Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Ahead to 2011

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Hi all,

The new year is almost upon us and it is generally a time for reflection and making new goals.  This year I don't plan on making any detailed goals with my writing other than to say I hope to double my residual income in 2011.  In 2010, I doubled my residual income from the prior year, which, even though it wasn't an earth shattering amount, it was still a good accomplishment for me.  By applying Felicia's ideas (No Job For Mom) of working smarter instead of harder and dropping the low-income sites that I have spent time on in the past, I hope to build up my residual income with the sites I write for that I have a good income history with. 

My other goal is to continue building this blog and adding even more writing opportunities for both internet and print media.  This next month, I plan on adding a page which lists resources for print media writing opportunities.  I started my writing career writing articles for parenting magazines and I still think that many offer good opportunities for beginning writers and accomplished writers as well.  Many of these publications also have online versions where you can earn additional money.  Be sure to look for this resource page on my blog in the next few weeks.

Saying Good-bye to Sites can be Difficult

There are a couple of writing sites that I have continued writing for in 2010 which weren't high earners but I kept hoping would come around.  In 2011, I have to finally break away from them and concentrate my time on more productive sites.  Sometimes it is hard to walk away, because I have put so much time and energy into these sites.  But, as far as I can tell, they are never going to be big earners for me even in the long run.  One of these sites is Examiner.  Although I really enjoy my two topics at Examiner, I only earn pennies a day there and can no longer "wait" for the site to grow or the earnings to get better.  I know that some people make a lot of money at Examiner but I am not one of them.  I don't plan on quitting Examiner officially - I do earn some money there and don't want to lose my titles completely.  But the most time I expect to spend on Examiner in 2011 is to write two articles month.

Sites I Plan to Stick With

It is actually a relief to narrow down the sites I plan to stick with in 2011.  It's like finally cleaning out that cluttered closet and giving away items you no longer need or want.  Throwing away the old can make you feel less stressed and gives you more time to focus on a more productive tomorrow.  These are the sites I have earned the most money at on a consistant basis:
*I consider this as residual because you never know when an article is going to sell. :) )

By focusing on these sites, I hope to continue to build my residual income while working on some other, bigger, projects of mine and hopefully double my residual income in 2011.

I do write for a couple of up-front writing sites that I also plan on sticking with.  However, I do not count that income as part of the residual income.

Wishing you all a productive and successful New Year in 2011!

Happy Writing,

Deanna

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All

Hi all,

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year in 2011. Thank you all for reading and participating in this blog. It has been so much fun getting to know so many of you over the past 2 years and I hope every one of you is able to make your writing dreams come true in 2011.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playing Around with HubPages

Kitten number five!
Hi all,

I haven't had much time this month to do all the writing I had planned on doing. I had a little bump in the road that has side-tracked my days - and nights.  Actually, this "bump" wasn't found in the road but instead abandoned in the doorway of an apartment building.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that earlier this year we found two kittens on a country road, abandoned.  We ended up keeping those kittens because they were brothers and we didn't want to separate them.  Well, because we already had two older cats, we then had 4 cats and that was enough - more than enough.  Earlier this month my daughter found a three-week old kitten abandoned in the entryway of her apartment building.  The Humane Society was full so guess who ended up with it? While he is adorable, he is just a baby and needs to be fed every 2-4 hours.  So for the past 3 weeks I have been up night and day with this kitten and unable to think clearly enough during the day to write many articles. We haven't yet named the kitten - but I keep threatening to name him Cinco since he is - eek! - number 5.  At what number of cats do you change from being an animal lover to an animal hoarder? Hopefully not 5!

Writing for HubPages

I've never done a review of HubPages although I have been a member there since 2007. When I first joined 3 years ago, I placed about 20 articles there and earned a little over $3.00 at Google. After a year, I took those articles off and moved on.  This past year I've been playing around with HubPages, mostly because of the success Kidgas of My Online Income has had there.  I only have a few articles there and haven't made much money but I did play around last month and put up 4 product hubs to see if I could sell any Amazon products.  Surprisingly, yesterday I saw that two products had been purchased through my account and I earned $1.40 from it at Amazon.  While this is not a lot of money - it is a start and it showed me that product hubs may be the way to go at HubPages.  If you are interested in how to earn money at HubPages, visit this page.  Once you get the hang of writing hubs, it can be a lot of fun.  And you can earn money several different ways - so there is potential.

My December Income So Far

I've been surprised at how well my income has been growing this month despite my inability to write many articles.  My EHow articles (old account) are doing exceptionally well - my revenue is up 38% over the same time last month.  I hope this continues throughout December.  My Google Adsense earnings are up too. I am averaging over $1.00 a day - generally I earn about $10 a month and I am already over $15 for the month.  My other residual income is staying about the same as it normally is - which is okay since staying the same is better than going down. 

For those of you following my EHow income through the DMS program - I still only have 11 articles there and am now at $5.85 in earnings for 8 weeks. Since I know it takes time for articles to build up steam and start earning, I'm happy with these earnings and as soon as I have the time, I will be adding more articles to increase this source of revenue. 

Hope your December earnings are growing too!

Happy Writing,
Deanna

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

November was a Good Income Month

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Hi all,

Happy to say that November ended as a good writing income month for me.  A lot of factors were involved in increasing my income - many out of my control - some just good luck. Here's how it went.

