How to Determine the BEST Revenue Sharing Website to Write For

best-revenue-sharing-websiteIn 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

  • Profit Addiction

    Every article you write is extremely in depth and straight-forward. I LOVE reading your content, keep it up!

    • Denis Smith

      Yea I also like SPI articles. But we have to note that something might have changed with the info here b/c we so many changes even in a year in the internet world. In another post Pat discusses the cessation of ehow program. I had few articles in there only to find out that they were no more.

  • Mark

    Hi Pat,

    Very interesting article! As a software engineer, I’m currently working on a new content creation website, which I hope to finish by the end of 2010. This is good feedback for me as to what writers are really looking for in a content creation website.


    • Howie


      The time couldn’t be more ripe for you to introduce a new content creation/article submission/rev. share website, however, as I’ve watched (and used) some from their early days to their escalation of greatness, it can be VERY VERY tricky to get a site like this off the ground. As you can probably see from Pat’s last post (and he displayed 13 sites), there are tons of sites that have introduced variations on incentives and functionality….there is SO much competition out there. That isn’t meant to deter you, however, if you can lay out a very good plan and execute it well, I’m confident you can do well….

      I would encourage you to consider many elements in conjunction: everything from branding to how you incentivize and promote the platform. Build a team of very passionate people, who are versed in Social media and promotion, and you can seriously “crush it”…

      Personally, I would identify the flaws and deficiencies in the leading websites, and work your hardest to address each and every one of them. (Refer to my comments on Pat’s last blog post if you want to know some of these flaws)….

      Good luck, Mark! :)

      • Mark


        The content creation website I’m developing is going to have a different model than your standard content creation website model. It will have a higher focus on building personal brands and recognition, and will have more things that you can create and sell/distribute than just written articles.

        Admittingly though, I don’t know very much about internet marketing (or marketing in general), so it could just be a huge failure. I’m just hoping that when it launches, my generous revenue model will make up for my lack of marketing skills.

        • Howie


          The tricky thing is….other sites have tried (and struggle to this day), even though they offer a flat-out 100% revenue share….I’ve seen at least 4 or 5 sites do this.

          I think you can get really creative with the branding and marketing, but, I admit, this may be difficult to get off the ground without initially investing in the content to be produced by VAs or outsourcers. I think it will just be a long stretch to expect real human users to become so passionate about the website that they’ll contribute significant amounts of content with little to nothing in return (even 100% revenue share).

          If I were beginning a site like this, I know I’d want a good $10,000-$30,000 (maybe even more) just to allocate to content creation in the early days of the site. You could offer 100% revenue share, however, that really doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the established search engine authority where writer’s articles will actually be found by search engines.

          If you want to be successful here, you have to do your research, and offer more than just a 100% revenue share.

  • matt

    I’ve submitted a few articles to Ezine Articles over the past few months. Each submission gives me a nice spike in traffic so I’m a believer. Ezine currently doesn’t share revenue with writers but the site says they are announcing an affiliate program soon. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

    • Howie


      I seriously think Ezine Articles is in a position where it needs to “innovate or die”….For years now, it has been one of the leaders….sites like Ezine and eHow WERE pioneers and their ideas were cutting edge and revolutionary at the time, but, Ezine is going to eventually find itself at a place where it will have no other choice but to expand to some kind of revenue share model.

      Out of curiosity, matt, do you pay for a Premium membership there? ($97/month from what I can see…or a discounted yearly/quarterly price)

      …and, the affiliate program, I would guess, would ‘probably’ revolve around writers getting a cut out of that $97…could be lucrative….but, I think this approach is flawed in so many ways….

  • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

    I think writing for yourself is a great point to mention – before you even think about writing for other article sites, it’s important to make sure your own blog (if you have one) is getting the proper attention in terms of post quality and quantity.

    Getting beyond that, yeah, it would be great to find another site like eHow. Like Matt mentioned, Ezine is a preferred place of many to write articles and gain traffic to whatever you’re linking, however the lack of revenue sharing is probably the biggest deal-breaker for what we’re trying to accomplish.

    When I get some free time (haha, does that exist?) I’m going to test out some of these other article sites. Like I mentioned in a comment to your previous post, I’ve tried Squidoo a bit, but it doesn’t appear to have the same potential as eHow, despite putting an interesting and fun spin on article-writing.

  • RichardGravydotcom

    I can see both sides of the argument – writing for yourself or writing for other sites. I have done both – I used to write a newsletter for one of my sites which I also submitted to various article sites. Over time I did build up a stack of traffic from my signature links and I still benefit from this traffic today (even though I haven’t written the newsletter since 2006!).

