13 Alternatives to Writing and Making Money on eHow

alternative-pathBack in 2008 when I first started experimenting with generating passive income online, I was introduced to eHow.com and it’s writer’s compensation program. It seemed very intriguing, especially after hearing that some people were making over $1000 a month on residuals from ad clicks on their articles, so I decided to give it a shot myself.

In November of 2008, I wrote a total of 150 articles for eHow just to see what would happen. In November of 2008, I netted a total of $18.99. That’s a whopping 13 cents per article, and considering that each one took me about 30 minutes to complete, we can say that I was making 26 cents per hour.

But, as with all passive income generation, it’s not about the immediate payoff. We can’t expect to see results right away, which is why I think a lot of people think that generating a passive income is difficult and they just give up. It’s tough when we live in a generation where we’re used to things to happening immediately.

That being said, my work finally paid off because in each consecutive month after November 0f 2008, I earned an average of about $165.00 per month from the same batch of articles without doing any additional work. To date, that’s about $3000 total which turns that 26 cents per hour into about $40 per hour. If only I continued to write for eHow, I could have joined the $1000+ per month club.

I would like to get back to writing articles for eHow to increase my monthly income, however that’s impossible now that eHow’s Writer’s Compensation Program is closed.

Like myself, many people have been searching for an alternative to write content for and share in advertising revenue. I’m hoping that the following list of sites (some of which you may have never heard of before) will help you figure out what your options are and give you a nice hub to compare and contrast these sites before you potentially invest your time and future articles into them.

The graphs below illustrate the Alexa ranking for each website. The Alexa Traffic Rank reflects the number of visitors to a website, as well as the number of pages on the site viewed by those visitors based on three months of aggregated traffic data. It’s a good indicator for the overall health and growing trends of these websites, which is why I included them below.

1. Associatedcontent.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 553
  • Ad Revenue / Income: $1.50 – $2.00 per 1000 Pageviews (PPM). Learn more…
  • US Only: No, but: “Apparently non-US writers must apply to join a group writing on a specific topic and fill in a US tax form to be paid. They then state that they will retain a portion of money earned in case tax is payable.” (source: WebUpon.com)
  • My Thoughts: I know quite a few people who write for AC and are happy with it, but most are long time established AC writers who already have high ranking articles. For newcomers, $1.50 per 1000 Pageviews seems a bit low, at least to me, especially considering that one Adsense click could potentially earn you that much on your own website, depending on the niche you’re in or what ads are generated.

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2. ArticleIncome.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 128,321
  • Ad Revenue / Income: 50-75% (50% for new users)
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: The Alexa ranking is not all that impressive, and a higher one could be achieved simply by creating your own blog and writing content for it every day. The potential Ad Revenue is attractive (up to 75%), but for newcomers you’re going to start at the baseline 50% ad share. Personally, I’d look for another website to invest my time into, one that has seen more growth as of late.

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3. Bukisa.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 5,232
  • Ad Revenue / Income: Bukisa Index” per 1000 visitors. (i.e. if Bukisa Index is 4, then you get $4.00 for every 1000 Unique Human Visitors). Today, the Bukisa Index is 3.22, which means you’ll get $3.22 per 1000 visitors, for today.
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: I first heard of Bukisa as an alternative to eHow back in 2009 when there were some issues regarding eHow deleting people’s articles without warning. There are a ton of related forum threads on eHow.com about it, and it seems like some people are happy switching over, while others are not. The unique ad sharing model which utilizes the “Busika Index” is, well, interesting to say the least. The exact process about how the index number is decided is unknown, which makes me a little hesitant because at any moment it could change and drastically impact your earnings (one way or another). Check out the crazy growth in the first half of 2009.

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4. Ethorities.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 1,462,872
  • Ad Revenue / Income: undisclosed
  • US Only: undisclosed
  • My Thoughts: This is a WordPress site using a WooTheme to create a how-to article site. Great idea, however it doesn’t seem like there is much activity, and nothing to really make it stand out amongst the rest of the listed sites.

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5. Factoidz.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 23,762
  • Ad Revenue / Income: undisclosed
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: Although Factoidz is relatively new, it already has a reputation online as a decent space to write content online. It’s known for it’s rigorous editing and article reviewing process, which is good for the overall content of the site. As far as ad revenue, I couldn’t find any information about this, but it seems like most people are happy and don’t complain about it. There is potential here, I think.