Suite101

My Suite101 earnings ended slightly higher than last month yet nowhere near what they were in August and September.  Although, I haven't added any new articles there since my income dropped a few months back.  I'm going to let Suite sit for the time being and get back to it after the first of the year.

EHow

My EHow earnings (old EHow) did their highest month ever in November - up only 10% from October but I thought October's earnings were high.  Compared to my average earnings at EHow, November is up 50%.  I have no control over my EHow earnings anymore since the changes made in April yet the income continues to rise.  No complaints here.

As for my DMS EHow earnings - I ended the month with $2.46 in earnings for 9 articles.  Since this was the first month I tried this program, I was happy with the results.  I am going to try to add 5-10 more articles in December and will be excited to see how the earnings do.

Google Adsense

I am thrilled to say I finally reached payout with my Google Adsense earnings in early November and I earned another 13.70 for the month of November so my Google payment should be $113.70 this month.  Ever since I hit the $9.00 mark with Google for one month in June (as I mentioned in this post), my monthly Google income has steadily grown each month. The majority of my Google income comes from Triond, this blog, my health blog and then some of the bookmarking sites I use.  Speaking of which...

Xomba and Infopirate

I have had a little success earning money from both Xomba and Infopirate since I started adding bookmarks for articles on those sites.  I've been adding bookmarks at Xomba for over a year now but have only been with Infopirate for a few months.  Year-to-date I have earned $4.08 at Xomba and $2.24 at Infopirate.  Every little bit counts so if you are bookmarking articles, you may want to try both of these sites.

Constant-Content

I had a great month at Constant-Content because of all the articles I added in September.  I sold 9 articles which added up in income quickly.  Now I have to get to work and add a few more Full-Rights article on CC in the hope they sell in the next couple of months.  If you try CC, don't be discouraged if your articles don't sell right away.  Most articles do sell eventually and if it is a hot topic, it will sell quickly.  Most of my articles were on family health, so they went slowly.  But I was happy to see so many go in November to pad my income a little.

Triond

Triond continues to be a happy little surprise for me each month.  I have a little over 50 articles there and my income from both the site and Google Adsense has grown each month.   No, I'm not getting rich on Triond, but I earn more money there each month than I do at Examiner only by adding 2-4 articles a month.  And it has helped me greatly to finally reach my Google Adsense payout - so Triond is definitely a keeper.

Examiner

Examiner made a few changes this month and although I know of several people who didn't like the changes, I am still writing my two topics there.  I'm kind of at a hard spot where I am earning enough each month to not want to quit but not enough to want to work too hard at it.  So I plan on adding a few articles a month to keep my topics and leave it at that.  If I give up Examiner now, I will lose all the hard work I've put into it.  If the income becomes very small, then I will reconsider keeping Examiner as a writing income.

Associated Content/Yahoo! Contributor Network

I do continue to write for AC/YCN and submit Featured Contributor articles in the Health & Wellness section that are offered to me each month.  My monthly earnings are only around $10 but I earn an additional $30 for the three assignments offered.  The main reason I like to write for AC/YCN is because I can write on any health topic I want and they aren't choosy about a particular format.  Besides, every dollar counts as far as I'm concerned.

Other Writing Income

In November I also landed a new writing gig which I will tell you about in a future post.  The pay per article is about 6 times what other sites pay and the editors are great.  I found the site when I was looking for resources for an article I was writing for and thought it looked like a fun site to write for.  So, after searching the site I found out how to apply and was accepted.  They are not a site that actively searches for writers, so it was both luck and pure tenacity that got me the writing gig.  And the best part is that I doubled my monthly writing income just by writing two articles for the new site!

Hope you had a successful month of writing and that December will treat you well too!

Happy Writing

Deanna

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Update on DMS EHow WCA Program

We had quite a snowstorm last week and this young
deer was looking for food under the crab apple tree
in our front yard.
(Copyright Deanna Sletten)
Hi all,

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found a few great bargains on Black Friday.  We didn't go out on Black Friday morning, but did go to Wal-Mart and Target late Friday evening to see what was left and still found a few bargains. 

Writing for EHow Again

Last month I wrote a blog post on how I was going to try the Demand Media Studio's EHow WCA program and see how it does.  Over the month, I managed to add 9 articles there.  I didn't have any trouble with the editors (as I have in the past) and only had to rewrite 2 of the 9 articles and they were just small fixes.  The articles I wrote were on topics that I knew were popular since I have written on these same topics before on other sites and received high views. 

So, how much did I earn in one month?  As of today, I have earned $1.29 in revenue share from the 9 articles.  No, this is not a lot of money, but it is a start. The articles were added throughout the month of November, so some are almost a month old and some have only been on the site for a week or two.  I suspect that I will make more money next month once the articles have been on the site a bit longer.

Will I Continue with DMS EHow?

The answer is yes.  My EHow articles from the old program continue to increase in earnings each month, so it was silly of me to continue to ignore the possibilities with EHow through DMS.  The small earnings I've received in only one month there shows me there is earning potential and it is worth my time to continue to add articles to this revenue share program.  Creating "How to" titles and writing these articles seems to come easy to me, so it doesn't even seem like work.  In fact, I enjoy it.  I hope to add 10 more articles in December and continue throughout 2011.  I'll let you know how the earnings are at the end of December.

