The biggest thing around right now is publishing articles online for profit. And I don’t mean 200 word keyword articles for shady online dealers, promising you a dollar per work! Chances are that this is not the first time you’ve stumbled upon something like this, promising you the opportunity to make hundreds of dollars a week.
If you’re looking to get rich quick, you might as well quit reading.
If you’re looking to make a few dollars, using short stories, articles, and blog posts that you would be doing anyway, then this is what you need to be reading.
Alright, the basic idea behind this (for those of you who don’t know) is revenue sharing. You write and post content, the host site gets ad revenue, and they give you a few pennies to their dollars. Basically, it’s like a giant internet pyramid scam. Only, because you’re not likely to get your friends and family upset with you, there’s little reason not to at least give it a try, right?
Here’s the deal.
If you just post articles on a single site, you’re not going to get anything. You’ll be lucky to get a dollar per month. And unless you know people who can give you a shout-out to a large audience, that’s not going to change. That said, there a few steps to even the odds.
1. Post on multiple sites. The following all offer some form of performance-based payment. Be careful however, some will only publish exclusive content. Some will offer bonuses for original content. So it’s up to you to decide what works best for you. (And yes, these are links to my content. I gotta make a living too.)
Associated Content: They offer some great bonuses for original and requested work. ($3-$40) Also, you WILL earn something for your pageviews, so this is solid site for publishing. Formats other than word documents accepted.
Triond: Very similar to Associated Content, though a little more prompt when it comes to confirming and publishing things. Unfortunately, it does look slightly less professional, so if you’re looking to be taken as a serious academic, you may not want to rely on this for your principle site. That said, Triond is still a very reliable source. (http://www.triond.com/users/CodenameTheD)
My Article Mall: I wouldn’t recommend this site as your predominant source for publication. Still, it is very professional, with both free and paid accounts. Still, it has a wide market, and is useful for articles such as these. (www.myarticlemall.net)
Adwords: This is not a publishing site, as much as it is an opportunity for those of you with blogs to make money. I expect that the majority of you have already heard of it, but just in case you haven’t, I urge you to check it out. Google puts up ads, you get money. Basically it’s that simple. Unfortunately, you need significant traffic before you make any real money.
Suite101, eHow, and Constant-Content: These are less a chance to publish (and get paid for it) than they are a monetized version of Yahoo Answers. By posting How-To articles and the like, you can be paid based upon user interest. I don’t use them, simply because they’re not my speciality, but there are numerous people who incorporate them into their publishing core.
Those are the most basic, and most common ways of make a pretty penny through online writing. This list isn’t exhaustive, nor is it any sort of guarantee. But it is an opportunity. If you enjoy writing, and would like to make money for your hobby, I recommend you check it out.
2. Sell out.
You heard me. Post links on social network sites. Your friends may get annoyed if your writing is terrible, but if it’s half decent, then you can make money, earn readers, and not feel bad about bragging about it online!