There was once a time that you could just sign up for residual income sites and just start writing. This is still possible on a few sites, but for me, it’s a red flag.
Even revenue share sites should have some sort of application process. Sometimes this is to create an account on the site and start writing. In other cases, there will be a minimum number of posts to publish to see if you can continue writing there.
Some of the best sites I’ve written on in the past have some sort of (usually short) application process. The FanSided sites have a process where you need to share samples before you’re even considered for a role on one of the sites. Wizzley allows anyone to sign up, but your first five articles are checked first and won’t be published if you don’t meet minimum requirements.
What’s the point in application processes on residual income sites?
Many people will think that an application process is a waste of time. Why should you apply for a site that isn’t necessarily going to make you a lot of money?
Well, in my personal experience, I’ve found the sites with the processes have better quality content. They don’t just let anything through and good quality content means the site looks better in Google’s eyes.
I make more money on the sites that I’ve been through an application process on than the sites that I don’t. Sure, not all sites with application processes have been positive. Some of them have turned out to be nightmares that I would never recommend. But this is a minority of residual income sites.
The application processes help to determine someone’s ability to create good content. Good residual income sites shouldn’t ask you to write a sample just for them. They may ask that you have something on a specific topic, depending on the site, but you can publish this content elsewhere first and then send the link.
Any site that asks you to write a sample specifically for them should be a red flag for anyone. If linked samples aren’t good enough then no sample is good enough.
Application processes are also good to see if you and the site are a good fit for each other. Some of the application processes involve an email exchange, which can be a good chance to see if there are any other red flags that show up.
Isn’t it just extra time for something so small?
I’d recommend getting used to application processes. For good paying writing jobs, an application process is standard. Why not get used to that when you sign up to residual income sites.
Plus, you know that everyone else has been through this. An application process is a good way to see who actually wants to be on the site and you’ll know people usually put effort in (from receiving applications for sites I can tell you that not everyone will put in effort and there are more tips on that to come this week). You’ll know that those who produce quality content are on the site, and quality is far better than quantity.
Keep in mind that residual income sites can make you money to pay some smaller bills. The income I gain from various revenue share sites lumps together to pay my rent and all my standard outgoings! I even get something put away in my savings from this money.
Yes, this is how much is possible! I make this money from sites that have an application process. The sites I’m on that don’t have an application process make me pennies, if that!
My honest opinion is that sites without some sort of application process aren’t worthwhile. They don’t put the focus on quality content and that’s where the sites are failing.
Good quality content will get you ranking high in Google. It has also helped websites get into Google News, which leads to more views and more income. While other sites have dropped in ranking, the sites that have had some sort of application process have continued to grow.
Need help with an application process? This is going to be something I cover for the next few days. I’ve received numerous applications for sites that I’ve had to instantly decline–and it’s usually linked to inappropriate samples for the position applying for.
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