Well, it has been a few weeks since I embarked on the experiment with Suite101 and Yahoo! Contributing Network. The idea was to submit an article to each site and compare the publication process. This is what I have to report so far:
I did like I planned. On the same day I submitted an article to Suite101 and one to Y!CN. I was greatly surprised to hear that my article was approved and published on Suite101 THE VERY SAME DAY! Not only was I surprised but I was ecstatic! Elated! Proud! I proved to myself that I could do it, I could finally say, “Yes! Jodi, you are a writer!
When I received the news of my article being published on Suite101 I immediately went into the site to check it out. I then posted it to my Facebook page and on a forum that I recently joined. To date I have made 1 cent and have had 65 page views! Although those may not seem like astounding numbers they are priceless to me. I have to remember that my work has just begun and one penny will lead to another.
Seven days later the article I submitted to Y!CN was also approved and published. Once again I was elated! To date I have had 3 page views and made 0 cents at Y!CN. At this point I do not care. I am just happy to have gotten an article published on another site.
The next step for me is to promote my published writing. I want to try and generate more page views to make more money. In the email from Y!CN regarding my article being approved there was a link that listed tips for promoting articles. I am going to have to take the time to review and implement the ideas. What I learn there will help me elsewhere as well.
With the publication process determined - Suite101 is faster – and the numbers are in – Suite101 is higher - I have come to the conclusion that I will submit non-fiction articles to Sutie101 (I tend to write more non-fiction) and save my short stories for Y!CN (a side hobby).
Links to the articles:
Five Easy Tips for Saving Money
Writing for Money: Five Basic Steps to Get Started