Writing Articles For Payment: Associated Content etc

@re08dz (1941)
Australia
May 5, 2007 8:37pm CST
I need to preface this discussion by saying that I don't do this: I am not a member of AC, Helium, Constant Content etc etc. Part of the reason I've not joined places like AC is that I'm an Aussie so not in the list of paying countries etc. Having said that though, I do write a lot of articles - either to use as an advertising tool for my chosen site(s) or as a web page/blog post that I have monetised etc. Now since I'm not a member of any of that type of site there's a chance I'm wrong here - but I gather the way it works is you submit an article and if someone purchases it to use on their own site you get a one off payment of x amount of dollars, in some cases I also imagine it's a little like places like Squidoo etc where if someone clicks on an adsense etc you get a small payment. Now if that's correct I'd like to ask those of you who do this - do you only write for those types of sites or do you also write articles for your own sites where you can keep the full amount of income earnt - yes it may take a bit to initially reach the same payment you might receive for that one off payment, but it's a long term thing that will continually earn you income to the point where you will surpass the initial one off payment (did that make sense?) ) If you only write for those sites is there any reason you don't keep some for yourself? So you can in turn use them to sell chosen affiliate products etc. Of course if I'm wrong and you do receive an ongoing income can you let me know that too? :-)
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@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
6 May 07
This is an interesting discussion. I don't write articles for AC, etc myself but I read that you can sell your articles for less if you want to keep the copy rights to it. This way you have the right to put them on your own website/blog and even submit sell them to other different websites. I'm not sure of this and you seem to know more about this matter.
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@re08dz (1941)
• Australia
6 May 07
Not really :-) I don't know too much about it at all - well at least this type of site. I happily submit articles to the free article directories though as I've found that to be a great way to drive traffic to my sites and blogs etc. I didn't know about the copyright thing, but I'm not sure about it - I guess because if I ever paid for an article I'd want to be the only person who could use it and not think it was going to show up on other sites etc.
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@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
6 May 07
Actually, the sites do not sell the articles to others. They actually post articles within the site for others in the community to read and rate. I have sold articles for others to use on their sites, but that is only through a freelancer site. I also spend a lot of time writing for my blog and participating in various forums. teh only writing I actually do for "free" is what I have to submit for class, and even then, I benefit in the long run On another note, have you considered writing for Gather.com. I believe they are International. You can view my work at http://badpenny.gather.com
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@re08dz (1941)
• Australia
6 May 07
Hi, I had a quick look at your page - I'll try to give the site a proper read through later. Hmm I guess they are all different then in regards to whether they sell or keep articles - or perhaps it depends on the actual article. While I can't join AC (the aussie thing :-) ) I'm still in two minds about whether I should try to write for the other sites - sometimes it's hard for me to come up with something decent to write about so I have to decide whether I'd be better off working on a short term income or putting it on my site and building on a long term one where I can link it to certain products etc :-) Thanks for your response.
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@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
6 May 07
What I like about gather is that it is a very active community, and I never joined because I might get paid. I like being able to state my opinion, and I didn't even know we got paid till I started reading the guidelines. In a lot of ways, they are similar to myLot. The main differences are the groups feature, and you can cut/paste.