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Can I ask how much each of you write and promote and about how much you earn, maybe a ball park amount? You can PM me if you aren't comfortable sharing that. I am trying to decide if it is worthwhile to start writing for Suite101 for me. I make about $50 in page views a month right now, plus I still get decent upfront payments when I submit something new. I'm not sure if I would make enough at Suite 101 to make it worthwhile.
I just began the application process at suite101 and after almost completing it decided it wasn't right for me.
It put me off that they expect me to write two pieces for FREE in the application. Then I realized I don't want to write about the same subject every single time, and I'd only want to be a Features Writer (is that the title?) so I'd have to. Not my style to stay with only one subject.
For what it's worth, I've got a friend who makes a few hundred dollars a month with suite101 (hence my interest).
|Dear Jennifer White,
Thank you for completing 10 professional articles for Suite101 and for indicating an interest in taking on the Kids' Product as an FW. You have a lovely voice for the topic, an affinity for creating quick tips, and a firm grasp of the details readers will want to have at their fingertips. I'm pleased to see that after a few flags from section editor Irene Taylor, you have well-presented, well-sourced and well-written articles - including several that cover the topic you are applying for.
Before we invite Irene to review your performance for consideration as an FW, we'd like to offer some helpful tips that should improve your chances of impressing everyone going forward. We hope this offers valuable information you can apply to all your existing articles prior to making this leap. Your articles are in fine shape but here are a few tips:
-Avoid keyword stuffing. For example, in your Here Come the ABCs (nice to see a review of one of my favourite indie bands! ;-) and Clampdown Bite Reflex, both your copy and bolded subheadings contain quite a few repetitive keyword phrases. This can be perceived by search engines as "stuffing" if the use of the phrase seems unnatural and repetitive, and will actually count against you sometimes in searches, so be sure to try out alternative keyword phrases (eg, "nursing mothers" or "Indie Rock and Psychedelic songs") that apply to the article, especially in your bolded headlines.-Avoid repetition in copy as well eg, "Assure Dad...", "Tell Dad," "If Dad..." "Perhaps Dad..." - these are unnecessary.
-Avoid too many bullet pointed list-style articles. We like to see a nice, meaty article with bullets for lists, but not for "facts". Try to spin your information into a solid article that reflects the information but doesn't make us feel like we're reading a list of the company's PR-based selling points.
-Check Google Adwords' Keyword Tool to see how your keyword phrase for your title (and indeed your top five keyword phrases/search terms that you've chosen for the article) are faring with searchers and advertisers: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
So, where to from here? I think your work is in great shape and while you can always refine your keyword choices so as to improve your traffic and earning potential, I'm going to recommend you to Irene for the position of Kids' Products. Irene will now review your work and send me her feedback and I'll be in touch. It may be that she has a specific idea of what areas Kids' Products should cover, and she can discuss this with you if she's happy to promote. I see you have contacted her, so we will be in touch.
Best of luck, and have a happy new year.