The Empire Expands


My grip on the internet is gradually tightening as I take over one website at a time. My latest conquest is Howopia UK, which is modelled on Demand Media (already under my thumb) and which provides an endless array of ‘How To’ guides for a UK audience. About time really as I’m pretty sick of all the ‘colors’, ‘flavors’ and ‘organizations’.

Check out a few of my articles:


About jayl27

I'm a 26 year-old freelancer, student and kayaker born in the RSA and now living in Norbiton, UK. I'm into alternative, classic rock and some metal (how modern..), have travelled lots and will be doing lots more as soon as my boiler's fixed. I sometimes train twice a day which explains my attachment to chocolate. I'm not a nerd but my primary school did make a special reading award just for me. I write about spirits and beverages, travel, books, environmental issues, sport-related stuff and whatever else takes my fancy. I read. Lots.

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  1. Just read a couple of your articles on Howopia (fictional characters and absinthe). I’ve always wanted to try absinthe in the more fancy manner, whereas I’ve drank it neat or in a mixture containing absinthe, vodka and Jack Daniels (that had a hell of a kick!). As an aspiring freelance writer myself I was wondering if sites like Howopia and Demand Media actually make the writer any money worth speaking of? I don’t mean a fortune, but enough to make it worth the time and effort? What other sites would you recommend?

    • Hi Steve

      Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I’ve been a busy boy.

      I’ve had a shot that sounds a lot like that; think it was called a Hellraiser or something along those lines. Not pleasant.

      As far a freelance writing goes, it’s very very competitive and quite difficult to make any real money out of without knowing useful people.

      Howopia’s just getting going really so it’s not a huge money-spinner as yet. Demand Media is good in terms of the constant availability of work. The rate per article is reasonable providing you can write the articles quickly and to their (pretty pedantic) house style. They are US-based so some of the topics can be a bit foreign so to speak.

      Other good bets include Prospect Solution and Academic Knowledge as well as and

      I’d say that most people writing for these sites won’t be buying their beach house on the spoils just yet so contacting papers/magazines and contacts in your area(s) of specialisation would be a better paying but perhaps less constant option.

      All the best


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