What is the Yahoo! Contributor Network?
The Yahoo! Contributor Network (formerly Associated Content) is an article site that will pay you for your freelance article submissions. They have articles up about a variety of different topics.
How do you earn money with Yahoo! Contributor Network?
You can get upfront pay for articles you submit, or you can get passive income from them. Yahoo! Contributor Network pay varies depending on the quality of your articles and might range anywhere from $2 to $15. After you submit an article for upfront pay, you will usually hear back within a few weeks regarding how much they are willing to offer you for it. Articles that are very low quality or don’t fit into certain topics may not be eligible for upfront pay.
What is the difference between passive income and upfront pay?
Passive income with Yahoo! Contributor Network works differently. You can get paid indefinitely for your work for the entire length of time it is displayed depending on page views. Yahoo Contributor Network currently pays between $1.50 and $2.00 for every 1000 unique page views your article receives. The amount starts off at $1.50 and raises gradually up to $2.00 as your clout goes up. The clout level is determined by how popular your writing is. The more popular your articles become, the higher your clout. When you submit an article, you can request either upfront pay, pay per page views, or both.
How and when do you get paid?
Yahoo! Contributor Network pays their writers daily, Monday through Friday. You need to have at least $1.50 in your account to be paid. The only method of payment available is Paypal. You can’t get paid for your upfront pay articles until they are approved by them, which could take a few weeks in some cases.
What are the requirements to sign up?
You need to be at least 18 years old and citizen of the United States, unless you are a featured contributor or working on a special assignment.
What is a featured contributor for Yahoo! Contributor Network?
Featured Contributors get access to paid assignments, and their content is featured more prominently across the site. Featured Contributors also receive 3 paid assignments within their particular category every month. You do have to apply for this position, highlighting your experience in the category you’re applying for, and it typically takes around 2 weeks to hear back.
What are the different options for submitting articles?
When you submit content here, you can do it through three different methods:
- Exclusive Rights: This means that you’re basically writing the article and giving it to Yahoo! Contributor Network. It has to be 100% unique, you can’t re-publish it on another site, and you can’t take it off Yahoo! Contributor Network if you decide you want to. Articles like this automatically receive higher upfront pay and performance payments (pay per page view).
- Non-Exclusive Rights: This content can’t have been previously published elsewhere, but after you submit it to Yahoo! Contributor Network, you still have the right to publish it elsewhere if you want, just has to have been written for them first. However, you can’t take it down from Yahoo! Contributor Network if you decide you want to. You can request upfront pay for these articles and they are automatically eligible for performance pay.
- Display Only: You are allowing Yahoo! Contributor Network to display this article, but you basically own it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve published it somewhere else before, or if you intend to re-publish it on another site. You can edit it or take it off the site anytime you wish, but you cannot receive upfront pay for it. However, you CAN still get performance pay.
How can you make sure your articles get lots of page views?
You’ll need to school yourself on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Basically, if you write an article on, for example, the benefits of drinking green tea, you want your page to come up on at least the first few pages of Google or any other search engine so that a person will be more likely to click the link leading to your page. This will count as a page view, which will go toward earning you money for Yahoo! Contributor Network. Many different people have different strategies as to how to get your page on the front, but it basically works picking out a few different keywords or phrases and repeating them several times throughout the article.
So if someone types in “the benefits of green tea” and you have it in your article several times, it will be more likely to show up near the top of the search results than pages that do not have that particular keyword. It’s almost a science, and I admit that I don’t know everything about it myself. You have to take into consideration how popular a certain keyword is, and how much competition you have for that keyword. If the keyword phrase, “the benefits of green tea” is searched a lot (and it probably is), the search results may be incredibly saturated with results because so many people will be fighting to get the top spot for that popular keyword phrase. You have to decide whether to pass on the keyword and pick something more obscure out, or to stick with it and try to get enough backlinks to your article to boost it up toward the top.
Backlinks are links from other sites that link to your article. The more of these you have, the more likely you are to rank better in search results.
Is Yahoo! Contributor Network open to people outside the US?
It is occasionally. The website states that payment is sometimes made to people who live outside the US that are working on special assignments or are featured contributors.
My Personal Experience
Yes, I have a few articles up. When I wrote them, I didn’t know anything about SEO, and for this reason my articles do not perform well. I have yet to even earn $1.50 from my page views on Yahoo! Contributor Network, although I have submitted a few articles there for upfront pay, and have received payment for those articles.
There are other sites that pay per page view that pay more than $1.50 to $2.00 for page views. However, Yahoo! Contributor Network has been around a while, and it’s nice that they give you the option of asking for upfront pay in addition to pay per page view. Even though I haven’t seen much return from the site, I believe that I would if I had put more time and effort into it, which I still intend to focus on eventually.
Want to sign up?
You can go here to get started. Good luck!