The NotMom.com began as a personal blog, a sharing of experiences and lessons learned. For thousands of wanna-be writers, blogging offers an opportunity to have the work read and critiqued. But, blogging is not the only way to tell and share your story or writing expertise.
Content farms have emerged as another platform to do that. Yes, I know they get a bad rap. They don’t pay much and emphasize quantity over quality. Because many of the contributors aren’t professional writers, some of the articles are rife with grammatical errors or inaccuracies.) But many of the contributors are.
However, you can’t beat the online distribution the sites afford. (Many times articles are redistributed on traditional media sites like USA Today or Huffington Post.) Plus, most importantly, it’s an easy way to boost your blogger credentials.
Today’s Guest Post is by Rosemary Jean-Louis, a former Examiner writing about Atlanta Theater Arts. She is currently a Content Curator/Blogger for Georgia Public Broadcasting where she blogs about education, pets and technology. You’ll also find her dishing technology communications and training tips at her site DigitalMediaGeek.com.
Check out these sites:
Examiner.com: This site relies on “Examiners” – experts on particular subjects who write regular articles on their topics. To become an Examiner, you’ll need to fill out an application and submit a writing sample. Editors will review your submission and tell you whether you have been accepted.
Examiner.com pays, but their scale is based on a complex formula of pageviews and site clicks. But, if your beat is entertainment, they do offer perks like a discount program and media credentials to shows and screenings
Demand Media: This site is very friendly to creative professionals. And, their syndication partners include USAToday.com and salon.com. To try to become a writer for them, fill out an application and submit a writing sample. (They also accept applications for freelance filmmakers, copy editors, translators, translation reviewers and video producers.) Per article payments range between $15-$25.
Blog Distribution Network: Demand Media also offers a blogger distribution network. Apply for it to get more reach for your blog. According to the application, they are looking for:
• Topic focus of your blog
• Writing quality
• Frequency of posts
• Ability to match your posts with publishers in the network
About.com: About.com is one of the oldest content sites and certainly has more stringent submission requirements. (It’s owned by the New York Times.) About.com features Guides, Topic Writers and Video Producers. Guides own a particular topic and write regular articles, blog posts and newsletters on them. They also moderate discussion forums. Topic Writers churn out articles on specific subjects that include actionable items. Finally, Video Producers create many of the how-to videos within the site.