You’ve decided that revenue share sites are something you want to try. There are many reasons for this. After all, you don’t have the costs and risks of setting up your own blog and you can instantly start making money writing online. Now you just need to know how to make it work for you. It’s not as easy as just starting to write and waiting for everyone to come to you!
I say from experience that revenue share sites aren’t as easy as people make them look. There’s a lot of work that goes into building your portfolio and gaining a name for yourself (in a good way). If you want to make them work, you need to be willing now to put the effort in.
Here’s a look at how to make revenue share sites work for you.
Choose a niche or two
While some revenue share sites are for specific niches, the majority of them allow you to write about any topic you want. It can be tempting to start jumping between multiple topics as you believe you find one that should make you money. When you realize it’s not making the money you wanted, you jump to another and so on.
This isn’t the way to make revenue share sites work. Just like if you were running your own blog or website, you need to build a following and the best way to do that is to pick a topic or two and stick to them.
Most people will tell you one niche, but revenue share isn’t quite like your own blog. This is where you get to pick a couple of interests (and they could even overlap), giving you the ability to make a name for yourself in these topics of interest. You can even test out niches for a short period of time to see if they’re viable for you.
Always make sure the niches you choose are ones you’re interested in. People will tell if you’re only writing for the sake of making money. For example, when I’m writing about TV shows, I’ll only choose the ones that I’m genuinely interested in as I’m able to connect with the fandoms then—after all, I am a fan and belong in those fandoms.
Once you have a couple of niches (I suggest three maximum), you can move onto the next step.
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Find out what people want to know
With niches that you know, there are high chances that you already know what people are searching for. You may even want to start with the questions you had in the beginning. However, it’s always best to find out what people want to know. After all, they’re the ones that are going to read your content.
This isn’t just about looking at a few Facebook statuses from your friends. Nor is it just about what you want to write about. You need to figure out the problems people face in your niches, the questions they have, the solutions they need. Take a look at other blogs and even book titles (and chapters) to get an idea of the information people want to know.
You’ll need to decide on the stage of information you want to offer. Are you writing for beginners? Do you want to offer intermediary information or are you aiming to offer tips for the experts? Whatever you decide, make sure you find out what people want to know in those stages to ensure you offer the right solutions.
There’s no point just writing what you want. If people aren’t searching for it, they won’t find you! You’re writing for your audience, not just for yourself.
Be consistent in your posting
I’ve slacked off and it’s hurt me on my own blogs. Yet, consistently posting elsewhere for revenue share has helped me grow my income each month. I can make a fulltime living on revenue share sites and I know it’s because I’m willing to post on a consistent schedule.
That’s something you need to get into the habit of. This doesn’t have to be daily if it doesn’t work for you, but you want at least one new post per week. Any less than that and you can find yourself slipping in the search rankings and it becomes harder for people to find you.
It’s more than just writing regularly. You want a schedule for your readers. As people get to know you and start to follow you, they will start to expect content from you at particular times of the week or on particular days. This sort of routine is good for you and them. They get regular information at a time that works for them, and you gain a loyal following.
Before you start writing, think about your posting schedule. Will you post daily? How about twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays? What about Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays? You don’t need to post content at exactly the same time (although it will help) but do get into a habit of posting on the same days.
Be consistent with social media
The same rules apply when it comes to social media. While you can just about get away with skipping a day here and there, you want to be consistent to grow your social media platforms and boost your exposure. The more consistent you are, the more you’ll appear in timelines and newsfeeds.
Consistency also allows people to start relying on you. It’s not just about a constant schedule, but a consistency in the quality of the things you share or say on social media. You need to be consistent with your brand. If you get even the inkling that your brand could be harmed by a social media status or update, then it’s worth avoiding entirely.
I always recommend having a separate social media platform for your writing and your personal life. You can set up social media platforms under a pen name for your own personal thoughts and musings and keep it completely separate, so you can share your own thoughts on a matter. When it comes to your writing platforms, stick with anything to do with the niches that you write within. You’ll grow your brand and loyalty, helping to make revenue share sites work for you.
Also, make sure all your social platforms for writing are the same. People will then know that they’ve found you on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and anywhere else you may be. This helps them share you easier with your friends.
