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How to launch a user-generated article site?

User-generated article site is a website where users create articles for the site. Generally speaking, there are two types of user-generated article sites: one that offers earning opportunity for the writers, and two that do not have earning program. Hubpages is one good example of user-generated article site that offers earning opportunity. eZine artices is a user-generated site that does not have any reward program, another fine example of such website is wi wikipedia. I have recently created a user-generated site that aims to provide earning opportunities for the writers.
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jaymish

I've actually had a look at your site, well done.How exactly does it work, is it like Hubpages or Upwork? I think this is a great idea. The topics look diverse and very interesting. It looks like it would be interesting and fun to write for this site. How exactly does one join?This is very encouraging for the rest of us who want to start something and are trying to come up with the courage to start.Anything is possible,who knows one day you may be the new hubpages or upwork.



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vinaya

The site is more like Hubpages. The site is for freelance writers to publish articles and earn from the views generated by the article (Hubpages is a revenue sharing site). The site is open to anyone who can write in correct English. The basic requirement is to write at least 400 words. You can see register button on the header. I have monetized the site with adsense and I am also trying a couple of ad networks.
I do not have big dreams, all I want is to have a small group of quality writers who publish regularly and generate traffic and revenue.



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Martinsx1

That's nice, I'm definitely going to see how possible it would be for me to join your site anytime soon and I'm sure to have good piece of articles to add to the site. Minimum of 400 words isn't too much work to do, so let's see how things goes once I register on the site.

Good luck to us both.



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DarthHazard

400 words are actually pretty easy especially when you are writing about something that you are interested in and are passionate about. When you want to write about something you know nothing about or have no interest in (like science or medicine for me) then you will most likely struggle to write even 400 words.



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kgord

Yes, alot of sites require 500 words so 400 should not be a problem a all. It is just one of the things that you can find. It is just a good length but not overwhelming. I don't think so anyway.



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amelia88

This is definitely the key - when I'm interested in a topic I can write 400 words in almost the blink of an eye. If it's something out of my comfort zone (or interest zone!) then the words don't flow as freely and it's actually pretty time consuming to try and crank out those 400 (or more) words to complete an article.



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vinaya

If you are interested in the topic you are writing, you will produce a great article. If you are not interested in the topic, your article will become dull and uninteresting. Therefore, interest is more important. You can actually write anything by doing a little research, however, if you are not comfortable on the topic, it will show in your work.



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kgord

Yes, 400 isn't bad at all. You can write a 400 word article rather easily. I don't see that as being a problem for anyone really. I hope it goes well for you and you can get it done. It should be helpful.



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vinaya

I want the site to be easier for the people who want to get established as a writer. Professional writers may not find this site too useful because of the payment structure. However, I believe the site will turn profitable for those who are just starting out. Therefore article requirement is just 400 words and minimum withdrawal is $2.
I need more writers so that I will have stable traffic and a good revenue.



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overcast

I agree 400 words is not that high. And also the only thing would be which article is right for you. And also which things you can bring for traffic. So it all depends on that part.



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mitan143

I see. Actually I have been hearing some stories about their experience on writing an articles with a minimum of 400 words so I guess this is it. So that is how it works. Thanks for sharing this idea. Also, I'm wondering about it for few times and still don't get how it works but now thank to you that it is finally somehow clear to me. I will take a look on this opportunities. It may also help my skills in writing and that would give me a profit at the same time.



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vinaya

Here's how it works.
Users join the site, publish articles regularly, promote articles on various sites.
This brings traffic. Traffic converts and the site generates revenue. When the site begins to generate revenue, it will benefit the site as well as the users.
Here is the calculation.
100 users join the site, they publish articles and bring 10 visitors to the site every day, there will be 1000 visitors. If only half of the number gets engaged with the ads, the site will make some money.



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mitan143

Wow. Thanks for the detailed explanation on how it really works. It is actually quite interesting and it makes me want to have a try. I have already visited your site and I suggest that you should improve the overall design to make it appealing to the users. And I think you can also try on adding some features that might help the users to enjoy to your site that will motivate them to read some articles.



