Wikinut: 40 Days, 40 Pages, 40 Cents (American)

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 7th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/9toij6tq/
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The title pretty much says it all. I've been making notes of my progress writing for Wikinut, and as I reach milestones, I share that progress with fellow Wikinuts and those who may be interested in signing up.

40 Days

It seems like just a few days ago I was writing about being 25 days in. Could that have been two weeks ago? It doesn't seem like it, but Monday will be my 40th day with Wikinut. When I started writing for Wikinut, I had a backlog of stuff that didn't really fit my blog. I also wanted to challenge myself to write something every day. When I write every day, words come easier than when I wait for the perfect muse to hit. I don't publish everything that I write everyday, but when something feels right, I hit that precious "Publish" button.

There have been some challenges. The biggest challenge for me has been using morguefile to come up with appropriate pictures for each section. This is not difficult, but for an aspiring novelist who is used to creating one cover per 20,000 to 30,000 words, creating the right image for every 500 words or so has been a challenge.

Using Youtube videos has been harder -- just in making sure that the videos are royalty-free or that I have permission to use them. I see a lot of potential for error here, especially when I type in "royalty-free" + "subject" in the search box, and Youtube ignores the first part. I feel there's a lot of unnecessary digging just to get that video to make my article "star-quality."

I did learn in the past two weeks, however, that creating a video with my phone, and uploading it to Youtube for use here, was not as difficult as I had figured it to be. For my sanity, I think I'll be creating more videos for future use. For example, I searched and searched for a royalty-free door slam for one of my 25 Reasons pages. It would have taken me less time to record myself slamming a door. Live and learn, I suppose.

The challenge I set for myself during my second week of Wikinut writing was to have two articles per day published. And given the backlog I still have, I could easily do this. But I think the moderators (and those who get pinged every time something of mine is published, as they are kind enough to "follow" me) would cry foul. There is a perception that too much quantity equals a lack of quality, and I have tried to stay on the previous side of that line as best I can.

40 Pages

So lest anyone cry foul, I have limited myself to an average of an article per day for the time being. I still have four articles in draft form on Wikinut and my backlog of stuff. I have noticed on days I don't post an article, my readership goes down drastically. When I say drastically, I mean a non-publishing day is 50-100 page views less than a publishing day (This is not clearly illustrated by the chart image, because some things are accepted early in the day and others late). I have also noticed that star pages get significantly more page views than pages without stars. The excel chart image -- which I could stand to write an article about -- captures many of these page view and statistical details.

In my first two weeks, I had seven days with over 500 page views per day. This was a really exciting time for me, and the reason I thought I could publish two articles each day. Can you believe it, though -- the moderators want to write, too? And they have other articles to review besides mine (crazy, right?). And they also hope to have lives. So I can't fault their efforts, but I was not publishing two articles per day.

I also guess that in the first two weeks I was a new and novel Wikinut. Now that I am a purple belt, I don't get nearly as many views. I am happy when there are over 100, and in the past 40 days, that has happened 29 times. Seventeen of those days saw over 200 page views, Thirteen of those days saw 300 page views. Yes, that is including the seven days over 500 from the beginning. My last day with over 300 views was the day "Is it about the money or not?" was published. Nearly 200 people viewed that article the first day it was available, and presumably followed the links to other articles from there.

I want to write articles that will help people or that they will enjoy. "Why Offer Critique" for example, was published within a day of "Is it about the money," but didn't get nearly the page views. So I quickly learned -- yes, it IS about the money; MANY people want to figure out how to use this site to make money; few people really care to critique because they want to play nice and spare feelings. Happily, I have made a few friends when my brashness was taken to be rudeness and I apologized. On one hand, I think that's missing the point entirely as to the value of good critique. On the other hand, it fits the notion that it's about the money, and I have other fans IRL (in real life) that handle the critique side of this thing I do called "writing."

40 Cents

When I came up with the idea to write two articles per day, I had figured that my articles would average a 1/2 cent per article per day. Like the chessboard game where one coin is placed on the first square, and that figure is doubled each next square, the early effort would be well worth my while -- and it may be still. However, at 40 days, 40 articles, and 40 cents, one can see where I went wrong with my calculations. I am only making a penny per day. So on average, my articles are making 1/40th of a cent per day. This makes me want to cry just a little bit. I can see why people -- especially those who write and blog professionally elsewhere -- abandon Wikinut. Without more constructive critique, I can't blame anyone who jumps ship. But it works for now until I find something that pays or reviews better. I'm sorry that this isn't a shining endorsement for Wikinut, but honesty is my policy. I think if I were disingenuous about my take on the 40/40/40 I have presented, my word would be worthless in the future.

I have read at least two moderators who wrote that it took about 6-7 MONTHS to start seeing revenue from this site. In that case, I have a ways to go. I also haven't made anything (that I can see on the stats page) from the friends I have invited. One friend has published four articles, another just one, the rest ZERO. I only know that from going to their pages. I can't see how many views the braver posters have gotten, or how much money they've made -- of which I could claim ten percent -- and that's a bit frustrating. One in particular (well, she's family) is waiting for me to strike it big before she puts in the time and effort. This was after her first article was rejected. I sent her a fix in the form of a new image -- the moderator didn't like the link to an image she used -- but since then she's been working a "real" job and hasn't had time to update the article. Now she's not sure if she even wants to bother.

So, until we're all better paid...

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Making Money, Making Money Writing, Money, Wikinut, Wikinut Community, Wikinut Experience, Wikinut Experiences, Wikinut Pages, Wikinut Review, Wikinut Writers, Writing For Profit

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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Peter!

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author avatar Necola Tull
8th Jul 2013 (#)

This does make me want to abandon Wikinut. I wanted to ask someone about how the payment thing works, but I got my answer from your post. It's very sad. I've just started with Wikinut, and only have a couple of postings. I'm not quite sure if it's worth it. I mean, I get the exposure and all, but it's depressing that it's not making any revenue. I want to write as a career. I know that's crazy, but I'm trying to try to keep hope alive. :( Great article, though.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Necola! I agree. I started Wikinut to supplement income -- I've self-pubbed some books on Amazon, but want to do a children's book, which means paying an illustrator, and do some marketing, which means money - and, and, and. And you're right. When I tell someone about how I'm doing with this site, the #1 question is the money -- and then I get laughed at. Not the best world-wide feeling! But we'll see. I hope to feel differently in 6 months or so, and I also hope that other writing projects will take off in such a way that this will only be for fun. Best of success to you in your writing endeavors!!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Jul 2013 (#)

You're off to a great start, Phyl. I know the money thing is frustrating - me, too. But if you stick with it, I think you'll get there in the long run. Hopefully, in the short run!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Connie! I do hope so -- for both of us!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Jul 2013 (#)

you are such a case me dear...you make me smile with joy...saying it as it is you do...love you for that I do...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina!

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author avatar Adrian Dumitru
13th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for writing about your experience, I wish you a lot of money, success

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Adrian -- to you as well!

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author avatar Jill Kramer
25th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the info, Phyl. I joined Wikinut just recently and haven't posted anything yet, partly because I didn't see anything on the site about how royalties were calculated. This sheds a little more light on the subject, although not very encouraging!

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