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Monday, June 14, 2010

Places For Your Writing

It's one thing to write a lot of articles, stories, or whatever else is your niche; but it's another thing to actually share those words with the rest of the world, get feedback, perhaps praise. And the latter is vital for your success as a freelance writer.

There are dozens and dozens of sites that are dedicated for you to submit your writing, share it with others, and receive comments of both praise and critique. What many of us don't know is what place is the right place, and what place is the best for freelance writers?

Or, in layman terms, what place will give me a chance to make some money while I write?

I have a list, a small list, but a list that answers just that question.

  1. HubPages
What is it: A website that allows you to create hubs (articles, poems, stories) which are instantly open for anyone on the website to see. This allows your work to be viewed by the public without much hassle. The layout and interface is easy to use making the transfer of your work to the site very easy.

How to make money: HubPages is partnered with Google AdSense, one of the main avenues for people to make money on the internet. By signing up for AdSense, as well as HubPages, all your hubs will have Google ads placed on them. If anyone clicks on the adds you get money. Simple. Easy.

What is it: The slogan is, 'Crowd-sourcing How To Guides', and the site remains true to those four words. A lot like HubPages, Info Barrel allows you to sign up and create articles, video reviews, and so forth. It has more variety in its layout and interface, but isn't as user friendly. It's more of a newbie - but that doesn't mean it isn't as good.

How to make money: Also uses Adsense; you also gain a higher percentage than from HubPages. You can also using Amazon, and Chitka.

What is it: This one has been around the longest and is also the most unique. Instead of barrels, or hubs, you create things called 'lens'. The interface is simple, but lacks many of the extra features HubPages and Info have. Is extremely popular, however, and is an easy place to gain traffic.

How to make money: Unlike HubPages or Info Barrel, you don't need to sign up for anything extra. As long as you have a PayPal account than you can get started right away. The more views you get, the more money you get. After a while you request a withdrawal and the money will be deposited into your PayPal account. It's popular because of its simplicity.

What is it: The new, 'cool', guy. This one is decidedly different than the three giants before; it's simpler, more of a community, more intimate. This site isn't just for writing, but can be for posting home-made videos, photos, blog posts, as well as articles.

How to make money: Just post content, and the more views you get, the more money you'll receive. Like Squidoo but much more simpler. You get money via a RedGage credit card, which can be asked for whenever. Also RedGage will also provide bonus's for content which is deemed 'hot' by the public; and there are also many contests that occur daily.

All four of these places are great homes for your writing. I suggest you pick one or two to call you home and focus your efforts there.

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