Sunday, April 18, 2010 Success Story - New Gig!

Thanks to my column at, I've been offered a totally awesome freelance position blogging for a popular AOL blog about video games.  This position allows me the freedom to write as much as I want for a phenomenal flat fee about something I love!

That's a huge advantage with Examiner.  If you write about something you're really passionate about, you can be seen as an expert about it and other sites about that niche will often contact you for other opportunities.  I am not sure if writing for will continue to fit into my freelance writing program, because this new gig really allows me to make a ton of money.  I will be solely concentrating on writing there for awhile and build up my writing portfolio.

Has anyone else had Examiner open up some great opportunities for them?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Why I love writing for

I'd been writing for Mahalo for many months, but eventually I got to the point where I realized I was spending dozens of hours a week on Mahalo for only a couple hundred dollars.  This was not a good payout for me.  I do continue to make residual income on Mahalo (about $100/month) so I am not abandoning it but right now I'm writing for instead.

Here are the reasons that I'm loving writing for

  1. I have actually made hundreds of dollars per month doing this.  I have had my National Facebook Games Examiner column only since the beginning of March, and it's earned me almost $400.  That is outstanding for writing that I'm finding FUN.
  2. I get to write a regular column about a topic I *love*, Facebook games.  This doesn't feel like work, it feels like fun.
  3. I can write as many times a day as I want.
  4. I can run my own promotional campaign and really drive traffic to my column.
  5. It looks like a news site, and people often take what I say to be very credible there, which makes for lots of links.
  6. There is no editorial review process, which means that I can pump out articles quickly and write the way I want.
  7. I've been contacted several times by other places about writing for them, so it is somewhat lucrative for opening up freelance doors for me.
I am consistently in the top 5 Gadgets & Tech Examiners nationwide, so I'm doing *something* right.  I am loving this so far.

If you sign up, feel free to use the referral code 39749 so I can earn $50 for signing you up. :)  I plan to stop slacking and blogging here more!