A succesful, and simple, Wikinut page

Sam WormleightonStarred Page By Sam Wormleighton, 2nd Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_.3rr5ks/
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I recently wrote a Wikinut page about a home hair dye disaster, I spent about 1 hour on it. In the following 2 months it has generated money, attracted comments and become popular on Google. I've gathered my advice so you can enjoy similar (or better) results.

Important note regarding rotalties.

In December 2015 Wikinut announced the end of its royalty program. Man of the the tips in this article are still relevant for increasing your readership, but payments are no longer available.

A steady stream of readers, the basis of a successful page.

There are many reasons to write, and on Wikinut there seems to be 3 popular ones:

  1. Write for the fun of it
  2. Write to be read
  3. Write to earn

The key target for groups (2) and (3) is to connect with as many readers as possible. If you have many readers then the enjoyment of reaching people is immediate, and revenues will inevitably follow too.

When you write a quality page you may be fortunate enough to be featured on the Wikinut homepage, and on the category listing pages throughout the site. This will bring readers to your page as soon as it is published, but it won't ensure readers long-term. There is a little extra work to be done for that, but don't worry.. it's not hard work ;)

First - write your page

Never copy content from other pages or write about topics you have no knowledge of or interest in. No one wants to read that, even if you think you've picked a popular topic.

Instead write about whatever you're truly interested in. Even if you don't think many other people share that interest... I assure you that MANY will.

So in this example I've picked a very unusual topic, one that most people will never have to worry about. I decided to write about the experience of dying your hair blonde, only to have it turn yellow instead.

This is a good topic because:

  • I was very interested in it. This really did happen to me, so I had real experiences to relate.
  • People will look for this information online. Hair dye disasters happen all over the world every day, and people will be looking for help and guidance online.
  • My page will be relatively timeless, it will be as relevant in a year as it is today.

It took me about 40 minutes to write up my thoughts. If you're an experienced writer you could do it a lot quicker, my page isn't hugely long, and if you're new to writing it could easily take a couple of hours or more.

Next - promote your page

Once you've submitted your page for publishing you can take a break, and keep an eye on you email or Wikinut inbox. When the notice arrives telling that your page has been accepted you can move on to the next stage, a really important stage - promotion.

The temptation is to sit back and see if people find your page all by themselves. This is the easiest option, and entirely acceptable if you're happy to have smaller numbers of readers. If you want more readers then you need to ignore the temptation and commit a little bit more time to your new page.

For this example I spent about 20 minutes on promotion, a very short period. You may want to spend more, but I wanted to show the minimum amount of time needed to see a real change in reader numbers.

Typical advice is that you should be spending at least as long on promotion as you did on writing the article. Personally I find that a little bit hard as it isn't a process that comes naturally to me, do whatever you're comfortable with.

To promote my page I went online and searched for people writing about the same topic I'd written about. I then contacted them and told them about my page, and asked if they'd like to link to it.

When contacting a blog you often also have the option to leave a comment rather than contacting the original author. Only promote your page in comments if it is really relevant and useful, otherwise your link could be considered spam.

One example is this link I put on a questions and answers website.

The original poster of the question had said "i wanted to dye my hair to a lighter blonde but it turned out orange how do i get my normal hair color back?!!" and I replied "I've written up my experience of something similar " and gave a link to my page.

A simple link like that can bring a lot of readers to your page. New people search for the same question that the user asked and they find your response and a link to your article.

When trying to gather links to your articles you need to think laterally and put yourself in the place of someone wanting to read about your topic. What will they be doing to find your page? Do those things yourself and you'll naturally find the places to promote your page.

Don't be discouraged by silence.

If you write to 10 blogs telling them about your page you may find that 9 (or sadly all 10) don't reply and don't link to you.

This is normal. Promoting your pages can seem a lonely business at times... but keep at it. Even 1 link from your efforts will mean that FAR more people read your page than would have otherwise.

They key is to never be shy about asking for links and never be shy about sharing your page's address. Be proud of your page, and whilst being careful to not spam you should be proud enough of your writing to send that link request to every author, webpage, blog, forum and comment box you can find!

