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post #1241 of 1428
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Thanks!

Not that anyone, y'know, told me or anything. I saw Hair Care had a star by it, thought "Drat" and clicked on it only to find it was me.

Hey, it only took me 18 months to be promoted!
How did I totally miss this until just now! Have I really been that wrapped up in Untrained Housewife? I guess so.

Oh - my - gosh - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I am SO excited you finally got a FW position. And - something you are really, really gifted at writing about. Kudos my dear!

Angela<><
post #1242 of 1428
Evies - Exciting isn't it? I'm telling you - when the newbies come and they are like "I'm only making 16 cents a month and I have 12 articles up!" I just smile and say - Hang on baby, it gets better. I swear. I came dangerously close to breaking the 1k in a month mark this spring and should smash it to bits in 2010. And thats with doing the minimums because of my Untrained Housewife project....if I were still contributing at the 10-12 per month average I started out with I'd have done it.

It IS worth it. You build up this great residual stream that can definitely impact family finances in a positive way.

Angela <><
post #1243 of 1428
ITA, Angela.

S101 definitely requires persistance, patience, and attention to good SEO (sorry couldn't figure out how to start that one with a "p"). But if you stick with it, it is decent profit for a little amount of time.

I know that web-writing gets blasted by a lot of print journalist from time to time, but all I can say is that I wrote 4 articles this month that took me 2 hours tops total, and I earned the equivalent of what I earned writing 1 print magazine piece that took much more time in the query, drafting, editing aspect of it.

July closed and I DOUBLED my earnings for the month. I'm only a few publications away from 100. Then I am going to go back through and edit my early pieces for SEO, like smokering is doing.
post #1244 of 1428
Has anyone here gone back and reworded early articles? Has it been worth it, $$$-wise? I suspect that my first 30 or so are VERY poorly keyworded, since that was my first experience writing for the web.
post #1245 of 1428
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Originally Posted by widemouthedfrog View Post
Has anyone here gone back and reworded early articles? Has it been worth it, $$$-wise? I suspect that my first 30 or so are VERY poorly keyworded, since that was my first experience writing for the web.
I plan on doing that later next week. Right now, i'm at 97 articles. Want to get through those last 3 ASAP. My husband pointed out how much more I'd be making with that 10% bonus!

So I'' let you know if I notice a change.
post #1246 of 1428
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Originally Posted by evies_mom View Post
I plan on doing that later next week. Right now, i'm at 97 articles. Want to get through those last 3 ASAP. My husband pointed out how much more I'd be making with that 10% bonus!

So I'' let you know if I notice a change.
Definitely let us know. I'm getting caught up (again!!) and have been contemplating going back and reworking the keywords on some of my articles.

Just a quick question, for those that are doing this (or plan to) - are you just changing what is in the keywords field (meta) or are you reworking subtitles/first paras?
post #1247 of 1428
I'd like to know too- except I'm on pins & needles each day waiting to get fired. I'm so far behind. I have no business messing with the past when I can't keep up with the present. I just can't get into it right now- I have like 15 titles in draft
post #1248 of 1428
Lisa, I got behind a while ago. I was proactive about it, let IT know that I knew I was off, explained my situation, and indicated I'd be working at catching up. She was fine with that. I did then hit some health problems that were severe enough for me to step down completely as FW for several months as well. When I was feeling better, I stepped right back to where I started. FWIW, it may be better to be upfront about it. Dunno know for sure, but that worked for me. I think that TCB also did that at one point, asked for a little hiatus with no issues. But that may be because there was no one else wanting our topics. I don't know about yours.

I'll keep you all posted on how my edits go. I plan on looking at my titles, subtitles, subheadings, metakeywords, and pictures. I'll go back to adsense and double check which primary keyword phrase I am using.

Ok in other fronts, I need to vent about two issues that are frustrating me. This is the first time in my nearly 2 years at S101 that I am annoyed. I normally am very calm and accepting of things, but these two things are bordering on making me a wee bit angry. Please, if you think I have my panties in a twist, tell me that. I'd rather appreciate someone to diffuse my negativitity. So if you think I am in the wrong, please let me know. This is going to long, so thanks if you get through this.

First problem. I posted an article on July 26. No ads at all came up (not just poorly aligned ads, I mean NO ADS). Likewise someone else had that happened to them. Posted on the forum. Told to email "Maureen" as well. 24 hours, hear nothing from Admin on the forum or via email. Email IT, told her what the other writer did to correct. We didn't do it exactly as was specified. Ad doesn't fix. 24 more hours, ask IT if we can do it again exactly as specified. She says no, she'll contact Maureen. 48 hours hear a somewhat curt message from Maureen. I felt like my hand was getting slapped. Granted partly my mistake, when I was told to email Maureen, no email address was given, so I looked her on the Suite directory. That linked used a different addy than help@suite101.com. Anyway, it's now August 6th. No ads. The articles is doing very well (it's a Back to School piece). I am not getting a dime from it. I haven't heard back from anyone depsite asking (politiely, mind you) how the progress was. I am bothered that I have just written a freebie piece, that we are going on 2 weeks without a word of help. I almost want to write a note asking for the article to be removed so I can publish it elsewhere to recieve compensation, but I am so close to 100 and I don't know if raising a stink about it will, in the end, do me any favors. I don't want to be associated as a whiner. To that end, getting a bad rep isn't worth the fuss over one piece.