    I guess the main downside of submitting articles in this way is the risk of being penalized for content duplication by the big search engines but it’s one of those things which is impossible to quantify.

    • Dale


      The “content duplication penalty” is a myth. Check out the following video submitted by Google Engineer Greg Grothaus:

      No one should worry about duplicate content when using article directory sites like EZine Articles.

      • RichardGravydotcom

        Thanks Dale, interesting video, I hadn’t seen that.

        To be honest, I have never worried about duplicate content and I have been duplicating content on many of my own sites for years (non internet marketing businesses). The point I was trying to make was that I/we would have no way of knowing whether more traffic would be generated if the content were not duplicated. Personally I have been more than happy with the amount of traffic seen from duplicated material :-)

  • Tiffany

    I don’t write that much any more for content sites since I am trying to focus more on my own niche websites but I have to say that I love the passive income that I get from them every month. I used to just do freelance writing which included revenue sharing sites and now that money I get every month goes to things like hosting fees and monthly memberships for my niche marketing.

  • Dev | Technshare

    Hey Pat,

    Another great Post. “All you have to worry is about writing content and making money” Exactly right buddy. Thanks for sharing this great post.
    Today i finally going to choose a revenue sharing site for writing articles :D.

    Thanks for sharing this great Post. !!

    • Howie


      To take this a bit further, because Authority sites are companies and businesses, it IS in their best interest to do anything and everything they can in order to maximize inflow of revenue from advertisement placements. Essentially, the company makes money when you make money, and vice-versa…..therefore, companies (should) take an active role in testing different ad styles, and formatting, and placements….in order to manifest into a higher CTR (Click-thru-rate) for their users…..more revenue=happy users=a happy website.

      I have seen first hand where a company tests different ad placements that manifest into a much higher CTR for their users. Management that takes a proactive approach to this testing, while also keeping members abreast of the results and the future of the site, can be a VERY revealing aspect of the potential of the site and just how ‘involved’ the owners are. Case study after case study have proven that ‘disattached’ owners….who are disattached and unresponsive to the needs, wants, and desires of their users….tend to errode, or flat-out fail, over time.

  • Jonathan Beebe

    I personally don’t think the “revenue” you receive from these websites (unless you submit like a madman) isn’t significant enough for that to be the reason, so for people who like to write about different topics and don’t like to stay within their “niche”, I think this is a great idea! I guess since I like to stay focused on my niche, I never considered that there are people who LIKE to write about different topics, so great point there.

    Also, writing about different topics is a great way to improve your writing, because WRITING is the best way to improve upon your skill, so why not get a little “revenue” for it?

    Great post Pat, and between this post and the others that covered revenue sharing sites and the like, I think you’ve pretty much created the ultimate resource for anyone wanting to know about it!

    • Howie


      I would strongly advise against “submitting like a madman” on these sites, however, it does appear like 95% of people just join up, and submitting articles with a seriously “hit or miss” strategy. What happens is they go for quantity in their submissions, rather than taking each individual article and working on it and REALLY perfecting them with utmost adherence to wording, grammar, spelling, SEO, and LSI (among many other things)…..Do it right, and individual articles can earn upwards of $30-$50 EACH per month (JUST from the revenue share aspect of these websites)…..

      There are multi-faceted benefits to writing for authority sites, and, anyone who is even remotely online should really ‘take in’ the growth trends on Pat’s previous post, absorb them, and realize that, as the internet continues to evolve, this is where online populations are gravitating to….and, with so much competition out there for sites to become authority sites, I truly believe it is becoming harder and harder for people to rank their own niche sites….

      You can’t avoid Pat’s research (or the trends). Honestly, whether people are interested in just ‘sharing revenue’ isn’t exactly the full story….because, these sites hold so much more value and benefit than just the revenue share aspects (as Pat had mentioned). If I target the same keywords as someone with a niche site, I guarantee that I can get my article ranking higher than theirs….had I had the time, and wanted to exert the effort, I ‘could’ completely sabotage people niche’s sites by simply targeting their keywords, writing my own skillfully crafted articles, and posting them on an authority site, and catapulting my content off their inherent search engine authority. I won’t do that….I could….but, I wont’….

      The optimal approach (and the SPI approach) would not be to use any one site exclusively or in isolation, but, to pick your top 2 or 3 and use them in conjunction with your own websites/blogs….

  • Andrew@BloggingGuide

    Nice reason you’ve laid out… Continue writing powerful articles. More power to you!!!

  • Ronny

    I like your articles to, and the last two posts have finally gotten me over to the “dark” side, so now I have started to write an article for one of theese sites(wich one…?, I don’t know yet). If I like it I will do more…

    You pushed me over the edge, Thanks Pat.

