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Revenue Sharing Scheme of writing sites

I had been to a site where the writers were sociable – that means they interact with posts – so I was easily enamoured. In a short time, I had gained many friends. But before the month was over, there was this sad news that the owner had ran away with the money.

Left with nothing, the 3 admin who were left out tried to rebuild the site. After renaming it, they laid out the same policy as before.

And like what happened before, another confession was made before the month was over – no money to pay the writers. I wonder why that site which committed double hits was still being patronized by some writers. They say it’s not about money. I agree, it’s more of friendship.

Okay. But come to think of it, a writing site with lots of members surely generate revenue. And who can audit the revenue but the admin themselves. Right? And if the 3 admin would all agree not to share the revenue with the writers then that’s what happens.

Oops, I am not implying anything. This is just a speculation but a calculated guess – that writing sites with a good number of members would earn over the expenses and come out with a net income that they can share with the writers.

So do you really believe what the admin said about not earning anything because of the SEO failure of the articles? Come on, the marines had left for Syria.

On a brighter note, there is this site called ChatAbout where you can comment on the topics. It also has a forum and some other categories that you can post comments to.

It is not so exciting but if the earnings is to be considered then ChatAbout is a good site. A comment of at least 20 words earns ½ cent so when I write 20 comments I get 10 cents in return. Those 20 comments is the equivalent of the earnings that one post gets in this site since I have 9 posts and with 98 cents in the bank.

Well, what do you think?

PS. I hope I wouldn’t be misunderstood in this particular post. ChatAbout is the only writing site that had paid me real money – all of $15 that are in my paypal account. I am hoping that PP can match it.

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Dawnwriter wrote on April 8, 2015, 2:09 AM

I have wondered the same thing many times. Thousands of articles get written with ads displayed and suddenly there is no money. I was member of CGP, EV and stayed with BW too for some time. All these sites proved to be scams.

luisga814 wrote on April 8, 2015, 2:26 AM

I wonder why the admin you are stating is nothing to do about payment?

bestwriter wrote on April 8, 2015, 2:38 AM

All what I can say is we will not get answers and what we do we do it at our own risk. If not earnings atleast the interaction gives us some satisfaction.

agvulpes wrote on April 8, 2015, 2:50 AM

It all boils down to mutual 'trust' doesn't it ? I also have joined many sites and they just seem to disappear like a 'puff of smoke' :)

trufflehunter wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:23 AM

I am going to check out ChatAbout - thanks for that! Wonder if the site you mentioned happens to start with B.

VinceSummers wrote on April 8, 2015, 7:33 AM

Everyone crooked thinks he is getting away with something. He's not getting away with anything...

scheng1 wrote on April 8, 2015, 8:10 AM

There is a time lag between the time you earn, and the time you receive the money. It can be as long as 2 months' wait.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 8, 2015, 10:34 AM

I joined ChatAbout because I thought it was a writing site, but I soon found out it was more of a GPT site you could write a little on. Finding places I was to comment is so time-consuming, and how to go about writing articles or even finding articles to read is hard to figure out. I've posted a few questions and comments, but mostly I stick to the GPT activities. ChatAbout is definitely my favorite place to be disqualified for surveys! Two clicks is all it takes most of the time, so it's an easy way to rack up some points even at half a cent if enough surveys are available. But with doubling the price of rewards, restoring the original price, and then doubling them again, I can't help but wonder how financially stable the site it. I don't spend much time there anymore because of that. Before, I was averaging $5 a week. Now maybe 10 cents.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 8, 2015, 11:36 AM

I had not heard of ChatAbout. I just may try it out, thanks for mentioning it.

crowntower wrote on April 8, 2015, 1:14 PM

Wow that was cool! $15 was on your paypal account? How many months did you earned that dollars before you got it. I think I know what site you are talking about, I am glad I did not signed up for them even though I heard about it, I signed up here and at PAA, which has prove of paying their writers. God bless.

