Monday, March 29, 2010

My Top Five EHow Articles and Earning More by Using Constant-Content

Hi all,

Every now and then I share my top five eHow articles to let people know that articles do earn money over time at eHow.  While I know some of you are making much more than I am per article, I'm still happy to earn what I do.  As residual income goes, eHow has been the best paying site that I've run into so far.  At eHow I currently have 88 articles and I earn 82% more each month than I do with 100 articles at Associated Content.  So I can't complain.

Here are the top five articles I have on eHow.  I'm adding the date of publication so you can see how long (or short) of time it has taken to earn this money.

6/11/09  How to Stop Belly Bloat        $46.39

7/22/09  How to Improve Your Health with the Benefits of Lecithin   $31.27

8/13/09  How to Lower Bad Cholesterol with Simple Diet Changes  $30.67

8/29/09  How to Make Your Small Kitchen Stylish and Efficient  $15.03

10/23/09  How to Raise Your Metabolism by Eating the Right Foods  $10.43

The best part is that these articles will continue to earn each month.  Now, if I had sold them for full rights of say $35.00 each, then in the long run I would have been losing money because I am sure every one of these articles will surpass that amount eventually.  I also have many other articles that are earning at a good rate which will eventually catch up to these.  So if you are considering residual income, you really need to consider eHow.

You Own All Rights

The second best thing about eHow is that you own all rights to the articles that you post there, so if you do want to earn extra money from your articles, you can.  I re-format some of my eHow articles and sell them on Constant-Content (CC)  for Use Rights Only for $8 to $15 per article depending upon how in-depth they are.  Many have sold, some even twice.  Now, I know that some people will tell you that this will affect your eHow earnings because Google frowns on duplicate content, but I haven't seen this to be true.  And, at CC, many customers also buy articles for their newsletters so some of the content is never duplicated on the internet.

I am coming up to my first full year of earning residual income and I am happy with the results so far.  I have a way to go before I earn the amount of money that I am aiming for in residuals, but with a few more months of hard work I am sure I will get there.

How is your residual income doing so far?

Happy writing,
Deanna

(It all adds up! Photo by Rolve @ Stock.Xchng 1102979)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How are Your EHow Earnings Doing This Month?

Hi all,

I was just wondering how all of you are doing this month on eHow as compared to the past two months?  I've noticed a steady increase in income each day with mine.  Being a "spreadsheet kind of gal", I track my daily eHow earnings so I can compare them to previous months.  My earnings as of today (3/24) are up by 20% from this same time in February and up 25% from this time in January. Not a huge difference, but enough to be noticed.  I've only written three new articles for eHow in March, and since they haven't earned much so far then it means that my older articles are bringing in the extra money.  Since my earnings in January and February were what I ususally average each month, this month I am actually ahead.  How is it going for all of you?

Happy writing,
Deanna 

(Photo by Laura Leavell @ Stock.Xchng 1208043)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Writing Site Reviews I Haven't Covered Yet

Hi all,

There are several residual writing sites I have not reviewed yet, and quite frankly probably will never get to.  The good news is that two of the writing blogs that I follow have reviewed these sites, so I'm sending you over to them if you are interested in learning more.  While I have tried some of these sites, I haven't put much energy into them because I am too busy with the sites I already write for.  I also am not completely sold on earning Google Adsense income (as some of these sites pay this way) as it takes forever to reach that $100 minimum payout.  But for some people, that payout comes quickly, so who am I to judge??  Kidgas at My Online Income has reached payout twice, I believe, in under a year, so that proves it can happen.  So, here are some residual income sites you can check out courtesy of either Felicia from No Job for Mom or Willow at The Freelance Home Writer.

HubPages (FHW)

HubPages  (NJFM)

WiseGEEK

Squidoo

Bukisa  (FHW)

Bukisa  (NJFM)

LifeTips

I hope you find some of these sites useful in your search for earning residual income.

