Introduction:If you are an online writer, you have probably been part of the "don't put all your eggs in one basket" conversation. The most common reason given by writers is that the internet market is fickle and if one site "goes under" or changes its structure you will always have other gigs to fall back on. But there are other reasons, as well.
Writing for several online sites provides a variety of formats for your writing. An article or poem that may fit the style and audience of one site may fail miserably on another. Take advantage of multiple sites to leverage your work and publish your articles where they have the best chance of success.
Writing for and publishing your work on multiple sites increases your exposure and gets your work in front of a wider audience. This typically means increased opportunities and new readers.
Writing and publishing for multiple sites exposes you to more resources. Look at those resources the site has to offer, as well as, those that individual writers on the site offer. Look for links to writers tools, guidelines and examples of exemplary work. Visit the forums regularly. Many writers share links to other online gigs, tools that work for them and offer insight into the world of online writing.
When you write for multiple sites, you aren't tied down to the specific guidelines or expectations of one site. You are free to change your focus, choose your topics and concentrate on your own interests. This gives you the independence you need as an online writer.
Online writing sites each have their own method of compensation. Some offer immediate upfront payments, while others pay according to a set algorithm that determines earnings through a combination of page views, ad clicks and the popularity of your work. By alternating between sites, you can build a stream of residualincome while earning the upfront payments you need on a weekly basis.
If the unthinkable happens and your main source of income suddenly drops, or your favorite writing site "goes under" or changes management, you already have other alternatives for your work. Keeping a balance of sites that pay upfront and those that provide the potential for long term residual income provides security and puts your writing to work for you.
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I agree with you 100%. Every site I write for offers different opportunities. This is yet another reason why you should write on multiple sites. Great list!!!
I was staggered by eHow closing its Writers Compensation Program, so I agree with what you are saying. Although I still get awesome residuals from eHow, I've built up Squidoo content in just one year to equal what took me two years on eHow to develop.
Focusing on just one site may mean you are missing something even better elsewhere.
This is such a great article. I have written for multiple sites for awhile now, but I always tend to focus too much on one and ignore the others for awhile, so I need to find some balance! haha Thanks for this informative list.
Good points. I love the independence that writing for multiple sites offers.
So true. When one of the major sites stopped accepting new content and residuals started falling, people who didn't write for multiple websites panicked. Those who did were able to make up the difference much more quickly elsewhere.
I'm so glad I don't have all my eggs in one basket when it comes to writing online. I love the variety and the income I earn from several sites. Thanks for publishing this on List My Five.
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