Freelance writers often find that they are searching for additional methods of promoting their work and new sites that will pay them income for writing. Wikinut is one of the sites that a freelance writer can use. Freelance writers who are interested in making a considerable amount of money will not find that on Wikinut however, it is a relatively small site, it has a page rank of 3 and it pays in Pounds. The payout level at Wikinut is 5 Pounds (equivalent to about 7.75 USD). The bigger issue is that the amount of time that it takes to reach this level and the number of page views that it takes.
Creating a Wiki page
The creation of Wikinut pages is fairly simple, the editor is fairly easy to use and provides clear instructions. For most writers, using a single page is fine, though some may elect to use page divisions. These divisions provide the “header” function on Wikinut pages.
Images are welcome (and encouraged) on Wikinut pages. Writers must be sure they have the rights to use the images that they include. If you purchase images from sources like istockphoto.com or others, make sure you properly credit the photographer.
There are editors for each Wikinut page. They review the pages prior to posting. It is important to understand however (from my experience) that they don’t do a particularly good job of editing, in fact some of the work on Wikinut is extremely bad, full of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.
Depending on who you get for an editor, you may find that you page becomes a ‘star’ page. At first this might seem exciting, but trust me when you see the quality of some of the star pages you’ll scratch your head and wonder why some of your pages didn’t get them and other people who slapped together something did.
How you earn money
Wikinut boasts that they pay their writers 50% of the advertising revenue. This may very well be the case, but I have no way to validate that. The reason that you cannot determine what advertisements are on your pages is that Wikinut blocks them from the writer. This is to avoid click fraud (which I think is a good idea) but it doesn’t allow you to determine what you are showing for advertising. Anything (or nothing) could be showing up on your pages.
You are also entitled to 5% of the earnings of anyone you have referred to Wikinut. I have not seen this in practice as of yet, in spite of the fact that I have referred a total of 8 writers. 6 of them have done nothing on Wikinut to date. Just so you have an idea of page view income. My first Wikinut page was published on July 14. My total page views since then are 39753 and my total earnings since then are £3.517. That is with 28 pages. For a contrast, I have 12 articles at another writing site (that doesn’t promise me 50%) and I’ve earned just over 8.00 on that site. Enough said.
Is Wikinut worth the time?
In most cases, writers are going to want to write at sites that give them the biggest bang for their buck. I think that Wikinut has potential. Writers who are searching for effective ways to build a “guide” from a series of articles may find Wikinut helpful. It is also good for building a following of readers. If you are looking for a steady revenue stream, you probably don’t want to count on Wikinut. There are other sites that offer similar options to Wikinut but since most of them have limits on the number of links you can include in an article, they are probably not going to be as useful to you.
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