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Yahoo Contributor Network Profile

By Michael Wong

Yahoo Contributor Network allows freelance writers, photographers, and videographers to make money online sharing their knowledge and passion with millions of people worldwide on Yahoo! sites, including Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! TV.

Did you know... Yahoo! was founded in 1994, attracts over 600 million monthly visitors, and is a NASDAQ listed company with 2011 revenues of $4.3 billion?

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Yahoo Contributor Network fact sheet

Available
Work where?
Time?
Pay
Pay by
Pay schedule
Status
Experience
Qualifications
Joining fee?
Minimum age
Gender
Offices
Founded
Paid out
Employees
Revenue
Website
Mobile apps
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Email
Phone
United States
Online
Paid-per-article + revenue share
$2-100/job + $1.10-2.00/1000 views
PayPal
Daily (Upfront), monthly (Performance)
Independent contractor (400,000+)
Experience is required
Not required
No
18+
Male/female
Santa Clara, CA, USA.
1994
Unknown
13,700+
$4.3 billion in 2011
Not available
866-562-7228

Where is Yahoo Contributor Network available?

Yahoo Contributor Network is currently only available to freelance writers, photographers and videographers in the United States.

How do I make money with Yahoo Contributor Network?

Yahoo Contributor Network gives you opportunities to make money contributing contributing articles, videos, and images on any topic you choose to the Yahoo! network.

You can also claim assignments to publish on these Yahoo! sites:

There are four ways to make money from your content: Assignments, Up-front Offers, Performance Payments and Distribution.

  1. Assignments: claim opportunities at the Assignment Desk for a Yahoo! or partner site. Many assignments offer up-front payments between $2 and $25, although some pay up to $100.
  2. Up-front Offers: submit content on a topic of your choice and they may be eligible for Up-front Payments.

    Yahoo! look for content that's high quality, unique, useful, highly specific, and likely to be relevant for a long time to come.

    There are certain types of content that aren't eligible for Upfront Payment, unless you receive a specific assignment:

    • Humor
    • Creative writing (poetry, short stories and fiction)
    • Memoirs
    • Essays (historical, psychological and research-based articles)
    • Movie, music, television, or video game reviews.
    • Opinion/editorial pieces
    • Recipes
    • Product reviews (except in-depth product comparisons, guides and lists)
    • Local reviews (except in-depth local guides)
    • News
    • Content that is too common, too broad, or too similar to existing content online.
    • Content that has a short shelf-life, such as breaking news and sports coverage.
    • Content that was published elsewhere before it was submitted to Yahoo Contributor Network.
    Yahoo! will review your submitted content and send you an offer typically between $2 and $15 before publishing it.
  3. Performance Payments: In addition to any up-front payment, your published content is also eligible for unlimited monthly performance payments based on the amount of traffic it receives.

    Performance rates vary by website and are based on a wide variety of factors unique to each website.

    Here's how much each participating website pays for every one thousands page views.

    • Yahoo! Voices: $1.50 - $2.00*
    • omg!: $1.15
    • Shine: $1.50*
    • Yahoo! Finance: $1.40
    • Yahoo! Movies: $1.15
    • Yahoo! News: $1.15
    • Yahoo! Shopping: $1.20
    • Yahoo! Sports: $1.10
    • Yahoo! TV: $1.15
    * Terms and conditions apply.

    Note that content may be published on more than one Yahoo! website. You'll earn revenue for each version of your content published at each of the participating websites. Sweet!

    Yahoo Contributor Network's top contributors earn hundreds, even thousands of dollars per month in Performance Payments. Of course this will take time and a lot of hard work.

  4. Distribution: You have an option to control whether your content can be distributed to third party sites and Yahoo! sites that have not enabled Performance Payments. If content is chosen for distribution to these sites, you'll receive a flat distribution bonus.

Yahoo Featured Contributor

Yahoo Contributor Network is mainly only available to U.S. residents. However, there're two ways that non-U.S. residents can earn money from Yahoo Contributor Network.

  1. Get accepted into the Featured Contributor Program and submit a completed and signed W-8 form. Performance Payments are only paid in $100 increments and subject to a 30% tax rate before they're paid.
  2. Occasionally Yahoo! contacts international contributors about Work for Hire opportunities. This content receives a flat Upfront Payment but no Performance Payments.

Yahoo Featured Contributors are writers who're capable of creating inspiring, informative and entertaining articles on topics they're passionate about. All Featured Contributors receive one $15 assignment per month, along with regular assignments.

