Writing content for Examiner.com to earn residual income online is different in several respects from writing for eHow. For one, eHow does not divulge their specific method of determining earnings. They do show which articles have earned how much, and Examiner does not. The eHow system seems to be based on a combination of page views and ad clicks, but no one knows for sure.

On the other hand, Examiner.com earnings are largely based on page views, at roughly one cent per page view. I say, “roughly” because I often have a few more page views than pennies in my earnings. Examiner also suggests there are bonuses for high earners, but this is not spelled out. Examiner also pays $50 for each new qualified writer or “Examiner” referred by an existing Examiner.

Earning money by writing for Examiner.com also depends on how often a writer publishes. They do not pay writers at all who have not published anything for one month or more. So the term, “residual income” does not really fit this online income opportunity. But eHow pays writers for years after their articles are published — a true residual income opportunity.

I have two Examiner columns, one of which is national and one of which is local. It is often (as it has been this week) a struggle to publish the required 3-4 articles for each column, but when I skip even one day, my page views–and thus my earnings–drop off dramatically.

There are some benefits to writing for Examiner, however. Writing content for Examiner, especially in the national columns, gives writers exposure to people they might not otherwise meet. For instance, I wrote an article about a Sacramento photographer who turned out to be Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former official photographer. He was very kind, and was happy to answer my questions about his experiences with the governor.

People seem to appreciate that being referred to in an Examiner article is  good exposure for their businesses, and they generally welcome inquiries from Examiners. The highest known earner on Examiner, as reported by Examiner, makes nearly $8,000 per month. If that income was based solely on page views, it would 800,000 page views  per month, so it is likely that this figure is heavily supplemented by referral bonuses.

The highest known earner at eHow, based on last year’s public award to Maria O’Brian, makes approximately $2,000 per month. Many speculate that this year’s winner will have earned more than $3,000. It takes writing a few hundred articles that are well-optimized for keywords to make good money on eHow, but anyone who puts their mind to it has the opportunity to do so.

On the other hand, writers have to apply at Examiner and be accepted to write for them. They even run background checks on their applicants. And based on knowing a couple of good writers who have been turned down as Examiners, I would say that if you do not live in one of their 150 or so metropolitan areas or write in a subject area that they consider lucrative, you will probably not be accepted to write for them.

That said, I earned $60 my first month at Examiner, and I have earned only about $15 on eHow in two months. Also, Examiner offers training and support that eHow does not offer, with several pre-scheduled phone conferences available every week where Examiners can ask questions and get help.

If you are trying to decide between these two web content writing residual income opportunities, I hope this information helps you. Feel free to ask questions in the comments, and subscribe to get all the latest updates on earning monthly residual income by writing articles and other online content.

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