Rarely do I ever invest my own time or energy into Article Submission Revenue Sharing websites (or any website, for that matter) without deeply exploring the positive and negative attributes of each one. While some may take the opportunity to quickly begin writing for any old website, under the promise of great advertisement revenue share, there are definitely inherent differences governing many of the highest ranked article submission/revenue sharing websites. Towards the tail end of this Info Barrel article you can see a screen capture of my Excel spreadsheet, that, while still a work-in-progress, is the product of a great deal of research revolving around some of the most prominent websites in this industry. While you can read more about these differences in my own 'soon-to-be-released' Info Barrel eBook, this article is meant to show everyone who reads it many of the inherent differences in functionality and offerings among these similar website platforms.
Because I have had great experience writing for quite a few of the following companies/websites, I do feel it necessary to admit that my own opinion naturally gravitates towards highly favoring Info Barrel. Writing online has been a bit of trial and error, for myself. I have exerted great effort to familiarizing myself with the following websites. Even if I don't strictly write for them, as of now, I have done thorough research regarding their Terms of Service, FAQs, and general strengths and weaknesses in functionality and offerings. I hope that this will serve as a bit of a helpful guide for you, the reader.
Even where many of these websites claim to be 'the best', it is important for us all to realize that there are great success stories associated with each one. Writers have made alot of money from each website, however, it is up to each one of these website platforms to deliver on their promises. In a sea saturated with similar websites, it is also up to each one of us to become familiar with each one, as well as, their inherent strengths and weaknesses.
These websites are not laid out in any order of importance, but, rather, basically just in line with how I presented them on the presented Excel spreadsheet at the bottom of this article. For anyone who may read this article, if you write, or have written, any articles about the following website platforms please contact me through my comment's section here. I will link to your article from the sections entitled "Info Barrel Articles About XXXXXXXX"! Also, please feel free to share your experiences with each one of these website platforms! (Good, or Bad!)
Without further ado.
- Squidoo has integrated Charities.
- Squidoo provides amazing tools that writers can utilized in order to facilitate user interaction on their lenses. From Poll modules, to Comment and Plexo modules, writers can constantly achieve feedback from readers. On a side note, this does require a writer to think deeply and creatively about the actual placement of their modules, in relation to the general content and context of their lens. Poll modules can be utilized, in accordance with major daily events, in order to elicit immediate opinion.
- Great HTML manipulation of modules can be done. While this could inherently be used in a negative manner, this does provide the writer with great amounts of control over his/her content.
- Squidoo does have a very helpful user forum, that, in my honest opinion, is among one of the most helpful and useful forums around.
- Even though Squidoo has integrated a wealth of charities into its platform, I have found Squidoo to be incredibly difficult to earn from. With over 80 "lenses", along with one particular lens that has been ranked as high as #2 in the Business category of Squidoo (Perhaps, one of the most competitive categories), even that lens doesn't really earn me very much per month as compared to my earnings in my first month of writing for Info Barrel.
- Because their are thousands of writers, worldwide, vying to have a top ranked Squidoo Lens, lensrank fluctuates so much daily. With a tiered payment distribution scheme, sometimes its difficult to even qualify for the top tier payment allocation because lensrank fluctuates so much. As an example of this, my highest ranking Squidoo lens fluctuates by hundreds of positions each time the lensrank is updated every day. While this does require writers to constantly have to return to "Update" their lenses, their is no guarantee that your updates will reflect a positive change in lensrank. Even still, writers may find it difficult to continually update their lenses with new content, especially when they may feel like there isn't really anything new that they can add to their lens.
- More about Payment on Squidoo: I have listed Squidoo's payment distribution and allocation scheme as a 'disadvantage', simply because of the complexity of it. Entire "lenses" have been dedicated to breaking down and explaining it to new users. In fact, I strongly believe that many writers write for Squidoo without truly knowing exactly what they are entitled to, and how they will receive it. While I do find that immediate payment through PayPal is very convenient, the way Squidoo works is that 50% of Google Adsense revenue is essentially "Pooled" and, at the end of the month, it is distributed based on a lensmasters average lensrank in a tiered system.
- You can read more about Squidoo's payment scheme HERE.