Happy writing,
Deanna

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Two Published Articles from Break Studios

Hi all,

The two articles I wrote for Break Studios are published, so I'm giving you the links so you can get an idea on what type of articles they have available.  As I said before, if you can research and write articles quickly, you may enjoy writing for Break Studios.  You don't have to find pictures to submit and the submission process is quick.  They have thousands of titles to choose from too.  However, you can make almost twice as much per article at Demand Studios, so it's a tough call as to which place is better.

Here are my two articles:

How to Cleanse the Kidney with Natural Juices

Male Menopause Symptoms

Of course, you can also research and write 500 word articles for Constant-Content and earn at least 3 times as much money if the articles sell.  On CC I would have priced the above articles at $40 each for Full rights and received 65% if they had sold, earning $26 each.  Or, I could have sold them for Use rights only for $15 each and made $9.75 each.  With Use rights, I can sell them as many times as I want.  So you can see why I am always praising the benefits of CC as opposed to these other sites.

Happy writing,

Deanna   

(Spring has come early to Minnesota this year - however we could still have a snowstorm if Mother Nature decides to play tricks on us - and I can't wait until our crab apple tree blooms again! Photo by Kata Szikora @ stock.xchng 1265892)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How Did You Become a Writer?

Hi all,

For almost a year, I've been writing this blog, sharing information about writing resources and tips on writing and getting to know many of you through your own blogs.  I thought today it would be fun to learn how all of you were drawn down the path of becoming a writer.  What first sparked your interest in writing?  Were you always drawn to writing, even as a child?  Did a parent or teacher encourage you to write? I'd love to hear all of your stories.  I'll start...

Growing up, I never thought of myself as a writer. I didn't really enjoy English class, I hated disecting sentences and I drew a blank when asked to write a story.  Becoming a writer was the furthest thing from my mind.  When I began college, I loved working with numbers so I became an Accounting major.  I still love working with numbers and now I see how the skill of being precise with numbers helps me be precise with researching articles.  It wasn't until I took a couple of college English courses that my writing began to take form.  Twice I had English teachers tell me that it would be a waste if I didn't become a writer.  That was what first sparked my interest in pursuing writing.  Sometimes it is hard to see the obvious until someone else points it out.

After that I began reading everything I could about freelance writing.  In those days (the dark ages!) before everyone had a computer and the internet was everywhere, the only places to sell freelance writing to were magazines, periodical, etc.  I studied my Writer's Digest Writer's Market for possible places where I could sell writing.  I learned how to format and submit query letters.  Because I had a young child at the time, my interest in articles was focused on raising children, so I began researching and writing articles on that topic.  (Believe me, without the internet, researching articles meant long hours in the college library!).  Finally, I submitted an article to the regional parenting magazine Minnesota Parent - and the editor bought it!  I was finally a writer!

I was very lucky to find that particular editor at Minnesota Parent because she sort of took me under her wing and helped me to become a better writer.  I sold several articles to MN Parent, and then branched out and sold to many of the Parenting magazines across the country.  The pay then wasn't bad - $50 - $150 per article depending upon the word count and importance.  I also began freelancing for a local small-town paper writing up school board reports and school-related news.  It was really a good education, learning newspaper style writing in addition to magazine style writing - both of which are different.

Well, life moved on and I still had to work at "real" jobs because writing wasn't earning enough money, so for a few years article writing went by the wayside.  However, in that time I completed and published two ficiton novels which I so enjoyed writing. Then, three years ago I had ran into Constant-Content and began writing and selling articles again.  Since then, I've become a full-time freelance writer  - something I've been wanting to do for 20 years!  Just think, if my college English teachers had never encouraged me to write, I may never have thought it was possible to become a writer.

So, what is your story?  I'd love to hear it. I think it is inspirational to all writers to hear how others started and how they have progressed.

