Some of you may have noticed this blog is now carrying a square banner from Suite101 advertsing for writers – it’s way over there on the right and has a pen instead of the computer you see here. You may also have realized we’ve had an ad from Suite101 in our job listings the last three issues. You’ll also be seeing some guest posts from two or three Suite101 writers.
In this case, Suite101 and I are experimenting to see what sort of an increase in traffic they can drive for me and if I can help them sign up talented writers who want to build a long-term relationship.
Suite101 has been around for ages – thirteen years according to their about page. That’s about the same length of time as About.com; I wrote for the latter, and have no writing experience with the former.
Suite101 works on a revenue share model which means, essentially, you’re paid a portion of the advertising money generated by your article. Unlike some, Suite101 payments continue, always based on revenue generated, even after you no longer write for them.
Are you writing on spec? Yes. Will you get rich? No. Will you make a decent income? Maybe. It’s possible, but it takes work. Is it worth your time? Again, a definite maybe. Suite101 could:
- help you build a reputation in your niche – my stints with About.com and b5Media still carry weight.
- help you build a (probably) modest residual income – I got more money up front from the various networks I’ve worked for, but I also do not get any residuals.
Some here will undoubtedly disapprove of Suite101. Others will think it’s great. Most will probably ignore it.
By all means share your own experience.