writing for money

Is there any Writing for Money Sites really Pays for Writers?

Today I received an email from Examiner Recruitment Team by CareerBuilder.com service as I am registered to their service in my tries to find a decent job in Houston, the email encouraged me to join Examiner.om which is a community for local freelancer writers, the email didn’t talk about any salary, payments, nothing but at the end it says employment opportunity as it’s a writing for money site. By curiosity I wanted to know more about examiner job and how much I can earn from writing at examiner site.

What is Examiner.om

Examiner.com claim to be one of the fastest growing websites for local news and information. Serving 234 U.S. markets and 6 Canadian markets, Examiner.com connects consumers with a premium blend of news and information from the best local sources.

All is good till now, but like always I love to find out what people say and think about it, I just need to know where is the employment opportunity, because I can not find it yet! And I would like to know if they will pay me for writing for them for real or not!

The Truth of Examiner.com

I found a very interesting post at writersweekly.com from Examiners and former Examiners, those who got pissed off by the payments issues and the service, they spend lots of time writing for this site without good return, I see that the Average is $1.46 per article which is too low and will only result in you having to get payday loans to get by.

Anyways it’s up to you to decide whether to join or not after taking a look into the information a the end of the that article and see by yourself How Much Are Examiner.com Writers Really Earning!

Examiner.com pays $5 for each valid application

This could be a bright side of Examiner.com if this affiliate works, but what I see is their affiliate is a pending application, so it may not work! And I am wondering why they promote it on their website. Anyways, when talking about earning money from Examiner.com, because it seem that writing for money is a nightmare as you will have to spend all your life writing for Examiner.om before you receive $100, so the affiliate should work better, as they promise to pay you $5 for each new member you referred to their site and join. (note that the link to join Examiner.com is my affiliate link, so suppose that I will may earn $5 when if you join by clicking on that link)


So, what you will really Get from joining Examiner.com?

From the email I received:

  • Your articles appear on Examiner.com, a site with over 17 million unique monthly visitors & PR of 7.
  • You decide where and when to write.
  • Become highly visible on search engines.
  • Promote you knowledge, work and boost your personal brand.
  • Expand your credibility and reputation as the go-to expert while building an audience and fan base.
  • Easy to use publishing and metrics tools.
  • Free training and support for effective online publishing and search engine marketing (SEM).
  • Share and learn using our network of subject matter insiders – the largest in the world.
  • Creative freedom to decide what to write about within your topic and you retain rights to your content.

If you find this interesting for you then go a head and join the site, it’s a PR of 7 and has about 1,945,526 daily page views.

Writing for money conclusion

There is so many writing for money sites, most of them are a joke, so be sure to read, read and read very well before taking steps that could be a waste of your valuable time and effort with these services.

By the way here is a link of Freelance Jobs and Paying Markets forum, I see some stuff maybe interest you. and I am taking this chance to ask you about writing for money sites that you are part in and really pays, or those you had a bad experience with, if you know about any site plz let us know.

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  • Justin Germino December 22, 2010, 2:31 am

    I have not written for Examiner but I know that AssociatedContent and Helium are sites that pay writers on a per article basis or pay per performance, AssociatedContent can typically pay between $1 and $3 for a 400 word article as an up front payment and then you get about $1.00 per 1000 pageviews your article receivers, there are some article writers who earn thousands per year writing for this site full time instead of hosting their own blog and this is an option for writers who dont’ want to host a blog and just write and earn a little.

