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13 Alternatives to Writing and Making Money on eHow

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alternative-pathBack in 2008 when I first started experimenting with generating passive income online, I was introduced to eHow.com and its 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.

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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?

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