This marks my 100th article on Wizzley. I’ve been here just over a year now. Well, I’ve actively been writing here for just over a year now. It’s taken me a little longer than I thought it would to get to this point, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been worth it. In fact, I can’t think of a better place to spend some of my time.
100 Articles: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
This is my 100th article, and it is time for another update on the things I've learned in between the last update and now.
Lately, I have had a few offers from people who have set up similar sites to Wizzley. They want to offer 75%+ revenue share, but I’ve turned them down. Why? Because they’re just not Wizzley. Sure, I’ve checked them out—and I would be a fool not to—but when I’ve checked out the websites they just haven’t been user-friendly, inviting or professional enough for me to write on.
Maybe one day I will kick myself for deciding against writing on them. But right now, sticking with Wizzley is the best decision for me and I am going to tell you all why in my 100th Wizzle.
The Good Points for Wizzley
I love so much about Wizzley that it's been difficult to condense it for this one piece. I've included the main parts that I adore.
It’s been an interesting journey here. When I first opened an account in October or November 2012 I thought it was just another site where the creators hid behind their computers. It took me a while to venture into the forums and see that actually the admins would come online and chat away with their members. That’s been a major plus point for me and made me keep working on that first piece to get published.
The forum itself has been a great part and something that I missed when a certain other revenue site closed theirs down. It’s been a place to get tips and advice about all things writing online, not just all things Wizzley. There are regular tips about promoting on Pinterest, advice about setting up own blogs and tips for creating niches within Wizzley and other Web 2.0 sites. Everyone comes together and shares the information they know to help everyone grow and succeed in the way that they have. We’ve all become a community, and I suggest anyone who signs up to write on Wizzley takes some time to go through all the past forum posts.
Wizzley Really Does Work
You can make money online by writing Wizzles on the site.
Starting out on a new platform is scary. You know that it takes time to build up a portfolio of articles, and you need them to see the earnings come through. Unless you’re really lucky with that one article that seems to do well, you’re not going to see your millions on the first day. Hey, I’ve been here a year and I’ve not seen the millions that I would love to see.
I don’t want that to put you off from writing. Remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to build your income up, but it will get there. Maybe not quite the millions, but it is possible to earn a substantial amount regularly. And Wizzley really does work.
My income levels have started to see a good increase. I’m only making money through AdSense at the moment (more about that later), but it’s more than I was making this time last year. The money goes up and down each month and last month I saw a decrease, but there is a reason for that: I rarely wrote and I did absolutely no promotion. It’s really my own fault. I know it works and I know I can see the amounts increase again; I’ve just got to put the effort back in.
The Bad Points About Wizzley
To keep it well-rounded, let's focus on the negative sides of this writing platform
No site is 100% perfect for everyone. There are some downsides and now that I’ve written 100 articles, I have the experience to write about them. Do you really want to know the bad side? It takes work…
That’s right. The only downside that I’ve come across in my year here is the work that it takes. Now, I keep saying a year because it’s just over a year since my first Wizzle was published. From signing up in October or November (I wish I could remember which month it was), it took until March 2013 to finally get that first piece published. That was because I didn’t get the site and I didn’t have the patience or the time to do research into what made an article worth posting on the site.
You know what? I’m really glad that my first piece was taken down. I left for a couple of months and tried again. That one was taken down and then I left again. The third time was the charm. It was the piece that stayed there. I finally had the time and patience to look through everything that Wizzley stood for. I spent the time to work on the quality and find something different and interesting to write about. It lead to my piece about George Boleyn, the unfortunate brother of Anne Boleyn. That was quickly followed by Mary Boleyn and then Mary I of England. Before I knew it, I had the five initial pieces that needed to go through the editor review and not one was sent back. What I thought was impossible months before was finished and I was through to the other side.
My First Three Wizzles
Many people get caught up with the quality process. They find that their first gets taken down and then they leave—other sites are easier for them. For many, the hard work really is a bad part of the site and they just don’t want to put that effort in, but it is really worth it in the end. Why? Because Google loves you! Google loves the quality pieces that the site has to offer, and it is less likely to attack Wizzley in the future should more Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird updates happen.
It is possible to make it slightly easier on yourself. Despite being on the site for a while and doing relatively well, I downloaded JoHarrington’s book. I’ve picked up so many pointers from it, and I really recommend it to anybody looking to start out on the site or make the most of their current Wizzley account.
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AdSense, Zazzle and More
With so many ways to make money online, you need to know more about them. Here's a small section about how I've found them.
I mentioned before that my earnings have solely come from AdSense. I’m getting nothing from Amazon Affiliates, although people are clicking on the items I’ve placed in my hubs. I’m not very good with affiliate marketing: never have been and the more I try, the more I think I never will be.
