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Wix Website Creator–For Personal or Business Use

I’m curious how many of you might utilize Wix.com as a website building tool for your blog or other type of site? I’ve heard of it in the past, but I’ve never taken the time to check it out before. I’ve been looking at several of the templates. I don’t know  yet how I might make use of it, but for starters I might use it to make a page for our small business we run out of our home.

Depending on how easy it is to use once started, I may move some of my other blogs there instead. Years ago, I began several pages using the yolasite software, which is free also, but they have changed so much in the years since and I don’t go there on a regular basis, that I’ve forgotten how to work my way around the place—even my own site.

If anyone reading this has used Wix in the past, I’d appreciate any feedback you may  want to leave me along with links to any sites  you may have put together with their templates. I’d be glad to pay you all a visit.

 

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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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Let’s Go Nano-ing, Shall We?

Even though I’m posting this on 10/31/12, I worked on writing it the day before hoping to write even more. I may write another post later today while everyone else is ‘trick or treating’.

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What is nano-ing, you might ask? Nano is short for NaNoWriMo, and that in turn is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is in November.

The goal of nano is to write a 50k word novel in one month, the idea is to write, write, write without going back and doing any editing whatsoever. Those entering the contest aren’t supposed to begin the novel before the first of November, so it’s highly improbable that anyone would have it ready for publication when November is over.

In fact, I ran across a nanoedmo contest elsewhere. That stands for National Novel Editing Month. Most of the things we write needs editing not just once, but several times to make it the best.

I am a submission editor for a Small Press publishing company and one thing I have found is that many new authors have a friend, spouse, or relative read their work, and if that person doesn’t see issues that need fixing then the author figures it’s good to go.

I’ve seen this from experience also. I know someone close to me that wrote a murder/suspense novel. He allowed several co-workers to read it as it he got chapters finished. All of them loved the book. I found a few things that needed to be changed, and he had a problem fixing them because the rest of those that read it had no problem with what I felt were inconsistencies.

We did have a writer friend take a look at it and she pointed out several things that we needed to change relating to punctuation and certain grammar issues. Even then it didn’t pass muster when sent in. The submission editor there found things that I didn’t think about, (I’m still new at this). When it’s revised I hope to find someone with an English major, or a degree in copy-editing to make sure it’s right.

But, I digress. After joining the writing site, I found out about nano and had an idea of what I could write when the contest began. I don’t remember what I wrote about, but I know I didn’t do very well. During that month I read things about some of the participants taking part in a prep group to get ready for putting their all into writing during the designated month.

There is a whole list of things they try to accomplish to get ready to write without actually writing the novel before the contest begins. Things like working out a back-story for both the antagonist and protagonist. Another thing they do is draw a map. It could be a map of the world if it’s a sci-fi/fantasy novel. For my second attempt, it was the inside of a factory where much of the story takes place. Doing this prep in October hopefully makes it easier for the creative juices to flow in November without drying up, or getting the dreaded ‘writer’s block’.

The second time I participated, I did most of the prep work in October that helped me write more than I did the first time, although I still fell short of the goal of 50k words. I’m not sure whether inexperience had something to do with it or not having enough meat to the story line, or working more than expected.

Since then, I haven’t bothered to consider nano. A friend on the writing site began several years ago to do something that she calls Nano Rebel, she did this only on the writing website, not on the official web site. She is hoping to do freelance work and writing articles more than writing novels.

She invited others to become a nano rebel this year with here. I wasn’t going to do it because I thought if I don’t have the time to write a novel, then I wouldn’t have the time to do that either, but since then, I have changed my mind.

I need to build consistence in my writing habits and what better way to do this than to participate in this way. Included in this project will be writing on my many blogs, writing new articles or stories, doing reviews and things of that nature. Basically anything new I write. It won’t include editing something previously written.

I’m not sure yet where I will post my endeavors. I may make a new page on this blog to contain my nano rebel efforts and divide it up according to the type of writings it is including. I considered putting it on my webs blog as I haven’t used that one yet other than saying I wasn’t planning on using it. I get a lot of views here, so it would make sense to use Word Press as the place to display this.

My goal will be to write approximately 1666 words per day.

This post is 863 words.

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New Website

I began a new website recently. I still have much to do with it, but the main reason I started it was to have a place to fine all the places I’ve utilized to write. Mostly I’ve linked the several Word Press blogs I have, but I also am trying to link my lenses from Squidoo.com. So far, though, the link I have provided takes you to their main sign up page.

Since I have all the blogs on Word Press, I probably won’t be utilizing the blog on the website at least until a later date.

Yesterday, while entering a story I wrote several years ago into a contest on a writing site I’ve been a part of since November of 2007, I decided I might try to compile stories I have of a similar nature into a book and see how I might do in getting it published.

The website can be found here: www.muchadoaboutmanythings.webs.com.

I do want to say that if anyone decides to get their own free site, consider first what name you might want it to be called. It tells you that you can change the name after you’ve set it up, but I realized too late that it is probably talking about the name on the site, not the URL, as I’ve not been able to change that as I thought I could.

Another thing I like about this site is that it has ways to set up stores online, and you don’t need to have a paying site to use what is available. So far, I have cafe press set up, although I still need to figure out what products I want available and how the whole thing works.

Every day is a learning adventure, right?

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