Squidoo and HubPages recently announced that the sites were merging. Squidoo is closing down and all content that meets HubPages’ standards will be moved across. The rest will disappear unless you download it and put it somewhere else yourself. Not everyone is happy with this and it has led to many looking for Squidoo and HubPages alternatives for writing.
So where can you make money writing now? Is there anyway like Squidoo? Or maybe somewhere similar at least?
The good news is there are a few residual income sites. Here are some that I’m recommending to writers who want to earn through revenue share.
Writedge and Daily Two Cents
I’m joining these together because they are sister sites. They share many of the similar benefits and rules, so it makes sense to save some word count by not repeating things.
Both of these sites were created by writers for writers. They’re relatively new (Daily Two Cents being the newest) and give writers a place to share their thoughts and writing. Fictional pieces are allowed as well as non-fiction and the earnings are done on a pay-per-view basis. You’re paid $5 per 1,000 unique views.
Here are some points as to why you should use these as your Squidoo and HubPages alternatives:
- Low minimum word counts (100 words for Daily Two Cents and 400 words for Writedge)
- 100% affiliate revenue (can have up to two links in Daily Two Cents and up to five on Writedge depending on word count in article)
- Friendly staff—always there to answer questions
- Alerts when things are changing beforehand
- Images and videos are encouraged
- Different modules for polls, reviews, recipes and quizzes to help improve layout and engagement
- Contests and competitions on a regular basis
- WordPress system for easy use
The next site on the list is Day2DayTips, which is another new site. It is another site created by writers for writers, and continually keeps writers updated on issues, changes and more.
The owners continually find ways to help their writers earn. Some of the earnings system is confusing at first, but you will get used to it. There are also levels systems but the number of points needed for each level isn’t very clear.
Writers are encouraged to share tips and guides on the site. It can be one tip within the piece or a number of tips on a topic. Longer pieces are rewarded by earning more money upfront.
Here are some points about Day2DayTips:
- Low minimum word count of 150 words; higher word counts encouraged
- Friendly staff always on hand to answer questions
- Images encouraged
- WordPress system for easy use
- Contests and bonuses regularly offered
- Low minimum payment threshold of $1
- Very easy to reach that $1 on at least a monthly basis
- Disquis for commenting
This is a site that is very easy to sign up to and people from all over the world are happily accepted.
One of my favorite sites has to be Wizzley. This is very similar to HubPages and Squidoo with the various modules that are added. It is also possible to earn through affiliate accounts, including Amazon and Vigilink.
There is a limit to the number of products on offer in the articles, due to the aim to avoid salesy type articles. The focus for the Wizzley owners has been quality from the beginning. This has certainly worked out for its favor with Google.
Writers can find it difficult to start earning on the site. Part of that is due to its young age. Another part is that earnings are done through the separate accounts, instead of accumulated in a Wizzley account. It possibly makes it one of the least favorable Squidoo and HubPages alternatives when that is taken into account.
Here are some points about Wizzley:
- Friendly staff on hand to answer questions in the forums
- Loyal writers sharing their tips and tricks to earn more
- No need to have a Google AdSense account. Chitika is another option
- Various affiliate accounts allowed
- 60/40 split once a writer has 100 articles on the site (starts with 50/50 split)
- Advice on keyword use and ideas in the forums
- No need to wait for articles to de-index from Google. Once removed from Squidoo they will be allowed
Sign up to Wizzley for free to start writing on the site.
These are the sites that I use on a daily basis for my writing. I enjoy them and there is a lot of potential in them. Maybe they could become your Squidoo and HubPages alternatives.
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