ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Experience Earning on Yahoo Contributor Network

Updated on March 15, 2014

What is Yahoo Contributor Network?


Yahoo Contributor Network is a platform for writing that allows individuals to share their voice online. With Yahoo Contributor Network (YCN) individuals can write about a large number of topics, and can choose between free-writing and assignments. Most articles submitted through YCN are published on Yahoo Voices; however, sometimes pieces are chosen to be displayed or even featured on other websites- YCN articles can even end up on Yahoo's home page! Not only does YCN allow you to write and submit to their editors, they even pay you to do it. Some articles are awarded upfront payments, while others pay per page view.


Source

Have you used Yahoo Contributor Network?

See results

Pros:

  • Upfront payments- Every article you write and submit only to Yahoo for exclusive use can be submitted for consideration of upfront payments. These seem to range anywhere from $2-20, but I have heard of special assignments and particularly valuable pieces getting much higher pay-outs.
  • Occasional assignments- The assignment desk Yahoo has will occasionally offer contributors specific assignments, some specifically targeted to the writer. The most recent offer I accepted from the writing desk was about weight loss. They asked for 400 words about my personal success story, and offered $14 upfront, plus payment for views.
  • The Academy- Yahoo now offers an academy to teach contributors exactly what they are looking for in an article. They also offer valuable information on search engine optimization, basic writing skills, and copyright issues.
  • Residual Income- Yahoo is reliable with payments, and they will continue to pay you as your work continually generates profit. The amount you get paid varies, but generally remains steady.
  • Beat Assignments- If your writing in a particular area is stellar, you may land a "beat" assignment. This is a reoccurring assignment that you can submit to over and over for a set amount of pay.
  • Referrals- Another way to earn with YCN is to refer your friends. If they get paid, so do you.
  • Contests- Yahoo often offers contests and awards for great content and outstanding contributors. These awards come with a profile badge, and sometimes even a prize of up to $1,000!

Cons:

  • Low pay for views- Payment per 1,000 page views (PPM) is currently at $1.50 for Yahoo Voices. Most content published through the contributor's network ends up on this site. Other sites like Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo News range from $1.10-$1.40.
  • Forum- The community on Yahoo Contributor Network is present, but not nearly as strong as similar writing websites. The forums are under-utilized, and mostly idle.
  • Inconsistencies- Though I generally felt my work was evaluated fairly by editors, some of my best pieces were either rejected, or paid very little, while some of my poorest performing pieces were awarded the highest upfront offers.



Source

My experience with Yahoo Contributor Network


I began writing for YCN in December of 2011. At first, I wasn't sure what to write about. I submitted a couple of articles that were nothing like what Yahoo was looking for. They allowed me to publish them, but only under a "display only" mode. This mode allowed me to edit or remove content, but only paid based upon views.

After some practice, I took assignments from the YCN assignment desk and published much more promising pieces. Shortly after, I found that I had been rewarded with a Yahoo Finance beat. My specific beat allowed me to submit 5 assignments per week, each valued at $10- plus earnings from page views. The assignment called for very specific structure and had several guidelines, but only required me to produce 400 words about my personal finance experience. I felt encouraged. 400 words for $10+.

As I continued, I experimented with other topics. My best performing were about finance, travel, and pets. I didn't write often, but still managed to make a decent amount of money from upfront payments; My page view payments however, were not very high. An average month only yielded $1.50-$5.00.

With more time on my hands I plan to contribute more to Yahoo Contributor Network. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with other people, and adding a little extra spending money to my pockets. I think that with time and more articles there is serious potential to make decent money. I may only make $5 in performance payments (page views), but I only have a small handful of articles published with YCN at the moment. I imagine with many more quality articles the number of page views will greatly multiply, and therefore, so will the pay-outs.

If you are interested in writing for Yahoo Contributor Network, please consider joining through my referral link by clicking here.

For more information about writing for online publications, I highly suggest checking out the Yahoo Style guide (listed below).

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Rupali Gawhad 

      5 months ago

      HOW TO JOIN YCN PLEASE PROVIDE LINK

    • profile image

      Kamal Uddin Ahamed 

      5 months ago

      I want write to YCN. Where I can submit?

    • profile image

      Denise 

      3 years ago

      There is no more Yahoo Contributor Network, it closed at the end of August 2014.

    • profile image

      Johna727 

      4 years ago

      Really informative blog article.Really thank you! Want more. dbdfdfdeedkf

    • Sathya2014 profile image

      Sathya Narayanan 

      4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Useful information. Thanks

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)