that are older or are not receiving high views at eHow. It is sometimes amazing how at one site an article flops but at another the same article does well. You may just be able to breath new life, and earn extra money, into an old article by placing it at FireHow.

Let me know your thoughts about FireHow. Leave a comment. :)

Happy writing,
(Photo by Louis Hall of St. Paul, MN on Stock.Xchng)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Article on the Health Care Reform Act

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that I have just posted a new article on eHow titled "How to Understand and Voice Your Opinion on the Health Care Reform Act of 2009". If you are like me, you are tired of listening to the media and politicians arguing about this important bill and you'd like to read it for yourself and make your own opinion. This article gives a link to the bill that passed the House and is making its way to the Senate when it reconvenes in September. It also gives a link to a site that will help you find your senators for your state so you can let them know what you think is good and bad about this bill. America is a wonderful country where we really can voice our opinions, even though there are times we feel we aren't being heard. If you are interested in health care reform, take a moment to read the article and review the links. If every one of us let our senators know how we feel, we can make a difference.


(Photo by Lize Rixt @ stock.xchng)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to Write an Article that will Sell or Make High Residual Income

Hi all,

Freelance writing is a competitive business with hundreds of thousands of people who are out there trying to make a living just like you. Some are excellent writers and some are so-so, and there are many in-between. Having an edge on the competition is the best way to increase your article sales or residual income. Below is an article I wrote for eHow, but also want to share with my blog readers. Many of you are just getting your feet wet in the freelance business, so I hope this information will help you on your way to writing success. Whether you sell your articles on a site like Constant-Content or want to earn bigger up-front money from a site like Associated Content or you are into building residual income at places like Suite101, Triond, or eHow, these tips should help you write articles that will sell well or increase your residual income potential.

Good luck and Happy Writing,


How to Write an Article that will Sell or Make High Residual Income

Whether writing articles for up-front payment sites or to earn residual income you need to know how to write an article that will be of interest to readers for a long time to come. The article also has to be informative, useful to readers, knowledgeable and give a new slant on a topic that has probably been done to death. While current topics, such as current trends or newsworthy items may sell in the short term, they are not good for residual income. Also, unless current topics are requested, buyers are less likely to want to pay top dollar for current topics knowing that they will only get limited traffic on the purchase of the article. Finding a way to make an old subject look fresh and interesting or tying a new current topic in with an evergreen subject, you are more likely to make bigger up-front income from your articles or higher residual income. Here are some ways to create an article that will sell or make high residual income.

Stay on Top of the Topics People are Interested In - Keep abreast of topics that the public is interested in right now as well as the topics that are coming up in interest. For example: green living, frugal living, the economy, health care, living healthy and weight loss are hot topics. Those are also topics people will be searching for next year. A quick glance at any search engine homepage, such as Google or Yahoo, will give you an idea what topics are the most searched. Keep an eye on topics that look like they may be hot in the future. Before the housing market went bust, I began writing articles on the housing market because all indicators pointed to it being a hot topic. Watch the news, read blogs and take note of what customers are requesting for articles so you can stay on top of the subjects that will sell.

Start with the Basics – All articles should have a beginning, middle, and end. The first one or two paragraphs should state the topic of the article and what problem you are solving. The middle paragraphs gives information on the topic that was brought up in the first paragraph and helps solve the problem. The final paragraph, the summary, should quickly summarize what the article was about and give the article a clean end. Unless the customer asks for a specific writing style, try to use these three stages when writing articles so they look professional.

Keep Your Article about one Topic – The topic in your title is the topic you are going to stick with for the entire article. Don’t let other topics seep in that will muddy the article and make it confusing or too long. Let’s say your article is on “How to Sleep Better at Night”. Give specific answers to this title such as make the room darker, close out noise, try using lavender on your pillow. Don’t start stating other facts or statistics on sleep that do not have anything to do with the article. Save that other information you learned about sleep for another great article instead.

Use Paragraph Headings – Paragraph headings help break down your article into sections so it is easy for the reader to scan through and find the information he wants. A typical 500 word article should have 2 to 3 paragraph headings to break up the article. Use key words from the paragraphs following the heading when writing the heading.

Find Reputable Sources – Any basic college writing course instructor will ask you to find at least three reputable sources for any paper that you write. That concept applies to writing to sell articles too. Use sources from reputable organizations, associations, government agencies, universities or medical facilities. For example: If you are writing an article on heart disease, find reputable information from places such as the National Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic or a reputable research article. When searching for reputable information on the Internet, use the advanced search option and key in the source area you want your information from such as .org, .gov, or .edu. This will help you find good sources without wallowing through all the other sites.

