Getting published online these days is a breeze, there are literally hundreds of websites aimed and ready to serve the authors needs. Getting paid for your work however is entirely a different animal. Authors are an abundant breed, readers prolific, but cash scarce. So what is out there, what kind of system are they employing, and how do they pay.
Demand Studios, employs writers for the E-How and Livestrong websites writers must pass their stringent vetting system first. Then supply a resume, and examples of their work. Once accepted the author may submit articles, usually with an accompanying video and image gallery. If an article is approved, it is published to the website and the author is paid between $10 and $25 for the article they have written.
E-How and Livestrong are very busy web-sites,(Demand Studio sites) and are also well respected. If you are accepted, their name on your resume impresses a lot of people. They pay up-front, assist in editing your article, and they distribute it under your by-line.
The set fee means that you cannot go on to earn more out of your article than the up-front fee, the way you might on advertising based websites that give the authors a share.
You are limited to writing in topics on offer, and cannot choose your own.
You have to have an English, Journalism or equivalent degree to be accepted.
You are not given access to analytics for your article, and as such, are unable to rate performance.
Squidoo is an online Article Directory. After sign-up the user is given a variety of tools to write articles or “Lenses”, as they are known on the site. Once articles are written to standard, ie: Regular Internet “clean” rules, and contain at least one image and an introduction of at least 300 words( and one other none advertising module)- the article is published. The author earns fifty percent of the advertising revenue generated from their article( they have a rating system as well and a points and badges system. An authors rating determines where their article is set among Squidoo’s search results, if your rating is low your article is at the bottom of the pile).
Squidoo allows you to write almost anything you please, their community is vast and friendly. Users are prompted to vist other users pages, for points and badge rewards. The author can elect to hold on to earnings generated by their articles or hand them over to charity. The site offers a fully optimized stats interface for authors to track their earnings.
All benefits are strictly controlled by the site,(ie- you cannot add your own advertising accounts, and the analytics to go with it.) the author has to rely on moving up in the ranks, before their articles are featured, making it difficult for a new-commer to earn,(according to their own site FAQ it is possible to earn nothing at all, however, if you persevere and continue updating, and writing you should earn something).
Hubpages is an Article Directory with community interaction. The user is given a variety of tools to create articles or Hubs, as the are called on the site, which can be moneytarised using google Adsense and Amazon Associates. They also have their own in-house advertising program. The user must supply a mobile number, which they verify before being allowed to publish Once the authors article meets a certain specified standard, it may be published.
The user can monitor the performance of their article using Google Analytics, an independent stats provider. The site has an up-market image and a large community of writers to facilitate networking, and thus improved readership.
The user must provide details to the site of tpersonal advertising accounts, they take forty percent of the users earnings. Your adverts are shown forty percent of the time, theirs sixty percent.
Booklife is an Article Directory. The user is given various tools to publish articles easily without prior online publishing knowledge. Authors are encouraged to share their work with social networks, and tools are provided for said distribution. The community is encouraged to share each others work (or “Clip” others work, as it is known on the site.) Advertising revenue, from a variety of sources is shared 30 to 70 percent ratio, with the user retaining the larger share. The author must have fifty pages views on each article, before it is included in the sharing pool. Once included, all authors earn something. Analysis on page views in provided by an independent monitor.(Google Analytics)
It is not difficult to earn since only a few page views are necessary. The tools provided are adequate, and allow the author to quickly publish and share their work,
The author cannot set up their own advertising program, but they are allowed to add affiliate links in their articles.