A Few More On-Line Writing Sites To Avoid

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Three more sites you want to avoid as they either pay by Ads only, demand a pile of work, or are rip offs without redeeming features

Investigate

As is usual, when investigating a writing site there are a few
preliminery steps one takes.

Firstly, check if it is a scam. This is the old Search Site+Scam.

Because so many publishing sites are scams, created to be scams, the creators of the scams write and publish lots of articles to divert the search.

A year ago entering Site+Scam would turn up items written by average people, there would be connections to blogs and statistic sites so one would get a good understanding before posting or joining.

Today, the scammers know how to play Google so use key words in tags so that the items thrown up in such a search are positive ads for the scam site not a real review.

Be cautious, go a page or two into the results to find and opinion worthwhile.

Compete.com

Another trick is to get to compete.com on one of it's useful manifestations.

This site was once fantastic. You could enter two sites and compare them, knowing which got more hits, how they were ranked, etc.

Every so often the 'version' that is thrown up on your screen actually allows you to enter the name of a site and it will give you its statistics.

Every so often it won't; this is because the creators haven't figured out how to make money from the site and don't know whether giving you a 'free taste' will gain a customer or promising services for a fee will gain users.

If Compete is in 'up' mode, (it might want you to register for a 'trial'') You can learn a lot about a site.

For example, there are sites which have very few hits so are not rated. Others have gone down or up to a marked extent.

Last year Wizzley had 37k Unique visitors.
That was the highest it ever was.
Today it has 22k U.V.

Reading the graph you can see it is doing pretty badly. One suspects it will continue on this downward trend, as it has for the past year, and should reach something like
16k U.V. by December.

Wikinut started at 48k last year, went up to 78k in January and is now at 50k.

Wizzley

Wizzley is one of those "I can't believe it" sites.
One really has to look, and look again, read, and read again.

The amount of raw work they want is enormous. They are looking for something close upon 3k words, set off with images...and each image requires attribution.
(It will take you two hours to give them the page they want)

They severely moderate the work, claiming to go for quality. Yah.

Count the days for it to collapse.

And guess what?
One is paid by Ads and Ads ALONE! A whopping 50% of Ad revenue.

The site is a cornucopia of every single Internet Ad you can think of. It is crammed with Adsense, Amazon, Ebay Ads.

"Writers' (term used very loosely) cram every possible Ad into and around
their articles to boost earnings; their's and Wizzley's of course.

The best articles are ridiculous; i.e. "Halloween Costumes for Dogs."
(I am NOT MAKING THIS UP).

The 'writer' is more an Amazon/Ebay promoter who has done searches, found junk, and pops in personal Ads as prose and Images to sell products.

Amazon is happy, Ebay is Happy, Wizzley is getting 50% of the pennies the 'writer' generates via Adsense, etc.

It is all 'Ad Copy'. Even 'historical' submissions are selling books, the
prose setting off the various biographies and thesis.

If you don't write Ad Copy avoid this enormous waste of time.
Further, getting 50% of Ad Sense when you're writing this kind of rubbish is stupid. Create a Blog and get 100% of the Revenue.
(Blogger is good for this).

Cashmystudio.com


This is a pathetic site. It gets so little traffic that Compete can't be bothered,
and if you go to the site it is more confusing than Bubblews.

I don't know if anyone ever got paid here. It offers 60% of Ad Revenue. Considering the low traffic, it's like putting up a bill board in the Amazon basin.

Not unexpected, a few months after posting this article it died.

A word about Ads

One of the facts about Ad Revenue is that many sites only pay by 'clicks', such as Snipsley.

That means it doesn't matter if 1M people view your work. If you are on the Front Page of a Google; if no one clicks on an Ad; you get NOTHING.

Some sites pay for views; hence 300 views are 1c (or something like that) .

Again, we don't know how much the site takes although it claims to take 50%...
(is that before or after deducting costs?)

Now if you are selling something; i.e. key chains, you want these sites. You want them because not only don't you pay to advertise your products, you are paid to advertise.

