Like many of you, I've tried my hand at a few of the more popular "revenue sharing" sites in the interweb, and I want to share my experiences with you. If you aren't familiar with these sites, let me explain how they work. Each site is a kind of independent publisher, whereby writers and other interested people can create their own content to share with the world. If that content earns any revenue from its automatically-posted ads, the writer is given a percentage.
Squidoo, Bubblews and Yahoo! Voices are the most successful ad-sharing sites I have seen, but they are completely different from one another.
Squidoo is an incredibly addicting platform in which you create "lenses;" these are your content pages. With Squidoo, you can create amazing content with photos, text, columns, Amazon product links and much more. The process is fun and stimulating. I myself spent long hours creating a lens for an important pet-health topic - see it here! Although my lenses enjoyed decent ratings during their first weeks, I've only made pennies on them. Without regular maintenance, those pennies never did expand.
This brings me to Bubblews.com. This site looks fairly amateur, especially compared to the glitz and glam of Squidoo, but it is surprisingly effective. After I set up an account, I posted three quick-and-simple posts on the site (Including one entitled "Hello, hello, is this thing on?) and can happily report earnings of 84 cents! With some dedicated networking and interesting content, Bubblews could really turn into something great. If you are struggling to find your first writing job, I suggest you take a look and make a dollar or two while you wait. Try to ignore the blatant misspellings of the website, including the instructions to "Add a News" when you make a new post.
Yahoo! Voices has been a popular online writer's platform for years, but I can only see it sinking. After signing up, the network posted only one available job for me in months. Although I completed it, I am not entitled to any payments since, as it shows in my passport, I am a Canadian cat and not an American one. Sigh.
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