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6. Firehow.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 90,536
  • Ad Revenue / Income: undisclosed
  • US Only: yes
  • My Thoughts: With a clean looking website, Firehow looks promising, however I couldn’t find any information about their ad revenue model, which I know people are interested about. The Alexa ranking isn’t anything to be excited about, but there is a lot of room for growth in the future. It will be interesting to see where Firehow ends up.

firehow7. Helium.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 1,742
  • Ad Revenue / Income: Based on level of activity and value you bring as a writer signified with “Stars”. See their Terms of Service (#5) for more information.
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: This is the first time I’ve heard of helium, but the Alexa ranking and consistent growth of the site is definitely attractive. However, the revenue structure is a bit confusing and I know (based on eHow history) that people want to know exactly how their income is earned.

helium

8. HowtoArticles.net

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 464,469
  • Ad Revenue / Income: undisclosed
  • US Only: undisclosed
  • My Thoughts: Doesn’t seem like it would be worth investing your time and articles into. Looking at the homepage, it doesn’t look like there’s a ton of activity going on. It highlights 6,798 authors and 9,785 articles, which is less than 2 articles per author. This shows me that people aren’t sticking around (and probably not earning much either).

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9. Hubpages.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 230
  • Ad Revenue / Income: 60%
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: Hubpages is one of the sites listed that is most similar to eHow, although it mixes in a little bit of Squidoo too. It has an amazing Alexa ranking and a great community of writers. A 60% ad revenue share is decent (better than the 50% average), but there are other sites that payout better. The page ranking of the site, however, might mean that your articles would get ranked higher (and faster) in the search engines, which could ultimately mean more income.

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10. InfoBarrel.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 10,466
  • Ad Revenue / Income: 75%+
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: Immediately, the ad sharing model sticks out to me at 75%, which looks to be the highest of the bunch. Although the Alexa ranking isn’t quite as high as the others, the rapid growth of this relatively new content site really catches my eye, and I imagine the ranking will climb even further still. I can definitely see InfoBarrel.com joining the ranks of some of the more popular content writing sites mentioned here, such as Hubpages and Associated Content. Lots of potential here as well.

infobarrel11. Squidoo.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 242
  • Ad Revenue / Income: Multiple methods. Unsure of Adsense revenue split.
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: I’ve published a number of “Squidoo Lenses” in the past myself (which is their fancy term for each particular site/article you create on Squidoo), and I have to say it’s a really interesting and fun process. You can add a number of different and cool “widget-style” features to your lens, including Amazon store, eBay, video, photo and other media Modules – which enhance each “article” or lens and make it more informative than a normal text-only article (and also gives you more opportunity for an affiliate commission. I know there are a lot of people making bank with Squidoo, but it’s a little tougher to understand exactly how to maximize revenue here, since it is so dynamic. I have yet to see any income from the few articles I’ve written, but I know I haven’t really tried to maximize the potential here.

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12. Triond.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 17,197
  • Ad Revenue / Income: 50%
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: This Israeli-based site is a little different than the rest, because as you generate content for it, they blast it out to their own content network, which includes niche websites related to your topic. Popular for non-US folk, this is the first time I heard of Triond before, and it seems promising. A 50% revenue share is pretty standard, so nothing too impressive there. Lastly, the home page lacks as far as getting your content seen, but again their syndication model is a bit different than the rest.

triond

13. Xomba.com

  • Alexa Ranking Today: 2,287
  • Ad Revenue / Income: 50%
  • US Only: no
  • My Thoughts: In the game for a while (since 2006), Xomba is definitely a contender when it comes to which sites we should be writing for, however the ad revenue (as of today) is only 50%, which is again the average. The fairly steady Alexa ranking tells me the site is very healthy and getting decent traffic, however there was no growth in 2009 which is something to take notice of.

xomba

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing what platform to write on, but probably the most important thing to understand is user experience. So, if you have experience writing for any of these sites (or other content / how-to article sites that I failed to mention), I’m sure everyone here (including myself) would love to know what you think and if you’re happy.

Besides our blogs, where should I and everyone else be writing our content to maximize our passive income potential?

  • http://www.my4hrworkweek.com Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

    Thanks Pat for this seemingly comprehensive list of article sites that allow revenue sharing. Your previous eHow success inspired me to try to write for passive income, however I haven’t had any luck yet.

    I’ve written 12 lenses for Squidoo, but like you, haven’t seen any success with it yet (i.e. $0 so far). It just seems difficult to find a topic that has little written about it. I’ve heard about people doing a bit of SEO work for their lenses (or articles on other sites), but this seems like an awful lot of work for perhaps little payoff.

    It’d be great to find something like eHow where you can write articles and basically forget about them (aside from monitoring your income generated by them!).

    • http://www.profitaddiction.com Profit Addiction

      Very in-depth writeup Pat, thank you!

    • Howie

      Hey Eric,

      I know I’m not Pat, but I do have ALOT of experience writing for Squidoo. I have near 80 lenses published, to date, many of which are pretty high ranking, to include one that achieved #2 in the business category (arguably, the most challenging category to rank high on) for several months strait.

