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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.
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.