Do Aspiring Writers Really Have to Share the Revenue Rock?

Zach3000Starred Page By Zach3000, 13th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Some writers may not feel that they are being fairly compensated for their work. This is a complaint that must be examined in a world where you commonly have "to pay to play." Find out the complicated path to being a professionally paid writer and the answer to the question: Do Writers Really Have to Share Revenue?


This article will delve into the controversial subject of revenue sharing and answer questions that all freelance writers come across when starting out as a "newbie" writer.

Please treat the information contained in this article with a grain of salt. That means it is intended to help the freelance writer. You are free to disagree based on your writing experience, as your individuality is respected here.

Let's first start by distinguishing between revenue stealing and revenue sharing.

Have You Been Ripped Off?

As a writer, I have my own story of how a piece that I wrote was taken from one website, and re-posted on another website as someone elses. This is what you call revenue stealing. It is not ethical and can result in legal action when properly enforced.

In my example above, I contacted the user, letting him know that I am the author. I then found out that this user did not speak English. The next step was to contact the website administrator on grounds of copyright infringement.

This situation took place years ago, and can happen to any author at any time.

As an author, are you hurt when someone steals your work and claims it as their own?

Of course you do!

There are two ways you can react to the above situation:

  1. The writer can take action, and pursue his legal rights
  2. or the writer can sit back and do nothing.

So which are you? Are you a number one or a number two?

Does Revenue Sharing Pay Off?

A very common form of earning money as an article writer, is to go the revenue share route. This particular method is growing in popularity, and is measured with online analytical tools.

Revenue sharing seems like it is the way to go if you are a new freelance writer, but it also has its pitfalls.

The top complaints regarding revenue share sites are:

  • Compensation is not fair
  • Too much work involved
  • Editors/writing guidelines are too strict

For these reasons above, many aspiring writers shy away from revenue sharing sites.

I may be dreaming here, but I personally believe that a revenue share can be fair in compensation, not have hurdles to write great articles, and help foster a writer's abilities, rather than hinder them.

Tired of Sharing Your Rock?

If you were an iguana, would you want to share your rock with two other equally smelly iguanas?

Probably not.

So should writers share so much revenue with Paid to Write websites?

The main problem is: Most freelance writers do not know the path to success, therefore do not have to know-how or any inkling of what to do to have their own "rock." (Read the Guide to Success with Online Writing here)

In the business world, this lack of knowledge is called the "barrier to entry."

Most companies that have an in-depth knowledge base, well-developed system, or closely-guarded trade secrets, will not freely share their wealth of knowledge with you.

This incredible hurdle for aspiring writers ultimately weeds out those who are determined and dedicated, from those who have not gone "all in."

But, the aspiring writer can choose for himself if they will join certain writing communities.

Wikinut Among Revenue Sharing Sites

Not all revenue sharing sites are the same.

Some pay better than others. Some don't pay at all until you have met a minimum payout threshold or quota.

While Wikinut has a great community of diverse writers, the honest truth is the compensation is something to be desired. Meaning, you have to overcome a big hurdle of accumulating a lot of content or referrals before it really pays out.

That does not encourage aspiring writers to write and "get paid" if they actually don't get paid until 100+ pages are under their belt.

However, page views are important. I have a little over 31,000 page views on Wikinut at this point, and have not vigorously promoted my work with social media. Perhaps this is to my own disadvantage.

3 Recommendations for Wikinut

After examining revenue stealing versus revenue sharing, it is time to share some recommendations to make Wikinut even better

3 Things to Improve Wikinut so it is more Writer Friendly:

  1. Pay writers per 1,000 page views (at a fair rate)
  2. Add feature on site to allow a "counter-point" article (at editor's discretion)
  3. Create a Wikinut Twitter account that auto-posts a link to every article published on site

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

If you are new to Wikinut, consider joining an incredible community of writers, and get your voice heard! Register here.


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author avatar Val Mills
13th Apr 2012 (#)

While I agree with most above, I don't agree with automatic Twitter. That is my main way of promoting my article and I like sdding little friendly messages and my personal tag to each post. And yes, patience and work here pays off, I finally got paid this month :-)

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author avatar Zach3000
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Val, if Wikinut were to auto-post published articles, it doesn't mean that you can't post them too. It never hurts to have more than one twitter account posting links.

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