Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wikio Experts Earnings Review

Back in May, a group of writers at Suite101 started talking about Wikio Experts, a French company that launched an English version of their site. It's a content farm like any other content farm, but -- like Demand Media Studios -- Wikio Experts offers flat-fee (upfront payments) as well as revenue share articles. The plus? They offer a small flat fee + rev share on many articles.

Write for Wikio Experts

I ignored the hoopla, frankly, because I've been busy getting eBooks out, but a friend asked me about strategies for finding more sites that pay upfront fees for writing. The Writer's Network has dried up (unless you're a fashion writer), and DMS recently put hundreds of writers into an "evaluation program" that few will -- if past experiences detailed on writing blogs and forums are any indication -- survive.

So if you're a DMS writer scrambling, what can you do?

Wikio Experts Review

Wikio Experts has a fairly liberal entrance policy. Apply online and provide a writing sample. I was accepted within a day. Then you need to pick a topic (they offer more than 140) and write a sample article of 200-400 words.

The template tells you your word count (hooray!) and Wikio Experts does not require references or resources. In addition, they have an image library, so adding images is VERY easy. And no captions required!

Wikio Experts Earnings

Cut to the chase -- how much can you earn? Flat-fee articles are in three tiers:

3 Euros
5 Euros
8 Euros

An Euro is currently $1.42, so do the math. You need 10 articles in a topic to become elevated to the next level, so at firt you're writing for $4.20 or so. However, the word counts are only 200-400 words, no resources/references. Some writers claim to write an article in 7-10 minutes, from start to finish. If you can do six in an hour and maintain quality, you can make about $25 an hour.

Once you're writing the 8 Euro articles, that's $12 per -- and then you can make serious money. The site pays via PayPal, two months after you've written the articles. Writers across the net are reporting that they DO get paid.

Wikio Experts Revenue Share

For revenue share Wikio Expertss articles, the structure is a bit different. Here's what Wikio Experts has to say on their payment structure for rev share:

  • Articles paid at a fixed rate. You must already have been Confirmed in the particular category otherwise you cannot reserve articles; that is to say that our moderator team has approved your first open article. Here are the three rates for these articles:
    • €3 (reserved for contributors who have published at least one open article)
    • €5 (reserved for contributors who have published at least one open article)
    • €8 (reserved for contributors who have published more than ten articles suggested by Wikio Experts in the same Category)
  • Articles paid at a fixed rate + a variable rate (depending on the audience and advertising revenue):
    • €10: €1,5 fixed + up to €8,5 variable
    • €15: €2,5 fixed + up to €12,5 variable
    • €20: €4 fixed + up to €16 variable
    • €55: €15 fixed + up to €40 variable

Interested? Sign up for Wikio Experts here. Yes, it's my referral link. Your earnings won't be affected by it. Once you sign up, you can get your own referral link! :)

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