You create your web page where you have images of your products and on these Ad Boards (like Wizzley) You write articles like;

1) What does your key chain say about you?
2) Casual gifts
3) Special key chains

You get the idea.

Write 500 words, set it off with your ads, (as images) and post it on every idiotic 'Adsense' site.

Sure Adsense will park their junk around your ad copy and maybe get a few clicks; but you are getting the major clicks. You are getting all the profit because your in-article ads for your product don't generate any revenue for anyone but you.

Teckler


This site also gets very little traffic. It also pays so badly one can say it doesn't.

It is like 1c for every 300 views. I guess you can underestand why it isn't particularly well visited.

It came onto the market with a lot of hype but has proven to be a dud. Like many writing sites it was not well planned, organised or promoted.

It has announced it will go down on the 20th of September 2014....not shocking considering what a complete failure/rip off it is.

Recaps

Triond, once the premier site; the one which
virtually started the trend has lost so much momentum and fallen
so far, it no longer has enough hits to register on Compete.com

It allowed itself to become a garbage dump, and what had kept it functioning was that horrible Forum where Trolls congregated and the Ulsterman fabrications.

Many of us began there, and as I've said in previous articles, making $50 a month was not a problem. The fault can be laid at the feet of the Owners who did nothing to prevent it from being labelled a content farm.

Once this was confirmed all Triond Articles start with a minus (-) score so
unless it is the only article in the world with those words, it will never show
on the first few pages of a Google.

Expertscolumn has been up and down like a yo-yo. It ceased to pay and although there was optimism in May that it could be reorganised and return to the fore in August, that doesn't seem likely.

What EC is doing is making it hell to write there. They have a pile of rules, as many demands as this site, and doesn't pay. It is a total waste of time.

Knoji has become straight forward coupons and advertising so doesn't qualify as a 'writing site' any more.

Postanyarticle had been back and forth, but now has died, joining the number which disappeared in the past few months.

People can no longer be bothered joining and writing for questionable venues.
Too many have had the 'Bubblews' experience; (being ripped off) others have had the annoyance of on/off sites.

I assume that within a few months many sites will join Teckler and new 'Bubbles' will rise on the horizon.

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Ads, Adsense, Amazon, Cashmystudio, Ebay, Online, Teckler, Wizzley, Writing

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author avatar Retired
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you...

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author avatar kaylar
24th Aug 2013 (#)

My view is that writers need to be protected

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Yup, there are lots of scams out there and places where it is nearly impossible to make money. ListMyFive also pays by clicks on ads, and it is extremely hard to make money there too.

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author avatar kaylar
25th Aug 2013 (#)

People must avoid these sites. No one reads the stuff there, they are ad copy. And joining these sites is a negative.

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Aug 2013 (#)

Very informative article. I myself have seen many sites falling by the wayside. Well done sir.

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Aug 2013 (#)

Incidentally EC is launching in a big way as i am one of the pilot writers evaluating the new dispensation.

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author avatar kaylar
25th Aug 2013 (#)

I really liked EC...

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author avatar sukkran
25th Aug 2013 (#)

thanks for the timely warning. an informative post.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Aug 2013 (#)

I wish I had ventured into this game years ago instead of months ago. Thank you for the info on scams. Now, I wish there were more info on sites where making even $50 a month for decent content was possible.

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author avatar kaylar
25th Aug 2013 (#)

Not at this time; most of the sites are rip offs.

I've written about all the sites I've visited during the years...and those that actually pay, pay very little.

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author avatar Retired
25th Aug 2013 (#)

One really does need to be careful on the internet, there are some great scams out there.

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author avatar kaylar
25th Aug 2013 (#)

What users don't understand is that many of these sites are created AS SCAMS. The owner sets up the scam and invites others, and never for one second is it not a scam.

Think of it, how easy it is to crate a publishing site, get revenue from the advertisers, let people write, rip them off, pay a few shills, keep the scam going as long as possible.

Know that someone is going to do a scam+site...so ...write an item use those as tag words and in the body..."crapwriter is not a scam site. "
People join...

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