The Internet Writers Lament: Why am I Not Making Money?

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 26th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ezyhbpo/
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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

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.

Promotions

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.*

Moderator Tips

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

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Follow these great tips and you will soon be paid more, well said Mark, it had to be said.

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author avatar christopheranton
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Good information there Mark.
Thanks

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author avatar Natasha Head
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Good write...and BTW, your advice in your page moderation is always appreciated! Those who are willing to listen will do well with this thoughtful advice.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Well done Mark. I want to stress not overlooking moderator notes on published pages as well as article that aren't published for one reason or another. Those note provide invaluable help to the new and not so new writer. Appreciate the fact that the moderator cared enough to take the time to add a note. It shows that they truly care. It shows that they want to help you grow as a writer. I speak from experience. Experience not only as a writer but as a channel moderator and copy editor for another site. We like to see our writers succeed because the more money they make the more we make. What many of you don't realize is the moderators and copy editors on the PPC sites, unlike the moderators and copy editors for most WFH sites, do not get paid a salary. We were/are recompensed for our work by receiving a small percentage of what the writers that we handle make. Back in the day when all we had was the print media, we appreciated the editors who took the time to write a personal note to be attached to the form rejection letters we all received. Don't let your pride stand in the way of reaching out and accepting the helping hand being offered you. Trust me when I tell you that after 35+ years of writing professionally, I still learn something new everyday. It doesn't matter to me how young a person is chronologically, or how new a writer they are, if they have something of value to offer me, I'm going to take it and thank them for it. You should too.

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author avatar Paul Lines
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Mark, Valuable information for any writer

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author avatar Denise
26th Nov 2010 (#)

Mark, wonderfully done.
I am so grateful that you and Johnny will take the time to give me your feed back.
I always follow it, I mean, I would be a fool not to.
I have learned so much from you and folks like Johnny.
All because y'all took the time to tell me a thing or
two, that I was doing wrong.
I don't know if y'all know just how much that means to me.
I still need to work on the promotion part of it but, thanks to you...
I have found twittley.
I guess I will sum it all up by just saying, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar SuzAlicie
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Great page Mark, even as a moderator myself I have gained insight from your moderating comments on my pages.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks all. I think its great to understand that we all need to work together to help one another.
If one person is doing well here.. they bring viewers to the site and those viewers MIGHT find links of each one of us..
but if one person is doing poorly and we can help them improve we should.
I try to offer helpful tips when I can.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
27th Nov 2010 (#)

All true . . . all true.

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author avatar Agnes Chin
27th Nov 2010 (#)

thanks for showing us the right directions, we need more of these sort of articles so that we could learn, improve and earn more from writing. thanks again.

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author avatar Souldose
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Great advise, I will try to promote from now on.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Nov 2010 (#)

Hmmmm I wonder why I came up as just Denise and not Denise O.
Oh well. :)

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author avatar blackangelwings
29th Nov 2010 (#)

A useful and interesting read. many thanks.

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author avatar MightyDreamer
30th Nov 2010 (#)

All sensible and true to the point advice for wikinut and all other online writing communities.... who knows the importance of the SEO added in this message

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author avatar Emgee
5th Dec 2010 (#)

great insight. thanks for the note

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author avatar lucia anna
23rd Dec 2010 (#)

Yes, great

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author avatar Rob Kentworth
26th Dec 2010 (#)

A good article/page, Mark.

My two failings are that I don't promote (I know how to but I just don't use Twitter or anything) and I'm not the best at SEO.

Picking topics that I know about and will be read for a long time is also something I need to improve.

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author avatar Greenfaol
29th Dec 2010 (#)

Great advice, thanks for that. As mentioned by others, really appreciate your advice when moderaing too, and I do take it to heart. Keep them coming :D

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author avatar mjane25
14th Jan 2011 (#)

nice great post

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author avatar bronnamdi
19th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks for this great post Mark.

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author avatar Spicy
30th Jul 2011 (#)

Well explained article to get one article as popular. Thank you Mark.

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and supportive comments full of guidelines to go ahead with future works. This is of advantageous to new comers and others in the Wikinut as well. Good luck Mark

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
7th Jan 2012 (#)

very intelligent guidelines

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Nice tips!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Mar 2012 (#)

Good article Mark. I have seen some of your comments in my article publishing notice, but they mention only about formatting.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Mark, I like your thinking with this one.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Mar 2012 (#)

Your statement about writing informative pages is the most important one here. In writing about any subject you should think about how people will find your article. We know that with any Google search 99.9999% of all material presented comes close but misses the mark. People do use the internet to be informed.

I have also found many people writing a mass of articles about subjects they are unlikely to know anything about. They are writing because they feel that the more articles they write the more money they will make. I would prefer to be seen as an expert in my field than a generalist who knows very little about a lot of things.

The importance of Twitter, Facebook and other social sites cannot be understated. People should promote things they find useful - as I shall once finished with this comment.

Links as well are so important. Occasionally you pen an article without links, but only rarely. Otherwise you should be looking for opportunities to create links to other items you have created or articles by others that you recommend.

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author avatar Rhonda Humphreys
15th Aug 2012 (#)

As a new member to wikinut I really appreciate the information. thank you

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