This page covers Truckers Savings Journalists FAQ -- or Frequently Asked Questions about the Truckers Savings Journalists program.
As an example, you may see a new article online that falls within your "beat."
You do some research to learn more and you think that other professional truck drivers would benefit from knowing what you learned.
(An example of this is out biometric screening page.)
Send (or "pitch") your article idea to us for approval.
The pitches that we are most likely to approve are those that clearly indicate how truckers can save money.
An article addresses a topic about how professional truck drivers can save money or are being forced to spend more money in trucking.
One of the definitions that Dictionary.com lists for a "review" is "a general survey of something, especially in words; a report or account of something."
We have provided some suggestions which we recommend Journalists use as the basis for writing free-form reviews.
A "free-form" review allows the author to write freely, like an essay.
It contains a description of how one has personally used a product or service (except for those covered by our "formed" reviews) and one's experience with it.
Formed reviews are the only ones that need no "pitching."
It is your responsibility as a Journalist to make sure that we have your current Google AdSense info and byline info.
As a safeguard to you, all forms through which articles or reviews may be submitted have fields where Journalists may enter this information.
The first time you pre-submit an article or review, we will build two special files (Server Side Includes or SSIs):
When uploaded with your content, SSI file changes are made site-wide to all of your content simultaneously.
If your information is current, you need not update it.
When we publish your article or review, we will embed your ad info SSI with it (at least 150 characters below the top of your submission) and your byline info SSI below it.
Google addresses "Most successful ad sizes" and of the three listed, we will publish the Large Rectangle (336 x 280) (336 pixels wide by 280 pixels high).
You may see the dimensions of this ad on Google AdSense.
After you have your Google AdSense account opened, create an ad this size.
Within Google, you have the option to choose your "ad style."
We require that all ads submitted to us by Journalists be in the "Google default" style and text only.
When you pre-submit your article or review, copy and paste the entire code into the appropriate field in the form.
You will do this the first time you pre-submit content.
From then on, you need only submit the ad code if it changes.
Articles and reviews submitted through this program will be published directly on Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com's website, linked on the page best suited for them.
(For example, an article about preventive maintenance will be linked on the preventive maintenance page of our site.)
The link remains on our blog page until it rotates off by newer content being published.
As articles and reviews are published, they are listed in the next issue of our free monthly Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, which has hundreds of subscribers.
Newsletters are archived so that readers may click and read items that interest them.
You may contribute more articles and reviews if you choose.
For example, if you visit a truck stop and use the fuel island, get a shower and eat at the restaurant, feel free to submit three individual formed reviews (one for each).
If you need to update an article or free-form review, we ask that you write and submit a follow-up separately.
Let us know what article or review is being updated (write the URL on the form) and we will link it to your previous article.
Truck stop reviews are intended to be "snapshots" of the conditions of a fuel island, restaurant or shower at the time a professional truck driver visits.
We trust that truck stop managers who read truck stop reviews on our site will make positive changes that will help all drivers who use the facilities.
We anticipate that conditions or services may change from visit to visit.
You are free to submit a formed review of the same service at the same location once a month.
Yes, Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com posts its own ads on the page.
According to Google's "Heat map for pages" the ad nearest the top of the content performs the best. On pages containing your articles and reviews, the ad nearest the top of your content will always be your AdSense ad.
Within your browser, visit your article or review page, then view the source code of that page.
From there, you will be able to see the code of your Google AdSense ad, and you will see your AdSense account number embedded in the ad code.
This is your assurance that all clicks on your ads are being paid to you.
Yes, we have the following requirements:
Yes, we have following restrictions:
We use a specific format for naming truck stop reviews:
Here are examples of titles and file names that we used on truck stop reviews (with our descriptions):
You are paid directly by Google for the AdSense revenue generated by your ad block appearing with your articles and/or reviews.
Earnings may vary widely, depending on the topic, reader response, and so on.
Google pays on a 30 - 60 day schedule, meaning you will typically have to wait 30 - 60 days from the day of your earnings to actually receive a deposit into your checking account. Google also has its own payment thresholds. Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com has no influence over your Google payments.
Money should not be the primary reason to become a Truckers Savings Journalist with Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com, because earnings alone are not enough of a reward for someone who isn't simultaneously passionate about helping professional truck drivers save money.
The authors most likely to enjoy becoming Truckers Savings Journalists will be those who wish to be involved in something significant to benefit the worldwide trucking community, not merely something that generates a paycheck.
Earnings are impossible to predict, but they will have the structure of generating the most revenue within the first 72 hours of being posted.
From there, earnings will slow down and level off at a significantly lower amount of ongoing earnings for that particular article.
In the first 72 hours, one article about truck drivers might typically earn anywhere from an estimated $5 - $25, depending on its success with readers (and its headline).
From there, earnings for that one article would typically drop to $1 a day or less.
The best way to maximize earnings is to have a new article each week, generating immediate revenues from new articles while accumulating the ongoing revenues from old articles.
Professional truck drivers must never compromise their sleeper berth time or other work-related duties in order to write articles or reviews under this program.
As Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com continues to expand its reach, earnings may rise as the readership increases. So having content published on Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com positions you to receive earnings from future increases in traffic from interested readers.
This program on Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com does not generate lucrative earnings on a per-article basis.
Those who are likely to participate are those who have a strong personal passion for writing about these topics and who want to see their work published while participating in Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com's success in reaching more professional truck drivers.
The AdSense pay is only a small reason for participating in this program, but it at least provides some sort of compensation so that you're not working for free.
Since our website covers worldwide news about truckers saving money or being forced to spend more money in their jobs, we have no restrictions on your geographic location.
Google, however, may have restrictions.
In order for you to become a Truckers Savings Journalist, you are required to have a Google AdSense account.
Currently, we only accept articles in English.
Readers who read in other languages may be able to use Google's free Translation service:
No HTML coding is necessary.
Everything is done through the forms on our site.
If you desire to use a word processor program to write your content, please be aware that embedded hyperlinks such as those in MS Word will not show up as linked when you copy and paste your content in the form.
Full website URLs need to be written out.
It is best to place a list of URLs as references at the bottom of your articles.
The author byline is the place for each Journalist to include basic biographical information including
No affiliate links are allowed.
We will place your byline information in a Server Side Include that will read the same site-wide following every article or review you write that we publish.
Once submitted through our Pre-Submission Form the first time, you need only enter this information again if it changes.
We strive to read articles and reviews within one (1) business day.
We will be publishing content as rapidly as we can get it up on the website.
The new technology we are using -- the same technology that allows us remove the "pre-submit" step from our process -- does not automatically allow for ratings and comments from others.
However, we plan to insert a method of leaving comments through Facebook below each article or review.
No. We are not using any program through which we can get a percentage of the revenue that is generated from ads submitted by Truckers Savings Journalists.
We require you as a Journalist to have your own Google AdSense account and submit the code for the ad size specified so that one hundred percent (100%) of the revenue that is generated from your ads on your content pages goes to you.
Here's our rationale:
Certainly! Here are examples of:
Note: The format of a free-form review is about the same as that of an article.
We have tried to be thorough.
However, if you have a question not answered here, you may contact us.
You may apply to become a Truckers Savings Journalist here:
Please allow 3-5 business days to hear back from us concerning your application.
There is no fee to participate.
There are also no guarantees that you will be accepted into the program.
We intend to accept those who match our philosophy and mission, who have really strong writing skills, and whose articles and/or reviews match the tone and theme of our site.