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Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 3 Content Sites for Working from Home

As promised, I am posting this update on my recent adventures in writing for content sites. I've done extensive online research and applied at several different websites, but I will only be reviewing the companies that have worked out for me. I've done the hard work for you by narrowing the list down to just these three:





Article Document


I haven't made much money yet writing for Article Document, but I really like it. I have written ten articles for them, and they included my "byline," which means my name has been published with each article. This allows me to have some writing samples to show prospective clients. The editors at Article Document are very nice, and I learned a new rule about using hyphens from their constructive feedback. I do not consider them a "mill" because they are so different from other content sites. Article Document seems like it would be better for your career in the long run since it's not strictly for ghost writing.

The articles I have written pay through revenue sharing, meaning I get a few cents per view when people read one of my articles. Theoretically, you could make a lot more money long term with revenue sharing than with flat-rate projects, assuming that most of the articles continue to get a few clicks after the newness wears off. You could also hit it big if a post went viral, so I still may write a few more "brand building" pieces for them, using catchier titles to try to get more traffic.

Article Document may only be paying me a few cents a day right now, but I can't help but like the fact that they rated me a 9.67 out of 10. I recommend writing at least a couple of pieces for them as a way to perfect your grammar skills and start an online portfolio. As I am writing this post, I just got an e-mail from Article Document offering me a paid assignment, writing for one of their clients! I knew I liked this company! Stay tuned...

Blogmutt


Blogmutt pays $8 for a 250 word post, which works out to 3.2 cents per word. There is enough of a variety of subjects to write about that you can probably always find something to do on there. There are no deadlines; you just write when you want to, and it's pretty easy to quickly come up with 250 words.

The negative is that it can take months for a client to accept your article, depending on where it is in the "queue," so I don't know yet what the acceptance rate will be. I read somewhere in a blog post written three years ago where someone estimated a ten percent rejection rate. If this is true, writing for Blogmutt could prove to be pretty lucrative for a work-at-home job since I could recycle any rejected articles by posting them somewhere else.

On my first day, I wrote ten articles, accumulating $80 in "future earnings." Doing about half that much each day for $40 would be a more reasonable workload for me right now. Yesterday I did $48, which didn't take me too long. I have yet to have any of my articles officially accepted by any of Blogmutt's clients, but none have been rejected either. I'm very hopeful about writing for Blogmutt, but the jury is still out on how lucrative it is until I start seeing some of my articles sell.

Textbroker


Textbroker was the first company I wrote for, and it's the quintessential "content mill," meaning they don't pay much at most levels. The approval process was quick and easy, and I got paid through Paypal about one week after I sent them a signed W-9 form. This one might be your best bet if you are desperate for some fast money and don't mind writing for only 1.4 cents a word. I'm a Level 4 out of 5 with them, and I've read that it can be difficult to become a Level 5. A Level 5 gets 5 cents per word, though, so it would be worthwhile at that level. A lot of successful bloggers that have written reviews about Textbroker are Level 4s, so who knows if  Level 5 is even attainable? I have found that Textbroker has two major drawbacks:

1. It's hard to find a good assignment to do


Textbroker is okay, but it's a lot of their clients that are the problem. They either write in broken English or want you to follow very detailed instructions and do a ridiculous amount of research for a measly five to seven bucks per article. Since the articles are kind of long, it can be hard to come up with that much to say about the limited subjects that are available.

2. The pay for a Level 4 is low at 1.4 cents per word


The most I was able to make in one day writing for Textbroker was a little over $38.00, but it was nice when they sent me a Paypal deposit for my all-time total of $174.00. 

I read a post recently that said you should never write for less than three cents a word, and I halfway agree now that I have the hope of higher pay at other sites, but I do feel that Textbroker might be a good place to get your feet wet in the web content industry and maybe learn a few comma rules. If you can't find anyone else to pay you more, think of Textbroker as a stepping stone on the path to bigger and better things.



I'll post another update soon since I plan to continue with Article Document and Blogmutt...


Edited to add on 6/16/16:

I made a few changes to my original post here since I've decided to keep writing for Textbroker. Why am I still writing for Textbroker when it pays less per word? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and nobody else has paid out so far. Textbroker clients only have three days to accept an article, and  the clients are more likely to accept them than not. It's a great feeling getting an e-mail each time an article is accepted and knowing I'll get paid within a week.