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Don’t try to be someone else
Many writers fall into the trap of writing in someone else’s voice or copying someone else’s content. They want to be like those who seem to make money writing online. Guess what; perceptions can be deceiving! Someone can make out that they’re making a living writing, but they might not actually be doing.
Plus, you don’t want to be like someone else. Eventually, your readers will figure out that you’re a fake or that your voice isn’t your own. Then they don’t know whether to trust you or not, so they start looking elsewhere for content that matches their needs. You lose your loyal readers, all because you’re not who you said you are.
Own who you are. Be yourself and don’t apologize for that. You’ll find the people who appreciate you for who you are and are your ideal audience—and they’ll love you for being honest with them.
This doesn’t just apply to your writing. Be yourself in social media, in your images, and in other elements of your public life.
Use social media channels to your advantage
When it comes to posting on your social media platforms, you can’t just post and run. You need to chat with others and engage with your followers. This is a chance to get to know how your followers are and what they want from you.
It’s important to use your social media channels to your advantage. Twitter is a good way to get short bursts of conversation, while Facebook can be a good way to get into groups and chat with like-minded people. You can use networking groups to find others within the same field or connecting fields, some marketing groups to get your content out there, and fan groups to share your latest posts.
Always look into the exact social media platform you’re using. There used to be the idea that automating a post to go up on multiple social media platforms was a good idea. However, you want to work within the parameters and best practices for each of the platforms to ensure you get the best reach.
Social media is your friend. Use it in the best way possible.
Don’t forget about SEO
There’s a common thought that SEO is dead. This is certainly not the case! SEO is your best friend and the changes to the social media platforms should tell you this.
I know writers who haven’t bothered with SEO because all their content came from Facebook or Pinterest. They said that the social media platforms would never change, but SEO was dead with all the changes Google had made. Then the social media platforms started changing and suddenly they lost their organic reach. They either had to look at SEO or start paying for social media boosts.
Meanwhile, those of us who had used SEO, as well as social media, didn’t lose as much of our income. Sure, SEO changes, but if you follow the best practices and techniques, you’ll barely find you change negatively when the changes come into play. This is because you’re doing what Google and other search engines like already.
And the majority of people are going to use a search engine to find you. If you’re not concentrating on SEO yet, then you’re missing out on money. Want to make revenue share sites work for you? Do your research into SEO.
Find the best revenue share sites
Quite honestly, you can put as much effort into these tips as you want and still fail. And that’s linked to the sites that you’ve chosen to post your content. You need to make sure that you only use the legitimate sites that have been recommended by writers and have proven to offer a good place to put your content. This is more than just about those that pay on time, but those that rank well, treat writers well, and have good reviews.
Do your digging into any revenue share site that you find. Read multiple reviews and find out whether people benefit from recommending a site. The majority of my reviews don’t have affiliate links. I write the reviews because they’re honest looks at the writing sites I’ve tried and tested. Plus, I don’t just write a review based on the look at the site but at my time testing them. There are many people who will tell you to join a site just because they get a commission for it. Watch out for these!
You want to look at more than just the site reach a company shares it gets. It might get 1 million readers a month, but how is that broken down among the people on the site? One or two writers may be pulling in 60% of those views, with the rest of the 100 writers bringing in a trickle! What you could find is that out of the million, you’re getting a few hundred if you’re lucky. You want to find out how writers are doing—while the sites won’t be able to give you exact figures, they’ll be able to share some details without giving the names away.
Many of the sites will now have Facebook groups for their writers. Join them to see what the writers are saying in the groups. Are they constantly asking questions about pay or why posts are being removed? Do they have general concerns about quality or pay rates? You’ll want to look into the comments on posts as the companies can refuse to approve posts in the groups when they have a negative light (this is something I’ve personally found happens in the Blasting News group) so there’s only the comments section on posts that the writers can go to bring up the questions for the whole group.
Following these tips doesn’t guarantee that revenue share sites will work for you every single time. I can’t guarantee that you’ll make millions as that’s just not the way of these types of sites. They’re there for pocket change for the most part. Spread yourself across the sites and you stand a good chance of paying for most of your bills and possibly your mortgage like I’ve managed to do. However, it takes time! You need to be willing to be in this for the long haul.
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