Several days ago I received an email telling me about a new web site for writers, where articles that make the front page are worth between $10 and $100. I wrote about this HERE and WOW I was so surprised to see that today this article alone broke my previous daily page view record by 300%!
The web site is Fortitude, and it’s brought to you by the people who own Qondio, another writing site that uses Adsense sharing.
Aside from my own thoughts of earning through this new site, I thought of all the International authors on Associated Content who have recently lost their ability to earn money here, and I thought as well about everyone else who writes for more than one site to try and earn a living online.
I know that a lot of authors here on Associated Content only publish articles here, but some publish on multiple sites, including Examiner, Hubpages, Squidoo, Triond and Xomba to name but a few.
It’s all a case of “Horses For Courses”, as some topics fare better on one site than they do on another, and we all write on different topics of course.
The nice thing about Fortitude is that you can write about anything, including Poetry and Prose, Short Stories etc.
So, before I ramble on any further, let me try and fill in some of the blanks, and answer your questions about this new site.
What Is Fortitude?
Fortitude is a daily magazine which publishes articles submitted and reviewed by its member community. Fortitude is a magazine, not an article directory.
Who Qualifies To Write On Fortitude?
Anyone can join Fortitude and start submitting articles right away. As long as you have the ability to write a piece that resonates, if it’s good enough, it will be published on the Front Page, and you get paid. It’s as simple as that!
What Type Of Articles Can I Submit?
In general, short stories, analyses, essays, humor columns, and original research. Basically all the things that readers enjoy reading. How-to guides will probably not result in a front-page piece, as the web is overrun with how-to guides already. Fortitude is looking for articles for readers who are looking for something entertaining to browse through.
Who Owns The Copyright On Articles?
Articles that are published on the Front Page (and paid for by Fortitude) become the property of Fortitude. However, authors are automatically granted a limited license to republish their material on their own sites and pages only. Articles that are not published on the Front Page are owned by the author, and Fortitude is automatically granted a limited license to republish the material on Fortitude’s own pages only.
This is a major point. Fortitude only pays you for articles that are voted on to the front page, but they do pay between $10 and $100 for successful articles. It’s only right that they should own the copyright in that case, however it should not prevent you from re-hashing an article from a different viewpoint and still publish it on Associated Content or elsewhere.
Should an article not make the front page, then you are granted the right to re-publish it on Associated Content, on other sites, or on your own sites.
Why Don’t Other Sites Pay As Much As Fortitude?
Many sites pay for all pieces submitted, and therefore the money available to pay out is spread thinly. Fortitude only pays for material that has a quantifiable level of quality, i.e. pieces that are voted onto the Front Page during the community review process. For the best articles, this could be $100, which for me is 3 times what I earn on Associated Content in a month right now.
Why Does Fortitude Charge A Membership Fee?
This is the ONE question that many of you who read my previous article have asked.
According to their FAQ, Fortitude charges a low monthly fee of just $1.99 for three reasons.
First, charging a small fee practically eliminates duplicate accounts, and, as a result, spam and abuse. Free sites spend as much as a third of their administrative resources fighting spam and abuse day in, day out.
Second, the small fee allows them to fund an affiliate program, which enables the community to expand quickly. Fortitude consider this essential if they are to publish high-quality material that attracts readers and advertisers.Third, Fortitude use this to help pay their staff, who are required to handle payments and support requests, plus system maintenance etc.
It all seems fair enough to me. Every site has a different formula for success, and $1.99 a month is not a lot, should you write and get even one article accepted on the front page.
Right now the membership fee of $23.88 a year will give you 3 months extra free, every bit helps.
What Decides If An Article Makes The Front Page?
The Fortitude user community votes on articles, and decides which make the front page. The amount that is paid for an article depends on how many are featured on a given day, and what the revenue to share is on that day.
Is This Multi-Level Marketing?
No! A member only gets paid for referring new members. They do not get paid a share of the earnings of these new members. The referral fee is purely a means of finding new members.
How Do I Get Paid?
Payment is accrued, and you can withdraw your earnings via Paypal at any time. Your account is credited immediately when you refer a member and if you have an article that is published on the front page. The minimum payment amount is $5.
Well that is what Fortitude say about their new site, and I personally don’t find any problem with it.
I did pay my membership fee of $23.88, and have 15 months of membership credited.
Here are some more of my thoughts, and some more insights into Fortitude.
Do You Think Your Articles Are Worthy Of The Front Page?
I don’t know what you think about your own articles, but I know that many if not most of the people that I read here on Associated Content are good enough to quality for front page readership. That being the case, you could get more exposure in a different area and possibly earn more on some articles than you are here.
Every type of article has places where it does better than others, that much is true.
I Don’t Like Paying For Membership
Well count me in on that, but I joined for two reasons, firstly because I have seen how Qondio has grown since it was purchased by the people who have created Fortitude. Secondly, I joined because I think that I am good enough to get a few of my articles onto the front page. If I do, that means a bigger income potential for me, if not, since I have managed to earn referral fees exceeding $23.88, I can write for free for the next 15 months.
The referral fees of $20 (right now dropping to $8 on 17th June), mean that you only have to refer 2 new members to make a profit. As of right now, I have referred 4 members, so my balance sits at a pleasant $80.
One catch, referral fees are locked for 60 days, which allows time for new members to be vetted, preventing people from spamming the system. Otherwise I could have signed myself up 50 times under different email addressed, it seems fair enough.
I Don’t Have Time To Write Anywhere Else!
Me neither really. I write at Squidoo, Xomba, Qondio and mostly at Associated Content.
I find it hard most of the time, with also working full time, to write everything that I want to, but I do know that some things that I write work better on one site than another. Some topics I will write on Associated Content, but then publish a separate article from a different viewpoint on another site, and link back to my Associated Content articles. Getting known and getting your articles seen by more people is never a bad thing, and if it means an increase in traffic, and therefore an increase in revenue, I can’t complain.
Well, that is my take on Fortitude, I think it’s a site that will work for me, and I am prepared to give it a go.
Will I Stop Writing At Associated Content As A Result?
Not only do I enjoy writing here at Associated Content, I am trying to climb my way to Clout 10, which is a personal goal, and I am also trying to improve my writing skills at the same time.
There are some wonderful people here on Associated Content, and I have made some good friends in the last 4 months. I am not about to give this up. However, I do still write occasional articles elsewhere, including my own blogs, and do so when I find something that I think will do well there.
Am I Trying To Pressure You Into Joining Fortitude?
You are my friends, not people that I just want to sell to and make money out of. I would hope that everyone understands me well enough to know that.
I am just passing on the word about a new site that offers new opportunities to get paid for writing.
If you join, I will be pleased to see you there, if not, I understand perfectly. I don’t join every site that friends tell me about either.
Well enough from me, read more, read no more, investigate or not, my job as messenger boy is over.
Now – back to publish another slideshow of Cornwall…