As I was going through my year end numbers, I was seriously considering dropping Suite 101 from my freelance writing arsenal. Well, let me rephrase that. I wouldn’t drop Suite entirely, but I was seriously considering stepping down as a Feature Writer because the financial return for meeting the once a week writing obligation was barely worth it.
I made 40% less at the end of the year with Suite than I did at the beginning of the year (this with adding 65 articles during the year). The per article rate was quickly dropping so I thought of concentrating my efforts elsewhere.
Suite 101 Sweetens the Pot
Effective January 1, 2011, Suite made a few changes. Feature Writers with over 300 articles will now earn a 40% bonus (instead of the current 30% bonus for FW’s with over 50 articles). Additionally, they’re instituting bonuses for Contributing Writers also. Non Feature Writers with 300 articles will now receive a 20% bonus.
Because I’ve taken such a financial hit this year with Suite, I’m hoping that the 40% bonus will turn things around and eventually bring me to my pre-drop levels (I’ve got to add an additional 42 articles to partake of the bonus).
Giving Suite 101 Credit
I’ve got to hand it to Suite 101, however. How many sites will offer a larger compensation to keep its writers happy? Suite heard the many complaints from its writers and they have been moving heaven and earth to make us happy. They’ve not only instituted these changes, but they’ve been working on providing a per article earnings breakdown for the FWs (I believe this info will be offered to Contributing Writers too, but I’m not 100% sure).
To top it off, over the holidays Suite 101 suffered major computer, hardware and database issues (they’re trying to build a stronger infrastructure). The details aren’t worth going into at this point, but they’ve been putting out fires left and right in addition to trying to satisfy its many writers.
Suite 101 Loyalty
I’m a loyal type of gal and have found Suite 101 to be loyal also. I usually don’t stick with a website when my income drops so drastically, but because I started writing for Suite 101 in 2007 and they helped me to “discover” residual income, I can’t turn my back on them now. This move on Suite 101’s part has done much to renew my respect and loyalty to the folks behind the Suite 101 banner.
I’ve got to be honest, however. If this recent development had occurred beyond the first quarter of 2011, I might not have been around to enjoy it. I was very close (and I mean real close) to dropping Suite 101 from my arsenal.