Make Money with Revenue Sharing Sites
By Steve Gillman
How do you make money with revenue sharing sites? You write
a page for them, and they make ad revenue from the page, sharing
as much as 60% with you. There are perhaps hundreds of these
websites online (see the link in the resource section for a list
of 100). Your investment is nothing but your time and mental
effort. You don't even need a website.
Typically, revenue sharing sites use a pay-per-click program
to generate their revenue, with Google's AdSense being the most
common. When a visitor clicks on an ad, the website might get
30 cents, with part of that credited to your account. Other sites
use affiliate links, which means they--and you--make money when
a visitor clicks a link and then makes a purchase. There may
be other revenue-sharing models used as well.
One important point to understand here is that you can literally
start making money from your writing this week (although payment
is usually monthly), and without any need to have a website or
sell a thing. If one site doesn't approve your application, try
another. Some will approve almost anyone, while others have higher
Some have a theme as well, so you'll want to find one that
fits what you want to write about. At TutorialTub.com, for example,
you can write how-to articles about anything. If you know how
to train a cat to use a toilet, write about it and start making
money! If you can do simple online research you can write tutorials
on almost anything and post them to the site.
How Much Can You Make?
The most common payment plan is 50% of revenue. Of course
you can do better making your own website and keeping 100% of
the revenue produced--in theory. But this assumes that you know
how to optimize the pages and get them seen in search engines
as well as these websites, and that you will do as well in monetizing
the pages, and that you want to spend time building websites.
There is a lot to be said for just writing and letting them handle
What does that 50% mean in dollar terms? Its impossible to
say, because every age will be different. I can tell you from
experience that I have pages which make two cents per month and
others that make $100. It depends on how well the page is indexed
in the search engines, the number of people looking for an article
on that topic, and the money potential of the topic (ads on pages
about home mortgages make more than those about poetry contests,
for example). But lets assume that you submit 100 pages over
time and the site averages $4 in monthly revenue on your pages.
Your 50% would be $200 monthly (100 pages times $2). Not enough?
Write more pages. I have written at least two thousand articles
and pages for our websites in the last few years.
About.com has a different pay model than most, based on the
growth in page views year-over-year. Although I am not sure of
the details of their pay system, they claim that some of their
"guides" as they call them, make over $100,000 per
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
There are several ways to boost your income from revenue sharing
sites. They include:
1. Target better keywords. If you write about making money
or getting a loan or real estate investing, the advertising rates
the site receives will be higher, and so your share of revenue
will be better.
2. Target niches. The problem with the suggestion above is
that it's hard to compete for traffic when you're targeting the
most competitive keyword searches. Instead, you might try more
obscure niches. For example, instead of trying to do an article
on "mortgage loans," try doing one on "getting
mortgage loans with bad credit."
3. Write more. Remember that although you may make only $4
per page per month (and it may take six months to grow to that
level), the money can keep coming in every month, possibly for
many years. $4 isn't much, but if you eventually have 500 pages
doing that, you have a nice income of $2,000 per month which
doesn't require you to be at work in the morning--or ever write
again if you just want to enjoy the residual income.
4. Go with the higher-quality sites as soon as they'll take
you. Making 50% of the revenue off a page that gets only ten
visitors monthly doesn't add up to much (probably less than 30
cents). Notice which site's pages are showing up in the search
engines when you cruise the internet. Those are the sites you
want your content on.
Qualifications / Requirements
You do need to know how to write decently, but this can be
learned with practice and free online pointers. Other than that
there are few if any requirements.
Check out some of the revenue sharing sites (see the resources
below) and decide which works best for you. Sign up and then
start writing (actually I would reverse the order of those two--it's
better to be prepared).
- One of the biggest, Squidoo gives you 50% of the revenue your
- A site full of how-to pages. Write one and you get a share
of the revenue it makes.
- A list of 100 revenue sharing sites with a few details on each.