Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Adventures With Triond and HubPages

After writing my blog post, Gaining Perspective, last week, I was browsing around Digg.com and found a submission about writing for Triond.com. I'd never heard of Triond before and decided to check it out for myself. An interesting premise, Triond allows you to submit articles for their various associated websites. What do you get in return? Revenue sharing from the ad clicks generated from your articles. Obviously, this isn't the most efficient way of making money on the web, but I decided to give it a try.

My first article, Can You Win a Writing Contest? was accepted and published in the wee hours of Sunday morning. As of this post I have made 41 cents and the page has received 417 views (not necessarily unique). This article took me about an hour to write up and edit before we headed out to the amusement park for the rest of the day. I felt pretty good about submitting the article and it was just the trick to get my spirits up for a long day in the heat.

From there I started poking around at other online publishing options. I've never really been one to cling to the idea of writing articles. Back when I spent a semester writing for the school newspaper in high school, my articles were more of the editorial and opinion nature. If nothing else, I was a gimmick. After years of stewing on that and later having an article printed in the Hilltop Times that could have used a bit of final editing and polish, well, I guess I lost the taste for article writing altogether.

So why start now? I'm not sure how to answer that question. It was all sort of on a whim, you know? After poking around a bit I noticed that some of the Triond users also had accounts with HubPages. I hopped on over to take a look and ended up signing up there as well. I've even added a widget to my blog here that will list my hub activity. A hub is basically a standalone page that can be linked with other hubs or left on its own. I figured I would give it a shot and created my first hub, How To Give Writing Feedback.

On one hand, writing these articles satisfied my desire to write when I just didn't feel like I was in the frame of mind that I needed to be in for working on my Science Fiction short story. On the other, even if I never really make much money from these submissions, I've succeeded in expanding my web presence and I've added a few writing notches to my belt. In-so-far as expectations are in order, I don't see a problem spending my time writing articles; as long as it scratches the writing itch and doesn't detract from the writing I really want to do. Using this as an escape from completing my short story isn't acceptable. I still have the goal of completing my first draft by the end of August.

Another bonus to writing these articles for Triond and HubPages is that I don't have to worry about specific content and whether it is in line with where my blog is currently headed. A review about a green-living magazine or tips on working from home may not fit well on a creative writing blog, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't take the time to write something that I find an interest in. These sites allow me to post my non-related articles without having to go through the hassle of creating and maintaining separate blogs.

For any who might be interested, two additional articles were published on Triond this morning:

Mother Earth News: A Review.
Five Tips for Working From Home.

Creative Writing Prompt:

14 comments:

Jim Murdoch said...

Just make sure you spend the 41c wisely.

Brady Frost said...

Jim-
I know, it isn't much at all. Maybe I'll save it, though, and use it to purchase a copy of your book that everyone is ranting and raving about.
Since text carries no inherent emotion, let me clarify by saying that I mean that seriously and not in jest.

All-
If you haven't heard about Jim or his book, visit his blog HERE.

And be sure to check out Ken Armstrong's wonderfully worded review HERE.

Jena Isle said...

Hello Brady,

I write also for Triond. But as of now, I just have earned cents. One of my friends at MyLot said she earned $15.00 last month because she had 60 articles! I noticed that photos/pictures are more easily accepted at triond and more viewed too. Your submitted articles to Triond though, should not be published anywhere. (this is one aspect I don't approve. I mean, as long as you've written it then, you have the right to publish it anywhere you want to.)

Associated content is also one dependable site for submission of articles. I haven't tried it yet though. I have submitted your "Gaining Perspective" to Yahoo BUZZ. Your submitted article may find its way to Yahoo homepage.

Good luck, I will read your articles at Triond and will promote them too.

Brady Frost said...

Thanks Jena!

I wouldn't say my articles are top rate or anything, I'm still trying to get my finger on the best format for each site.

So far it seems that Triond articles could use a picture or two to go along with the text, but HubPages really do need to look like a standalone static blog, in which case why not just put together a blog of your own using blogger? I suppose it plays into the social networking of the HubPages model and you get extra views from other members. The question is, would that increase ad revenue? How many other members click on ad links?

Yolander said...

When you do these articles for ad revenue, make sure to the article on multiple sites. You can generally get 1 article working on several sites at once including, Thisisby.us, Associated Content, Helium, Triond, etc. When you do this, you are maximizing your potential gain for each piece. Just make sure you choose the publishing option for each site that allows you to retain rights. Oh, and thanks for stopping by my site! Yours is well written (which should not be as shocking as it is when everyone claims to be a writer)!

Brady Frost said...

Yolander-

Thanks for the valuable insight! And I really do appreciate the compliment, I'll try not to let it go to my head though. :)

-Brady

Renee Collins said...

Very cool, Brady. You are a paid writer now!

I'll have to check that out for myself, though I have never been much of a nonfiction writer.

Brady Frost said...

Thanks Renee! I guess I didn't really think about it that way. I suppose it's easy to take 41 cents for granted but the principle is there, I am now a paid writer and like most writers I am coming to the realization of how little that can pay at times. :)

-Brady

Jon said...

I've never written for any of these 'pay per click sites,'so I haven't a lot to add to what the others have already stated. However, I am a firm believer in publicity. Anything that gains you exposure as a writer has to be good and even the shortest of published articles, can be added to your portfolio of published material.

Yolander said...

I need to spend more time on my Hub and try out Triond. So many things to do and so little time to do them!

Brady Frost said...

Jon- Agreed. While these "payperclick" sites aren't optimum, they are a step in the right direction, which is seeking publication and payment for things I write. And while article writing might not be my end goal, it can't hurt to have the extra exposure.

Yolander- I hear ya bud. So many things to do and so little time. I am hoping to put together a few more pieces for both of these venues this week.

Article said...

Thanks for the Article and sharing your experience about pay par click writing sites like Triond and Hubpages. But one thing i would like to add here that When you do these articles for ad revenue, make sure to the article on multiple sites. You can generally get 1 article working on several sites at once including Associated Content, Helium, Triond, etc. When you do this, you are maximizing your potential gain for each piece. Just make sure you choose the publishing option for each site that allows you to retain rights.

Anonymous said...

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catherine said...

Clear and concise. Anticipating a lot more like this.