Revenue sharing sites are sites where a writer can login, type an article, publish it on the site. You don’t have to maintain the website and you don’t have to buy web hosting. All you need to do is to sign up which is often free.
The revenue-sharing site makes its money through advertisements on it pages. Since you write some content for the site, the revenue-sharing site rewards you with a portion of that revenue. The percentage that they give you depends on the particular revenue-sharing site.
Quite often the revenue-sharing site is monetized with Google AdSense and it may rotate your Google ads on your article pages. So in those cases, you need your own AdSense account to receive payments.
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In the interest of full-disclosure, it is true that the link that I have provided to you is an affiliate link such that if you click that and join Hubpages, I may get an extra monetary compensation for referring you to join Hubpages. However, this by no means will detract from your own revenue on Hubpages.
Many of the revenue-sharing sites may have similar “referral incentives”. But of all the revenue sharing sites I’ve came across, Hubpages is currently the site that I’m publishing the most on and am dedicating most of my energies on. Although I may write on other revenue-sharing sites as well.
Note that I say “write” on other sites. Do not copy your content from one site to another. This is called “duplicated content”. Search engines do not like duplicated contents and will not place duplicated content high on its search results. Definitely do not copy content from anyone else. Most of the revenue sharing sites require unique and original content of at least 300 to 400 words in length – longer the better. If you write shorter than that, search engines do not rank them as highly.
Many of the revenue sharing sites will have duplicate content filters to detect copied content and will ban you if necessary. You can re-write the same topic again on other sites, but the keyword here is “re-write” so that its sentences and words are unique content.
This article is only opinion at the time of writing as of May 2011. Revenue sharing sites change their policies all the time and the information may be outdated by the time you are reading this. Some of the sites mentioned may not even be there any more, which will sound scary for a writer who have invested a lot of time into the articles and expected to earn income from it for years to come. So always check the revenue sharing site itself for their latest policies.
Speaking of income, this is not to be thought of as an easy way to make money. It is not. To make any significant amount of money is a lot of work. Some people treat it as their full-time work-at-home job. And others treat it as a business. In the early years of publishing, the work on a per-hour basis will likely be less than the minimum wage of many states in the United States. Although, if you are in another country where $10/hour is a lot of money, then it can be more lucrative for you.
Note that I use the word “years” instead of “months”. Do not expect do make any significant amount of money in a couple of months, you simply don’t have enough hours to write enough content to get enough traffic within that time. And your articles do not have enough time to generate organic backlinks to it. Ideally, you need at least hundreds of unique high-quality originally-crafted articles (of at least 400 words in length). But once the foundation of all those articles have been laid, those articles can continue to generate income for you for quite some time.
You need to like to write. An article also needs to be high quality in order for it to get good traffic. Since most articles are “non-fiction” (those are the ones that people want to read and are the ones that gets found), it likely will require research. And you need to proof-read and edit. It can often take hours to write one article.
What to Look for in Revenue Sharing Sites
- How Google Ranks the site (page rank)
- What is its Alexa traffic
- What is the percentage of revenue share percentage
- Does it allow affiliate links
- How long it has been around
- Does it have social networking aspects that enables your article to be found by other members.
- Does it have a referral incentive
List of Some Revenue Sharing Sites
Some revenue sharing sites are …
- redgage.com – allows blog and posting of just photos and links
The following are not exactly sites where you publish your own article, but still revenue-sharing …
- tipdrop.com: Like twitter meets wikipedia. Write tipsheets and augment to other’s tipsheets. Length limit. Links allowed only after certain credibility.
- SheToldMe.com: bookmarking and ranking site (like Digg).
- WebAnswers.com: answer other people questions.
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