Last month I started writing for a new site that I found interesting. It's called Experts123 and they offer several ways to earn money writing for their site. I applied and was accepted right away as a "Premier" writer, so I was able to write for all aspects of the site. I waited until I received payment to make sure everything was legit before telling you about the site.
I'm not sure how long Experts123 has been around, no more than a year from what I can find out. However, they have been growing all along and are continually adding new features as they grow. This is a beta site - so that means it is in the start-up phases, but with the way the site has been growing I doubt if it will fold up and stop business anytime soon. Experts123 is a question/answer site where users ask questions and users can answer them in article format. However, Experts123 has other options too, such as writing articles for revenue share, writing articles for up-front pay and their new option, choosing a topic and writing articles on that topic for revenue share.
Writing for Experts123
At Experts123 there are three ways you can write for their site. You can join the site as a user to read questions, ask questions and answer questions. There is no payment for this but you can promote yourself and your buisness in your profile. Another way to join the site is to apply for an Expert Contributor position. As an Expert Contributor, you will be allowed to choose revenue share articles to write from their list of available articles. Generally, you will have to write several revenue share articles before you are upgraded to a Premier Contributor. As a Premier Contributor you are able to choose work-for-hire articles that pay an up-front fee of $8 to $20 per article once it is accepted.
This past week Experts123 began a new program that they are offering to their writers where you can apply for a topic, and once approved, begin writing articles on that topic for revenue share income. Since I haven't written any revenue share articles, I can't tell you how well revenue share pays. I am currently waiting for my chosen topic to be approved so I can try this new feature.
My Experience with Experts123
When I applied for Experts123 I was automatically made a Premier Contributor and was allowed to choose from both up-front pay articles and revenue share articles. The application approval only took about 2 days. I have written two work-for-hire articles for Experts123 and both have been approved and payment has been sent to me. The process is much like Demand Studios. You search a list of articles available, choose one, and you generally have 24 hours in which to write and submit the article. There are different styles, such as "How to" and "General" articles to choose from. Currently, there are about 300 articles available for up-front pay and the payment is between $8 and $20, with most being in the $10 to $11 range. Article length is between 350 to 600 words and Experts123 owns all rights once they have paid you. Right now, the up-front pay articles being offered are mostly about cars, insurance and home repair with a few health and lifestyle articles here and there. I am hoping that as the site grows, the topics will expand also.
Once finished, you submit the article for review. They do allow you one more chance to edit the article if there is a problem. I've only had to edit one of my two articles and I found the editor to be very encouraging and polite about the changes.
Payment for articles occurs at the beginning of the month after approval (around the 5th) and once you have reached the $20 minimum. I wrote two articles and was already over the minimum, so it is easy to reach it. They pay through PayPal. (There may be other payment options; however I couldn't find it on the site.)
I found the site easy to use and understand, however I've had experience with several sites and after awhile they are all basically the same, so it was easy for me. What impressed me most was how personal the acceptance e-mail was after I applied. The person who had approved my application had also taken the time to look over my blog and get to know me as a person. They have been very encouraging and polite, which is something I haven't found to be true of larger sites. In all, I had fun writing articles for Experts123 and will probably continue writing for them as a way to generate a little up-front pay.
I have searched the site and could not find if they accept writers from other countries. They did not ask for a Social Security number, so I suggest that writers from other countries apply and see what happens. If anyone finds out their policy, please let me know.
Update 3/15/2011: I just wanted to update you on my experience with Experts123. I have been a member and an Expert since June 2010 and I have 6 revenue share articles posted there. I have not earned any money from any of my articles on Experts123. Now, I realize that 6 articles is not very many, but to not earn anything at all in all these months tells me that maybe my time is better spent elsewhere. Even at Orato.com, where the earnings aren't high, I've earned some money from the 6 articles I have there. I'd love to hear from other Expert123 writers to hear if you've earned any money there with Revenue Share articles.
On the Homefront
Our family recently took in two kittens (brothers) who were left to die on the road in our rural area. (Here is a picture of them.) They were only about 5 weeks old when they were dumped. My daughter's boyfriend found them at midnight on a country road - in the middle of the road - and brought them home to us (because we are suckers for all animals). We knew instantly that they had been in a home right before being dumped because they were very clean and had already been trained to use a litter box. Unfortunately, this occurs way too often in our neck of the woods because people let their pet cats run and don't bother to fix them, then when kittens come along they dump them in the woods. So please, spay or neuter your cats, and if you don't, take responsibility for any kittens that come along. We have a city pound and a county humane society, yet these animals still end up on the road. Yes, we have decided to keep these two kittens - couldn't bear to seperate them - so now we are a 4 cat household. This will be interesting. :)