--Tier Two: Lenses with an average LensRank of #2,001 to #10,000 get 17% of the ad pool.
--Tier Three: Lenses with an average LensRank of #10,001 to #85,000 get 8% of the ad pool
--Last Tier (the Zero Tier): Lenses with an average LensRank more than #85,000 get 0% of the ad pool. (But are, of course, still eligible to get 50% of any directly attributable sales they make. Just not a cut of the community ad pool).
- Squidoo also allocates a strait 50% of all affiliate revenue earned to its writers, on their lenses. This means that, if a writers utilizes Squidoo own Amazon modules, Squidoo will earn 50%, and the lensmaster will earn 50%, on each purchase that is made through that affiliate link. That goes for any other "Affiliate-type" module that Squidoo allows lensmasters to embed into their lenses.
- As a general side note, if you use your own affiliate links, you can pocket 100% of your affiliate commissions, however, there is strong indicator that earning sales through Squidoo's Affiliate modules (and, thus, earning the company a profit), is directly attributable to one's own lensrank. This means that, the more you "sell" for Squidoo, the higher your lens will probably be ranked. There is strong indicator that this factor is a piece of the secret Squidoo lensrank algorithm.
- Squidoo does NOT currently offer a lifetime advertisement revenue share of all referrals. In fact, Squidoo referral program is nearly impossible to earn for; almost as impossible as the fundamental lensbuilding functions that make its website what it is. For every new person that a writer referrals to Squidoo, they will earn a flat $5, once that writer has made over $15.00. With well over 30 referrals on Squidoo, I have yet to receive a single $5 payout because, the truth of the matter is, that most writers won't ever come even remotely close to earning $15.00 unless they manage to produce a lens that achieves consistent positioning in Squidoo's Top tier. Because of the work and effort required to maintain a high lens ranking, chances are very unlikely that your referrals will devout that much time, especially when they see very little return on their investments. In my honest opinion, Squidoo's referral program needs a complete overhaul.
- At the time of this writing, Squidoo is one of the most frequented websites in the world. Although it has been "slapped by Google" in the past, because of poor quality control related to the abuse of affiliate links, Squidoo has taken great steps to remedy these issues.
- While some earn quite a bit with Squidoo, I still hold firmly to my belief that Squidoo is a very difficult platform to earn from.
- In an area where many websites suffer, I am very pleased with the transparency conducted by Squidoo and its top management and staff. Although a bit complicated, Squidoo breaks down its earnings quite well and goes to great lengths to ensure that new writers are, at the very least, aware of what they can expect to encounter while writing for Squidoo.
- With regards to earnings, again, I do feel that Info Barrel's earnings scheme, compared to Squidoo, is alot less complicated, and alot more realistic and reliable as far as longterm earnings for each individual writer.
- If you find that Info Barrel may be a place that you would like to write for and submit content to, you can earn 75-90% of Google Adsense Revenue share on all your hosted advertisements. It would be an honor to have you either sign up here [No Referral Link] or here [My Referral Link]. I take care of my referrals. Every month, I will conduct a completely random drawing for all 6 of my eBooks in my Info Barrel eBook Course (the very first eBook Course written for and about Info Barrel!). The only way to qualify for these Drawings is if I can view who you are through my Referral list.
Be the first to have a direct link to your Info Barrel article, about Squidoo, placed HERE! Contact me in my comments section, if you decide to write an article about Squidoo, or any of the other website platforms reviewed in this article!
Blog Posts / Articles / Threads about Squidoo
- Please Explain Tiers to Me -- this is a thread on SquidU that I contributed to.
- Bukisa pays its writers on a "per-view" basis. Rather than give their writers a clear percentage of advertisement revenue, there are some very clear criticisms of this revenue sharing model. Even still, from what I can see, Bukisa currently pays its writers more "per-view" than any website platform with a 'similar' payment distribution structure. If one chooses to write for a website with this revenue sharing model, the fact that Bukisa pays its writers more "per-view" than any other website can certainly be seen as a clear advantage.
- Bukisa actually calls the amount the pay writers, per 1,000 views, their "Bukisa Index". Apparently, this amount fluctuates with each month, however, one blog post I recently read said that this index has consistently paid around $4.00 per 1,000 page views.