Earnings at Infopirate

I recently told you about the bookmarking site Infopirate (see post here) and I have only been adding bookmarks there for a couple of months.  Today, I was surprised to see I earned .75 cents there.  Not a bad start, considering I only have a few bookmarks there.  If you haven't tried Infopirate yet, you may want to.  It can't hurt. :)

Happy Writing,

Deanna

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Associated Content is Now the Yahoo! Contributor Network

Hi all,

Yes, you read that right - Associated Content has now become the Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN).  We have known for months that Yahoo! purchased AC and now they are completely taking over. So, what does this mean for current AC writers? 

Changes at Yahoo! Contributor Network

For the most part, there won't be many major changes on the new site for now.  Your sign-in e-mail and password is the same and you will still earn the same on the articles you have already contributed.  The main changes are the site looks different, and now you will get the opportunity to earn money from other Yahoo! sites as well as from the YCN.  The Featured Contributor program will also continue and assignments for your featured area will still occur monthly.  Basically, the YCN is the same as AC except you have a better chance to earn more money if your articles are chosen for other Yahoo! sites.

YCN is also still accepting new contributors, so if you don't already have an old AC account then you may want to consider joining YCN.  In the months ahead, I think it may be a good opportunity for writers.  While the pay isn't the greatest, the exposure on Yahoo! may be good for writers trying to make a name for themselves.  And who knows, maybe you will land higher-paying opportunities through Yahoo! too.

Is There a Down Side?

Maybe, depending upon how you want to look at it.  Some writers will think that this is Yahoo!'s opportunity to fill the pages of their websites with material from writers who are being paid pennies.  That may be the case; we won't know for sure until several months down the road.  However, if your article appears on any of the other Yahoo! sites, you will be paid per view from that site as well as for the views on YCN.  So this could be an opportunity for writers to earn more per article instead of less. 

That is all I know about the new changes for now.  As changes occur, I will update you.  Let me know how you feel about the new changes at AC/YCN.

Happy Writing,
Deanna


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reaping the Benefits of Prior Work

Reap the benefits of all your hard work.
Photo: Christa Richert
Hi all,

Writing income does not always come right away.  In a perfect world, we'd write an article and get paid for our work that very day.  But for those of us trying to build up residual income, that isn't how it always happens.  Even if you write for magazines or some larger websites, you usually have to wait until after the article is published - sometimes up to 6 months - before you are paid.  So with writing, you are always working, working, working, and eventually you see your income come in.  That is what I've been doing all summer and into fall.

Suite101 Not So Profitable

First, I spent most of my summer increasing the number of articles I have at Suite101.  I'd like to say that all this work paid off - and it did at first - but the past two months my income there has gone down substantially.  I'm still happy I placed a large amount of articles there because I do believe that at some point the income will rise again, but all my hard work isn't reaping much reward right now.  Luckily, I didn't place all my proverbial eggs into one basket.

Constant-Content on the Rise

As you all know, Constant-Content is my second-best earner for the year so far and in September I spent my time adding full-rights articles to sell there and increase my income.  This month my work is paying off. I have sold two articles so far and I do earn some money from referrals as well.  Yes, it has been two months since I placed those articles for sale, but that is how it goes with CC.  This is why I think of CC as a type of residual income because I place articles there and they sell over time, adding to my income.  Many people who join CC become discouraged if their articles do not sell in a week or two.  You have to be patient and you will eventually see the money come in over time. 

Google Adsense

For the first time ever, I reached payout from my Google Adsense Account this month.  I have several sites that contribute to Google earnings including this blog, my Health News blog, Triond, Xomba, She Told Me, InfoPirate and a few others.  This blog and Triond are the biggest contributors to my Google account so far, but recently I am seeing an increase in earnings from Health News, She Told Me and Xomba.  This makes me very happy because it means all that time spent on my Health blog as well as the time I spent bookmarking at the other sites is finally paying off.  Just when you think a site will never earn any money, it suddenly does.  I hope to see my Google earnings continue to increase over time from all of these sites.

Demand Media Studio's EHow WCA Program

This month I decided to put some effort into contributing articles to EHow through Demand Media Studios (DMS) to see if the residual income is as good as it is with my older EHow articles.  I have only submitted 7 articles so far (been busy with other writing assignments) and it does take time for the articles to be reviewed, accepted and then placed on EHow to earn money.  I hope to have ten by the end of November so I can see how they do with earnings over the next few months.  If these articles seem to earn fairly well, I will add DMS/WCA articles to my list of residual earning sites.  I'll let you all know how the earnings are in the next couple of months.

Higher Paying Work as a Result of my Prior Writing Experience

Writing for various sites is a good way to earn money but it is also a good way to be seen, and possibly recruited, for other higher-paying writing assignments.  Because of my experience as a writer for Suite101, Constant-Content and other sites (even Associated Content and Demand Studios) I have been recruited by bigger websites to write articles for them.  I have also been able to apply to better paying sites and be accepted. Don't ever let anyone tell you (or believe it when you read it on snooty forums) that writing for residual income sites or "content mills" ( I just hate that term) will not get you better writing jobs in the future.  Good writing is appreciated no matter what site it is on and editors from other sites are always looking for good writers.  So remember that what you write today may be your stepping stone to higher-paying jobs in the future. My prior work is now paying off by letting me get those higher-paying assignments so I can work less, earn more, and spend more time writing what I want to write.

