Saturday, February 20, 2010

Constant-Content Writers - Be Persistent

Hi all,

I am happy to see that some of the visitors to this blog have become members of the writing site Constant-Content (CC).  Unfortunately, I also see that many who have signed up gave up submitting articles after the first article was rejected by the editor.  I have been writing at CC since March 2007 and find it a wonderful place to sell my writing for a good price.  So I thought I'd take some time to encourage those who have joined CC and given up and those who are thinking of joining CC to be persistent and not give up on CC after the first or second try.

Constant-Content's Editor is Tough but Fair

As I stated in my review of Constant-Content, every article is reviewed by an editor before it is placed for sale on the site.  The reason for this is to retain the site's integrity for the buyers.  The editor also checks every submission through a plagiarism checker to make sure the content is either unique or does belong to the author.  If there are any grammar errors, format errors or if the article comes up as belonging to someone else, then the article will be rejected.  Plagiarism is not tolerated at CC.  Sometimes the problem with the rejected article could be something as small as improper capitalization, a misspelled word or a misplaced comma or semi-colon.  In most cases, the writer can fix the errors and re-submit the article and it will get through.  If there is a big problem, you can go to the forum and ask the editor in the Article Rejection section what was wrong with the submission.  The editor isn't heartless; he/she does want the writers at CC to be successful.

Tips to Get through the Constant-Content Editorial Process

First, read the writer's guidelines and the submission guidelines at CC before submitting articles.  The editor likes for writers to use a specific font (easy to read) and has guidelines about when to use bold font and also about not using links in articles.  If you read the guidelines, it will be much easier to get your articles through the editorial process.

Next, make sure your article is of use to the reader.  Articles that are written full of keywords but don't actually help the reader in any way are useless.  Opinion pieces or first person pieces are generally not accepted - however check with the editor if you feel you have a piece that may work for CC.  Article on almost any subject, reviews of movies, products and television shows are accepted. 

Always proofread your articles and the short description to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors.  These are the main reasons that articles are rejected.  If the title or short description has spelling errors, the article is rejected before it is even read.  Take the time to do the work necessary so your article isn't rejected.

You may also want to run your article through a plagiarism checker like Articlechecker.com or Copyscape.com to make sure you haven't unintentionally plagiarized a sentence, phrase or paragraph.  This can happen and it may look bad for you if you don't check your articles first.

Understand the Rights you are selling.  Only original articles that have not ever been sold before can be sold for Full and Unique Rights on CC.  Articles that you wrote but have been placed on other sites can be sold for Use Rights on CC.  Make sure that your name appears on the articles so the editor knows the article is yours, or else you can make a note in the short description that the article was published under another name so the editor knows.  You can always delete that information from the short description once the article has been accepted.

Try not to get too frustrated if your article isn't accepted and please, do not go on the forum and bad-mouth the editor.  That will not get your article accepted.  Find the errors and fix them, and in most cases, the article will go through.

After the Article is Accepted

Many times people who first join CC think that they will just place one article on there and see if it sells.  If you are very lucky, that first article will sell.  But in most cases, it can take awhile for an article to sell.  The best thing to do is to place several articles of varying subjects and different price points on CC and see what happens.  The more you write, the more you will sell.  Expecting to only put one article on CC as a way of judging the site isn't realistic.  You always own all rights to your articles until you sell them, so if you find you are not happy with CC you can take the articles off and use them elsewhere.

I hope this helps those who were scared away quickly or those who are thinking about trying Constant-Content.  It really is a wonderful site to sell your articles at and if you are a good writer, you can earn good money there.

Happy writing,
Deanna

Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Thursday, February 11, 2010

eHow Pays Out UK Earnings

Hi all,

If you've been a writer at eHow for some time then you know about the issue concerning U.S. articles being on the UK site without any compensation.  eHow fixed the problem so the articles no longer appeared on the UK site and then said they would be compensating US writer for the lost earnings with the February payment. From the sound of it on the forum at eHow, I think some of us expected payment to be considerable, considering our articles were on the UK site for many months.  I think we expected too much.

