Revenue share sites offer a way to make money online. They offer writers the chance to make money residually, but all sites will work differently.
You’ll hear from some people that it’s impossible to make money from these sites. I’m living proof that’s not the case. In fact, the bulk of my income comes from residual income sites. And some of that money is from articles and blog posts that I wrote two or three years ago. I rarely promote them, so the money really is residual.
But how do you make money with revenue share sites? How is it possible to make a living? These are my top tips.
Know how the sites work
You need to find out how each of these revenue share sites work. Do they make you money through ad revenue? Will you be able to use your own affiliate links? Each site is going to be different.
HubPages and Wizzley offer you the ability to make money through both ad revenue and affiliate links. Meanwhile, Hidden Remote and other FanSided sites will only allow you to make money through the revenue system set up by the brand. You can’t use your own affiliate links.
Not only do you need to know how the sites work so you have the right tools, but you also need to make sure the sites are going to work for you. If you want to start building up your affiliate game, FanSided isn’t going to be for you. If you want a big brand that is going to help you make a consistent stream of income residually, FanSided is something to consider.
And those are just examples. There are many revenue share sites out there.
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Be willing to be consistent
One of the most important things to make residual income work for you is to be consistent. Create a plan for your writing to help remain consistent. Know when you’re going to publish and stick to that plan.
If you deviate too much, you’re not going to build an audience. If your audience knows you post something Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you’re going to encourage them to come back each of those days to see what else you can offer.
And it’s not just about writing. To make the sites work, you need to be consistent with your promotion. The sites aren’t going to do everything for you. It’s important to set up your own social media accounts and share your own articles to build your audience that way.
Consistency is something I’ve struggled with recently, mostly due to illness. It’s something I continually work on, though.
Research what people want to read
There’s no point in writing in a vacuum. We all only have 24 hours in a day, and eight of those hours should be for sleeping. I’m guilty of getting five to six hours, but that’s enough for me during the week. There are still only a finite number of hours to write.
While you want to write about something you enjoy, you also want to write about topics that are going to make you money. For every one article that you do purely for fun, make sure at least five articles are researched well. You want to find out what people are interested in reading.
I do this by joining fan groups. I look at the type of questions that routinely come up and then create articles around them. I look at the type of content that people are talking about to make sure there’s an actual audience. And I use SEO and keyword research, but more on that in a couple of points.
Don’t be afraid to change tactic or move on to new revenue share sites
If a residual income site isn’t working for you, stop right now. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is why you need to keep checking on what’s working and what’s not.
If a tactic isn’t working, look at what you could change. Some revenue share sites have forums where other writers can offer their words of advice. Others may have a Slack channel where writers can come together. If you’re in a vacuum of nothingness, you’ll want to look out for writers groups to get an idea.
It could be the site overall. Maybe it’s not working for other writers. In this case, you need to look for other avenues to write.
Understand more about SEO
I can’t tell you enough about SEO. While there are a lot of people who will tell you that SEO is dead, that’s certainly not the case. Google is continually changing algorithms and updating things, and you need to remain on top of it all. With good SEO comes good ranking.
It doesn’t matter how great the site ranks overall. If your own SEO isn’t good, your individual articles aren’t going to rank well. There’s only so much the brand can do. And if you keep offering bad articles, you’ll pull the entire site down.
AS an editor on Hidden Remote, I see SEO problems all too often. The keyword density may not be enough and in some cases, there’s no keyword in the meta description. It’s something I bring up a lot. You need to go in ready to tackle SEO and boost your own articles’ rankings.
Keyword research is essential. Make sure you know which keywords are trending well and write around them. I got Alli AI with a App Sumo deal last year and I don’t regret it, but there are some free tools out there, too.
Don’t waste your time on revenue shares sites that aren’t working. Take your time to find something that’s good for you and then build your experience. You can make money writing through these sites.
Which revenue share sites are you currently writing at? Share your thoughts in the comments below.