  • Lauren Nelson

    I’m a supporter of rev share sites for a couple of reasons.

    1. Communities with editor participation, even to a minimal extent, can help new writers get used to the concept of critique, and learn a little bit about web publishing.

    2. For beginners, it’s a really easy way to start earning money, incrementally. You don’t need to learn HTML, they find you advertisers, they help market the content… it’s pre-packaged web publishing, which allows you to make some cash while you figure out the rest of the game.

    3. It can be another marketing opportunity for your other content with do-follow links, etc.

    4. Building a reputation in the communities associated with these platforms can help drive traffic to your other sites.

    5. The more experience you get, the more credible you become, especially if you’re writing about writing :) Quite frankly, nothing is more irritating that people who preach from a pulpit of inexperience about the evils of these publishing platforms….

    That being said, I think the key to using these sites is moderation, diversity and education. First, don’t spend all day, every day mass producing for them. Yes, getting content out there consistently is great, and the more articles you publish, the more money you’ll make. However, getting sucked into rev share world without exploring ways to make even MORE profit from your OWN publishing capacities is a mistake.

    Second, you should always diversify your platforms. eHow and Associated Content provide very timely warnings. Things change. Quickly. Fortunately for the writers at these sites, their income is still in tact, but if a site goes UNDER altogether, or the folks buying the site aren’t so user friendly, you may find yourself up a creek without a paddle. Writing for 2 or 3 sites (as Howie suggested) is the best way to cover your butt in case things go south.

    Finally, you’ve got to put emphasis on education. Writing for a rev share site should be an educational process. You learn what works for some writers, you learn about effective back links, you learn from their experiences shared in the forum… it’s a lot of learning. Milk it for everything it’s worth. Freelancers may not have co-workers, but we’ve got a great community of people who are willing to be used (not abused) as resources.

    Great post, Pat!

    • Shantiann

      Hi Lauren, I’ve been a writer for more than a decade that I would like to admit to but illness forced me out of the business for a few years. Now that I’m back in the game, I admit I’m a bit lost with “back links.” Could you tell me what pitfalls, if any, I should be looking out for? Better still, I guess it would be nice to understand what they are in “lay-man’s terms” versus the marketing, SEO quagmire of trying to earn a living via the net! Thanks for your help! Shantiann

  • Moon Hussain

    Pat, you bring up some good stuff here. However, regarding: “All you have to worry is about writing content and making money.” While this is true, people can become un-focused and not give a crap since they don’t have that sense of ownership.

    I like how you went in-depth here. Definitely considerations to make next time I decide to ‘write’ to earn (in this sense).

    • Howie


      That’s an issue that I believe Squidoo tried to address (foresee) with their ‘lenses’. They are intended to be YOUR lenses that YOU build…and that YOU can have pride in…except, they aren’t entirely your own. Smart owners and websites are constantly looking for ways to make writers at least feel like they have that place and sense of ownership.

      There is one major point that can instill a sense of ownership, that Pat actually touched upon….whether or not a website allows autonomy with the submission of their content. I would feel more ‘restrained’ had a website told me that, as soon as I submitted content, I would forgo any rights to that content. Personally, I won’t host my content anywhere that doesn’t afford me the opportunity to post (and remove) my content any time I like. Some websites will openly sabotage your content, as per their TOS….capture them, only to never let go.

      This is why, I believe, it’s so critical for a website’s owners to be proactively involved in the community (and actually have a community aspect/forum integrated into their site, in the first place)…so that they can quickly poll, and gauge trends of user sentiments with regards to the direction the website is heading….in terms of new features introduced, the way issues are handled, etc. If a website’s owners are disattached from member’s inherent desire for ownership and autonomy, they will quickly fail.

      For how long to people bring up eHow’s publishing glitches? That problem, in itself, was a deterrent to new membership, as well, further involvement from even the most passionate users. Yet, for a company that earned millions of $$$ each month, they were unable to get these glitches under control. The website was borderline unusable…giving birth to a million and 1 different “work arounds” just to publish an article–the most fundamental of tasks. (Open up 7 screens, copy and paste to word, use the expanded screen, publish one step at a time, etc, etc….)

    • Howie

      …Also, Moon…

      I think it is impossible to have a complete “sense of ownership”, because, by their very nature, your content on these sites will NEVER truly be 100% your own (because they aren’t hosted on your own site). One interesting thing to observe, however, is the fact that revenue sharing websites are becoming a major major trend online….so much competition has been given birth to, that sucks in a TON of internet traffic daily, that I believe it’ll become increasingly difficult for people to rank their own individual niche websites.

