There aren't all that many article writing sites that pay well, but I think I have found at least one that gives you a real opportunity to make a good living from writing articles online.
There are many different article writing sites online, and the internet wouldn't be the information superhighway that it is, if it wasnt' for hundreds of thousands of people sharing their knowledge in articles.
Today, I will be telling you what I know about article writing sites that pay well. The first thing you should keep in mind, is that most of them pay in residual income, which is not to be confused with the standard method of payment, such as a day's pay for a days work.
When you have built a good residual income up, it pretty much keeps coming in, whether you write any more articles or not, so you have to remember that, when figuring out whether an article writing site is paying well or not.
The other thing to remember, is you usually get paid for views on your pages, which come mostly from a Google search, so you really have to know SEO or Search Engine Optimization, and you have to write about the subjects with a large amount of potential searchers worldwide, but without too much competition.
I have written many other articles about keyword research and building back links, so in this article, I will just tell you about the article writing sites that pay the best.
Factoidz is easily the best paid article writing site online, due to their policy of rewarding prolific and capable writers. They pay you an activity bonus, which means that the more you publish in a month, the higher your SEO rank, and the more views you get for a well paid topic, the more you get paid.
This means that serious article writers can earn a decent living, without having to wait years to build up a residual income. They do pay a residual income as well, and this can be up to $10 per thousand views, if you manage to get a high page rank and payout level.
I have made as much in my first month writing for Factoidz as I made in my first six months writing articles on other sites. I am pretty sure you won't find a better article writing site, but I will tell you about the other sites I write on.
Triond has a fairly low payment rate, but you can integrate Google Adsense as well, if you have a Google Adsense account, (I lost mine), and you can pretty much write anything you want there, which has it's benefits.
For example, I sometimes get paid to do a gig on Fiverr.com, to write an article about someone's website, which means that I occasionally get paid an immediate four dollars, as well as residual income for the ongoing views on the page.
There are a lot of writers on Triond, and that is one good thing it has going for it, it also has do follow links, which means that it is a good place to make back links from. I make about six dollars a month there. Pathetic really, but some of the articles I've written have referral links, or affiliate links which might pay something too.
Many article writers swear by HubPages, and I guess it is pretty good if you have a Google Adsense account. They also let you monetize the page with Amazon ads, Ebay ads, and other advertisers, but personally, I haven't sold a single Amazon product.
The thing about Google Adsense, is you only get paid when you get a click on an ad, and different keywords have different values, so if you wrote an article about lawyers, you would get paid highly for clicks on the ads, but then you would have to pick an extremely unique title to be able to compete for the first page of a Google search, because there is so much competition for those highly paid keywords.
Anyway, it requires a different mind set, and I much prefer writing without the focus on keywords, except as a part of search engine optimization.
The site I wrote on before I moved to Factoidz was Bukisa, and they all of a sudden switched to using Google Adsense, and Chitika ads, and I don't think I've made a cent yet, but then it is early days.
The best thing about Bukisa was it's referral program, and I had over a thousand referrals, but I have heard they plan to scap the whole thing. It's no good for a back link either, as it's no follow. Some people like to use it to republish articles, as they allow duplicate content, but it's practically useless, so I wouldn't recommend them at all.
Anyway, I was making about $5 a day there, (now practically nothing), and it took me a year to build that, whereas I have made almost two dollars a day on average after being on Factoidz for only three weeks.
I am only actually making about twenty cents a day in residual income from my articles, (update: now a steady one dollar a day), but the activity bonus helps you get paid a good income while you build the residual income up.
I could tell you about other article writing sites like Squidoo, Ehow, Helium, etc, but I don't have much experience with those article writing sites, and didn't end up writing for them for one reason or another, such as, I don't live in the US, or they don't pay well. I would suggest you join Factoidz, if you haven't already, and if you are looking to write articles on your own site, or to make back links, you might appreciate this professional article writing service.