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Being Paid to Write Online

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 5

The Cash

=== Being Paid to Write Online ===

Are you interested in writing online?

I have read lately that "content mills" lead to lower quality content if not properly managed. While many are frustrated with Demand Media and eHow, I do feel they needed to do something about enforcing a minimum standard level for new writers. Most of the complaints concerning eHow have been focused on three topics: 1) their lack of enforcing quality standards, 2) their lack of transparency in their compensation plan, and 3) a serious lack of trust in Demand Media by the writers who made the original eHow site successful.

I write part-time, only 1-2 hours each morning over coffee. Writing for InfoBarrel has provided me a channel to share my business experience. Since contributing to their site, I have had an extremely positive experience with InfoBarrel compared to the horrible experience I had with eHow.

I am not looking to write as a career and I donate my earnings to a local non-profit. I find writing provides me an opportunity to knowledge share and, in the end, if it generates a trickle of cash to support a local cause, what's wrong with that?

The few local reporters I know are humble individuals. They share other's stories through their columns and don't profess to be an expert on a subject simply because they wrote a few paragraphs about it. I enjoy reading an article by someone who has "been there - done that" in a field I know little about. Their writing skills might be a bit difficult to follow, but I appreciate they shared their experience.

Failing to have a degree in Literature should not dictate one's value as a writer. Claiming "author" as one's career choice should not imply you are more worthy of being heard.

To share nothing… promotes ignorance!

My Journey

I started my online journey writing on both the eHow site and the InfoBarrel site. I had been published before in the Commentary section of our small town newspaper, so presumed the process wouldn't be difficult. For InfoBarrel the process has been a breeze. For eHow, well, the process has been a nightmare. Further research has resulted in my better understanding the online market. I subscribed to a site titled www.CrunchyData.com, which provides a blog for the online writing community. A person by the name of Kim operates the site and I am grateful for her contribution to my learning curve and to many others who have contributed their observations to the site.

When starting this journey, I established clearly defined goals to pace myself and for self-motivation. I currently write 1-2 articles each morning in MS Word and copy them into the site at night after one last review before clicking "Publish" What I like most is this site provides me an opportunity to share my business experience with others. The process is simple and each day the information I post generates a trickle of income into my checkbook. By the end of my first week I generated a couple dollars, which wasn't a huge payoff, but I felt satisfied knowing I had a proof of concept and payment for the few articles I had written. My current goal is to chip away at building my article portfolio. Each day the volume of page views increases as my article portfolio is expanded and those little web crawlers scan my articles for placement on Google.

Next Step

If you are new to writing online and are interested in being published, click OPEN AN AUTHOR'S ACCOUNT and begin today. Writing 15 minutes a day is fun and there's no cost to participate.

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Comments

Apr 13, 2010 11:46pm
Sookie
writing each day is good for the soul. Great article
Sep 27, 2011 8:29pm
Raj1974
I'm also trying to add as many quality articles as possible.I'm still having problems getting people to click on my ads. Csn we post our infobarrel articles on digg.com?
Sep 28, 2011 4:37am
slimjim270
Raj,

Welcome to InfoBarrel!

Yes, you can post to digg, but I have had better success writing similar topic articles and x-pollinating your best articles with backlinks. This will help to share the depth of your topic knowledge with your readers. Additionally, you can write similar articles (original - not duplicate ones) on other sites and backlink to your InfoBarrel articles. This will help to increase your visibility. I don't suggest going crazy and spamming, but do feel providing your readers depth through sharing links to your others works is a good approach.

You also might want to visit Chezfat's blog at chezfat(dot)com. Chezfat is an InfoBarrel member and I've read every post on his blog. A wealth of insight, supported by case studies with a candid (no B.S.) tone to the topics he shares.

Additionally, I would suggest reading several threads on the InfoBarrel Forum (click above on the Forum tab). The members here are extremely generous with sharing their experience and the Forum is a great knowledge base.

Hope the suggestions are helpful...

-Jim
Sep 29, 2011 8:24pm
Raj1974
I liked the idea of writing about similar topics and sending them out with backlinks. It doesn't look like you have written any articles for infobarrel this year. Are you finding other sites to be better places to write for?
Sep 30, 2011 4:47am
slimjim270
Hi Raj,

I started with InfoBarrel in April 2010 and quickly wrote ~ 25 articles.

Over the past year I've been busy with work and family matters, and haven't spent the time on InfoBarrel that I'd like to.

I check my AdSense & Amazon earnings periodically and have consistently made $5.00 to $10.00 each month (without any additional work). So, I've done the "proof of concept" stage a few months ago and need to step up to the next level of $100+ per month.

To answer your question... I also have accounts with HubPages, Xomba, and Squidoo mostly for backlinking purposes. Without question... Kevin / Ryan, and the InfoBarrel Team run a great site here and the members on IB are some on the most generous individuals I've met online at sharing their knowledge with new members. Also, I have found the IB Forum to be engaging and an excellent place to learn!

Sookie (IB member) was recently interviewed in an IB Success Story and mentioned that she has the discipline to writes 1-2 articles a day. The lady is SPOT ON with her approach. Perseverance is key - she makes $800 / month and I have a nice little $5-10 / month.

$5-10 / month is almost annoying... it's enough to remind me it's "real" and also enough to remind me if I would just focus on the keyboard for a couple months, I could easily make enough residual income to pay my monthly electric bill...

Sipping coffee this morning and reflecting back - my experience with InfoBarrel has been extremely positive, reminds me how much I enjoy the site, the supportive conversations with members, the IB Mgmt team is extremely customer centric and transparent with their direction, and the fact that I continue to receive residual income even while I took time off is terrific.

Wake up call to "self"... I need to get off my duff and start writing again... :)

Raj, thanks for your question.

-Jim
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