      As much as I love Squidoo, as well as the marketing genius behind it’s creator (Seth Godin), I do think they face numerous hurdles that could seriously impede future growth. If the internet is to be viewed as a massive aggregation of limited supply of traffic and users (albeit growing daily), there are so many of these websites (as evidenced by Pat’s post) that seriously compete hardcore fo this traffic. With each new, business models are emerging that are giving Squidoo a serious run for its money.

      Here are what I deem impedements to their future growth and usage:

      1) It’s revenue share. Even though, by virtue of it emerging early in the game it has established for itself great search engine authoirty, the revenue share aspect of Squidoo is both complicated and not very generous all (compared to emerging business models). Ask 90%+ of Squidoo users how their revenue share works, and I guarantee most won’t know, and, if they do know, they may confuse a certain aspect of it.

      They operate essentially under a tiered-payment scheme that is based upon performance and lensrank. Those that work the hardest to consistently gain their lensrank a high ranking ultimately earn the most from a pooled body of revenue share. This sounds great, doesn’t it? A performance-based model is really great in theory, however, there is a bit of a divide between the “performance required” and the incentive. As a result, many people simply give up trying to get into Squidoo’s top tier….they are competing with thousands of other lensmasters, and lenses.

      2) Although I believe they have made great strides, I think their publishing system can get really quite confusing to new users….and, I have heard many people speak of this, which is why I bring it up. If a platform is to expand it’s userbase, it needs to make it’s publishing system glitch free, and user friendly to as many people as possible: from tech-savvy computer users to my Grandma. I do personally like it, but there is a learning curve here that may turn off new users immediately.

      3) I think certain aspects of it’s branding/logo can be inherently self-limiting with regards to the populations it caters to. The idea of a “lens” is ingenious, but the co-branding with a Squid persona is akin to the “Xomba.com” purple alien….some users will LOVE it, but I think it could potentially be a turn off to others. When a site is in the business of capturing as much interest as possible from EVERY population of people, I think the branding is a very critical part of the website.

      Don’t get me wrong, there are MANY things I like about Squidoo. Among those are it’s charity aspect, and it’s strong community. From an earning’s perspective it can be VERY difficult to earn from.

      • http://www.my4hrworkweek.com Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

        Wow, thanks for the detailed reply, Howie. That’s great that you’ve had some success with your 80 lenses, but your views about Squidoo’s future do seem a bit alarming. I haven’t invested a ton of time with Squidoo, and I’m still unsure about whether it would pay to invest more time.

        I know Pat consistently shares his earning from eHow – would you care to share what kind of money you’ve made from Squidoo?

        • Howie

          Eric,

          There are so many things to consider here. As Pat had mentioned, Squidoo does afford several avenues for monetization…some that I took full-advantage of, and some that I didn’t. From strictly their lensrank/tiered payments, earnings vary from $30-$50/month…but, bear in mind, everything is very…um…dynamic there. If you don’t update a lens for a day or two, it WILL slip in the lensrank, and you’ll have more difficulty competing with other lensmaster and lenses to qualify for the tiered payment.

          According to Squidoo’s official blog, their highest earner earned $1,300 in October 2009. Unfortunately, from what I recall, they don’t really say if this is from Squidoo’s affiliate revenue share, or how much accounted for a lensmasters own embedded affiliate links….

          Yes, you can earn 100% from your affiliate links placed outside of Squidoo’s modules, however, there is great indication that sales from Squidoo’s modules (which affect THEIR revenue) are directly correlated to their lensrank…so, there can actually be a benefit to erring towards using Squidoo’s modules for affiliate sales, even though you could earn 100% by emplacing your own.

          My personal earnings on Squidoo are miniscule compared to other websites.

        • Howie

          …and, Eric, I didn’t mean to come across like things are hopeless there…I just think that they, as a platform and business, have a few major hurdles to address in order to remain competitive against emerging models. They do currently have a great search engine authority, but, as higher rev share websites gain traction, I think they may have no choice but to provide more incentive to write there.

          Of course, like I said, they do have a very strong community…..the Squidoo brand is VERY appealling to some….

          Even though I didn’t agree with some of the practices of eHow, or the difficulty that many reported having with their publishing system, I think they are among one of the best BRANDED sites on the list Pat presented. eHow is short, sweet, rememorable, and the blue and white of their site and logo conveys trustworthiness and reliability, just by virtue of the colors that were used.

          lol….don’t mean to overanalyze this….

        • http://www.MemberCon.com Tim Bourquin

          $1300 for the very top? Dude, that’s insane.

          Spend a week creating a high quality content site on your own domain and you can do that with a membership site or pay-per-download without the 90 hours a week I guarantee that squidoo lens person spent to get there.

        • Howie

          Tim,

          From their Editor-in-Chief:

          http://squidu.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=303284#p303284

          ….hence, some barriers to future growth that they need to seriously consider addressing ;) :) They have so many great elements of the website, so, if they could address the revenue share, they could probably go a long way (in fact, they may HAVE to address it in order to remain competitive in this industry)….innovate and adapt or die.