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vinaya

The design can make or break your website. The design of your website is also one of the SEO factors, Search engines like websites with good design. However, for a site that has just been launched and intends to pay the users, it is not possible to invest a lot of money on design.
I am currently focusing on bringing more users who publish regularly. I am also focusing on building traffic. Currently, the site receives 200 visitors every day. Once I have at least 1000 visitors every day, I will begin to invest on the site.



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overcast

I think during initial days, design is fair to get wrong. But the value should be there. I know that in past sites like medium were very simple and they still are as of date. So I think design can constantly change value needs to be there.



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vinaya

Many successful sites that we see today had a simplistic design when they were just starting out. The design is an important factor, however, the design of the website can change over the time. In order to make the sites successful, a regular update in the design is very necessary.
I am not happy with the design of my website. It is too simple. However, my current priority is to bring more writers and generate traffic. When the site begins to pick up I will revamp it.



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overcast

Yes you should change design once traffic increases. Then you have to find design that gets more clicks on ads. And get smore revenue. So this way you can find out mix of design and the revenue.



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vinaya

I appreciate your advice. One of the reasons why I established pay per view system is because if I am paying for the views, the writers will try to bring visitors on their articles (because they are rewarded for the views). If I can have many writers writing regularly, I will generate good traffic, once the traffic stabilizes, I will redesign the website. If I had a point based reward system, the writers would only concentrate on generating points and no longer work to promote the blog entries.



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overcast

Looks like a good plan. But you may have to write more affiliate link based articles. And need to have more conversion for this to work. Because other ads may not work.



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vinaya

The only advertising I have on the site is Google Adsense. I am trying to have seo articles on my site so that the related ads will be displayed. When the ads are related to the content, chances of ad clicks become high.
I tried some affiliate advertising, however, I did not see any engagement on my affiliate ads, therefore, I removed affiliate ads.



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kgord

I think you were very clever to think of this. I hope it works out for you and you get what you want to out of it. It is just one of the ways that we can get the sort of help we might need with the site itself.



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kgord

I think your site looks very professionally done. I hope it does what you intend it to, and that you get out of it, what you wish to. I think you should feel proud of it, it is not something that everyone could do.



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vinaya

My site does not have a great design, in fact the design sucks. If I was a writer, I would never join a site that did not look good. However, I am not investing in the design intentionally. I do not want to spend too much on the site as I have to pay the writers who reach the minimum threshold. In fact, just one month, I have already pad twice. The site is for those who do not have a blog but want to earn from articles. The site is also for those who are frustrated with the sites with high threshold or the sites where it takes forever to reach minimum payment.



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overcast

I think it's current form seems to be good. You're good to start now. And then focus on the traffic. Once you cross 1K a day traffic. You'd get idea on what type of design to keep and what type of content jumps. I think design for now is not the issue. In future you may have to change.



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vinaya

Thank you very much for the tip. Currently, I am also focusing on 1K daily traffic. If the site generates that amount of traffic I can also apply to more ad networks, media.net for instance.
The design of the site is important. I will begin to invest in the design once the site begins to see a growth in terms of quality contents and regular traffic.



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DarthHazard

That actually sounds like a really good idea. I know someone on ForumCoin that is doing something similar to this as well but it looks like you have done well with a wide range of users submitting articles to your site. In terms of the revenue, do they get the full revenue from their articles or do you share it with them (50/50)?



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vinaya

Currently, I am using pay per view system. I am paying for unique views. I am doing this for couple of reasons:
A new site barely generates revenue, therefore, if the earning program is based on revenue sharing, the users will be dioscouraged because there will be so little.
Some simes pay based on activities (publising posts, commenting, daily login etc.). If you are offering rewards for on site activities, the users will only be interested in generating rewads, which will not benefit the site.



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DenisP

I like the idea of a website where users can generate some income by contributing content. It certainly has a lot of potential. I checked out your site, and while I think you've certainly set off on the right foot, it still has a way to go.

The first thing I noted was the homepage. I think it's too much at once. Having all the articles right there, in your face from the start makes it a bit difficult deciding where to click. I'd recommend maybe installing some sort of slideshow that slides through the most popular articles, followed by a bar below which lists the most recent contributions. Categorization would make things feel less overwhelming.

