After Panda gave a swipe at the content farms with his chubby little paw, I had to stop and wonder, “Is NJFM obsolete?” After all, this blog is heavily based on earning money as a freelance writer through residual sources.
If you look under the Opportunities section, you’ll find a host of sites that utilize both the residual and up front model. After the Panda update, do those sites really work?
Times They Are a Changin’
In the short answer is yes, they still work. The long answer is they work differently. There is a new normal. Just as 9/11 has affected us in so many ways and we’re living a new normal, Panda has created a new Internet normal for freelance writers.
Things are still shaking out and we’re feeling around in the dark right now, but I think we’ll all do just fine. The question still remains…Is NJFM obsolete? I think there is a three-part answer to that question:
- Yes. Some things here are absolutely obsolete. I haven’t gone through all of the posts to point out which ones are obsolete, but when you come upon an old obsolete post, I think you’ll know it. For example, the posts about writing for eHow through the eHow interface is obsolete. The eHow interface for writing How to’s no longer exists. There’s only the Demand Media Studios interface. I also think my Pay Per Post entry is pretty much outdated (there are quite a few others).
- Sort of. There are some posts that are sort of obsolete. There are some sites that I highly recommended in the past that I don’t recommend so highly anymore. With Panda reducing traffic flow to some sites by as much as 90 to 95% it’s not as easy to make as much money from content sites as it used to be. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but remember, this is a new normal so you’ll have to change with the times.
- No. Some things never change. All of my posts about slow and steady wins the race, having patience and sticking with it are not obsolete. These posts will stand the test of time. Anything you focus your efforts on will grow (that works in the positive and the negative so be careful of what you think about most of the time).
Starting from the Beginning
If I were brand new to this online writing world, I would probably do what I did in the past.
- I would search for sites that pay up front to help cover my living expenses.
- Look for a person/site/mentor that would help me hone my online writing skills. In my case Suite 101 helped me with my online writing skills. Back when I joined in 2007, the editors reviewed my work and gave constructive feedback on how to make my articles more Internet friendly.
- Work on building a foundation of residual articles. I probably wouldn’t build as large a foundation as I built originally, but it’s definitely a crucial step in online writing success. It helped to build my online writing confidence (not to mention confidence in my ability to earn money online).
- Create my own websites. It wasn’t until 2009 when I realized that I could create successful blogs on topics that were not near and dear to my heart and earn money from them. When I first started blogging, I only blogged about things near and dear to my heart. That was all fine and good, but those blogs didn’t bring in much money (NJFM included). It wasn’t until I learned how to write about more lucrative, yet interesting topics that I started earning money through blogging.
Back to the Original Question
Is No Job for Mom obsolete? Not really. I think there’s still quite a bit of relevant information here, but as things change some of the information becomes obsolete. So, as a general warning, when reading a post here, pay particular attention to the date it was posted. Things change and I don’t want you trying to earn 2011 money based off of 2008 instructions.