Round and Round the Mulberry Bush with Squidoo

Just like the rest of you, I have been frustrated by the rapid changes on Squidoo. Unlike many of you, however, I went through a similar process when Hubpages found themselves slapped by Google a few years ago. And while I don’t always agree with Squidoo’s communication methods or their decisions, I still feel that Squidoo as a website has a lot more to offer than any similar site online.

That being said, I have decided to spread out my writing to several other sites, some of which I was already on, and others that are new to my experience. This is a good time of year to test out some theories and try new things, since the second half of the year is always better for selling just about anything.

For those of you who need a break from Squidoo, want to diversify, or just try some new content sites, let me enumerate the ones that I will be spending some time on:

Zujava–Zujava is fairly new, and very similar to Squidoo in how it works. It is still very small so that there is room for most topics, and they staying on top of quality control from the getgo. (Before you get too far into your rant about Squidoo’s quality control, realize that Squidoo is a much older site, and its standards were established in a different Google atmosphere.) Zujava pays out tier payments directly, and you can also earn from Amazon.

Wizzley–Wizzley is now about two years old. It is a bit more similar to Hubpages, than Squidoo. On Wizzley, which I have been on since its inception, my earnings have been going up recently. It seems that Google is pretty happy with the progress that they have made over the last six months or so. On Wizzley, you can earn from Adsense or Chitika, Amazon, and Viglink.

InfoBarrel–I signed up for InfoBarrel two years ago and only wrote one article. I am going to write some more there now to try it out. InfoBarrel allows you to earn from Adsense and Amazon.

Seekyt–Seekyt is like a cross between Pinterest and an article site. It has the look of Pinterest, and articles only need to be 2000 characters which is about 350 to 400 words. This site earns money from Adsense, Amazon, and Chitika.

Over the next few months, I will be expanding my article base on all of these sites and see which ones perform the best, or if they perform in conjunction with each other. I plan to leave as many of my lenses on Squidoo as possible, because I still like that site quite a bit, and I do well there. My prediction is that after the dust settles, we will see that Squidoo regains traffic over time. I am willing to wait it out.

In addition to content sites like ones mentioned above, I am seeking new ways to earn money writing online, and this is through freelance content sites that pay directly for content. There are many of these. Some pay better than others, and several are difficult to get permission to write. Most of them have some sort of qualifications testing requirements. Here are the sites that I am aware of personally:

iwriter.com–I buy some content from this site and it runs the gamut from good to bad. The best thing is to be rated 5 stars and get the best writing gigs there. A lot of the work is pretty easy to do though.

CloudCrowd–I like writing here when they have work for me, because they pay the same day your work gets approved which is usually the day you write it. Assignments are short and long, and there are a variety of topics.

Demand Studios–This site requires experienced writers from various backgrounds. You need to apply with a writing sample and a resume for the section that you want to write for. Much more demanding for quality than the average site.

WriterAccess–I have just learned about this site, and will be applying here. No information yet.

Write.com–This is supposed to be difficult to get into. I have not tried myself yet.

Besides these two types of sites, there are numerous freelancers sites like Elance and ODesk. These sites are for people who want to find their clients themselves, and deal directly with them. Writers bid for jobs, and take tests to qualify for specific skills. If you want to start a real freelance writing career, these sites are a great place to start.

These sites listed here are only ones that I have had direct or indirect interaction with. If you know of other places that you would like to add to this list, please feel free to put it in the comments below.

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Paula Atwell is an artist, writer, and owner of Lake Erie Artists Gallery at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find her on Squidoo as lakeerieartists.

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