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How To Spread Your Writing Around

Another writer on Persona Paper was saying she likes to find new sites, but it's difficult making ends meet unless she spends time at the sites that pay the most. I'm also finding this to be true. One can belong to many sites and pop in sporadically, but you will only earn on the sites you spend quality time with.

Another Persona Paper writer asked if it's not better for a writer to just focus on a couple of sites rather than spreading oneself out over too many sites. I'm somewhere in the middle. I started on and pretty much stayed put there until I had fifty lenses up. Then I started my account at . I wrote a few hubs and didn't make much, but with only a few hubs, I couldn't expect to. Then when HubPages starting having contests and I did pretty well in one, I began to spend much more time over there until I had over fifty hubs and started to make payouts.

Then I joined and . For socializing I joined and , which paid little but were lots of fun. Then Gather sort of disappeared and resurrected as a site that seems to not pay anymore. About the same time, myLot did the same thing. Enter . A lot of Gather and myLot people reunited there and contined their friendships and got paid more than they ever believed possible. When word got out about the high pay, even skeptical squids and hubbers decided to test the waters, and most are still there, since they're getting more money for less effort than on HubPages. Squidoo, of course, is gone, so a lot of Squids are very grateful to be established at Bubblews so they won't go broke.

Enter Persona Paper. It has everything we hoped Bubblews would have and doesn't, but the pay is too low to lure most writers over. They are sticking a toe in, but for most that's about all so far.

So what's a writer to do? One certainly wants to have work on more than one site. I believe one should build a body of work on one site, and then start building a second body of work on another site that has possibilities. Meanwhile, go ahead and join other sites that appear to have potential and get some real estate on them. Do the minimum to establish yourself and pop in now and then until you're ready to expand. Bubblews came along just as I was about to expand my posts on Wizzley. There are other sites I've signed up for but not yet posted on. There's only so much of me. I still have my blogs to maintain, as well.

When I find sites I enjoy a lot, I try to get at least fifty posts up fairly quickly and then try to determine where I get the largest financial return for my time. That's why I started ignoring Squidoo and HubPages when Bubblews came to town. Let's face it, I've made 15 posts there since August12 and in that time I've made 42.17. On my standing account on HubPages, with 81 featured hubs, I made only 6.88 last month. But right now almost every minute is going to HubPages so I can get my newly imported Hubs up to snuff. I have 57 that imported. They all need extensive editing. I haven't made a penny there yet on that new account for all that effort. I've actually made more here at Persona Paper.

Why haven't I earned anything much on my old HubPages account lately when I used to get paid almost every month? I haven't posted anything new in ages, I haven't updated, and I've hardly interacted in the community at all. I've been too busy earning money you-know-where. But I think it's time to start paying more attention to HubPages in case my Bubbles burst. I may not make much now, but a little TLC now may be important for the future.

I feel the same way about Persona Paper. It may not be flying high yet, but its wing muscles will keep getting stronger. I want to be ready to take off with it when it begins to soar. How about you?

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suffolkjason wrote on September 5, 2014, 5:22 AM

That's a sensible approach. Most people at Hubpages write a few articles and give up- only 3% have more than 25 hubs. At the moment, PP doesn't pay much. I'm just going to post an article or two per day and carry on enjoying the community.

bestwriter wrote on September 5, 2014, 5:50 AM

To my mind those who are depending on online writing for their earnings should also look elsewhere as these sites are not reliable as we have been seeing of late. They should survive on their own steam. They could market products for others, or do web designing, create their own music. Such activities could guarantee some kind of assured income.

suffolkjason wrote on September 5, 2014, 6:22 AM

Curious to know: What happens to Bubble earnings if you stay away from the site?

allen0187 wrote on September 5, 2014, 9:57 AM

Agree with your approach. Spreading oneself too thin is counterproductive. Right now, I just write for PP. I'd be interested in joining other sites but for now PP gets most of my time online.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 5, 2014, 10:26 AM

I agree. After I joined you know where, it was such fun (a year ago) and made money that I actually saw (when the emails were coming within 3 days) that everything else fell by the wayside, even though I never meant for it to. That's why I only had 15 titles between Yahoo and Squidoo, and why my blog went neglected and I never got it monetized. But then the official 72 hours became in practice 4-5 days. 7 days became 14-21. Now 30 days ....

I need more writing sites, but I've spread myself way too thin over the last 3 months as I've gotten into GPT and survey sites. I'm back to dusting off my original blog, building 2 new ones, and trying to monetize them. The survey and GPT sites all need reviewing on their blog. The ones that aren't going to work out for me need to be redeemed as soon as possible so I can let them go. The ones that do make cash fairly quickly need to be worked for the cash I need right now. I don't have a place for my lenses or the time to develop one, so I've decided to go ahead and transfer them to HubPages and see how they fare. It's going to take some time to learn my way around there and get established. And sometime I actually have to stop and do all the indoor and outdoor homeowner chores that have been neglected while I worked long days.

I'm clicking the button over there in about 20 more cents and posting today, but then it's going to have to get moved down the priority list. I have 2 late payments now. I'm still pretty confident I'll get them, but I can bring in money so much faster other places. My blogs, Persona Paper, and my bank account need more of my attention. I'd like to get established on several other sites, but they're going to have to wait awhile.

Feisty56 wrote on September 5, 2014, 10:27 AM

As you've said, it isn't really the writing so much as the community interaction that requires a lot of time. At this point in time, I feel I can only sufficiently manage two sites simultaneously. I'm thinking I don't use my time wisely, because others such as yourself seem to be capable of so much more. I am a tortoise -- but they are lovable creatures, aren't they?

