I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews with the writing site Triond. I’ve heard you can make tons of money in residual pay with page views, and I’ve heard you’ll basically make squat with your writing efforts. I joined Triond recently to publish poetry for page views, and hopefully a few bucks, and here is what I think based on my experience.
In order to make decent money with Triond, you have to write- a lot. Since they don’t offer upfront pay, you have to rely on other ways to get money for your articles (and Triond will basically accept anything), such as Google Adsense and other promotional tools. Since I joined Triond I’ve published about 40 articles, and I haven’t promoted any of my articles or poems and have made a whopping $.26 for my efforts.
Not much. But the point is, Triond pays you only unreliably based on page views and the popularity of your article or poem or story, whatever it is you’re submitting. If you’re not willing to promote your publishing with Triond, you won’t get many page views (and I believe they pay actually based on ad clicks that go along with your article rather than finding the article itself), and you won’t make much money.
However, Triond is a great site for beginning writers who have a fear of submission rejection. Triond really will accept anything so long as it’s long enough, and if it’s a poem there are no real submission guidelines word-wise. But will you make money? I talked to someone with Triond who has submitted about 300 articles and makes $10 a month in their page views, and they’re proud of that. Huh. In my opinion, if that person had submitted the same articles to Associated Content, even just for Performance pay, they’d be making far more than that amount every month in page views without promoting their articles at all.
Would I recommend Triond? Yeah, I would, so long as you steer clear of the forum. There, people basically just trash and bash one another and say really vulgar things that AC would never allow. But if you really are new to writing, Triond is a good way to get your feet wet.
I would recommend trying out Associated Content and just submitting articles for page views if you want to try out writing from home. Associated Content seems to may more per month for page views without promotion than Triond does, even though Triond claims to publish your articles for you so you don’t have to worry about getting page views with your own promotion.
Triond DOES pay, just not much. I would imagine if you submitted a thousand sub-par articles or a lot of poetry you would make about $50 a month eventually for your efforts, but I’m not thrilled with making a penny for my work when I could just publish on Associated Content and get far more than that every month just in page view pay.
I’d rather just focus on Associated Content, and actually grew truly bored of Triond after about a week or so. I am inclined to write higher quality articles on Associated Content, and get paid well for my efforts. The page view pay is a lot better, and I believe if I took the time to submit my poetry on Associated Content, I’d actually make more than I do with Triond. In fact, that’s what I’m going to start doing.
I’m not trying to knock Triond, I’m just saying there’s no real money in it unless you’re willing to promote your work like crazy. Why not just do that at Associated Content, a site that demands higher quality and pays you better for your efforts? I’d much rather focus my sites on one quality site that has never done me wrong than a site that pays but doesn’t encourage you to keep writing for them. Like I said, I’ve submitted 40 articles and poems to Triond, and have made a whole $.26. Woo flippin hoo.
However, who knows? Maybe out of nowhere I’ll get a butt load of page views on Triond and suddenly be making big money and eating my own words. That’s the thing about writing, you just never know when an article is going to take off. Whether you write for Triond, Associated Content, both, or any other site that pays for page views (or even better, like AC, for upfront payments as well), you just never know when you’ll write an article that will make you real on-going pay.
The only way to know is to write and keep on writing, whoever you write for.