Another critique I have is for the heading. That solid blue background isn't doing anything for the site's design. If the site is about getting paid to write articles, maybe get some stock photography of a pen and paper, or someone typing at a computer; anything relatable to the site that isn't just a solid color.

The last critique I have for now is the way the links to the different categories are set up. It would be nice to have them set up in a tool bar with actual buttons rather than floating text. It would seem much more professional and aesthetically pleasing. Also you should separate the location of the "About Us, Guidelines, Register, Login, Community" line. The About Us and Guidelines, and Community links would be better suited somewhere at the bottom of the page, while the typical location for the Register and Login links is best placed somewhere in the upper right hand corner or a sidebar.

Best of luck with your website!



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overcast

Some really good tips here for OP. I think you have also covered the points on the pages required. Such as the affiliate disclosure, about us, guidelines and other community specific pages. So this does seem like a good idea for the article generator site. I'd say for getting site properly on branding you can check similar site with same niche and then make changes.



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DenisP

"I'd say for getting site properly on branding you can check similar site with same niche and then make changes."

Excellent advice. Whenever we're just starting out with a project, it's important to look to those who have already made it. There will be those who are ahead of us, and have tried and tested loads of different formulas for success, until they eventually found the winning method. We've got a lot to learn from people like that, analyzing what is it that makes their site pleasing, and then modifying things to fit our own style.



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overcast

Yes. That is one reason I recently tried to learn from the sites like livestrong for the health based sites. It's really hard to beat the competition. If we are not even close to them in terms of promotion and content. So always learning from competition is a good thing.



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vinaya

Denis, I appreciate your critique on rationalmind.club. I think the website is offering too many articles on the home page. I also believe having a slideshow will be better for the site. I also agree about seprating category menus with site pages.
@overcast The design is simple because I have not invested in siteb design yet. The website is built on free theme, I am not even using a premium theme. The idea is to keep investment low until the site begins to earn. However, I also believe that investing on sitebdesign will make my site better.



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amelia88

The biggest thing I noticed was that the website seems to have a pretty wide range of content - and there are those subheadings at the top - but the articles below are a whole range of different topics. I think I'd try and structure the layout of the website to fall in columns with each column about a particular topic.

Otherwise to me as a reader, it can seem a bit overwhelming and I'd probably close out of the site.



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vinaya

Just like any other writing site, I wanted to incorporate every niche on the site. I have been on hubpages since 2010 and hubpages allowed every type of contents including poetry and short stories. However, I am not accepting creative writines because such works do not have SEO value. Sometime back hubpages split into many niche sites. The CEO of Hubpages said Google is no longer caring about the sites that had pretty broad range of subjects. Initially I had chosen one niche for my site, however, I though if I allowed just one niche, it will be difficult to find writers, therefore, I am allowing various subjects.



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DarthHazard

I think the best thing to do is to work on the aesthetics and presentation of the site. EVerything about your site seems really good but I just think a bit more work could be done with the look and feel of the site. I'm not a huge fan of the menu really, it just seems crowded and takes up too much space on the header.



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vinaya

You have a point about menu. I might remove the header menu and include only the ones that are important, for instance about, contact, privacy policy etc.
I also agree about the aesthetics of the website. If I was asked to join a writing site like mine, I would never join it because the site looks very raw.
However, I have some compulsion. I cannot invest heavily in the initial days. I am waiting for more people to join the site and the traffic to pick up, When I have around 100 active writers and receives at least 1000 views every day, I will begin to work on the desin.



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Martinsx1

I have checked out your site and I must confess that you did a good job on it but it's still in its new stage. There is still lots of work to do on the site but I'm sure that you have the right idea of what you want and what you are already doing on the site, and should you maintain that pattern, I'm convinced that you site would grow sooner than you expected.



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vinaya

The site does not have a good design and I have to work on the design so that users, as well as google and visitors, will like the site. However my current focus is on building a team of writers who regularly write on the website. I need regular writers. When I have regular writers, I will have regular traffic. Once I generate around 1000 views every day, I will start working on the design.



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wallet

I have used the Hubpages, still, it brought me nothing for my writings, the earnings there are low and you must add a lot of content. I am interested to join this kind of sites if you know any that pays its members please share it here.



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Barida

This is the issue that we always have some of those sites that pay for writing. I mean that the earning are always low that the whole time you spent putting up articles seem a waste when at the end of the day, you can't earn enough money to even pay for your bills.



