It’s hard to believe, but I’m about to mark my third year anniversary date writing for Examiner.com. I began in February 2010, writing occasional articles under the title “Atlanta AmericanFood Examiner.” Since then, I’ve added “Atlanta Restaurant Examiner” and “National Cookbook Examiner” to my titles under which I post stories about my favorite subjects – food, restaurants and cookbooks.
To date, I’ve posted 409 stories, and along the way, made new friends and contacts in my areas of interest. And made a few bucks, too. I’ve also learned about promoting my work through social media and picked up tips on photo editing and creating slideshows.
When I first started writing for Examiner, I didn’t expect to be writing for them three years later, but it’s really quite simple to make it a part of my writing life. When I’ve had an abundance of time, I’ll produce several stories a week. When my writing time is crunched, I’ll try to produce at least one story a month, the minimum in order to be paid for pageviews.
My beats ~ food and books ~ are crowded and not as newsworthy as the celebrity and tabloid-style news that drives the Examiner engine. But still, I crank out the stories and get a paycheck every month. (Maybe I shouldn’t confess this, but I’ve made more from Examiner than my blog.) A key factor, much like in blogging, is to build up a backlist of evergreen material that will be continually relevant. Over time, you build a network of readers who subscribe to your feed.
Think about it and if you decide that you want to learn more about becoming an Examiner, use this link: http://exm.nr/PPgtmb and tell them that Lucy Mercer sent you. I’ll get $50 when you publish your first story as an Examiner. And when you become an Examiner, you can earn $50 for each new writer you bring on board. In a word: shu-weet.
You may want to get an idea of the kinds of stories that I write for Examiner. In that case, link on to any of my stories and subscribe to my posts. It's super-easy and Examiner will not bomb your inbox with posts - you only get emails when I post stories, and that's just a few times a month.
If you have any questions about becoming an Examiner, shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask questions in the comments below.