It's been awhile since I've posted because I've been very busy exploring new ways to earn residual income as well as working on a few new up-front pay opportunities. Ever since my focus has left eHow, I've been exploring new ways of earning income, and have really enjoyed it. My first discovery was the up-front pay articles at Associated Content that I wrote about in my last post and I also came upon an interesting up-front pay site that I will talk about in another post, after I make sure they pay on time - a big issue for any site. Right now I want to talk about my new opportunity with Examiner.com.
Becoming a National Examiner
As those of you who read this blog already know, I have been the Minnesota Heart Health Examiner since October 2009. I have really enjoyed writing in my topic and for Examiner, even though the pay hasn't been the best. When I began thinking about my options for residual income, I decided that instead of letting Examiner go by the wayside I would reach for a higher position. So, I applied through my channel manager and am now the National Alternative Medicine Examiner.
Why become a national Examiner? National Examiner article not only appear in the national edition of Examiner, but also appear throughout all of the local editions when there are no local articles available. That means that my articles have the opportunity to be in up to 50 editions at once, instead of just the one local edition. More people will see, and hopefully read, my articles. And that means more residual earnings.
Since Alternative Medicine is a topic that I write on quite often at Associated Content, Constant-Content and Suite101, I felt this would be the perfect topic for me to write about as a National Examiner. Alternative medicine is constantly being studied and proven effective, so I will never lack on articles to write about. So far, I've been enjoying writing about my new topic.
What about the Income?
I knew that if I wanted to be successful at Examiner then I had to get a national gig. So far, I am happy with my decision. Currently I have only 5 articles as the Alternative Medicine Examiner and my daily earnings are as high as the earnings I get from the 36 articles I have as the Heart Health Examiner. Compared to the local and national earnings, my local heart health articles had always earned high, but my national articles are exceeding those and I am sure when I have a high amount of articles in the national section my earnings will continue to increase.
I will also be continuing as the local heart health Examiner too, so that will only help to increase my income at Examiner. There are some Examiners who earn a good montly income there, and I hope to be one of them.
My Advice to Other Writers
If you have contemplated becoming a writer for Examiner but have heard that the money isn't as good as at other sites, I still think you should consider it. If you cannot secure a national title right away, become a local Examiner as I did and do a good job there for a few months. Then you can request a national position and raise your income. If you are already a local Examiner and are becoming frustrated with your earnings, contact your channel manager about a national position. It's worth a try, especially if you have been doing a good job with your local title.
I am still continuing with Suite101 and am happy that I stayed on there now that I no longer wish to write for eHow through Demand Studios. I will let you all know about the new site I am writing for in my next post.