If you are just beginning your freelance writing career, or you have been toiling away at freelance writing and aren't yet at the earning level you want to be at, don't give up.  You may have to refocus your energy on sites where the payout is better but you will eventually see your hard work pay off.  Also, don't be afraid to try new sites, or apply to higher-paying writing sites because you think you don't have enough experience. You may be surprised at what opportunities you can come upon if you are willing to go out and find them.

Happy Writing,

Deanna

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Infopirate - Article Bookmarking Site

Hi all,

If you are looking for another site to place bookmarks of your articles on - and earn Google money from these bookmarks - then you may be interested in Infopirate.  Infopirate is much like Xomba except you can only submit bookmarks - no full-length articles. You earn money from the Google ads placed on your bookmarks and you can even earn money from referring other writers to Infopirate.

Earning Money at Infopirate

Once you join Infopirate and insert your Google Adsense account number, you can begin earning money from your links.  Users earn money from Google ads 80% of the time and the other 20% of the time Infopirate earns from Google ads.  The more bookmarks you add, the greater chance you have of earning money.

Infopirate also has a referral program and gives you a referral link which is located in the Account section of your page.  You can earn 10% of the income the people you refer earn.  Infopirate also gives you a blog page where you can create blog posts and earn money from these posts as well.

I have been using Infopirate for about a month now and have a few links there. While I haven't earned any money there yet, I have had a few clicks, so it is promising.  I think as I add new bookmarks, I will begin to see the money coming in.  Let's face it - even a few cents here and there for a bookmark is better than nothing!

Happy Writing,

Deanna

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Giving Demand Studio's EHow WCA Program a Chance

Happy Halloween!
Hi all,

I've decided for the next two weeks I will give Demand Studio's EHow Writer Created Assignment (WCA) program a chance to see if the residual earnings are as good as the ones I am currently making at EHow.  I will attempt to add 15-20 articles and see what they earn over the first two months.  I know of other writers who have given this a try and there seems to be mixed results.  Some feel the earnings are just as good as the old EHow program and others feel it isn't.  Whatever the case may be, it is time I try it myself because, quite frankly, I am not impressed by many of the other sites I am writing for right now with their residual income earning potential.

EHow Earnings Double that of Other Residual Income

As I've mentioned before, my past EHow articles continue to rise in earnings as the months (years) go by.  I am making more than twice as much from my EHow earnings as compared to each of the other sites I write for.  Suite101 has been very disappointing in its earnings considering I've added more than 35 articles there over the past couple of months.  At first, I was doubling my income at Suite each month, but now in October I will be lucky to make even half of what I did in September.  My click views have stayed the same on Suite as they were the past two months, but the earnings are just not there.  I hope that this will change over the next few months, and I will certainly stay on at Suite, but it's time to find other ways to add to my residual income.

Writing for EHow Through Demand Studios

I did a test article about two months ago for EHow through my Demand Studio's account and found the process to be fairly easy.  I created my own title and then wrote the article.  This is what I plan to do in the next couple of weeks.  I will create my own titles for articles so I don't have to go through their many computer-generated titles.  This way, I can control what I write about just as I did with the old EHow format.  Yesterday, I had two titles approved in my Demand Studio's account and I will begin with those. (And, I will try not to come back and complain to all of you if I have problems with the editors at DS.)  I plan on writing at least two articles a day for the next ten days.  I do have other writing commitments, though, so this plan may need a little tweaking as I go along. 

Why didn't I do this earlier?  I didn't like the fact that now Demand Studios will own all rights to the WCA articles, (in the old EHow format, I continued to own all rights to my articles) and I had read some blogs that stated the earnings were not as good as they are at the old EHow.  Also, I just didn't have the energy to try to build up a whole new group of articles again.  But now I think it is worth at least trying. 

I will let you all know how my experience with DS goes and how the earnings are over the next few months so you can decide for yourself if this might be the right thing for you, too.  I would also love to hear from other writers who do write residual-earning articles for DS/EHow and how you feel about it.

Happy Writing
Deanna

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Learning About Niche Blogging and Affiliate Advertising

Making money with niche blogging and
affiliate advertising.
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Hi all,


As you can tell right off the bat, Write Moms is not a “niche” blog nor am I successful with affiliate advertising on my blog. I am a freelance writer who is always looking for new and interesting sites to write for and, hopefully, earn good money from. However, I have done some research on niche blogging and affiliate advertising over the years, at least enough to know a few things. I see ads and blogs all over the web trying to sell information to people on how to earn money niche blogging and using affiliate advertising. You can pay hundreds of dollars to people to learn their secrets – secrets that aren’t so secret and can be learned by anyone with enough gumption to search for the information on their own.

You Can Learn to Earn Money from Blogging for Free

Yes, you read that right. You don’t have to pay people $45, $100 or even $150 dollars for their secrets to online blogging for money. Just send me $9.95 and I’ll send it all to you myself. JUST KIDDING. Everything you need to know about blogging for money or using affiliate advertising can be learned from the multitudes of blogs that tell you for free and from the affiliate advertising companies. Literally, all you have to do is type into Google Search “blogging for money” or “earn money niche blogging” or “affiliate advertising” and up pops tons of blogging sites that tell you everything.