However, I’m not giving up. I read someone else’s 100th Wizzle post, where Zazzle was mentioned. I’ve put the odd piece from Zazzle up in the past, but not seen anything come through. I kept thinking that I’d try selling items through it, but never knew how to put designs on mugs or t-shirts to send out. Then I found out the truth! Zazzle do all that for you! All you have to do is put the design you want on the item, where you want it, and Zazzle will do all the printing when someone orders. How awesome is that?
I have since started my Zazzle store. Here are a few items that I have to offer at the moment, but I’m working on a few more. At the moment, they’re history related, but I am working on branching out for those not quite interested in the Tudor period.
I'm still to try some of the other options. eBay is only available for those with Vigilink, and I removed that when I felt it really wasn't offering me any benefit. I am still to try AllPosters but I will do before my next update in 50 articles time.
A Selection of New Zazzle Products
So, the Ugly…
...Are there any ugly sides to Wizzley?
I’ve been honest through this post, so I’m sticking with that. There’s nothing ugly about the site. The layout is user-friendly, there’s no need to struggle to get a Google AdSense account, and the quality expected is perfect for those wanting to genuinely do well with their writing. I could talk all day about how much I love the site, the forum, and everyone that I’ve spoken to. I’ve been able to have great debates in comment sections of Wizzles and the forum, I’ve found out things that I never knew about writing online and I feel like I’ve made some great online friends.
I recommend this as a place to write for anybody. Some people have come back and tried, while others have just decided that it is too much hard work for them. But I do recommend that you try. If you want to make money writing quality articles, get your voice heard and be a part of a great community then this is the place to be.
Want to start an account? This is the first time I’ve done this, but I’m going to share my affiliate code. I've also shared it through a banner just above this. I only recommend products, services or sites that I’m 100% confident are high quality and worth your time. The code takes you straight to the sign-up process that is completely free to do. I just get a little extra for referring you along.
Good luck with your Wizzley journey.
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Hi Alexandra - just found this post through twitter. Interesting! And, I'm wondering how you're doing now that it's 2016? Still writing here, or have you moved on to greener pastures?
I don't like stopping until I've given something a good try. I've recently stopped writing for InfoBarrel, but that was after a long think about it and a good 12 months attempt. Hopefully seeing that something is possible will motivate others to give it a try.
100 articles - wow, worth celebrating. It was good that you did not stop and continued with Wizzley, it is an inspiration. More so for the newbies.
I find the same thing, Dustytoes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting though :)
There are so many Wizzley writers reaching these milestones that I sometimes forget which ones I have read. Congratulations Alexandria on your 100th article! I enjoyed reading this page and am glad to see you have figured out Zazzle. Best wishes with that as well.
Thanks, Jo. I wasn't in the right mind frame for Wizzley when I first started out, so it took a while to create the best posts possible. The posts that I did write ended up finding another home anyway, and they're suitable for the sites they're at now, so all is not lost.
You're welcome. It's been really useful, but I still have a lot to implement once I have the chance.
It's understandable about AdSense. I did consider switching to Chitika just to see if there was much of a difference. I might do it once I reach my first AdSense payment. I'm £5 away from it, so really don't want to change anything right now.
Wow! I can't imagine any of your posts not meeting the Wizzley quality mark. That really surprised me. All of yours that I ever read have been astoundingly good.
Thank you for bigging up my book, and I'm glad it was useful.
I agreed with all of your points, with the exception of Adsense, but only because I don't have that, so I can't agree or disagree. You're spot on about the marathon thing. It's certainly not a sprint here. But I'm seeing much better returns now too.
Congratulations on 100 articles!
It's taken me a while to get my head around Keyword Planner. I'm slowly getting there, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't use it very often for Wizzley. I am contemplating Long Tail Pro. I've heard it's really good for keyword research, but I'm holding off at the moment.
Yeah, hats off..you got the right forum!! You have given a wonderful and a detailed reply and i really appreciate that. I have only a few pages at wizzley so i havent earned anything here be it adsense or amazon or zazzle. But posts like yours, and others does motivate me that i too would be able to earn here. I am bad at keyword research and it just goes above my head after keyword planner has been introduced
Yup, the one about which platform is better for earnings? There have been some great replies to that forum post. I hope it does motivate some people. It can seem like such a dead end at first, like it isn't going to happen, but keep in mind that it is a long term thing. That was my mistake when I first started writing at HubPages--I expected the instant results and didn't see them. I learned my lesson quickly so by the time Wizzley came along and I signed up, I was ready for the long wait.