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Making money as an Internet writer has become harder

I have to admit, that I am very glad to see the end of 2014. It was the hardest year I have ever had as an Internet writer. I am not a newbie by any means, I have been writing online since 2000. I began with an invitation to write on Igougo from one of the owners, Jim Donnelly. I was skeptical as you can imagine, at that time it was a unique concept. Not only did we write about our travels, we earned points that we could trade for prizes or AA points and later Amazon gift cards.

It was such a great and unique concept that Travelocity bought the site and killed it much like Yahoo killed Associated Content and RRDonnelley killed Helium. The writers were no longer appreciated and were treated like the problem instead of what they were, the content producers who brought in readers and thus income.

2014 saw the demise of all three of these sites. Actually, Igougo closed in late 2013 but was still visible into 2014. Now they are all gone and I am a lot more skeptical when it come to where I want to place my articles. I had a great run but now I am trying to find my way. To find a new home for thousands of great articles and to write new material about my current travels.

Just in the last two days, Bubblews where I write casually cut back their earnings and took away money that people had seen in their bank, they are struggling in the new climate to survive. Many writers are angry and disillusioned at the changes. Having been around for a while I am perhaps a bit more understanding but I no longer write for only one site. I spread my writing around and hope to find a place where I can feel at home and still make a little money.


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RegieEstioco wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:07 AM

I write for at least 3 sites including that B site. I know that the experiences of some online writers in that B site somehow reduced their enthusiasm to keep them expressing their ideas. For my part, at least I have this Persona Paper Community which I have been a member since May 2014 and another site which I call it C site.

melody23 wrote on January 2, 2015, 10:50 AM

To be fair associated content put most of the nails in its coffin itself when they stopped paying writers outside the US and therefore we all removed our content from them. RRD don't seem to understand how the internet works and just wouldn't take advice from those of us that had a clue. Google killed it all really though with Panda and the various other updates, they change the goalposts all the time now and they don't tell anyone where they have moved them to.

LadyDuck wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:49 AM

I am searching for more sites, I trusted Bubblews and I lost almost 300$ due to their changes. I will never again write for one only site.

zabelle51 wrote on January 3, 2015, 1:36 PM

Yes I am spreading myself around. I sort of always did but for different reasons, now it is for survival. Glad to see some familiar faces. :)

LilyDay wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:32 PM

I have been writing online for a while as well. I started out eight or nine years ago.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 11, 2015, 5:07 PM

Your philosophy of writing on several sites to diversify your source of income is a sound one. I started on Bubblews in October somewhat as a lark when my students saw a report on it on the classroom news show Channel One. Now I still write there, some, and here, and also on HubPages.

RuthCox wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:32 AM

Yes, I think the last couple of years have been rough trying to earn through writing. Many of us have been through the mill for years, so yes, I think I am at a point I am no longer surprised when a web site dies. I was one of many hit by the Squidoo sellout and it has been diversifying more than ever before, including blog sites of my own now.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:27 AM

I was hit by the bubblews crash too, it stank. I also used to be very active on Hubpages but became disillusioned as the earnings don´t equate to the amount of work/research needed. Online writing certainly isn´t a quick money maker for sure, though bubblews earning were very good for a while, they didn´t reflect what´s normal and ultimately brought the downfall.

arthurchappell wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:49 AM

it is a very volatile cut-throat market - even Google might not last forever though let's hope Persona endure for many years to come