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Writing sites that pay for your articles

Updated on August 3, 2008

choosing the right writing site that suits you

Which writing website pays off in writing for money?

This depends on your level of competence as a writer. I started writing again in March this year, after a long break of thirty years. First I wrote at Helium in March this year. I put up 13 articles and managed to get half of them with ratings over 85%. As my ratings were not consistently above average, I didn’t get any writing stars and hence missed out in the reward-a-thon. I also tried writing for their marketplace and contests. None of my articles was purchased. I was about to win one of the contests with a leading article before it got suspended, reason being the writing style was not appropriate to what the contest specified. How disappointing. When I checked last week, my total income was $0.13. The disappointment (not that the cash mattered that much) lead me to explore Triond and Associated Content (AC). However, reading the rules, I figured out Associated Content (AC) would also favored the more experienced writers and chose to leave this till later. I picked Triond and PrintNPost and started writing at these two sites four days ago. Now I have around 8 articles posted at Triond and four at PrintNPost. At Triond, my most popular article received over 500 clicks within one day (my children swore that they had nothing to do with it). My income so far? $1.19. I am expecting similar results with PrintNPost. I have also just started experimenting with Hubpages and shall update you with further posting in time. I think the differences in results lie in the following:

1. Rating kills.

At Helium, you have to be rated against other writers. You also have to rate articles if you want to stay in their “reward-a-thon” event. Rating takes time and leads you away from your writing efforts. It’s not easy to get back to it. Rating kills again when you try hard but still can’t get a good enough rating for you to get the “stars”. Rating demoralizes you before you hang in their long enough to see the rules work for you.

2. The minimum number of words is fixed at 350 or above.

This makes life difficult for beginners like myself who may adopt a conversational approach: we basically write as if we are chatting with someone in a casual conversation. We are more used to dialogues, stopping from time to time waiting for responses, rather long speeches during which we are supposed to keep going. It is hard to stay interesting after our points are made.

For the seasoned writer, getting a good rating should not be a problem as there are always more novice writers to push your ratings up from below you. The high ratings will put your articles in the top five lists of search results and get you read much more. The rich gets richer and the poor poorer. The requirement on number of words is relatively easy to fulfill when you have been at it for some time. In fact, you may find it impossible to write articles with words so few for your adsense key words.

Conclusion: Start with Triond, Hubpages and PrintNPost, the sites that put the novice on level ground with the skilled. When you have refined your skills, move on to sites that favor the experienced writers, like Helium and Associated Content, to cash in at the expense of the novice competitors.

please check out here for Dr Benson Yeung's new article on the same topic:

The Best Reference On Writing Sites That Pay For Your Articles

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      Neo 9 years ago

      Ya nice post. There is a site which pays you for asking questions .Pls do check it @

      http://computerkid.co.in/answer/

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      amy.yu64 9 years ago

      I agree that associatedcontent is rather difficult for beginners

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      George 9 years ago

      Triond is the best place to start writing. I found this site offers more freedom and flexibility compared to other writing sites.

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Thanks, George, good luck with your writing.

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      david 9 years ago

      www.printnpost.com rocks as far as the system they have going...once the traffic picks up..everyone should see some nice results.

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      Anti-Valentine 8 years ago from My lair

      "When you have refined your skills, move on to sites that favor the experienced writers, like Helium and Associated Content, to cash in at the expense of the novice competitors."

      Nasty. I like it.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Anti-Valentine,

      thanks for commenting and reading the real me in between the lines. I am moved.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Thank you for this information as I will join both sites and I appreciate your research on them.:) I was on Helium as well and then I stumbled upon HubPages so now it is time to venture out. :)

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi, fashin for life and AEVans,

      thanks for dropping by and commenting. There is an updated hub on writing sites here which might interest you: The Best Reference On Writing Sites That Pay For Your Articles.

      cheers.

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      Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

      Very nice and informative hub Benson. You've done some good research here, and I'm anxious to check out some of the places you've mentioned. I also hope to make time today to read the other hub you've referenced. But for the moment...I've had too much turkey. :)

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Pam,

      thanks for commenting. Do check out the related article as it is actually an updated version of this one.

      cheers.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi, Shafi,

      thanks for the info.

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      Mina 8 years ago

      Suite101 is also great but certainly not for novices.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Mina,

      thanks for commenting. I agree with your comment regarding suite 101.

      cheers.

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Benson, how'd I miss this hub of yours?

      Nice reporting on the sites. I have no love for Helium, or for their rating system. Or for the fact that you can never get your articles off of their site. But other than that, they're good. :)

      I have a few articles on PrintNPost. I've found their publishing platform a bit of a challenge at times, but I get a fair bit of traffic. I haven't posted anything for some time and I'm still getting some hits to my blogs and articles.

      Good luck, hope it goes really well for you. Happy New Year!

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      B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

      hmm. Maybe it's time to branch out. Thanks!

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Shirley and B.T. Evilpants,

      thanks for commenting. I have actually updated this hub with the following one:

      The Best Reference On Writing Sites That Pay For Your Articles

      You might find more info there.

      cheers,

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      very helpful ideas

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      BeatsMe 8 years ago

      Hi Benson, nice hub. :)

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Lgali and BeatsMe,

      thanks for commenting.

      regards.

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      nancysoffice 8 years ago

      Great article. I, also think for beginners you can start off @ ehow.com.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi nancysoffice,

      thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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      kneeyee Alex 8 years ago

      I was wondering where this article was long before I found it. Well I'm happy my greatest pal wrote it, keep it up brother

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Kneeyee Alex,

      thanks for the very warm comment.

