Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earn Revenue Share Income Writing for Seekyt.com

Hi all,


I was visiting article links that some of my friends on Twitter shared and I came upon Seekyt, a writing site that I had never heard of before. So, being the curious person that I am, I joined the site to check it out and to be able to share first-hand information with all of you.

What is Seekyt.com?

Seekyt is a site where you can post original articles of 400+ words in length and earn Google Adsense revenue. You can also write mini-blog posts, they call them journal posts, and earn revenue from these posts as well. Seekyt is also associated with the Amazon Associates program so you can earn money selling products from Amazon.

Up until a few weeks ago, Seekyt was also a bookmarking site but they no longer allow bookmarks. Since Google changed the rules, so has Seekyt to keep up with the changes. So if you read an old review of Seekyt that says you can submit bookmarks – that is no longer true.

I e-mailed some questions to the owner/administrator of Seekyt and he kindly replied with the answers. Tyler, (the Admin), stated that Seekyt started in June 2010 as basically a bookmarking site and since then has evolved into a “unique article website with a community”. While the site doesn’t yet have a Google Ranking, he hopes this will change in the near future. Currently, the site has approximately 1,250 writers and this number grows each month.

Joining Seekyt

Joining Seekyt is fast and easy. You set up a username and password and you are ready to go. You can also choose to register using a third party account – Twitter, Facebook, Google or Flickr. After you are signed up, you need to place your Google Adsense ID code on your Profile page and, if you also have an Amazon Associates account, you can place that ID code there as well. The first three articles that you place on Seekyt will be read and approved by the Administration before they are published. After that, you are free to publish directly to the site.

Making Money at Seekyt

Google and Amazon ads that you earn from are displayed 70% of the time on your articles and journal posts. When one of your ads is clicked, you earn 100% of that revenue. Seekyt also has a referral program where you can earn money too. You earn 25% of Google and Amazon impressions from all of your referrals’ articles. All earnings are recorded in your Google Adsense and Amazon Associates accounts.

Writing Articles for Seekyt

You do not have to be a professional writer to place articles on Seekyt, however, SEO knowledge and quality content will more than likely rank higher and earn more money in the long run. The basic rules are:

• Articles must be original content – no reprints allowed.

• Articles must be 400 words or longer.

• You cannot fill articles with promotional links.

• You must follow all Google guidelines and standards.

• Your content should have some value to the reader.

You can read more about content submission rules here.

My Thoughts on Seekyt

Seekyt may still be a small site but it seems to have potential. I like that the owner is very involved with the site and is always looking for ways to improve it. The fact that he changed the site to comply with Google’s new changes tells me that he is serious about building a reputable revenue share website. I think Seekyt is a good ‘ground-floor’ opportunity for new writers and established writers alike. It will be interesting to see how much it grows over the next couple of years.

Would love to hear opinions from anyone who already writes for Seekyt.

Happy Writing,

Deanna

Friday, March 11, 2011

DMS EHow vs Suite101 in Earnings

DMS EHow and Suite101 earnings running
neck to neck.
Hi all,

I thought I'd update you on how my EHow revenue share articles that I wrote through the Demand Media Studios' website are doing.  I thought it might be interesting to compare how these articles are doing for the first 11 days of March as compared to the articles I currently have at Suite101.

Just to update those of you who have not been following, these EHow articles are ones that I created the titles for and then submitted through the DMS site for approval.  They are not revenue share article titles that DMS created.  Therefore, I had complete control over the topics I chose and the keywords I used - just as I do when writing articles for Suite101. 

I currently have 77 articles at Suite101 on varying topics and 19 articles at EHow on varying topics.  So far this month, I've earned $6.56 at Suite101 for 77 articles and $6.30 at EHow for 19 articles.  Hmmm, which site do you think is better for earnings?

Writing Smarter, Not Harder

I said that I wanted to write smarter this year, not harder (I give Felicia full credit for this concept) and that seems to be what I've been doing at DMS EHow.  If I can continue to write fewer articles yet earn more money than I did last year, it will make me a much happier person.

