In my recent blog post about writing for Examiner.com, a reader left a comment about Suite101. I’d like to discuss what a writer can expect working with Suite101.com and the potential for pay there.
Suite101 is an e-media magazine that has been around for several years, though only in the present form for a couple years. As a beginning writer I appreciated the editorial oversight, and now, as a more experienced web writer, I appreciate the strong standing in the search engines.
There are two levels of writers at Suite101 – Feature Writers are over a particular topic and must publish one article per week in that topic area. I am the Plants and Bulbs Feature Writer. Contributing Writers have to publish only ten articles every three months in any topic of their choosing (the ten articles do not need to be in the same topic area – contribute to as many topics as you desire!).
What Does Suite101.com Pay?
Suite101.com pays purely off ad-click revenue share. In an older revenue model Suite101 paid a certain amount of money per page view, however they no longer pay according to a page view system. Obviously page views are good since the more people visit your articles, the greater your chances for garnering ad clicks. You could theoretically have ten thousand visitors and not a single ad click, however this has not been my personal experience. I make a tidy little sum each month off those seemingly innocuous ads.
It will take awhile to build up a decent paycheck, but the long-term revenue potential is very high. It might take me a couple hours a week to write my Suite101 articles (I try to post 5-8 articles per month). The first month I probably made $.26 or something ridiculously horrible like that. However, those first few articles continue to earn me money. They have continued to earn me a few dollars every month for the past two years! I now earn enough every month to cover my mortgage payment and even when I took the month off to have a baby I still made enough to pay my mortgage. Brilliant!
What Rights Does Suite101.com Keep?
Suite101.com requires that articles published on the site are fresh, new pieces not currently available elsewhere on the web. And they require exclusive web rights to that content for one year. So you never actually loose your content at all – you just sort of loan it out to Suite101 for a year. *grin*
To me, the only way I would participate in a site that takes all my rights completely is if they pay quite a bit upfront. Otherwise, I’m loosing the ability to make money off that content in other ways, for no guaranteed return! With Suite101 I can put my articles into ebooks, sell one to a print magazine (as I did with this Intake Procedures for Massage Therapists article) or use them as a hubpage about lavender essential oil when my year is up.
How Do I Join Suite101?
All writers must apply to Suite101.com and submit some sample articles. Suite101 is known to be rather picky, as only 20-25% of all writers who apply are accepted! Find me on the forums when you join and say hello.