I've recently begun writing for Suite 101, and I must say I am extremely impressed with the site. It is a residual income site, meaning no upfront payment, but I was looking for something worthwhile to supplement my eHow earnings. I've tried Bukisa and InfoBarrel, and while I've had some results with both, I still don't think they'll ever equal eHow. Suite 101, on the other hand, has much more potential.
Positive Aspects of Suite 101
- High quality or else. You must submit writing samples to Suite 101 prior to being given a position as a contributing writer. This means that you won't find the usual poor writing found on many online media sites (eHow, Bukisa, etc). They don't allow just ANYONE to write. You have to be good, or at least decent. :)
- Fantastic editors. Suite 101 has wonderful, helpful, editors who really push you to improve your work. I've only published five articles on the site as of this writing, and haven't had an intensive review yet, but so far my experiences with editors has been wonderful.
- High rank, more money. Suite 101, like eHow, also has high priority to the search engines, meaning your articles get indexed quickly and will rank high, if properly optimized. The revenue share model is similar to eHow, in that you get paid directly from the company instead of Adsense, and it's by some mysterious algorithm that no one is privy to. However, from reading the forum posts there, I see that numerous people are making hundreds to over a thousand dollars per month. Why does it seem that the sites that don't tell us how much we're being paid always seem to pay the best? :)
- Helpful, friendly community. The community at Suite 101 is one of the things I like the most. There appears to be a very pleasing lack of drama on the forums and all members are helpful and courteous. It's like writing for a site with.....other writers?? I write for several different sites where the forums have become a cess-pit of drama and negativity. There's none of that at Suite 101.
- Freedom of topic. You can write on anything you want, and you have complete control. When you sign up, you're asked to choose three topics you think you'll write about the most, or feel you are most qualified for. But, once you're in, you can write on anything you want.
- Bonuses. Unlike other sites (ahem, ehow) you are rewarded for your hard work at Suite 101. I see that they frequently have contests for new and old writers to win things (like money) that you'd actually want, instead of a cheap grocery bag and an umbrella (thanks, ehow). You also get a 10% bonus in revenue once you hit 50 articles, and if you are promoted to a featured writer, you can get up to a 30% bonus.
Negative Aspects of Suite 101 (If You Can Call Them That)
- Fear of the unknown. You don't know how much you're being paid. This is sometimes scary for people who have never written for a revenue sharing site. However, I am living proof that sites like these DO pay, if you can write well optimized articles. Suite 101 is very reputable, and they really seem to care about giving their writers a fair share.
- Work harder AND smarter. Articles are more labor intensive. The articles take more time to write than a 15-minute ehow article. Suite 101 expects well written and well researched content, so you have to do your homework. However, I've found that I can do one in about the same time it takes me to write an article for WiseGEEK, where I'll be paid a $10 upfront fee per article. With Suite 101, I could earn hundreds, possibly even thousands of dollars for one article over the course of time.
- Which one made what? No per-article earnings display. While you WILL be able to see your earnings and page views in close to real-time (unlike eHow, Lol), you are NOT able to see WHICH articles are earning what and how many pageviews individual articles are bringing in. I've found this only a minor inconvenience, as it doesn't really matter to me as long as SOMETHING is earning, aside from my burning curiosity. :)
***As I was writing this, I was taking a break and transferred over to my Suite 101 page (I'm always obsessed the first few days I begin writing for a new site) and I got my first click! Woohoo! We're not allowed to divulge specifics, but I'll say it's less than $1.00, but more than I expected in my first couple days.***
I think I'm going to hang on to this one, folks. I'm really encouraged by the residual earnings of others on Suite 101, and the great community, and freedom of creativity. You can apply at the Suite 101 website, if you want in on the action. Have your writing samples ready, and good luck!
If there are any other Suite 101 writers out there, please chime in and share your success stories with us. I'd love to hear how you've done there, and if you agree/disagree with my initial observations of the site.