Who says free things can’t earn you lots of money? For me, some of my higher paying and best performing articles on Associated Content have been display only, or articles we’re not paid for upfront, yet retain full publishing rights.
You may be hesitant to write such content. Maybe you think your time is way too valuable to labor over a 500 word op-ed essay or a scathing movie review on the latest George Clooney flick. But I’m here to tell you there’s something else – the display only lottery.
Now, a lottery is no sure thing. Buy a ticket and have a dream they say. Well, writing display only content is similar. You do need a dream – or at the very least an article angle. Though everything else is free – yep, including not getting paid initially. But boy when those display only pieces hit, they can hit. And the performance bonus rolls in.
I wrote an article on Oliver Stone’s classic financial film, Wall Street. The article Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” is More Relevant Than Ever was something I crafted in the midst of the big bank and 2008 Wall Street bailout. I didn’t think much about it, only that I tried my best for something interesting, topical and well written.
Since being published, it’s earned me over 17 dollars. True, this is no sultan’s salary, however it was an article which would not have been acceptable as an up front payment from Associated Content. If I hadn’t taken an initial “hit” – by not getting paid anything – I may not have written something which has paid me more than many higher upfront pieces.
I love the immediacy of publishing display only. There’s no wait time, no risk of rejection, and you can connect with a highly trending topic or hot Google search. All that, plus you own full publishing rights forever.
Another display only freebie like my tribute to Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live did well too, and there are more. Bottom line to it all is by putting off an initial payment by writing something for “free” can not only bring satisfaction and good feedback from readers – but snag some nice loot down the line.