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.