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Our Ecosystem makes it easy to Get your message out to thousands—& get paid.

Unlike Instagram or Facebook, Elephant is independent, and mission-driven—and despite having (slightly) fewer resources, we believe in paying our writers to offer quality to our readers.

Elephant was one of the first major sites to pay our best, consistent writers. But it was always hard to measure “best.” Now, we are introducing monthly payments to the top 10 articles on Elephant based on their Ecosystem Score—95% determined by our readers’ actions: reads, hearts, comments, and 5% determined by our Editor’s Picks (so that mission balances popularity). The three runner-up articles will be offered a gift subscription to share with a friend or family member.

Learn more about the Ecosystem via our FAQ. Find our new Contender Leaderboard here.

Note: When folks earn identical scores, we use the number of reads as the tiebreaker.

New: The #1 Ecosystem Winner will be featured in Waylon’s Editor’s Letter in an upcoming newsletter.

January Winners

#1 Emma Sloan $108

4 Relationship Red Flags we should Never Ignore.

#2 Cindy Galen B. $108

11 Golden Insights from Jonah Hill’s Therapist.

#3 Sharon A. DeNofa $108

The Dating Red Flag that Leaves us Feeling Mentally & Emotionally Drained.

#4 Anna Palmer $100

Cancer Full Moon: It’s Time to Let the Past Be—& Heal. {January 6}

#5 Roopa Swaminathan $90

Saying “If I can do it, so can you” is Not Nearly as Encouraging as we Think.

#6 Michelle Schafer $80

Middle-Aged, Single & Cat Owner—It’s Not the Burn You Think It Is.

#7 Mudita Lionheart $70 Editor's Pick

30 Things to Stop Apologizing for at Work (& in Life).

#8 Michelle Schafer $60 Editor's Pick

A Manifesto for a Happy Life: 14 Tips to Help us Find True Happiness.

#9 Roopa Swaminathan $50

This Year, I’m Determined to be More Kind & Forgiving—to Myself.

#10 Karuna Schwartz $40 Editor's Pick

Burn it Down, then Wait: a Mantra for the New Year.

#11 Cheryl Melody Baskin

22 Poetic Words by Rumi to Remind Us to Honor & Value Who We Are.

#12 Justice Bartlett Editor's Pick

I’m No Longer Using my Anxiety to Avoid my Sweet Soul.

#13 Jodee Prouse

What Meghan & Harry can Teach Us All about Family.



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