Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Giving Demand Studio's EHow WCA Program a Chance

Happy Halloween!
Hi all,

I've decided for the next two weeks I will give Demand Studio's EHow Writer Created Assignment (WCA) program a chance to see if the residual earnings are as good as the ones I am currently making at EHow.  I will attempt to add 15-20 articles and see what they earn over the first two months.  I know of other writers who have given this a try and there seems to be mixed results.  Some feel the earnings are just as good as the old EHow program and others feel it isn't.  Whatever the case may be, it is time I try it myself because, quite frankly, I am not impressed by many of the other sites I am writing for right now with their residual income earning potential.

EHow Earnings Double that of Other Residual Income

As I've mentioned before, my past EHow articles continue to rise in earnings as the months (years) go by.  I am making more than twice as much from my EHow earnings as compared to each of the other sites I write for.  Suite101 has been very disappointing in its earnings considering I've added more than 35 articles there over the past couple of months.  At first, I was doubling my income at Suite each month, but now in October I will be lucky to make even half of what I did in September.  My click views have stayed the same on Suite as they were the past two months, but the earnings are just not there.  I hope that this will change over the next few months, and I will certainly stay on at Suite, but it's time to find other ways to add to my residual income.

Writing for EHow Through Demand Studios

I did a test article about two months ago for EHow through my Demand Studio's account and found the process to be fairly easy.  I created my own title and then wrote the article.  This is what I plan to do in the next couple of weeks.  I will create my own titles for articles so I don't have to go through their many computer-generated titles.  This way, I can control what I write about just as I did with the old EHow format.  Yesterday, I had two titles approved in my Demand Studio's account and I will begin with those. (And, I will try not to come back and complain to all of you if I have problems with the editors at DS.)  I plan on writing at least two articles a day for the next ten days.  I do have other writing commitments, though, so this plan may need a little tweaking as I go along. 

Why didn't I do this earlier?  I didn't like the fact that now Demand Studios will own all rights to the WCA articles, (in the old EHow format, I continued to own all rights to my articles) and I had read some blogs that stated the earnings were not as good as they are at the old EHow.  Also, I just didn't have the energy to try to build up a whole new group of articles again.  But now I think it is worth at least trying. 

I will let you all know how my experience with DS goes and how the earnings are over the next few months so you can decide for yourself if this might be the right thing for you, too.  I would also love to hear from other writers who do write residual-earning articles for DS/EHow and how you feel about it.

Happy Writing
Deanna

2011 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition (Writer's Market Online)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Learning About Niche Blogging and Affiliate Advertising

Making money with niche blogging and
affiliate advertising.
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Hi all,


As you can tell right off the bat, Write Moms is not a “niche” blog nor am I successful with affiliate advertising on my blog. I am a freelance writer who is always looking for new and interesting sites to write for and, hopefully, earn good money from. However, I have done some research on niche blogging and affiliate advertising over the years, at least enough to know a few things. I see ads and blogs all over the web trying to sell information to people on how to earn money niche blogging and using affiliate advertising. You can pay hundreds of dollars to people to learn their secrets – secrets that aren’t so secret and can be learned by anyone with enough gumption to search for the information on their own.

You Can Learn to Earn Money from Blogging for Free

Yes, you read that right. You don’t have to pay people $45, $100 or even $150 dollars for their secrets to online blogging for money. Just send me $9.95 and I’ll send it all to you myself. JUST KIDDING. Everything you need to know about blogging for money or using affiliate advertising can be learned from the multitudes of blogs that tell you for free and from the affiliate advertising companies. Literally, all you have to do is type into Google Search “blogging for money” or “earn money niche blogging” or “affiliate advertising” and up pops tons of blogging sites that tell you everything.

I’m not saying that the books or tutorials that you can buy from successful bloggers and advertisers may not be helpful in teaching you how to earn money online – I’m sure many of them are packed full of helpful information. I’m also sure that many of the people selling these books and tutorials are honest people trying to earn an honest buck. And if you really feel you would do better by buying one of these many learning aids, go for it. I’m just saying that all that information is out there for free and you don’t have to pay someone if you don’t feel you can spare the extra money.

Sites to Learn More about Niche Blogging and Affiliate Advertising

About four years ago when I was investigating how to earn money with a niche blog, I came upon and affiliate advertising site called MoreNiche. This is a site where you can sign up and start selling their products on your blog or website and earn commission. The site offers great tutorials on what niche blogging is, how to set up a niche blog or website, how to make money with affiliate advertising, etc. They even have a collection of articles you can use for your blog to promote whatever product you decide to try selling. (Although I suggest you either re-write the articles or write your own – the ones they have are kind of low quality.) Most affiliate advertising sites have their own tutorials and information that helps you along in your goal to earn money by niche blogging – and it’s free to use.

