So – there are different types of payments when it comes to writing for the web.
Upfront Payment for Making Money Writing Online
You write an article and get paid X amount of money and that is that. If you want more money, you must write another article. On the other hand, you know that if you need a certain amount of money, you must write a certain number of articles.
Let’s say you need to make $150 extra each month. Demand Studios pays $15 for assigned articles and $5 for submitted titles if approved. So you can say, “OK – I have to write 10 articles each month in order to make $150”, write 10 articles, and get $150 bucks.
The downside to writing for upfront payment is that if you want $150 again the next month, you must write 10 articles again. And the month after that. And the month after that. Because you got all your money upfront.
Demand Studios and Associated Content are just a couple of the many sites that pays writers upfront – other blog posts will cover other sites.
Residual Pay for Writing Online
Residual pay or revenue sharing type payment models mean that you write the article, it gets published, and you slowly collect a share of the revenue the article creates for the website. So if you write an article for Suite101.com you might only get paid $.26 that first month. But each article you write, you continue to increase your payment. You also continue to collect money on that first article – the first ten articles – the first twenty articles.
So while you will not get rich from only having 10 articles in place, you will continue to collect every single month for any revenue that comes in. At Suite101.com, I now make enough to pay the mortgage payment every month. And when I took a month off to have a baby I STILL made enough to pay the mortgage. Because I didn’t just get $15 upfront and then never make another cent…I made a few pennies one month, a few more the next, and the next, and the next. I actually average between $1-4 per article per month on Suite101. Every month. Whether I write a million new articles or not. I no longer average 10 articles a month there, as I did at one time, but still make a healthy income.
Most of the sites I write for are residual pay or revenue share model websites including Type-A-Mom, Examiner.com and Suite101.com
Affiliate Pay on Blog Posts and Articles
Affiliate payment is when you share income not with the website, but with retailers. One of the most familiar affiliate programs out there is Amazon.com. For example when I reviewed the book “On Writing Well” you will see a little ad to buy the book from Amazon.com. When someone clicks “MY” special link and makes a purchase, Amazon can see the buyer came in from my referral link and will give me a small (very) percentage.
Many – MANY companies have affiliate programs, and web writers should ask whether a website will allow affiliate links or not. Some, like Suite101, do not. Others, like Examiner, or Hubpages do. So many posts on Examiner.com include affiliate links – last month I made $30 from a single post because the swine flu scare had people purchasing some herbal remedies. 🙂 Even though the post was written for Examiner.com, and I made money from Examiner for the article, I also got paid from Mountain Rose Herbs Company from the affiliate sales.
Hope this makes sense. If you have any other questions, let me know. Yes, there are more ways to make money from your website, but these are the three main ways most people I know choose monetize their online writing efforts.