Sunday, 23 September 2012

Earning Money from Articles — Part 1 Getting Paid Directly for Your Articles

Article writing is a great way of getting backlinks to your websites and of promoting yourself as an author and an expert in a given field. If you are a writer or want to make a living from freelance writing on the web then it's an excellent way of promoting your work and yourself as an author.

If you want to make money from articles, then there are three main models:

1. Sites that you can sell your work to, or which will help you directly market your work.

2. Revenue share sites. You post your content and you take a share (typically 50% of the advertising revenue that your article generates).

3. You submit articles to article directories. You do not get paid for the articles, but the links in them promote your own site or affiliate partnerships. These are intended mainly to drive traffic to your sites or your affiliate partners.

Which one you chose depends on what model you are trying to use to earn a living on the web. Many internet marketers like a combination of 2 and 3 and they submit to revenue share sites that allow you to either add your own links to the content or where you can put links in an author signature.

The first model is probably the most difficult to break into, and you need to write very well, but it is this area of freelancing that I will be covering in this article. Below are 10 sites that are some of the best sites and systems that I have come across. These actually, really, do pay you for your articles:

Article Sites that Pay You Directly (and Immediately) for Articles

1. Constant Content. The editorial requirements are quite stringent, but once you get used to the house style then you can easily submit. It can take a long time for articles to be accepted (5 or more days) and you can initially only submit 3 articles, then 6 per day after the first article is reviewed. You set your won price points ($20 to $30 per article is typical), but the site takes 35% of the total earnings. There are wants and if you write for those, your articles are reviewed quicker. The slow start can be a problem, but this site has real earnings potential.

2. Article Content Provider. It can take a while to be accepted and they pay $10 per article and $100 for blog postings.

3. Developer Tutorials. Developer Tutorials is a programming/web design blog. You can submit articles to Developer Tutorials on anything from programming to web design, and you will be able to get $30-$50 for list articles, and $50-$100 for tutorials. For those looking to increase links, Developer Tutorials also allows you a bio with a link back to your blog. So, you can easily build your portfolio, and as a result expose your work to thousands of people.

4. Dollar Stretcher. Dollar Stretcher is an online website that is in need of freelance writers to submit articles on saving money and living frugal. They pay $0.10 per word! Average articles range from 500-700 words and up.

5. Sitepoint. Sitepoint is currently one of the leading websites online when it comes to web development, and they are interested in paying quality freelance writers to contribute to their growing network. Your article must be over 1,500 words, and upon acceptance, you will be paid a $100 flat rate. If your article does really well and is able to generate up to 100,000 page views you will be paid $250 more.

6. NetTuts+. Net Tuts+ is for good coders who want to share their experience with others through their writing. You will be paid up to $150, depending on the quality, for every tutorial that is accepted.

7. PSD Tuts+. PSD Tuts+ — if you’re an expert at Photoshop, or if you have some cool tricks you think a lot of photoshop users will love to read about, you can create a tutorial and submit it to PSD Tuts+. For this kind of tutorial you will be paid anything from $50 to $150.

8. Digitalpoint Forums. Digitalpoint forums is an excellent forum to sign up for. They will not pay you for anything, but they have a jobs offered and wanted section and this is an excellent place to get writing job leads.

9. Postloop. With postloop, you sign up, pass an editing test, then you have to write 10 posts on their own forum. If you pass, you are allowed to write posts on a range of blogs and you get paid for each post you make. OK, this is not a great earner, but if you have the odd hour or two of an evening to spend on it it can be good.

10. World Start. World Start is another great website providing freelance writers with several options to make money from their writing. There are various payment options you can get with them. They have the $25 option for 250 words article, the $40 option for 400 words articles, the $45 option for 600 words articles and the $50 option for 800 words articles. They pay for computer tip related information.

I hope this helps in your quest to making a living from writing.

On to Part 2 of the Guide to Earning Money from Articles...

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