The Word for Writers
A bit on the Side
by Petra van der Zande
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When I told my husband I sent out a few articles to Helium and Triond, he wondered if I was going to say FaithWriters farewell.
“Of course not!” I assured him. “I wouldn’t think of leaving these wonderful people!”
No, I keep submitting articles, and of course participate in the writing challenge!
But, as a junior freelance writer with no foot in the door of magazine publishers (yet), I decided to send some articles to the “other” sites.
While hoping to earn a few cents, it also gave me the feel of web-writing.
And very important: it keeps those brain cells active.
Although the sites mentioned in this article are secular in nature, you can submit Christian stories and articles – they have a huge range of subjects and possibilities.
And who knows that by reading your story, someone may begin to wonder about his relationship with God. (Or lack thereof).
The content of your well researched article can be slanted in different ways, and used for other markets as well.
(Don’t send the same article to several websites – you’ll be in trouble with electronic rights!)
Following are four web markets that pay according to page view.
1. AC – Associated Content (People’s Media Company)
You sign up (for free), and create a profile (with links to your website/Blog). As a “content producer” you pick a topic you like, then submit your article.
AC reviews the submission and makes an offer, usually between $3-$20. Added to this upfront payment will be the monthly performance bonus, depending on the amount of page views.
Important note: As non-US citizen you can write for AC, but they are not able to pay you. (Tax laws and other rules.)
2. Helium – where knowledge rules
Sign up (for free) and create your profile. Each article links back to your profile, which has three links to your favorite sites. When you accumulate $ 25 on your pay-pal account you can request payment.
Helium’s submission options are:
* Write now: pick a subject and write your article under the same subject, which is usually headed by a question. E.g. how do you know that foster-care is for you? After you submit the article, it is immediately posted, and rated by fellow Helium writers. (Anonymous - they don’t know who wrote it and you don’t know who rates it). Reaching the top five of the rating system means your article will be most often read. (And give you most revenue.)
* New article: you can choose a new subject, which will go through a reviewing process. (Pending article.)
* Ready to write: here you can write about subjects that are high on the readers’ interest list, but need articles.
MARKETPLACE is where publishers seed titles.
Creative writing has 10 genres to which you can submit.
400 – 1500 word articles have to be submitted in plain text format, single spaced, and pasted in the on-screen form. Read their guidelines before you start writing.
3. TRIOND (formerly Write4Living)
After you sign up, (for free) you can submit to a huge range of subjects and interests – in different languages. (Isn’t it great you can finally write that article in Chinese?)
Your submission takes 1-2 days to be reviewed by the editors, and is then published on the websites they operate, including affiliate web publishers. Your article will appear on the site that best suits its topic and language.
Contrary to Helium submissions, Triond’s editors will choose which category fits your article, (so you don’t have to wreck you brain and miss out on a potential market) and publish it in “magazine” style on the web.
Just to mention a few:
* “Authspot” contains biographies, poetry, etc. with subcategories children, Christian, life, etc.
* “Quazen” covers the arts, recreation, science, etc. with subcategory tags like writing.
* In “Bookstove” you can review your favorite books
Triond’s page lay-out is clear and concise, you’re not overwhelmed by loud advertisements; they have good writer guidelines, and provide “Widgets” you can paste in your web-site, Blog or email to drive traffic to your articles. More views mean more revenue.
Payment is according to page view, via pay-pal.
This big site is looking for “experts” willing to become an About.Com-guide.
Qualified applicants have to follow a 17-day online training program, during which they have to build a sample Guide-Site. When approved, they are paid monthly, also based on the number of page views.
Compared to the other sites, payment is already high during the first two years. (Around $ 800 a month, but can be more.) About.com guides have to commit themselves to two full-length articles every 14 days, and update the linked Blog at least 1-3 times a week.
If you have at least 20 hours a week to “spare”, becoming an About.Com guide might be worth looking into.
Well, as I don’t have that much time to spare, I try my best writing a few medical articles for some of these sites.
Who knows – I might earn a little bit on the side!
As for now: I’m going to work on my next Challenge story…
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