Hey all! Does anyone have any success writing for other websites? I'm finding that my views on my articles are up (it's all hair stuff, and everyone is doing their hair at home across the world), but my earnings are going down further and further.
As we know, the Amazon issue isn't helping... Here's hoping we are still going to get commission on sales from the months of May and June. My Amazon earnings this past April after the pandemic hit were over TRIPLE what they usually are, so I can only imagine what they've been for the past weeks it has been down.
I'd love to learn about some other platforms that may be able to supplement my income.
I started writing on Medium in November, 2019. It's quite different from HP, and takes a different style of writing to be successful. It took me some time to learn and get curated (equivalent to having an article chosen for an HP niche site). I use Medium for articles that are not suited for HP because the titles are not subjects people are actively searching for, but they draw interest when Medium readers see them.
So far I have 39 articles, and am having my best month ever financially:
Jun $11.64 (as of June 15)
Try Medium.com. It's owned by Twitter, and Twitter is bigger in value than Maven. Folks at Medium.com earn like $5000 per month in average. You have to write poetically at Medium. If your writing style is not poetic, then don't go there. You will not earn.
Predox, or whatever name he pops up as, is an annoying troll who gets his jollies by being a pathetic nuisance.
Yeah, I have some work on Medium, get okay traffic and haven't earned a cent. You have to write basically political or current events/op ed type stuff to make $$ there and it's not evergreen in my experience.
There used to be lots of sites where individuals could write articles to earn passive income from advertising. Nearly all of them went broke or closed down because of falling profits. The few that still survive are doomed to eventual failure, because it's not a profitable business model any more.
New sites spring up all the time - but because the business model no longer works, they don't last. If you do manage to earn something from them, there's a high risk you will lose some or all of your earnings when they close down.
The only article-writing sites worth considering are those which are supported by a larger company whose main business model is something else. HubPages is in that category now, supported by Maven.
Like Maven, Medium.com runs large publications as well as allowing individuals to blog. So they are worth a try, if you can write on the kind of subjects that suit the site.
Vocal.media is another one. It's part of Jerrick, a large media company which uses articles on Vocal as a promotional tool for its clients.
I should add that I don't write on Medium.com or Vocal.media myself, so I have no idea what their income-producing potential is like. AllI can say is that their business model suggests they will be more stable than others.
I'm writing on Medium. They paid me 29 cents already
It's tough because they have a certain style which is hard for non-Americans to emulate.
The most common advice given seems to be: write and publish at least four times a week.
Thank you guys! I'll have to do a bit of studying and see if my material would translate well on another site. I know it's slow going at first, it took me 6 months-1 year for my earnings on Hubpages to start to actually kick off. Hoping that maybe if I start now elsewhere, I'll be able to eventually get my earnings back to what they had been.
I wrote on at least 5 other content sites and HubPages was the only one that paid out more than a few dollars a month.
Yes, it normally takes a while to earn but you can't just write on faith when most sites will end up paying you a few cents an hour.
In my experience, those that will pay decently are at least somewhat scale-able. Assuming you are writing broadly the right sort of material you will see some earnings in a relatively short period of time (taking into account the prevailing winds of SEO).
I wish I knew of more sites like HubPages. I have had my greatest success with this site, but it was the days before niche sites & editors & Maven takeover. Whenever the HP Paypal earning program was implemented in 2011, I got my break break (sort of). I hit several million views on an older account. I even had one article at the top of the page of Google for several keyword phrases. It went semi-viral & got 5000 hits a day! I was ecstatic!
The climate is much different now. While it's good that we have professional editors looking at our work, the process is much slower. In the old days, I could get an article ranked within the search engines within 36 hours. Sometimes the views would come right away for hot topic articles.
You could try writing for Constant Content. You're basically ghost writing, though. You can earn more money on the site by selling the full rights of your articles. Depending on length, you could make 30-50 bucks per article or more. Thing is, you need to write dozens, if not hundreds of articles. And in my experience, the editors are very strict. You'll need to take a test to be eligible to write for the site. Then you'll need to get your articles approved by the editor, so they can potentially be sold to people. I managed to sell some articles on the site, but getting some of my articles approved was frustrating. But I think it depends what you write about and how confident you are in your abilities. Some people on the site have written 500-1000 articles!
I've tried other websites years ago. I think one was called BrightHub. And I think I tried a couple other "content farm" sites where you could monetize articles. Of course, HubPages was the best I found.
My articles on Constant Content were fitness and nutrition. I've always wrote mostly videogame related content on Hubpages which goes to levelskip.com now.
I'm currently working on a Dark Fantasy Epic now, much different than writing informative articles lol.
The internet is massive, though. You think it would be easier to find sites like HubPages.
Yes, the internet is massive, but why should that make it easier to find sites like HubPages?
No one is going to create article-writing sites if they can't make a profit from them. And if someone was considering it today, they'd only have to look at the history of revenue-sharing sites. There's a legion of such sites that failed, or are surviving but with barely any readers - Helium, Zujava, Squidoo, Niume, Daily Two Cents, Today, WritEdge, Bubblews, Infobarrel, Wizzley, BrightHub, the list goes on. Out of all of them, HubPages is the only one that has endured.
Wizzley is still alive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but they are still around.
Yes, I said "that failed OR are surviving with barely any readers"
It is some guy in Texas, and I think he is running the site from his mothers basement. I guess there are a lot of advantages to managing a business with low overhead!
I am just going off something I read from one of the moderators. He said he lived in Austin, Texas. That could be false, of course, and the site may be based elsewhere, but I would think the owners of that site would have removed his post from their site if it was not true.
Who knows though, the internet being what it is.
I suppose so. I'm grateful HubPages is still alive. Oh yes. I think I tried Infobarrel before.
I would have suggested hub.opera.com ; its a writing site owned by Opera browser and the Opera News App. However, the earning there is so little, you'd be better off posting the articles for free online.
Although they pay in my country's currency, it comes down to about a dollar for 10,000 views. The only good thing is that you aren't required to write lengthy posts. There's a 150-word minimum word count per post, which is very easy to write.
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