I'm always amazed whenever I read on other forum's writers getting accepted at Examiner.com. For one thing, Examiner.com accepts just about anyone who can string more than two sentences together. Getting "hired" at this outfit isn't exactly something to crow about.
Secondly, and most importantly, I know that 99 percent of these new Examiners won't earn hardly anything.
Examiner.com started out paying posters a penny for every page view their Examiner homes notched. This is pitiful, considering that it's hard to earn more than, say, 25 cents a day this way. If you're keeping track, that's just $1.75 if you manage those 25 page views every day for a week.
But here's additional proof that Examiner.com won't make you money. Even the powers that be at the site say you shouldn't write for Examiner.com if you want to make money. Here's a quote from an e-mail sent out by one of Examiner.com's channel managers: "As I’ve said since I joined this team in August 2008, as the first channel manager in the office – money should not be the motivating factor behind being an Examiner. It’s about the opportunity to write about a topic you’re passionate about, with the potential to reach a worldwide audience."
If you do decide to become an Examiner.com, that's fine. Just don't expect to earn much money at all. And don't ever list it as a professional writing job if you're looking to get work from newspapers or magazines. You'll be laughed out the door.