      The best thing these site’s owners can do is do everything they possibly can to foster and facilitate an active and involved community….that continually contributes quality content, and self-moderates itself, in order to safeguard and ensure that quality.

      Fortunately, there are numerous elements of functionality, in many sites, that actually empower users to make their ‘lenses’ or ‘articles’ or ‘hubs’ exclusively their own…branded with their own thoughts, opinions, avatars, quotes, links, etc….Even though their articles are hosted elsewhere, other than their own domains, these website’s owners can certainly push their site as close to providing a sense of ownership as they possibly can.

  • Onibalusi Bamidele

    Really great post!

    All your points are very valid points.
    I will like writing for revenue sharing sites because of the freedom to write what i want when i want.
    You are also right about international residents, I am a Nigerian and i find it difficult to promote great affiliate products i like on my blog. Customer support is also very important.

    Thanks a lot for the nice post,

  • Julius

    These are excellent reasons for finding web sites to write for. I particularly appreciate that you are also trying to find web sites where international writers can give content and get paid.

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  • Audrey | Scottsdale Personal Trainer

    I applied for an expert on ehow a few years ago. I thought it would be fun to write for them. Sometimes writing is just for fun and you just want other people to read it.

  • Ms. Freeman@Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur

    Writing for these sites provide a wider range of eyeballs for ones content….

  • Alexander

    Thanks for breaking down the details of revenue sharing websites. I’ve been looking to get paid to write articles online and this definitely helped. Thanks!

  • Menandro

    I recently made forms on my site inviting others to submit their stories, experiences and advices. I was advised that this is healthy and a great strategy for both blog or website owner and the guest writer, assuming that they are both marketers.

    It is similar when a blogger is interviewed by others that might seem to be their competitors. However, instead of competing, both marketers help each other out by boosting both their traffic and lead generation. This is the same with exchanging content. It is truly a win win win situation.

    I like this method because we can build partnership and good marketing ethics with other online entrepreneurs.

    Thanks Pat for sharing this. I wish we could exchange good content in the future…

  • Olivia

    Thanks for the list. Previously, I’ve sent in entries to AssociatedContent, Squidoo HubPages but I want to recommend a new site I recently stumbled across.

    It’s and it’s an official Google News source, so all submitted articles get added into Google News… meaning lots of traffic and revenues!

    You should test it out for yourselves…

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  • Lee King

    Any site that you host on someone else’s domain name is not under your control, and therefore for complete control you will need to register your own domain name.

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    i think this kind of site provides a better chance to select good content. I always looking for this kind of sites.

  • Fraser island tour

    Pretty nice post Pat !!!
    I read your post and I found it very informative and educational article. Thanks… I really spend a good time with this blog

  • JD

    Hi Pat,

    I have a new revenue sharing site, Publishers Vault. I believe it matches most of the criteria that you’ve put forth here (except, maybe, for the “thriving writers forum” – the forum is fairly new, but I’m working on it).

    We aren’t the typical revenue sharing site as I have based the site almost entirely on affiliate sales instead of pay-per-click ads (I have always done much better with affiliate sales than with ppc). International writers are also Welcome. Check the site out and let me know what you think.

  • Adella

    Great info and very useful. I start with hubpages and write some articles but nothing spectacular yet I use for promoting other sites of mine. Also I try a new site for two weeks and articles are indexed very well and I have an article that brings me near 1$ each day yuppy :))
    I will put all my efforts on this site next target 5$/day.

  • JB

    Different kinds of revenue sharing websites can act in a complementary way for the writer. Here’s an example: a microblogging site like, a question-and-answer site like, and a top-10 list site like

    The microblogging site is appropriate for writing detailed articles on a subject you know a lot about personally. The question and answer site lets you write lots of short little blurbs on subject matter that the site provides (saving you the trouble of coming up with something to write about; also, you don’t need to be an expert, you just have to research the topic). The top-ten list site lets you create simple and fun lists on subjects you know about (this could be done on the other two sites but you might get more traffic on the specialized list-based website).

    Just to emphasize the point, notice how microblogging and question-answering complement each other: microblogging involves creating an original and interesting topic, having some expertise, writing a somewhat lengthy article, possibly creating or locating images, and formatting the article for presentation. Question-answering does not require creating your own topic, expertise is less important than internet-researching skills, formatting and images are usually not important, and length is usually short. By switching between different sites you can do work that is most appropriate to your mood and current level of inspiration.

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  • johnbux

    You should join . GLAM is very good revenue sharing site. There are lot of ways to make money with them.

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    Thanks so much Great information!

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