Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gave Demand Studios' eHow WCA a Try

Hi all,

Well, never say never.  That's what I said when eHow closed its doors on its writers and moved its whole operation to Demand Studios (DS).  I really thought I'd never even try writing a Writer Created Assignment (WCA) for eHow through DS, but I finally did.  Encouraged by Felicia's post at No Job for Mom, I decided it couldn't hurt to try writing and submitting a "How to" article for eHow through DS.  I was pleasantly surprised by the process and the result.

Submitting an eHow Article through Demand Studios

Since I have written articles for DS in the past, and haven't had many good experiences doing so, I was really hesitant to try writing my own eHow title and article and submitting it.  I figured the editors would be extremely picky and rude as they have been in the past.  However, my eHow earnings (from previous articles) have continued to do very well and I have always wondered if the income would be just as good through the new DS process.  After reading Felicia's post, I decided it was time to try it and see for myself how easy/hard it would be.

I signed into the new account that DS created for me when they closed down the Writer's Compensation Program (WCP) at eHow and submitted my article.  The format is very similar to the old eHow submission form except for a few changes.  One very nice change is that DS has photos to choose from to add to the articles, so you don't have to waste time anymore searching the web for free photos.  I finished submitting the article very late that night.  To my surprise, I had a response from an editor that next morning requesting a few re-writes.  Before writing the article, I had read the updated guidelines for "How to" articles and tried my best to follow them.  The editor only needed a few things changed to tighten up the sentences, so I did these and re-submitted.  Later that same day the article was accepted.  So, in under 24 hours the article had been reviewed, re-written, and accepted.  I thought that was pretty amazing. My past experience has been that it takes several days for an article at DS to be reviewed.

The editor I worked with was very nice and helpful.  He/she gave tips on ways to tighten sentences even more or re-arrange sentences in order to get the point across in fewer words. ( I do tend to go on and on...).  DS has a very specific way that they want their "How to" articles written.  It isn't exactly how I like to write, but I can do it if the end result (the pay) is good.  Now that I have submitted one article, I understand exactly what they want and shouldn't have a problem doing the same with other eHow articles in the future.

Will I Continue Writing for DS-eHow?

Now that I have finally tried writing an eHow article through DS, I will probably do a few more to see how the income is.  If it is anything like my previous eHow account, I will be very happy with it.  As "How to" article subjects pop into my head, I will try adding them but right now I won't make a huge effort trying to load dozens of articles onto DS.  I've been very busy building up my income at Suite101, and have been pleased with the results, so I will continue to do that for the rest of the summer. However, it is nice to know there are other options out there that could be lucrative.  And I have always found writing eHow articles to be fun. 

Are you writing for eHow through DS? What have your experience with them been like?  Would love to hear from all of you.

Happy Writing,

2011 Writer's Market

Friday, July 23, 2010

Suite101 - A Content Farm?

Hi all,

I ran into this PBS online article through the Suite101 forums and thought I 'd share it with you.  In the article, they write about how content farms like Suite101, Demand Studios, Associated Content and Examiner teach their writers how to write for the web.  While the article isn't trying to demean these sites, just by calling them content farms they are putting the sites down.  I was especially surprised to see Suite101 called a content farm, since I personally think they are a notch above the rest.  Anyway, read for yourself and see what you think.
"How Content Farms Train Their Writers to Write for the Web"

Happy Writing,

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - Looking for Local Journalists

Hi all,

If you are a passionate journalist who writes for your local paper or have experience as a local journalist, you may be interested in becoming an Editor/Writer for  At Patch, you become the editor and writer of your own page for the city you live in and cover news items specifically in that area, much like a local newspaper would.  It is a full-time job and there are many benefits.  This is more than a freelance writing job - it is a full-time job with a lot of responsibility.

Being an Editor at is looking for people who have a degree in journalism and who also have experience.  If you are accepted, some of the benefits are:
  • Full-time salary
  • They supply a laptop, smart phone, camera and police scanner
  • Benefit package as well as a 401k plan
However, you must be willing to work varying hours, have a car of your own, be able to plan a budget, and be able to manage a team of freelance writers. 

