Sunday, February 13, 2011

My newest love affair on the internet is One of the questions that is asked at least once a day is ‘how can I earn a living online?’ or some variation thereof. So I thought I would go ahead and list all the places I work at online right now. Sort of as a reference for myself, because I work at so many places it’s easy to forget them all.

I will regularly update this when I add more sites that are similar to the list so bookmark this if you want to keep up-to-date with the workings of the web and my income.

Some sites may be repeated multiple times as they either have multiple ways of earning or I use them in multiple ways. I’m sure you can figure it out as you go and I’ll try to give descriptions of each one on a basic level.

Buckle up, this is going to be a very long ride.

Freelance Writers Wanted:

Revenue share sites - This site offers minor vetting of articles - the first 10 are looked at by moderators before you are set free into the system to wreak havoc as you please (but please don’t, I kind of like this site) - and a 75% revenue share from Google Adsense. There is also a share of Chitika ad clicks available. For even more earning potential, as if Google and Chitika combined isn’t enough, the Amazon affiliate program is built-in. PR 4. I didn’t used to like this website due to the fact that I was bombarded with referral link after referral link, but that is all in the past and Bukisa no longer even has a referral system. They now offer revenue share from Google Adsense or Chitika - only one or the other, not both. Adsense share is 60%. Nothing says a percentage for Chitika so I assume it’s 100%. That may sound like the better deal, but remember Chitika earnings per click are very, very low. PR 5. Xomba is one of my least profitable Google Adsense revenue sharing sites I’ve used since it only offers a 50% revenue share on your content. This is the lowest I’ve seen anywhere on the web. This site used to be useful for bookmarking purposes, but since it has done away with that potential, I’ll probably be removing it from my freelance writing resume. PR 4. Seekyt is a new freelance writing website that offers 70% revenue share. Like Infobarrel the ability to earn with the Amazon affiliate program is built-in. PR 0. Create your own blogs and earn 100% revenue off any ad clicks with any ad programs or affiliate programs you choose to use.

Flat rate sites -

Demand Media: Pay varies based on the type of content you are writing. How to content for runs at about $15 per article on average. Tips sheets are $3 and there are lots of price ranges and article types in between. Tips sheets are probably your best bet if you want the money to come in fast and easily. Quality control is stringent and editors seem to be a little nuts sometimes, introducing more errors than they had you fix, so don’t connect your real name to your work here. Pays every two weeks through Paypal.

Break Studios: $8 per article may seem like it’s lower than what Demand Media promises, but the quality control at Break Studios is much lower. The chance of a re-write is very low and in the time it takes me to do one Demand Media article worth $15 I can do two articles for Break Studios. That may only be $1 extra an hour, but I’ll take it! Pays monthly through Paypal.

Associated Content: Associated content has a variety of ways to earn and if you’re looking for some flat-fee payment, they will deliver. Payment is determined after submission and normally ranges from $2 - $15. You can also choose from article titles they want with prices already listed. Seed is a competitive site for freelance writers. It’s competitive both in the price paid per article and in the fact that only one article of all those submitted will be accepted and paid for. Those who are not accepted and paid for will retain the copyright to their content so you can easily take the article and place it on a revenue sharing website instead. I see this as a good opportunity, but many freelance writers are put off by the competitive nature of the site.

Secret algorithm sites - Now defunct. eHow is no longer open to new freelance writers or new content. You must go through Demand Media to write for eHow. Create short top 5 lists for a share of the revenue based on a variety of factors. This is pretty much a rip-off of the original eHow WCP so it can definitely be comforting to those who were left out in the cold when eHow so rudely slammed the door on our noses. Minimum payout is $10 paid through Paypal the month after you earn the full $10. PR 0. Views seem to be the biggest factor in earnings and pay has plummeted from the original ~$1 per 100 views to a whole 62 cents per 100 views on average. This can fluctuate a bit, but doesn’t seem to change up or down very much between freelancers. Local examiners can earn an additional $2 - $4 a week by publishing between 2 and 4 qualifying articles in the same Sunday - Saturday period. Minimum payout is $25 paid through Paypal on the 20th of the month after you earn the full $25. Must post once a month or lose all your accumulated earnings. To help me out, tell them I sent you with the code: 18887. Thank you. PR 3. Squidoo is another site that is based mostly on pay per view but there are other factors that come into play, such as people liking your article, clicking links within your article and e-mailing it, etc. PR 7.

