VinceSummers comment on elitecodex 's post End of the Month Report - We need to make more changes that 'the online writer's world is in decline' is telling. My immediate reaction was to think:
- Very few people click on adverts these days, because so many of them on certain sites are malware infected
- The rise of adblockers doesn't help advertisers or revenue
- Social media and Facebook have taken away much of the advertisers' former power
- Broadband in many areas (at least in the UK) is just not up to snuff for dealing with advertisements, never mind streaming
- Many readers are from countries which do not recognise Adsense or online revenue for any number of reasons
- The payment levels for online writing have dropped as countries with lower costs of living have cottoned on to the money to be made
- Incidents such as the spam attacks on the other site don't help revenue either
- It appears that some people consider copying and plagiarism to be a form of respect for the quality of the original content
- People no longer have any patience for starting at the bottom and working up the ladder (I refer you to valmnz 's post titled Oh Why Do People Give Up So Easily? )
- Depending on 'online writing' for an income when that 'online writing' only encompasses revshare sites is short sighted and as madcanman says, 'foolish' ( On Transparency at Persona Paper )
Personally, I believe that there is still money to be made in online writing, but there is the possibility that revshare sites are not that way. Some people may find that blogs work for them, others may find taking private clients for content creation or writing for sites such as HubPages or Demand Media might work. Others may be able to move into website management and blogging for others as a result. I would never give up a dayjob for pure online writing income, but it might prove to be a neat second income for some, so long as the costs of living were otherwise covered.
I am a compulsive writer. I will write no matter what. If someone pays me, that's great, even if it is only cents. As I have said before, I write for a quiet soul and a calm mind. Otherwise I am like a box of ferrets all fighting to get out. And that isn't pretty!
What do you think? Is online writing in decline? Everyone's opinion on this seems to be different; I'd be interested to hear yours.
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