Also, there are hundreds of blogs where people share information for free of their own niche blogging success or use of affiliate advertising. Here are just a few of the ones I have come across:

Affiliate Progress

Problogger

Blog Traffic Exchange

Web-Work at Home

How to Make Money Online for Beginners

Three good affiliate advertising sites I’ve come across are:



MoreNiche

Link Share

Commission Junction


I know there are many others – these are just the ones I have checked out on my own.  I am also not endorsing any of these websites or affiliate advertising sites - I'm only sharing them to give you more information on this subject. 

Niche Blogging Isn’t For the Lazy

If you decide to learn more about niche blogging and using affiliate advertising, know this – it isn’t for lazy people. If your aren’t willing to search for the information, learn all you can about it and then work hard on your blogs to create a great niche blog – don’t even bother with it. You can’t just set up a blog, write a few articles and place ads there and hope to build an online income. If it was that easy, we’d all be millionaires. If you are able to do it that easily – I want to buy your book on how you did it!

I hope this information helps some of you on your road to niche blogging and affiliate advertising. If any of you have a blog about this subject – or have had success with niche blogging or affiliate advertising, I’d love for you to share it with us.

Happy Writing

Deanna

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Earnings Running Neck-to-Neck for the Year


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 Hi all,


As you may already know, I keep track of my writing income on a spreadsheet, tracking how much I earn each month from each site I write for. In the past, EHow and Constant-Content were always the highest earners while Suite101, Examiner, Associated Content and Triond were the lower earning sites. So, I was surprised this month when I was reviewing my monthly earnings and found all of the sites (except Triond) running neck-to-neck in yearly earnings.

EHow Leading the Pack

Not surprising is the fact that EHow is leading the pack when it comes to earnings. Even though I can no longer add articles to EHow (and haven’t since April), my earnings continue to increase each month. EHow is the only residual income site that I’ve written for where the earnings increase over time, not decrease. It seems that many of the other sites lose momentum if you stop adding new material to them – but not EHow. It makes me think I should re-consider writing for EHow through Demand Studios, however that is another post.

The other sites I write for on a regular basis are all within close range of each other for yearly revenue. Constant-Content (CC) leads the others after EHow. Normally, CC would be miles ahead, but for most of this year I’ve only been adding Use Rights Only articles there (for small dollar amounts) so I haven’t been selling many high-priced articles. I am slowly working on adding more higher priced articles to bring up my income at CC.

Next in line – a huge surprise – is Associated Content (AC). Ever since I became a Feature Contributor, my monthly income at AC has increased considerably. It also has to do with the three up-front articles I do each month for AC for $10 each. While $10 doesn’t seem like much, when you think in terms of an additional $30 per month, times 12 months, the income increases. Also, since I have been adding new articles there on a regular basis, my residuals have increased as well.

To me, however, the most surprising fact of all is that Examiner comes in next over Suite101. I have earned more at Examiner this year so far than I have at Suite101. I have 93 articles at Examiner between my two topics, Alternative Medicine and Heart Health, while I have 75 articles at Suite101. Examiner articles take less time to write because they are usually 200-400 words long, while Suite101 articles have to be over 400 words. And although I do feel my Suite articles do fairly well in earnings, compared to many of the other Suite writers who complain about their earnings, my Examiner articles are actually doing better. It will be interesting to see how it all ends up by the end of the year. 

Suite101 is next in earnings.  I spent the summer increasing my articles at Suite in hope of increasing my income there - and I did increase my income, just not as much as I would have liked.  Now, in October, my earnings have plummeted, even though I added 40 new articles over the past couple of months.  I will continue writing for Suite101 for now, but will probably spend more time at CC or Examiner until I see an increase in Suite earnings.

Triond earnings come in last, but I would never complain about them. My Google Adsense earnings through Triond are increasing my Google account by leaps and bounds each month. In fact, if I do as well this month as I did last month, I will reach payout at Google this month. Otherwise, I am sure I will reach payout by the end of November; something I never really thought would happen in a million years. So Triond is definitely a keeper.