Demand Media: Demand Media, like Associated Content, has a variety of pay options. After experimenting with the eHow WCP, they decided revenue share articles were profitable to both them and the writers. They now use the same - or the employees say it is the same - secret algorithm the original eHow WCP used. PR 8 on eHow.

Pay per view sites -

Associated Content: Content written for Associated Content does not have to be accepted for a flat-fee only as I write about above. It can also earn based on views. This per view payment can vary based on which websites Yahoo! chooses to feature your content though so I can't give definitive numbers. This is in addition to the upfront fee listed above!

And now that we’ve covered all the places I write, you might also be interested in:

Different Ad Programs

Favorite Affiliate Programs

Social Bookmarking

Top Paid Surveys

Other Work Online


Georgia Yankee said...

Excellent summary, though WiseGEEK isn't mentioned. I also didn't understand the codes after each review (PR *, PR 7, etc.)

Nevertheless, I'm bookmarking this article - thanks much!

The Georgia Yankee

Tara Swadley said...

I haven't done any work with WiseGeek. I'll add it if I ever get over there; right now I'm spread pretty thin and I really only like talking about sites I know firsthand.

The PR # at the end of the revenue share sites are the Google page rank. This is commonly referred to simply as PR. The range is 1-10 with 10 being the highest. New sites start with N/A then get 0 and progress from there based on activity, popularity, usefulness, etc.

I hope this explains it for you.

TinaAtHome said...

That's a great list. I would add Best-Reviewer. It's fairly new, but when I write there it hits Google page 1. And HubPages is missing too.

Tara Swadley said...

Nothing is missing. These are sites that I specifically work at. And there are reasons that I avoid both Best-Reviewer and Hubpages.

srk4you said...

I can understand why you don't like writing on Best-Reviewer, but can you share why do you avoid HubPages?


Tara Swadley said...

I have an account with Hubpages and was going to start working there, but that was at almost the exact same time the Panda update hit.

Since then Hubpages has been floundering. I've already got my toes in enough start-up projects - Seekyt, my own blogs, etc. - that I don't feel I need to take on resurrecting a site that is gasping for air.

If I take on any new writing companies it will be because they are earning well for average users right now, not in the past.

Nick said...

Hi Tara! Ferdz here. I learned about your blog through webanswer. And you were the top 1. Congrats!

When I look at your blog I kind of look up to you in designing your blog.

I wonder though why is it that you don't host it your own account? You see I am looking for samples of blog I could emulate 'coz I want to start my own. And I found that your designs are pretty amazing and girlie, too.

Thanks. This is not a spam. My email is just in case you would respond in spite being busy. Sorry for that.

Tara Swadley said...

Sorry to disappoint, but I find free blogger templates that I like and use those. I may adjust a few things to fit better or add side bars, but the overall design is someone else's. This particular one is from Dapino-Graphics and they've done a few wonderful recolors of it, too.

I don't host on my own account because hosting, while not expensive, would be a waste for a blog that never earns anything. I've found that Blogger is a perfect testing ground for start-up blogs. If they do well here, and I want to keep up with them, I will consider buying hosting space for them.

ceejay said...

This is the best list of online site where one can write and get paid, but i wish there are legit sites that pay with cheque or alertpay or Payoneer debit card.
Is there any?

Tara Swadley said...

Ceejay, if there are any then I'm not aware of them. I have never looked for sites that pay through such though since I prefer Paypal.

You may want to try and their blog feature. When you reach payout they pay in Visa debit card, which is usable in almost every country.

There are also many survey sites that pay using check; I plan to do a post about those soon.