The payment is in and it doesn't sound like everyone is happy with their UK compensation.  I received only $4.18 in compensation for the UK views.  Honestly, I figured it would be at least $20 to $40 dollars for all those months.  I guess I should be happy that they paid anything at all, but it was so small an amount that it is almost insulting.  It would be interesting to know how much money eHow earned from the UK site during that time period as opposed to what they finally paid out.  Could we say that this is just another example of corporate greed??? 

I like writing for eHow and this will in no way detour me from continuing to submit articles to the site, but it is disappointing.  What did you think of your extra UK earnings?  How do you feel about it?

Happy writing,
Deanna

PS - As I was writing this post, a beautiful doe went walking past the window in the front yard and slowly headed down the driveway.  It seems that everyday at this time, this particular doe goes by, following the same path.  Creature of habit?  Although deer around here are very common, it always continues to amaze me when I see them.  With so many places in this country being crowded and over-populated, I feel lucky we live in a place where deer wander in the front and back yard. :)

(Photo by Nikolas Aaya @ Stock.Xchng 1212414)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flixya.com: Earn Money Blogging or Adding Backlinks

Hi all,

If you are looking for more ways to earn money from your articles, or for another site to place backlinks to your articles, Flixya.com may be the place for you.  On Flixya, you can add videos, photos or blog about any subject.  And the best part is that you earn 100% of all Google Adsense income.

What is Flixya.com

Flixya is much like a sharing site, however you can use the blog portion of the site for just about anything.  For writers, this is a good place to add links to your articles on other sites, such as eHow or Suite101, and create backlinks to your articles.  (See my Flixya page as an example) And like Xomba, you earn Google Adsense income from your blog when readers click on the Google advertising on your page.

Blog on Flixya.com

Since Flixya.com is free to join, you may want to use it for your personal blog or as a place to add original articles and earn income through Google.  While the blogging section of the site isn't as nice as a Blogspot or Wordpress blog, it is free to use and you can generate extra income from your blog.  You may even want to consider it as an additional blog.

Joining Flixya.com

It is easy to sign up at Flixya and they do not ask for any personal information such as a Social Security number.  All you need is a Google Adsense account, and if you don't already have one they will direct you to where to sign up for one.  You can sign up and get started blogging in just a few minutes.  The site has a simple blog set-up and is easy to navigate.

My Thoughts on Flixya.com

While I don't think that Flixya is as evolved as Xomba in the way it looks, I still think it may be a good site to add backlinks to your articles or maybe even earn money from articles much as you would at HubPages.  The site has been operating since 2006, so it is an established site.  I plan to try it for a few months and see what kind of money I can make just by adding backlinks.

If you already use Flixya.com, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the site.

Happy writing,
Deanna

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Life123 Writer's Program Ending

Hi all,

Today as I tried to login to my account at Life123 I received the following message:

Thank you for participating in the Life123 Writer's Community beta launched last fall. We regret to inform you that we are closing the program at this time and are no longer accepting new submissions.


If you have submitted an article that was published on Life123.com between October 13th, 2009 and January 27th, 2010, AND have entered valid PayPal account details by January 29th, 2010, Life123 will pay the $20 maximum rate for each eligible article.


Payments will be made prior to the end of February 2010. Thanks again for your work.


If you have any questions about items other than payment, please write to editorialdesk@life123.com

I was surprised to see that Life123 is no longer taking any more submissions.  But it looks like they will be paying writers who have published articles there the full $20 for each article.  I think it is very professional of the site to say they will pay everyone for the articles that they have written.  Since I only published two there, I won't get rich from the payout, but I know some writers (Kidgas is one) who have published many articles there and should do quite well with the $20 payout.
 
If you were a writer for Life123 and are looking for another place to earn money, you may want to try LoveToKnow.com (see review).  Although you do have to be accepted to write there, you are paid a minimum of $20 per article with the chance to earn more.  You may also want to try Demand Studios who pay up to $15 up front for articles. 
 
In other news...
Phil saw his shadow so we have at least 6 more weeks of winter.  Ha! In Minnesota, winter always lasts until April or May!
 
Happy writing,
DeAnna
 
(Groundhog by Stephanie McKendrick Stock.Xchng 1092244; Iciciles by Deanna -  a picture of our house after a cold spell)
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