Can Seraphic Insights Be a Great Success?
A good while back I wrote about Seraphic Insights, a recently launched site that I had just joined at the time. When I first posted about the site her, it wasn't quite two weeks old but things were already looking promising. I thought perhaps now would be a good time to add some more recent observations, and give you all a more complete picture of my experience there.
UPDATE 18/09/2015: I served as the moderator of Seraphic Insights from late May to mid-September of 2015. During that time, many claims the site owner had made to me proved false. Writer revenues weren't adding up honestly, and payments weren't expected to go out on time. The very first revenue shares were late, and the predicted delay began to grow longer and longer.
When the owner started to request I do things that I felt were unethical, I began to invite a more open conversation with the site members and he reacted very aggressively. I resigned my post and attempted to remove all my content from the site as I left. I soon discovered my content had been restored and I was locked out of the site; then a barrage of public abuse followed.
Needless to say, I no longer have much good to say about Seraphic Insights. I do not recommend anyone join or write for this site.
First of all, full disclosure before I give any opinions: since I write my earlier post I have been in fairly regular contact with the owner of Seraphic Insights. On May 21st, Tony asked me if I would moderate a Facebook group for members of the site, and I accepted.
I still write my posts, the same as everyone else, and I still get paid the same rate. I don't get any special treatment because I'm helping out, nor do I have any more interest than any other member in howite does.
Seraphic Insights is still a very small site. It is growing a little at a time, as Persona Paper did in its earliest days. But things have slowed down a bit. Part of the reason for that, I think, is that several writing sites have recently folded without paying their users. The injury is still too fresh for many, who want to be sure that the site is going to pay before they'll be ready to invest in it seriously. So until Google starts to notice Seraphic Insights, the pennies are coming in slowly. But they are coming in!
One thing I want to say about Seraphic Insights is that Tony works hard at running a quality site. Integrity is important to him, as is the quality of content on the site. But while he wants to have a professional site, he's still willing to help out those who might not have the chance to write for pay elsewhere. Tony is also forward thinking, and he is always looking to add a new feature to the site or to find ways to make the site work better for the users. And yes folks, he does have backup plans so you won't have to worry about your writing investment , the way you do on some sites!
So yes, things are a bit slow on Seraphic Insights. But because it's a small site with a good support network set up for users, we have more time to help users – whether it be a question about site policy or a user who needs help learning to set a featured image, or maybe just get a few pointers on how to write a better headline .
Am I disappointed that people are slacking off a wee bit on the site? Yes. But at the same time, there are a number of good writers who are making an effort to write search engine optimized content. And there are other writers – some of whom recently joined – who are really trying to contribute in our support group and help get things going.
So while things are slow, I have good reason to hope that in the long run Seraphic Insights will be the tortoise who outperforms the hare. It's a good site with good people, and I believe it is worth my while to keep it on my list of writing sites that matter.
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