So Many New Paid to Write Sites!
With earnings at Bubblews down to almost nil, it seems everyone and his uncle has decided to start up a paid to write web site. It used to be such sites were fairly few in number, and those who ran them at least had seed money to start from when they first hung out their shingle. But just in the last year, close to half a dozen new sites have set up shop without benefit of investors. And it's already obvious that several are struggling.
One site opened and then closed again in less than two weeks. Another site had to change their web host after just a few weeks, and endured several days of technical issues and downtime as a result. One site has a mere handful of users and posts, none of which seem to even conform with the site rules. And that site hasn't even started to put up ads, let alone to pay its writers their revenue share.
Revenue sharing is a great way for the average user to earn a little something for her contributions. And user-generated content is a great way for an entrepreneur to build up site content and traffic quickly. But just because it can be done fairly painlessly, doesn't mean just anyone should be launching a paid to write.
Launching without seed money means the site owners have to pay expenses out of their own pockets;
New site owners are often working with a timeline that is only days or weeks long, rather than with a solid plan that covers the first one to five years of operation. This tends to result in owners retracting early promises after a brief period of initial operation, which then raises the question of the site's legitimacy.
A rush to launch leads to the site owners making mistakes, taking back initial promises, and generally looking unprofessional. That, of course, makes all revenue sharing sites look bad. Even when the site's owners have everything well in hand, too many options results in users spreading themselves too thin. The quality of writing will tend to deteriorate, as users attempt to hedge their bets by writing everywhere at once. No site benefits from poorly written content. And both writers and sites suffer, when the site loses traffic.
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