      Best regards,

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      idealjanoo 8 years ago

      nice hub i am become your fan coz i want see your every new hub when you publish

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      I agree that Helium is very "stingy" with their payment. I earn a couple of cents each day. The only reason why i'm still writing on Helium is their Marketplace assignment. It took a long time to finally sell one. As of now, I've sold about 8 or 9. Still, it's rather teeth-pulling.

      After reading a no. of hubs on what sites to write for. I started back up with Triond again. 1st day--97 hits (not close enough to your 300) but what a morale booster. I also begin exploring Associated Content. Will see how it goes.

      As for hubpages, everyone is singing praises but I've yet to see any visible results. I'm not that savvy when it comes to the computer, so maybe that's why.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi anglnwu,

      thanks for sharing your experience. Lately I'm experimenting with http://suite101.com and setting up a cluster of my own blogs like: http://doctorshealthtips.com

      I'm doing these as experiments to learn more about online publishing and marketing.

      May be you want to try something like these.

      Best of luck.

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      Nice, I've heard of Suite 101. Let me know how it works out for u. I know they actually have tools to equip you as a writer and other gadgets like allowing you to design your business card as a writer.

      I've yet to sign up, so let me know if you like it.

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      You can go to the site and apply to join as a writer. You'd have to submit a couple of samples. They do turn down some applicants if the samples appear too subjective or opinionated.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share. I am on the way now.nice hub

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      ReMarkaBlogs 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your findings with us. I've bookmarked your Hub for reference.

      I've just started writing in the last couple of months, and I've made the wonderful discovery that I love it.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi ReMarkaBlogs,

      Thanks for commenting & sharing your experience.

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      masmasika 7 years ago

      Great hub. I am writing for Helium and I got more than 900 articles there. That is the only site where I earned money. Thanks for sharing the article.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi masmasika

      thanks for the comment. If you are making money on Helium, stick with it. However, one writer at suite101.com has recently made $5000 in one mone, on a much smaller number of articles than your 900. You might want to look side-ways.

      regards,

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      bizwebreviewer 7 years ago

      thanks for this great info.. does suite101.com limit their writers to those located in the US only? how about those from asian countries?

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi bizwebreviewer,

      no. suite101.com doesn't limit their writers to US/Canadian residents. I am one of their Asian writers. I'm also aware of Indian writers and writers from other continents.

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      sandra rinck 7 years ago

      How funny! I was just looking on the internet for another writing site and here you are. Good job!

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi sandra,

      thanks for commenting. Glad to have been helpful.

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      seo services provider 7 years ago

      HI nice information i have read your article i like it thanks for sharing your information...........

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi seo services provider,

      thanks for commenting. Good to see you.

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      Derrick 6 years ago

      The Helium compensation model is flawed.Compensation based on ratings by others is never fair.Established writers can create 'little networks' and rate each other's articles even if the articles are of poor quality.Its better to go for Pay Per View or Adsense PPC Income Sharing sites.These pay you strictly for the number of people who view your article or click on your Ads.Your income depends on how good you are at promoting your articles,i.e. Search Engine Optimization, Social Networking and so on.These are the people who make serious money.With SEO you can get millions of people to view your articles.

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      Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi Derrick,

      thanks for your contribution. Point well taken.

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      ChristinCordle12 5 years ago

      Great to hear about sites that would pay articles. Thanks for sharing.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi ChristinDordle12,

      you're welcome.

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      MagicalDimension.Com 5 years ago

      Would anybody like to make use of this? http://www.magicaldimension.com/forums/viewtopic.p...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for your encouraging article. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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      Susan 5 years ago

      Where has PrintNPost gone? Someone said they are finished, is that true?

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi Susan,

      PrintNPost is well and truely gone.

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      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thank you for this article. I see it has been helpful for 3 yrs; today, it's me. I usually don't read the article AND the comments, yet with your site, all are helpful to beginning freelancers like me. I will go thru all sites you provide. I am trying to make $ for my family and need to be home and have resolved to follow my dream of writing. Another good hub that gave me some tips (maybe for more advanced writers because they do require samples and have a rating system ... see

      http://nybride710.hubpages.com/hub/How-I-Earned-2-...

      very good site to follow. Thank you.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Gracefulwriter,

      Best of luck with following your dream.

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      Gary Satin 5 years ago

      Dear Benson Yeung,

      I have read both of your hubs and they are exceptional. I want to start out at one site first since I am a beginner with this. Overall what do you think is most preferred site for beginners? I was thinking Triond but I am unsure.

      P.S. Only posting on this older article because you recently left a comment.

      Sincerely, Gary Satin

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Gary Satin,

      It depends on what you want to write about. Can you share with us what you're having in mine? For instance, some titles?

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      Zoozick 5 years ago from Mooresville, NC

      Hello Benson Yeung,

      It's me Gary Satin, I just created an account. I do not necessarily have a specific subject I want to write about. I can really write about many things. For example in AP Biology we are learning about the endocrine system so I might write an article about Diabetes mellitus and the difference between type 1 and type 2, maybe even an article on how exercise can help with type 2. Then I might write some articles about video games because I have a good knowledge about a variety of those. I might also write some ideas about motivation and success because I am in AP Psychology. I also am president of Junior Statesmen of America so I might also write about politics and stuff going on in the world. I also am learning to draw really good at the moment because I am doing a Senior Project so I might do some How to articles. I really have a wide variety of interests so my spectrum of topics could be limitless. For instance I just published a Titanic 3D Review on Triond since I saw the movie the other day.

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Zoozick,

      I think we can stay with both Triond and hubpages.

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      Zoozick 5 years ago from Mooresville, NC

      Thanks a lot for the advice Benson, greatly appreciate it.

      You just earned yourself another follower. :)

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