Do you write articles? Or write for pay online?

United States
July 26, 2007 9:35am CST
Do you right and publish articles for pay online? If so, what sort of guidelines do you use when writing? What do you do in order to ensure that you'll get paid for that article? Also, what sites do you use? Is there a site that pays for fiction stories as well? I know of AC and Helium, I submitted an article to AC which was never published and then I pretty much just gave it up. However I think I want to try it again. I love to write and thought that maybe my format was just all wrong? I wrote a review of a book by Dr. Phil that I had loved and had really helped me out. Apparently Dr. Phil does not sell. I have a list of topics I want to write about but I'm afraid to write a bunch of articles only to realize that I'd done it all wrong. I had looked online and tried to research article writing but I didn't find anything that was very clear. I think my problem isn't so much writing as it is the formula for an article that sells. Any suggestions?
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• India
26 Jul 07
no i dont write any. plzz tell me about websites if there r any.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I've been writing for AC for about 8 months now, and Helium for about 6 months. The one bit of advice that I can give you for AC is to try to keep your articles mostly impersonal--don't talk too much about your personal experiences with the subject. You can certainly mention why you are suited to write the article, based on your experiences, but you want to aim for a more impersonal tone, overall. Think of the book reviews you see in the newspaper or online, for example, and try for that writing style. I would also recommend just writing up one or two of your article ideas and putting them up, to see how they go over. Some of the CMs (content managers) will give helpful responses as to why they will not publish your pieces, so that can also help you to improve your articles. If you write up a couple and they go through okay, then you will know that you can write up the rest of your ideas. If the first couple don't go through, you can improve them or look for a different venue. Which moves nicely into my thoughts on Helium. When I have an article that AC rejects (usually because of other articles on the same topic, in my case), I will head over to Helium to see if they have a topic where that article can be placed. That way, since I've already done the work, I can still make a little bit of money off of it. I will also occasionally write specifically for a topic on Helium, but not nearly as often as I should. Hope these tips help a bit! :)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Looks like you're doing pretty good! I did go back and look at some articles and I submitted 2 things for nonpayment (one had been denied for payment but looking back they'd left a note asking me to submitt it again for nonpayment and the other was a poem) just so have something on my page and for view while I write up some articles and do a little more research.
@ArsonCuff (3121)
• United States
27 Jul 07
You had issues with your book review because AC does not pay for any reviews unless they are "sneak peeks" meaning you review it before anyone else or before the book is released. I make a lot of moolah on Associated Content and I just tend to look for odd things to write about. Helium's new weekly contests are also profitable.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
I didn't know, thanks for that tip.
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@kataztrophy (1839)
• United States
26 Jul 07
When I write articles for Associated Content, I try to be unique as possible. I have been writing some humor articles that have received upfront payment. If you need help with formatting, you could check out this link: http://ezinearticles.com/?Article-Writing---How-to-Write-an-Article---From-the-First-Paragraph-to-the-Conclusion&id=410897
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• United States
26 Jul 07
Thanks, I'm going to check that out and see if it helps me any.
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@noah2413 (405)
• United States
26 Jul 07
I would like to say helium is probably the worst site for articles. You're paid in pennies, while Ac pays in dollars. I recommend using AC only, ts easier to write once you get the ball rolling. Good luck! PS Ac is so good, i've made almost 300 bucks with them
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
Yes, but AC works only for US. A Lot of us can't benefit from their payments.
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@miketomeo (124)
• United States
27 Jul 07
writing is very frustrating. I've written and was never published & put it away - sad but true. How do you get published if you don't know anybody?
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I write for Digital Journal. The pay isn't great, but it's steady. It's mostly news, and you don't have to write very long articles. Pay is based on the number of reads and upvotes. I average about two bucks an article, but some make as much as three dollars. Not as good pay as AC, but easier, in my opinion.
@AnythngArt (3305)
• United States
27 Jul 07
You might want to try writing for Gather.com. You can write on any topic that you like, personal or not. You first earn points, which can be earned by either writing or commenting on other articles. They are traded in for giftcards like Borders and Home Depot. Once you are reaching 3000 points in a month, you get cash, with 3000 points being $50. You can use my referral link (I get points) or just sign up at Gather.com: http://www.gather.com/inviteLanding.jsp?parentMemberId=62274&tc=14
• Pakistan
27 Jul 07
hey,im joinin ur mentioned site wd ur referral link...
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