Wednesday, February 29, 2012
*UPDATE* Let's Review A Freelance Writing Site: Examiner.com
I haven't updated this Examiner review in many years, so I figured now would be a great time. Things have changed a lot with Examiner since I first started. I was actually beginning to get some subscribers and readership. Unfortunately, something changed that ruined Examiner for me.
I had one relatively good month. Back when Diablo 3 first came out, I wrote an article about the error codes many were experiencing when trying to play online. It was the only article I wrote that was promoted by Examiner on their Facebook, Twitter and featured pages. It was also before their site-ruining changes. I earned $150 that month from that article alone. Unfortunately, I would never again see cash from Examiner like that.
As far as I can tell, Examiner or Google or both changed how writers' articles were crawled and prioritized. Before the change, all I had to do was write a newsworthy article, share it on my social networks and it was immediately in the top 5 on Google search for my chosen keywords. Now, I'm lucky to get in the top 1,000. There are a few articles out there that go into more depth about the changes, but that's not the scope of this update. I just felt it necessary to give everyone a heads-up.
The bottom-line? If you're an established contributor writing in a hot, trending topic, then you have a chance to still earn decent money. However, if you're a new writer, or you write on a topic that isn't so popular, you'll have a hard time making any kind of decent cash with this freelance writing site. My advice, look for other ways to make money online as a freelance writer. There are far better opportunities available than Examiner.
So, I have been a member for four days now. I haven't had time to go over much of the videos and university information, but there are a few things that I have learned. I would like to cover some of the topics from my freelance writing video review and a few new things I have learned. As I get more involved with the site, I will be able to add additional information. So, subscribe, follow or bookmark this site as I am very interested in helping aspiring writers and, of course, making money while helping.
Alrighty then, let's get started. If you watched my video then you know a little bit about how the site works. However, I do unscripted reviews and miss many things that I end up covering in my written reviews. I would like to start with a very important one that I missed. The following is quoted directly from Examiner.com: