Blogger rules! (housekeeping)

I tried a paid website for a while, but blogger is just way easier to handle.  Add the fact that they just added tabs to blogger, which is the main reason I strayed so now this will be my main site again.

With that said, I am canceling the paid website, and wanted to keep a few of the blogs I had written on that site.  They are below.


My Best Advice for New Content Writers

I guess I should be flattered about the number of people who ask for advice on becoming a content writer.  Actually, I am flattered, but at the same time, I am unable to answer all of the questions, as there are so many hours in a day.  I figured that  I answered the questions here, I would be able to just send any inquirers a link and go about my day. 

So here are the questions that are typically asked.  (Read full article at AC)

In addition, here is a list of the website I have written for and my opinion of the sites as of today.

AssociatedContent.com: This is a great slow and steady website.  A good place to write and learn.  They are easiest for amateur writers to work with.  With that said there is a bit of amateur writing on the website.  Still they pay me a fair amount upfront for my articles, plus a get a page view bonus (new writers don't make nearly as much as experienced writers)

DemandStudios: Once you know your writing is up to par, Demand Studios is a good place to take it.  They pay from $7.50 to $15.00 per article, and there is a great deal of editor interaction... sometimes the editing process is frustrating.

Seed.com:  This would be at the top of my list, but this website is brand new.  They pay well for webcontent, but writers who are used to being paid (even a minimal amount) for whatever they write, are appalled to find out that about 1/2 of your articles will be rejected.  This is not a problem to me, as I can submit the article back to Associated Content or try to find a match at Demand Studios.  This is just the way the business goes, folks.  This is why magazines have kill fees as they can decide that they don't like or need your article, even after they requested it.

Ehow.com:  If you write for Demand Studios, a lot of what you write will go to e how.com, but if you want to get paid page views bonuses you can submit your articles to ehow.  With Demand studios and ehow, you can't get both upfront pay and page views.  You must decide. 

Families.com:  This is not an easy gig to get because there is a low blogger turn-over.  They  only need a set amount of writers.  From what I remember someone there saw my writing on Associated Content and my personal blog and contacted me about a "job".  Families.com does not pay top dollar, but if you want to get established as an expert in a field that is available at families.com, this is a good place to write. 

Examiner.com:
  Like families.com, this is a good website to use to get yourself established as an expert in your field.  If you can show yourself as a decent writer with a bit of expertise, you can have a column where you can get your writing more public.  Pay is oh-so-minimal, but the site is new, so there is hope that it will get better.

Howtodothings.com:  I have written for them in the past, but compensation has declined to non-existent, so it is not worth it.

I have written for several other websites, but they have either changed their model from content to something else, or they are extinct.  I have also ghost written for private bloggers over the years during times when they could not maintain their own blogs.

Pondering my future with seed.com

I had the honor of having an hour long conversation getting to know Kristi Anderson, the community manager at Seed.com.  Quite honestly, before that conversation, I as ready to throw in the towel.  But now I know that they are working to make sure that quality writers have a good opportunity to make money doing what they love. 

I could go on, but the last post on the Seed Blog gives some indication on where they were going.  The conversation just allowed me to express my concerns and get some clarification. 

Making hard decisions

As my writing assignments continue to grow and (very thankfully) my price per article continues to rise, I find I have been forced to make some difficult decisions.  For instance, when I went to full time content writing about 5 years ago, there was one company that hired me based on what I had written in my personal blogs.  At that time, I was only getting pennies per blog through ads and Adsense, so the opportunity to get $4.00 plus commission per post was awesome!  (The payment per blog maxed out at $5.50)This of course led to better paying jobs and opportunities. 

Today, I finally resigned from that post as blogger for that website because well, I could make as much in one article for seed or a few articles for AC that I could make in a whole month for my much beloved former website.  I felt awful, but it was clear that I was limiting my income potential and lowering my hourly wage by keeping that job. 

I finally decided that perhaps it would help them for me to move on as well.  I think they could use a fresh perspective as well as I had blogged for so long for them.  Plus, there are more beginning writers out there that could use the same opportunity I was given. 

So it's time to move on! 

Here I go!

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