When I was new to using revenue share writing sites, I would have found a guide of some sort really useful. As it was, it took me a long time to get started and to feel comfortable with how the process worked. I still get times where I can do with a little encouragement and inspiration.
The book I'm reviewing has both of these elements. The first half of it is a practical and tip-laden guide to getting started with a writing platform called Wizzley. The second half is a great journal of the author's writing progress there. The author, Jo, documented her writing journey every 50 articles. Since she's now amassed over 700 articles there, that's a great experience to go on.
This writer's guide will be of particular interest if you are new or inexperienced with article writing and especially if you are looking to publish on this particular platform. I believe that more experienced writers will also enjoy the read too, and perhaps learn something new along the way.
Jo Harrington: About this Author
And Why You Should Read Her Guide to Wizzley
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When I read that Jo had written a guide to Wizzley, I immediately bought a copy. I didn't need to read any reviews because Jo is a born writer. You can tell this from the minute you get sucked into one of her articles. I felt privileged to witness her work from the moment that she started writing on the site and I've been a fan ever since.
- Jo is a prolific writer with over 700 articles: since she has published so many articles on Wizzley, you know that she really must have a great idea of how the platform works as well as having a lot of experience to share.
- 80,000 views on 1 post in just 24 hours: one of Jo's articles went viral and ended up getting a staggering 80,000 views in a day. If you want to earn from your writing, getting lots of readers is a must.
- You often see her work featured on the front page: there are tips included in her book on how to boost your chances of getting that extra front page exposure.
- Journey from a beginner to an experienced writer: when she started at Wizzley, Jo had no real concept of SEO or how to earn money by publishing articles. She just knew that she loved to write. She is the ideal person to show other newbies how they can use their writing skills to earn money with revenue share writing sites and especially this particular platform.
- Step by step learning: Jo takes you by the hand and guides you through everything you really need to know about writing at this site. You learn how to set up your account there, create your first pages, understand how the editing tools work and how to monetize your content.
- Bonus tips and tricks section: as a bonus, she has included a staggering amount of tips and tricks. This is an inspiring read for any content writer online. And, luckily, the core message and many of the ideas are useful wherever you choose to publish your work.
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What Wizzley is Like as a Writing Platform
And Why it is a Good Place for Your Content Writing Journey
Wizzley is a writing site that has a real focus and drive on good writing. That fact is more important now than ever since search engines want to send people to sites that deliver relevant information. Top social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest also revolve around sharing great content.
As Jo explains in her book, the first 5 or so articles that you write are manually checked. You are unlikely to know anything about this moderation. However, it is in place to make sure that articles only show up in search engines if they are of a good standard and do not break any of the terms of service. If you're a reasonably good writer, write fluent English and follow the quality requirements of the site, you have nothing to worry about. The manual moderation is in place to catch out spammers and low quality writing.
After you get through the moderation process, everything that you write will automatically be indexed with the search engines. Readers who use sites such as Google, Bing and Yahoo can then find your work.
Wizzley has its own forum with a small and pleasant community of new and experienced writers. There are people there who can really help you on your journey. Participating in the forum, especially while you are new, will be of enormous benefit. You will pick up lots of tips as well.
What I Thought of Jo's Book
And The Message Everyone Should Take Away
I'm not new to content writing or Wizzley either as I've been an author there since 2011. I didn't actually need this guide but I wanted to get it because I knew that it would be an inspiring and informative read.
The timing for me to buy Jo's book could not have been better. I'd been away from the site for a while, concentrating my efforts on diversifying on my own sites and other platforms. At this point I was ready to come back and gradually start to add to my content again. I knew that this book would give me the confidence and inspiration to dive back on the site and carry on as before.
Dipping in and getting started: despite already having an established account, I read Jo's book in full from the start. She delivers some excellent advice on choosing a name for yourself and on how best to set up your entire author profile. I wish I'd read that part when I was new. If you haven't yet made a start on the site then you'll really want to read all of her advice on setting up your account so you can begin on the best footing possible.
Creating a page: there's a lot of hand-holding while you read and this is perfect for newbies. There is advice on choosing an article title, penning the introduction, selecting a good topic category and information on the individual modules that you can use to create and build your pages.
Author rank and page rank: there is lots of advice on understanding and improving on your rankings at Wizzley. Every author there has a ranking with a desired maximum of 100% and each page that you write also gets ranked too. This is purely an internal form of ranking. A page that doesn't get a high score can still make sales, it can still get traffic and it can still earn money from ads placed on the page.
All pages start out at a rank of 47%. Those that climb up to a complete 100% can get an extra boost of promotion from being featured on the front page under the default popular heading. Jo goes into a lot of detail to explain just how these rankings can benefit your work.
Monetizing your articles: here's where a lot of great writers fall down and Jo freely admits to struggling with this in her book: monetizing. Being able to make money from the articles you write is something that many authors desire. Jo persevered and worked hard to get to the point where she began to make regular earnings. She describes different methods of monetizing that you can use with this website as well as her personal experience with each one.
The Bonus Tips and Tricks Section
Not many article writers actually think to share everything that they have discovered with their peers, so this bonus section is very valuable. It is refreshing and inspiring to read about Jo's journey with all the frustrations, struggles and insecurities that she encounters along the way. Most of us have them.
But amidst all that, this author freely shares everything she discovers to help other people with their journey too. It is reassuring to see that it does indeed take time, incredibly hard work and a willingness to learn. No false impressions are ever made and she documents a long and slow road to earning.
Inspiration Galore for Article Writers
Jo is a success because she pushed through all the hard times. She kept on writing even when the money didn't magically start pouring in at 50 nor even 150 articles. She pushed the nagging negatives to the back of her mind and kept on delivering not just good content but great content. Gradually, all the threads that she worked so hard to put in place started to weave together.
Her message is loud and clear: write often and write well. That is how anyone can become a successful article writer like Jo Harrington. By reading her book, she can help you on your writing journey too.
Image Credits: The introductory image is in the Public Domain from Pixabay and has been altered by the author. All other images (unless marked otherwise) are product photos from Amazon.