You’ve made it through the application phase and are now a member of a revenue share site. Congratulations! You’ve shown that you are just what the site is looking for in a writer. Now you need to prove that you were worth the risk they’ve taken. After all, the sites will be taking a risk. How do they know you’ll actually deliver the goods once you’ve joined?
But surely people don’t sign up to sites and then never contribute! Well, you’ll be surprised. We get multiple writers who go through the whole application process, get accepted, and then ghost us. They just disappear into a black hole. I don’t know why they do it. It all seems a waste of time to me–and it is a waste of the revenue share site’s time.
Then there are those who will join a site and want to instantly start posting without reading style guides and handbooks. I actually had someone ask if he could write the content and then I do the images, formatting, and other fiddly bits because he didn’t want to figure out how to do it all himself. Yes, really! I’ve always hated the stereotype of a millennial as I’d never come across one, but I certainly have now! So, before you jump straight in and make assumptions or you just disappear into nothing, follow these three steps when you join a revenue share site.
1. Introduce Yourself
Whenever someone new joins a site that I’m an editor on, I’ll send out a quick welcome email. This usually includes some tips on how to make the most of the site and an open to ask any questions. This is the perfect time to introduce yourself. I’ve found those who don’t introduce themselves are usually the ones to just disappear.
One of the benefits of introducing yourself is that you open the communication. You’ll feel more comfortable getting in touch at a later date and can start to feel part of a team. We use Slack for everything, so that’s a great place to get to know other writers and realize just how great the bunch is.
Introducing yourself can also open the chance to ask a few questions. If you don’t have any, that’s fine, but I find that those who ask questions to begin with feel more at ease to start writing.
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2. Go Through the Revenue Share Site Style Guides
Find out what the site expects from you in terms of content. This is sometimes clear from the application process, but you can also come across some expectations once you’ve signed on. Usually, this is in the layout of content, how to pitch your content and the type of content that is or isn’t acceptable. For example, one site I’m at doesn’t like straight news unless you’re breaking it. The news isn’t going to get you the views you think it will, especially if it’s hours or days late. Try turning it into a feature instead. You’ll be surprised at how well they can do.
Always go through any style guides. Find out how many original words your content needs to be, any internal or external links you need, image guidelines, special features on the site, and layout. Don’t just put in your content and press submit. You’ll just end up with the editors sending content back for corrections. If it is published, you won’t get the views or it may not be published on the revenue share site official social media channels. You’re hindering your own chances of success and the editors will be annoyed–very annoyed.
If you do get corrections, don’t take them personally. They’re just because you’re not following the style guide in most cases. Take on board the notes and work on your piece again. Don’t ignore, scrap the content, and then work on something else, turning in the same errors. This shows that you’re not interested in writing there at all.
There are times that you’ll forget something and that’s okay! It’s consistent issues or lack of trying that gets tiring.
3. Try Your Hardest
The only thing you can do is try your hardest. Take a chance at your first post. Once you get past the first one, you’ll find the next enjoyable.
I’ll let you into a little secret. Whenever I’m at a new site, I will always be nervous. That’s just part of who I am. I want to do my best and not make mistakes; making a good first impression is important to me. This is a good feeling to have. And when you have those nerves and try your hardest, painfully going through the style guides, you’ll usually find that you succeed. Showing that you’ve tried, even if you do miss one or two things, is enough for a revenue share site; at least, the majority of them.
Those editing can see when you’ve actually tried. They can tell if you’ve been through notes and tried to figure out the layout, attempted SEO, don’t the images properly, etc. You make an excellent first impression and editors look forward to the next piece you have.
So, the next time you join a revenue share site, make sure you follow the above three tips. You’ll get on the right footing with a site and the editors and you’ll find the rest goes smoothly.