My Writing Dilemma

The reason I was comparing my yearly earnings to begin with was to see which site(s) I should discontinue writing for and which I should put more energy into in order to increase my income. Now, I’m not sure. I don’t want to put my energy into a site that isn’t going to pay off in the end, however, they all seem to be paying off, so I was unable to make a decision. Maybe I will have to see how the earnings are at the end of December to decide. So much for streamlining!



Happy Writing,

Deanna


2011 Writer's Market

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Writer Access – Writing Site Review

Hi all,

I came upon the writing site Writer Access a couple of weeks ago and then saw that Felicia from No Job For Mom did a review on it about the same time. (Check out her review and the following comments, it is very interesting.) At first, I thought I would forego doing a review of the site, but then decided since I’d already put some time and effort into learning about the site I would go ahead and tell you what I learned.

Overview of Writer Access

Writer Access is very similar to Textbroker. Clients list writing jobs and writers choose from that list on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are evaluated and rated when you first apply and that determines the levels you are allowed to choose assignments at. The higher your level, the higher paying the jobs are that you can choose from. Of course, that doesn’t mean there will always be jobs available at your level, so you can also choose from levels lower then yours too. You are paid monthly through PayPal once your account has reached a minimum of $10. Only U.S. citizens are able to write for Writer Access at this time.

Applying at Writer Access

I did go through the application process and I thought it was rather long and drawn out. You give your basic information (no SS# upfront, however once you are accepted and are earning money you must fill out a W-9) and then they ask you to choose what topics you have experience in. When you click on a topic box, then another section opens up asking how many paid assignments you’ve done in that topic and to explain where you’ve written these articles. For writers who have been writing articles for years (like me) that is impossible to answer. I gave estimates (like under the topic health, I wrote 300+) and for some I didn’t even bother. I found out later what they use this information for – it is part of your profile so clients can see how prolific you have been in each area of expertise. My advice is to fill it out as best you can because it will look good on your profile.

Next, you need to submit a sample article (they do not keep or use this article, so you can submit one you’ve written for another site – choose your very best one because this is what they will rate you on) and a writer’s resume. People are always questioning what to put on their resume. I have a separate resume for my writing career as from my other working career. My writer’s resume includes a short description of my writing accomplishments and a list of the sites I write for (or magazines and newspapers I’ve written for). I also have a few articles (with links) listed at the bottom so they can see my work online. If you think it will help, add what you went to school for (accounting, computer tech, mechanic?) as these may also be some of your areas of expertise. If you are just starting out as a writer, use a copy of your regular resume and add why you want to pursue a writing career.

Once you have submitted your application you are immediately allowed access to the site and to level 2 assignments until your application has been processed. Once it is processed, you will be told your writing level (2-5) and you can begin claiming assignments.

Writing for Writer Access

When you apply you want to do your best to impress the site so you can get the highest level possible. A level 2 writer earns .91 cents per word (that’s 91/100, not 91 cents) as compared to a level 4 writer who earns 3.57 cents per word. A level 5 writer earns 4.76 cents per word, but most writers will have to work their way up to a level 5 and there may not be many assignments available even if you do. As far as I have seen, Level 2 assignments are more the norm. I was accepted at Writer Access at a Level 4 a couple of weeks ago and have yet to see any Level 4 assignments offered.

You can, however, choose to write for any level up to the level you were placed at. So, if you are a Level 4, you can choose Level 2 or 3 assignments. Assignments come fast and go fast, so you will want to check the site often to catch them before they are gone.

I haven’t written an assignment for Writer Access yet, but from what I can tell, you choose the assignment and it tells you exactly what the client wants and then you write it. If you get good feedback from clients on a regular basis, you can raise you level over time. Clients can also pay you a “tip”, extra money, if they really like your writing. Clients can also place you on their “love” list, which means that assignments come to the people they prefer first so you get the option to choose it before other writers do. However, the client can have several “loves” so being on their love list doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the job.

You own all rights to the articles you write for clients until the client pays for the article, and then all rights transfer to the client. So, if a client rejects an assignment you have written, you are free to do as you please with that article.

My Take on Writer Access

As I said, I haven’t written any articles for Writer Access yet so I can’t give any personal views on the site. If you read Felicia’s post on the site, you will see a lot of comments from people who have used the site. It does pay a little better than Textbroker, but so far as I can tell, it doesn’t offer as many assignments as Textbroker does on a regular basis. If you are a level 4, you can earn $14.28 on a 400 word assignment, which isn’t bad if you compare it to an assignment at Demand Studios. I think Writer Access looks like another fairly good site for freelance writers looking for other places to earn extra income from.

Happy Writing,

Deanna


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