Happy writing,
Deanna


(Photo by Stancu Alexandru Stock.Xchng 491922 - I actually did start writing with only a typewriter before I could finally afford a computer! Now, I sit here daily with my laptop! How far I've come.)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Break Studios Update

Hi all,

Things have turned around for the better for me at Break Studios.  After sending the first article back to the editors with a note saying that they need to be more specific about what is wrong with the article, instead of rejecting it they sent it back to me with more details and allowed me to make changes and re-submit.  I thought that was very nice of them.  Since I didn't know when I wrote the article that they were asking for an "About" format, the only big problem was the format.  So I do have to give Break Studios credit for being patient with that article re-write.

My second article went through on the first try and the editor was great.  She sent me a note with some tips to make the articles better in the future and said nice things about the article I had written.  I was happy to see that the editors do want to be helpful.

Be aware that Break Studios does ask for your Social Security number once you start earning money.  I wasn't asked for it when I signed up, so I didn't know until my first article went through that a SS# was required.

All in all, I think Break Studios is a good spot for writers to earn extra money.  I'm not sure if I will continue to write for them because researching and writing the articles took longer than it was worth to earn $8.  But if you are a speed-writer - you might be able to make some good money there.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

The Lazy Man's Guide To Writing Articles: Churn Out 50 To 100 A Day Without Breaking A Sweat!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First Article Rewrite Request at Break Studios

Hi all,

I guess this isn't a very good month for me - first Demand Studios wanted a ridiculous re-write for an article after accepting two articles written in a similar fashion, now Break Studios is asking for a rewrite of the first article I submitted.  Now, doing a re-write wouldn't be so bad except their only instructions were to read the article guidelines again.  Since I did follow the guidelines the first time around, telling me to re-write an aritcle after reading the guidelines is useless. 

I Did My Homework

Before writing the articles for Break Studios, I read all the writer guidelines and the guidelines for each different type of article.  Most of their guidelines are similar to Demand Studios, so I do feel I understood them.  Then, I visited the sites that the articles were intended for to see how other people formated similar articles to make sure I stayed within the same format.  I must say, many of the published articles on their sites did not follow the guidelines.  But I made sure that I did follow them when I wrote the articles.  Apparently I didn't do enough for my $8, because they requested a re-write.  But since they didn't specify what was wrong with the article, there was no way to re-write it.  So I put a note on the bottom of the submission stating that they need to be more specific since the article looks fine to me.  I'm sure it will be rejected and the title will be placed back into the writer's pool, but for only $8, I don't care.

Waste of Time?

Since I will own the article if they reject it, then I can go ahead and place it on another writing site.  I'm sure I can make at least $8 from it on eHow, Associated Content or Triond, or even sell it on Constant-Content.  At least it wasn't a waste of my time.

Warning: Not Always as They Appear

For anyone who may be considering writing for Break Studios, be warned that the title of the articles does not always coincide with the way they want the article written.  They even say in their guidelines that a How to...article may not be specifically a How to format - it may be an About format or some other format.  Well, how in the world are we supposed to know which format??  My article only said it was a "Blog Post". However, they really wanted an "About" format.  Hmmm, they should have just said that. 

I have one more article there waiting to be looked at, so we will see if I get a double rejection.  Is there anyone out there who has tried Break Studios?  How are you doing there?

Happy Writing,
Deanna

Friday, March 5, 2010

Break Studios - Now Offering Freelance Writing Jobs

Hi all,

If you are looking for another place to earn money writing, you may want to consider Break Studios.   Much like Demand Studios, Break Studios is looking for writers to write content for the many websites that they own.  Here is the breakdown...

Who is Break Studios

Break Studios is associated with the mostly male websites Break.com, Madmen.com, Chickipedia.com, Screenjunkies.com, Cagepotato.com, AllLeftTurns.com and HolyTaco.com.  They have recently set up a format much like Demand Studios where you apply to become a writer and, once accepted, you can choose from a list of articles available.  Beware, some of the content they want is X-rated, while other content is just regular, everyday articles. 

