I wrote my handful of articles for Vocal Media (vocal.media.com) prior to them starting their subscription service. One of these articles gained some traction through Social Media, and I was making about $10 to $20 a month on that one article alone.
The subscription service is only $9.99 a month and would take me from earning $1-2 per 1000 reads, to earning $6 per 1000 reads. The math was pretty simple, and I am now making more than double what I was making before, even after I pay for my subscription.
Do you need a subscription to make money on Vocal Media?
The simple answer is no. But once you have an article that is gaining enough traction to pay for it, not signing up is just flushing money down the toilet.
I get paid nothing but pennies through my ads on this blog in order to tell you this, so you can trust it’s likely true.
How do you write an article that will gain traction?
Most people just get really creative and very lucky.
I used keywords to find topics people were interested in. If you don’t know what keywords are, simply put it’s just words people use to “Google something” or look things up on the internet. When you put the keywords in your article, it will be recognized by Google and may pop up when someone searches them.
I use a free keyword search tool to help me find my keywords, and this led me to writing an article that gained traction.
Additionally, I use social media and my friends to share the article. When people click on it, I get paid based on the amount of time they spend on the page, so I try to make the article long and entice people to read to the end.
My most popular article contains a ton of valuable information with the promise of an exact procedure description at the end which makes people scroll all the way through it, and often they take time to read it.
Other perks of being a Vocal Media subscriber?
None that I can tell, so far other than more earnings per view and a slightly lower (from $50 to $40) cash out minimum. Even without the subscription I made the minimum payout after three months and just three articles.
There is some stuff it looks like they were doing with the beta subscribers (akd “founding members”), but I regrettably failed to sign up when they originally asked me a year ago so I’ll have to wait to see what comes next.
They do supposedly run occasional challenges, some of which are exclusive to subscribers, and through which you can earn extra cash. I have yet to see one go live since I signed up last month, and I can’t even see a page with past challenges.
This leads me to want to advise you, I don’t really see a point in signing up right away unless your articles are being read. You will make a higher percentage of money in the long run, but realize that unless you are writing awesome articles daily you are not going to cover the subscription price.
So if you’re just dabbling, don’t bother with the subscription and just start writing.
I will offer other updates when I get more used to this. I do plan on writing more articles now that I’ve signed up, and if you have any specific questions otherwise, please drop it in the comments.