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Writing for Wizzley
What Is Wizzley?
Like dozens of other revenue sharing websites that now exist, Wizzley is a site that allows anyone to publish articles and earn a share of the revenue. The site is fairly new and doesn't get much traffic, but it does have one fun advantage- you can build large, elaborate pages that are much like building HubPages. You chose your own modules and can create just the layout you want using the types of modules you choose. Like any revenue sharing website, there are good and bad aspects of the site...
First, the Good
The most obvious good aspect of using Wizzley for a revenue share is the many modules you can use for HubPages, including eBay and Amazon modules, YouTube, feeds, text, images, and more. In fact, it has more types of modules than HubPages.
In addition to the Amazon and eBay affiliate modules, it also has options for Zazzle and AllPosters. In addition to text, image, feed, poll and video modules, there are also Google Map, Flickr, blog lists and code modules. This allows for the creation of extremely elaborate and in-depth pages.
The site offers users a 50% share of the AdSense earnings of each of your pages. When you have created 50 pages, your share goes up to 55%. Once you have gotten to 100 pages, your revenue share goes up to 60% of the AdSense revenue. You also earn a commission on Amazon, AllPosters and Zazzle sales made through your pages. While there are eBay modules, there are no commissions paid for eBay sales.
There is also a referral program, so you can test the site out, and if you like it, refer people to it for a 10% share of their earnings.
The pages must have at least 400 words of text, and the site requires the pages to look attractive and to have good grammar and spelling. No re-prints- original copy only. The pages should not advertise anything excessively. You can have a link in your page as long as it relates to your subject matter. Writers keep the copyrights to all of their pages.
Everything should be G-rated, and most topics are allowed as long as they don't promote illegal activity. There are a few extra topic restrictions that aren't like other revenue share sites, such as no pages about managing your love life or about diet supplements. I actually support that, though, as those pages are usually poorly written and, well, stupid, when you read them on other sites.
And Now, the Bad
Wizzley is a relatively new site, and as such it receives relatively little traffic. Instead of trying to build a site by working with experienced writers and encouraging them to write there, they are, well, kind of rude. Actually, they are extremely rude. Even if you don't violate any rules, your content can be flagged and you must re-write it to get the page published. I had one page pulled because they simply didn't like it- no rules had been broken and it was very well written.
As a writer with a journalism degree, a decade of experience and a book currently on bookstore shelves, it was a little appalling seeing a start-up site telling me that a page I had written had "no value." When I emailed for clarification, I was told to make the page more specific. So, I did. I re-wrote the vast majority of it to make it extremely specific. One day later the page was "blocked" and I was told that the page was worthless and, get this, that the information on it could be gained by anyone conducting Google searches. Um, yeah, so can anything about any topic that has ever existed. And how did they think people would find the page? Yes, through a Google search.
Besides some extremely misguided ideas about what constitutes a good page (even their featured pages are poorly written and contain multiple punctuation, grammar and capitalization errors), they are generally an interesting site to write for. The pages are fun to create, and if you don't mind knowing more about how to run a site than the owners do, you might find it an interesting new addition to your revenue sharing sites.
If you want them primarily for a backlink, and most of the writers likely do because of the low traffic volume, they do allow a link to be added. However, the links are no-follow until you have five pages published.