A couple of weeks ago I signed up to write for social bookmarking site Xomba. I had run across Xomba before and had been approached by other folks to sign up but chose to pass on the opportunity after visiting the site. At that time the site looked very spammy and I didn’t want to be associated with it.
My View of Xomba Changed
After reading DeAnna’s blog post on Xomba, I decided to give it a try. DeAnna did a good job of reviewing the site. You should check out her post.
I also read a few of Kidgas’ post on Xomba. By the way, congrats Kidgas for becoming Xomba’s Money & Investing Feature Writer.
My Take on Xomba So Far
Xomba has quite a few tutorials on how to post Xomblurbs and Xombytes. They also give basic sound advice on how to earn consistent money with Xomba. In their Setting Goals section in their Beginners Tutorial, they mention that consistent regular posting is the way to go. They give a very doable initial goal of posting a combination of 3 to 5 Xomblurbs/Xombytes for a period of at least 3 months to see some results.
From viewing the profiles of a few of the successful Xomba users, the ratio of Xomblurbs to Xombytes leans heavily towards Xomblurbs. Xomblurbs require linking to an interesting article and writing a minimum of 50 word intro on the article. 50 words is easy, as a matter of fact, this paragraph is 65 words (It’s a great way to create backlinks to your own articles).
Xombytes are member-written articles that must contain a minimum of 150 words. How easy is that? Keep in mind; however, as with everything on the internet, quality earns more consistent income than crappy quantity.
How Much Can You Earn?
It’s up to you. Some folks are earning in excess of $1,000 a month. One stunned Xomba member earned over $680 in one day. Apparently AOL had linked to his article for particular keywords for the day and he made a record of $680. Unfortunately, the next day the ride was over, but $680 is still $680!
Xomba has a referral program. For every person signed up under your account you earn 10% of their income. The 10% does not come from the person referred; it comes from Xomba’s cut of the income. Therefore you get 10%, the referral gets 50% and Xomba gets 40%.
Google AdSense Account
Before you sign up, you need to have a Google AdSense account to earn money with Xomba. They split the revenue share 50/50. Since the money is paid directly from Google AdSense, Xomba is an open opportunity to international writers. Once you have an AdSense account all you need to do is sign up and begin posting.