For a Few Dollars More.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 10th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Columns & Opinions

This is about my voyage in the stormy sea of the Internet. I hope I find my port to drop my anchor.

For a few dollars more.

I have been blogging for almost seven years. Initially, I joined a site in which I had the good fortune of meeting and interacting with several terrific Indians from all corners of the world. I mainly wrote humor, tongue in cheek and dark humor, which got me warm readership. In all humility, I can say I worked my way to be one of the first hundred popular bloggers. The site attracted me with its scheme of reward points, which could be converted into some goods. Who wouldn’t like free gifts?

Passion.
With my passion for writing and lure of the free gifts, I blogged regularly and collected my first and only gift in the site. For reasons I couldn’t understand, the site had discontinued the program and lost its sheen.

A three letter word.

As the members increased in leaps and bounds, the site became less attractive due to frequent technical glitches, numerous controversies, taboo about the use of a three letter word and matters allied with it. As some oldies in their sixties and above joined the network, they had seen red in the three letter word and treated the blogger that used it as an untouchable. The birds and the bees do it, but in the site under reference, it was no go.

Growth.

After three years and 400 blogs, I found I was not growing as a blogger. I found faults in several blogs including mine, but could not point out the mistakes for fear of offending the writers. When I posted a few blogs, asking for constructive criticism including faulty grammar and punctuation, remarkably few obliged.

Self improvement.
I had gone back to the drawing boards and brushed up my grammar and allied subjects. To test my new skills, I joined a site mostly of English speaking people, predominantly Americans who appreciated my imagination and dark humor but kicked me in the rear even for a missing or misplaced comma. It was like a boot camp where many sergeants had put me through my paces quickly.

After learning the ropes and getting the seal of approval of All Time Best for several blogs, I started posting these articles in another site where I have been awarded the badge of an “Expert Author.”

Mounting expenses.

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As I was spending considerable money on various accounts, one of my reliable friends told me of some sites where I could make money online. I joined Triond and Wikinut sites and posted my blogs regularly. During this period, I had also to fight my wife’s cancer which involved considerable expenses. Any additional income was welcome, and there appeared no better alternative than blogging.

Wikinut.
My experience in Wikinut has been rewarding and also disappointing, as all I got were several wows from my readers but nothing else. Here, like any social networking site, there were wheels within wheels, and to get more page views and readers I had to spend a lot of time reading the work of others and commenting on them. Unless I commented on their works, it would be naive to expect them to visit my blogs.

Disappointment.

After posting 83 blogs, which received comments ranging from good to excellent, all I could get was only a couple of thousand points. When I had read one blogger got his first check after 6000 points, I realized it would take eons to get a check from Wikinut.

New pastures.
I started looking for more lucrative pastures and found one in which a few top few were making $200 a day and the rest on an average $25 a day. It had a program in which one could climb ladders of success, and each step had a guaranteed monthly income. Further, each position in the hierarchy had attractive monthly salaries of $ 100, 1000, and 10,000.

I thought I would be a monarch in the kingdom of the blind and started my upward march with a spring in my step and a song on my lips. I had taken the first exam and cleared it in one go. After clearing the exam, I expected my profits to double as per the norm of the site. Instead, they vanished altogether.

Now I am given to understand the best way to succeed and earn more money is to stuff my writing with search terms, which are popular with Search Engines. I learned the best way to make money is to learn from scratch about SEO optimization. I am, forever, climbing some learning curve and getting stuck midway everywhere.

A Prodigal son.

Disillusioned, I am planning to return to Wikinut for the peanuts I get, and other site where I had won my spurs as a blogger. Fortunately, my wife’s condition has improved considerably, and the strain on my purse eased to my relief. Now I can write what I like most- humor and forget the search terms, SEO optimization and earning money.


Earning the money.

I don’t want to say I have no taste for money, nor I am filthy rich. However, money is not everything in life. In the site where I am writing now, most of the blogs are about how to make money, pots of money and succeed. Most of the bloggers including English speaking people care a damn about English and grammar.

