Writing OnLine; the Rips, the Tricks, the Pennies, and the Pay

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An Overview of the landscape of writing online, the scams, the low pay, the tricks and how to avoid them

Overview

The assumption made by most online writing sites is that you have never written for pay before. You never published a book, never were a journalist, never even saw your name in print in a letter to the editor in your local paper.

The assumption made by the owners or moderators of the various online sites; be they called 'writing' or 'publishing' is that you were born yesterday and are goiing to be so thrilled seeing your work online that you won't notice you are being ripped off.

The assumption is that you will Network your item until your fingers bleed, bringing in viewers who will see and perhaps click on an Ad. The attracting of visitors to the site will put free money in the pocket of the site owner who does absolutely nothing at all whatsoever to Earn it.

It is a Scam that began about five years ago. And will continue.

The Parameters

Years ago, online writers were writers who published items online. Just as a person who writes a column for their local paper writes and is published in a hardcopy, the writer who wrote online would have their item published online.

The Emphasis was on 'writing'.

Then there was a sudden explosion of Scamhood both from the site owner and the so-called writer.

The site owner appreciated the value of turniing the site into a commercial broken by prose. Ads and more ads, and the writing was fit around the ads, which are important, the writing is not.

Yes. The writing on these sites is the least important feature. The writing is used to separate the Ads. The writing is used to attract visits; so the clever title, the wise use of keywords and S.E.O terms, will capture the viewer who entered a search term and will be directed to the page.

Ten years ago a person would enter "How to Wash Silk" and the Seach Engine would race the Superhighway and find the Article which was headed; "How to Wash Silk", and offer that first, then, in descending order, other articles with descending use of the search term.

Scammers, who pretended to be writers, learned how to play the system.

Playing The System

There are people who can barely compose a shopping list, but were able to become 'top' writers on the various sites because they learned the tricks.

On sites which tried to maintain standards, the crap writers failed. They would not be published. To write for these sites required skill and talent. One would go through a period of 'apprenticeship' where every item was moderated, This works when the number of moderators is no less than one mod for every twenty items.

If every item needs to be scrutinised by a moderator, how many can be read in one hour by one Mod who has a life?

If each day there are only one hundred submissions, than having five mods is efficient. If there are one thousand submissions a day, then fifty would be required. Clearly, no site can manage fifty different moderators, so A.I. would be used.

The A.I. might be set to do a 'grammar' check and if there are ten errors, the item is rejected. This causes problems when one uses English; 'labour' is how the word is spelled in English. "Labor" in American Englsh.

The A.I. may have an obscenity check, so that any article on breast cancer, breast feeding, or which mentions 'breastplates' will be discarded.

Asking writers to 'Flag' the writing of other writers leads to the kind of corruption we all know. Slimeball flags ever article it sees so that it gets rid of competitors.

Real Scammers know how to play Search Engines. They churn out crap items which reach the front page and but say nothing.

The Descent

As dozens, hundreds of Quick Buck Johnnies began to create 'Online Writing (Publishing) Sites, they focused on suckering in as many people as possible. They would get as many advertisers as possible, use the prose for wall paper, and if they paid, it was badly.

The sites which had paid decently were hit by various slap downs. This is due to the crap writers loading their articles with S.E.O. terms, saying nothing, which attracted the response of the Panda and the Penguin. The sites suffered, hits dropped off, payment dropped, and the rates changed. 1c per 6 hits became 1c for 600 hits.

Scammers created sites, lured writers with promises, and often adopted the 'Ponzi' style. Pay once, and not again. Take the work and reap the coin, Pay a few pennies here and there, then, when the uproar of unpaid writers gets too loud, go down.

A venue which once was a viable earning opportunity, which once presented all sorts of views and information, now became a cow pasture. A place where more garbage is published than readable items, which pays badly, if it pays at all, and stupid advertisers load the site with ignored blobs, which they pay for.

A Review

There are a number of sites which claim to pay for online writing.

Wikinut pays. It doesn't pay much put it pays. Triond, like Wikinut pays. Not much, but it pays. Hubpages pays. Not much but it pays.

Blogjob allows you to publish no more than 3 items a day. It gives you 50 points per item. Your ceiling is 150 points. Anything over, doesn't count. When you hit 5000 points you can put in for a redemption of $25 US dollars.

It takes about 33 days to reach $25.00. When you reach, and you put in, the money is sent to Paypal within the hour.

I am new to the site. I did get paid.
I'll write an article on the site if I reach 5000 points again, put in, and get paid, again.

These are the only sites that I can honestly recommend.

There are others, I've mentioned them in other articles. They don't pay.

Some, like Bubblews are pure Ponzis. Pay once, not again. Others are wastes of time; ie. Daily Two Cents, and the like. Some are gamers like Expertscolumn which goes up and down and leaves you unpaid.

If you know of any writing site which has been up for over one year and pays every month, please inform me.

