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An Apology to My Readers

I feel that I should apologize to my readers as it looks like many new people have found my blog since I was here last. I was busy with my Nano blog in November, which some of you may have found on  your own. I did pretty good with that this year as I found a place that I can blog for pay, and the same thing is available to any of you that might be interested.

The nice thing is that if you would like to write for the same site you do not have to have your own domain name nor pay for a server, but you will get paid. You don’t get paid for your posts, per se, but you will be paid for anyone that views, likes or comments on your posts. How many views,  likes or comments you get will be determined by how much of the same you give out.

Many people there, mostly newbies, think that until they reach a certain number of connections they will never see the revenue that they desire. It took me awhile to come to this understanding, but it’s not the amount of connections that we have but the amount of solid connections we make and some of that takes time.

Some people there began getting paid within the first three days to a week that they were there. It’s taken me longer than that, usually, because I work two jobs during the spring, summer and fall and then during the winter I try to get everything else done that didn’t get done during the nicer months. Even then I did have a few months were I was able to request my money within seven days, but it was more of a push for me than some of the others that are stay-at-home moms or dads.

If you’d like to check out my nano site it can be found here: http://www.muchadoaboutnano.wordpress.com. For the most part there are links to at least ten posts per day there and all from the site where I’ve been spending my time daily since the beginning of August.

For those interested in checking it out further, I’ll be putting my referral code here. Make sure you read the rules, if you write me a note on my profile page (marsha4852) I can help with any questions you might have. I have been paid every time and I’ve received 12 payments thus far. It used to be that we were paid when we had $25.00 in our bank, but now we have to wait for $50.00.

http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=51fdc7894ba395.21647977

Again, I apologize for not being here more.

After looking for so long for paying sites, I’ve received more here than ever before. It took me over a year and a half to make $125.00 at ehow.com and I made $40.00 at videojugpages.com (the writing site, no longer exists). A lot of us spend more time there than we probably should, but it’s hard not socializing with each other there as it will benefit us in the long run.

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Found Another Writing Site

I found another writing site that pays better than anything else I’ve found before. It’s not one of the ones that I was going to research out in one of my earlier posts. I will let you know more once or after I get my first payout because until then I really don’t know that it is legitimate.

I will say that you only have to wait until you make $25.00 before asking for your money whereas for Hubpages you don’t have it put into your PayPal account until your funds reach $50.00. When I wrote for Ehow.com the payout amount was $10.00 and they transferred it automatically.

This writing site began sometime last year, I believe and already they have over 60,000 members, so it’s a growing community.

For last month, July, on Hubpages I made $1.90 and that was writing nine articles over a two month period. They recommend longer photo and media rich posts to gain organic traffic eventually. For this site that I’m not naming yet, in the last sixteen days I’m up to $14.00 and the day isn’t over yet.

I would probably be higher than that but I took a few days where I didn’t do much and read a good book instead. Even then, it’s almost one dollar per day,  more than what I ever made at ehow or anywhere else for that matter.

I will keep in touch so you can take part in this growing community once I can guarantee the payout and tell you more specifics about it.

One other thing, if you prefer blogging you can blog, if you prefer article writing, you can write articles, if you like writing in a journal, then there are those that do the same and are happy to read the work of others.

 

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Websites That Pay Writers or Give Information Toward That Goal

A long time ago, in this blog I talked about discussing the websites out there that pay writers for content. At that time I was going to research places like ehow.com, videojugpages.com, elance.com, hubpages.com, squidoo.com, YahooVoices.com (used to be associatedcontent0-voices.yahoo.com). There was also helium.com and many more.

An author that I hold in high regard has written many aids to help writers such as you and I to succeed in getting paid for our writing using many of those sites.

Since that time, when I first posted my intention of researching the various sites, many have since either shut down or changed the format of what type of writers they are looking for.

One place that has recently shut down is videojugpages.com. While I did receive payment for five original articles from them, I never received any money thereafter, even though they eventually added advertisements to the pages. They were making money from my pages, but I wasn’t getting any of that money.

The only way I would have received any payment, I’ve since discovered was from books that I linked to my pages from the Amazon.com site, after signing up as an affiliate. As mentioned in yesterday’s post (assuming I get this done today), I do have six dollars waiting in my account on Amazon—waiting until it gets to the ten dollar minimum for dispersal.

