For those of you who like the freedom of choosing the topics you write about and setting your own price, then Daily Article might be the site for you. At Daily Article you can submit your articles, set your own price and be paid for the article when it sells. If that sounds interesting - read on.
About Daily Article
Daily Article started in 2007 and since then has built up a large group of writers who submit their work there. At Daily Article, you submit your original articles on almost any topic you choose, set your own price, and after it has been approved by the editor and placed on the site you wait for it to sell. It is easy to join Daily Article. All you have to do is give basic information to set up an account plus your Pay Pal e-mail so you can be paid if an article sells. They do not ask for any tax information such as your Social Security Number. There is no up-front charge or subscription charge to join the site. The site takes a percentage of each article sale instead. Once you have signed up, you are ready to submit content.
The site does specify that all writers should be fluent in the English language. However, it does not state anywhere whether or not a non U.S. or Canadian citizen can write for the site. If you live outside of North America, you should contact the owners of Daily Article first to see if they accept writers from other countries before you apply.
Type of Content Accepted
Daily Article accepts articles on all types of subjects such as finance, home improvement, family, parenting, health and much more. There are no restrictions on length of articles. All articles you submit must be original content that have never been published before. You only sell Full Rights on Daily Article and the buyer has the right to change your content in any way they wish and take your name off of it too. An editor at Daily Article must approve your content before it is placed on the site and it will be run through CopyScape to make sure it is original.
Once an article is accepted only a small portion of the article will be placed on the site as well as a summary for buyers to see it. This ensures that large quantities of your articles will not be stolen as does happen at other sites. The disadvantage to this, however, is the buyer doesn't get a good sense of how well written the article is and has to trust that the writer is good. Customers can also make requests for certain articles but there is no Public Request page for writers to view. I assume the site sends out an e-mail to let writers know about requests.
Rights to Articles
You own all rights to your articles until they are purchased for Full Rights by the customer. You are then not allowed to sell the article elsewhere. But, for unsold articles on the site, you can take them off of the site at any time and sell them elsewhere if they are not selling there.
Pricing of Articles and Payment
You can price your articles however you choose, but keep in mind that Daily Article receives 20% of the sale of an article for the use of the site. From what I've seen browsing around the site, most articles are priced between $10 to $15 dollars for a 500-600 word article. There are some that charge more, some less. Overall, it looks to me that if you price an article too high, it won't sell, so most writers there charge under the $20 mark.
Payment is made by PayPal, but I could not find anywhere on the site that explains when you are paid. You may be paid after each sale or weekly or once a month. Authors receive 80% of every sale, which is a good percentage compared to other sites.
Daily Article works quite the same as Constant-Content (CC) does, but does not offer as many amenities as CC does. At CC, you can view the latest sales to get an idea what is selling and at what price, Public Requests are easily viewed and easily submitted to, you can receive private requests from customers, there is a Forum to ask questions and get answers quickly as well as communicate with the other writers, and there is also an affiliate program where writers can sign up new members and receive a percentage of any sales earned by those signed up under him. The only advantage I see to Daily Article vs CC is that Daily Article only takes 20% of each sale while CC takes 35%. It's really all in what you feel comfortable with.
My Take on Daily Article
I have been a member of Daily Article since 2007 so I have been watching it as it grows. However, the only growth I've seen in two years is the list of writers and the number of articles posted there. The site itself has had no major upgrades or changes that I have seen. It also bothers me that you cannot view sold articles so you have no idea how well sales are there. I did have several articles posted there for several months and did not sell one of them. Eventually I took them off. But just because I never sold an article there doesn't mean articles don't sell well there. I personally have had very good luck with Constant-Content and have sold many articles there, so to me there is no comparison between CC and Daily Article.
That being said - I have spoken to a couple of writers for Daily Article who claim to have many sales there. It is also hard for me to believe that so many writers would be using the site if they weren't selling at least something there. So there must be money in writing for Daily Article or else it wouldn't still be in operation.
I haven't read any complaints about Daily Article so between that and my own experience I do believe they are an honest site and may be a good place to sell your work. We all have different ideas about where we like to sell our writing, so for some of you, Daily Article may be exactly the writing site you are looking for.
I would love to hear from anyone who writes for Daily Article and their take on the site.
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