I signed up to get paid to write articles for Demand Studios in 2008. They offer an all-you-can-write buffet for writers where you can get paid to write articles ranging in fees from $3-$75 per article plus revenue sharing options. I got accepted. But then I realised they accepted my application in error because they only hired US writers. Sad face 🙁
I left my account in tact. It allowed me to get updates relevant to writing for DS and I knew that there was a chance that they’d eventually let their friends to the North in. Today I got an alert on the WAHM writers forum which led me to Deb Ng’s freelance writing jobs blog and sure enough, today was my lucky day.
I emailed Demand Studio’s Help Desk and they tweaked my existing account to reflect my Canadian status and voila! I can now get paid to write articles for sites like Ehow and others. At the moment my freelance writing and web marketing service business is smokin’ busy but it’s great to have DS as a gap-filler.
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.