Instead of discussing all of the websites that I intended to do earlier, I will instead discuss many new ones that I’ve been introduced to recently. I will also discuss ones that I am a member of or have been in the past and let you know what they might offer.

I began writing this post yesterday, and I’ve since decided to keep this an introduction to an article I will research and hopefully get published on another site that will pay me for the article.

I know that a lot of the places that I checked into previously paid writers by either page views or how many folks clicked on the ads on the pages written by each writer.

I made a reasonable amount of money over a couple of years and the money made related to ads clicked. Two other sites I’m a part of (squidoo.com and Yahoo Voices.com) both do theirs with views.

I’m beginning to think that I don’t like Yahoo Voices too much. They’ve changed it so much that I don’t know how to work with it anymore and I don’t have the necessary time to search that out just to raise my ‘clout’ with the site. With them it takes getting about a million views just to make one dollar and fifty cents. Now possibly, once you gain that readership the views keep coming even faster.

Once a person gets to that many views it is called ‘clout 10’, I’m currently at ‘clout 5’ which is a very small amount of views. I was reading some of my articles yesterday and noticed some typos, but I couldn’t see how to get into my articles and do some editing, nor could I see how to add anymore articles to my pages.

The only way I could find what I had written previously was to use the search feature within Yahoo Voices, putting my name and then articles afterward. At that time, my three articles did show up, but that was the furthest I was able to go with it.

I did find a forum with navigating helps, but everything one would need wasn’t all in one place and I really don’t have the time to read it all. I may just check into putting my articles into another site that is easier to remember how to navigate it.

I think the two things to watch for in choosing a site to write for is what is payment determined by and how easy is it to navigate the site. Unfortunately, I think part of the problem is when developers make their sites nicer for viewers they may also make it more difficult for the writers  to find what they are looking for.

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Found a New Writing Site

Recently I found a new writing site, I think it was because I followed a link provided by one of my friends on Facebook. Surprisingly, it panned out. It’s another site similar to Elance.com and freelancers.com in that it allows writers and clients to meet up online with the client paying for the writing that the writer performs.

One thing different with this site is that it allows the writer to provide links to other places they’ve been published before in the form of clips on their Portfolio.

I haven’t taken the time to work out all the logistics of the site as yet, but when a client finds a writer that writes the way that they in particular prefers, they ask the writer to write for them. They then put the fee they are paying into an escrow fund on the site and when the project is completed the writer can then access those funds via their PayPal account.

Some people are afraid to use PayPal, but it is pretty much the only method that most paying sites will use. I have used it for several years now and I’ve always received my funds in the manner in which the website has as their policy. Many sites wait until at least ten dollars is in the account before they will release the money to the writer.

Sometimes there can be a problem with this. I used to write for a site that is no longer in business, although they have recommended a new site that may be even better than the previous one. For this, I’m talking about a site I used to write for called videojugpages.com. There is still videojug.com-the video portion of the site, but no longer the writing portion. The new site they recommended is enthuseme.com. I did begin setting up an account with them and probably should check it out further. I may find that the problem I began discussing before this long explanation might be taken care of if I write for them also.

The problem I have is that I have approximately six dollars sitting in my Amazon account, but like many others they wait until ten dollars have accrued before making those funds available to their associates/affiliates.  I had displayed links to books on my pages with videojugpages.com that others must have clicked on and then purchased materials. Now that videojugpages.com is no longer open, I may never see that money. On the other hand, possibly enthuseme.com will incorporate many of the same features that videojugpages did allowing me to continue to add to what is already sitting in my account.

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Back to where I began. The new site I joined recently is contently.com. I tried to link my portfolio here, but I won’t know if it worked until I publish this post as it’s not showing up in the preview.  I am just getting started, but you can check out my link and see if it’s something you might be interested in yourself. (Just in case, I will put the link down below) I’d be curious what places any of you might write for. I’ve heard good and bad things about many of the places for freelancers and I think a lot of it has to do with the effort involved into making it work.

http:marshamussselman.contently.com

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December 6, My Writing Journey

Prompt: Writing- the journey from rambling to refined.