Use images!

One factor that many authors overlook is the importance of images. There are three great reasons to use images in your pages:

  1. They make the page look better and hence more appealing to readers. People make snap judgements when they load a page, and an attractive and immediately interesting page is more likely to get read.
  2. They convey information quickly. People skim read and sometimes struggle to follow meaning. A picture is a great way to get your message across.
  3. They bring new readers to your page.

Did number (3) surprise you? Look at the Google search results above and imagine that you're sat at home with orange hair after a home dye disaster. You've gone to Google and searched for "hair dye orange". There is a row of images near the top of your results and the first and second images both show an orange hair dye disaster.

Those images are possibly the most relevant search results on the page, and there is a very good chance the user will click on them. If they do then they'll be brought to my page.

Google (and other search engines) will include images from your page in their search results and they're great ways to attract new readers. Make sure you use good quality, relevant images and always use a good description when uploading your images.

Link to your author page.

Every Wikinut author has a profile page which contains a list of their articles. You should use this page as your website address when you post to forums and comment boxes.

Every link to your author page is a link to all your recent posts.

Use your author page address on your google profile, on your email footer and everywhere else. There is a link to your author page on your Wikinut "Your account" page, and its also linked to from every page you write.

Results, after 2 months

When reviewing your "long term" success you need to allow the page to settle down after it is first published. It's normal for a new page to have a higher than average readership for a few days but good promotion will bring readers over a longer period.

I waited one month (my article was published on Jan 1st 2010) and then ran a report for 1st Feb 2010 to 28th Feb 2010.

The page views over this period was 561 and the earnings was £0.389.

Now the page is online and being read it makes sense to think of the earnings over a longer term, I like to "annualise" them. In this case you divide by 28 (days in Feb) and multiply by 365 (days in a year).

Projected annual pageviews - 7,313
Projected annual earnings - £5.07

Tips to push your earnings beyond (way beyond) my £5/hour

Once you've written a number of pages you'll get quicker - aim to write your page in about 30 minutes (mine took about 45 minutes). This will allow you to spend more time on promotion, which is they key to getting people to your page.

However - never be tempted to cut back too much on the time you spend on writing the page. If the page is of poor quality then no amount of promotion will save it, quality is key.

Target permanent links from quality websites as your top priority. Being linked as an answer on a popular Q&A website will bring readers for years and years, a mention on Twitter may only last a day or two.

But social links are good for generating buzz - use the short links on every page (see the top of the page, the link for this page is http://nut.bz/_.3rr5ks/) to promote your writing on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else.

Don't expect anyone else to share your link for you, it's up to you to put the time in.

Follow these tips and even with obscure topics like orange hair(!) you could quickly achieve some brilliant results. 3 articles like this a week would bring you an annualised readership of 7300 * 52 * 3 = 1.1 Million readers per year, and a very handy £780 in annual revenue share.

These numbers are based on someone writing "casually" as I've described in this page. If you have a professional topic or advanced skills to share then your results could be far better. Just remember to promote the page once its written!

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Author, Money, Money Making Ideas, Money Making Online, Money Making Tips, Page, Promoting Wikinut, Promotion, Revenue, Wikinut

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author avatar Sam Wormleighton
I am Wikinut's top technical author and advisor, which makes me a pretty big nut when you think about it!

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author avatar Antje Cobbett
3rd Mar 2010 (#)

Thanks for this one, Chiefnut! Now THAT is really useful info on how to write for success! Hope we get more of those positive experiences! Best wishes, Antje

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author avatar 9jamachine
27th Mar 2010 (#)

Thanks,i will need to read this about a million times,before i understand.Basically,i write so people can learn from my mistakes or whatever i do.To earn money? a bonus.
Thanks again.

