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Examiner.com Experiment Update

8 September 2009 11 Comments

If you read this blog, you know that I recently started an experiment writing for Examiner.com. I wanted to see the income potential while writing for this website. You can read my initial article here to see the full parameters of this experiment.

While I was trying to determine a number of things, the most important thing I was looking to determine was how residual this income would become, even after dialing down the effort level.

In the following table, you will see the first ten days of data from my experiment. This shows the day, the running total of articles written and the income for each day. As you will see, I hit it hard at first, pumping out article after article, reading 30 articles in just 8 days. The income grew steadily, but then I decided to take a few days off and the income dropped like a rock.

Day Articles Daily Income
1 3 $0.54
2 7 $1.23
3 13 $2.88
4 20 $3.86
5 21 $2.44
6 22 $1.90
7 27 $2.98
8 31 $3.27
9 31 $1.57
10 32 $0.47

The fact that my income dropped off so much simply because I didn’t write for a day or two confirmed my fears about writing for Examiner.com. If my articles don’t continually generate revenue, then it’s a waste of time. I’m not looking to pump out article after article each day just to maximize my daily traffic. I’m looking for residual income which hopefully becomes passive income. Examiner.com is not the job for this.

After doing some research, it looks as if the people making good money writing for Examiner are maximizing short term trends to get traffic boosts and thus income boosts.  These folks monitor hot trends via Google (often times these are entertainment trends, i.e. Britney Spears), then write a few posts about it trying to get a spike in traffic.  This is not what I’m interested in doing at all.

My Business

I’m trying to build a business or a portfolio of online income streams.  It was clear after just a short time that Examiner does not fit into my business plan; thus, I’ve called off the experiment after less than 2 weeks.

Since then, I’ve already moved my focus into a couple niche sites that I’ve already launched.  I will be reporting on the success of these sites very soon.  I think I’m on to something with these.


  • Captain eHow said:

    I’ve heard similar things about Examiner. It’s not truly the passive income that we are looking to build up. As my blogger name might suggest, I’ve had a good experience with eHow thus far and plan to continue doing so. I’m running a similar experiment on Infobarrel that is a bit disappointing so far, but I need to give it more attention. Anyway, I really enjoy the site…keep it up!

  • Tamara Thompson said:

    Hi I was very interested to read your results. I too started out with the Examiner a few weeks ago and have come to the same conclusion. Quickly my numbers climbed, but I took 2 days off over the Labor Day weekend and my numbers dropped off faster than they had risen. eHow is still a keeper, I like the idea of writting an article and it continues to work for me.

  • Kevin said:


    Yes, it’s a shame because the goal is to create sustainable residual income. Even if it’s low, if it’s residual, you can build it and your effort has a long term return.

    I’m not in the game of writing content for the web for traffic today only. As the base of my content on this blog (and other sites, if applicable) grows, I hope that base continues to draw traffic over a span of many years.

    Thanks for the comment, I hope to continue to hear feedback from people seeking online income streams from Examiner or other sources, and of course, I’ll continue to update my progress in this journey.

  • Budiarno said:

    Seems that examiner is not really promising. Will search for other program just like Paid Review or anyway…

    Thanks for your report, it helps me to decide whether or not to signup on Examiner.com


  • John said:

    It's because Examiner articles do not index well with Google, so no matter how much you keep publishing articles with them, as soon as you stop, your residual income is going to drop like a stone because nobody can find your stuff on the search engines.

    I was on Examiner for 3 months and recently bailed. A total waste of time. I think I earned less than 50 cents per article? I write for Associated Content too and make at least $7-$250 an article, with upfronts and page views. Associated Content page views increase every month. Examiner's don't. Completely crap website , I tell every writer I know to avoid them!

  • 20smoney said:

    John, how long does it take to get up and running with good income at Associated Content?

  • Suzanna said:

    I read all these comments before I joined Examiner, but did join it to see what I can do. I've been there for 9 weeks. I wrote about 53 articles (5 per week). My subject is not gossipy news, it's tennis fitness, advice. I haven't made $5 per day yet.

    In the beginning it seemed that it was slowly going up, but around $4 it started to go down (second or third week). Now I make between $1-4 per day.

    Like John said, the google doesn't pick up the article. Even if I search on half of the title, it is still not there. I am promoting myself on Facebook a lot, so lot of the views are coming from there. Not sure how many views come just from Examiner itself and Google.

    My articles is going to be a book eventually, but when I am done with that, not sure if it is worth the effort of writing. Maybe I will look into Associated content?

    Thanks for the great info, all of you.

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  • greenfog said:

    I have always been satisfied with the Examiner.com and its features. I`ve worked with all the browsers and I guess that if you keep things in order with your computer, theoretically the browser you are using can`t make it vulnerable in front of viruses. I mean, if you get your driver updates in due time, if you run your anti-virus properly and make sure you update it every now and then. This is why content security programs are extremely important, especially when you hold on to important data on your PC.