- As you can see, Bukisa's payment scheme inherently requires the individual writer to be actively involved in the promotion process. This means that a writer could spend hours promoting their articles, and, unfortunately, they may actually come shy of getting 1,000 page views to their articles. This could very easily add up to quite alot of time invested, with very little (if any) return.
- While some may see this as an "Advantage", from what I have researched, Bukisa doesn't appear to have any quality control process requirements whatsoever. For those who hope to utilize Bukisa in order to satisfy harmful intentions, Bukisa's lack of a quality control process can/has been leading to significant tarnishing of their own reputation. Even though it may be tempting to want one's article to be published immediately, with little to no edits or alterations, a website that fails to control the quality of its own writers/writing could be destined for a quick demise especially in such a cutthroat industry.
- To build upon the previous comment, a lack of quality control process does mean that one's article will probably be published immediately. Once again, this isn't always a good thing, which is why it is imperative that any legitimate company/website, of a similar nature, strike a delicate balance between affording writer's freedom, while also maintaining quality control of their own website.
- Some types of articles inherently lend to more traffic than others. You could spend hours writing a 1,500 word article, however, if noone sees it, you will not earn on that article unless it gains over 1,000 page views. Even at that rate, a writer would only earn around $4.00 for those page views. Realistically speaking, a significant amount of time would have to be spent promoting an article in order to make what could easily be equated to as "peanuts".
- While I do not have concrete "numbers" to show readers of this article, for each one of the 1,000 viewers of an article, hosted advertisements are displayed to those readers. From what I can tell, a writer isn't afforded any of that revenue whatsoever, but, rather, they only earn from page views. It is easy to see that, while Bukisa, could make quite a bit off of each group of 1,000+ page views, they are only giving very very little back to their writers. For this reason, I am very skeptical of this revenue sharing model. It is a round-about way of exploiting people's hard work and effort.
- Most people don't have the time necessary to drive tons of traffic to their Bukisa articles. If they fail to gain 1,000 visitors, they won't even earn the Bukisa Index (roughly $4.00 per 1,000 page views).
- Per their terms of service, Info Barrel does have a required 10-article manual review submission process that all articles must be subjected. This means that, upon submission of your first 10 articles, each article will take approximately 2-3 days before it is reviewed, approved, and injected into Info Barrel's massive growing database of articles. While this means that your articles won't be available immediately, it does afford Info Barrel management the opportunity to ensure quality control over all of its content.
- While a manual article review process may initially seem like a burden to writers who just want to get their writing "out there", as soon as they publish it, there are very clear reasons as to why Info Barrel has to do this. In an ever competitive industry, it is imperative that Info Barrel takes the necessary steps to protect and safeguard its own reputation. The last thing they want to happen is to gain significantly in Google's ranking system, yet, be "slapped", similar to Squidoo, only to have to begin almost all over again proving that they are worthy of a higher ranking.
- This manual review process is also important because Google values quality content, and the writer's who provide that content. As Info Barrel continues to grow, writers will naturally find that their articles are trafficked more often, and, subsequently, begin to earn much much more. Not only is Info Barrel building a viable company, but they are taken the necessary steps to safeguard their writers, and, most importantly (to you and I), the revenue of individual writers as well as the company. As long as Info Barrel maintains quality control of its content, it will continue to gain favor in Google and writers will make significantly more.
- Whether a writer gets 20 views to their article, or 1,000 views, Info Barrel affords their writers a clear and transparent 75-90% of all advertisement revenue generated by their respective articles. In my honest opinion, this revenue share model is far superior than Bukisa's revenue share model. Writers are treated fairly at Info Barrel, and are afforded a fix percentage of revenue regardless of how successful they are at driving traffic to their articles.
- Bukisa appears to have what, at least initially, appears to be a very lucrative referral program. Remember, however that you not only have to convince people to join Bukisa under your referral link, but they also need to actively promote their own articles. If your referrals do not achieve at least 1,000 page views on their articles, you will receive nothing. As a Bukisa writer, you get 25% of the payment of your direct referrals, 6.25% of the revenue share payment of your second level referrals, and 1.5625% of the revenue share payment of your third level referrals. When one does the math behind these numbers, this really doesn't ADD up to that much in regards to how much the referee can actually walk away with. A referrer must hope that their referral will be extremely active in promoting content, or they will receive nothing.
