Writing Sites; Learning From Mistakes/Successes
WHEN YOU JOIN A NEW SITE
Continuing with my imaginery Riteon site…
You go to the new site. Whether you got the usual Shill message or found it in a search, and because it is new there isn’t much from Scamadviser.
What to do?
Firstly, if you can read other items already posted BEFORE you join, do so. It will give you a ‘flavour’ of what is expected. If you can’t; if you must join BEFORE you can read, it is a 99% chance that the site is a scam.
After all, a writing site suggests people READ what is written. If People Can’t Read what is written then it is NOT a writing site.
All legit sites let you read before you join.
Let us pretend when you go to Riteon you can view other items. You check the quality, the length, the way the items are set. It looks okay….BUT….
A particular site, I’ll call Tricksy, came into being with about twenty items, excellent items all about the Front Page. There were different names on each item.
As a user posted something, one of those twenty items disappeared. The ‘users’ who had written one of those twenty items never wrote again.
All of the items that were on that Front Page the day Tricksy was born were plagiarised. They were copied from other sites, posted over a false name. As soon as a warm body popped in and posted, one of those items with the false name was replaced.
Within a day all of the plagiarised items were gone. All of the false users were gone.
The plagiarised items and false names had been posted by the Owner to lure people into believing he was running a legit site.
A Chance To Catch Your Breath
I know reading the above post has probably knocked the air out of you.
Some of you are doing the; “Oh, that’s not True!” because you are afraid to face reality.
Some of you are thinking back to the day you Joined Writing Site X and think…”Yeah, I had read a great piece by such a good writer who disappeared…” and then, recalling that the great piece also disappeared.
And some of you are nodding your heads.
The fact of the Internet or Cyberspace is that anything that can be hacked will be hacked, anything that can be ripped will be ripped, and every possible scam imagined will play.
Many people Start a writing site and need… writing. So, they go to the top sites, and grab something, maybe slap another title on it, invent a name as author and publish it as is. They don’t expect it to be up very long, for as soon as that first Member posts, one of those articles is gone.
Some of the Owners will create a number of Nicknames from different Proxies and use those Nicks to post items. In one case, there were five people who were friends of the Owner, and they all wrote and stole so that the day the site came online there were fifty items, about twenty were fresh, the rest plagiarised.
At the end of that first day, all the items were real, (unless a member plagiarised).
It wasn’t until a week went by that the Owner could dare to run a plagiarism checker because a couple of the stolen items were getting a lot… A LOT of traffic, and he couldn’t afford to take them down.
This is just an aside, but something you need to know.
WHEN YOU JOIN A NEW SITE
So you join Riteon…?
Here is what you do.
1. Create a Nick under which you will write for the site.
2. Under you real name you get a Free Blog and post your items there first. But keep the Blog Private.
3. You create a New Email Account for that Site.
Do You Want To Know Why?
1, Many sites sell their member lists to all sorts of nefarious people. Whether it is a gambling site, a rip off site, an ad company…. whatever. By using a Nick you will immediately know that a scam is here… for example.
Marilee Burns joined a writing site as Wander. It was assumed Wander was Male. Wanders email address was [email protected]. At that email address there were a lot of ads for Viagra, and a lot of females writing; “Hi, I’m Divinda…I saw your profile and think we could…” (you get the idea).
So Marilee, who used the name Wander is getting all kinds of spam because the ‘writing site’ she joined, sold her name and email to scam artists.
2. You publish your stuff on your Blog but keep it private so that no one can see it. When Riteon steals your work, you can prove it was ‘plagiarised’. How?
Marilee posted; “How To Wash Silk” on her Blog on January 1st. She posted the item on Riteon on January 6th. She writes to the Owners of the site, saying her work was plagiarised. The Owner has to take down. The Owner has no idea that Marilee and Wander are the same person.
3. The separate email, explained in 1. above is also useful to keep your life separate from your nick. If Riteon goes down or sends you all kinds of crud, that email account can be closed without an eye blink.
It is not like your real account which you don’t want to close, so have to put up with garbage from crummy sites.
JOINING A QUESTIONABLE SITE
New sites have the benefit of no history. No one knows if they are real or not. They could be the biggest scam, you don’t know. They could be a great site, you don’t know.
So, you join, you follow the steps of new nick, new email and publishing first on a private blog.
Or you adopt one of these methods in testing the credibility of a site.