A friend and I both have trouble writing without doing any rambling. For me that may be because blogging is somewhat casual, and many of my posts are written in that manner.

One of my goals is to write articles and for that I won’t be able to ramble at all. In fact if I find that I can write decent articles, then I would hope my writing would be more refined. Probably my writing won’t be where it should be in ten years, but at least it should be better than it has been in the past.

Along with writing articles, I want to get better at writing stories. I also want to have web sites set up with single blog niches. I have some ideas for how to accomplish this, and I have been making notes on topics I’d like to cover. Then I need to write some e-books on different aspects of each niche/topic and this is another way in which article writing will come into play and where it would be better for more refined writing.

Everyone’s journey will probably be different. That wouldn’t suggest that one journey is better than another, it would be what is best for each individual writer.

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Understanding Exclusive Rights Along with PLR

I was working on a different post today concerning the decision writers should make concerning whether they want their work to be posted somewhere online or saved solely on their computers to be published at a later date.

I thought about sharing the different rights a person has when their work is displayed on the various web sites around the internet, as some places have the items available on their sites while giving exclusive rights to the author of that item.

There are other places, though, that might confiscate the writer’s work, so each person needs to take the time to read the terms and conditions of each place they are considering to display or publish their work to make sure they are able to publish it elsewhere at a later time if they so choose.

While looking things up, I came across the term PLR which stands for Private Label Rights. This is explained more fully in an article/blog post on http://www.ezinearticles.com. I will let you read the article and if you’d like you can also take a look at some of the comments. You will find that there are people that agree and disagree with this website’s stand on the topic.

http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2009/06/plr-article-vomit.html.

Along with talking about PLR articles and explaining what they are, it also talks about spinning articles and similar concepts. When I began writing years ago, I did consider spinning my own articles, but when I understood what it was and how it was done I decided it was somewhat stupid, for sometimes the words that were substituted made the sentence incorrect.

The post I have linked above talk about certain things they  allow with plr articles while other things are frowned upon. I think certain writers quit writing for that company years ago, yet the suggestions made may be universal concepts recommended by many article sites, magazines and newspapers. I say may be, because I haven’t researched it out; possibly one day I will.

In the following link ezine discusses other ways that authors can change material that is presented, but can they claim exclusive rights to the item?

http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2011/02/exclusive-rights-defined.html.

One of the points they make is concerning what is called derivative content. This is when you re-write an article you have written previously. On ezine articles, they want only original content, so even if it is your own article to begin with, if you are re-writing it, it doesn’t fit the original content format they want and won’t be accepted.

There are a log of different sites online as you all probably know by now. Some of them are paying sites while others say they will pay, but sometimes I wonder whether they ever will. Many of them let you retain all rights to your writing, but that would be something you would want to make sure of before displaying your items on their sites.

I will be talking about more of this later.

 

 

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General Freelancing Sites

I joined another freelancing site similar to Elance in which the organization allows writers to be matched up with jobs. Generally, writers state how much they will charge to write an article or story or whatever it is the person paying wants. Some are even looking for ghost writers.

The new site I registered with is simply called: freelancer.com. I thought it was freelancing.com, which would be very easy to remember, but after trying to log in several times, I checked my list of websites I’ve joined and found it was really freelancer.com

There is a freelancing.com but I didn’t join that one and don’t plan on it at this time, so I don’t know how different it may be.

Freelancer.com works in a similar manner to Elance except when an author has been around for a bit, they will have ratings and other specification under their name so that those considering them for a job would know how reliable they might be. The same goes for those paying for skills requested.

Elance may actually have these same ratings in place by now. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve checked out their site.

After I registered for freelancer.com, I read that those type of sites were questionable at best since a lot of those looking for work are from other countries and offer their skills for less money than most writers in the US would want to consider, making it harder for the rest of us to make decent money doing what we enjoy.

Once I read that, I decided not to visit either site any longer, or consider it for a way to make some extra money. Since then, though, I did hear from another writer that those sites are just as valid of a place to offer services as magazines or newspapers. In fact, a writer or other skill provider might find that they are able to make more money from working for this type of site than they would in certain venues, especially if they would be seen as an unknown.

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