You’re making your genesis into the publishing world. Let me be the first to welcome you. Here are websites that you can explore. I recommend checking out each site. See which fit your tastes and style. Here are my experiences.
www.associatedcontent.com – Contributors submit 350 word minimum articles for upfront payment or display only. No competition. page view payments at one cent per 10, up to two cents per 10 when you reach Clout 10. Clout system is explained on website. Many high paying contests. Featured contributor positions available for those who qualify; must fill out application. FCs receive 3 $8-10 articles calls per month (plus page view payments). Best known content site along with Ehow and About.com. Associated Content articles generally receive highest Google and Bing placement of any of the competing sites, besides Ehow and About.com.
www.demandstudios.com – Upfront payment for articles. Articles are bid upon with no competition for titles. I don’t know too much about this site, but many AC friends like it.
www.examiner.com – You apply to become a niche writer for your city (or nearest large city). For example, I might apply to be the Examiner Grand Rapids Special Education News writer. I haven’t done much with this site, but Examiner articles are showing up more frequently on Google.
www.textbroker.com – Contractors request very content specific articles. Pay per piece is low, but articles are short and very easy to write. No page view payments. Authors are rated and receive clout status from customers they work with. If I didn’t like the freedom at AC, I’d probably use this site more frequently. It’s possible to write 10-20 submissions in a day. No competition or bidding on articles. Simply choose titles that you what you want to write, write and wait for acceptance. Sometimes revisions are required but they are simple to perform and the staff is very prompt to answer questions. Excellent communication from Textbroker staff.
www.ehow.com – Authors suggest titles to write; Ehow accepts or rejects your idea. Easy to write. Great format structure and picture resources. Good communication from Ehow staff.
www.bukisa.com – No upfront payments. but authors can submit previously written display-only articles not owned exclusively by another company like AC. Performance payments are 3 cents per view, but Bukisa is new, so their articles aren’t getting as many hits as yet. Articles are reviewed to keep out spam and spun articles.
www.break.com – I know very little about this site, except that several friends have tried it and been satisfied. It’s a picture source, primarily.
www.seed.com -Writers compete for higher upfront payment for articles. Articles are in competition and it can be difficult to sell articles. Several of my articles sat waiting for review for three weeks, after which time, none were chosen. Out of 15 articles, I’ve sold one. Seed does, however, not retain the rights to articles not chosen. Articles may be removed and submitted elsewhere for upfront payment. No page views payments. Some friends have found great success at SEED. Good communication from SEED staff.
www.helium.com – Highly competitive article writing website. Writers must read and vote on other articles. The submission that receives the highest votes under a title wins. Payments based on a writer’s article ratings. If article does not win, Helium retains rights to the work. Helium Marketplace is a good place to make some money. Writers must be approved in certain categories to submit articles in that category. Marketplace articles are voted on, but not chosen on votes alone. The vendor that the article is written for decides which piece to purchase. I’ve sold three or four Marketplace articles for $25 – $50 each. Good communication from helium staff.
www.constant-content.com -Contracted titles. Heavy competition amongst writers. Complicated, non-user friendly writing platform. Poor communication from vendors.
Thanks to Jolie Du Pre for her assistance on SEED, Amy Brantley for her information on Break, Jaipi Sixbear for her information on Examiner and Nina Rotz for her information on Demand Studios. A big thank your toR. Elixabeth C. Kitchen (Rose) for good general information on several of these online writing sites. For more on creative writing, technical writing and writing for the Internet, visit me at www.thewritersgarden.blogspot.com.