Saturday, January 30, 2010

eHow Compensating U.S. Writers for Past UK Views?

Hi all,

If you've been a part of the eHow website for some time then you may know about the mess over U.S. writers not being compensated for their articles viewed on the new UK eHow site.  This has made many writers angry and some have even quit eHow entirely.  Well, if I heard this video blog correctly, (click here to see it) then it seems the U.S. writers are going to be compensated for the UK views in the payment made in early February.

Can this be True?

This was brought to my attention when I read Katrina's blog Writing Online for Profit so I went over to eHow and watched the video myself.  From the sounds of it, they are going to give out a "generous payment" to writers for their past UK views.  However, there are some questions in the forum as to whether they meant they would reimburse the U.S. writers for UK views or reimburse UK writers for views.  Also, since they supposedly didn't keep track of UK views vs U.S. views, there is some question as to how they will know how much to give each writer.  I think this will be interesting to watch play out.

Stick with eHow

No matter how this whole thing plays out, I think that if you write for eHow, you should stick it out with them no matter how you feel about the U.K. incident.  I know of some people who actually deleted all of their articles from their account because of this instead of waiting to see what eHow would do to fix the problem.  Since eHow is one of my best sites for earning residual income, even if I am not compensated for the UK views, I plan to stick with them.  I'm not one of those who believes that eHow is trying to stick it to their writers, as it is the writers who make money for them.  eHow is making money off of their residual writers (who they do not have to pay $15 per article up-front to) so I don't think they are trying to make us all angry and push us off the site.  Maybe I just like looking at the glass half-full.

What do you think the video blog is saying?

Happy writing,
DeAnna

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sticking with Suite101


Hi all,

In my Year in Review post I said that I wasn't sure what I was going to do about Suite101 for 2010.  While I like the prestige of writing for Suite101, I hadn't had a good return on my earnings considering how many articles I had written.  However, after giving it a few weeks, I think I've had a change of heart.

Why I'm Sticking with Suite101

In order to stay within the conditions of my contract with Suite101, I added two new articles this month to try to stay current. I have to admit, I've been very lax since late November in adding articles, so I decided it was time to do so.  While those articles didn't raise my numbers significantly, they did add to the fray and I noticed that my earnings were rising at a nice rate.  Maybe like eHow, it just takes awhile and a certain number of articles before you start seeing a difference in earnings.  I noticed at eHow around article 36 I began seeing the income add up.  At Suite101 I now have 32 articles and the earnings are growing at a better rate.  I think if I stick to it now, the earnings may increase to the point where I feel it is a profitable use of my time.  I hope so.

So, What's My Problem?

My biggest problem over the next two or three months is time.  While I am working on my novel, I only want to write articles for the sites that are the most profitable for me so I don't waste my writing time.  Constant-Content, eHow and Examiner are my most profitable sites at the moment, and keeping up with three sites is enough work without adding another one.  But since my long-term goal is to build a good residual income base, it would be best for me to stick with Suite101.  Now, if only I had more time in my day...

If you are interested in writing for Suite101, click the link and check it out.  Many people find it is a great site to earn residual income at.  I'm just a late bloomer. ;)

Happy Writing,
DeAnna

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Earn Money by Blog Flipping

Hi all,


I ran across this interesting way to earn money a few days ago, blog flipping, and even though I learned that this is not a new way to earn money online, I wanted to share it with you in case you hadn't heard about it.  If you are like me and enjoy creating new blogs and enjoy writing original content, this may be just what you were looking for.

What is Blog Flipping?

Essentially, blog flipping is when you create a niche blog and then sell it.  It is likened to virtual real estate.  In other instances, it may be a blog you have already created and owned for some time but are unable to keep up and want to sell.  The essential steps in blog flipping are:
  • Find a niche subject that is currently popular.
  • Chose a host site.
  • Choose a chatchy name.
  • Place original content on it with keywords relevant to the site's subject.
  • Monetize the blog with several types of advertising such as Google Adwords,  Amazon Affiliates, ClickBank and more. 
  • List your blog for sale on a blog bidding site.
How Quickly can You Turn Around a Blog?