I’m not saying that the books or tutorials that you can buy from successful bloggers and advertisers may not be helpful in teaching you how to earn money online – I’m sure many of them are packed full of helpful information. I’m also sure that many of the people selling these books and tutorials are honest people trying to earn an honest buck. And if you really feel you would do better by buying one of these many learning aids, go for it. I’m just saying that all that information is out there for free and you don’t have to pay someone if you don’t feel you can spare the extra money.

Sites to Learn More about Niche Blogging and Affiliate Advertising

About four years ago when I was investigating how to earn money with a niche blog, I came upon and affiliate advertising site called MoreNiche. This is a site where you can sign up and start selling their products on your blog or website and earn commission. The site offers great tutorials on what niche blogging is, how to set up a niche blog or website, how to make money with affiliate advertising, etc. They even have a collection of articles you can use for your blog to promote whatever product you decide to try selling. (Although I suggest you either re-write the articles or write your own – the ones they have are kind of low quality.) Most affiliate advertising sites have their own tutorials and information that helps you along in your goal to earn money by niche blogging – and it’s free to use.

Also, there are hundreds of blogs where people share information for free of their own niche blogging success or use of affiliate advertising. Here are just a few of the ones I have come across:

Affiliate Progress

Problogger

Blog Traffic Exchange

Web-Work at Home

How to Make Money Online for Beginners

Three good affiliate advertising sites I’ve come across are:



MoreNiche

Link Share

Commission Junction


I know there are many others – these are just the ones I have checked out on my own.  I am also not endorsing any of these websites or affiliate advertising sites - I'm only sharing them to give you more information on this subject. 

Niche Blogging Isn’t For the Lazy

If you decide to learn more about niche blogging and using affiliate advertising, know this – it isn’t for lazy people. If your aren’t willing to search for the information, learn all you can about it and then work hard on your blogs to create a great niche blog – don’t even bother with it. You can’t just set up a blog, write a few articles and place ads there and hope to build an online income. If it was that easy, we’d all be millionaires. If you are able to do it that easily – I want to buy your book on how you did it!

I hope this information helps some of you on your road to niche blogging and affiliate advertising. If any of you have a blog about this subject – or have had success with niche blogging or affiliate advertising, I’d love for you to share it with us.

Happy Writing

Deanna

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Earnings Running Neck-to-Neck for the Year


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 Hi all,


As you may already know, I keep track of my writing income on a spreadsheet, tracking how much I earn each month from each site I write for. In the past, EHow and Constant-Content were always the highest earners while Suite101, Examiner, Associated Content and Triond were the lower earning sites. So, I was surprised this month when I was reviewing my monthly earnings and found all of the sites (except Triond) running neck-to-neck in yearly earnings.

EHow Leading the Pack

Not surprising is the fact that EHow is leading the pack when it comes to earnings. Even though I can no longer add articles to EHow (and haven’t since April), my earnings continue to increase each month. EHow is the only residual income site that I’ve written for where the earnings increase over time, not decrease. It seems that many of the other sites lose momentum if you stop adding new material to them – but not EHow. It makes me think I should re-consider writing for EHow through Demand Studios, however that is another post.

The other sites I write for on a regular basis are all within close range of each other for yearly revenue. Constant-Content (CC) leads the others after EHow. Normally, CC would be miles ahead, but for most of this year I’ve only been adding Use Rights Only articles there (for small dollar amounts) so I haven’t been selling many high-priced articles. I am slowly working on adding more higher priced articles to bring up my income at CC.

Next in line – a huge surprise – is Associated Content (AC). Ever since I became a Feature Contributor, my monthly income at AC has increased considerably. It also has to do with the three up-front articles I do each month for AC for $10 each. While $10 doesn’t seem like much, when you think in terms of an additional $30 per month, times 12 months, the income increases. Also, since I have been adding new articles there on a regular basis, my residuals have increased as well.

To me, however, the most surprising fact of all is that Examiner comes in next over Suite101. I have earned more at Examiner this year so far than I have at Suite101. I have 93 articles at Examiner between my two topics, Alternative Medicine and Heart Health, while I have 75 articles at Suite101. Examiner articles take less time to write because they are usually 200-400 words long, while Suite101 articles have to be over 400 words. And although I do feel my Suite articles do fairly well in earnings, compared to many of the other Suite writers who complain about their earnings, my Examiner articles are actually doing better. It will be interesting to see how it all ends up by the end of the year. 

Suite101 is next in earnings.  I spent the summer increasing my articles at Suite in hope of increasing my income there - and I did increase my income, just not as much as I would have liked.  Now, in October, my earnings have plummeted, even though I added 40 new articles over the past couple of months.  I will continue writing for Suite101 for now, but will probably spend more time at CC or Examiner until I see an increase in Suite earnings.

Triond earnings come in last, but I would never complain about them. My Google Adsense earnings through Triond are increasing my Google account by leaps and bounds each month. In fact, if I do as well this month as I did last month, I will reach payout at Google this month. Otherwise, I am sure I will reach payout by the end of November; something I never really thought would happen in a million years. So Triond is definitely a keeper.

My Writing Dilemma

The reason I was comparing my yearly earnings to begin with was to see which site(s) I should discontinue writing for and which I should put more energy into in order to increase my income. Now, I’m not sure. I don’t want to put my energy into a site that isn’t going to pay off in the end, however, they all seem to be paying off, so I was unable to make a decision. Maybe I will have to see how the earnings are at the end of December to decide. So much for streamlining!



