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Writing for Life123.com
My Experience Writing for Life123.com
I started writing for Life123 on October 30, 2009. I heard about the site from another freelance writer in a forum. I was curious about their payment structure, so decided to give Life123 a try. Here is an explanation of the freelance writing terms and my personal experience with Life123.
Life123 has stopped accepting new articles!
Read the official announcement:
"Thank you for participating in the Life123 Writer's Community beta launched last fall. We are closing the program at this time and are no longer accepting new submissions.
If you have submitted an article that was published on Life123.com between October 13th, 2009 and January 27th, 2010, AND have entered valid PayPal account details by January 29th, 2010, Life123 will pay the $20 maximum rate for each eligible article.
Payments will be made prior to the end of February 2010. Thanks again for your work.
If you have any questions about items other than payment, please write to email@example.com"
Writing for Life123.com
Becoming a Writer at Life123
To get started, simply go to the Life123 website and register.
After registering for the site you are a member and you can submit your first article for consideration. Your article will be reviewed by the editorial staff. Articles must be a minimum of 300 words. Also, Life123, wants 3rd person writing. Remember, do not use "I," or "you," when you are writing. This style of writing gives a more authoritative tone.
If Life123 chooses to publish your first article, you become a contributor and are allowed to publish up to 10 articles a month.
After you have written 10 articles and have gotten at least 500 views from unique internet users, you graduate from a contributor to a writer. Writers can publish up to 40 articles each month.
If you are aspiring to reach expert status with Life123, you can do so by attracting 2500 unique internet visitors to your articles with at least 25 published articles.
Life123 Writer Payment Structure
How to Get Paid as a Life123.com Writer
Payment at Life 123 is based on views alone. Each view must be from a unique internet user, the same visitor to your article wouldn't be counted twice.
* $5 - first 50 views
* $5 - next 500 views
* $10 - next 500 views
I have written for other sites that paid by view. Some of them I felt gave legitimate credit for views, others did not. I was very happy with Life123 and my view updates. I felt I got full credit for all views and it was quite easy reaching the $5 payment for the article. I reached 50 views on my first article within 10 days after publishing.
The Life123 policy says you must earn $25 before payout is made for the month, but the first month I earned only $5 and they sent me my money anyway.
Life123 and Me
Initially, I was concerned about maxing out at $20 per article. I know from my experience writing for other websites that some articles can earn hundreds while other earn only pennies. I thought the payment limit would keep my writing from balancing out the lower paying articles. But, I was wrong and here is why...
My evaluation was based on a payment model of ad sharing, not views. After reconsidering the Life123 payment model, I realized that it would be very unusual for an article to fail to reach 1000 views eventually. On other websites I write for my articles have always reached 1000 views. Therefore, as long as Life123 attracts a fair amount of views it is very likely that ALL my articles will reach max payout of $20 at Life123. Considering that the minimum word requirement is 300 words, that is very good income.
I got an email from Life123 a few weeks after beginning as a writer asking for feedback on how they could improve the website. They offered an Amazon.com gift certificate for completing the survey. One of my responses was that the pictures in the "featured categories" on the main page were unrelated. I suggested they be changed to better relate to the category. The next day the pictures were changed. Not only does Life123 pay their writers well, they listen to our feedback! The email stated that Life123 wants to be the best place for freelance writers on the web. They are quickly earning that reputation with me!
I love Life123 and am currently working on building up my collection of articles at this site!
My Writing on Life123
Here is my collection of writing on the Life123 website. If you join as a writer, feel free to share your articles in the comment section below.
As of January 15th, 2009, I passed 500 views, so I am a "writer," at Life123. I can now contribute up to forty articles a month. I was limited to writing 10 articles a month for life123 before, but never wrote that many. I've been paid at least $5 for most of my 300 word articles after only a few months.
When you are writing for Life123 payment is limited to a maximum of $20 per article, but it is more lucrative than ghost writing for Textbroker, or eCopywriter. It is also nice that the initial $5 payout comes so quickly for those that need some type of payment upfront.
Writing for Life123 in a Nutshell
Summary of Writing for Life123
You can make $10 per 300 word article at Life123, by simply writing requested titles. Their SEO team picked those titles knowing they would get traffic. It would be almost impossible to not get 500 views writing those titles. So, expect to make the $10 payout and if you make the $20 well that is just better. :)
You can not get backlinks writing at Life123, because they do not allow links or pictures in articles, which makes them a little dull actually. I put my articles that are informative without photos on Life123.
Please leave comments and feedback on your own experience writing for Life123!