Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rachel Stolle: Waco Child Care Examiner


I, Rachel Jeanette Hall Stolle, am now the Waco Child Care Examiner for Examiner.com. Examiner.com is the fastest-growing local content network in the U.S., powered by the largest pool of knowledgeable contributors in the world. Our Examiners are passionate about a variety of topics and deliver thousands of articles to readers in 240 markets in North America.
They are on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Examinercom and online at simply Examiner.com.

Here is some of the information that I received in my invitation email after my application was processed.

Who are Examiners?

Examiners are local insiders who are passionate about their topic and prolific in sharing information about it. Their credibility is real and varied, based on education, experience and insider enthusiasm. Each Examiner has a page on Examiner.com dedicated to one specific topic in their local edition. Examiners are independent contractors, not employees, of Examiner.com.

What do successful Examiners produce?

Examiner articles are short, clear, and polished. Articles should be informative, on-topic, timely, factual, locally focused and helpful. Examiners produce how-to, newsy, or advice-oriented pieces as opposed to blog/journal entries. Some examples include:

* “Best” guides to restaurants, services, venues, stores, and more
* Insider tips and local “secrets”
* “Did you know?” info that locals may take for granted, but which is helpful to visitors and newcomers
* Holiday guides to the best local shops, gifts, and charities
* Timely events and happenings of all kinds, including sporting events or concerts
* Resource links to helpful places on the Web, specific to the Examiner’s topic
* Profiles of local people and places
* Insightful analysis & commentary on “hot” issues and themes relating to the Examiner’s topic
* Resource guides about local government and officials, and detailed election information

Use these story ideas to get your creative juices flowing, but remember to always stay on topic.

What do we expect from you?

* Examiners’ pages should be current and fresh. Their headlines should be straightforward and informative, not simply clever, to help Web users find them more easily. We find that frequent posting of articles will tend to generate the most traffic to your page. As a guideline, we suggest posting two to three articles per week.
* Examiners utilize easy social networking sites and tools like Facebook.com, Twitter.com and StumbleUpon.com to help promote their articles and gain loyal readership. We will provide you with basic information on how to do this through tutorials and walk-throughs within our Examiner Support Center.
* As an Examiner, you retain the copyright to your content, so you can use it elsewhere (subject to the terms of the Examiners Independent Contractor Agreement and License); content you've published elsewhere can be used on your Examiner.com page (provided the other site allows such use), and Examiner.com (and its related entities) also has the right to use and distribute your content on our websites and elsewhere.
* Professionalism and maturity are requirements for all Examiners. As a standard reminder to all new Examiners, we have editorial requirements that forbid obscene language and explicit photos and links.
* All Examiners are required to be 18 years or older.
* Examiners are required to use their legal names rather than a pen name or pseudonym. This establishes credibility for you as an Examiner, as well as accountability for our website. For this same reason, avatars cannot be used for your profile photo.
* Please use the same e-mail address in all Examiner.com-related correspondence.
* There are no long-term commitments; you're only an Examiner as long as you want to be. Examiner.com also reserves the right to end the relationship with any Examiner who violates the Terms of Use Agreement .

What’s in it for you?

* Within the framework of your topic, you may write about what you want, when you want. We do not make editorial assignments (but we do share topic ideas regularly) – you are in control.
* You have the chance to be a part of a huge nationwide network of local Examiners, as well as an opportunity to expose your content to publishers and editors, other writers, product manufacturers, and a worldwide audience.
* Examiner.com works very hard behind the scenes to make sure your pages and content are exposed to people looking for information on your topic. Because of these efforts, Examiners often appear at the top of search results.
* On top of the unlimited exposure and widespread promotion, the training and the credibility associated with writing for Examiner.com are valuable. As an Examiner, you can earn money generated by your articles! Our rate of pay is competitive and very much in your control, based on the size of your audience. You also can participate in our referral bonus programs that offer a $50 bonus each for every Examiner you help bring on board or local business you refer that advertises on Examiner.com.
* You can participate in weekly conference calls that offer technical support and social networking advice as well as create a forum where Examiners can interact.

How much can you make?

Examiner.com is committed to paying a competitive rate for Examiner-generated content. Examiner pay is in U.S. Dollars and is based on a rating that considers a number of factors, including advertising revenue and the quality of your audience, which includes things like frequency of publishing, page view traffic and session length. Pay may fluctuate depending on any of these and other factors. Examiner.com makes no guarantees as to minimum payment. Focusing on providing robust, useful, topic-specific content that grows your readership and encourages your readers to want to read more than one article is the surest way to maximize your earnings. Because your title is local, your articles will be eligible for our local incentives program. Payments are processed monthly. As we work to reward Examiners in more ways, we are continuing to offer a referral bonus program, which pays $50 to an Examiner each time one of their friends is selected to be an Examiner. The details and rules of the program are available in our Examiner Support Center, which you will have access to once I have created your page. Only Examiners who have posted their first article and have been activated qualify to participate.

I am very excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to upcoming research and articles.
If you too are interested in writing for Examiner.com please add me as your referral!

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