Residual Income Site Application Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Applying for residual income sites
Photo from Pixabay, adapted by Alexandria Ingham

I can’t tell you the amount of people I see applying for a residual income site with some glaring problems. These are issues that should be obvious before the applications are sent through; something we should never see on the other side. Think about what you’re doing–you’re applying for a site that you want to write at. You want to prove that this is a place you do want to be.

With that in mind, it’s time to stop making the common residual income site application mistakes that everyone seems to be making at the moment. You’ll find you gain more success by avoiding these major issues.

Stop Sharing Any Old Sample for the Residual Income Site

You know that you want to put your best foot forward, right? Sharing good samples isn’t just something you need to do. It’s important to make all your writing samples relevant to the residual income site you’re applying to. This means every application you put in needs to be tailored to the individual site. Not only do you need to make sure your samples show quality, but that they show you can write in the specific niche for the revenue share site.

The majority of rev share sites are now focused on a particular niche. If you’re going to apply for a site dedicated to TV, actually share samples about TV. Don’t bother with sports if you see there isn’t much in the way of sports posted there.

Seeing samples that aren’t relevant instantly makes a recruiter or an editor think negatively of you. They’ll glance over your samples without really checking them, as it tells them you’re not actually that interested.


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Being Too Cocky

Confidence is one thing, but cockiness is an instant turn off. Nobody is perfect. You may have heard of the phrase “show don’t tell.” Your “perfect” writing is something you need to show through your application. If you have to tell it then you’re not that good enough.

I can’t tell you the amount of applications for a residual income site that say they’re funny and witty. Then it comes to their samples and I don’t read a thing that makes me laugh. Sure, humor is subjective, but if you think you’re funny then you really need to show that in the samples somewhere.

Plus, this application isn’t just about you. It’s about what you offer for the site.

Applying for a residual income site
Photo from Pixabay, adapted by Alexandria Ingham

Don’t Make People Go Hunting for Samples

You want everything in one place. Make it as easy as possible for someone to say “yes” to you. If you make them go searching for good samples, they’re not going to bother. Recruiters have limited hours and they don’t want to waste those hours looking through samples. You’re not the only person applying for the residual income site that day.

If this is really a job that you want, make sure you prove that through the application process. Respect the time of the person reading the application and you get off to a good start. You’ll increase the chances of getting accepted.

I do want you to get through the application process. These are the biggest mistakes that would instantly put you in the “no” camp and it’s hard to get out of that.

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2 thoughts on “Residual Income Site Application Mistakes You Need to Avoid

    1. Aww no! There are lots of different names for them. I like rev share/revenue share because that’s exactly what it’s all about — revenue share between two parties. 🙂

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