Use the Sources in Your Article – Always back up any statistics or research results by stating where you have found this information. For example: “Research conducted by the National Heart Association found that 32% of men who experienced erectile dysfunction had some form of heart disease within the next five years”. (Not accurate stats, just an example.) This gives your article much more credibility than stating, “Research found that 32% of men…..”. Also, use quotes by prominent people but always state within the sentence the source of the quote. Example: “In an article titled “Erectile Dysfunction and Your Heart” on, Dr. Emily Notingburg stated that, “Thirty-two percent of men who experienced…”. (I made up this source for the example.) For more formal articles you will want to include the link for your source at the bottom of the article page.

Write Concisely – Use as few words as possible while still getting your point across. Always proofread your articles several times to check if you could re-write a sentence to be more concise or even a whole paragraph. Don’t just add words for the sake of a word count. Instead, use your words wisely so customers don’t feel you are just padding an article with useless words.

Watch the Word Count – Unless you have been asked to write an article that contains 1,000 words, it is best to keep articles between 500-600 words for Internet sales. People who purchase articles for their website are looking for articles that fit well into their website or blog and don’t want it to be too wordy. If you have enough material for a 1,000+ word article, break it down into two different articles for twice the sale potential.

Proofread Articles – Proofread your articles at least 3 times before submitting them for sale. Don’t just count on spelling or grammar software to find mistakes. Some of the best articles can sit and not sell because the writer didn’t proofread enough and they don’t look professional.

Check for Plagiarism – You know that you wrote the article from scratch but you did use resources and read other articles to obtain your information. It is always best to use a plagiarism checker, such as Article Checker or Copyscape, before submitting an article for sale so you are not embarrassed later if you accidently copied a phrase.

Submit Your Article and Move on to the Next - Submit your well-written article and move on to the next article. No matter where you are selling your articles for up-front payment or residual income, the only way you will make money writing is by writing the perfect article and going on to the next. If a re-write is requested or the article is rejected you will already have more on the way to sell. Also, instead of getting mad about re-writes use these opportunities to hone your writing skills. The editor isn’t saying you are not a good writer; the editor is saying that you did well but need a few changes. Every writer, no matter how experienced or educated, sometimes needs help with their writing. Keep writing and soon you will be earning good money as a freelance writer.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sorry No New Posts for Awhile

Hi everyone,

Sorry it's been awhile since posting. We had an emergency this last week and it halted all of my writing. As you all know, I walk with my dog in our local state park everyday. She is my constant companion and we enjoy our walks. Last Wednesday, as we passed a couple with two large dogs the husband lost control of his dog and it attacked my dog, Chessie. I had her leash wrapped tightly around my hand because we are working very hard on heeling and when the other dog pinned her to the ground it made me bend forward too. The owner grabbed his dog and I tried to pull Chessie away but then he let his dog go again and again the dog grabbed my dog. Then the wife, for some reason, lost control of her dog too which joined the fight and there I stood in the middle of three dogs fighting. I was knocked to the ground at this point by the dogs and my hand opened up and the leash unraveled off of my hand allowing my dog to run away. One of the other dogs chased her. My dog does not like to be away from me, so she had run under a bench to wait for me and the other dog once again pinned her and that is how the owner got a hold of his dog. But at this point my dog ran off into the woods and by the time I caught up to the spot where the bench was she was long gone. Aussies are known for being fast runners, an she is. I quickly called my family, since Chessie will not go to a stranger, and we combed the trails for hours calling for her. She still had her harness and lead attached, so we were fearful she would get caught up on a fallen tree or something in the woods. She was nowhere to be found.

Finally, after four days of searching the woods (there are 1,600 acres in the park) and walking the trails, the state park workers let us know that someone had finally spotted our dog so we were able to pinpoint an exact area to search. Late on Saturday we found her, no harness or leash still on, dirty, but in fairly good shape. She was hungry and tired and her paw pads were worn down from her searching for us. Since then I've had her to the Vet for a check-up, and except for a few scratches and cuts, and a mild infection, she is okay. She is scared to go outside at night now and fearful of being in wide open places so she walks the edge of trees and bushes and the house instead of in the middle of our yard - like a wild animal would. It will take some time to help her feel safe again and I'm not sure yet if she will ever want to walk in the park again. But she is here with us and that is all that matters.

As to the people who couldn't control their dogs, we didn't call the police or do anything to them but we should have. They lied to the state park officials that I had lost control of my dog and never once told them that their dogs attacked. When I talked to the state park workers and told them she was attacked by the dogs, they were very angry at having been lied to because of safety reasons. The campgrounds were full of people, many with children, who could have been hurt by these dogs. If the state park ever did anything about these people, I don't know and don't care. On the first day, right after this happened, the other dog owner said he would be happy to "take care of the problem and make some sort of resolution", meaning pay us off. I told him the only resolution I would accept is finding my dog. He didn't like my answer. He also didn't like it when we confronted him about lying to the state park and not telling them he and his dogs were the cause of my dog running away. I will give him and his family credit for helping to search for our dog that first day, but in the long run that actually did more harm than good. They probably scared her deeper into the woods as she is afraid of strangers if we are not with her. After that first day I just didn't want any more to do with them.

