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Showing Support for Persona Paper

We've all taken a hit to our earnings here at Persona Paper, but there is still hope. Ashley is working on reversing the decision Google made about his AdSense account , and he is looking for other sources of revenue as well.

This is a good site that is seeing steady traffic, so I think he's probably right that they noticed the influx of new members and are taking a cautious stance for the moment. If this is the case, he was certainly right to cap the membership temporarily. Not only does this ensure he and his team have time to roll out more features and see to the smooth running of the site, but it shows Google that he is taking a proactive approach to the expansion. This site will not fill will duplicate content and spam, as another site might do.

Some people are asking themselves if they should continue to write for Persona Paper now that the exchange rate is so much lower than it was before. I've seen some suggestions that we ought to perhaps write a little more at the moment, to show our support. Something else we can do is to take the time to comment when we read another writer's work , and to promote both our own work and others' on social networking sites .

I've noticed that the number of post comments on another site increased when the profile comments over there “broke,” and it seemed as though maybe people were starting to get into a the habit of leaving a few relevant words after they read. Even though many of the same people are writing here as well, there seem to be relatively few people taking the time to write a few words to their fellow contributors.

I personally try to comment on just about everything I read, and have for quite some time. Whether or not it earned me any additional views or connections, I enjoy carrying on a conversation with the people I'm reading. It's part of why I enjoy web writing.


As for promoting, many of us do share our work on one or more social media platforms, but how many share the articles and posts our fellows write? I had only been promoting the most noteworthy pieces until recently – maybe a handful a day. But now I find I am pinning, Tweeting, or posting to G+ about one in every 5-10 posts I read. I do it more often if the post is informational and very well written, or if it seems fairly evergreen. So it depends on the kind of content I find in my feed.

But it's good for us as writers to be seen to be promoting the work of others. Conversing, liking, repinning, retweeting, etc. help too, and if we connect with one another on sites like Twitter or Pinterest we have the opportunity to do that as well. Anything that shows our followers that we aren't just out to promote ourselves gives our social media shares more credence.

Beyond that, I saw someone today mentioning that they've lost touch with fellow writers who drop off a given site, and they wish they had a way to find them. If we establish an ongoing relationship through social media, we won't lose track of one another when activity fluctuates on our writing platforms. People won't just disappear off the radar anymore.

So if you haven't got time for more writing in your schedule but you want to lend a hand to show your support for the work being done here, remember to comment and share. It's good for your fellow writers, and it encourages them to do the same for you. It's also great for the site too.

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Ravenmount wrote on June 15, 2014, 3:37 AM

I agree with all your points, of course. I think my major dilemma right now lies with the fact that there is practically no activity on this site since the exchange rate dropped, which means that not only do we earn less from each 'coin', but we have fewer in-site readers visiting our posts, The 'other' site may be annoying with its spam problems and errors, but right now there are a lot more real, active readers on that site, and it is for readers that I write and post my articles. I'm considering just keeping one or two post categories or article series going on here and continuing to use the 'other' site for everything else, till there is enough going on here for my notifications here to not just be administrative updates every time I check in.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on June 15, 2014, 5:39 AM

I hope Google Adsense will reconsider, this a great community and I hope they realize its a profitable site.

LadyDuck wrote on June 15, 2014, 5:45 AM

I have noticed an immediate drop in activity. I do not know how I missed the post about AdSense, I send an email asking the reason of the drop in my Bank and I went to read the article.
Google is a giant, I am sorry that they decided to discriminate this site while they accept other similar site. I can only hope that they will reconsider their decision. Anyway I will stay and support this site.

melody23 wrote on June 15, 2014, 7:32 AM

Commenting will help for sure, and sharing is even better. I am in the process of clearing out my twitter but once I am done I plan to use my connections there to help as much as I can.

loriej wrote on June 15, 2014, 9:38 AM

I am going to try to remain active although I don't get enough views and comments to make my bank numbers move :(

MaeLou wrote on June 15, 2014, 12:08 PM

I noticed that the amount of comments became less after a ton of people joined. Now, we are finding a ton of members breaking the rules and are having to weed through them all. Hopefully once we do that, everyone will become a bit more chatty.

