I won’t pretend to be an expert on this, but I have managed to do fairly well in my first month and a half writing on-line. To date, I have made $375.00. However, since I have no reference point with which to compare myself to, I’ll just have to assume that my being happy with my performance is enough for the time being. I have been writing white papers for a consulting firm for some time now. Over the years, I have written on inventory management, kan-ban and blanket order agreements, engineering, sales, and production related issues. I have been working with and for consulting firms for quite some time. However, with the economy being the way it is, I decided to expand my horizons and get involved in something new. So, I started to do research on the internet and looked for ways to sell articles. A couple of web-sites popped up that certainly seemed interesting enough, but later turned out to be duds. I learned quickly how I wanted to do this, and decided that I would never allow quality and well written articles to be sacrificed for poorly written ones. I read a lot about how you should pound out one article after another, 3 to 4 a day, on any subject you could. It simply didn’t make much sense to me. Everywhere I went, it was the same message. Write, write and write some more. However, it occurred to me that there perhaps was an ulterior motive here. The more you write the more content you provide. So, who does this help? Do you make more money? Not really, in fact, all these websites state that you have to write until you get sick and keep writing for months at a time before you start to see real money. Well, I decided I wouldn’t do that and couldn’t wait to make what I felt I deserved. Therefore, I took the decision to do something completely different. I have written down my approaches here and hope that you find them useful. I sincerely wish you the best of luck, who ever you may be.
Write your best articles on what you know and post them on the following web-sites:
This site sells articles under several different subject matters. All articles for sale here are under a “full-license”. This means that once your article is sold, the customer owns it completely. You can no longer post the article anywhere else. Write well, and check your grammar and spelling. Make sure to put your best quality material here and do no succumb to putting just anything for sale. It won’t sell if you are not satisfied with it. This is a relatively young web-site, but you can make money on the articles you sell.
This site is just like the above, except that you can sell your articles under three licenses, “usage” “unique” and “full” rights. Again, spelling and grammar is key here, and they have no problem rejecting articles for the smallest of mistakes. Make sure to read, and re-read your article as many times as necessary. If you have someone who can proof read your articles, make sure they do it for you. Your first time on the site, you’ll only be able to submit 3 articles before they get approved. Afterwards, you’ll be able to submit up to 10 articles. Once these 10 are approved, the skies the limit. Like the web-site above, once you sell an article under either the “unique” or “full” rights heading, you can no longer use that article. However, any article sold under “usage” can be used again and posted elsewhere. You also have the option of only selling articles under the “usage” license, giving you the freedom to use the article elsewhere. They will also post requests from customers who are looking for specific content. Check what sells and keep track of what you are able to sell. What I typically do is post my articles on this site under all three categories, and then once the article is sold under a “usage” license, I then submit it to other sites for performance payments. I have sold articles anywhere from $15.00 each to $65.00 each. You won’t receive 100% of the value of the article. Instead, you’ll receive 65%. However this is a small fee to pay to make sure your article is well received. It is certainly worth it.
Take your “usage” license articles and post them on multiple sites
All of these sites provide some form of payments. Associated Content will provide up front payments, but the payouts have become less and less interesting. Part of the problem is that most of the subject matter is covered, and with over 1.5 million content articles, you’ll be hard pressed to find any interesting amount to sell your article for. If you want to write and be paid immediately, be sure to write about local activities or things in your immediate area. However, don’t expect anything more than $3.00 to $5.00 for the article. The remaining, Xomba, EHow, Bukisa all pay performance based payments based on the number of page views. The payouts are minimal, but if you post articles on all four sites, you can add up your revenue. To give you an idea, associated content pays about $1.50 for every 1000 page views. Not a huge sum, but once you start writing and selling your articles under “usage” licenses, you’ll be able to continue to generate revenue on the articles. If you post the same article on all three sites, make sure to tweak it a bit, change it around, add something and change the title. Put your own new spin on them. There are other performance based web-sites that pay according to how often your content is viewed, but I have yet to try them.
I wish you luck. In the coming months I will add further information based on how I have progressed. To date, I have sold over 25 articles on the first two web-sites, hope to sell more, and will continue to post the same articles on multiple sites. If any of you have anything you think could make a difference here, do not hesitate to contact me. I’ll be sure to check it out. Good luck!