        • http://www.my4hrworkweek.com Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

          Thanks once again, Howie. Perhaps it’s time I try sites other than Squidoo – it definitely seems there are plenty available to try.

      • Howie

        Pat,

        For the sake of your readers, I don’t want to come across as if I am just picking on Squidoo….I think I’ve done a good job at being fair, however, maybe I’m missunderstanding, but I’ve seen some posts (elsewhere) allude to either I, or you (couldn’t tell), not knowing what we are talking about.

        From what you wrote in your post, it appears like you are very accurate….and, I’ve aligned my posts with their Terms of Service, and I can’t find inaccuracies there either.

        Squidoo is a very complex, and like you said “dynamic” platform….in fact, I can see that their staff has gone to great lengths to try to explain how revenue is shared and writers are compensated….

        I would HIGHLY recommend that your readers read THIS:
        http://www.squidoo.com/pages/paymenthelp

        (I could cut and paste that entire page, but, I would scroll down to the part that says “Payout, Tiers, and Alot More”)

        One of the points I was trying to make is that their payment arrangement inherently lends for ALOT more competition. (50% tiered payment/ad pool structure, etc)

        • aidenofthetower

          Howie,
          Thanks for sharing your experience with Squidoo. I have a handful of hubs (maybe half a dozen, not quite sure it has been too long since I have been there). I haven’t ever made payout there and had no idea how their payout system works. Sounds like way too much work to me.

          I thought I would add a few things that I liked and didn’t like for any one looking at Squidoo…

          -It’s a ton of fun crafting a lens. That’s what it really feels like. You don’t feel like you are writing an article, but rather crafting a lens. It is much larger, more complicated, and more interesting then other places to write because of this.
          -On the content point of view though…more content in theory (might not work there) is usually how you make more money online. It takes a lot longer to write a lens then it does to write an article. If you can whip out a nice long article in an hour, expect it to take about four times that at Squidoo. That’s what really deterred me from saying and finding out more…

  • http://debttoprofit.blogspot.com/ Jake

    Great Article, and timely. I have started to give Associated Content a try and am interested in InfoBarrel.

  • http://www.candy-machine-business.com Dougster77

    I have also used e-how and made pretty good income. I like associated content for their upfront payments but their residual income is pretty low.

    I also was making some decent money on helium but when my star rating dropped I didn’t get paid anymore so I quit writing for them, to complicated a system.

  • http://tinykat.com Pam

    A couple points I’d like to make…
    1) You CAN still write for eHow.com. You’re right that the Writer’s Compensation Program has ended but the opportunitiy still exists through Demand Media’s Demand Studios. You can still write how-to’s for revshare. The difference is you have to apply and submit something you’ve written because the quality expectations are higher.
    2) I’ve written for Xomba and have not yet made a single penny. They claim to show their AdSense ads 50% of the time and yours 50% of the time. In my many, many tests I have yet to see my AdSense account number show in the page source. I’ve asked for their help in verifying my setup and followed their directions to a T but still no revenue. I’ve given up on Xomba.
    3) I am no longer allowed to write for eHow because I’m an employee of Demand Media so my solution has been to start my own site at tinykat.com. It’s made just over $6.00 in the first month with no SEO on it (yet!) but who knows where I can take it.

    • Howie

      Quality is always a good thing, Pam….I think more and more websites are beginning to recognize that, and are beginning to implement controls that address quality. Those that effectively address quality, I believe, will emerge as leaders in this industry.

      Squidoo had to learn the hard way (if anyone recalls the infamous “Google Slap” that occurred to them 2 years or so ago)….

    • aidenofthetower

      I am not sure what you are doing wrong with Xomba. I would think (and trust me, computers and code and all that are not my expertise), but I would think that because it is set up to not show you your own ads that you wouldn’t be able to find your adsense info in the page code. If you have added it to your profile you can make money there.

      I don’t make much (and I haven’t written much), but I make a few dollars each month from Xomba from the handful of stuff I have up there…

      Good Luck on your site though!

      And not many writers are happy writing for Demand Studios so it has left a lot of us not willing to give it a go. I am happy with the money I make there each month from my $60 articles, but decided not to try and write there under the new system…

  • Howie

    Pat,

    (Yep, another post)

    I, for one, really appreciate the time you took to do this. There’s no doubt that some of these sites are some of the most frequented and trafficked in the world. With exception to a few ‘hybrid’ type models, and flat-fee/per article models, these sites all do essentially the same thing: offer a user an opportunity to earn a revenue share, in return for hosting their content.