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author avatar JadeDragon
13th May 2010 (#)

Pretty useful article - I've read lots of articles on promotion but you bring an interesting slant to the topic. Thanks

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author avatar Clickmarbin
9th Jun 2010 (#)

i read the whole thing and I enjoyed it, very informative specially for wikinut newbie like me.tnx

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author avatar scheng1
26th Jun 2010 (#)

I have tried blog commenting as a method to get links to my blogs. It is quite tiring. Now I use Hubpages to get links. It is better than to find different blogs.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jun 2010 (#)

I thank you very much.Very useful article.

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author avatar raman13
7th Jul 2010 (#)

This is not as easy as 123 and it is not impossible to attain this.
Thanks for the info

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2010 (#)

Gosh; this is exactly the help I needed. I'm still learning how to link. I'll get the hang of it eventually :) This is sooo helpful. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your success:)

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author avatar Ruby Hawk
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Thank you for the useful information.

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author avatar RSyed
21st Jul 2010 (#)

780 pounds a year is an incredible target, I dont think I can achieve that anytime soon from royalty revenue.

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author avatar djmarion
26th Jul 2010 (#)

I really like this article chief, this make new writers like us inspired to push through writing..

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author avatar La Verne
26th Jul 2010 (#)

this very specific and clear...very inspiring...thanks

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author avatar Nenivraj
9th Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks for this one! Very inspiring. Helps you to think long-term and to write about any topic that comes up in your head.

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author avatar Ryan Newton
28th Aug 2010 (#)

This is an excellent article. Very helpful, cheers.

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author avatar SiddiQ
3rd Sep 2010 (#)

Whoa! You must be really good!! Excellent! :) Thanks!

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2010 (#)

simple and straight forward and I finally understand it all thanks!

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author avatar Retired
26th Sep 2010 (#)

I just learned something. Thank you for sharing this.

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author avatar Sohani F
28th Sep 2010 (#)

Thanks for all the useful tips. Now to put it into practice. The key is to not give up I guess.

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author avatar Melanie Bremner
2nd Oct 2010 (#)

Yes, great tips. Commenting on blogs can be a fun and rewarding experience. I just started doing it myself more a few months ago. I was doing it to help promote my main website, but never really thought about it for my articles/profile on here.

Guess, I will get going on finding some blogs!

Thanks again!

p.s. it does look good when looking at the earning potential, just wish I could understand it in Canadian or American funds(guess I need to find a conversion chart).

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author avatar Paula Andrea Pyle MA
24th Oct 2010 (#)

An article so jammed packed full of insightful, relevant, useful and applicable information. I'm going to busy right this minute! Thanks...

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author avatar Abdul Rahim Hasan
30th Nov 2010 (#)

Sam:

Extremely good tips. Enjoyed reading your experience. Its motvating..!

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author avatar LOVERME
19th Dec 2010 (#)

thanks
i see ur the biggest nut
but really tell me are we all after a few cents here
when 1000 reads makes barely a dollar or less perhaps .

i write simply to
share knowledge
and what ever few cents dollars or pounds u give me go to
Cancer Society
yet i find some self styled Generals of writing
have the gall to report against others
its sad ....none the less my thanks

AS I CAN'T ACCESS ANY MESSAGES
YOU MAY REPLY AT UR DISCRETION
ON MY NEXT ARTICLE WHENEVER

ITS HIGH TIME WIKI INTRODUCED INTER WRITER MSG SYSTEM MORE GUYS
WOULD JOIN IN JUST MY VIEW THAT'S ALL

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author avatar Naveeda
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Hello, I am Naveeda, I am newly registered with Wikinut, but still I am not finding a page to type my topic....pls help me very soon, thanks

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author avatar A.R.Treadway
5th Jan 2011 (#)

I liked it. I too have had dye disasters! Went purple only to have it fade out to .....PINK! AHH!

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author avatar Trillia
14th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you, this was really useful. Good start, good points!

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author avatar Greenfaol
16th Jan 2011 (#)

These are great tips. I am getting a bit worried that while I get some page views, I get absolutely no clicks. Not one! Is there anything I can do about that?

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author avatar kcflight
21st Jan 2011 (#)

Great information. I can't wait to get started writing more pages.

