Freelancing Online

January 20, 2010

Bright Hub! Review

If you have been writing for online article submission sites you have likely heard of Bright Hub! because they pay $10 for a 500 word article. Sounds great huh! If you have been writing for eHow, Associated Content, Bukisa, Triond, Helium or other similar sites $10 an article is a godsend. So what should you know before rushing over to Bright Hub?

#1 They pay more because they expect more.

The content of the article can be very similar to anything you may find on other article submission sites. The big differences are

  1. You have to create a link to another Bright Hub article or other related online article every 50 words. At least one of those articles has to be a fellow Bright Hub article.
  2. After you have linked to that article, you need to write the author a message letting him know. Also, ask for a link back from their article.
  3. You must find 1 photo for every 4-500 words. (Be sure to give credit where credit is due!)
  4. After you have copy and pasted your article, created the 10 links (500 word article) and uploaded your photo, you submit it to your Channels Editor [more on channels below], who will without fail send it back to you for any number of edits.
  5. You then make edits, re-submit, and pray it gets accepted this time. From my own experience as well as some friends – second submissions are returned about 50% of the time.
  6. YES! The editor has now accepted your article! Your done with that thing and now you can move on to more titles and more money!…….Right…..That’s how it works right?
  7. No. You are expected to return to your old articles once every month or two to update facts, years, seo, links, photos, whatever it takes to keep that article current. No. They do not pay you separately for this extra work.
  8. After about 3 months you notice that your page views on one article are a lot lower than your other articles. It is your responsibility to go in there edit the SEO, keywords, etc to increase views on that article. What if you don’t? After a certain amount of time, if an article is performing lower than other similar articles it is deleted from the database.

Everything above is dependent upon your getting accepted by Bright Hub! This is one thing that sets Bright Hub apart from the rest, although I can’t decide if it is for the best or worst. Bright Hub has several different Channels, each with it’s own sub-categories.  When you apply to become a writer, you are not applying to all of Bright Hub! you are applying to a specific Channel. Once you are accepted as a writer you must read and sign a huge ‘Work for Hire’ Contract. That states anything you write for them is theirs, end of story.

If you want to write for more than one channel, you must apply to each one separately, thankfully you only fill out the one contract. Here’s the part I don’t particularly care for…Each channel has its own Editor and Co-Editors, each of which works differently and has a different way of doing things.

For example: When you write for Associated Content, you can write about anything you desire and you know the submission form will always be the same. Although Bright Hubs form is the same the options are different per channel. Also each editor has a different method of dealing out topics, and accepting pitches. I have been writing for a few different channels and it did not take me long to figure out how each of my editors worked, soon I was righting articles that were not being sent back for more editing.

Then they changed editors on every channel I wrote for, as I was trying to pick back up the pace, they changed most of my editors again. One channel I write for has seen 5 editors in the 6 months or so that I was there. I finally gave up. As I writer I prefer to get paid to write, not battle with ever changing editors.

Now if you have ever written for magazines, newspapers and the like you are laughing right now, aren’t you? Here’s the deal if I am writing for a magazine, a newspaper, or a trade publication I am getting paid more than $10 for that article. Real businesses pay more to compensate for dealing with editors, changes, time spent in the creative process, and interviews. The least I have ever been paid for a newspaper article is $50 and that was because I was covering a non-profit organization that I was a member of. I did not do any interviews, I asked for permission to quote my friends, but that was it.

Also with a newspaper, or magazine there are no links to deal with, and I will never be expected to edit something that has already been published. So you’re probably thinking I hate Bright Hub! right about now. I do not.

My suggestion is if you want practice writing for a demanding client to see if you have the “stick-to-it-ness” required then give Bright Hub! a try. Whereas most of the articles are only 4-500 words the writing aspect is not too bad. There are some useful guides on how to add links, and pictures on the Bright Hub! site. The community is very friendly and supportive, and most of the editors are easy to work with.

To view my Bright Hub! articles go here.

January 13, 2010

I’ve Been Away – But I am back with Good News!

Hello! How have you been? I am so happy to have the time again to put into this blog. I really do miss writing for you and hearing back all the wonderful comments.

To catch up, I have been working for more online article companies including Bright Hub!, eHow, Triond, Bukisa, HubPages and probably a few more that I can’t recall at the moment. I have had some good experiences, bad experiences, lack of experience (read: cash in hand) with these places. So here is the deal, over the course of the next couple of weeks I will be writing short reviews on each of the online writing sites I have worked with. I guarantee you the good, the bad, the ugly, and an exact quote of money I have made from these sites.

Just to expand on the above. If you don’t want to hassle with strict deadlines, editors, and having to re-do and re-edit your writing and you only want to bring in enough to cover a basic manicure from the little known salon around the corner, then by all means these online writing sites can make that happen for you. If you want to make a little extra, say enough for a day at a nice day spa, then I will be giving some advice on bringing in $2-300 month easily.

Now for the juicy stuff. I just finished reading Peter Bowerman’s book The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less. If you don’t already own this book, you need to. I will be writing a review for his book here in a week or so along with a review of one of his other books The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living.

Thanks to Peter’s help and guidance I am testing the waters in the corporate copywriting waters right now. Peter claims in his book that if he can do it anyone can. Well I am here to say…If I can do it, you can too! You know me from Associated Content where we complained together about the low rates and how they just kept sinking as more and more people signed up to try to make a quick buck. We said then that there must be something better, we knew it, felt it, our hearts yearned for it. Hopefully now I have found it!

Now I sound like Christopher Columbus, exclaiming “I have found a new land.” When in fact others just like me have found it before me, and some have called this land their home for quiet sometime now. Take Bob Bly for instance he was an internet marketer and copywriter before the internet existed. Okay that’s going a little far, but he was the first to write a book on making a living as a freelance copywriter. I suggest you go to Bob Bly’s Website scroll down to the bottom to the For Writers Link and start reading the wealth of information by the Freelancing Wizard.

May we grow successful together!

Carla

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