Right now is hiring people in many states across the U.S.  Here is the link of jobs at Patch.  For more information about what they are looking for, and how to apply, click here.

Even if they are not looking for an Editor in your area and you are willing to relocate, you can apply and be placed in another area. 

Patch is owned by AOL and sounds like an interesting opportunity for people who want to start their own online style of newspaper reporting.  If you have the experience and are looking for a full-time job, this may be the right opportunity for you. 

Would love to hear from Editors and Writers to see what they think of this opportunity. Please feel free to share.

Happy Writing,

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Examiner Looking for Writers

Hi all,

I just received an e-mail from Examiner saying that they are looking for writers in the Minneapolis area for the following topics:


Minneapolis Fishing Examiner

Minneapolis Boating Examiner

Minneapolis Recreation Examiner

Minneapolis Family Recreation Examiner

Minneapolis Camping Examiner

Home & Living

Minneapolis Luxury Lifestyle Examiner

Minneapolis Green Living Examiner

Minneapolis DIY Examiner

Minneapolis Frugal Living Examiner

Minneapolis Gardening Examiner

Fitness & Weight Loss

Minneapolis Fitness Examiner

Minneapolis Women's Fitness Examiner

Minneapolis Quick Workouts Examiner

Minneapolis Men's Fitness Examiner


Minneapolis Sexual Health Examiner

Minneapolis Mental Health Examiner

Minneapolis Cancer Examiner

Minneapolis Women's Health Examiner

Examiner is always looking for writers from all over the U.S. and Canada, so there are plenty more topics to choose from in Minneapolis and in the city you live in.  You can check out these openings and others here.
If you haven't heard about Examiner, then you can read my review of it here.  To update that reveiw, Examiner now pays local Examiners $1.00 per article up-front money up to $5.00 each week on top of the residual income earnings.  I know it isn't much, but it does add up.
I write for Examiner under two topics - the Minnesota Heart Health Examiner and the National Alternative Medicine Examiner. (See sidebar to view my articles.) While I will admit I haven't become rich writing for Examiner, I haven't done too bad either.  Also, I have never had a problem being paid on time.  If you pick a subject you really enjoy writing about, you will enjoy writing for Examiner.
Happy Writing,

2011 Writer's Market

Friday, July 9, 2010

Google Adsense Earnings for June

Hi all,

I have never bothered to share my Google Adsense earnings before because, quite frankly, they were never much to write home about.  But ever since Triond started paying Google Adsense money in addition to their regular earnings, my Adsense earnings have all of a sudden started growing.  Then, in June, I actually earned $1.34 from Xomba - all from one click!  This really surprised me because I had never earned any money from Xomba before ( although at first I thought some added pennies had been from Xomba when I wasn't yet tracking the site - so I may have earned a few more cents).  I only post bookmarks to other articles on Xomba, so the chance that anyone would actually click on an ad there is slim.  Happy someone did though.

As of today, I have earned an all-time total of $57.66 in Google Adsense money.  A couple of months ago I would have said I will never reach the $100 payout, but now I think it may be an actual possibility in the near future, especially if Triond keeps earning money at a steady rate.

Here are my June earnings:

Total June Google Adsense Earnings                      $9.32

Triond                                                  $5.35
Write Moms                                         $2.05
Xomba                                                 $1.34

Now, I know that $9.32 is not a high number of total earnings for one month but since I never really expected to earn money from my Write Moms blog, or from any other venture, then it is a good amount for me.  What has surprised me is that my Triond earnings since October 2009 have surpassed my blog earnings since April 2009.  This makes me really happy because I never expected to earn that much money from my 30 or so articles on Triond to begin with. And as far as my writing income, all my Google Adsense income is just icing on the cake.

Do any of you earn much money from Xomba? How about Triond?  Would love to hear about your experiences.

Happy Writing,

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Hit the Big 50 at Suite101/Drop in Earnings at Examiner

Hi all,

As I've said before, I have been spending much of my time writing articles for Suite101 to increase my income there.  Last month I only managed to write 10 articles, but I finally hit 50 articles on the 10th one.  I had forgotten that Suite gives writers a little increase in income each day once they hit the 50 article mark, so I was thrilled to see my first increase.  I now have 53 articles there and hope to add 20 more by the end of July - wishful thinking with all my other writing commitments, but I am going to work hard on it.

