Like you, I’ve seen ads for writers at Examiner.com off and on for a couple of years give or take. My impression has been that they pay writers a small amount and I’ve tended to post the ads and move on.
Today I got an email from someone asking if I’d post an ad for Examiner writers. Since we already pick the ads up I wondered and asked about his relationship with the site. The answer was unclear so I started poking around at the link he sent me. It’s a pitch for writers. Down toward the end is a statement that indicates Examiner.com pays per page views.
I went to google and asked: how much do writers get paid at examiner.com
I love google because it will take natural language queries (there’s that word again.) Sure enough it led me to Angela Hoy’s Writer’s Weekly and an article she wrote last May called How Much Are Examiner.com Writers Really Earning? There she’s collected reports from writers about their experience with Examiner.com and, in terms of pay, it isn’t pretty.
I’m not as opposed to pay-per-click sites as some, provided you understand exactly how you’ll get paid and that it’s highly unlikely you’ll make much money. You also need to be clear on what rights you’re selling – usually all or first rights. With that information you can decide if the potential visibility provided by such sites is worth it to you.
My personal take is that Associated Content, Triond, and/or Helium might be a better deal because, unlike Examiner, they don’t require x number of articles a week.
You might be interested in the series that began with: Anne To Try Triond, Helium and Associated Content
Have you written for Examiner or other per-per-click site? Tell us about it.
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