Happy Writing,

Deanna


2011 Writer's Market

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Writer Access – Writing Site Review

Hi all,

I came upon the writing site Writer Access a couple of weeks ago and then saw that Felicia from No Job For Mom did a review on it about the same time. (Check out her review and the following comments, it is very interesting.) At first, I thought I would forego doing a review of the site, but then decided since I’d already put some time and effort into learning about the site I would go ahead and tell you what I learned.

Overview of Writer Access

Writer Access is very similar to Textbroker. Clients list writing jobs and writers choose from that list on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are evaluated and rated when you first apply and that determines the levels you are allowed to choose assignments at. The higher your level, the higher paying the jobs are that you can choose from. Of course, that doesn’t mean there will always be jobs available at your level, so you can also choose from levels lower then yours too. You are paid monthly through PayPal once your account has reached a minimum of $10. Only U.S. citizens are able to write for Writer Access at this time.

Applying at Writer Access

I did go through the application process and I thought it was rather long and drawn out. You give your basic information (no SS# upfront, however once you are accepted and are earning money you must fill out a W-9) and then they ask you to choose what topics you have experience in. When you click on a topic box, then another section opens up asking how many paid assignments you’ve done in that topic and to explain where you’ve written these articles. For writers who have been writing articles for years (like me) that is impossible to answer. I gave estimates (like under the topic health, I wrote 300+) and for some I didn’t even bother. I found out later what they use this information for – it is part of your profile so clients can see how prolific you have been in each area of expertise. My advice is to fill it out as best you can because it will look good on your profile.

Next, you need to submit a sample article (they do not keep or use this article, so you can submit one you’ve written for another site – choose your very best one because this is what they will rate you on) and a writer’s resume. People are always questioning what to put on their resume. I have a separate resume for my writing career as from my other working career. My writer’s resume includes a short description of my writing accomplishments and a list of the sites I write for (or magazines and newspapers I’ve written for). I also have a few articles (with links) listed at the bottom so they can see my work online. If you think it will help, add what you went to school for (accounting, computer tech, mechanic?) as these may also be some of your areas of expertise. If you are just starting out as a writer, use a copy of your regular resume and add why you want to pursue a writing career.

Once you have submitted your application you are immediately allowed access to the site and to level 2 assignments until your application has been processed. Once it is processed, you will be told your writing level (2-5) and you can begin claiming assignments.

Writing for Writer Access

When you apply you want to do your best to impress the site so you can get the highest level possible. A level 2 writer earns .91 cents per word (that’s 91/100, not 91 cents) as compared to a level 4 writer who earns 3.57 cents per word. A level 5 writer earns 4.76 cents per word, but most writers will have to work their way up to a level 5 and there may not be many assignments available even if you do. As far as I have seen, Level 2 assignments are more the norm. I was accepted at Writer Access at a Level 4 a couple of weeks ago and have yet to see any Level 4 assignments offered.

You can, however, choose to write for any level up to the level you were placed at. So, if you are a Level 4, you can choose Level 2 or 3 assignments. Assignments come fast and go fast, so you will want to check the site often to catch them before they are gone.

I haven’t written an assignment for Writer Access yet, but from what I can tell, you choose the assignment and it tells you exactly what the client wants and then you write it. If you get good feedback from clients on a regular basis, you can raise you level over time. Clients can also pay you a “tip”, extra money, if they really like your writing. Clients can also place you on their “love” list, which means that assignments come to the people they prefer first so you get the option to choose it before other writers do. However, the client can have several “loves” so being on their love list doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the job.

You own all rights to the articles you write for clients until the client pays for the article, and then all rights transfer to the client. So, if a client rejects an assignment you have written, you are free to do as you please with that article.

My Take on Writer Access

As I said, I haven’t written any articles for Writer Access yet so I can’t give any personal views on the site. If you read Felicia’s post on the site, you will see a lot of comments from people who have used the site. It does pay a little better than Textbroker, but so far as I can tell, it doesn’t offer as many assignments as Textbroker does on a regular basis. If you are a level 4, you can earn $14.28 on a 400 word assignment, which isn’t bad if you compare it to an assignment at Demand Studios. I think Writer Access looks like another fairly good site for freelance writers looking for other places to earn extra income from.

Happy Writing,

Deanna


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Back From Short Vacation


Two-Step Falls, Tettegouche State Park
North Shore, MN
Copyright Deanna Lynn Sletten
 Hi all,

I am back after a week's vacation up to the North Shore on Lake Superior here in Minnesota.  Although I've lived in MN for over 32 years, I've never been up past Duluth to the North Shore so this year we finally decided to go there and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We had beautiful weather (sun and in the 50's - that's warm for this time of year) and enjoyed hiking the many trails and seeing the lighthouse and many waterfalls. I hope to post a more in-depth post and lots of pictures on my travel blog, Traveling Across America, this weekend if you'd like to read more about visiting the North Shore.  I bought a really nice camera before we left so I have some beautiful photos of the trip.

I'll be posting a new blog post here soon too - after having some time off I need to catch up on my writing and blogging.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Words of Worth – Writing Site Review

Hi all,

If you are looking for a permanent, part-time or full-time writing position you may be interested in applying to Words of Worth. Located in the U.K., Words of Worth hires freelance writers from the U.K., United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Eire. If you are hired at Words of Worth, you can expect to write from 10 to 80 articles a month, depending upon the client contract you are offered and how satisfactory your work is.