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vinaya

@wallet
I have written for hubpages. I know it is really hard to make money on hubpages. It will take many months to reach the minimum threshold. Recently, I met a writer on hubpages who says it took one year to reach his first payment.
My site offers a solution to the writers who cannot reach payment threshold on the sites like hubpages. I have a low threshold of $2.
You can check the guidelines section of rationalmind.club



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Kakashi2020

Nice site, but how does it work? How do I earn from it? How do I join?

Any kind of legit earning site for writing content is welcome news to me. Is it already a working site? If so, can you share some more info about?



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vinaya

First of all you will have to join the site. You can see a register button on the header menu. Once you join the site you are ready to publish article. Just fill your bio and profile photo and publish an article with at least 400 words. You can publish one new article every day. The article should be original and never published on other site. After you publish the articles, promote your articles on social media and bring visitors to your articles. Once you reach minimum traffic for payment, you will be paid.



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kgord

I will look at the site tomorrow. I don't have time at the moment, but I am looking forward to investigating it. I will give you feedback when I have had had a chance to peruse the site..Thanks!



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vinaya

When I launched the site, I had two kinds of users in my mind. First, those who are not benefiting from reputed sites because of high competition and high withdrawal threshold. Second, those who are frustrated with the writing sites, where it takes many months to earn a little reward. The earning program is not complicated. As long as the writer can generate 1000 views, he will receive payments. There is a huge risk for pay per view because it can be easily abused. However, I do not have a better plan yet.



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jaybee19

I've decided to visit your site today and I must say it's a nice website considering it's a new one. I've also read your reply in @jaymish's comment and I guess this is a pretty interesting website where writers like me can have an opportunity to speak our minds while being paid. However, I think there are still a lot to be improved but it's okay, it's natural because it's still new. Looking forward to the improvements and I hope you'll hit it big with this website.



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kgord

Yes, I think most of us are looking for opportunities to earn money with writing, and a site like this can allow us to flourish. Thanks for creating it. It seems like it will be a good one. Great idea!



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jaybee19

Exactly. As Freelance writers, who sometimes only get paid with pennies and a dollar (if lucky), we have to find a lot of jobs and this kind of website is a great help. Thanks a lot to your sir, @vinaya. I'm looking forward to publishing some articles in your website as I am starting to write some as of the moment.



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vinaya

I have been writing online since 2010. I have written on numerous sites, some sites worked for me some did not. As an online writer, I understand the needs of people who want to make money by writing online. Writing is one of the lowest paid jobs. It takes 30 minutes to do a logo and you can easily earn at least $5. However, it takes more than 2 hours to write a 500 word article (includes research and editing), yet you can hardly earn $5.
I do not promise great rewards, however, I believe the website might help people who want to get started.



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overcast

I'd say view based article sites are dying. So you should avoid using that as a metric. Instead make sure to have some other way for content creators to earn. Like per post article. Or have some things like you get paid if they use link inside the post. So that earning can then be revenue shared. So there are lot of other ways you can generate revenue. Avoid view based. Point based system can be a good option too. But make sure to drive proper traffic for this to work.



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EfficientNinja

I feel this way too when I saw the post view count requirement. It would take too long before you'll be able to reach that 1000 views and it's pretty hard to reach that because the site is still young. The per post count would be more beneficial for the writers even if it has a lower payout.



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vinaya

That's true, pay per view is not a stable model. One of my writers used traffic exchange to drive traffic and tried to game the system. I knew this was bound to happen. However, I introduced pay per view because I thought people will be interested in the site because it is easy to generate views if you use social media.
Revenue sharing model is good, however, the new site can hardly earn revenue. In my observation, the users are only interested in doing their daily quota if you introduced point bases system.



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Kakashi2020

I think user generated sites are great because it attracts attention to the site via adverts work done by the contributors. Because contributors would only get paid once their articles get 1000 views.

I've already signed up for the site and will soon be contributing some content.



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Barida

This is great and I really appreciate the fact that you are helping a fellow freelancer to improve on the work being done. I will sign up right away and see how far the site is going to stand up with the goals that they have got at hand. I wish them the very best of luck at the end of the day.



