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Offline HPvD

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Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:42:47 AM »
Some years ago I wrote all kinds of Answers for sites like for example 'Wiki Answers' and 'Yahoo Answers', just simply offering solutions to
problems by answering questions by writing answers. (Btw I actually frequently got voted Best Answer by the Question askers.) I do understand that there actually are
Sites that pay for writing articles, there used to be a site named 'Associated Content' (Btw. that now has a new name) and there are also
several other sites that buy 'Content', I do believe for example sites like eHow and Helium are other examples.

'Has anybody in the forum here has any experience with writing articles for such sites?
or possibly knows other somewhat similar sites they can recommend?
or interesting tips for writing articles for such sites?' 
 
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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2012, 01:01:57 PM »
From what I've seen, it's rarely worth it unless you're sure you can attract a large audience to your article. This is, of course, because page views is how you get paid. Seems like it requires a lot more SEO and a lot less actual writing.

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012, 07:02:18 AM »
Yes, I do think that for something like that doing Search Engine Optimisation and using the right Keywords is almost as
important as the actual writing itself. Recently I learned a new word for such sites: 'Content Mills'.

I do think that it might be a possible way to show a little Writing Credit when you for example want to do
Freelance writing for small businesses, because that way you can easily provide a link to a site where they can find
your writing. Only actual writing in print will probably provide a little more valuable Writing Credits. 
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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 08:07:14 AM »
Generally, content sites are useless as writing credits. Real editors know that.
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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012, 08:52:32 PM »
They may not be something to put on a resume, but if you want or need to make extra money than sites like elance, text broker, and Writers access are great for extra dough. I'm on all three and make some extra money when time allows. It isn't hard to spend a couple hours each week writing two or three articles for $45 give or take. Also take a look at the dollar stretcher if personal finance is your thing. He pays 50-100 per article that goes in print.

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 04:14:58 AM »
Thanks for your reply Michael,

I just bookmarked a few of the content sites you wrote about. I also had a look at your site
and I and had a look at some of your writing, and I also read about the comics etc. etc.
In my schoolday's I was always drawing comics and now I am thinking of possibly
use my drawing talent (and my Photography) for Greeting Card Writing, last
November 2011 I actually wrote a post about it on my Blog.  Maybe I can
create my own Comic Greeting Card Line :)

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 03:50:43 PM »
could always do in making some money.

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 06:30:05 PM »
Writersaccess is good for a thing they call "love list". If you write an article and the company likes your writing they put you on a love list. The next time they are in need of articles only the writers on the list receive the opportunity to write the articles. For example, today I wrote three payday loan articles at 275 words a piece and will receive $35. From start to finish I spent 24 minutes writing. It's not much but I was just sitting there watching the news, so why not.

Thanks for looking at my site. It's a work in progress and will be used for my fiction writing in the near future.

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 01:20:50 AM »
Content sites like SkyWord and many others pay writers between $10 and $50 an article then charge their clients the standard rate for articles.  They make their money (and they're all very profitable businesses) by selling your work for a much higher price than they're paying for it.

Other sites, like Yahoo and About, pay only small fees for the work but they use the work on their own sites.  There are other sites that pay writers by the page view and have various uses for the material (it could appear on numerous sites or on only one.)

I've been a professional freelancer for a long time and made a great living at it when I did it full time (just recently got back into the business after a few years away.)  I can tell you from experience that if you're willing and able to do your own "leg work" (find and target your own markets, do your own research and submit in the preferred way) you stand to make a lot more money.

Web sites don't pay as much for freelance material as print publications, but the right assignments for the right sites can still bring in a quality income.  Blogging pays less than standard articles (usually between $20 and $50 per post.)

My standard rate for web articles, based on word count, is between $100 and $250 per article and that is exactly what the content sites are charging for your work.  Print pubs pay a higher rate (sometimes much higher,) usually per word.

Why put in the effort, the talent and the time so a "middle man" can make more of a profit on your work than you do?  In my book, it's far better to seek out and approach those markets on your own then to simply upload your material and let someone else rake in the money when your work is sold.

One other thing, you have no proprietary rights to material you've written for a content site, if you market your own work you can most often choose what rights to sell and what rights to retain.  Also, most work sold by a content site doesn't include a byline or author credit, which are invaluable in this business.  Editors who take you seriously want to see what you've done for other editors who take you seriously and are rarely interested in bulk articles uploaded to content sites.  In other words, you can't build quality clips that way.

Personally, I prefer making the full amount of the fee paid for my work.  That just means I have to work a little harder myself to get it sold instead of letting a "middle man" sell it for me and make the profit.

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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 05:40:27 AM »
Thanks for sharing an other content site I didn't yet know about, and sharing some of your freelance writing experiences.
You also confirm what I already thought, that such content sites aren't very suitable to use for a quality 'Clipping File'.
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Re: Do you write for 'Content Sites?'
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2012, 06:27:38 AM »
Why put in the effort, the talent and the time so a "middle man" can make more of a profit on your work than you do?  In my book, it's far better to seek out and approach those markets on your own then to simply upload your material and let someone else rake in the money when your work is sold.

This is so true. Don't sell yourself or your work short. Freelance budgets for "real world" media are still usually higher than web stuff. Online versions of offline media are great to get into, though.
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