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New Writing Strategies – More Work for Me!

As the cliche goes, today is the first day of the rest of your life. For me, that means the beginning of some drastic changes in my writing strategies. Over the summer I had come to a point where Bubblews was paying me very well. I was able to cash out every 4 to 9 days, and I was pleased with those results because things had slowed down to a snail's pace on other sites. I needed the income, and Bubblews was providing.

Now that the rates have plummeted there, I am earning maybe a third of what I was getting just days ago. And that means I need to replace that income somehow.

There has been increased interest in Persona Paper, so I hope that will lead to much better interaction and publication rates here. But I no longer want to be this vulnerable should something change on a site, so I need to promise myself that I'll work on several projects at once.

I need to get active on sites like Daily Two Cents and WritEdge. And I need to start paying attention to my blog and my Facebook page. I also need to get about following up on applications made to sites that never sent me verification emails and such.

Phew! I've got a lot of work ahead of me....

Are you making any changes, in light of what's going on at Bubblews? Or just because it's time to pick up the slack?

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Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:26 PM

I have never been too wise about my various writing ventures, always seeming to get bogged down in details and lack the follow-through necessary to succeed. Since joining Persona Paper, I have knuckled down some, visiting here daily, and working to grow my followers on Twitter and Pinterest. I realize I need to diversify a bit, both to increase my earning potential and continue to grow as a writer.

I wish you the best of success in your endeavors and hope you'll share some of what you find to be worthwhile out there.

Linda-From-US wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:28 PM

I need to get busy on a few sites, as well. I am still making the same amount of money of Bubblews. I am just worried about the new pay out terms. Good luck with your goals.

MegL wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:06 PM

I read an interesting post the other day, about creating a blogging calendar. This was for businesses but it works for individuals too. They suggested using a google calendar (free online) but it works with any calendar. They suggested adding your preferred posting dates to the calendar, eg Monday, Wed, Fri, then adding in the tasks needed to accomplish these, such as research, writing, etc, I am posting the link. It is NOT an affiliate link, so hopefully, it's not breaking any rules. http://www.lcn.com/blog/every-blog-content-calendar/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source =facebook_page&utm_medium =LCN.com&utm_content =Why+Every+Blog+Should+Have+a+Content+Calendar

Ruby3881 wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:09 PM

I wish I were at that point in my life! But we still have four kids at home, and we need every penny we can make....

Ruby3881 wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:19 PM

I'm like you, Deb. I tend to get bogged down with details too. I'm trying hard to discipline myself. Let's try to encourage one another!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:36 PM

I'm not sure yet whether I'll end up making the same or not. I'm waiting to see.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:56 PM

Thanks for the link. I'll check that out! A calendar might just be enough of a detail for me to get caught up in, but I will read the article anyway.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 7:17 PM

Yes, that will work -- I always do better with a buddy. : )

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on October 15, 2014, 7:44 PM

I still write for persona and Bubblews another site i stopped waiting for the pay from it. I might look for another site too

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 15, 2014, 8:01 PM

I will need to find other sites to try to earn money on because like you said, at one point, bubblews was paying pretty good and it was needed. But, now I will have to try at other sites.

Kwriter-25 wrote on October 15, 2014, 8:09 PM

I am losing interest in Burglars as well.

UmiNoor wrote on October 15, 2014, 9:14 PM

It's always best not to focus on just one website. It's better to diversify because you never know. So many writing websites have gone bust so it's best not to put all your eggs in one basket.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 9:23 PM

I have signed up at WritEdge -- it looks like a site with some good possibilities, though definitely requires a bit more writing than PP or "that other site."

bestwriter wrote on October 15, 2014, 9:25 PM

I am well padded financially emoticon :grin: I do not depend on my online activity for my daily bread. But there is an element of excitement when those cents trickle down in my bank account. It is that excitement that gives my online writing the fillip. I like Persona because of the interaction with those that have quality. Here there are no cliques.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 9:36 PM

Now have also signed up at Daily Two Cents...this one will be much easier. But I am finished thinking for the night. lol

paigea wrote on October 15, 2014, 9:40 PM

I have only made about $50 every few weeks so it's not my income. I depend on my substitute teaching and mystery shopping for my income.

AliCanary wrote on October 15, 2014, 11:58 PM

I should contribute more to my blog, but since it doesn't pay, it's not very compelling. I do ghostwriting for private clients on sites like oDesk, and I kind of prefer that, because I get paid pretty well and I do not care at all about whether my work gets plagiarized, which was always very upsetting when I wrote under my own byline.