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Bubblews, Expertpages, Expertscolumn, Factoidz, Hubpages, Online Publshing, Online Writing, Payment, Postanyarticle, Scams, Seekyt, Topicspotter, Triond, Wikinut, Wizzely, Writing, Zujava

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Jun 2015 (#)

I have been doing this for a long time myself. the only way you are going to make any money is if you have clients of your own.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Honest take, thanks Kaylar. I have a simple test - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Some prove fly by night, flatter to deceive, flash in the pan etc.

I started with Associated Content which was taken over by Yahoo and became Yahoo Contributor Network. I liked the site but over time I lost interest as I was not eligible for payment being non US resident. Now it is history as it was not behemoth Yahoo's cup of tea. I heard they had paid $100 million for about 2 million articles - ie $ 50 a piece!

I like Wikinut as it has human moderators who can smell a rat over time. I like the camaraderie among the contributors too with their different perspectives on issues they write on and sticking to their guns to prove their points - siva

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author avatar kaylar
27th Jun 2015 (#)

We have to try to maintain the quality. There are crap writers here who play the system, get the Star, and bring the whole site down.

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author avatar WOGIAM
27th Jun 2015 (#)

I agree that we must do all we can to maintain the quality of this site, kaylar, however crap writers hardly get stars, if the articles are not of a set standard here.

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author avatar kaylar
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Not exactly; crap writers play the system.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Excellent article, Kaylar. It takes a lot of effort to start and maintain a website. That's where us sucker writers come in: we think we are Pulitzer writers but we are paid in peanuts and tolerate it because, well, we like to express ourselves and have our expressions read.

There's always a "trick" to writing in the style of the site, largely to garner click counts of pageviews, advertising exposure for products, and other revenue-generating aspects for the site owners, who pass out a few peanuts to those of us who are in it more for the psychic income.

It's tough being an online writer and tougher still for writers who need to make their living from it. That is not why most of us are here, writing our rear ends off because we like it.

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author avatar kaylar
28th Jun 2015 (#)

We face serious problems.

Firstly, many sites do not pay, so we have to alert each other; for example, sites like Expertscolumn, Seekyt, Bubblews are rip offs.

Secondly, crap writers know how to get on the front page. They know how to trick the A.I. Mods have to take note and remove items which do not belong on the front page.

What would be useful is if really good items were spotlighted and publicised an attract a higher rate.

This would be great encouragement.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Jun 2015 (#)

It would be great if we had more excellent writers submitting quality stuff, believe me the amount of real crap that gets rejected is amazing - everything perfectly plagiarized articles to ones that are translated from another language to English but still have some foreign words or horrific grammar.

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author avatar kaylar
28th Jun 2015 (#)

The problem is, the work vs pay.

I sit down, I create an item, I post it on Wiki.

Now, I have to go line by line...link, bold...image...credit, next segment.

So say it only takes me 2 hours .. for 39c?

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jun 2015 (#)

The Internet is full of scamsters enticing gullible customers to pay cash. They are worse than the sites for the writers. However, I can't see how the writers can be scamsters and make big money. I wish you had given some examples.

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author avatar kaylar
28th Jun 2015 (#)

Oh I did in previous articles.
Let me show you a trick that destroyed Hubpages.

"Today everyone is interested in Keyword. All over tthe world people are talking about Keyword. You have probably considered Keyword..."

On and on saying nothing but repeating the Keyword.

Yesterday that article...imagine it is 750 words...would find & replace Keyword with bicycles. Today the same article, only the Keyword is Trans-Fat. Tomorrow it is diet...

Articles like that would rank high on search engines and get the hits.

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author avatar Retired
29th Jun 2015 (#)

If your aim is to make money by writing online, then you need to write exactly what someone else will pay you to write.

In other words, you need to join a site like HireWriters - you can get paid quite well, but you may also have your work rejected and get nothing. You will get nowhere by writing rubbish.

As in all such matters, in order to get the rewards you have to put in the effort. You cannot expect much reward if you only write what you want to write and do so out of pure self-indulgence.

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author avatar kaylar
29th Jun 2015 (#)

I am telling you how people played Hubpages...how they got hits. How the Panda slapped them down.

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author avatar peachpurple
19th Jul 2015 (#)

never ever join expertscolum.
I have 12 hubs at hubpages copied and posted by expertscolum writers and claimed theirs. I made a complain but ignore by expertscolumn

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author avatar kaylar
19th Jul 2015 (#)

Expertscolumn is another rip They want the world, they don't pay you for it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
18th Sep 2015 (#)


In one of my previous articles, I had proposed a regulatory body to oversee all these writing sites and what they propose to the end users- who are at the receiving end many times.

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author avatar kaylar
19th Sep 2015 (#)

If a writing site could deal with its writers with a level of respect and do their best to maintain a semblance of quality we would all benefit

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