Working for Examiner.com
Information about Examiner.com
Well, I recently became employed by the relatively new website Examiner.com, which you may have heard of. If you haven’t the premise is that average folks, experts in certain fields, and everyone in between write articles on a given area that you apply for. For example, I am the Jacksonville Independent Political Examiner. Examiner.com has job listings for those on a local level (such as me) or those on a national level. Areas of expertise range from entertainment to diets to politics to fashion to sports… you get the picture. In terms of the local level examiners, the website is operating local level coverage in 90 cities across the United States. If you fall into one of those cities, you can be an expert on whatever you wish and you can still read what writers from other cities contribute and those on the national level.
Examiner.com pays more than most citizen journalist sites. The formula apparently is complex to determine pay, but it is essentially a penny for every viewer. If a thousand people read your work, you made $10. I’ve been writing one column a day since June 10th and I have made close to $80 total. That doesn’t sound like a lot, and it isn’t but it does take time. Your first few postings are probably going to attract very little traffic because you are new. I didn’t get into a groove until just a week or so ago. Now I am averaging over 500 views a day. Not much, but over the course of a month that’s an extra $150 in your pocket. The trick is to write good headlines that search engines will catch, not to mention market every one of your new articles. After I write mine, I post it on Digg.com, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Current.com, Propeller.com, and Mixx.com. This will attract interest and sometimes you will get a lot of traffic in one day. You are paid once a month through Paypal, which is typical of these websites.
The website itself promotes you as well. It places you under the Google News category, so if you write an article you may be at the top of a Google search for that given topic. The front page of the website also has prominently places sections for “Most Popular” and “Most Recent.” Traffic will be good when your articles are kept on those lists; the downside is there are only five spots each. You will receive comments, both positive and negative, and this will help draw attention to your article and to make you a better writer. Since I write about politics I receive both praise and condemnation, but it is still entertaining to read. After working for the site for at least 8 weeks, you are allowed to seek a second column if you wish, but that is at the website’s direction. Your immediate boss is called your Channel Manager. Each subsection has one, but you will have very little interaction with them, unless you email them.
Once you are accepted as an Examiner, you will receive a username and password to access the writing portal. This is where you paste your articles online, where you see your traffic, your earnings, and where you can go for help. There are tutorials, videos, and answers to questions that you may have. I have found it very useful. All you have to do to get started is to go to examiner.com, look for the tab at the top that says write for us, and fill out the application. It should take them a day or two to get back to you and for them to run a background check. After that, you can start posting. They ask you to post about 3 times a week at a minimum, but you can post as often as you want. The more you post, the more you will make. My articles typically run 400-600 words, which is a lot shorter than most of these HubPages. When you put your article online, there is an option for you to ad links. I have found by adding your HubPage links (if it pertains to the article) helpful in generating more traffic for both sites. You have all the information you will need to get started. If you have the time to write and want some extra income, this is something I would recommend trying or at least looking into.
If you do decide to become an Examiner, on your application please say that I referred you. If I am correct, we both would get recognition for a referral.
My ID number is 13348, you will need to put this on your application.
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