Are you a blogger who wants to start monetizing your content - preferably ASAP? You can always start your own blog and do affiliate blogging, but that admittedly takes some time to accomplish. You can also do guest blogging first to get some presence and eventually have people visit your own blog to check out your content - but again, that requires both time and patience ( though when it does click, you will definitely reap the rewards).
A better solution might be to submit original content to revenue sharing sites who don’t depend on the kind of self-generated traffic most blogs aim for. Virily is one of those sites where members share content and get paid for it. Sounds too simple and easy? Well, join me in my investigation of this social site and let’s see if it’s a legit platform or another potential scam.
First things first - what is it?
Virily calls itself “a blogging platform that gives you a chance to earn”, so yep, I’m glad they got that earning thing explained right off the bat. It also looks like a good way to help generate traffic into your own personal blog if you already have one, as well as getting the kind of free exposure you need to monetize it.
As for its name? From personal observation and deduction, Virily seems to be a mix of the words “viral” and “verily” - so I’m guessing it aims for content submissions to become truly shareable and widely circulated on the Internet. There is a menu for the kind of content (along with guidelines) and a wide variety of topics that Virily encourages its users to submit content about, from polls, to open lists, to quizzes.
How long has it been around?
Established in May 2017, Virily is very new and still looks to be in its beta stage for the most part.
Does it pay well?
I can’t vouch for how quantifiable a Viril (AKA the site’s reward point for contributions) is because the FAQ explains it’s not a currency. I will hazard a guess though, based on the payout scheme, that a thousand Virils will be roughly the equivalent of a dollar.
A minimum Virily payout via PayPal requires $10 in your account, which sounds pretty doable. Bank transfers, on the other hand, require a minimum of $100.
So in order to get the minimum payout, your original content must be highly shareable, get lots of attention and be very readable, and you would really have to hustle with your submissions while actively interacting with other members and read as many articles as you can, in turn. Also, according to the FAQ, the amount that you earn could also change on a daily basis, given the different revenue distribution between users.
Is registration free?
Yes, it is, and you also get 10 Virils for free upon sign-up! There are no maintaining fees here, and regular visits can earn you 10 Virils each day.
How do I start earning extra income from Virily?
As previously mentioned, signing up with the Virily community alone can already earn you 10 Virils. The same amount is credited to your account for every daily visit to the site. Each person you refer to Virily who signs up earns you another 20 Virils (take note of the referral limits, though - 500 a day for referred visitors, and 1000 a day for referred sign-ups). It looks as if Virily is one of those blogging sites that pay as long as you stick around as a member, and that they have a good referral rewards program in place, too.
In fact, just about any activity you do while on Virily has an equivalent reward point or Viril. To further illustrate and break down how you can earn using this platform:
- Membership: 10 Virils when you sign up, 10 Virils for each day you visit the site
- Referrals: 1 Viril for each referred visitor, 20 Virils for each referred sign-up
- Published content: 15 Virils for a story, list, ranked list, gallery, or open list; 30 Virils for a quiz, poll, Hot or Not, or Versus; 5 Virils for image or embed content; 2 Virils for submitting items to other authors’ open lists
- Reading content: 2 Virils for every poll read (the author gets 5); 2 Virils for every quiz read (the author gets 5); 1 Viril for every article read (the author gets 3)
- Commenting: 1 Viril for every article comment (the author gets 2). Spam comments will get you a deduction of 5 Virils
Virily looks to be legit, even though it’s a very new site meant for generating extra income. Though the payout scheme is not as straightforward as I’d prefer it to be, the different ways to earn makes it a lot more appealing than the usual uncertainty involved in completing surveys (with the possibility of getting screened out or disqualified). Also, I like the sense of community and how the site encourages interaction among members, which is a far cry from the kind of solitary tasks typically associated with GPTs and survey sites.
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Would you consider submitting original content to a revenue sharing/social blogging site like Virily, or is it GPT and paid survey sites all the way for you? Share your thoughts with us below!