Tiffany Dow recently introduced me to a new passive income opportunity called Zujava. Similar to Squidoo and HubPages, this site allows you to publish content on their platform and shares the revenue from the ad impressions and sales your content generates. Zujava is fairly new, only introduced in 2012. If you are looking for ways to earn passive income, here is what you need to know about publishing on the website.
The Petting Zu
Zujava calls an individual page a Leaf. You must create three Leaves before your work is published and you can start generating income. This ensures your writing is up to par and you are not simply there to spam the site. You can ask for a review after you have created your three initial leaves. Once you exit the Petting Zu, your outbound links will become dofollow.
A few pointers for leave the Petting Zu:
- Fill out your Bio completely and include a profile picture
- Cite the photos within your Leaves
- Use photos within your Leaves
Like any other revenue-sharing site, you need to be ready for the investment if you want a return. And if you are thinking about a quick SEO backlink dump, Zujava states clearly “Zujava isn’t the place for a quick backlink. We only want quality content here, and we’d like you to link to quality content as well.”
Any quality site that is in it for the long-haul is going to have content standards from the get-go. Among Zujava’s prohibited content:
- Mature or adult content
- Sales of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, etc.
- Get rich crap
- Traffic schemes
- Miracle cures
- See the Content Policy for more.
Your content also needs to be unique. It cannot be published elsewhere or spun. Your Leaf must be a minimum of 500 words.
At this time you can earn on Zujava from the ad pool (split among all qualified leaves), Amazon (split 50/50) and your personal affiliate links. (Ebay is coming.) The ad pool is split among leaf tiers, similar to Squidoo.
There is also a referral program that will allow you to earn 25% of your referrals’ Zujava earnings through February 2013 (from Zujava’s cut, not your referrals’). You need to get out of the Petting Zu to recruit referrals. The referral percentage will drop to 20% after February.
Payments are made monthly by PayPal.
Things to Know
It took about two weeks to graduate from the Petting Zu. I did join right around Christmas/New Year, so I am not sure if this was a holiday delay or if this is to be expected.
After you graduate from the Petting Zu, remember to go back and Publish your Leaves. This doesn’t happen automatically.
Unlike the Amazon modules at most sites, Zujava does not auto-populate results from search terms at this time. You will need to insert the ASIN for each product you would like featured.
You also cannot jump around much when creating your Leaf. When you click to add a module, it will want you to complete it at that time. I also had an issue with not filling out my tags initially and then not being able to go back and add them later. I guess the moral of the story is to not get ahead of yourself and just take the modules one at a time.
Pros of Joining Zujava Now
It is a new site. Sometimes if you can wait out the growing pains, you can reap great rewards as one of the initial members.
Cons of Joining Zujava Now
It is a new site. There will be growing pains and bumps in the road.
My Google Analytics show that I am getting some search traffic to the few Leaves that I have up. I haven’t seen any earnings yet though. I will not be jumping ship on my own sites and Squidoo, but Zujava will likely be a site that I try to publish to periodically to see how things shake down.