JanetJenson wrote on September 5, 2014, 11:59 AM

It is like the old hand water pump, I think. You have to prime it to get it started again if you stop.

JanetJenson wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:09 PM

Feisty Very lovable! I, too, am in great admiration of those who can manage many sites. Two is the most I can attempt, and it is iffy at that.

JanetJenson wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:14 PM

As one of my late favorite professors used to say "A little of me goes a long way." As I once said on MyLot, I earn more from the learnings here than from the earnings. One really good money saving tip or health tip can save in a moment all we could earn in PTW in a year.

Feisty56 wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:32 PM

That's a valid point! I have learned many things through reading and interacting with so many others, and what I've learned has been invaluable to me.

Scorpie wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:36 PM

Don't spread the bubbleooze. I might have to call the CDC on you.

BarbRad wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:44 PM

Sounds reasonable to me. I may be forced to stay away from my computer for an extended time in the near future, so I really need to make sure all my problems with hubs are solved before then. Between my two accounts, I now have 140 featured and nine asleep for lack of engagement.

BarbRad wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:46 PM

Agree. It's not easy to pay the bills with online writing income, let alone get rich as some people claim to be doing when they try to sell you their eBooks on how they did it .

BarbRad wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:48 PM

Your income goes down. I make close to a dollar a day if I haven't posted anything new. If I stay away completely, I don't know. I usually make some sort of appearance daily, even if it's just a few minutes to read and comment.

BarbRad wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:49 PM

Good for you. But some people need to make enough writing to pay bills.

BarbRad wrote on September 5, 2014, 12:57 PM

It's tough to work for good wages if you feel it's a gamble. HubPages has always paid me, even if right now it's not much. That's partly my own fault. I can evaluate my hub habits and at least see why I'm not earning more. At Bubblews, it's a guessing game why you don't get paid. At HubPages, if you earn it you will get paid. If they make one of your hubs invisible to Google or delete it, you will know why, and it the case of a sleeping hub ( like a Squidoo WIP), there are always clear instructions about what's wrong and how to fix it. I just earned my first two cents in my new account.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 12:48 AM

I am trying to manage three right now, and HubPages will take the bulk of my time this month.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 12:50 AM

I'd have to agree. If we really read and interact with smart people, we can't help but learn from them.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 12:51 AM

I'm no longer working to spread it. I just want to play in the sandbox as long as it's profitable to do so.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:22 AM

I have six hubs already up. I was only expecting five, but they put up one that Squidoo had locked. Now to get back in and edit. They've been sitting quite awhile, and still have links to my now-nonexistent Yahoo articles.

JanetJenson wrote on September 6, 2014, 3:03 AM

That is us, &fiesty56 and barbrad -- Smart People! AND we get smarter the more we read. Even some of the ads are starting to get interesting.

Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 8:11 AM

I hear that. Each payment is an exercise in patience.

SLGarcia wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:55 AM

I like your recommendations. I feel the same way about PP. I believe it's far better to start out slowly and build a strong base. Some sites grow far too fast and then implode. I've seen it happen with good businesses in the past - they're doing well then decide to expand, which leads to their downfall.

Gems wrote on September 6, 2014, 10:31 AM

I started writing in 2008 and joined different article submission sites. Bublews is so far the best when it comes to payment. I am a hubber too with 64 featured hubs earning only a few dollars per month.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 11:38 AM

Bubblews is great, as long as you keep getting paid. I'm just afraid to put all my eggs in that basket.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 11:42 AM

I sometimes wonder about the ways of HubPages. My one Squidoo LOTD, How to Make Mochi, and one of my favorites, has fallen to 30 in score and I've no idea why. That is my project for today. Got to edit and get some engagement.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:57 PM

We just need a few more good people here to help get that foundation in place.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:58 PM

Everyone who gets paid agrees Bubblews make them most money of all the social sites.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:25 PM

That's my project for another day. Today was supposed to be about the blogs, and yet I haven't even touched them yet and it's almost 9:30 p.m.

Lowdown0 wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:58 PM

Good analysis, it's hard to keep up on too many writing site, and it takes some critical thinking to figure out how to maximize our writing system.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 2:17 AM

It does tend to strain the brain, as fast as things are changing in the online writing world.

LindaJM wrote on September 7, 2014, 3:01 AM

I'm still hoping that HubPages will replace my Squidoo income. Only time will tell. I am definitely on edge about it, and am dedicated to working harder at making money than I have in the past year or two.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 4:02 AM

At least you had a good Squidoo income. I wasn't into selling and only had one lens that made it into the first tier. The first year it landed there it only stayed for two months. It got there again in December and stayed there, but the payout for top tier had gone down to almost nothing. My sales were very rare, but occasionally I got Zazzle sales I'm sure came from the links on my best lens, which was all Zazzle. i had to delete that one before the transfer.

UmiNoor wrote on September 9, 2014, 7:57 PM

When I started writing online in 2009, I started writing for Bukisa. I worked on that site for two months straight and finally reached their minimum payout of $10 and after I achieved that and gotten paid every month, I started on another writing site and that was Helium. I reached payout quite fast because Helium had upfront payment then. That was what I used to do. I focused on one site at a time until I get regularly paid each month (thanks to passive income) and then I moved on to another writing website. But the articles I wrote had to be SEO friendly and that was why I kept getting paid every month despite minimum effort on each site.

I think that is what we writers should do. We need to write SEO friendly articles and these articles will continue to get outside traffic instead of relying too much on internal traffic from other members.

BarbRad wrote on September 10, 2014, 3:29 AM

You're correct. I guess many of us are so tired from writing at other sites all day that we just write easy stuff here most of the time. I'll try to do better once I finish up transforming my Squidoo lenses into hubs.