The only way to know if writing for Suite101 is worthwhile is to give it a short. And, learn web writing tips from experienced Suite writers.
A new Suite writer asks, “How long did it take you to write 539 articles for Suite101, how important is Suite to you blogging life, what tips would I give new Suite writers, and what three things make you a successful Suite101 writer?”
I’m not sure I’m “successful” at writing for Suite; it depends how you define success! I’ve learned a lot about writing web content, like being connected to a community of writers, enjoy writing Suite articles, and make about $30 a day.
I’m the Psychology Feature Writer, and have learned that Psych isn’t the most lucrative topic on the block — especially for writers who don’t spend a lot of time on search engine optimization! Nevertheless, I’m very happy to be a Suite101 writer.
Is Writing for Suite101 Worthwhile? It Depends…
Whether or not it’s worthwhile depends on your goals for writing web content. If you want to get rich, don’t write for Suite. Read Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires.
But if you want to build a career as a freelance web writer, you may want to check Suite out.
First, I’ll answer the new Suite writer’s questions. Then I’ll describe three key tips for making Suite writing worthwhile…
How long did it take to write 539 articles on Suite?
I started writing for Suite in October, 2006 – so it took me 4½ years to write over 500 articles. When I first started, I wrote several articles a week. Now, I write one a week…and sometimes I miss a week (but shhhh! don’t tell my Suite editor).
How important is Suite101 to your overall blogging life?
It depends on how you define “important.” I certainly would miss writing for Suite, but it’s not the crux of my blogging life. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give Suite a 5 because it’s not a huge source of revenue, but it’s fun. But, since it was the foundation of my blogging career and is the reason I started six “Quips and Tips” blogs, maybe I should give it a 10!
What tips would you give to new Suite101 writers?
1. Learn web writing (search engine optimization) tips from Suite and Google. When I first started writing for Suite, I ignored their SEO tutorials and tips for writing web content! It was foolish – but I was eager and couldn’t wait to see my articles online. And I know other new Suite writers do the same thing. Every day, I see Suite articles that have poorly worded titles and aren’t optimized for the internet.
2. Read the Suite writers forum – but don’t take it as web writing gospel. I’ve been misled by information on the Suite writers’ forum. Nobody has all the answers for search engine optimization, writing web content, increasing blog traffic, etc – and even the most experienced, successful Suite101 writers may offer tips that simply don’t work for every writer. Read the forums, but bring your salt shaker. When I’m confused about something on the Suite forum, I ask my Suite editor for her opinion.
3. To increase Suite traffic, find what works for you. There are so many tips for attracting readers to your articles! Unless you’re a full-time Suite writer, you can’t possibly do them all. Pick a few article marketing ideas that seem logical, and try them out. For instance, here’s one of the oft-touted tips for attracting traffic I never do: find Psychology blogs, comment and leave my link back to Suite101, and wait for the traffic to come pouring in. I don’t have a Squidoo lens, and I don’t try to get a big Facebook following. The only way I promote my Psychology articles is by tweeting them – I’m PsychArticles on Twitter (by the way, I tweet ALL Psychology articles on that Twitter page, not just my own).
What are 3 key things that made writing for Suite101 worthwhile?
1. Persevere. If I gave up after the first six months or year, I wouldn’t be making my astounding $30 per day! Granted, it’s not a lot of money, but it’s a steady stream of passive income. Well…mostly passive…as I said, I write one article a week, and occasionally blog.
2. Rework old Suite articles. My most popular Suite101 articles are those I’ve tweaked to increase search engine optimization and visibility. When I have time, I edit and rework my 2006, 2007, and 2008 articles.
3. Keep up with Suite’s tutorials. Okay – this isn’t actually what helped me be successful on Suite101, but I think it’s a fantastic idea! Writers should constantly read updated information about writing web content, from both Suite101 and Google. I earn a fail whale here.
Also — if you’re serious about making money writing for Suite, then do your keyword research. I don’t spend a lot of time on SEO for my Suite articles, which is probably why I’m not making $100 or more a day!
Still have questions? Read Writing for Suite101: 10 Reasons I Love Being a Suite Writer.
Even better, read Should You Get Paid Per Post or Per Click? There, I describe why I stopped writing for Suite101.
If you write web content for Suite or another online e-zine, do you find it worthwhile? I welcome your thoughts and questions below…