Xomba – Share Your Knowledge And Earn Money
Xomba is a portal where you can share your ideas through various forms of articles. It was founded in 2006 by Nick Veneris and still stands the competition at a below average position compared to other similar pages such as Hubpages or About.com. The traffic it receives is stable since the year it passed and until now and it fluctuates around the 40,000 ranking on Alexa metric website. It’s not the perfect performance but consider that you are mainly responsible for driving an adequate traffic stream right on your own articles, otherwise the results could be poor in either site of the same type. You can rely on the supposed active community, which means other content writers who share articles in similar categories with yours. Commenting to other articles is an effective way to state your presence in the board as well.
As we’ve been doing it normally we administer a weight on the appearance of any site we use and Xomba couldn’t be an exception. It’s very colorful site with nice subject arrangement and moderate page padding. We are not here to judge the style because it is a strictly personal and less objective matter, however the template has something original upon it and helps the site to brand itself and become more popular. We assume, this detail can’t help it anymore because it is already an oldie.
Registration and Approval
After your registration, your account is not automatically activated. You need to pass the stage where you get approved by the administration by sending a 300+ word sample article. You can pick a topic to write about, however you need to consult the given category list to avoid clutter. Simply, respond back to the e-mail with the title: “Account details for [your username] at Xomba (pending admin approval)“. Include in the response the sample article you have written and wait. The account is activated after 1-2 working days if you get approved. Really fast.
Write Your First Article
It’s very easy to start. Just hit the workplace link on the top and right of your screen and then the “Create new post” under your profile’s pic. You will notice 5 different categories. Every category relies on its own structure but the general rules of posting content is somehow the same. Keep your text family friendly, don’t break intellectual rules, don’t post affiliate links because this is considered as spam. You can include links for reference though. The content must be authentic but belongs to you as a property and you can even secure the ownership with a Creative Commons seal.
As we mentioned above, the site gives the opportunity to create 5 different types of article:
- Blog – Anything you can think of (300+ words)
- Bookmark – A link introduction including a short description (100+ words)
- List – The list can go up to 20 items big with a 50 words intro.
- Recipe – Do you know how to cook? Enlighten us! (50 words intro plus ingredients and proper guidance is required.)
- Review – Same as a blog plus you need to rate. (300+ words)
Except the typical blog, you can even publish recipes or lists with your favorite bands, books, movies etc. A variation in the form differentiates the 5 categories to help you out with the final outcome.
There is a standard categorization placed without major variations and further sub-categorization levels. Everything is clean. You are required to declare in which categories are you mostly eager to contribute more before the approval. Here’s a snap to take a quick view.
Earnings and Redemption
The only way of earning provided is by connecting your Google Adsense account with Xomba. Xomba gives you the opportunity to earn revenue by the banners placed in your articles in a 60/40 ratio. 60% for you and 40% for Xomba. The percentage stands for the time of exposure and it’s not a direct dividend of the revenue. For how to connect your Adsense account with Xomba and for additional info about the Earnings follow the links below:
Setting up Adsense
You can connect yourself with other users by following each other and even exchange private messages. An easy way to connect with someone is by browsing the categories. This way you can find a user with similar interests and communicate freely and more sensibly seeking the chance to build up your own fan club of followers.
FAQ, Contact, Posting Rules
The Bottom Line
We really like it. The atmosphere. The simplicity. It’s not one of a kind in its area because there are tons of sites like this and way more popular, however we can feel some sort of authenticity in its structure that makes it unique. The earnings are not the best but certainly you can polish your skill in writing and reading about new interesting topics; definitely whatever you are used to do in other sites plus the earnings. You can’t re-publish the content elsewhere and vice versa. No affiliate program is included as well. Only writing. ;)