PriscillaKing wrote on April 8, 2015, 8:16 PM

I think Chatabout should be held to its original penny per post. (That was the rule when I was there, at least in the U.S.; I hope they paid everybody the same since they weren't even a U.S.-based site.) I liked Chatabout very much when it was paying as originally advertised, and miss it now.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:34 PM

I believe that the site earns and it is up to the generosity of the admin to share. It is so easy to declare bankruptcy since a simple post does it with no required proof.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:36 PM

What if the site earned $10k and it is in your hands? If you are the admin, are you willing to share it with those writers or just put it in your pocket? It’s as simple as that – no trace, no proof required.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:38 PM

I agree – we join sites at our own risk. So I had risked my time and effort in several of those sites that did not pay me. That is why I posted this article to let writers know of my sad experience.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:39 PM

Yes, trust is it. But after being scammed by several sites, what trust is left?

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:40 PM

ChatAbout is kinda boring unlike here where we exchange posts and comments. But the good thing about it is it really pays.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 9:44 PM

Crooks you say? They are there in those sites – Bubblews, CGP, EV, BW. I’d say crooks because they did not pay me for my honest work. In BW they are even blaming the writers for submitting articles unfit for SEO. That is plain silly – a lame excuse so maybe they could pocket the money and avoid sharing with the writers.

VinceSummers wrote on April 9, 2015, 10:40 PM

All they would have to do is not accept articles they disapprove of.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:04 PM

I’m sorry if you didn’t have the patience in ChatAbout. As I said, you can have mental fatigue in excessive commenting. But the comment is worth ½ cent – proven already since I had cashed out 3 times of $5 each for a total of $15 which I used to buy a garden hose. In other sites, I didn’t have mental fatigue but I didn’t earn anything either.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:04 PM

In other sites, yes, there is a waiting time. But in ChatAbout the waiting time is 48 hours only.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:06 PM

Pardon my ignorance. What is GPT? Yes, ChatAbout is not like PP where your post earns comments. It’s more of a topic-oriented site where commenting is the dominant activity.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:08 PM

It’s good to try and earn a few cents before thinking about it. A comment is ½ cent worth, not bad.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:09 PM

I’m also suspicious about that claim of the owner running away with the money. Ryan Fallah was the name. And the 3 admin continued the site with a new name and afterwards declared bankruptcy. So it’s just the same – running away with the money or bankruptcy that resulted in non-payment of the writers. I felt stupid, really. Now there are still writers there but I guess they don’t feel stupid at all.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:11 PM

I cannot say anything about PP because I haven’t earned from this yet. That $5 payout is about 2 weeks work, kind of tedious. But the good thing is I was paid.

Alexandoy wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:12 PM

I am based in the Philippines and I was paid thru paypal.

bestwriter wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:22 PM

You are not alone in this. Many of us have this experience. I could give you a list too emoticon :smile:

Alexandoy wrote on April 10, 2015, 4:15 AM

That's my point. If they are conscious of the SEO then the admin should include that in the rules and policy - not to accept short articles or articles about personal affairs.

Alexandoy wrote on April 10, 2015, 4:16 AM

Thank you for the kind remark. I really pity the writers being taken as pawns in this money-making game.

trufflehunter wrote on April 10, 2015, 11:10 AM

And that's the most important part! The low payout of $5 works too.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:20 AM

GPT stands for "Get Paid To". It's a general term for sights where you get paid to click, watch videos, sign up for things, do surveys, paid to search, paid to read emails, etc. The kinds of things you find in ChatAbout's bonus area. I do a number of GPT sites.

valmnz wrote on April 11, 2015, 9:42 PM

Sites such as these depend on what you want from them. I enjoy the way things happen here and by gradually putting in more effort the benefits are starting to show.

iwrite28 wrote on April 21, 2015, 1:49 PM

Good to know that some sites actually pay.

HappyLady wrote on June 6, 2015, 8:33 AM

To be fair, before any site pays anyone they still have to pay overheads. You have to keep the domain name, pay for the hosting, get the background work done and it all costs time and money. I can understand any new site having to go slowly. I think the Best Writers or whatever they call themselves now are trying their best. I think most are. It is hard because there are a couple of giants with financial backing out there who can corner the market.

iamshane487 wrote on June 20, 2015, 1:23 AM

I wholly admit in what you've said that chatabout may produce us lethargic. The single good thing about the site is they pay. But I neglected since it is tough to reach a regular goal to hit huge number of points in one day.

Last Edited: June 20, 2015, 1:23 AM