Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Giant Squid 100 Clubber on Squidoo

Today, I made the Giant squid 100 club at Squidoo.com. Squidoo is a website where freelance writers can write "lenses" about things they enjoy.. and get paid! It's a lot of fun to create articles there, or lenses. You have to apply to become a giant squid once you have 50 "stellar" lenses. (Their words not mine) If you are chosen, the next step is Giant squid 100. With each of these awards come bells and whistles. Here are the bells and whistles I was offered today as a new giant 100 squid:

-- A special 100 Club Badge for all of your lenses.
It will appear automatically on your lenses and on your bio, a few hours after you’re hooked up as a 100 Club Giant.
-- A 20% lensrank boost for any (single) lens you choose.
-- 100Clubbers get the ability to nominate Purple Star lenses...
and you get +50 points for every lens you nominated that does go on to win a purple star.
-- Don't forget about the Giant Squid Concierge! If you have a bug report just email it straight to SquidooHQ to get priority attention for it.

There currently isn't any status beyond Giant squid 100, but I suspect that will change in the future.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Write for Content Current

I learned of a new writer websites called Content Current on March 31, 2011. I signed up on their website. They sent me a response right away that said the following:

"Welcome to ContentCurrent.com! Thank you for signing up to become a writer. Please read this email for information regarding how ContentCurrent works, the writer process, and how to submit a test article for approval. At ContentCurrent, we provide article writing, copywriting, and SEO article writing services for our clients. To be a successful writer, we are looking for fresh, up-to-date content, written in a timely manner. We pay $5 for 250 word articles and $7 for 500 word articles once they have been approved by our clients. If you do not meet our quality standards, we will not accept you as a writer."

I haven't yet written my test article. It is upfront payment and sounds similar to Break Studios, with pay being slightly lower. I appreciate their email telling writers exactly what to expect before going to the trouble of writing the first article. It seems like a legitimate site to earn a few dollars. I will share more of my experience with Content Current later. Stay tuned!

Writing at Redgage

Today, I got a comment on my Squidoo lens of writer websites. The commenter mentioned a website that I hadn't heard of called, "Red Gage." I went to the website and saw that it encourages blogging, uploading of photos and videos and lots of other online social activity. Red Gage pays the people that blog there in gift certificates, according to the commenter.

Sign up is simple and immediately RedGage sends a confirmation email. Once you have confirmed through your email that you do indeed wish to register, you are taken back to the RedGage site where you are encouraged to locate friends and enter contests.

I started to look at what others were publishing there by clicking the "Blog" tab at the top. The first blog entry I saw was "Easy Paper Towel Germination," a useful and interesting blog post. Scrolling through the list of recent blog posts I noticed that the views for each post and the earnings for that post are listed in the summary. A lasagna recipe, for example, had earned $4.89.

I'm not sure about having the earnings published with the content, but it seems like a very useful place to gain backlinks to your articles. I will further research the site and post later. If you'd like to sign up with RedGage, you can do that here.

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