All that Glitters is not gold. Expertscolumn.com is not all that Great.

M G Singh By M G Singh, 13th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Columns & Opinions

EC is a writing site that is now about 2 years old. However there is more hype and little substance in this writing site.

EC Flatters to Decieve

I have been writing on EC for about a year and other sites like Bukisa, Knoji, Hub pages, Helium, articleswrap,Xomba, Suite 101,ezine articles etc for much longer. I am now in a position to analyze this site (EC) in relation to other sites. I will add that this is just my personal opinion and not necessarily need be the opinion of others.
I have been amused by many writers, some of whom migrated from Wikinut going ga-ga over EC just after earning few dollars. Most of these writers are not aware what earning is, which I relate to at least a $1000 a month. So when these writers earn $5 it is the moon. But what about the site itself? How does it conform for a serious writer who wants to make a name?
One must remember that earning 2/3 dollars is not satisfaction, this comes from viewership and recognition and the pleasure it affords to write. This is where EC falters. Firstly the site discriminates against Indian writers. It pays 50% less to Indians than it does to foreigners from the west. This mentality is difficult to understand as it is an Indian writing site and the owner is a native from where I hail. None of the US based or English sites have discriminated against me for being an Indian, by paying me less etc.
The majority of the articles are extremely poorly written and grammar is a weak link there. I find it difficult to have my works to be showcased along with writers who are unable to get admission to premier sites and write poor English.
The site has a set of new moderators. My experience with one of them is simply horrendous. A moderator is not to reject an article just because he or she feels otherwise. They are supposed to check language and things like obscenity etc. But one moderator has been rejecting my articles as she feels that I should not write against a specific god man, in this case Asa Ram Bapu who is well known as a con man and misleading thousands.18 murders have been committed at his ashram. I have failed to understand the reason.
Even otherwise the site has been arbitrarily rejecting content with absurd comments like sexually oriented, hurting the people. These look ok, but in practice good articles on Bhagwan Rajneesh and Salman Rushdie are rejected. The point is that these rejections are whimsical. One reason is the moderators appointed have no standing whatever in the literary field. Their own published work is nowhere showcased.
I thus took a conscientious decision to write less on this site till it revamps its moderators who learn the job. The fact is I write for enjoyment and if that goes its not a good thing.EC gives very little pleasure with the new moderators.

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Earnings An Dsites, English Language, Experts Column, Moderators, Writing Sites

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2013 (#)

I was quite active in Associated Content and loved the camaraderie with others like in Wikinut. But they could not pay non-US residents due to US tax regulations. Eventually Yahoo! Voices changed the format. Bukisa linked with Google Adsense and that was I think the last straw to dream of getting any payments! I am only with Wikinut now and I know payments are few and far between but we have good folks here, nice to spend few hours every day! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva for commenting. I also like wikinut.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Wikinut may not pay all that well, but for many other reasons it is a great website to write for. Nice work Madan.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jan 2013 (#)

so bloody true Steve...am so glad to be on wikinut...have tried many and this is the Best...

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank yo Steve. I agree with you

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Very true... and you know that all payment matters.

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you for commenting

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you for your comments and insight on Experts Column.. good to know.

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for commenting

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author avatar Buzz
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks, Madan, For sharing your opinion. Cheers.

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Buzz. I am always encouraged by your comments.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jan 2013 (#)

got out of EC AC or whatever..am very veree happy with Wikinut...it is the best site to write for and the format is incomparable...

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Jan 2013 (#)

I agree CNwriter. Thank you for commenting

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author avatar Carol
14th Jan 2013 (#)

This is very enlightening Madan, thanks so much. I am content to be with Triond and Wikinut, as I write novels as well. I just enjoy writing!

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you carol. I would love to know more about your novels. In case you feel you could also email me at m.emge2002@gmail.com.
I have also written 2 novels but not published. It will be a pleasure to interact with you.

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author avatar Buzz
14th Jan 2013 (#)

With due respect, my dear friend Madan, at the end of the past year you invited Carol to to Expertscolumn per this link: http://writing.wikinut.com/Wikinut-is-my-Favourite-Writing-Site/1ht6ocyw/

I wonder why the sudden change of heart.

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author avatar Buzz
17th Jan 2013 (#)

It is most grossly unfair you just label and judge writers on Expertscolumn that way, Madan. You are are not a master of English yourself!

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author avatar Aaron
18th Jan 2013 (#)

Buzz do not be so quick to comment bad things when people speak of their experiences with ec. For those of you who are GOOD writers, you may want to look into expertspages.com

Get good pageviews and way better pay rate than ec, triond, bukisa and wikinut combined... are at expertspages.

If you want to republish your work to other sites, try moving it to fullofknowledge.com

*Note - neither one of the 2 sites mentioned willaccept gibberish nonsense articles, so your work will be showcased with some of the best writers on the Internet... on the highest paying writing site($) in the world.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
23rd Feb 2013 (#)

I had a heard time reading some of your article that was hidden under the annoying advertisement that cannot be moved, but, did you say that you actually made $1000 a month on a writing platform? Wow the most I ever made was $5.00 for just one month on Yahoo Voices! If I made 1000 a month on a writing website I would never have to worry about money again!!!

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