Ldyjarhead wrote on October 16, 2014, 8:22 AM

I hadn't posted to Bubblews in months and decided to get going again last month and did fairly well as I got back into the swing of things. Of course things changed again soon after, so I think I've given up for good this time. I'm giving Persona Paper a shot, but also have other venues I need to do more on (Examiner, my Etsy shop, etc).

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:26 AM

I really have to get going at a couple of other places. I want to boost my income and exposure this fall :)

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:27 AM

How are your Bubblews earnings the last 24 hours or so? Mine seem to have come back up, so I'm wondering if they adjusted their algorithm?

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:37 AM

I have not lost interest in Bubblews, and I have long since grown tired of people using rude names in place of the site's actual name (see my previous post about criticizing the site that pays your neighbour's groceries.)

I am simply stating the fact that I will need to diversify if Bubblews will be paying less money, less often.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:39 AM

How true! Lots of writing sites have gone belly up or ceased to pay members for their contributions. It's important to keep moving if we want to keep getting paid!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:41 AM

I haven't signed up at WritEdge yet, mostly because I haven't made the time to get posting on Daily Two Cents. I will have to make an effort to do both this month!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:44 AM

I never encountered cliques at Bubblews, and actually find the quality of my interactions there are better than anywhere else right now. I'm hoping with the influx of new members here at Persona Paper, things will perk up here a good deal. It's been painfully quiet lately.

Kwriter-25 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:44 AM

I meant Bubbblews

Kwriter-25 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:51 AM

My tablet chances it to burglars not me I did not catch it when I submitted my response.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 11:47 AM

Mystery shopping is one thing I'm going to have to look into. I'm hoping I can find some gigs around here.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 11:52 AM

I'm wanting to look into places like oDesk for ghostwriting. I love the idea of not having to worry about plagiarism!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 12:12 PM

I'm going to have to put Examiner on my list of sites to check back with. After you let me know things have changed there, it might be an option for me :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 16, 2014, 1:32 PM

I have definite plans to expand my writing elsewhere, and I've got more sites in mind than I have time. Right now, it's time to shift my main attention to getting my lenses edited on HubPages, adding more content to my blogs and getting them monetized, and posting more on Persona Paper. I need to reach payout level on many of my survey and GPT sites so that I can post reviews on my blog about ways to make money on line, and then drop the ones that aren't working well enough for me. The next objective is to add additional writing sites as I can work them in. I'd also like to get more into mystery shopping. Right now, though, I'm heavily into some offline projects including having some yard sales before the weather turns too bad, in conjunction with cleaning out the clutter and getting my house reorganized before the holidays. That's got to take priority over the next few weeks.

momathome wrote on October 16, 2014, 3:00 PM

I've always been one that never liked to "have all my eggs in one basket", as my grandmother would say. I have multiple sites I work on, and they are from a wide range of earning types. That way, not only am I not counting on only one site, but I'm also not stuck with one type of revenue.

Of course, now that my husband is working, my income is not as mandatory as it once was. So I've slowed down a lot on all my sites and started devoting more time to other things that I never had time for when I was the sole bread earner. I still belong to multiple pay to click sites, survey sites, online communities, writing sites, etc. And I do work on all of them as time allows, but I admit that with writing earnings dropping across the web, my inspiration to write is reduced greatly. After all if I can do a survey on one site for $3 that only takes 20 minutes, and get paid for that survey within 2 days max, it does limit my inspiration to spend hours for multiple days to earn that same $3 on a writing site. So my priorities have switched to spending more time on the survey sites, then online communities, then pay to click and finally writing sites which I am mainly using as my own personal social network -- I come on these sites now mostly to visit instead of write.

AliCanary wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:20 PM

Yep, I get paid up front, kiss my work goodbye and don't care where it goes from there!

AliCanary wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:22 PM

Gotta love autocorrect. I was like, "what is Burglars? Sounds intriguing!" lol

AliCanary wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:24 PM

I think alexdg1 is an active contributor at Examiner. He should be able to advise you, as well.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 5:59 PM

It sounds like you're going to be some kind of busy! I hope all this activity pays off to you :)

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 6:01 PM

I can see why your writing has dropped off! It sounds like the survey sites are doing well for you :)

JanetJenson wrote on October 16, 2014, 8:01 PM

I have noticed a sudden surge in complaining over there, but I really have not noticed any difference in earnings yet. More changes, eh?

paigea wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:19 PM

If there are any chains - Saveon (overwaitee?), Co- op, Gas stations, Fast Food, Canadian Tire, TD Bank, etc. Then almost all of them get mystery shopped. It is time consuming to get started.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 17, 2014, 1:03 AM

I hope I can find time for it all! But first I have to survive my getting enough stuff up for my yard sale this weekend!