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Get A Job Writing For A Popular Website

Small websites aren’t where it’s at. They can’t afford you, so make them do their own blogging. The time you spend writing should be comparable to an hourly job, and you set your per hour rate. I like to work part time for a minimum of $16 an hour. I don’t put a cap on my earnings, and at times have earned ridiculously more per hour, but sixteen is my minimum wage.

Only Apply To The Big Websites

Small websites don’t have the budget for you, and they can go under at any time. Popular websites aren’t going anywhere – that’s job security; plus, they have more money, so they can afford you. They typically pay in one of two ways: per word or per view. If you’re paid per view, you have a window for unlimited earning potential, but this only works if your articles get a lot of traffic. Never trust an offer that pays per view from a website that doesn’t see at least a million views per day; this almost guarantees you’ll be writing for free.

To find a popular site in your niche, just Google what you’re good at. Do you want to write about gardening? Can you prove your chops (these sites want to see examples of your hard work)? If so, send a cover letter asking for work to every high ranking website you can find in your niche. The bigger the net you cast, the larger the fish you can catch.

How To Check A Website’s Traffic

If you want to know if it’s worth your time to query a particular website, all you have to do is Google it. Lots of websites look like they get tons of traffic, but in reality do very poorly. If you’re getting paid per view, this isn’t going to do you much good. If you’re getting paid per word, go for it but be prepared for fallout later (missed payments, longer waits for payouts, and sudden loss of work). The secret is to have lots of eggs in different baskets, so if something falls through you’re still making money. The other secret is to avoid that pitfall altogether and only apply to gigs that are guaranteed to survive, such as hugely trafficked websites.

To see if a website is popular, Google its alexa rankings and the website’s name; for example, “alexa rankings somewriters.com.” This should give you a pretty good idea of how much traffic the site gets. To see how valuable a site is, just alter your search a bit. Search “how much is somewriters.com worth.”

I get paid per view to write for TheRichest.com. It’s awesome because the website is very popular. Alexa ranks it as number 1,478 in the US and 3,858 globally. That means my articles have the potential to go viral, and one viral article pays for any that didn’t go viral. It’s the only position I currently hold that pays me per view and it’s my favorite writing gig because it’s fun and pays handsomely.

Overall, it’s important to know the value of something before you dive in. This will help you ensure that you always get paid what you’re worth, and that you are successful in promoting your brand as a writer. From time to time, you may be offered good deals from low-traffic websites, and these will be good for a time, but they’re not sustainable for the long-term. If you want more opportunities, renown, and money, you’ll heed my advice and send your applications to big sites only.

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Author: Alisia Compton

Alisia Compton is the author of Lucy and the Letter Eaters, Shift River, Twelve: After Midnight, Let No Bell Toll, and Blood on the Vine. She's also written a number of short stories, including: The Dog and Reprieve. Alisia is always eager to discuss her work with new friends, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment or send an email. Alisia is also a full time digital journalist. She helps promote businesses by providing well-researched, highly trafficked, daily fresh content. As a long-time marketing writer and copywriter, she works diligently to provide e-commerce companies, brands and businesses with effective copy proven to sell products and services. Check out www.AlisiaCompton.com to view all the services she offers.

6 Comments on “Get A Job Writing For A Popular Website

  1. Hey man, I recently started writing for TheRichest.com and have a question. They told me they’re gonna pay me 0.50$ per every 1000 views of my articles, but that every entry in the article counts as a view. So that means that my payment tab should be multiplied at the end of the day by 15 if they are 15 entries per list right? That’s got me confused, and I don’t cash in on my first articles until the 15th of next month, I’d appreciate any input. Thanks!

    1. Sorry I called you man! I just noticed your name is Alisia, lol. Anyways, any info on the matter would be really helpful, thanks!

      1. Lol that’s okay. I call my bff “man” all the time, and she’s definitely not a man. It’s an expression, and I am not offended. That being said, I’m happy to answer your question. It takes thirty days to receive your first payment because they clock the article’s gain during that time. In your CMS (content management system), under “STATS,” you can see your article’s views and other analytical information about them. They have consistently paid me on time, and I’m overall very happy with the gig. I have been there about four and a half months. I can see my money grow too in the CMS. Click “STATS” then “Payments.” It will show you upcoming pay dates, so you can literally watch your money grow. This will help you keep track of what pieces are profitable to you, and which aren’t. Sorry about the slow response. I have been revamping this site, and haven’t had a lot of time with it. Best of luck to you, and please let me know if I can help out again.

        1. Lol no worries! Thanks a lot for the info. I’ll be sure to let you know any other questions I have regarding the site. Thanks again!

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