Monday, April 4, 2011
Rev-Share Sites Still Viable for Residual Income
Demand Studios, Bukisa, HubPages, Squidoo, and Infobarrel are all sources of residual income for me -- several more eggs in the proverbial basket, if you will. In addition to their income, articles I've written on these sites provide backlinks, site or blog traffic and/or brand recognition in several niches.
Out of this handful of revenue-sharing content sites, some do better than others for page ranks and traffic and thus earnings.
Here's how they stacked up in March 2011:
Demand Media Studios revenue-share: $114.58 with 21 eHow articles
Bukisa: $29.39 with 17 articles
HubPages: $29.59 with 6 articles
InfoBarrel: $3.81 with 6 articles
Total ...... $177.37 with 50 articles, for an average of $3.55/per article.
With many hundred articles on the right sites, you can still make a viable residual income through revenue-sharing programs. A thousand articles with that average would give you $3,547 per month. You can actually do much better than that; some of these articles were written when I was just starting out and didn't know much about what niches perform well. By specializing in one or two areas which you know well and whose audience you understand, you will see a higher level of success than the random collection of articles here represents.
While I am currently working almost exclusively on my niche websites, I do still recommend some rev-share writing for those new to online writing and marketing. Writing content articles is a great way to experiment with several or dozens of niche topics. You can figure out what you enjoy researching and writing about, what you want to specialize in and what topics are most profitable. For me, eHow was very well-paid market research and has certainly contributed to the successes I'm seeing in creating my own niche sites and blogs.
That being said, don't wait too long to branch out to your own properties. Once you've identified a good niche topic, done keyword research and learned the basics of site creation and promotion, start a site of your own and monetize it with ads and affiliate links. Revenue-sharing sites are great, but having your own online properties is even better. For web hosting, site design and other recommended resources, see my Tools and Training page.
What revenue-sharing content sites have you earned well with? Do you still write for them?