- While the percentage of payment allocation appears to be lower, I would have to say that Info Barrel's referral program has a bit of a leg up on Bukisa's referral program because of the fact that each referee does not have to have at least 1,000 article views on their content. On Info Barrel, if you refer someone, you will earn a lifetime 2% revenue share on all their hosted advertisements, regardless of whether their article is viewed 10 times or 1,000 times.
- In a world where people constantly have a million and 1 messages bombarding them at any one time, unless one has their own very well established website or blog, gaining 1,000 views may not be a very easy thing for 95% of Bukisa user's to achieve. Bukisa knows this, and, I believe, this is why they have structured their revenue share model in this manner. For the effort they are expected to exert for any type of payment whatsoever, I do not believe that writing for Bukisa is "worth it" in the long run.
- With their referral program structure in the manner it has been, it is easy to see why people would jump at it. On the surface 25% appears to be a lot, however, very few people will explore further into what will be expected of them to earn anything at all on Bukisa. Also, there has been great criticism regarding what exactly Bukisa considers a "Page view". With so much uncertainty, I have personally chosen to steer clear of Bukisa.
- The Benefits of Writing for Bukisa, Examiner, and Info Barrel -- Ernie
- How to Make Money Online with Bukisa -- Spill-Guy
- Make Money Online for Free with Bukisa -- geske1221
- How to Make Money from Home with Bukisa -- bwood
- Bukisa Website Review -- venn99
- I walk a very thin line here with attempting to detail "advantages" of eHow, because I have just experienced so many issues with their website platform ranging from blugs and glitches to nearly inexistent customer service. For the purpose of this article, however, I will do my best to remain objective. If you are interested, I have spent months writing articles detailing my experiences with eHow. Those articles can be viewed at the tail end of this eHow section, along with the articles of other Info Barrel writers.
- There are many people that earn quiet a bit from eHow. While this is true, because I forsee serious issues with developing a company with real longterm growth and viability, I have (personally) chosen not to invest my own time and effort into their particular website platform.
- When eHow is not experiencing a bug or glitching up, they really do have an aesthetically pleasing interface. One cannot help but feel a sense of warmness and welcoming when they initially join eHow, which, is perhaps one of the reasons why it is so hard for these writers to peel themselves away, and give them the benefit of the doubt, when they experience painful glitch after painful glitch, along with faulty customer service and even shadier user transparency.
- eHow appears to have a rather active user forum, however, one has only to visit it to become instantly inundated with a massive amount of justified user complaints. Deep feelings of hurt and user neglect are palpable to the extreme. In fact, my own discovery and decision to write for Info Barrel was a result of a referral link recommendation placed by one of eHow's most influential, top-earning, members.
- No transparency regarding earnings. While most websites reveal the exact percentage of revenue share given to writers who provide content, eHow does not provide this very basic information. With this void of information, I don't personally like to write form eHow, because I see it as being a mild indicator of possibly even greater transparency "issues". Adhering to the advice of a close friend, who advised me to "steer clear" of any website that refuses to reveal even their own revenue share allocation percentage, I have decided not to write for eHow altogether.
- At the time of this writing, eHow does not currently have a referral program. While eHow makes hundred/thousands of dollars daily, their very platform functionality is inundated with a plethora of examples regarding how very little they actually "give back" to their own writers. This is evidenced by countless blog posts that have been written by once longterm eHow writers.
- While eHow's massive, site-wide, article sweeps have been deemed a 'necessity' by those who stand to loose the most when members delete their articles, leave, and thus potentially affect the earning's potential of the collective, these action are really only serving to significantly hurt people. Where many work-at-home mothers have gravitated to eHow under the promise of great riches, these article sweeps have claimed the lives of articles that bring in revenue for their very own monthly livelihood. To eHow, deleting an article that makes $50 extra a month may not mean very much, it does mean alot to the person who is just struggling to get by and relies on those monthly payouts.