About Words of Worth

Words of Worth is located in the United Kingdom and was established in 2007. They provide unique content that includes articles, web pages, and press releases. They have an array of clients and are always expanding, so therefore are in constant need of qualified freelance writers.

Words of Worth is looking for writers who can provide unique content, work in a timely fashion, meet deadlines and follow guidelines and instructions correctly. They are looking for writers who are serious about earning money as a freelance writer and who will fulfill commitments without backing out or going over time limits.

Applying for Words of Worth

Words of Worth has a fairly simple application process. They ask for information such as your name and address and they have a list of interests you can choose from. They do try to match you with the topics you are most interested in; however they do not guarantee this. Then, they ask you to list your experience as a writer. That’s it. If they have any further questions after the first application, they do not mention it on the site. Always read the FAQs and Terms of Service before accepting an offer to write for any site.

Writing for Words of Worth

Once accepted as a writer, you are assigned a batch of articles or a client that requires anywhere from 10 to 80 articles per month. You can choose to accept assignments or decline them and are always told how much you will earn before accepting. It sounds as if you can be attached to a particular client if you wish for as long as Words of Worth works with them, or as long as you write acceptable content for them.

Article topics and ideas are given to you at the start as well as links that provide information on that subject. Articles generally run between 250 and 300 words but some can be 500-700 words. All content must be original as it will be run through Copyscape to check its originality. You will also be able to contact someone at Words of Worth at any time whenever questions on an assignment comes up. You are expected to complete your assignments in a timely fashion.  (See Writer's Guidelines)

If you decide you no longer wish to work for Words of Worth, they require you give them a 30-day notice. If you need time off for vacation, they request you give them as much notice as possible in order to have someone fill in for you while you are gone.

Payment at Words of Worth

The site does not give the exact amount you can expect to earn, however you will always be told how much you will be paid before accepting any assignment. Payment occurs via bank transfer once a month after all assignments have been turned in and approved.

My Thoughts on Words of Worth

I do not write for Words of Worth, so all the information that I give you comes directly from their website. I also could not find another review of the site from someone who has experience writing for them. The site seems very straightforward about giving as much information as possible before you apply. I think that since I was unable to find any negative blog posts about Words of Worth that is a good indication they are a respectable site. If I was looking for a more permanent writing position, I would certainly apply to Words of Worth.

If anyone out there writes for Words of Worth, or has any experience with this site, I would love hearing from you.

Happy Writing,

Deanna


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September is My Constant-Content Month

Hi all,

Over the summer, I 've been working on building up my articles on Suite101 in order to raise my residual income there.  As of now, I have 72 articles on Suite and hope to have 100 articles there by the end of the year.  All summer I've also been adding articles to Examiner, Triond and my new blog, Health News, (drop by for a visit when you get a chance).  But I've designated September to be my Constant-Content (CC) month.  Now that I have a healthy amount of articles on my residual income sites, I want to raise my up-front earnings at CC.

Why I'm Building up Articles on Constant-Content

I am always telling all of you how wonderful CC is and I do believe that it is true but of late all I've had time for is to place Use Only articles for sale on CC.  While this does bring in a little extra monthly income, I want to improve it substantially.  I was going through my figures the other day and this is what I came up with:

I have 72 articles on Suite101 - If I had placed those on CC and had sold them for Full Rights for an average of $20 each (after CC took their commission - I could make more too) I would have earned $1440.00 from them.  If my monthly residual income stays the same at Suite as it is right now, it will take me 36 months to earn that $1440.  This was an eye-opener.

Now, that doesn't mean I am giving up on residual income.  EHow has taught me that over time, I can earn a lot more per article than $20.  But I also like making extra income on top of the residual while I'm waiting for that to grow.  And CC is an easy way for me to do that.

Why I like Writing for Constant-Content

For me, writing for CC seems easier than writing for other sites.  I can write on whatever topic I think is hot or will do well and sell there and I don't have to find photos to go with the article.  If the article sells, I don't have to do anything to market it.  I write it, someone buys it, I earn money. Simple.

Of course, there is always the chance that some of the articles won't sell - or take up to a year to sell.  But if I want, I can always take the articles off of CC and use them for Suite or Examiner articles.  So my time isn't wasted no matter which route I choose.  And the best part is that when you have a large quantity of articles available on CC, you have the opportunity of earning money from them for months on end. I've had articles on CC sell right away, and I've had some sell months later.  It is kind of like residual income. Just when you think nothing else will sell you find several articles have sold and you've earned a good monthly income. 

Future Write Moms Posts

I've come across a few writing sites that some of you may find interesting and I will be doing reviews on them soon.  I also plan to write a post on niche blogs and using affiliate advertising. Stay tuned...

Happy Writing,
Deanna


2011 Writer's Market

Friday, September 3, 2010

Writing for Wise Bread and its Sister Blogs - Site Review

Hi all,

WiseBread.com and its sister blogs, HealthyTheory.com, ParentingSquad.com and HealthcareHacks.com, are four separate blogging/writing sites that are dedicated to different topics.  Wise Bread is about money-saving tips, frugal living, financial advice, etc., Healthy Theory is about healthy living, alternative medicine, mental health, etc., Parenting Squad is a site about everything parenting and Healthcare Hacks is a site about anything to do with health care systems, health insurance, etc.  These sites are owned by the founders of Killer Aces Media and are always looking for talented writers to blog for their sites.