    Not sure if you could ever make addendum’s to this post, but I know there are MANY other websites out there (although, I realize that you probably picked some of the most popular, and for good reason), but you could maybe even expand this post to cover other websites, as well….if your readers really prefer or like one, and they don’t find it listed.

  • http://www.lifestyledesignunleashed.com Richard @ Lifestyle Design Unleashed

    Personally I have shifted my focus when it comes to article marketing. I no longer worry about ad revenue and so on. Instead, I aim to write articles for these Web 2.0 sites that link back to my own sites. In this way I increase my traffic and revenue over the long term rather than worrying about a few dollars here and there and have found it far more profitable overall.

    • Howie

      …but, Richard, if you do it right, the revenue share aspect of these sites can be icing on the cake. By virtue of their pre-established search engine authority, you can certainly use this to your advantage to increase traffic to your own sites, as well. I would recommend, to anyone, that they monetize the heaven out of every aspect of this funnel…..leech onto these sites and grab traffic for yourself, take advantage of the revenue share and affiliate links, and use your “resource” or “profile” box to divert your traffic to your own websites….

      Once you direct traffic to your own website, monetize the heaven out of it, in the form of affiliations, adsense, chitika, CJ, Linkshare, etc….

      It can be argued that these Web 2.0 properties can add another layer of monetization ability, while also affording writers an opportunity to establish themselves as a person, and brand, that are easily recognizable and, could actually be seen as “authorities” if they hone out niches on these sites. The potential is unlimited, if you do it right.

      It’s more so about using ALL elements of these sites in conjunction, rather than just worrying yourself about the revenue share aspect exclusively. That is icing on the cake.

  • http://www.thegreenninja.org Jen

    Thanks for this post, Pat. There are a couple of sites in there that I wasn’t aware of. I have used Associated Content, Bukisa, Infobarrel, Hubpages, Helium and Xomba. So far, I have made the most money from Bukisa. Go figure.

    I’m interested to see what will become of Associated Content – they were just bought by Yahoo, which could be a good thing or a bad thing for the writers.

    Of all the rev. share sites I have ever written for, I’ve made the most money with Suite101, which was not listed here. They have been around forever and have high editorial standards. With just 40 articles published, I have earned right at $700 over the last couple of years. Not too shabby!

    As far as Helium goes, the earnings there have been hit and miss. However, I have gained one steady client by writing through their Marketplace.

  • http://warriormindcoach.com/blog Gregg Swanson

    Thanks Pat and Howie and the others :-)
    Fantastic info! I use to write a lot of articles and now focused most of my time on post. If my main purpose is to attract potential clients I feel that using my time on my own site/blog is a better use of resources.
    However, I do see the power in articles, perhaps repurposing my old posts and submitting might be a good alternative. I have a Squidoo lens and really didn’t know how to optimize it. This is probably a good thing to do over the upcoming long weekend.
    Thanks again everyone for terrific and useful info.

  • http://www.ameaningfulexistence.com Karen

    Hi Pat,

    Fantastic resource article that you’ve written for us. Have you picked your #1 or #2 site that you personally are going to write for yet? Willing to share?

    I haven’t heard of most of these sites so I guess we will rely on you (and the other commenters) to see which sites are worth our valuable time.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com/businesscycle.html Ms. Freeman@Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur

    I just recently started writing for EzineArticles. There isn’t any strait up revenue to be earned that I could tell, but you can link back to any of your revenue producing sites you chose to in the Author bio.

  • http://blog.mw2mltech.com Rob

    Pat, great list of resources. I’ve published a few articles on Infobarrel and eHow, and saw the same type of “ramp-up.” I’ve actually started writing a little for Demand Studios, and have enjoyed being able to write a mix of pre-paid and post-paid (passive income) articles. I know Demand Studios is “picky,” but my experience has been positive thus far.

  • http://technshare.com Dev | Technshare

    Hey Pat,
    Awesome.. post buddy. well.. To be honest, i haven’t tried ehow yet.. but i’m going to do that very soon. Thanks for sharing this great resource. Great post. !! ;)!!

    • Howie

      Not sure if you noticed, Dev….but, eHow’s WCP recently collapsed a few weeks ago. They diverted their users to a flat-fee payment model structure over at Demand Media’s Demand Studios…

      • http://tinykat.com Pam

        Just to jump in again… you CAN still write for eHow for revshare. The content is managed through Demand Studios but there is still revshare. You cna also still suggest your own topics. You don’t have to only select from the list of suggested articles.

        • http://residualincomeweb.com Maria (WriterGig)

          Pam is right. :)

  • http://www.pursuingstreams.com rob

    Nice job! I was just thinking about article marketing today…Quick question, the articles that go on sittes like Ezine, Infobarrel, etc, can I post those same artcles on my site and other article sites like Suite 101, etc?