With Blogmutt, I have articles that are scheduled for up to nine months out, and the clients have that long to accept them. Not just that, but more than one person can write the same article, and someone else's article may be chosen. The bottom line is that I have yet to have even one article accepted by a Blogmutt client, so, for all I know, the "future earnings" figure might represent "NEVER earnings." I'm also still waiting to hear back from Article Document about that journalist assignment.

Meanwhile, I am going to keep writing for Textbroker and try to get faster...




Friday, June 3, 2016

Getting Motivated to Keep up on Housework When you Have a Large Family

With a large family, dishes and laundry are a much bigger deal, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed. If you need to do a load of laundry every day and run your dishwasher twice a day on top of everything else, then you might be a mom with several children. The following tips will help you crawl out of that rut when your house is out of control.


You know how to clean but lack motivation


It's not that you don't know how to clean your home--you probably just lack the motivation. Because keeping house is a never ending job, it can seem futile trying to clean a house full of people--especially when some of those people are small children that are unable to do much to help. It probably won't take as long as you think to get everything done--you just have a mental block.


Keep the machines running


Think of your home as a factory. The dishwasher, washer and dryer are machines that need to be running much of the time, and children, like employees, need supervision. By keeping up on dishes and laundry, you can keep your home functioning properly, and you'll feel like you have more time to enjoy your children and to get to those deeper cleaning chores.


Get started right


Get up and get dressed and groomed for the day. This can be a casual low-maintenance look, but do enough, so that you would feel presentable enough to answer the door. (Do this every morning whether you are going anywhere or not.) Next, have breakfast or maybe a cup of coffee and start those machines! Take out the trash and run the garbage disposal to take care of any unpleasant odors. Now that the dishwasher is running and the trash has been dealt with, finish cleaning the kitchen. Listening to music or a podcast can make the time go by faster and the cleaning will seem effortless.


Work alongside your crew


If you have children who are just old enough to help, have them pick up the house as you walk along beside them, telling them where things go. Involving them will make the cleaning feel more social and less mundane. Small children enjoy wiping down surfaces with a damp rag, and they just might get that sticky kitchen table a little cleaner in the process. Expect a lot more from the older ones, of course.


Prioritize by starting with the most visible areas


When straightening up the house, always start with those visible areas to help you build momentum. You will feel less overwhelmed knowing that your living room and entry areas are clear of clutter and your guest bathroom is equipped with toilet paper and a hand towel. And you're presentable, too now, remember? Switch the laundry to the dryer, and before you know it, you'll be tackling the more daunting cleaning projects.


Don’t stop, just switch gears


If you get tired of cleaning, sitting down to fold laundry can be a break of sorts. Have the kids come pick up their folded piles and put them away. If you have children of various ages, the older ones can supervise the younger ones to make sure the clothing makes it to where it goes. Everyone having plenty of clothing in their closets and drawers is a major advantage in a large family since getting out of the house can be a challenge when little people can't get themselves dressed.


Reward yourself and your helpers by doing something fun together after the house is clean. By keeping up on your housework and involving the entire family, you are teaching your children good habits, so that maybe someday getting motivated to do housework won't be a struggle for them.

Working from Home Writing for "Article Document"

Revenue Sharing Articles with a Byline

I've discovered a new website to write for, which I am pretty excited about. It's called Article Document, and here's how it works. You start out writing articles for them that are "revenue sharing," which means you get paid ongoing royalties based on how many views the article gets. The best thing about the revenue sharing posts is that I get a "byline," meaning my name is at the bottom of the article. This will allow me to start a portfolio of my published work, which I can show to potential clients. The revenue sharing probably won't add up to much money unless a post goes viral, but it's only the first step...

Ghost Writing Journalist Articles

Once you have ten articles accepted that are rated a seven or above by Article Document's editors, you get to unlock "journalism" assignments that they pay you for up front. The rate per word for those articles is three to ten cents, which is a lot higher than the 1.4 cents I've been getting while writing for Textbroker.

Stay Tuned for a More Complete Review of Article Document

Right now, I feel like I'm working for free, but it's a means to an end. I won't find out what's behind curtain number two until I get ten articles published. Hopefully, it will be as good as it sounds, so I can start making some real money. Good or bad, I will post an update here in a few days.

Please Help Me Out By Reading My Stuff!

If you get a chance, check out my revenue sharing article about boosting your home's curb appeal. I'm pretty excited about it since they rated it ten out of ten! They've published two of my articles so far, and one is waiting to be looked at by an editor, so hopefully that's three down, seven to go...