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author avatar bronnamdi
21st Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for a nice and informative article. As a new member here, this article has helped me to know what works and how to apply it to benefit my writings and me.

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author avatar Martin King
13th Feb 2011 (#)

a little bit too much info to take in in one session so time to read it again, really useful info cheers

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author avatar Blossom S
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

it's really useful. however i don't know if i can add my links to those social sites. would try to find one to do it. Thanks.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Mar 2011 (#)

Sam,
Your ideas are great!
I started following them. One link I have just posted on a Q&A site.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Mar 2011 (#)

You made it very clear that a picture is worth a hundred clicks than a hundred tag words.

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author avatar sungrace
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you for sharing the tips and ideas.

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author avatar Karin
30th Apr 2011 (#)

I'm a wiki newbie, been here about an hour and was just checking out things when I came across all this great information, thanks for sharing it...

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author avatar articlemania
8th May 2011 (#)

Very useful insights my friend. Thank You :)

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author avatar J A Ridley
25th May 2011 (#)

Ok my thanks Mr. Wormleighton

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author avatar The Phoinix Φοινιξ
25th May 2011 (#)

thanks for sharing

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
24th Jul 2011 (#)

Great tips for we new nuts!! Thanks.

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author avatar ourhero
30th Jul 2011 (#)

Most useful article I've read yet on Wikinut - thanks, Chief!

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author avatar Val Mills
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Sam, I found this really useful.

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author avatar aimera
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks, Sam. That's very useful.

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author avatar Sanam Amyn
11th Oct 2011 (#)

Very helpful tips.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
12th Oct 2011 (#)

Sam,

As the Chief Technical Adviser, perhaps you could advise the Chief Nut that unhappiness is growing re the categorical unresponsiveness of site management to writers and about our inability, in this system, to communicate directly with each other. (See my most recent post and Buzz's on the subject.) Having to communicate by posting like this is patently absurd. Technical help, please.
David

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Sam this is extremely useful.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2012 (#)

The raw nuts need no further inspiration. Hard work, yes, planning, basic skills in promoting, getting out of the comfort zones, well? Thanks Sam, for great tips as to what matters in the end - siva

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Sam, you are the man!

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author avatar Subra
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Really very valuable, constructive tips and innovative ideas. Thanks so much.

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author avatar Sandralee
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I found thisvinformation to be informational as well as well written and easy to understand how this web site works. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
4th May 2013 (#)

I have question
why my income is reduced rather than increased
of 54 so 44

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author avatar Helen-FifeWriter
5th May 2013 (#)

A really great article, especially the tips on how to promote your writing once the article is finished. Great information, thank you!

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author avatar Subra
6th May 2013 (#)

Excellent tips for writers. Thanks a lot.

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author avatar LOVERME
19th Jun 2013 (#)

DO LET US KNOW
HOW MUCH THIS MOST USEFUL ARTICLE
HAS FETCHED U IN THREE YEARS ....IN POUNDS PER YEAR X3 YEARS

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author avatar MMD
4th Aug 2013 (#)

This is very helpful.

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author avatar SilentPsycho
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Nice job!

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author avatar Bhalchandra Matere
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Detailed tips on writing articles heading for star pages, which will help new bees on wikinuts like me.Thanks and regards.

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author avatar Ros balane
10th Nov 2014 (#)

great tips and ideas sam. i'm new to wikinut, how do i get my articles published ? do i send them to any email addresses? whose email address? please help.

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author avatar Retired
9th Dec 2014 (#)

Some excellent tips these. Thank you.

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author avatar Tin Can
17th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for the much valued information. I am new to the idea of promoting my work and feel you have given me as well as others, a step up the rung of the ladder.
Tin Can.

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author avatar Retired
5th Mar 2015 (#)

I'm brand new here, and you've given me a good idea of what to expect. My experience has all been on other sites and my own blogs. I have yet to write my first article here. I hope to do it tonight.

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author avatar Selriel
7th Oct 2015 (#)

This is a case study from 2010. Will you share woth us how much is your actual revenue share for that year?

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