- Some will argue that their articles would have never been deleted had they adhered to eHow's vague guidelines. Unfortunately, this doesn't account for the fact that those very articles clearly reached eHow's standards when they were initially submitted. Why would eHow wait months, until an article becomes a high earning article, to delete an article? This is further evidence substantiating the fact that eHow does not have a firm grasp over the quality control process governing it's very own company. The true victims are the writers who submit their content, in good faith, only to find that it doesn't meet eHow's "guidelines" and is deleted months later.
- Unlike eHow, Info Barrel maintain complete transparency over it's revenue share payment allocation framework. While Info Barrel members know, before writing, that they are afforded 75-90% of all their Google Adsense Revenue, many eHow members continue to write for eHow while not being given the simple courtesy of providing their percentage of revenue share.
- Info Barrel offers multiple article formats. While many people may find eHow as a result of a specific query about "How-to" do something, a vast majority of queries can't be addressed with a simple "How-to" article. This is a very clear and present limitation that Info Barrel has addressed in its multiple article template functionality.
- Info Barrel does not conduct massive site-wide "article sweeps", that have only served to drive their most longterm and passionate members away (like eHow), in the name of a late attempt at quality control. While eHow funneled thousands of dollars into building a massive database of users and articles, they simply failed to apply the same fundamental quality control principles that Info Barrel has addressed in its initial 10-article manual submission review process.
- Is eHow Failing its Users? -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- eHow's Latest Debacle -- classicalgeek
- The Great eHow Dilemma -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- Have You Moved Your Articles from eHow to Info Barrel Yet? -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- What has Your eHow Experience Been Like? -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- Predicting the Demise of the eHow Website Platform -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- Unresolved Questions about eHow eHow Website Platform -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- Info Barrel versus eHow -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- Will Info Barrel Surpass eHow? -- x3xsolxdierx3x
- eHow Article Sweeps -- The Good, Bad, and Ugly -- passivefamilyincome.com
- What Happened to eHow? -- crunchydata.com
- What Now eHow? -- crunchydata.com
- eHow Sucks -- gibdon.com
- How-to Get Ripped off By eHow -- Written on eHow, Surprisingly (I anticipate that this article will be deleted) (*Update: 15Dec2009: It was deleted!....LOL)
- eHow Rips You Off -- complaintsboard.com
- How-to Know the Bad Things about eHow -- choicehow.com
- Info Barrel: is it the Real Deal? -- ilovetomakemoneyathome.blogspot.com
- My eHow Articles (bestmommy) -- www.ehowarticlesbybestmommy.blogspot.com
- The eHow Clone Wars -- crunchydata.com
- How Info Barrel has Learned from eHow's Mistakes -- crunchydata.com (My Guest Post!)
- With almost 15,000 Facebook fans on it's Facebook Fan Page, at the time of this writing, "Instructables" clearly has exerted an influence that they can easily 'tap into' for future updates, and to further engage users. Of all the websites listed, "Instructables" appears to be the only one utilizing Facebook to such an extent in order to promote its brand, and it's website offerings.
- This is the only website platform, that I am familiar with, that actually charges its very own members in order to provide content to it. While similar websites give back to their writers, in the form of revenue share, Instructables has founded its company on a business plan that continually 'takes' from its users. It has still to be seen if this is a viable, longterm business plan, however, I am a bit skeptical about their potential for success, especially when they not only charge their users to provide content, but, then, they also go ahead and host advertisements on that same content. They clearly make alot of revenue off of their writers, but, what do they 'give back' to them?
Info Barrel Articles about Instructables
- Info Barrel versus Instructables -- x3xsolxdierx3x
Info Barrel Articles about Xomba
- How to Make Money Writing for Xomba -- LilBlackDress
- 3 Ways to Earn Passive Income with Xomba -- harrisdy
- Get More Web Traffic from Xomba -- mswengel
- How to Track your Xomba Earnings on Adsense -- Spill-Guy
- Info Barrel vs. Xomba -- geske1221
Info Barrel Articles about Helium
Info Barrel Articles about HubPages
Info Barrel Articles about suite101
Info Barrel Articles about WiseGEEK
Info Barrel Articles about HowToDoThings
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