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Working For Ad Revenue

Everywhere I seem to go lately, article submission sites want to pay in ad revenue. I know there are many others who feel that this method pretty much stinks. I don't like the thoughts of relying on the so-called strategic placement of a link on my article's page to generate my income.

Am I missing the beauty of this whole writing for revenue phenomenon?

What about the reader who just wants information and isn't looking to purchase what the ads have to offer? I get no credit for that. What if there is a total screw up and the ads don't even fit with the topic? No credit there either. Do these people have to actually buy once they click or is it just about the click? I need a nice little "For Dummies" book to understand this whole thing.

Yeah, maybe after 3 years and 89,047 clicks, I might have made more than what most flat rates for articles would pay me, but I'm an instant gratification kind of chick. Even if the payment is slightly below what I'm used to, I'd rather have it all right now, rather than a few pennies a day, forever.

If there is something more to this that I am missing, will someone please enlighten me? I'll be your friend forever!


No, you're not missing anything. Most of those sites that pay on revenue are not a great deal. Suite101, Hubpages, Gather. Don't do it. Make money.

February 17, 2007 at 1:58 AM  

My biggest disappointment was finding out today that How To Do Things was going to revenue. I really liked the whole gift certificate idea for Christmas and birthdays. Oh well...

February 17, 2007 at 2:04 AM  


Ever consider writing for clients?

The pay scale for business writing is so much higher (and the pay for article sites is so abysmal) that one project for a business client could easily outstrip a month's pounding away for Associated Content.

February 19, 2007 at 1:16 PM  

Thanks Tom, I do write for clients, mostly. I just liked having a place where I could pick and choose what I wanted to make some fun money for me.

The fact that HTDT paid in gift certs pretty much guaranteed that I could "play" with my proceeds, rather than use them for bills.

I tried AC once and didn't really like it. It paid alright for the little bit of work, but I just can't see myself guessing constantly about what I'd get for my efforts.

February 19, 2007 at 2:00 PM  

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