The Internet Writers Lament: Why am I Not Making Money?
When people start writing for a paid to write site such as Wikinut, they have great visions of rivers of money. What happens if that river of cash is more of a drip, and the stream of money is not flowing?
- Write Informative Pages
- Write About Things You Know
- Search Engine Optimization
- Moderator Tips
- Summary and Links
Write Informative Pages
People do not browse the Internet for Poems or Stories. I know, I have many poems published, here is one, and most have fewer than 20 hits.
In comparison to factual information, such as information on the care of exotic pets, and other animals, such as Betta Fish, where I have over a thousand views. People look for information. A good informative link is at least 400 words, but not too long or boring (1200 is a maximum).
Pages with images have more credit - particularly recipes, how to guides, and travel sites. Using your own photos is always best, otherwise you must use only copyright free images licensed for use on commercial (paid) sites.
Write About Things You Know
It's always easy for people to notice a certain phrase being a trend on a search engine, and then write about that topic. But if they genuinely know nothing about the subject the page they write will be low quality, sloppy, and possibly full of errors.
People have a hard time taking other peoples writing and putting it in their own words when it is on an unfamiliar topic, and some resort to the crime of plagiarizing – or copying – other peoples work. This degrades the site and the writer themselves, and leaves them open to prosecution for theft of another's work (or pictures).
Rewrites from sites such as Wikipedia look unprofessional and show a lack of knowledge. As well these sources are not as reliable as your own experience - read more about using Wikipedia as a source - click here.
Search Engine Optimization
SEO is a term most writers have not even heard of when they start writing for a paid to write site, like Wikinut, but soon find they cannot live without. SEO means having features in your article to help search engines to find it.
I sometimes overlook this myself in one category or another – I admit the title of this page is possibly weak in SEO terms. The basic categories are: Good Title, Good Summary, Good Tags, Outgoing Links, Incoming Links, and Use of Key Words. There are other things to SEO as well but if a writer can master at least 4 of these 6, they should be able to increase views to their article.
When I started writing I had no idea about this. I assumed I would just magically get views. SEO is not the only way to get views, SEO will get views but, promoting your page will get views quicker! There is a fine line between promotion and spam. Promotion means joining Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks, and occasionally sharing your link. However if all you do is share your own links people soon lose interest (particularly if they are not that great) and stop reading what you are trying to promote.
It is easy to be over zealous when joining these sites, and slapping your links around, but (for example) if you share a link on Facebook but have no friends, who is going to see the link you so much want to share? Try e-mailing it to friends and family first, while you build up your Facebook friends. Never overwhelm people with too many links or they wont be interested in a single one.
Promotions mean knowing what links are worth sharing and what links are not worth sharing, and it means returning the favor on occasion too – that is to say you need to view other peoples links as well. Some paid to write sites have comment sections, if you leave a positive comment on somebodies links often enough, eventually they may also be curious enough to read yours in return. Overall these “comment views” are a trickle when compared to the flood of views you want to see from bigger sources.
*Wikinut writers should always keep a list of ALL their Published pages, and be ready to share them if a opportunity arises. For example my earlier page about Betta Fish. If I happen to be in a forum where people are discussing pet Bettas I would be able to paste the page to share with others.*
Many Wikinut writers overlook the occasional tips from their moderators or the comments area on their pages. When a page passes through moderation, the Moderator has a chance to add comments. If I see anything that would really make a difference to the success of a writers page I often tips through moderation notes – which only the author can read by clicking on the Publication notice they get. Then they can edit their page to improve if they should so desire.
Summary and Links
If you are a writer and not seeing the kind of income you want to see from your paid online writing site, ask yourself what are you doing wrong.
Quick Tag Tips
Better Titles and Summaries get more Views
Note to Writers from a Wikinut Moderator
How to EDIT your Wikinut Page
Comparison of Wikinut to Triond
Join Me as a Paid Writer on Wikinut