About.com is a very valuable asset for online knowledge seekers. It is a repository of great articles and blogs on literally every topic under the sun. It has a league of super experienced, talented contributing writers called guides. These guides share their in-depth knowledge, the distilled essence of their experience and their witty writing style with thousands of readers every day. If you can snag a position as an About.com guide, not only will your credibility as an authority in your field sky rocket, you can also take the logical next step of publishing an eBook or a hard copy on the area of specialization. About.com guides have a formidable reputation as being the one stop center for reliable information about their domain and as such are called upon to write guest blogs, consult and even feature in magazine interviews. This is the easiest way to rake in cash and attain a quasi-celebrity status at the same time.
MAIN ATTRIBUTE: Experience, knowledge and indefatigable passion for your niche.
HOW TO DO IT:
To be an About.com guide you need to go through a 17 day stringent unpaid for trial designed to test your knowledge, creativity and your passion for the subject matter to the extreme limit. Some prep, that is what the trial is referred to, survivors have pegged it as an incredible learning experience and you can avail of it too.
- 1. First up you should visit www.beaguide.com- the official page maintained and updated by About.com for the sole purpose of briefing applicants to the nature of the work and dedication expected of them. Here you can browse through and choose topics for which guides are needed. If you do not see anything you can apply for, don’t be disheartened. Check in periodically and we are sure your passion will come calling soon.
- 2. You are expected to fill out an exhaustive application form and share samples of writing on the niche of your choice. If you fulfill the initial round of criteria needed for you to graduate to the preps, you are given the green signal to proceed on via e-mail. This in itself is an achievement because the rush to fill in a guide position is incredible.
- 3. You are given detailed instructions and the contact address of your mentor who can be reached via e-mail through the 17 day trial period. You need to not only complete the assignment you have been given, you are also expected to proficiently use the About.com tools which will become an essential part of the routine you will be expected to follow if you graduate from the preps a fully qualified guide. Your mentor may help you out if the going gets too rough.
- 4. As an assignment you are asked to create a full website around the topic of your choice. This may include feature length articles and blogs with the requisite category hierarchy and appropriate tags. You are advised to read through the instructions e-mailed to you and understand the objectives of your assignment very clearly before proceeding.
- 5. There are reviews at different stages of the 17 day trial and if at any point your work is found to be lacking or of standards not approved by the About.com quality guidelines, you may be asked to leave the preps. But you can come back and have a re-trial anytime you want. You will need to carry out the whole application process from scratch.
6. Full time About.com guides can earn 6 figure salaries and a roll in of $750 per month is quite common.
Even if you don’t graduate an About.com guide, you can have a great time blogging about it to help others with their experience. Even though it is not explicitly stated, a writer with a bona fide blog has a greater chance of clearing the first round of selection and moving to the preps!