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vinaya

@kakashi I hope you start publishing on the site. It is too early to say anything about the site, however, if a lot of writers join the site and begin publishing regularly, traffic will begin to improve and when traffic increases, revenue also increases.
@Barida I hope you join the site and start publishing. As long as more writers join the site and remain active, the site survives.



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albino

Wow that's a great opportunity especially to people who is spending their hours on forums, and also to every writer or posters online. thanks a lot sir and I will try to visit that website that you shared to us. I will try to reach you if I have some comments or any suggestions to make it better.



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Kakashi2020

Although the problem with this kind of site would be the long time of waiting for contributors to actually have an income since they have to wait for their articles to be viewed 1000. Unless of course you would do a lot of sharing in social media sites or if you have a group in fb for example that has thousands of members then you could just ask them to view the site right and you'll earn $2 per article.



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Barida

It is not really easy for these type of sites to make ends meet and I some how wonder the reason it is made so that for one to earn $2, the article should be viewed for up to 1000 times which is quite huge as long as I am concerned.



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coolavender

I didn't join Hubpages because they require long, high quality articles and I didn't like to write those types of articles for six months before I can be eligible to apply for an Adsense account. I always want to be compensated for my effort. It's a plus that this new writing site only requires 400 words for an article and if you are a writer with some spare time, it's not too much of an effort to write one. I may try to write a few articles in the future if my work load allows me. I wish you success in this endeavor.



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vinaya

I hope you try the site. I have written for hubpages and it is really difficult to make money with hubpages, it seems quite impossible to reach $50 withdrawal threshold. My first withdrawal came in one year.
I am offering a low withdrawal threshold because I don't want writers to wait for a long time to withdraw their hard-earned money. I am offering pay per view. This is not is not a stable reward method for a site because users can easily cheat, however, currently, I do not have any alternative means.



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aecel

Congrats, I've visited the site and it looks good. I often search on Google and the number one will pop up is Wikipedia. I wonder if Wikipedia paid a writer even if they don't have any reward program. One of my goals is to be a writer too but I'm having a hard to express my thoughts because English is not my first language. Hopefully, I could also publish articles someday but for the meantime, I have to improve my grammar and writing skills.



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vinaya

wikipedia is a user generated content site. The articles are written by people like you and I. Wikipedia does not pay the writers.
If you want to become a writer and if your chosen language for your writing is not your first language, it might be very difficult to become successful. I tell this from my experience. I write in English as a second language. However, I will also tell you it is not impossible. I have written more in my second language than the first/



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ballyhara

Well, that looks really interesting, a site that is not for professional writers, and also generates some earning, obviously want to take a chance on it. How do you handle earnings/payments? Do you work by adding money on PayPal accounts? Is it automatic withdrawing/deposit or you have to wait for a pending payment? It would be really nice to know the details about it, usually policies can vary.



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vinaya

Currently, I am doing everything manually. The user who reaches the withdrawal threshold has to send a payment request and will receive payment via paypal when no violation is found.
The site is not for those who are already earning a good money through writing. The site is aimed at the writers who are not earning money from their writing or who are just starting out. the site provides a platform for newbies to hone their writing skills and also make some money from writing.



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Kakashi2020

You know any site that can muster a quick following or have a lot of contributors at the start are signs that it would become a successful site soon enough. You just have to motivate your contributors and members, one idea is you can start a posting contest.



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vinaya

That's a great idea. However, first of all I need members on my sites. If I don't have many quality members there is no point in holding contents because those who are drawn to the website because of the contest will soon leave the sire after the contest ends.



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mdayrit

This is a good opportunity to start writing for people who are intimidated to write for big content websites. The requirement of 400 words is not that hard for anyone who has the interest to write. And what is good is that, everyone is welcome whether you are new in this field or have been doing this for a long time. For as long as you are able to meet the quality that is required by the site owner then you can start earning. Will definitely go to your website and try my luck to be included in your list of content writer.



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vinaya

Well, as a writer myself, I can tell you writing is one of the lowest paid jobs. It is really difficult to make money from writing. I started writing in 2001, yet still cannot generate full-time income from writing. My site does not promise big money, however, it can be a launch pad for your writing career. If you are already blogging, you can use the site to generate backlink. If you are on social media sites it is not very difficult to generate views and you can make money from the views generated by the site.



