Suite101 earnings,revisited

Almost a year ago,I wrote about my Suite101 earnings,because one writer made $5000 in a month and they finally told us we were allowed to discuss our income.

I’m revisiting that topic this year because the industry has changed a little,so have my earnings and my writing habits and Suite101′s best practices

My Suite 101 Earnings Have Changed

At this point,I have 176 articles and my lifetime earnings at Suite101 are $10,439.22 which breaks down to about $59.31 per article. Last month,I averaged $2.65 per article for the month which is a crying shame compared to last year’s report of over $6 per month per article. To be precise,last year’s calculations were based on the month of August. With most of my articles in the homeschooling section.,August is my peak. So far this month,based on my average so far,I’ll be bringing in about $4 per article for the month,which is more than July (predictably) and less than last year. My $/1000 is around $14 which is good,under any circumstances.

The Industry Has Changed

Google is always tweaking its algorithm and they’re now giving more ranking credit to pages that get more social media attention. Incoming links,Facebook “likes”sharing on twitter and other “buzz”about your articles give them each a boost in the SERPS.

I used to preach that social media was such a waste of time because other writers were focusing on it while I was just writing and focusing on SEO.  Now that it matters,I’m setting up automated ways to have my work shared on social media,but “like”spam’is really going to suck at some point.

Suite101′s Best Practices Have Changed

Because of the May Day algorithm above,we’re encouraged MORE THAN EVER to write high quality articles that people WANT to share.

Also- Suite is now an official news media outlet,so we’re encouraged to keep up with the news in our field,which really makes us better writers anyway.

A little birdy tells me there is a revamp of the featured-writer situation and some editorial changes in the making at Suite101,but I’m not sure where that’s going

The bottom line is- I love that Suite101 changes with the times. I blamed Suite101′s site redesign for my change in income,but the Google May Day update hit about the same time,so it’s hard to tell how effective (or ineffective) the site design really was. I resolve to add MORE content,promote the content I have up there already and to promote the work of other Suite101 writers.  If you’re writing in the Homeschooling section,let me know and I can add you as an administrator to the Facebook page “Homeschooling at Suite101”so you can share your links on Facebook. While you’re there- become a fan,please,I imagine that the number of fans a page has will increase its rank. it also increases the likeliness that your article will be shared again.

6 comments to Suite101 earnings,revisited

  • Thanks for sharing this information. I keep going back and forth on whether I should try Suite101,and based on what you’ve said here,I’m going to! I currently have a few articles on Firehow,but they are just not providing me with the residual income that I’d like to see.

  • Interesting perspective and something to bear in mind when I write articles at Suite from now on. I’m very hit and miss with marketing my articles,depending on whether I have time. Looks like I need to make time :)

    • Julia- if you set up an automated system you won’t need to work too hard to make time. Check out tweetlater.com and the socialite plugin for wordpress to automate facebook status updates. With tweetlater.com (maybe they’re called socialoomph.com now? Anyway- you can set up an auto tweet,for example,so that your Christmas themed articles are tweeted out every November 30th for the next few years,for example. You can also tweet from several accounts,if that’s relevant.

  • Good post! I think the industry has changed too and maybe not for the better for writers. Although I am earning at Suite as a relative newbie.

    I think everything is in flux and the dust hasn’t settled yet. It will be interesting to see what the changes at Suite will be. A lot of the forum chatter over there reminds me of the early rumblings at eHow and that did not end well!
    M

    • From my perspective,it did end well. I’m making more money at eHow now than ever before. Some people just like to complain. There will always be people complaining. You just need to trust that the site WANTS to make money. Ehow does,that’s why they brought some writers into DS and let others go. Suite101 wants to make money,too. They’re constantly teaching us how to tweak our content to maximize the current SEO best practices.

      I predict an unveiling of video content on Suite101 sometime soon.

      Anyway,you can’t judge the merit of a site by the whining on their message boards. There’s a huge percentage of writers who never even use the forums. Our ultimate “job”is to create content,not socialize with other writers. You’ve got to wonder sometimes,how some people manage to spend more time complaining than writing and more time asking questions rather than looking up the answers.

      So,the bottom line –in my book- is that Google wants more ad clicks and Suite wants more ad clicks. I will do my best to be the writer whose articles generate more ad clicks.

  • MBZ

    Niche Momma,I think that’s partly because a number of eHow writers moved on from eHow to Suite after eHow shut down the WCP! There are many fairly new writers on the Suite forums who complain a great deal –plenty of more seasoned writers as well –whenever Suite makes even the tiniest change. Many of the changes Suite is making are designed to help lift the entire site SERP-wise.

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