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  1. Alicia Bayer
    Alicia Bayer November 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm |

    I have to say that for me, examiner.com is worth it. I currently have four columns that I write for them and have been writing since the fall of 2009. I make an average of $300 to $700 on most months, with an all-time high of $7,000+ one month when one of my articles went viral.

    That said, I work hard for my earnings. I pin and post my evergreen articles often to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. I take part in conversations online and include links to pertinent articles when people ask for information I’ve written about. My subjects are not typical high-earner categories (homeschooling, attachment parenting and green living) but I am often the top rated examiner in my topics and I’ve built up a good fan base. And frankly, I would not be happy writing about reality TV or most of the other popular topics. I write about what I know, and I like sharing that information!

    I have five kids that I homeschool and I also do extensive homesteading work such as gardening, preserving, cooking from scratch and gathering wild edibles. All of that keeps me busy! I live in a rural area where jobs are scarce and I have several health conditions that would make it hard for me to work outside of the home. I know my income does not compare to what I could make in a typical job outside of the home, but I love that I can write when I want and then take 2 weeks off because life is hectic and it’s all up to me. I also love being able to write about the subjects that I’m passionate about — subjects I would write about for free (and do).

    I don’t know if links are okay in comments, but here are my columns:
    Mankato Homeschooling Examiner: http://tinyurl.com/Homeschooling-Examiner

    (editor: How about one link :) People can find the rest if they want. Thanks for your detailed reply. I’m always interested in other people’s experiences. If I could find the time, I might try and duplicate your experience :)

    If anybody wants to know more about my examiner experience, you can feel free to contact me through my blog. It IS very hard to make money through examiner but it can be done, and it is a good fit for me. I am always happy to share my tips with other new writers. The site needs good writers who are passionate about their topics, and it’s good for all of us to have more of those. :)

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