If you already write for Examiner (see my review of Examiner) then you probably received the e-mail announcing the changes at Examiner. In reality, for the most part, Examiner is only tightening up on their rules, but at least they are offering an incentive to writers for following the guidelines. The official guidelines to be a local Examiner have always been to make your articles relevant to the town in which you write for and to use local sources for your articles. However, since there was no incentive to do so, (and it isn't always easy to use a local source), many Examiners have gone by the wayside and haven't used local sources. Now, Examiner is tightening up the rules and expects everyone to follow the guidelines.
Examiner's New Expectations and Incentives
Here's an overview of their new expectations:
- Write articles in your assigned subject matter that are useful and relevant to your subject.
- Keep your article locally relevant either through citing a local source or discussing a local event.
- Keep articles in the required length of 200-400 words.
- Reference credible sources (local).
My Take on the Changes
I don't see this as a change as much as I see it as a way for Examiner to tighten the rules and make people follow them. There has been a lot of grumbling by Examiners over the past year about the fact that some Examiners don't follow rules and write whatever they wish while others do follow the rules. I think that tightening the rules will help clean up some of the bad work being done by some Examiners and weed out the people who are not following the guidelines.
I am also not adverse to receiving an up-front payment per article if it follows their guidelines. As the Minnesota Heart Health Examiner, I have tried to tie my articles to a local source whenever possible, so following the guidelines won't be a big problem for me. For others though, it may be difficult to find local sources or local topics to write about within their topic, and I do feel bad for those writers.
Examiner is a good residual writing site for those who choose a topic that interests them. You own all rights to your articles and can re-publish the articles on other sites if you choose. The performance payments stays around .01 cent per view. If you have a hot topic, this can add up to a good residual income. It all depends upon how much time and effort you put into your articles. (If you are interested in writing for Examiner and decide to apply, I'd really appreciate it if you use my referral number on the application. It won't cost you a thing but will help me out. My referral number is: 28293. Thanks.)
I will update you on the Examiner changes as I learn more about them.