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What is the Best Content Site to Write For and Earn Income?

Updated on November 20, 2016

What is a Revenue Sharing Site?

The content sites I am discussing are called "revenue sharing sites". These sites are a partnership between writers (who provide the articles, pictures, video and or other materials) and the host site that provides a websites, tools, and earning channels to monetize this material. The money earned through these channels is then divided between the authors and the hosting site.

How to Select Which Site to Work For

In terms of income there are two main variables that are important.

1) How many visits per month will a typical page, or page of the type I plan to write, get on this site?

2) What can I expect to earn per 1000 visits to each page? This is often referred to as "RPM" or "CPM". A few years ago I would have considered a CPM of $5 a basic requirement. But these days I would go as low as $4 before starting to consider a site not a viable earner. Even on this basis, and I will be honest here, content writing is arguably just not worth it any more.

If your primary concern is to earn income, this consideration should be used to create a shortlist of sites to consider. This list could then be winnowed down by taking into account your other preferences in relation to earning channels, appearance, interface type, rights handling, communities interactions opportunities, etc. If the earning rate you are likely to get is low, considered trying other types of content writing like selling articles via exchanges, or paid blogging. These are harder to get started in, but pay off better in the long run.

Surveying Online Opinion

The table below is based on a web search using the terms "best top revenue sharing sites". I list the top six ranking sites as provided to my by Google on 3/7/2015.

I offer this to provide some context to my own recommendations, as I obviously cannot try to assess every content site available. People will also have different experiences based on the topics, length, and style of the content that they write.

The only change I made was to omit Squidoo whenever it appeared in the rankings as this site has closed and much of its content acquired by Hubpages.

Anand Kumar
Tilen Hrovatic
Michael Cimicata
KWSAdams
Best Review
Kimi
Hubpages
Triond
Infobarrel
Webanswers
Hubpages
Flixya
Infobarrel
Hubpages
Wizzley
Quomon
Weebly
Hubpages
Triond
Flixya
SeekyT
Crowdanswers
Webanswers
Xomba
Wizzley
Redgage
Hubpages
Weebly
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Sources: Anand Kumar -- Tilen Hrovatic -- Michael Cimicata -- KWS Adams -- BestReview -- Kimi

Two main things are apparent from these listings.

1) The top choice and order of rankings vary between individuals.

2) The one site that appears most often in the top four choices in Hubpages.

My Assessment

It is no coincidence that this post appears on Hubpages. The Hubpages terms of service prevent me from posting specific details about my traffic, CPM, or earnings. What I can say is that I have written for Examiner, Infobarrel, Webanswers, and Wizzley (amongst others, many of which are no longer operating). Hubpages provided my best results for all three.

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    • Natalie Frank profile image

      Natalie Frank 

      6 months ago from Chicago, IL

      This was very well done in terms of how you presented data to provide the most useful information possible. Thanks for the article.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      21 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing. A very informative hub. I enjoy writing for hubpages.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      2 years ago from Fontana, WI

      HubPages has and continues to respond to the ever changing marketplace and support the writers. Yes, it is revenue sharing but oh, the many benefits are immense.

      Love the community, love the convenience and added editing, etc...

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      Marian Cates 

      3 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      An informative article. Thanks!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, writedge earning is low, unless a reader stays reading for 1 minute, otherwise the writer earns nothing

    • psycheskinner profile imageAUTHOR

      psycheskinner 

      3 years ago

      I have looked at writedge and their traffic is currently too low to make them seem like a good option.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Have you tried writedge and wikinut?

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      3 years ago

      There is at least one other variable to consider and that is the types of articles one write. We don't know what types each writer makes their most money on ,unless we check out each site.

      Anyway it looks like Hubpages is a good site in the top 5. Glad I'm part of it. ;-)

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Hubpages is the best at the moment

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      triond is out of the question, i left there ages ago

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      GrimRascal 

      3 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I totally agree that hubpages is the best. Now I just need to go improve my CPM. Mine's way WAY lower than your favorable average CPMs.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      nice and very informative, voted up

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      hubpages is still the best, i tried the rest, very slow earning

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      Donna Cook 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the up to date review. Seekyt was just bought from its Texas based owner by a London based owner. It will be interesting to see how it does now.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I am always tempted when I learn of a new writing site; I enjoyed Bubblews while it paid, but I always come back to HubPages!

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      Nadine May 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that post. I'm glad I am writing for Hubpages. I also tried Wikinut but that did not came up and I never earned anything there as of yet. I did earn a nice some with Bubblews while is lasted, but that is now also in the past. I love creating artwork for products on sites like Zazzle,Redbubble and Sciety6, but again I have yet to earn from it. So long as I love what I do, the rest will come.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You are right there Aneegma. I have made a lot more money through Fiverr than at Hub Pages in a lot less time. This hub may relate to specifically "writing" based sites though.

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      Tanya Jones 

      3 years ago from Texas USA

      Very informative. Thank you for sharing. It's interesting to me that neither Zujava, Fiverr or Textbroker are mentioned.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for writing and sharing this info psycheskinner. It makes me feel better about concentrating most of my writing on Hub Pages. I do have a webpage at Weebly but have not been active there. Hub Pages feels like home and I'm happy here.

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