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Learn How to Make More Money with Your Writing
So, You're a Writer
Journaling is one of my favorite pastimes, but I reached a point where I thought putting my thoughts into words would be more useful online, instead of in a diary where only I will see it.
HubPages is the first article site I wrote for when I first started freelance work. The community at HubPages is wonderful, and I enjoy creating something that others will find useful. Anyone can write at HubPages which provides the more talented writers with an opportunity to help newbies develop their writing skills.
I slowly built a group of supporters here at HubPages and have befriended a few on Facebook. I have met one writer in person, Sweetsusieg. I also enjoy following Cindy Murdoch, Julie Deneen, and Linda on Facebook.
Promoting your stories and blogging
Don't put all your eggs into one basket.
This popular saying definitely applies when it comes to writing. As exciting as writing can be, you will not get rich off of it. I will honestly say that I was disappointed with the minimal earnings here. It took 10 months to receive my first payout (the threshold is $50). But, writing at HubPages helped improve my writing skills.
After a few months of writing, I was accepted into Google Adsense. I started blogging at Blogger, which gave me more freelance experience. Blogger generates earnings at Adsense, and you can sell goods through affiliate marketing. I also played around with Wordpress, which has a ton of great templates.
I link my stories at Redgage and create bookmarks at Xomba, which makes money at Adsense.
Also, I joined Webanswers, which also generates money at Adsense, and I have seen more regular earnings with this site than with blogging at Adsense. Webanswers is an easy way to generate a little cash. Once you sign up, you can answer questions on any topic you want. You must answer 50 questions before they will allow you to link your account to Adsense, but answering questions is much easier than article writing.
Through all of these activities, I still wasn't making much money. I was becoming discouraged and ready to just stop writing altogether.
Then, one day, I saw an article written by co-writer, Cindy Murdoch, but it wasn't from HubPages. I messaged her immediately to see where else she was writing at. I had been following her for awhile and was aware of her successes, so I trusted her.
Are You Making Enough Money?
Are you happy with the money you're making at HubPages?
The Examiner Experience
After asking Cindy about the Examiner, she was more than glad to provide me with a referral link. She informed me that I would have to go through a screening process, because they do not accept all writers. Cindy told me it would take a couple weeks to get an answer. She did reveal that she was quite surprised at the amount of her first payout but wouldn't tell me anymore.
So, I clicked on the link and sent a sample article to the Examiner staff. They approved me, and after I wrote a couple articles, they approved me to be an 'Examiner' which gave me the ability to post my articles to their site without approval. Once I was approved, I was able to view my dashboard, which showed me my earnings and views. I was shocked! Granted, I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon, but my earnings were in the dollars, and within a week, I had already earned what it took ten months to earn here at HubPages.
At the Examiner, the writers choose a topic they want to write under, like domestic violence, finance, celebrity news, and many more. Writers can also be Examiners for a specific city and report news in real time. Also, the text editor is much easier to use, without having to add capsules. If you write news articles within the allotted time, writers can find their articles on Google News and other news reporting sites.
Not to mention, the referral program is a money-maker. If an writer refers a person to write for the Examiner, and they are accepted, the referring writer makes a $50 bonus. If the new writer produces a minimum of three articles a month for two consecutive months, the referring writer earns another $25 bonus, and so does the new writer.
If your English grammar is refined and you produce excellent content, I highly recommend that you apply to write for the Examiner. It is well worth it, and I am so grateful for the referral from Cindy.
So, if you want to make considerable more money, follow me to the Examiner. Discover the Examiner Perks that I have not mentioned in this article, because there are many more opportunities available besides just making more money. How about attending events to report local news? Oops, I slipped.
So, what are you waiting for?
Will You Stay or Follow?
After reading this article, will you be applying for a writing position at the Examiner?
My current rankings
I was really surprised to see this leader board on my dashboard at the Examiner. I am already ranking #1 in two topic categories and #2 in a third one. The following pictures show you where I am sitting at the Examiner as of October 23, 2012. And all this in less than two weeks of being accepted.
Do you need more information to be convinced? Leave a question in the comment box, and I will be glad to answer them for you.