Wednesday: 13.April.2005

Write a guide, make a buck

I was thinking of offering space on my site to those who might have a helpful guide/article to write, allowing them to keep 2/3rds of the revenue their feature might generate. (That's "two for you, one for me".)

If you refer to the entry for 07.March below, you'll see that Google has in place tools that allow the tracking of how much revenue is generated by any page, or group of pages.

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Everyone has an area of expertise. Mine happens to be things like Norton Ghost and ASPI layer drivers, which are admittedly highly specialized. But these niches that can become remarkably popular, especially if they represent quality work.

I never would've guessed any of the guides here would've become so popular. Most began as hastily-written e-mails to friends & family, full of type-o's & spelling errors: e-mails which I got tired of re-writing for each different person. It became easier to post the information online & send a link. Next thing I know, search engines found the guides & (overnight) traffic started coming.

On the other hand, too many sites consist of nothing more than a group of links to other sites, with little original content of their own. Quality content & traffic go hand-in-hand.

I offer a site with respectable traffic, which can take years to build (currently seeing over 2 million hits-per-month), and I pay all the hosting costs. So if you know anyone who has an area of expertise (the niche-ier, the better), and can write, send 'em my way, so we can chat.

Seems like a win-win proposition. I can only do so much myself. I'd rather focus on maintaining the guides I already have, than cranking out new ones. For example, I've recently been updating the Ghost guide, nearly 5 years old now. More.

Anybody know of other sites offering a similar deal?

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Posted by Rad at April 13, 2005 11:26 AM

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