Not that Suite is a bad place to write for.  Quite the opposite.  Unfortunately, Suite101 has had a few problems over this past year and many writers have suffered with a drop of up to 50 percent in earnings.  Last summer I was earning twice as much a month as I currently am at Suite101, so of course I looked elsewhere for a more profitable way to earn residual income.  However, I do keep tabs on what is happening over at Suite and do plan to continue writing for them if things start to look up in the next few months.

Earnings at Old EHow

My earnings from my old EHow account continue to rise each month and I hear that many other EHowers have experienced the same rise in income.  I know there is some speculation out in internetland that EHow can't possibly continue as it has and will eventually change or close up altogether.  Well, if that is the case, fine, but I'm going to ride the income wave for as long as it continues. 

Happy Writing,

Deanna 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Which Writing Sites are Worth Your Time?

Hi all,

I get this question in e-mails all the time: Which writing sites are worth my time?  If it was an easy question to answer then I wouldn't have spent so much time trying several different sites before deciding which ones were right for me.  However, I will try to answer this question as best I can for all of you who are wondering the same thing. 

There is No Fast, Easy Way to Earn Money Writing Online

That is always my first answer to this question.  If you are interested in earning money online by writing, don't expect to make thousands of dollars a month quickly.  Most - not all - but most up-front pay writing sites pay low prices per article and the rest pay through residual income you earn off of ad clicks or pay per clicks or a combination of both.  Some pay through the Google Adsense Program which means you have to wait until you earn at least $100 to be paid.  Of course, if you are a seasoned writer and you hook up with a big website that pays big dollars, you can earn anywhere from $60 to $1,000 per article, but those jobs are few and far between and all of us are looking for that pot of gold too.

That being said, if you are an experienced writer you can apply to sites like Demand Media Studios or Break Studios, get accepted, and then start churning out articles for up-front pay of $8, $15, or even $20 each and be paid once or twice a week.  This is probably the quickest way to begin earning money writing online.  If you are willing to wait a little time to sell articles and be paid once a month, you can also try Constant-Content where you place articles for sale, wait for them to sell and then are paid a portion of the income it generates.  CC is probably the second best way to earn money online quickly and you can do quite well there.  The last way is to zero in on a residual income site like Suite101, Triond, Infobarrel or Yahoo! Contributor Network, write dozens of articles and watch the monthly income grow (hopefully!).

Another choice is to start your own blog or website and rely on ad revenue for income.  This works for many people, however it is not a quick or easy way to earn money.  It takes time to build up readership and increase your Google ranking so searchers find you.  It is definitely a good way to go if you are willing to work hard and wait to earn money while it grows.

Online Writing Takes Time, Dedication and a Lot of Work

People want to make a quick and easy buck but the truth is that earning money writing online takes time, great dedication and a lot of hard work.  It's not for people who give up easily or who do not push themselves to make their own breaks and find new opportunities.  You have to be willing to do your research and find out which writing sites are best for you.  I can't tell you which sites you should definately write for because everyone has different styles and needs.  While I may find success at certain writing sites, you may find success at different ones entirely.  That is why I review sites and share information and leave it to the reader to decide what is right for them.

My best advice is to do your homework.  Read several reviews of sites you are thinking of trying and then try the ones that you think will work well for you.  If you find a site isn't what you thought it would be, try another.  If possible, pick 2-3 sites that you are most impressed with and focus all your attention on writing for these sites.  You will build up an article base faster, and increase your income faster, if you concentrate on only a few sites.  Once you have done this, you can spread out to other sites so you have an income stream from several places or you can start your own blog or website.  What I can't tell you is which sites you absolutely should write for - you have to choose for yourself.

Make Your Own Breaks

As an online writer you also have to always be on the lookout for new opportunities and be willing to put yourself out there.  If you see a website that looks interesting to you, dig further and see if they use freelance writers.  This is how you can make your own breaks.  I did this recently and found a writing job at a site that pays far beyond what most other writing sites pay.  Once you have experience with online writing, don't limit yourself to the basic writing sites, be willing to look for new opportunities.

The basic message here is online writing is not a quick and easy way to earn money but if you are in it for the long haul, you can do well. 

Happy Writing,
Deanna
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