How Sites Hold Back
Sometime ago I joined a site, which limited posts to 3 a day. This was done by the Owner to hold down revenue. It was clear, and anyone who joined knew the limitations.
There was another site which ‘nit picked’ so that what you posted at 9 am would be seen by 12 pm and the ‘nits’ mentioned so you’d go back and work on it. After a few back and forths you realised there were no ‘nits’ not really, the owner was just delaying publication so that you wouldn’t make the ‘target’.
This caused many of the best writers to pack up and go.
On a site with especially slow moderation, ‘viral’ topics; that is something that would grab readers because it is new or has specific information, die. They die because someone else, writing on another site, will be published first, show up in a search, get the hits and by the time your item reaches views, if you get a dozen… wow.
Slow moderation on a site means that one prints their best on another site, a site where there is either no moderation or quick moderation.
Although one can get the fact the Owners slow the modding to cut down the revenue they have to pay, the also cut down the views they will get.
Everyone wants a post to go Viral. They want to be the first with the Info and get it up and Networked and out there. A site makes money when it gets hits. If it can get popular topics people want to read, lots of visitors arrive. They may come for the item, they may stay to read other items.
When a site has slow moderation, a writer will know better than to publish any of their best pieces there.
Submit to a quick site, get it up, get it networked and watch the visitors. After a few days an extract can be posted to a slow site, and networked over time.
Clearly, the fast site is going to be getting more hits than the slow.
No one likes to have their articles moderated or edited before it is published but they need to realize that this even happens to real journalists as well. There are sites that allow you to post an article without any moderation at all, which is fine for both the site and the person writing the articles. I guess it depends on what kind of site it is. If I had a site, I would let people post at their leisure. I’m just not the type to post a whole lot in one day.
If you write for a Newspaper your work goes instantly to the proofreaders who move with haste, because they have a deadline. Online, with the spell checkers, grammar checkers and the abilities to put certain words or terms in the ‘forbidden bucket’ so that the item would be flagged … there is no excuse for slow moderation in the academic sense.
Slow moderation is done to prevent the writer from earning.
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