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Friday, February 15, 2008

Qassia: A New Revenue-Sharing Website

I recently signed up with Qassia, a new revenue-sharing content site that also operates as a web directory.

Like certain other sites such as Helium Knowledge, Qassia lets anyone upload articles to its website. Unlike most other such sites, however, you then receive a full 100 per cent of the advertising revenue generated by the Google AdSense ads displayed beside your own content (most other services split the revenue from advertising 50:50 or less).

Content on Qassia is called 'intel' (short for intelligence). Intel can be anything from full-length articles to an interesting fact. One of the many innovative features of Qassia is that new intel is rated by other Qassia members. The average rating given to your intel determines how high it appears in search results in the Qassia web directory for the topic in question.

As well as giving you the advertising revenue generated by your intel, Qassia also allows you to include a link back to your own website (or any website of your choice) on the same page as each piece of intel you contribute. This could help drive extra traffic to your site, and should also help boost your site's ranking in the search engines. As you may know, most search engines rate a website's popularity according to the number of incoming links it has, especially when these links are non-reciprocal (as is the case with Qassia).

Qassia operates in its own internal currency called Qassia Dollars. These are earned by posting intel and by rating intel posted by other members. Qassia Dollars cannot currently be converted directly into cash, but you can allocate your Qassia Dollars to any number of websites you want to promote. The more Qassia Dollars you allocate to any particular site, the higher up the Qassia rankings it appears. I must admit I don't fully understand this yet, but no doubt all will become clear in due course!

I'm still getting the hang of Qassia, but I can already see it has the potential to become huge. In some ways it reminds me of Kwickee, the mobile phone content publishing company I was involved with a few years ago (see this link for historical information!). Kwickee was ultimately unsuccessful, but in my work as a group editor for them I saw hundreds of articles submitted, many of which I think would now be prime candidates for Qassia. Articles about local tourist attractions (as were many of the Kwickee articles I edited) are a case in point - so if you wrote any of these for Kwickee, this could be the perfect outlet for them. On the other hand, I'm not sure that Qassia is really a suitable place for posting fiction.

Qassia is still in pre-launch phase, and currently you can only join at the invitation of an existing member. However, I'm more than happy to invite any reader of this blog to join through me! Just click on any of the Qassia links in this post, and follow the on-screen instructions to sign up. It's free of charge, of course. I found it all reasonably intuitive, but if you have any problems, do feel free to run them past me and I'll help if I can.

Oh, and look out for my first bit of intel, my recipe for the Greek vegetarian speciality briam! And yes, this did start life as a Kwickee article!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Xerika said...

Hi Nick,

I read your article on Qassia and was going to leave a comment there but there doesn't seem to be an option to do so, so I'll say it here.

As a vegetarian living in Greece, it certainly struck a chord with me when I read your sentence: 'If you go to most Greek restaurants in the UK, you might think vegetarians have a thin time of it in Greece'.

As you go on to say though, us veggies are fairly well catered for and I often have a selection of starters - fried aubergines or courgettes, tzatsiki, small cheese pies, etc.

Having said that, Greek people generally don't really understand the vegetarian thing at all. In fact, I have a story on that subject involving me, a Greek Orthodox priest and Easter Sunday.

Incidentally, I'd like to try my hand on Qassia so if you're able to invite me, I'll buy you a pint some time.

Rob

1:02 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Rob.

I guess the average Greek would see vegetarianism as yet another British eccentricity!

In fact I'm not 100% veggie, and while Jayne doesn't eat meat, she will eat fish. So we probably have a few more options open to us than you do...

But we do like to eat vegetarian most of the time in Greece, and generally (in the places we stay in Greece anyway) we are well catered for. The same could not be said of so-called Greek restaurants in the UK. At one we visited a few years ago, the only vegetarian main course available was spaghetti bolognese made with soya mince (ugh!).

Regarding Qassia, you can join via any of the links in my main blog post. These will take you to my personal Qassia page, and you should see an invitation to join up under me there. No other invitation is required. For every person who joins via my page, I am credited with a few extra Qassia dollars. It's just a shame you can't really spend them on anything!

All the best,

Nick

9:40 AM  
Blogger Xerika said...

Hi Nick,

The spag bol with soya mince certainly doesn't sound too appetising!

Thanks for the advice on Qassia. I've now signed up via this blog post so hopefully you'll be receiving huge wads of (sadly virtual) cash very soon. I haven't posted anything there yet as there seems to be a problem receiving a verification email. Hopefully, this is just a temporary blip.

By the way, I noticed that one of the Google Ads on your Qassia briam article was for a 'Natural Cat Urine Recipe'. I'm well aware of what curiosity did but I couldn't resist. Rather disappointingly, the recipe was for a concoction to get rid of the smell of cat pee from soft furnishings, etc.

Cheers,

Rob

1:56 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hey Nick,

I was just googling around for other revenue share websites that might be interesting to try.

Have you noticed any benefits from the backlinks provided by Qassia?

I've been using Infobarrel.com to publish articles and it seems to have a very similar setup to Qassia. I'm not sure how much link juice its passing, but it has definitely been sending me visitors.

Do you happen to have a list of other similar sites like this for your readers to check out?

Thanks

10:48 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for your comments, Kevin.

Qassia has brought me some extra traffic and a small amount of extra AdSense income. I haven't really devoted as much time to it as I should have done, but will try to get back to it soon. It seems to me that the site is here for the long term.

Thanks for the info about Infobarrel. I hadn't heard of this site before, but will definitely check it out.

A couple of other revenue-sharing sites are Triond.com and Xomba.com. More are listed in my new guide for writers on how to make money from the Internet, to be published by WCCL soon!

11:56 AM  

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