I had an unsavory feeling when I saw a blog which showed scant respect for grammar and punctuation getting comments in hundreds and earning pots of money for the blogger. This prompted me to post some blogs about rudiments of grammar and punctuation. Unfortunately, these blogs received no response. When I sent a few messages in private about the numerous mistakes in English, the bloggers replied that they cared little for grammar, not even spelling or spacing.

I learned English and grammar are of little consequence. The overriding factors are: search terms, popular tags and large network of friends and fans.
I, for one, cannot praise a blog which shows lack of rudiments of English.
I feel like a Bedouin forever searching for a place to pitch his tent permanently.

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Meet the author

author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Shaunak
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Welcome back to Wikinut and earnings have absolutely no relations to nutpoints. Earnings depends only on page views and number of page views required to receive payment varies from writer to writer. But Things are not so bad, you do get paid here as i was paid about GBP 5.5 yesterday. So keep writing and you'll be earning

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Vats,
Many thanks for the welcome.
I'll follow your advice.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Vats,
Many thanks for the welcome.
I'll follow your advice.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Vats,
Many thanks for the welcome.
I'll follow your advice.

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author avatar Shaunak
10th Jun 2012 (#)

I got paid and and i hope U can read some useful insights from my experience

http://money.wikinut.com/I-Got-Paid-by-Wikinut-%2A-How-to-Earn-with-Payment-Proof-%2A/1p3r2qm1/

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author avatar soraya452
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Nicely written article.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear soraya452,
many thax .

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author avatar Buzz
10th Jun 2012 (#)

My sentiments too, GV. Thanks.

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author avatar Val Mills
10th Jun 2012 (#)

I'm inclined to agree with you, the grass is never as green as it may seem on the other side. Once I realised i wasn't going to make much money anywhere, and what I did make was hardly worth having, I've settled for a couple of sites where I feel at home, Wikinut being one of them.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Ny dear Val Mills,
many thanks.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Jun 2012 (#)

a good piece GV..thank you...

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
11th Jun 2012 (#)

It was really interesting to read through your experiences with writing sites. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear crwiter,
many thanx.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
11th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Pradeep kumar,
many thanx.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
11th Jun 2012 (#)

Hang tight and may the Lord be with you and your wife. I'd rather read a well written article like this than one than one that is poorly written.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Han Van Meegin,
OH, Thank you very much for your appreciation and and advice.

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author avatar Jojay
11th Jun 2012 (#)

"I, for (two) cannot praise a blog which shows lack of rudiments of English". Good article, GV, and well written (as always). I couldn't agree with you more about the importance of good style and grammar. Nothing makes me more angry than reading blogs (and people getting paid for them!) that are written in sub-standard English. Reminds me of the the old saying, "form follows function"---the articles are not only lacking in form but serve no other 'function' other than to confuse and irritate the reader. Usually people with poor grammar skills have nothing of value to contribute. They tend to rant. Anyway, thanks again for an insightful article.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Jojay,
That makes us two of a kind. Thanks for joining my group.

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author avatar EasyWriter
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Great article.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear EasyWriter,
Many thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear EasyWriter,
Many thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar coolmoney
6th Oct 2012 (#)

As with all things in life it is difficult to say what makes a blog attract so much viewer attention and earn money for the blogger. Grammar and punctuation in some cases matter less with most sites, while other sites have strict rules regarding blog presentation.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear coolmoney,
Welcome to my space and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Jojay
7th Oct 2012 (#)

GV, I'm so glad that you decided to 'pitch your tent' here at Wikinut again. Your talent, and respect for the proper use of the English language is much appreciated by me (and I suspect many others.)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
8th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear Jojay,
Many thanks for your comment. The lure of the lucre is irresistible. I some times feel what is in a comma or a semicolon when you can make fifty bucks?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Oct 2012 (#)

I missed this excellent article earlier. I share your views, GVR. I have pitched my tent and dropped anchor at this port though grass at some others are supposed to be greener! I prefer to live on hope! siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva for your wonderful comment.

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