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In my last post, I highlighted 13 different revenue sharing websites that one could possibly write content for and earn passive income from. The post actually turned quite a few heads, as threads in the forums of many of these sites started talking about it, including the communities at Squidoo, Helium, Bukisa, Infobarrel and even eHow. All of the chatter was positive, and I thank you all for your support as I try to rediscover the best place to write content for and earn a passive income.
Before I go on, I’ve received a lot of emails and comments asking me the same question: why write for these other sites, when you can write for yourself – like on your own blog where you don’t have to share any of the revenue?
This is a very valid question, and I do have to be honest and say that personally I think writing for yourself is better. That being said, there are a number of reasons why I still enjoy writing for these types of sites – all reasons why I’m searching for the next big, profitable revenue sharing site:
- The freedom to write about almost any topic and not stick to one specific niche. When I wrote for eHow’s Writer’s Compensation Program, I wrote articles in a wide range of topics, all of which made me money. This includes articles about dogs, jewelry, business, engineering, architecture, driving, romance, and the list goes on and on. When you have a blog about a specific niche, you’re limited to the range of topics you can talk about (which you should be on your blog). But, I like to write about everything, so these revenue sharing sites allow me to do that with more freedom and have a better chance at ranking higher in the search engines and earning money from those articles, compared to if I just created another blog and posted all of the same, random articles.
- All you have to worry is about writing content and making money. With a blog, there are so many things to worry about in addition to the content you write for it. Trust me. With these revenue sharing sites, all you have to do is worry about your content, and the site you write for should take care of the rest. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sticking to a schedule. You can write articles 5 times a day, or 5 times a month – it’s totally up to you and how much you want to work and earn. Obviously, however, the more work you put in, the more results and money you’ll end up making.
- The communities. One thing I love about these sites are the communities of people within who are all big supporters of the platform they are writing for. From what I’ve seen in each of the communities in all of the sites I’ve visited so far, everyone is very friendly and eager to help each other out, willing to lend a helping hand to help anyone (and especially newbies) earn their first buck online. I remember when I first started writing on my own blogs, I often felt like I was alone and lost.
Now that you can understand why I’m still interested in doing research and finding the “next eHow”, the question is: how do we choose where to write.
There are a number of factors that I believe one should consider (in no particular order):
- Website Traffic: We don’t want to waste time writing for a website that isn’t going to help our articles climb to the upper ranks in Google. The Alexa ranking and just doing basic keyword research of articles you find on these sites would help you determine which ones have decent traffic.
- Traffic Trends: Although it would be easy just to choose the site with the most traffic, we also have to consider the traffic trends behind each of these sites as well. There may be a potential to earn more if the site’s traffic is growing rapidly, rather than flat or even declining. As a result, choosing some of the more popular websites may not be the right move. Get in early on a site that isn’t quite there, and when it does get there, you’ll be golden.
- The Revenue Share Model: We all want to know exactly how we’re making our money. This was a problem with eHow because they really didn’t disclose the exact formulas involved, so it was always a bit of a mystery. Some of these other revenue sharing sites aren’t afraid to share exactly how it works, and that’s quite refreshing. A little transparency goes a long way – this I know.
- Analytics: Not only do we love to know how we make our money, but we also love to know how each of our articles are performing. eHow shared with us the pageviews of each of our articles, but it was very limited as far as changing the timeframe and seeing trends, so it was difficult to understand exactly what was happening. Some of these other sites allow you to integrate Google Analytics to find out exactly what you need to know (i.e. where is my traffic coming from).
- International Writers: I used to write a lot about my adventures on eHow, and it would always sadden me when others tried to join because of my recommendation but couldn’t because they were not U.S. residents. Actually, international writers could join, but they just wouldn’t get paid. This time around, I’m looking for a site that will accept and pay international writers, so if I do recommend the site I can keep all of you non-U.S. residents happy too.
- Author Retains Right to Articles: When you write content and publish on one of these sites, is it still YOUR article? Do you retain the rights to your article? Well, sadly it depends on which site you choose to write for. I, for one, would love to keep the rights to the content I publish.
- Affiliate Links: With eHow, I actually made quite a bit of “extra” cash by placing affiliate links to relevant and good products within the resources section of my articles. A lot of sites won’t let you do this, so if possible, I would love to find one that does.
- Do-Follow Backlinks: Let’s face it. Many people like to write content for these sites not only to make money through ad share, but to help drive traffic and increase the keyword ranking for their own blogs and websites. A number of articles I wrote for eHow was content that was re-purposed (not just copy/pasted, but rewritten on similar topics) from this blog and some of my other businesses too. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that eHow was a no-follow backlink website, which means that any links that I provided to my own sites did not count as a backlink in Google’s eyes. I still made money from those articles, however I did not get the “Google Juice” I thought I was getting. Where ever I choose to write next, I’d ideally like any links I publish to be do-follow links, since I may be re-purposing content once again.
- A Thriving Writer’s Forum: Like I mentioned before, one of the things I really like about writing for these kinds of sites is the community of friendly and goal-driven people within them. The eHow community was really fun to participate in and I actually met quite a few online friends who I still chat with from time to time today. I’m hoping that the next site I write content for will be just as fun and useful, if not better.
- A Friendly and Responsive Staff: This is important to me, as I’m sure it is for many others, because new things always come up and there are always questions to be answered. A fast and friendly staff is a good sign of a healthy, thriving site that is enthusiastic to maintain a good rapport with their writers and feed the growth of the site.
These are just some of the many factors involved in my decision of where to invest my time writing content. I do have a few “top choices” in mind, but I’d first like to hear YOUR thoughts on where you think people should write, and more importantly, why?
If you write content for another site and are enjoying your experience, I’d love to hear you give your recommendation and reasons why – but please no referral links. If you write for a site and you can’t seem to explain why you enjoy it, then maybe it’s time to think about writing somewhere else.
Looking forward to your responses. Thanks!