Accidents do happen, but I am a firm believer that if you own very large dogs you should be able to handle them correctly. I always have a heavy harness and heavy leash on my dog so I have control of her at all times. She only weighs 50 pounds so I am able to hold her back if I have to. These people lived under some fairy tale belief that their big dogs were incapable of ever hurting anyone or anything. All dogs, no matter what their size or weight, are capable of attacking another dog or person. I also believe my dog will not attack another person or dog, but I still always have a firm grip on her at all times just in case. It is arrogant to believe your dog will not attack. These people were irresponsible to be in a public place and not have better control of their dogs. I am hoping that by writing this, some people will think twice about believing their dogs are above behaving like a dog.

I do have to add that the State Park officials were very helpful and rode the trails searching for our dog. They let us put a poster up in the office and they told every visitor to keep an eye out for our dog. It was their phone call that helped us narrow our search and enabled us to find Chessie. We are very grateful to them and all the campers at the park who kept an eye out for our dog.

Thanks for letting me share this story and I will try to get back to writing about writing soon.

Happy writing,


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Up-Front Writing Sites to Try

Hi all,

I have run across three up-front pay writing sites that you may be interested in. I have never written for these sites myself, but I have read other writer's reviews about them and the sites all sound legitimate. If anything, you can always apply and see if they are sites you'd enjoy earning money at. The three sites are:

If any of you have experience with these writing sites, or you do join, leave a comment so we all know how they are.

Happy writing,


More Articles of Interest:

Writing Site: Constant-Content

Daily Article: Writing Site Review

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Article on Plagiarism Checkers for Your Articles

Hi all,

I just posted an article on eHow titled: How to Check Your Articles for Plagiarism before Publishing or Selling. The article describes four very useful sites you can use to check your articles to make sure you are not unintentionally plagiarizing another writer. They are also useful for checking your blog or website URL to make sure no one is plagiarizing you. If you publish articles on various sites, you can use these article checker sites to make sure no one is stealing your articles too. They are very useful tools that I think you will want to use.


Tips on Writing for eHow and Other Residual Income Sites

Hello all,

Happy August 1st. Summer is going by quickly (as always) as I continue my new goal of building residual income at eHow, Suite101, Triond and also submitting articles to Constant Content. While CC and Triond are sites I've been on for awhile, eHow and Suite101 are fairly new to me. So now that I have been on both for over two months I have a grasp of how much money I can make.

I cannot complain about payment at eHow. I made a little under $20.00 for the 7 June articles plus the 3 July ones that did show payment. That is roughly $2.00 per article in residual income. Now, I realize I can go to CC and earn $20+ per article, if I write one that is in demand and it sells, or I can go to Demand Studios and earn $15.00 per article up-front. But I will continue to earn money from my eHow articles for several months, or years, so I am betting on that bringing in more income in the long run. I think I have a good start at eHow and am looking forward to what my July articles bring in next month.

If you are writing for eHow or any residual site, I have found some things that help to bring in views to articles. Many residual sites are also community sites where people are sharing ideas with one another and also trying to promote their own blogs, websites or writing. This is good, because it gives you an audience that is willing to read your work and visit your blog or website too. Some ways to build your residual income are:

  1. Make friends on residual sites. Recommend them, leave comments and rate their articles. Be nice, though. You are not their editor, you are their friend. I've found that most writers on residual income sites are more than happy to return the favor of reading your work too.
  2. Read your friend's profiles, and visit their blogs or websites when you have the time. It only takes a few minutes to click on over to their blog and leave a comment. In most cases, they will do the same for you. It's always nice to have new members on your blog.
  3. When friend requests come your way, be sure to pop on over to their work and make a few comments. This is your opportunity to get more views and comments too.
  4. Recommend interesting articles you read on your own blog. If you come upon an article that you think your readers will enjoy, put a link on your blog. It's nice for all of us to help each other.
  5. Don't forget older friendships. I try to go through my friends at ehow and read and rate a few articles each day along with making new friends. You can spend 5 minutes a day and read the reward of many more views on your work.

I also like to look over articles by people who have been on eHow for a long time and who are doing well in the earning area. This gives me ideas on how to improve my earning potential by seeing what topics earn the most for them. Always be open to learning new strategies.

Lastly, type into Google or Yahoo "eHow reviews" or "earning on eHow" to read other bloggers tips and ideas on how to be successful eHow writers. You can do this for any residual site. I've learn a lot from forums and bloggers and am always willing to learn more.

Good luck with your residual income. I would love to hear how all of you are doing in your quest to earn money writing.

Happy writing,
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