Monday, December 31, 2007

Helium is a newer site for freelance writing, but still a great option. They have a program similar to Associated Content's where you can upload articles on just about anything and earn pay per click payments. So far it seems that these are a bit lower than Associated Content, but that may just be because it is newer.

There is also another option called Marketplace within Helium where publishers post descriptions and guidelines for articles they need along with how much they will pay for the article. You can then submit an article and the publisher can chose the one they like. If you are picked as the winner you will receive payment. This is a great way to start out if you are new to freelance writing or if you are doing it more as a hobby, but I prefer Elance or other sites that allow you to bid on projects and win them before doing all the work. With Helium's marketplace you do the work but might not get paid for it.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Constant Content is a website I used often when I first started working as a freelance writer. It is different from other sites because you post the article, review, video or pictures. Then you get to pick how much you would like to sell it for.

They have different ways you can sell it: Usage which is where someone pays to use the article in one place on their website. You can continue selling the content on the website and others may buy it. The usage price is usually relatively low because the purchaser knows that it is not exclusive content. The next way an article can be sold is with unique rights. Most purchasers prefer this option. The information is completely purchased and the article is removed from constant content so that no one else can purchase it and it is exclusive to the purchaser. Through this option I have found some great employers. A few of whom still contact me on a regular basis to create content for them. The price for unique articles is usually much higher because it is a one time sale. Full Rights is the last purchase option. When someone buys your information this way, they are allowed to change wording, remove your byline and use the information on multiple sites. As you can imagine this is the most expensive option.

Constant Content also provides information about what purchasers have requested. This often helped me overcome writers block because I could scroll through and find something that someone was looking for and write about it. This also ups your chances of selling information because you know there is someone who is looking specifically for it. But they will accept writing on just about any subject. I have posted articles on constant content from jobs that never pulled through (this doesn't happen often, but a few times I had already created articles for a job and then the employer bailed) When this happens don't take it too hard, it is bound to happen in freelancing. But you have done the work so you can still make money by posting it on constant content.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Just want some extra cash?

Associated Content ( is the place for you. You sign up to be a writer and then you can submit videos, reviews, articles on nearly any subject. They pay you an upfront payment usually between $4-$10. But the great thing is that they also pay you every month on a per click basis. So say someone looks at an article you wrote, you get paid. This continues as long as you have an active account with Associated content. So you make money every month on past work you have done. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Granted it may not be much money until you have more articles on the site, but still a little extra cash every month isn't something to complain about.

This is a site I use often. I teach scrapbooking classes online and at local scrapbooking stores, so I often will take my lessons, edit them a bit to be more like tutorials or how to guides and post them with associated content. It's a great way to make a little extra money off of something you are already doing. If you are a stay at home mom who has done some research on your childs certain behaviors write up a little article on what you learned and make some extra cash. This works for a lot of people.