Second problem, you can follow if you go to the forums and look under "Mind and Soul", I posted a question about using "mormonism" as a title. I did answer my own question, realizing that evidently the term being taboo is local in my own area, not globally. Anyway, I get reprimanded that it wasn't appropriate to post that question on the forum. I was looking for feedback from more than just the editor. I thought I was very respectful. I was routed to post made on page 3 of another thread by an Admin - which I felt odd that if you want to make a policy for people to follow Admin should be making a pinned thread on the topic. I also didn't think what I was asking was nearly as challenging as the other thread. Anyway, I am trying to let that go. But I just started posting to the forums in the past few weeks. I used to when I first started, but I was hoping to get more involved into the community. I am bitter right now, and think if that is how they want, fine I want be posting on the forum there again.

So honestly, how would you react to these two situations. Please share with me even if you think I am in the wrong. Not looking for being validated, more looking for how I should handle this in a way that is positive. Thanks if you got through all that!

ADDING: Well the editor went back and editted her post and it doesn't read so much like a chastisement.
post #1249 of 1428
Ok, me again.

I finally heard back about the issue of no-ads. The answer is that they dont' know why it isn't working and they have contacted Google. At least it was an answer.

I did wonder though, the fact that shortly after I posted this, things started to change made me half-wonder if we've got an admin following this thread... : Probably not and just coincidence.

I also have privately corresponded with the Mormonism FW. She made me feel better in that I wasn't totally out of place asking in the first place.
post #1250 of 1428
I'm glad. My advice would have been to ignore it all and it will go away. nothing in life is so vital that you need to be stressed out about it. You've announced the issue, now sit back & relax, knowing it's out of your hands. All is well. Life is good.
post #1251 of 1428
You're exactly right, Lisa. Thanks!
post #1252 of 1428
Lisa, that's just what I said yesterday about something else. Don't panic. Must be summer. Or something!
post #1253 of 1428
I had the no ads thing on an Olympics article I did last year. It was getting 1,000 hits/day (I have never had an article perform like that) and it didn't have ads for a week or so - it was soooo frustrating! I work with Google AdSense on my own blogs and it does do some weird things like that but it is usually a mystery.

I'm glad you heard from the Mormonism FW on that issue as well!
post #1254 of 1428
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Originally Posted by MyTwoAs View Post
I had the no ads thing on an Olympics article I did last year. It was getting 1,000 hits/day (I have never had an article perform like that) and it didn't have ads for a week or so - it was soooo frustrating! I work with Google AdSense on my own blogs and it does do some weird things like that but it is usually a mystery.

I'm glad you heard from the Mormonism FW on that issue as well!
That would be insanely frustrating. How did you ever get ads up?

I wish they would just delete it from the server and let me re-post it. I've posted articles since and they've been fine.
post #1255 of 1428
They just showed up one day (on Suite). Deleting and reposting would have fixed it. Whenever that happens on my own site, I will delete and repost or switch from text to image ads and then back and it seems to populate it (but not always).
post #1256 of 1428
Thread Starter 
Eviesmom - Glad things are working out with your Suite issues. The no ad thing would be frustrating. Someone gave me a hard time in the forums once - not even an editor, but I didn't go back for a bit. I really get uncomfortable with that kind of thing. I was never much of a forum poster there anyway. I just don't have the time! LOL I do want to be more active in the forums there, when my life settles down a bit.

Lisa - Definitely e-mail IT if you are behind. Like Jenny said, I've done it before. She is more than understanding.
post #1257 of 1428
I just went through a bunch of old Suite articles. I changed whatever needed fixing - titles, subheadings, first para, whatever. I added quite a few photos, both to articles that had them already and those that didn't. I didn't bother renaming the old photos (you know, from "img-461" to "Girl With Classic Herringbone Braids"), because that sort of thing drives me up the wall: but I did rename any new photos I put up. Wish I'd known that trick earlier!

In all honesty, I haven't noticed a revenue or PV increase since I edited the old articles. But I'm still sure it's a good thing to do... and I haven't been tracking religiously or anything. To be honest, a few of my oldest articles were simply unsalvageable because they're so darn broad. It took me a while to click into the "write with a really, really narrow focus" thing. So I don't think they'll ever skyrocket to the top of my PVs... but meh, that's OK. Learning curve, yadda yadda.

Angela, thanks for your congrats! I really enjoy writing Hair Care, even if I keep getting emails meant for Jill (the previous FW) about how to get Robert Pattinson hair. Is it bad that I'm always tempted to email the askers back with a list of really good literature? :
post #1258 of 1428
What's Robert Pattinson hair?
post #1259 of 1428
Hair like the guy who acted in the Twilight movie.
post #1260 of 1428
Ahh okay, guess I could have Googled that and come up with a million hits.
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