Why writing pageviews are important to content writers

I wrote an article sometime ago.  As I recall, it may have been rejected for publication by AOL Seed as another writer's article was chosen first.  Anyway, I submitted that article to Associated Content where they gave me about $10.00 upfront for it, and it made a few extra dollars over the years.

This weekend, however, someone at Yahoo Content Network noticed the article, and gave it a little tweak and reset the publishing date as the article is now updated.  Then someone at Yahoo profiled the article.  In the two days it was on the front page, I received well over 1/2 million views, and I got a bonus of over a grand.

Now over the last few months, I have to admit to being cynical about the business of content writing. The Google Panda issues and purchase of Associated Content by Yahoo, cut my monthly page view bonuses by 75%.  But based on this weeks activities, I know I held on for a reason.  You just never know when someone is going to glom onto an article that you thought was done garnering attention, or when a brand new article you wrote is going to go viral.  It can be a struggle at times, but being able to relax over thanksgiving while work I'd already done earned my income for the week, made me a very happy camper.

There are some who think that content writers are an affront to online journalism. "Real journalists" felt sqeezed out and are now exacting their revenge now that Google squashed a lot of content sites, but this weekend taught me that good writing will still rise to the top, and the better content writers will prevail.  We just have to hang in there.  Writing for pageviews, if we do a good job, will still pay off.


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