  • Michelle September 8, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Stumbled across this article when researching if I was the only Examiner who felt, well, jilted. Examiner.com is a great opportunity, I’ll readily admit, for someone wanting to get their name out there, earn some exposure, gain experience and learn from the industry. That’s about all. Compensation is a bit difficult, as you must be an active member (posting articles every 30 days), must write pertaining to only local issues in your sector (I wrote for the green living section, which, in my city–not a whole lot going on). Traffic-based pay appears to be a bit misleading as number of clicks on my articles didn’t add up to amount earned and only after earning $25 worth of traffic and local bonuses were you paid in full. The turn off was the amount of time and effort needed to post timely, well-written articles for the ratio of pay–it simply is not commensurate of resources (time, sometimes money) required to turn out portfolio-worthy work. Secondly, it is not reviewed or edited in anyway. When I saw the quality of work of other Examiners, I wondered how they got through the jury with their writing samples. Not only that, but top “rated” examiners were of a sensational tabloid nature, and well, we see plenty of that already. What about the real issues? Writing for money and traffic isn’t how I want to be remembered as a writer, but as one with integrity and talent. I stopped writing for the Examiner in April because it took me a year to earn that initial pay check of $25, and not for lack of trying, I posted regular articles. I felt dismayed when my articles were quickly shuffled aside on their main page for the next newly posted article. If a section isn’t picked for the front page’s flash splash, your article is lost hidden in a tabbed section. Additionally, there was no way to filter spam from comments. Examiner.com may have made some changes, but I as a former Examiner, am making more money freelancing elsewhere. As I said, great for exposure and education, but not so great for compensation.

  • Dennis Edell February 21, 2010, 3:20 pm

    If I were to affiliate for them, I would certainly highlight the traffic benefits, not the pay.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..WANTED – Keyword Research Expert(s) =-.

    • Hesham February 22, 2010, 2:38 am

      Wise decision , the problem is I am not sure if any of this affiliate system works, so I am to forget about it until I receive some news from them to change my mind.

      • Dennis Edell February 22, 2010, 4:50 pm

        Ah yes, well do let us know what happens.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..I am Unsubscribing From Your Blog – Again =-.

  • Tiffany February 20, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Although I have never written for Examiner.com I do belong to a few writing forums and have heard that they don’t pay you your money unless you write a post every 30 days. I’m not sure if that goes for the affiliate program as well, but I imagine it does. So, if you want your affiliate money you are actually going to have to write for the site as well.
    .-= Tiffany @ online passive income´s last blog ..How to Use Alexa.com to Find Hot Niches =-.

  • chandan February 20, 2010, 3:02 am

    There are some sites which promise to pay for write but you have work more for earn money. For me I have no much time to write for other network, I am trying to increase my blog posting frequency.
    .-= chandan´s last blog ..Advice and tips on work at home =-.

  • Kiesha February 19, 2010, 11:00 am

    I’ve written a few articles on Examiner.com and there is potential – if you adhere to their local rules, then they’ll pay a based of $1 and then you’ll earn more based on your page views. The more people click from one of your articles to the next, the more you’ll make.
    So if you make sure you always ad links to related articles you’ve written, or create a “hub page” you could potentially increase your earnings a great deal.
    .-= Kiesha @ WeBlogBetter´s last blog ..5 blogging niche ideas you should run from =-.

    • Hesham February 19, 2010, 3:01 pm

      Cool! thanks for the tips, very useful.

  • Onibalusi Bamidele February 19, 2010, 1:34 am

    Will my article appear on their homepage or just an hidden inner page.

  • seo link building service February 19, 2010, 12:47 am

    I had good experience in dealing with those money making sites. There are bright opportunities in the field of affiliate marketing as internet and online business is growing at rapid rate. It would be a better choice to take a brief look at what they are offering before joining them.

  • Dana February 19, 2010, 12:25 am

    In my opinion, the price per article too low but the affiliate program seems okay. I will never intend to create article for them for that pay.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..How do I Use Google Buzz? =-.

    • Hesham February 19, 2010, 12:43 am

      Dose highly visibility on search engines change your mind by pay you in another way?

      • Dana February 19, 2010, 12:45 am

        I may consider if they give a link back for me. 🙂

        Btw, i choose to write for tutorial9.net instead this.
        .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..How do I Use Google Buzz? =-.

        • Hesham February 19, 2010, 1:18 am

          tutorial9.net is awesome, and also problogdesign.com is great! Good choice Dana

  • Tom February 18, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Are you allowed to link back to your articles from your posts? Will you share you results with the affiliate program, because that sounds interesting.
    .-= Tom@Free Squeeze Pages´s last blog ..The Aweber Code….And Why You Need To Promote It! =-.

    • Hesham February 18, 2010, 11:15 pm

      Of course I will be sharing more information about this as soon as I have something new, I am not sure if the affiliate will work, but at least you can join as well and try it by your self, maybe you will get accepted before me!

      They say they will notify me in a week or two!

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