The revenue share will be based on the clicks and page views of your post or newsline. We have techniques in place to stop writers just clicking the pages to increase their share of views.
The system has two parts. The first parts assigns credits to each piece of work that a contributor does. There are three types of contributor:
Authors create posts and get the largest share of credits on a post. Editors check and approve posts. The advantage of editing is that you don’t need to think up the idea or research for posts, and you can dip into it anytime. Networkers get a share of the revenues of anyone they invite.
Contributors get credits for each post they work on. So let’s say there are five posts in a newsline and you authored four of them and edited the other. You would get 1.00 credits for each written post and 0.25 for each edited post. Your portion of the work on that newslines would be 4.25 credits out of a total of 5.00 (five posts) + 1.25 (five edits, assuming one edit for each post) = 625. So you would receive 4.25/6.25 = 68% of the total user revenues for that newsline.
The second part of the system calculates the credits a contributor has on a newsline against the number of page views on that newsline. Contributors receive 50% of the revenues on any user-generated page. In other words if a page generates $10, $5 will be split between the contributors.
Let’s say there are 10 newslines on the entire site and that the newsline above gets 20% of the views. Then you would get 68% x 50% x 20% of the total revenues.
Popular newslines will make more money but the competition to add post to those newslines is more fierce, so you may not be able to post as much on them as you like. On the other hand some items are not going to make much money ever, but in that case you can understand that it’s not sustainable to pay even $1 per post for those also. Really unpopular items will be a labor of love, and you never know they may break out from time to time. However, most subjects in popular culture ave the potential to make much more than $1 per post as the site grows. Remember also, that unlike a normal news article, which loses its value after a day or two, Newslines’ content becomes more useful as time goes on.
There are different strategies to make the system work:
- Write posts on a popular newslines, but you have to be quick to get latest news added.
- Edit a lot of posts
- Write a large percentage of the posts on not-so-popular topics.
- Generate comments on your individual post
- A mix of all the above
Whatever the case, writers who create lots of posts are in the best situation to get long-term rewards.