    • Howie

      rob,

      I know I’m not Pat, but, since I know the answer, just thought I’d respond to help him out (hopefully he doesn’t mind)…..Most article directories, nowadays, don’t just discourage duplicate content, but they even forbid it, in their TOS, where you could actually have your account suspended or deleted if you post an article their, and then post it on another directory. Authority websites are becoming very attuned to the fact that search engines really VALUE a high quality and unique database, so, implementing these controls actually has direct search engine benefits to them, as well.

      Suite101, Triond, About.com, Info Barrel, Associated Content, and many others, don’t all duplicate content posting. Some websites even have the means to actively and agressively seek out disparities in their article databases, or if one’s submitted article appears elsewhere in cyberspace.

      It may not seem like it, at first, but it is a GOOD thing, for the website, to NOT allow duplicate content…and, safeguard the uniqueness and originality of their database.

      Hope that helps!

  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com Andrew@BloggingGuide

    Thanks for this really comprehensive list. It is really nice to have something where you can create once and earn forever.

  • http://zemalf.com/ Antti Kokkonen

    Awesome list, thanks Pat! I’ve been working the big ones, Squidoo and HubPages a bit and seen some dollars from it, but like you said, it’s the long term benefits that count on these, so I continue to work on it…

    I found Triond last year, thought I’d give it a shot, but got nowhere, since their system seemed to be awfully picky on duplicate content, denying my 100% unique article as duplicate, or something that has been posted already elsewhere. I stopped using the site right there and then, but I might look at it again like many others from the list.

  • Howie

    Pat,

    There is one major take-away lesson (among many), that I hope your readers see here: their decision to write for one site, over another site, shouldn’t hinge entirely on the revenue share % offered. One site could offer 100% revenue share (and many do), however, they may have nearly inexistent search engine authority that it will make publishing their content there near worthless, in terms of potential for monetary gain or traffic. The revenue share % just simply cannot be the only criteria we use in making this determination….especially if we want to maximize our profits, from the least expenditure of time and effort….doing things the “SPI Way” would mean that each person takes it upon themselves to do a bit of an analysis of each site, their TOS, FAQs, user experiences, etc, before jumping in right away.

    The earliest sites to adopt a revenue share mode could simply say “we share revenue”, and people would jump on it as a huge opportunity. As the industry evolves, however, I do believe writers are becoming more keen to what is occuring. As well as some people had done on eHow, one draw back that I heard many people complain about, is the fact that they wouldn’t even disclose the % of revenue they actually shared with writers. Many were completely fine with this, however, this void in transparency leads to a million other issues that are outside the scope of this blog post/comment.

  • Music Resources

    That was an internesting read. It’s a good guide, but looking at it I’m left wondering why people wouldn’t put the effort into making their own sites instead. Writing that much for micro niche sites would be alot more profitable in my opinion…

  • http://evengrounds.com/blog Julius

    This is a good list, and I hope one or more can eventually replace eHow. I only knew about eHow’s compensation program when it was closed. Oh well, I have these to start with anyway. Thanks

  • http://www.lionslinger.com Walter

    I wish I’d should have know such fact about eHow, I could have taken the plunge. As of now I’m searching for a viable source of income through writing. Thanks for the list, perhaps I could find what I’m looking for. :-)

    • Howie

      Walter,

      There are MANY websites available for you to earn income from your writing, and operates under varying payment models. The site(s) you ultimately use will be directly related to a number of things, to include the immediacy of your income requirements.

      Because this post was meant to provide similar alternatives to eHow’s revenue share model, I think Pat did a very good job presenting some of the for-runners. To expect him to cover every intricate element, or comparison, of all the online writing opportunities, would be a bit unreasonable.

      While his list essentially covers sites that engage in various hybrids of a revenue share model, you can also earn income from your writing from selling your articles, for a flat fee payment. This means that you will relinguish all rights to your articles, however, when you sell your article, you could earn $15 or (that seems to be the going rate, with a few exceptions) more. One can see how this arrangement can be lucrative to those who are in need of the income immediately.

      It does help to view this as a business though….when you sell an article for a flat-payment of $15, you had better believe that the company/website you sell it to will earn much much more than $15 over the life of your article. You gain the immediacy of the income, and the gain content that they can monetize over a lifetime.

      For websites that offer a lifetime residual arrangement, IMHO, this is the best way to invest your writing efforts, however, I wouldn’t discount the fact of using flat-fee payment websites in order to get a quick buck when you may need it. Some people I have spoken to actually use both in conjunction….with a revenue share website as their primary, while they may use a flat-fee payment website in the event that they need to scrounge up some quick cash.

