I remember my first experience with getting paid to write an article. It was a few years back with eHow. For those of you unfamiliar with eHow, it’s a very large database of how to articles and videos. Being that I knew how to do a few things, I decided to give it a try. I believe I had about 4 or 5 articles that made me a few dollars every month through their writer’s compensation program. Later they closed the program and bought all of my articles for about $40.00. Even with the program being closed you may still apply to write for eHow through DemandStudios.
Fortunately for us, eHow isn’t the only program around. Here are a few websites that you can write for to earn some extra money.
HubPages allows it’s users to post “Hubs.” Hubs are simply articles. They have a nice community that interacts and promotes each other well. They pay through Google Adsense, which they consider to be an external affiliate, an eBay seller program and their own in-house ad program through PayPal. You can also earn money through their referral program by inviting other users through your referral links.
Squidoo is similar to HubPages, except for the fact that the articles you write there are called “Lenses.” Squidoo pays through PayPal your percentage based on what was earned from advertising. They also allow you to sell Amazon products through your lenses that you earn commissions on.
Bukisa is a pretty well established network, but is not quite as popular as Squidoo or HubPages. They don’t pay directly, but allow you to have your own Chitika or Google Adsense ads placed on your articles. Your Chitika ads are placed 100% of the time. Adsense ads are placed 60% of the time. They currently do not have a referral program.
Triond is another less talked about blog/article publishing network. They pay 50% of all revenue earned after your first 5 posts allow you to integrate your own Google Adsense ads. They currently also pay through PayPal, check and Western Union. They have a referral program that is open to any user that has received at least one payment.
Xomba is another network that shares Google Adsense revenue. Like Bukisa, they also give you 60% of the ads on your articles. After searching their site for a while I haven’t found anything about a referral program, but if I find one I will update this.
Wizzley is another nice blogging website that pays via Google Adsense. Your share with them is between 50-60% depending on how many articles you have posted. They also allow you to use Amazon, VigLink, Chitika, AllPosters, and Zazzle to make money.
I’m sure there are many more websites out there that will pay you for your articles. Hopefully these will get you started. The only downside that I must mention, that like with my experience with eHow, the sites can close at anytime. I advise you to start your own blog to be in complete control of how you get paid and what you can write about.