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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.

Full Disclosure

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.

Still Small

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!

Solid Ownership

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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Comments

nerdieeds wrote on July 1, 2015, 2:45 AM

I am happy to hear this update. I have seen the site - browsed through it a week ago and I saw your posts their. I haven't join.

melody23 wrote on July 1, 2015, 6:18 AM

I joined and wrote one article, now my browser crashes whenever I try and access the site. There are a lot of things I like about it and a lot of things I don't, I was willing to have a go and see how it turned out but now I cant access it.

scheng1 wrote on July 1, 2015, 9:40 AM

I hope the site can last at least one year. if it can cross the one year mark, it is likely to continue.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 1, 2015, 10:05 AM

I dont get too many posts put up here let alone try to do a second site, but I think I am signed up there

irenen1 wrote on July 2, 2015, 9:53 AM

I'd like to add that Serephic Insights is not a blogging platform. You can concentrate on writing good copy and making it search engine optimized. Visits from members are nice but not required.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 2, 2015, 11:39 PM

Oh no! Have you spoken to Tony about the problem? Do you mind if I ask what browser you're using?

The site works best on a laptop or PC, and using either Google Chrome or Firefox. Some do manage well enough with smart phones, but I don't really know which OS or browsers they are using.

WordChazer wrote on July 3, 2015, 3:57 PM

Sounds good to me, if that's what floats your boat. Personally, my blog is being quite the hog in terms of time right now. Or at least, what ends up on there is...

CalmGemini wrote on July 3, 2015, 10:58 PM

May be this is an exception and will survive.Is the limit for redemption same as here?

melody23 wrote on July 4, 2015, 5:03 PM

Funnily enough I can load it fine on my tablet but not on my laptop no matter which browser I try. To be fair I haven't tried in a while so the problem may very well be solved. There were a few other things I didn't like so I stopped putting the effort in then when it kept crashing my browser I just gave up if I am honest.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 5, 2015, 3:55 AM

I'm really sorry to hear that! It's not really a topic for the comments here, but it might help us make things better of we could hear why a user like you left. If you feel comfortable sharing privately, I would love to hear from you.

melody23 wrote on July 5, 2015, 9:29 AM

I would be happy to discuss it with you, hopefully it would be a helpful discussion

Ruby3881 wrote on July 5, 2015, 7:48 PM

If you log into Seraphic Insights, you can send me a private message there.

HappyLady wrote on August 21, 2015, 5:56 AM

I am still reeling to find I cannot use my own pictures on that site. Sorry but I just found it too complicated and full of rules. Here we just get on and write which is why I think for me Persona Paper has the edge. I did join yesterday, but it is also a Wordpress based site. I hate Wordpress. It just does not tick the boxes for me and no way am I going to spend time workind out what size of photo I choose from Pixabay. Why anyway have functions available you cannot use? I also do not like the Bubblews rip off spiel. What I have read there so far has not been any better than anywhere else. I think the only way to preserve your really good writing is to make your own site or blog. I am off to create mine.

Last Edited: August 21, 2015, 5:59 AM