From everything I've read so far on blog flipping, your blog doesn't have to be a high earning blog or have a proven track record of earning money in order to sell it.  Many people are interested in buying blogs that are ready-made so they can place their own ads on it or try to earn money from it.  However, if it is a proven earner, it will generate a much higher turn-around price than one that is new.

How Much can You Earn by Blog Flipping?

I've only done some preliminary footwork, but from what I've seen, you can charge anywhere from $100 + for a brand new blog or $1,000 + for one with a few months track record.  One website claims that a friend sold a blog for $60,000.  On one of the blog bidding sites, I saw many blogs selling for $500, $1,200 and even $3,500.  It all depends upon how much work you are willing to put into your blog and how much original content is on it as well as the blog's subject and keywords. 

Resources for Blog Flipping

Since I am no expert, I will send you off to some resources on blog flipping where you can learn more.  No, I do not make any money by promoting any of these sites.  I just think this is an interesting thing to do and want to share it with you. 

For a free manual on blog flipping go to: http://www.michelle-adams.com/virtual-real-estate.html

Two blogs that discuss blog flipping are:

BlogFlipu.com

Michelle Adams.com


Site where you can sell blogs:

Flippa

I'd love to hear from blog flipper on their experience with this type of sales.  Or, if you do try it, let me know how it went.  I think it would be a very interesting way to earn money.

Happy writing,
DeAnna



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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Update on Examiner's New Local Incentive Program

Hi all,


As I mentioned in my last post, Examiner is updating their incentive program for local writers to encourage them to keep their articles on a local level.  Here is their newest update:

  • Examiner will be giving local writers an up-front payment of $1 per article (limit of 5 articles per week) for all articles that follow the guidelines that I mentioned in the previous post as of January 24th.
  • Examiner will continue to pay the same performance payments as before for views (generally around .01 cent per view).
  • Examiner will now review all local articles to determine if they will receive the up-front payments.
  • Examiner will not delete previous article even if they are not relevant to topic or don't have a local angle.
  • If the article does go over the maximum word count of 400 words, but is still locally relevant, you may still receive the one dollar up-front payment.
  • Examiner may not necessarily delete new articles that are not locally relevant, but you will not receive the up-front payment and your article will not be featured in the promotional area of the site.
What is Considered a Local Article?

If you write for Examiner, you know it isn't always easy to write with a local angle.  However, you can use local sources in your article so it will be considered locally relevant.  Since my topic is a health-related issue, I can't necessarily make the topic locally relevant; however, I use sources from Minnesota hospitals, universities and physicians to give the topic a local appeal.

Is the Up-Front Payment Worth It?

One dollar up-front payment per article sounds pitiful, but since writers weren't receiving any up-front payment before, it is one more dollar than the writers were making.  Examiner can be a good residual income site for writers, so the one dollar per article is just another incentive to continue writing for them.  Examiner also offers an excellent referral program too.  You can read my previous review of Examiner here.

Personally, I like writing for Examiner because I enjoy my topic.  It doesn't take too much time to write 2-3 articles a week in the 200-400 word range and I can re-use the information to write other articles for sites like eHow, Constant-Content and Associated Content.  Now that they are offering the one dollar up-front payment, that will be an extra $12 a month ( $144 a year) that I wasn't making before, so I won't complain.

Happy writing,
DeAnna 

(Photo by Billy Alexander @ Stock.Xchng 1127119

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Examiner is Making a Few Changes for 2010

Hi all,


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).
All articles written by local Examiners will now be evaluated when published and may be deleted if they do not meet the criteria specified.  For those articles that do meet the expectations of the editors, as of January 23rd you will receive a flat fee per article as well as continue to receive the regular performance-based incentives.  There has been no indication yet as to how much the flat fee per article will be, but any up-front payment per article is better than none since we are only receiving performance-based pay to date.

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.