Applying for Break Studios

Break Studios is looking for writers who have some experience and possibly a sense of humor.  The application consists of supplying a resume, examples of your writing and telling them something interesting about yourself.  They also ask you what subjects you are interested in writing about.  You also have to create a login name and password and supply them with your PayPal e-mail.  After you submit your application, you wait for it to be accepted or denied.  As far as I can tell, Break Studios only accepts U.S. writers.

Payment at Break Studios

Break Studios doesn't tell you how much they pay per article before you apply or even after you apply.  Because of this, I went in search of someone who writes for Break Studios to find out and I found this article at All Freelance Writing.  If what they say is true, Break Studios only pays around $8 an article.  This is a little more than TextBroker and a little less than Demand Studios.  However, if the articles don't take too long to write and are fun, maybe the $8 is okay.  It all depends upon where you are with your writing career and how much you enjoy writing for them

Payment is said to take place (according to the TOS) 45 days after publication and payment is made through PayPal.  According to the article on All Freelance Writing, they pay sometime during the next month after the article is accepted.  Not exactly exact, but it does sound as if they do eventually pay you.

What do I Think?

If it is true that Break Studios only pays $8 per article, then I'm not sure if I would spend much time there.  I did put in an application and am waiting for my acceptance or rejection.  I am not exactly the type of person they are probably looking for to write for them, so I won't be surprised if I am rejected (especially if they read this post).  If I am accepted, I will check out the list of articles available and decide if it is a good fit for me.

It never hurts to try a new writing site, even if you think the pay is low. Sites do grow and sometimes even begin paying more.  If this sounds like an interesting site, you should give it a try and find out for yourself.

Happy Writing,
Deanna

3/5/10 Update - I was accepted as a writer for Break Studios only 12 hours after applying.  From what I can see, they do only pay $8 per article.  However, the word count for articles are between 250 and 700 words.  I have read their writer's guidelines, which are very similar to Suite101 and Demand Studios.  I plan on trying a couple of articles to see how it goes.  I picked titles that would be easy for me to write quickly so that it is worth the small payment.  I'll let you know how the entire process pans out. :)

More blog posts on Break Studios:

My First Article Rewrite at Break Studios
Break Studios Update
My Two Published Articles at Break Studios




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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Demand Studios Accepting UK and Canadian Writers

Hi all,

The news is out that Demand Studios (DS) is now accepting applications from writers who live in the United Kingdom and Canada.  For many non-US citizens, this is good news.  DS offers thousands of freelance writing jobs everyday, and pays up to $15 per article depending upon the type of article it is.  And the nice part of it is you can pick and choose your assignments and there is no minimum you must write in order to stay on as a writer. 

Now, I personally have had an on again-off again relationship with DS because of their erratic editor behavior but that doesn't mean that the site won't work for you.  As I always say, everyone has their own taste in writing sites and while one may not work well for me, it may work well for you.  So I do encourage freelance writers who are looking for a reputable site that does pay on time to check out DS for yourself and decide it it is the right site for you.

Happy writing,
Deanna

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Demand Studios Strikes Again - When Will I Learn?

Hi all,

Just when I am sure I will never write for Demand Studios again, I find myself searching their assignments and getting sucked back in.  At the end of February I found four article titles on the list having to do with resorts in different Northern Minnesota towns.  Well, those were perfect for me. Who better to write about resorts in Northern Minnesota than a person who actually lives in Northern Minnesota and who has actually been in those areas several times?  I claimed the titles and got to work writing the articles.