      Hope that helps…

  • Delta Waters

    then there’s the issue of “do follow” article sites…spend time writing for suite101 and it becomes dead in the water because (now correct me if i’m wrong) they block creation of back links…

    • Howie

      Ah….now you just touched on ANOTHER aspect of revenue share websites that people should take into consideration before writing for them, Delta….yet, many just sign-up before fully understanding the treatment of Do-follow and No-follow links. Among one of my favorite sites, HubPages, even they implement a bit of a “different” arrangement when it comes to this treatment, in that, they will automatically revert ALL your Do-follow links to No-follow links, if your Hub Score falls below 75. In this case, they have applied a bit of a hybrid model that ties a benefit and incentive into performance. This arrangement is akin to what Squidoo does, however, I would much prefer to have performance tied to that arrangement, then to have performance DIRECTLY tied into payment, as Squidoo does with their tiered payment model.

      Performance based websites sound great in theory, but many trends indicate that new sites are emerging that are moving away from the idea of ‘taking something away’ if people don’t continually interact with the website. The best sites, IMHO, are websites that provide positive “incentives” for activity, rather than essentially the possibility of slipping in ranking or having Do-follow links automatically revert to No-follow links.

      Those websites that provide positive incentives are experiencing serious growth lately, while, websites that operate more on a negative incentive (doing something to evades something bad happening) are actually really quite popular, but are beginning to seriously plateau.

      The growth trends that Pat posted are VERY VERY revealing.

  • Delta Waters

    then there’s the issue of “do follow” article sites…spend time writing for suite101 and it becomes dead in the water because (now correct me if i’m wrong) they block creation of back links…thoughts?

  • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

    Great Post Pat!

    I have been thinking of making money by writing for article sites, I never htought I could get this number of sites.

    I will give some of them a trial immediately after my exams.

    Thanks a lot,
    -Onibalusi

    BTW: Have you seen my guest post on blogging lessons I learned from Children?

  • http://www.freshperspectivecoach.com/ Kasia Rachfall

    Hi Pat,
    Wow there is a lot of amazing information here! A colleague recommended this blog to me and I’m so glad he did. I learned a lot from this one post and I can’t wait to read more. You’re obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about this and do a lot of research. Passive income is definitely in my busienss plans and it’s good to know I can begin to generate it here and there by writing, which I love to do. Thanks again! Namaste,
    Kasia

  • Dave

    If you like to write about travel GlobeTales.com is another site that lets you earn money for submitting articles. Like InfoBarrel, HubPages etc it uses Google Adsense. Writers earn 100% of the revenue their articles generate.

  • http://mkakan.com mk akan

    quite a list.i have a few hubs and lens on hubpages and squidoo.haven’t really maximized what i can gain there .will check out the new ones.
    another benefits could be back links…

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  • http://master-dayton.blogspot.com Master Dayton

    I’ve written for many of these websites. Squidoo has it’s points, but there are a lot of places to get more bang for your buck, especially if you’re more of a writer than an Internet Marketer. Out of the ones listed, HubPages is the one I’m a biggest fan of, but I would personally advise people to avoid Helium.com like the plague. Thanks for the article, though, some of these sites I’ve never heard of.

    • Howie

      Yes. That is a common, internet-wide, opinion of Helium that I’ve been noticing alot of lately.

  • http://legitmakemoneyonline.blogspot.com/ Alexander

    Thank you so much for sharing all these great websites that pay you to write for them. I’ve definitely been looking for more ways to make money online. I guess I better get writing!

  • http://residualincomeweb.com Maria (WriterGig)

    Pat,

    You still CAN join the $1,000+/month club at eHow.

    You still CAN earn long-term residual income from eHow articles.

    You still CAN choose your own titles and topics to write on.

    The main thing that’s changed is the publishing platform — it’s via Demand Studios now instead of the eHow article writing tool. Which is good in some ways, since the eHow tool was often wonky, and this eliminates spam articles that drag down the site quality.

    If you’re serious when you said you wish you had written more eHow articles … apply to Demand Studios and get started again. You’d be an asset the the community of writers there.

    Best,
    Maria

  • http://www.morethanpoor.com Steve

    One thing many of you need to consider is the fact that even if you see no revenue from writing on those websites, you WILL get readers who will click thru to your personal websites. I only managed to get 2 articles published on ehow before the change and was denied an account by ondemand. That hasn’t stopped me from getting traffic via those articles to my other websites and it will help establish an on-line presence!

    • Howie

      Very good, and entirely accuract, insight, Steve! Using these sites, in conjunction with the promotion of your own website/blog, can manifest in tremendous visibility of yourself (website/personal brand), as these sites suck in a ton of traffic from the search engines. Visit my Info Barrel profile sometime, and you can see that some of my articles have in excess of 5,000-6,000 views already, and Info Barrel is still only a massively growing PR4 website. Look at any trends/growth graph, and those who are wise will see a serious opportunity with Info Barrel (as well as using other sites in conjunction).

