I have written for a number of sites in the past, and some have gone by the wayside like Yahoo contributor Network (YCN). I discovered this site in January of 2014 after searching for ways to make money online. I decided to give it a try to see how it worked out. They had a school with three levels and you would receive a badge when each level was passed. I completed the first two levels and then wrote my first article. It was sent back for some minor revisions and then accepted. I then finished the third level while writing more articles. After I wrote 26 more articles Yahoo decided the site was not profitable enough and closed it down.
That was a big disappointment for me and thousands of other writers. They kept the forum open on the site for some time after they stopped accepting articles in July. One of my fellow writers suggested writing for a new site called Bubblews. I signed up and learned the ropes quickly. It was different from YCN in that there was no editorial review for the posts and the minimum post was only 400 characters. Pay was based on views, likes, and comments, for each post.
I did OK for a few months and made the minimum payout of $50 at the end of August. Some writers were having difficulties with the pay system which was a warning sign. I did not receive my first e-check for more than a month after I requested my first payout. I had submitted three more redemption claims over the next two months but received nothing. In December I stopped writing on Bubblews and shortly thereafter they notified the writers that past due redemptions were not going to be paid.
When YCN shut down many writers had the idea to publish their articles with similar themes in e-book format like the Kindle. While writing on Bubblews I started researching this and decided my articles on Resveratrol would make a nice e-book. I began compiling and adding to my articles. My e-book is about finished and I am a bit afraid to pull the trigger. I only need to design a cover and have a final edit and it is ready. Other than that I took a break after Bubblews.
After YCN crashed I also started writing on Textbroker. This site pays for writing assignments from clients such as blog posts and web site content. The have different level of writing based on price and quality between two and five stars. After I submitted my writing sample I was accepted as a three star writer. They are very picky with punctuation and helped me to improve my writing in this area. I wrote ten assignments in August and earned around $50. My last few assignments were rated four stars but I was getting bored with this type of writing. Bubblews was much more fun because I could write whatever I wanted to so, I continued writing there until the bubble popped.
Since I was so discouraged I didn’t write much for the next few months, but did find another site similar to Bubblews called Persona Paper. It seems reputable but the earnings are very slim. I have posted only an introductory post and a post on how sites like Bubblews are in trouble; Why Micro-Blogging Sites Don’t Make Financial Sense . I have earned 100 coins for my two posts. At their current pay rate that come out to 15 cents!
In the past two weeks I started writing for Textbroker again. They pay every Thursday, and for writing four articles I made $17.51, which I received promptly the next day via PayPal. The work can be boring but occasionally I find and interesting assignment. I am hoping my current assignments will be rated higher and I will be promoted to a four star writer. This means more money and a better selection of assignments.
I want to get my book out ASAP but my time is limited which is a subject for another post. I will give an earnings update without all of the background next week after my Textbroker earnings for this week are received. Thanks for reading this long post and please leave a comment to help me get inspired! If you want to receive my next post directly to your e-mail please click the follow button at the top of the page.