Five Reasons to Write for Content Sites

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There's no pay upfront, and no guarantee of a steady income down the road, so why would anyone want to put their writing on revenue sharing content sites?

There are a lot of people writing a whole lot of content for revenue sharing content sites like Wizzley, Squidoo and HubPages. But why are they doing it? For some it's just a hobby, and others make a reasonable supplement to their income from their work, but it's an awful lot of effort for the money involved.

But here are five reasons you may want to consider using online content sites to share your work.

Improve Your Writing With Practice

If your aspiration is to be a full-time freelance writer, one thing you'll need to do every day is write. In the absence of assigned work or accepted queries, places like Wizzley and Squidoo can be a great outlet for your writing. If you sign up with a site that has writing challenges, accept them, even if it means writing about things you know nothing about.  

Writing a lot every day is the best way to build up your skills so that no freelance deadline will scare you.

Build Links to Your Website

If you're a freelancer writer, or run another business, inbound links to your own website are valuable. If you can build pages on content sites that are engaging and interesting enough to get ranked in search engines, your own content can drive traffic back to your business site, not to mention increase your search engine rankings on Bing and Google.

Build a Portfolio of Your Writing

Freelancers just starting out don't have a large portfolio of work available to show prospective clients, but you can show them high ranking pages on content sites. The pages on these sites tend to be attractive and professional-looking, and can be linked from your own site, or turned into PDFs that you can post to your own portfolio area of your site.  

Either way, having content published in places other than your own blog or website looks more impressive than self-published and hosted articles.

Use Them As a Creative Outlet

As a freelance writer, you will primarily be writing about things that interest your clients, not necessarily what's of interest to you.

You can use writing sites to explore topics that tickle your fancy or appeal to your curiosity, whether or not you have a paying client on the other end.

Sometimes just being able to write about something that strikes you at the moment - and knowing you have a place to publish it - is enough to get you back on track with your other writing, where an unscratched itch can distract you for days.

Gauge Interest in a Topic Before Beginning a Longer Work

If you have an idea for a book-length project that you are wondering whether or not to pursue, writing an article on a content site is a way to gauge the interest in the subject. If you can generate likes and other social media markers fairly quickly, you might have a viable project.

You can use the success of your articles to interest a book publisher, or use the information to make the decision to self-publish.

Once your book is available for sale online, you can edit your article and use it to promote your book as well!

Updated: 08/29/2012, publishing
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Rose on 01/05/2014

One way to tell whether writing for a content mill is better than being paid upfront is to simply divide your earnings to date by the number of pages you have written. In all cases this will be more than the $2.50 to $5.00 the up-front freelance sites offer.

Joseph Lambert on 08/30/2012

The problem is that most those sites with maybe the exceptions of and where hit big time by google's panda and penguin updates

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