Here are the categories available:

Content rights

There are three types of rights that contributors can assign to their content: Exclusive, Non-Exclusive, and Display-Only rights.

  1. Exclusive rights: best option if you don't plan to publish the content elsewhere, and want to maximize your potential for Upfront Payment and distribution.
  2. Non-Exclusive rights: best option if you want to republish this content elsewhere, but still want it to have potential to earn Upfront Payments and distribution through Yahoo Contributor Network.
  3. Display-Only rights: best option if you want maximum control over your content, with at least a minimum opportunity for payments and distribution.

Yahoo honors its contributors

I came across this "Honoring the Superstars of the Yahoo Contributor Network" article. It's good to see Yahoo! giving credit to its contributors.

The top prizes went to the following indidivuals who've each contributed more than 1,000 pieces of content and have been published across the Yahoo network.

Yahoo Contributor Network in the news

Seeing major news networks run stories on a company is always reassuring. However I could only find one magazine article on Yahoo Contributor Network.

Seen any good news stories on Yahoo Contributor Network from other major news websites? Please share the links with the community at the bottom of this page.

Yahoo Contributor Network user comments

It's hard to tell whether an online job or business opportunity is any good. So I've scoured the internet searching for the most relevant comments by people who've worked for Yahoo Contributor Network.

+ = positive comment / - = negative comment

+I have made some decent money over the years writing for this network per article and for monthly views...It came in handy when I needed samples of my writing - I just pointed prospective clients to my profile on Yahoo Contributor Network and they were able to see the quality of my work in a setting where they could see a wide range of my writing capabilities. - Laura Quintile, Jan-11-2012

Here's Laura's Yahoo Contributor Network profile which shows 503 pieces of content and 539,179 page views since June 9, 2006.

+I found Yahoo Contributor Network easy to use and somewhat entertaining, but mostly disappointing - particularly in the revenue department...Overall, I recommend using YCN to augment your online efforts. - Website Magazine, Jan-04-2011
+If you can get into a Featured Contributor position, the earning potential jumps substantially. I get several offers per week, most ranging from $10 - $20 per article. That is in addition to page views. Get quality content up on their site and you can apply for one of these positions. - thewahwife, Mar-11-2011

Here's Angela's Yahoo Contributor Network profile which shows 47 pieces of content and 10,307 page views since April 29, 2010.

+I found Yahoo Contributor Network easy to use and somewhat entertaining, but mostly disappointing - particularly in the revenue department...Overall, I recommend using YCN to augment your online efforts. - Website Magazine, Jan-04-2011
+I've written 140 articles for "AC"...In those four years, thank God, my pageviews of all my articles for them have swelled to nearly 4 million, and I've pocketed nearly $14k thus far from the site. - Paula Neal Mooney, Nov-18-2010

Here's Paula's Yahoo Contributor Network profile which shows 151 pieces of content and 4,420,037 page views since August 16, 2006.

Have you made money working for Yahoo Contributor Network? Please share your experiences with the community at the bottom of this page.

Is Yahoo Contributor Network a scam?

Here's a summary of what's good and not so good about Yahoo Contributor Network.

What's good about Yahoo Contributor Network

+Listed on NASDAQ: it's reassuring to know that Yahoo! is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with 2011 revenues of over $4.3 billion.
+13,700+ employees: it's reassuring to know that Yahoo! has a staff of 13,700+ professionals supporting the company.
+600M+ viewers: it's reassuring to know that Yahoo's websites attract over 600 million monthly visitors.
+1994: it's reassuring to know that Yahoo! was founded in 1994 so it's been around a long time.

What's not so good about Yahoo Contributor Network

-Low pay: some people have complained about the low pay but that's the nature of the game - the more you write the more you'll earn.

There are writers who're quite pleased with their pay.

For example, Paula Neal Mooney (see comment and link to profile further up this page) says she wrote 140 articles and earned nearly $14,000.

That's about $100 per article which is pretty good by most people's standards. Maybe that's not the norm but it does show what's possible.

Conclusions

Yahoo! was founded in 1994, attracts over 600 million monthly visitors, and is a NASDAQ listed company with 2011 revenues of $4.3 billion. Yahoo is by far one of the most solid companies you'll find in this market. Yahoo Contributor Network is legitimate and definitely not a scam.

Yahoo Contributor Network offers freelance writers, photographers and videographers opportunities to make money online.

Overall based on what I've seen and read, freelance writers, photographers and videographers should definitely take a look at Yahoo Contributor Network. YAAHOOOO! :-)

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