  • Danielle

    Thank you, Pat, for the wonderfully thorough reporting. I´ve -just- begun writing for Demand Studios and haven´t yet done any of their revenue share articles. Has anyone had experience so far? Have you been doing revenue share with them, Maria? I can´t find the rates they´re offering on the site. (The Supplemental “Revenue Sharing Program” Terms of Use are at: http://www.demandstudios.com/revshare-terms-of-use.html )

  • calfred

    Yo Pat…
    nice blog you have here.

    but why didn’t you include WiseGeek?

  • http://www.storehousebuilder.com Andy

    Awesome post! I have posted 100 articles to Associated Content (AC). I was looking to build another income channel, in addition to my Adsense/Affiliate supported websites. I have respectable traffic to my articles, though the income doesn’t make it worth the effort.

    I still find AC to be a wonderful resource for driving traffic to my elementary education websites. Currently this site sends me about 2,000 new visitors a month. I also found that though the links that you create with the WYSIWYG editor are “no follow” links, you can delete the “no follow” code in source view and use AC to build quality links to your websites. They only ask that you don’t make your articles like an advertisement.

  • http://ultimatemailinglist.com/ Ultimate Mailing List

    Thanks for the tips Pat, HubPages looks good. I’ve read quite a bit about it now and think I’m going to see if I can get it earning for me…

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      that I have sites that I also link to new sites from.All of these often means that the site is spidered by Google wiithn 48 hours (and manytimes less than that) and starts to appear in the search engines a couple of days after that.As others have said, just submitting the site is not enough, you need to optimise each page of the site for specific, relevant phrases this is called SEO.If you do that well you should end up featuring at the top of the search engine results and this is what will drive traffic to your site although I would warn about just chasing traffic, would you rather have 1000 people a day look at your site and then go away or one person looking at the site and buying ? What you need to chase is relevant traffic that has pre-qualified themselves as prospective clients (of what ever you are selling) this is done by making sure that the phrases that the pages are aimed at are relevant to the page.Hope this helps

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  • Renith

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  • http://hubpages.com/profile/andromida andromida

    Recently Infobarrlel is doing relatively well among all the new revenue sharing sites.I do write for hubapages and in terms of revenue share, they are very good and transparent to its users.But I think there should be more and more high ranking revenue sharing sites like squidoo and hubpages.You list covers all the big shots in revenue sharing domain.thanks a lot.

  • http://www.cotedazurvillarentals.com RosaleenRosy

    Thanks for the tips Pat, HubPages looks good.

  • http://www.electclub.co.uk RosaleenRosy

    Thank you, Pat, for the wonderfully thorough reporting.

  • ER

    I guess what concerns me is the low payout that Pat is experiencing from Infobarrel.
    How many articles do you have on there to get the 1or 2 dollars that you get every month? Sorry if I missed this elsewhere.

    Thank you !

    • Pat

      Actually, I only have 4 articles written, so to earn $1.50 to $2.00 a month is actually not that bad. I just haven’t had time to devote to writing more articles, as many of my other projects I have going on have a much higher potential ROI. Hope this helps! Cheers!

  • http://blog.crucialbusiness.com Christopher

    I was thinking how I wish Pat had written about the different article writing websites and while looking at the pillar articles by other bloggers, I discovered a link back to this post, you rule!

  • http://moneyhomeblog.com [email protected]

    I wish i have articles at ehow.com can’t beleive this was making money for people. Good list. Am new to this i hope to make some money from infobarrel.

  • http://www.jaimiedee.com Jaimie Dee – Atlanta Wedding Photographer

    I have poured and poured through everything in this post, including all of the comments. I’m going to get started on this. I’d love to find more information though! I’m going through the list and trying to figure out which one I’d like to write for (taking the last additional years worth of information since this article was written into account as well). Any advice from Pat or other commentors above would be very much appreciated!

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  • https://www.thecircle.com Psychic

    You currently write for both Info Barrel and eHow?…..while I wouldn’t recommend relying solely on one source for revenue, as a once long term user of eHow, my experiences there cause me to caution other users….because of the significant amount of daily glitches, and lacking customer service, like many others, I gravitated away from eHow and took all my 130+ articles with me….

    then, again…it appears like you have had a good experience with eHow….good luck….

  • Chris

    Two more sites are http://boostplace.com and http://snipsly.com.

    Both share 80% of their adsense revenue and boostplace shares 80% of its chitika revenue aswell.

  • http://www.wikihook.com Steve

    Yes they are great sites but I found a new one called wikihook.com that shares 75 % with all users and I already post 10 articles there, my adsense revenue is around 10 $/month sometimes 12$ sometimes 8$ I am very impressed about this I will try to write more articles to see how things go.

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    Wow. You deserve to get paid to write. What a good quality article. It’s impressive that you were able to figure that out and I’m really sad that they stopped that on ehow :( But thanks for the post! It’s really great!! :)

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  • Danielle McGaw

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