Happy writing,
DeAnna

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Top Earning Articles at eHow, Associated Content and Triond

Hi all,


There are many naysayers who think writing for residual income sites like eHow is a waste of time for a "true" writer, but I don't feel that way.  Residual income writing sites can be lucrative if you are willing to invest your time into them.  Writing keyword-friendly articles and articles that spark an interest in the general public can help you build up money-making articles on residual income sites.  If you have the luxury of waiting for income to increase and build, residual income writing sites can pay you more in the long run than many up-front paying sites.  For those who need to earn money up-front, you may want to try investing a few hours a week in building up a residual income as well so that within a few months you will be adding to your up-front income.  Remember also that the more places your writing is seen, the better chance you have of being hired for writing assignments from other websites.

My Top Earning Articles

Here are my top five earning eHow articles so far.  I am placing the date they were published so you know how much time it took to earn this amount.

6/11/09  How to Stop Belly Bloat       $26.18

7/22/09  How to Improve Your Health with the Benefits of Lecithin   $15.47

8/13/09  How to Lower Bad Cholesterol with Simple Diet Changes  $19.55

8/25/09  How to Prevent Acid Reflux through Diet and Lifestyle Changes  $8.79

8/29/09  How to Make Your Small Kitchen Stylish and Efficient  $13.28

I currently have 75 articles on eHow and many of them have earned in the $7 - $8 range while others are lower.  The good part about residual income, however, is that in one year those lower earning articles will slowly grow in earnings.  That goes also for the higher earning articles.  While some people may think that $26.18 isn't much money for an article, just think of where it will be 6 months from now.  Or 12 months from now.  The earning potential is endless.

Highest Earning Articles on Associated Content and Triond

Generally I don't think of Associated Content and Triond as big earners, but over time I have done fairly well with these sites.  On Associated Content I have one article that has been there since 8/08 and has earned $17.68.  On Triond, my top article that was published on 4/08 has earned $37.53.  Most of my other articles are in the $2 to $12 range.  As I said, not big money but a nice little additional income each month from both sites that continues to grow.

While I do also write for sites where I sell my articles for much more money each, like Constant-Content, I enjoy writing for residual income sites.  Building a monthly income that keeps paying over time is a good investment of my time.  How about you?

Happy writing,
DeAnna

(Okay, so these puppies have nothing to do with residual income sites, but aren't they cute?)

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Article on Homepage of Beliefnet


Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that my article on the Healing Power of Birthstones is on the homepage of Beliefnet.  This was a fun project to work on and I enjoyed writing for this site very much.  Hope you get a chance to visit the article and read all about the healing and magical powers of your birthstone.

Happy writing,
DeAnna 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Self Growth Engine - Potential Article Writing Site


Hello everyone and Happy New Year,

This is not only my first blog post for 2010 but also my 75th blog post.  I don't generally keep track of which number post I am writing but I did notice that as I was hitting the button for a new post.  Hopefully the first 74 posts have helped you with your writing career and the next 75 will also.

While I did do a Year in Review of all of the writing sites I write for, I am not going to bore you with a long post about my goals for 2010.  In short, my goals are to continue writing for varies sites and to complete my novel and, hopefully, (cross your fingers) sell it to a publisher.  I also will try to continue to bring you interesting information about writing sites and writing opportunities. 

Self Growth Engine

I did want to share with you a new website called Self Growth Engine.  I learned about this brand new site a few months ago when they were looking for writers.  I was offered an opportunity to write for this site, but since I didn't want to be tied down to deadlines at that time, I declined.  Upon visiting the site, I see that they advertise to "Write for Us".  While the site does not specify how much or if you are paid, I think it would be worth looking into.  They do have a short application form and you must submit a sample of your work.  After that, I am not sure what happens.  Since they had come to me to be a writer, I didn't have to go throught that process.  But as I said, I think they may be worth the time to check out.

What is Self Growth Engine?

Self Growth Engine is a website that covers various topics in articles and blog posts.  Some of the topics they cover are Emotional, Professional, Financial, Education, Health and Wellness and Relationships as well as many other topics.  It looks as if they want to also be an interactive site where readers can share information with each other as well.  This looks like a very professional site and could be the next great thing for writers.

If you find out more than I know, please leave a comment and share with us. 

Happy writing,

DeAnna

(Hope you are staying warm and cozy by the fireplace! Photo by Aleksandra Burzacka Stock.Xchng 625542)
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