Applying to WiseBread or its Affiliates

WiseBread and its sister blogs are looking for writers who are enthusiastic, insightful and even entertaining.  They want writers who are willing to blog frequently about their topics.  WiseBread has over 1 million page views each month, so it is a well visited site.

To apply to WiseBread or any of its sister blogs you have to send an e-mail to each individual site and include:
  • Three sample blog posts of at least 500 words that shows off your writing abilities on the topic of which you are applying for.  (You own all rights to your sample posts and they will not be used unless you are hired and wish to use them.)
  • Five detailed ideas on future blog posts.
Before applying, visit the site that interests you most to get an idea about the writing styles they are looking for. Each site has a variation of their application process and a different e-mail to send it to, so visit the site first by clicking the above links to learn more about how to apply for that particular site.

Payment at WiseBread and its Affiliates

The only statement on any of the sites that I could find about payment is: "We offer a premium page view rate for your traffic.  The more traffic you bring in, the more you earn."  However, in searching around the Internet I did find a review of WiseBread that stated they paid 100% of advertising revenue for each blog post.  Apparently the only true way to find out about payment is to apply and be accepted. 

My Thoughts about WiseBread and its Sister Sites

I do not write for these sites nor have I applied, however these sites look interesting and the writing that I saw on them was professional.  I was really interested in the Healthy Theory site, but to be honest, I hate to apply without knowing how much they pay.  If it is true that they pay 100% advertising revenue, and they do receive such a high monthly view rate, then this might be a good site for earning potential.  Until I can find out more details about these sites I will personally not be applying.  For those of you looking for another way to increase your residual income, this may be a good opportunity.

Would love to hear opinions from anyone who does write for these sites.

Happy Writing
Deanna

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Free e-Book About Becoming a Freelance Writer

Hi all,

For those of you who are just starting out on your online freelance writing career journey, or even those who are experienced but need a little extra boost, you will certainly want to download the free ebook by Felicia Williams titled "So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer".  (Click book title to download for free.) Felicia is also the owner of the blog No Job For Mom, which is also packed with helpful information about freelancing on the Internet.

"So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer"

This book is packed with useful information on pursuing a freelance writing career.  Felicia not only gives information on how to write, what to write and where to write, she also gives wonderful words of encouragement to those who may be doubting their ability to earn a living as a freelance writer.  She writes about legitimate sites to write for, explains the different ways a writer can earn money from the various sites (residual income, up-front pay, etc.) and shares her experiences as an online writer.  Felicia also writes about being a blogger and earning money with your own blogs.

Felicia is an accomplished online writer who earns a very respectable residual income from various sites around the Internet.  She is also a blogger and earns income from her blogs.  Her information is invaluable, and can save any freelance writer time and energy by knowing the ins and outs of online writing before making many mistakes on their own.  The book is FREE - so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Should You Consider Writing for Triond?

Hi all,

I was looking over my income at Triond and it continues to impress me how it is slowly growing even though I only add an article there every now and then.  I've been writing for Triond since 2008 (read my review of Triond here) and didn't really give it a lot of thought or attention since I made much more money at Constant-Content and other writing sites.  Triond was just one of those sites where I earned a few extra dollars a month for very few articles.  Then, a while back, Triond added Google Adsense earnings in addition to the monthly earnings.  After a couple of months of receiving Google Adsense earnings through Triond, I started looking at the site as having serious income earning potential. 

My Earnings at Triond

When Triond added Google Adsense (paid through your Google account, the other income at Triond is paid to you through PayPal monthly), my income at Triond doubled.  I only have 33 articles at Triond but the pay began to add up.  Two of my articles have done really well there - one has earned $61.81 in the time it has been on the site - and the others have earned a few dollars here and there. But what surprised me most is that the earnings - not including Adsense - are approximately $2.50 per 1,000 views.  While not a fortune, it is much higher than Associated Content pays even if you are in the upper ranks there. 

All of my articles on Triond are published on other writing sites as well, so they are doing double (earning) duty for me.  I don't spend time writing articles just for Triond, so my earnings are basically just for the time I spend loading the article.  Yet, even though the articles are seconds, I still do pretty good with them there.  I'm sure if I put only original content on Triond and didn't place it anywhere else, I would probably earn even more there.

The One Snag about Writing for Triond

At Triond, you have to post your article there FIRST before you are able to post it on any other site.  Sometimes it can take a day or two for the article to pass through the editorial process - sometimes it goes through right away.  It depends upon how busy the site is.  Once the article is posted on Triond, you are free to post it on any other site that allows reprints.  You always own all rights to any article you post on Triond.

Writing for Triond

You do not have to apply and be accepted in order to write for Triond. You simply sign up and start submitting. They do Copyscape every article before it is posted to make sure it is original, then it is posted on the site.  Triond has a large array of topics you can write under, so you can pretty much write about anything there.  Triond pays monthly through PayPal and you must have a Google Adsense account if you want to earn Adsense money.

If you are looking for another writing site to increase your freelance earnings, I would recommend trying Triond.  You won't get rich, but you will earn some extra money.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

2011 Writer's Market
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