Make money writing quality on Here’s how our first month went. Here’s what we’re paying in January.

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on Jan 3, 2013
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Who Won Money from elephant Last Month? Results.

Congratulations to our star bloggers from December, 2012.

It’s been a good year for elephant (read Waylon’s Year in Review) and, as a community-created, editor-curated site, we owe much of our newfound stability to our writers who have dared to open their hearts and reveal their stories. In an effort to improve our overall quality, we’re now offering $$$ to those writers who rock elephant. Last month we paid a total of nearly $3,000—a lot of money for us.

In December, as an end of the year thank you, we offered $500 to anyone who blogged 10,000 views and $250 to anyone who blogged 5,000 views.

Here are the winners:


Tara Lemieux: 10,532
Kate Bartolotta: 23,408 (staff & social media volunteer heroes have to get 25% more readers to qualify)
Chris Grosso: 20,676
Candice Holdorf: 10,703
Waylon Lewis: 62,324


Ben Ralston: 9,161 (staff & social media volunteer heroes have to get 25% more readers to qualify)
Rebekah McCaskey: 6,860
Jennifer S. White: 5,287
Karl Saliter: 6,138

Total: $3,000! That’s like a new employee!

This month, we’ll do it again, with refined criteria:

If you get x number of readers in January (you must let us know by noon MST on February 1 by e-mailing [email protected], we’re not responsible for contacting you and will not do so, this is already a lot of extra work and $$$ for us), we’ll pay:

> 5,000 readers in January = $200
> 10,000 readers in January = $400
> 20,000 readers in January  = $550
> $108: Bonus: up to $500 (donation via Waylon) in $108 increments for blogs focused narrowly on bicycle, wellness, green, Buddhism, yoga philosophy or interviews (original, in-depth), spiritual materialism, adventure, breaking news, photo blogs or that Waylon subjectively marks as “of special quality that makes all of elephant proud and is of benefit.”
> There will be a modest handicap on any posts featuring kittens or sex of 10% views.

Again, those on staff or social media have to get 33% more traffic to qualify and may not share via elephant more than 2x. If you win, as Waylon did, but don’t want the money, and are just writing for fun and to share quality information through our platform, and appreciate the links and presence we give you via our site, editors and social media…and want to donate back to elephant’s writers, we’ll use your donation to give bonuses to writers in the next month. This month, therefore, the total bonus is $500, a donation from Waylon.

Keep in mind: submissions are subject to editorial review and turnaround times vary from 24 hours to, well, more.

elephant journal’s writer guidelines.

Submit a story.


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14 Responses to “Make money writing quality on Here’s how our first month went. Here’s what we’re paying in January.”

  1. Karl says:

    Love love LOVE it.

  2. Jennifer White says:

    Congrats, everyone! And thanks, elephant 🙂 Writing for you is pure joy.

  3. kmacku says:

    But…but the KITTENS.

  4. Dammit. I was only going to write about sexy kittens this month.

  5. Colin says:

    You are writing about sexy kittens…me 😀

  6. Michelle Marchildon says:

    Or having sex with kittens.

  7. Yes!!! You need to send me a photo of you with a kitten for with the interview!

  8. DaveTelf says:


  9. catnipkiss says:

    Great incentive, as one of my New Years Resolutions is to be more mindful in what I send ej, and to do it more consistently! – Alexa M.

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  12. D Writer says:

    I just stumbled upon this site. I've always been a bit of a writer myself, and will look forward to becoming active here. Nice site stats and a handsome amount paid this month, by the way. Keep up the great work, ElephantJournal.

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