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Jeane

Marketing the site is what might initially be quite difficult because a number of sites, really good example being Helium.com promised much to writers, failed to deliver and now it's gone.

Nonetheless one can learn from mistakes others have made.

Take some time to study how sites like hub pages and others attracted writers. Was it the money they would make? The exposure they could get as writers or something else? Use the answers you obtain to create a marketing plan, stick to it and I'm sure you'll reap some good rewards eventually.

All the best!



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vinaya

Many writing sites have collapsed. Helium, Squidoo, Bubblews are some examples. Yet, there are sites like hubpages that is still going strong. I have written on many writing sites and I have analyzed why some sites survived and why some sites collapsed. I am thinking about a site that produces quality content like hubpages and also a site that makes easy for the writers to earn just like Bubblews.
Marketing is very important, equally important is reaching the target user group.



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Promodrone

@vinaya, as a fellow high-quality article directory owner, I'm seriously impressed by the spacious, open nature of your site layout, as well as the navigational and functionality aspects of it. In regard to the fact of writing sites collapsing and disappearing, video is making quick work of any that don't have firmly-established networks in place or remunerative strategies or just a daft willingness to soldier on with nothing (lol!). As about 25% of the content marketing field currently, this figure is only set to grow with 2019 on the immediate horizon.

For me, the challenge is to not bend to market trending and still find a way to leverage it on my own behalf. I found that an article was just a no-brainer as I've always preferred my information presented in a content laden chunk, and the idea of video for presentation of info just leaves me cold. I know, so 19th century (lol!), but I give those who may want to indulge in that option of exclusive video posting ("vidicles" or video articles) via the TinyMCE text editor user interface that most people who post online usually use.

But I think, more accurately, all these sites went under because they weren't able to turn a profit and behind-the-keyboard costs ate the enterprise. Since I'm of the opinion that people (in general) are either disrespecters or actively-malicious abusers of the notion of the idea of "Free" these days, I'm charging a nominal fee that ensures that by the time I get it pumped up to being able to charge for advertising, only those willing to produce magazine-level quality or better will be making the investment. I'm not disappointed I have no members currently - it just means I can publish uninterruptedly, and with no competition until someone sees their way to horning on my solo mission (lol!).

I think the best thing to do is to establish a sort of content network where you have buyers of unique, quality articles, ebooks, and such, and then you can spread that work won by yourself or organization and then invest in the userbase by offering them (healthy) percentages in the fulfillment of that content provision. Just an idea? Good luck, and I wish you all the luck you so obviously. Just Keep Pushing...



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vinaya

My main thesis behind launching a user-generated content site was to build a platform for writers who are not earning anything on well established sites like hubpages, medium etc. or are too afraid to try these sites. I started writing online regularly in 2010, however, I did not receive payment from my work until 2012. I want to change this difficulty many newbies encounter. As for not being able to attract visitors or users, video marketing is a good option because people like to watch more than read. They may watch 10 minutes video, but may not read 500 words article that only takes 3 minutes.



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cmoneyspinner

Launching the site is easy as you well know from launching your own site. The hard part is getting it to rank and generate sufficient income. I tend to look for sites like HUBPages which have a revenue-sharing program and the site is already highly ranked which means my articles will probably generate enough revenue for HUBPages to be able to share. My HUBs are featured and they generate income. I am always happy to receive the automatic $50 payout. I was at other sites that offered revenue-share but the sites did not get enough traffic to generate any revenue that could be shared. Some of those sites are still online but no longer accept members. Other sites shut down. Hope you are successful in your endeavor. I would never undertake such a task because I know that I won't be successful.



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vinaya

As an online writer, I have seen many online writing sites collapse. I once wrote for Helium, Squidoo and Bubblews and these sites are no longer operational. Hubpages has been in existence since a long time. Hubpages is successful because the site generates money in two ways, one from Adsense and another through selling ad space. If hubpages were only depended on adsense, it would not be as successful as it is now. The hubpages is a huge community of writers where every hundreds of articles are published and hundreds of thousands people visit the site.
Currently, I am focusing on survival of the site, I am not yet considering on earning profit.



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