Success and Failure

Before writing the articles I had printed out and read the new style guidelines as well as the style guidelines for the type of articles I was writing.  The first two articles I wrote flew through the editors and were accepted without a problem. This made be happy - it meant that I was following the guidelines and writing in the style that the editors wanted - right?  Well, maybe some of the editors liked my writing but apparently not all of them.  When I finished and submitted the third article it came back for a rewrite.  Okay, I thought, I can make a few changes.  It turned out that this editor wanted me to basically rewrite the entire article in a way that made the resorts sound dull.  No prose of any type, no descriptions, only the facts, ma'am.  After spending a few minutes reading all of the rewrite information and trying to change the article to the editor's specifications, I decided to pass on fixing it and sending it back.  After all, if my name is going to be on the article, then I want it to sound, at the very least, interesting.

Not All is Lost - Just my Desire to Write for Demand Studios

Since I own the rights to the article, then my time spent will not be lost entirely. I will simply turn it into an eHow article or ship it off to Triond or Associated Content - or all three! But again, it is a reminder to me why I don't like to write for Demand Studios. The editors are not consistent with their interpretation of the guidelines or with the writing style that they want. I don't mind having to make changes, but if one editor passes my work through and another critiques it and tears it apart, then I just don't have time for them. I would like to think that at this stage of the game I am a fairly consistent writer and that my skills cannot be that erratic. I think the editors need to all be on the same page so it isn't so confusing for the writers.

So, I threw the last article back into the queue and probably someone from New Mexico, California or North Carolina will write the remaining articles about Northern Minnesota resorts.  Sadly, I had the best perspective but Demand Studios doesn't care.

Will this be the last time I ever write for Demand Studios?  I hope so, but you never know.

Happy writing,
Deanna

(Photo by Ali Farid Stock.Xchng 865417)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Still Questioning Suite101 vs eHow

Hi all,

It seems that every month when the monthly earnings come out that I re-evaluate whether or not to stay with Suite101.  Last month it looked as if my hard work was finally paying off and my Suite articles were earning at a nice pace.  Then, about mid-month it all slowed down again.  This makes me wonder if it is worth my time to continue submitting content to Suite.  Writing aritcles for Suite tends to take longer than writing articles for eHow and yet I am earning much less.  Is it really worth my time or should I just concentrate on writing for eHow and forget Suite?

The Facts

Currently at Suite101 I have 33 articles on varying subjects.  It took three months to receive my first payout from Suite after I first started in May 2009 and since then I have only received payouts on an every-other month basis because I don't make the $10 minimum each month. 

At eHow, I received my first payout two months after I started in June 2009 earning $14.89 for the 30 articles I had there.  The next month my payout went up to $42.10 and by then I had 44 aritcles on eHow.  Since then my payouts have continually gone up even if I only add two or three articles a month on eHow.  My total earnings at eHow since I started are 75% higher than what I've earned at Suite101. Granted, I now have more articles at eHow than I do at Suite, but even when the article count was close to the same, eHow beat Suite by a landslide.

So, you can see why I question myself each month about staying with Suite101.  It seem as if I can place my energies elsewhere, such as at Constant-Content and eHow, and earn much more money than if I spend my time writing articles for Suite101.

To Each His Own

I know there are many people out there who make a really good income from Suite101 and really enjoy writing for the site.  I really think that success at any site depends upon the subject matter in which you write about and the quantity of articles you submit.  While Suite101 may not be the right place for me, it is certainly an excellent place for other writers to earn income at.  I think that the reason I keep hanging on at Suite is I keep hoping that I will see a light at the end of the tunnel and the earnings will start growing.  Unfortunately, I think I am getting to the point where I don't want to waste my time writing for sites that don't produce income as quickly as others sites do.  There is so much more I want to do with my time, so I need to narrow my writing down to about three sites that earn money and leave it at that.  I'm not sure anymore if Suite101 is one of the three I want to work on anymore.

What do You Think?

I know a lot of you out there write for Suite and have your own experiences.  Would love to hear from everyone - those who earn money there and those who don't. :)

Cheers,
Deanna

(Photo of the Belagio Fountains in Las Vegas - Can't wait to see them, we are going to Vegas in April for a week of fun!)
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