Examiner Earnings Drop

Have any of you Examiner writers out there seen a large drop in your daily earnings? I read on the Suite101 forum that everyone is experiencing a drop in their PV/1,000 rate.  I have noticed a slight drop in my own, but I had figured it was because I hadn't added any new content recently.  My Google Adsense earnings are also down, so since both were down I just figured no one was clicking ads or reading articles over the long holiday weekend.  Please feel free to share if you have had any drop in earnings from either Examiner or Google this past week.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. 

Happy Writing,
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Constant-Content - Why I Sell "Use Only" Articles on CC

Hi all,

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am always saying what a great site Constant-Content (CC) is to sell articles on.  And I do believe that is true.  (Click here to read my reveiw of CC.) I have been selling content on CC for over 3 years now.  However, since I began pursuing residual income through sites like Suite101, Examiner and eHow, I have been posting less Full Rights articles on CC and more Use Rights articles. The reason for this is because I have been spending time writing for so many other sites, and have only been posting articles to CC from sites where I continue to own all rights to my work.  However, I've noticed from time-to-time on the forums at CC that writers there don't understand why anyone would sell Use Rights only for their articles (and for a smaller fee) and place the articles on residual earning sites when the writer could sell the article for full rights on CC for a much higher fee.  Well, hopefully this will explain why I choose to do that while I am working on building residual income.

About Constant-Content

To begin with, at CC you can sell articles for three types of rights - Full Rights, Unique Rights and Use Rights.  Generally, you can sell an article for good price for full rights, but you no longer own any rights to the article and the buyer can choose to take your name off of it and the article can only sell that one time.  Unique Rights is much like full rights except the buyer cannot take the writer's name off of it or change it in any way and the article can no longer be sold on CC.  Use Rights means the buyer cannot take the writer's name off, cannot change any of the article, can only post the article once and the article can continue to sell on CC.  So, if you sell an article for Use Rights, you can sell it as many times as buyers will purchase it, making multiple income from the one article.

Why I have Been Selling Use Rights

This past year since I have been writing a number of articles for Examiner and eHow (who used to allow you to keep all rights), I decided to expand my income by offering the same articles at CC for Use Rights only at a lower price since they were appearing on one or two other websites.  I figured that if they sold and I made a few extra dollars, great, if not then I wasn't out any money.  I placed low prices on the Use articles from $8 to $15 depending upon the amount of words and the content.  Happily, I sold many of the articles at least once (grossing $5.20 to $9.75 each after CC took their percentage), sold several two or three times and sold one four times.  So, the one I sold four times @ 5.20 each (my take) earned me $20.80 plus whatever residual income I am making off of it. Not a bad way to add extra income to my residual earnings.

Now, I know many CC writers will say that I could have earned $40 or $50 for Full Rights for that same article selling it once.  I agree that that is good income for one article.  But by selling the articles for Use Rights while they are earning residual income also, I can usually earn more than the full rights price over time

Let's Be Frank - It's all Really just a Crap Shoot

Writing articles, earning high residual income, selling articles, it really is all just a crap shoot.  There are no real guarentees that if you write a great SEO, keyword rich article, that you will sell it for great income or earn high residual income.  In fact, I've found that some of my highest earning residual articles are on topics that came up as low-paying on the Google sheets.  I've also found that some articles will sell well on CC for Full Rights while others will not sell at all on CC for Full Rights but then will do remarkably well when placed in a residual market.  So basically, I am just covering my bases to earn the most money possible.

Now, that doesn't mean I don't love selling Full Rights articles on CC and I actually plan to spend some time this summer submitting many of them to see how I do.  You never know when you will sell an article on CC, so in some ways it is much like residual income.  In the past I was able to earn between $300 and $500 a month on CC and many full-time writers there do much better.  So CC is definately a great place to sell Full Rights articles.

For those of you who are trying to build up a residual income, you may want to try selling some of your articles for Use Rights at CC also.  Especially Examiner writers - many of those topic articles seem to sell well on CC.

Happy Writing,

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