Passive Writing Income Alternatives to the eHow WCP

Sadly for many, the eHow writer’s compensation program still won’t let anyone from outside the US in. So, Canadians, those in the UK/Europe, Australia, NZ, etc don’t get to put up our articles for passive income. We can participate in eHow for article marketing or to create samples but that’s about it. Hearing about how some US writers are making $900+ a month passively on their eHow articles leaves non-Americans drooling. So, here are some alternatives for you:


Askables offers a writer’s compensation program where writers earn a % of their Google Adsense earnings and they can also earn additional money by being a regular contributor. The site has a great look/feel. Here’s more info about the Askables experts program: passive writing @ Askables.

Check out Askables on Twitter or the Askables Facebook group (join before end of October and you could win an iPhone. Askables will take original content and will also take re-prints. Originals are preferable and could result in more earnings.


InfoBarrel’s passive article writing program shares Google Adsense revenue. If you sign others up under your account, you’ll also earn a % of their page views which could translate to earnings. InfoBarrel wants unique content.


HubPages is a site that gets great traffic and that has a good reputation for solid Google Adsense income. The site has a great community as well. Hubs should be original and links should be kept to a minimum. Hubs look professional with various features such as video and RSS feeds ( I’m a writer and even offer a HubPages writing service as a professional service for my clients so there’s another income stream!).

Why not just put articles on your own site?

You should definitely look at creating your own sites rich with content and information. They can earn you 100% of page views instead of a smaller percent and you have more creative freedom. But participating in passive article writing programs allows you to diversify and benefit from the traffic that these larger and more established sites get. It can take a while to build up your own traffic. Why not do both? Many who want article writing income will do a combination of the above and see where they get the most return on their time investment. My next post will look at ways to come up with ideas for your passive article writing efforts.

Happy Writing!

Profitable and Popular Passive Article Writing – Ideas

If you want to make money writing articles, it’s a great idea to do it on passive income sites. By posting your articles on revenue share sites you not only make money once but you could make money indefinitely . A lot of people that work at home write a few articles a week and watch their passive income streams grow. Dig through The Work at Home Blog for plenty of sources and resources related to getting paid to write. Today, let’s talk about how to find ideas for those articles.

The #1 way to ensure your passive income writing efforts pay off is to figure out what’s profitable. How do you know? Research.

Tips for researching profitable article ideas:

  • Popular page 1 results on eHow. (Want to make money on eHow too? Check out this ehow wcp post.. Outside of the US? Here are alternatives to the ehow wcp.)
  • Twitter hash tags (look at trending topics on Twitter)
  • Technorati. See what’s popular on Technorati
  • Google Trends. Look at the trends to see what people are searching for.
  • Clickbank market place. Look at the top ten Clickbank products and decide to write articles based on those subjects. Not only are they popular but because advertisers are paying top dollar for ads, you’ll make more income. (—>>> info on how I make money on Clickbank<<<—)

There are some hot topics, hot keywords, and solid techniques for maximising your passive income earning potential. By figuring out what people want to read about and figuring out how to optimise your articles for high search engine placement, you’ll increase your chances of making more money by writing. I’ll continue to write tips about these methods in the future so please feel free to subscribe and get work at home tips and leads sent directly to your mailbox.


Dana Prince

Passive Income Find of the Week – Orato

I joined Orato a few months ago but didn’t do anything with the site. This morning I saw it mentioned on a work at home forum so checked to see if I was already a member and sure enough, I already joined. How much can you earn at Orato? Here’s info on the Orato writer’s compensation model.

Orato looks a bit like where online journalists submit articles and share in revenue. Is this a good idea for your writing career? Of course rev share sites mean that you don’t get all your revenue but when sites are high ranking and get a lot of traffic (like eHow, for instance), it can be well worth your effort. Building your own blog and creating your own streams of passive income will always be a good idea but when you have a greater chance of your work being seen due to high traffic it can be a good idea to do both. Some sites can also be good for your writing career because they have enough clout that you can use them as writing samples.

I haven’t seen any results or discussions regarding how much writers can make from Orato but in my opinion, it’s definitely worth looking into. When eHow first tried recruiting writers for the ehow writers compensation program a lot of people were skeptical but many are now earning 4 figures a month on eHow so Orato might be worth trying out.

Can You be a Freelance Transcriptionist?

What does a transcriptionist do and can you do it at home? Transcriptionists take audio and type it up. There are many reasons people hire transcriptionists. There are medical transcriptionists, legal transcriptionists, and general ones. In order to do this job, it helps to be specialised in a specific field. Medical transcription, for instance, requires an understanding of many medical terms. The same applies to legal transcription.

How are transcriptionists paid?

Most customers will pay you by word or by page. If you work for an individual you’ll make more money than if you work for an agency although transcription agencies will probably be able to offer you more work.

Here’s a useful article that looks more closely at the subject of Becoming a Freelance Transcriptionist.

Passive Income Find of the Week – Askables

I’ve decided to try to do a weekly (or thereabouts) series on specific work at home income opportunities and Askables is the one I’m going to kick off the series with. I love passive income sites. I put an article on one in 2006 and it has been making me money steadily ever since. I’ve probably earned $20+ a month almost every month ever since for one little article. Of course, it’s not always going to work out that well but if your article catches attention of search engines and people help spread the word virally, it could be great.

Take a look at the Askables Writing Plan. You have the opportunity to make passive income through a Google Adsense revenue sharing plan plus if you’re a regular contributor and attain and maintain the listed points, you could earn a payment per article as well.

An eHow WCP Alternative?

I know a writer making over $1,000 a month passively through ehow and many Canadian, UK, Au, and NZ writers are anxious to get in on the action. eHow has yet (despite my contacting them several times) to advise when they’ll open up their passive income program outside their borders. I wonder if Askables could become the international answer to eHow since eHow only pays writers in the USA. Let’s hope! The site isn’t very old but definitely looks to have potential.

How can you make money on Askables?

Start posting articles. Write great articles and then link to them from your blog, from social marketing sites, and web 2.0 pages like HubPages and Squidoo. If you write well and write interesting articles, you could start to see the revenue trickle in. Don’t forget to set up a URL channel on your Adsense reports so you can see how much revenue is coming from Askables. Then you’ll be able to see which niches and keywords are profitable. Happy Earning!