Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Failing at

I recently wrote about writing for, the online blogging site with bloggers covering a range of topics in cities across the country. Writers who work for are paid a penny for every person who visits their individual sites.

The key, of course, is getting enough visitors to your site to make that penny-a-visit thing pay off. So far, it's been a task I've failed miserably at.

I cover telecommuting for a large Midwest city for Examiner. Granted, it's not a subject that will naturally generate a lot of visits. There's an Examiner who writes about Orlando theme parks. That's a good subject, and that Examiner is getting loads of traffic.

I'm not getting much traffic at all. Since writing my first post on Feb. 21, I've made a whopping $11.37 on, if you're at all competent at math you guessed it, 1,137 page views. The bad news is that my page views have been steadily going down. Today, for instance: As of noon my time, I had a total of two page views, for 2 cents.

When I first started writing for Examiner, I thought the site had potential. But right now, I'm not so sure. I haven't promoted my site too much. That's probably my problem. But I'm getting a bit weary of writing so much for so little.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you there. For some reason when I applied to be the DC Single Parenting Examiner I thought this would be a pay-per-post gig - I've done a few of these before, and the pay is pretty low but it's at least something. I would not have bothered applying if I'd known it was going to be this page view pocket change. And promoting the page? More unpaid time spent...I think not. The only thing I've done that could vaguely be considered promotion is using my page url in the signature to this reply instead of signing on as "anonymous" as I'd usually do. Anyway, I think I'm soon to join the growing pool of ex-Examiners, as I could make better money scrounging through my couch cushions.