1) Clown Series
I once joined a site I was not very confident about. I decided to pretend that I was a clown in a circus. I know nothing about clowns, circuses… but… I was cracking up every minute as I wrote.
The language was perfect, the information was ‘make it up as I along’.
I wrote as many items as I needed to reach the first pay out. I Reached it, and stopped writing. If I was paid or not, well, I didn’t really invest anything or lose anything.
When you aren’t sure if a site is legit or not, you post shards of previous published articles. It doesn’t take much effort to find a 1k item, chop it into three, and post the shards with a bit of crimping here and there.
In this way, you don’t waste time and effort on a site which might be a scam.
Post the same old recipes or laundry tips that have been around forever. This is not Grandma’s secret recipe. This isn’t that special way your Aunt ironed. This is what everyone knows or should know.
Nothing you are posting is special, or needs any kind of thought.
In this if a site steals your work, goes down without paying, or in any way tries to rip you off, well, they’ve virtually stolen your garbage.
If the site does pay and seems legit, you post slightly more valuable things, but don’t go too far. Because every site usually pays the new user that first time.
So hold back.
Your second batch of submissions can be more in your ‘Clown Series’ (you don’t have to pick a clown, just something you make up as you go along, i.e. acting, being a police officer, a long distance runner, anything you are not that you make up) can be more shards of your previously published work, (at a slightly more rewritten level) and some more off the top of your head recipes.
If you are paid that second time, on time, you might…. Might have joined a legit site.
I suppose you are one of the bubblers at the now defunct Bubblews?
Actually, I was one of the members there. I super enjoyed it there while it was paying us well. Though, there was a time when a lot of my posts that I redeemed weren’t paid. I waited for them to be paid, while I kept posting and kept being paid again for them.
Overall, I was happy, yes I was happy even if they haven’t paid me for some of my posts there about more than $300. My happiness was more than my sadness, because I never experienced being paid so much by simply sharing my thoughts, experiences and stories.
Had it not been for the spammers and scammers, it would have been a paying site still and wouldn’t have gone down.
Oh its very bad- its worse than even what happened on Bubblews. Mykites too did go down unprofessionally, and I believe I ought to have been reimbursed for the 1200+ points I made (and so will many).
@rebelwoman06 I do recall you from Mylot as well as Bubblews. So, we will again be interacting here.
Before I joined Bub. I understood that it couldn’t work because the ‘pay out’ was unsustainable. They could not pay the writers as they said. To pay 10 writers they would have to NOT pay 30 writers.
Blogjob and Wikinut have some class. The others don’t need to warn you… they were scams from the start. Taking the money and running is what they do.
SURVIVAL GUIDE WHEN YOU JOIN A NEW SITE
Always create a new email account and new nick, just in case it is a scam to get your email so as to sell it to Spammers and Advertisers.
Always create a Private Blog on which you post your work first and then copy that to the site. As a Private Blog it won’t turn up on a search. This gives you a record and ‘first in time’ protection.
Post items, reach the pay out and stop posting until paid
Yes, nobody in this world wants to be low we all need to be high.
No body wants to be down all of us need to be up.
Nobody wants a minus we all need a plus.
Try always to up lift, rise your self with faith. Be brave like a,hero you will make it. You want money, write an elevator pitch and start selling your self. Join with meaningfull People, you will make it. Put your head in a pot, cook it hard, you will come up with genuine ideas. Opportunities are all round us but,we have not wokenup to see them.
The Mistake is thinking that people, outsiders, brought down Bubblews. Bubblews went down because it was a scam. It was taken down by law.
So what other sites are there other than myLot and LiteracyBase? Is there a site that can be at par with Bubblews as to its earnings when it was still at its peak?
I think none, because it was just a mistake to do that. See, they were gone already.
Though, here at LB we can really earn much if only we are patient in making good posts. Although, I feel disappointed that our posts would get only about 5 comments or none at all.
I hope everyone will make a blog here since there are a lot of members already. And they should also comment on blogs they find interesting.
That way, LB will flourish too and many will come here.
The only other one I can mention is Niume. Many well written things.
Hubpages still pays me even though I had not posted anything for the past 1 year, although I do keep commenting here and there all the while.
Blogjob was a fabulous site that paid me but it stopped paying since last year and nobody knows when they will pay again.
Bubblews paid me well but owed me $400 and had flied the kite after that.
Wikinut paid me UK $5 and it also went down too.
writedge paid me $3.20 but went down too.
So, LB is the best site right now and I do PRAY earnestly that it will keep paying me as long as I am here
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