I definitely share others posts if I find it something with tweeting about.

momathome wrote on June 15, 2014, 2:29 PM

I think you might be discussing the post I wrote on Bubblews because I talked about that very issue (keeping in touch with members who dropped off). Luckily many of them had become facebook friends or we had exchanged addresses which definitely did help me keep in touch with many. Although I have to admit to not being a big "facebook" person so I still don't get to visit with them as much as I would have if they were still on the site.

I agree that we should continue as before and I hope that others do as well. It also might help to weed out some of the spammers and scammers because those that are interested in a quick buck are going to be less likely to stick around. So hopefully we will be left with the ones who truly do want to interact, read posts, and be an active, productive member of the community.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:22 PM

I figure it's best to think in the long term. One of the great things about web writing is we can post about the same topic from different angles, and on more than one site. It takes only minutes to write a post and publish it, especially if I've already written a similar one for another site.

So my best bet for Persona Paper is to continue trusting in Ashley and post here regardless of the traffic I'm getting. Because once the exchange rate improves and people start coming out of the woodwork to write here, I'll have a good catalogue of content for them to read. And in the meantime, I contribute to the site's ongoing traffic so Ashley can prove to Google it's a legitimate site worth trusting in. That's a win-win situation.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:26 PM

I believe that as long as people don't all start jumping ship, Google will come around. The important thing now is for us to keep supporting Ashley.

So those who were all excited and proclaiming this the best writing site ever, they need to put their money where their mouth is right now. They need to keep writing here and keep reading, commenting, liking and sharing the good content they find here. If everyone sits on their hands and waits for things to get better, it will be a lot harder for Ashley to convince Google they need to reinstate his account.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:37 PM

I almost missed it too, Anna, even though it was in my feed. Someone else mentioned it so I went to look for it. That's why I linked directly to it from this post, because I figure others might not have seen it.

Google is being cautious of suspicious site activity. A jump from 1,000 to 50,000 hits a day looks bad. That's why Ashley capped membership for a bit. And now the mods are finding tons of cheaters (people who get away with it on the other site because so few over there care about these things.) They are trying to deal with those things quickly now, because it messes with the feel of the community when cheaters seem to get away with that sort of behaviour. Also, it makes the site look bad to Google or any prospective investor.

I believe because the people running this site care about quality, it will bounce back. Ashley is doing the right thing, and now it remains for all of us in this wonderful new community to commit to helping him. We can start by following the rules and reading all the important documents. And by continuing to post and read here.

But it also behooves us to help enforce the rules and standards, and let people know it's not OK to be sloppy here as they were on the other site. We can't just wait for someone else to do it. I know you and I, and several others, have always been the type to try to help others understand the rules and to point out violations or to report them as needed. But m,any others seem to feel it's best not to make trouble. When they take that stance and they go merrily along liking and encouraging the work of people who cheat, it's like saying, "That's OK. you can cheat and I'll still support you."

Well that's effectively saying you don't care about this community, and you don't want to help Ashley. So at least if people aren't wanting to make waves, they should stop liking plagiarized posts. And stop saying thanks to the people who post their spammy "nice post" comments. Those who continue to do this are sending a message that this site is no different than the other one. And they're making the job tougher for Ashley and the mods.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:38 PM

Do you use any other sites for sharing? I use Pinterest extensively, as well as Google+. I sometimes share to my Tumblr and Facebook pages, too, but I really need to work on that a bit more.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:41 PM

If everybody remains active, it will help convince Google. If we all run and hide until things get better, they might not get better. Or Ashley may have to let new members in more quickly than he wanted to, in order to get traffic moving again. And that can end up bringing all the same problems of the other site here.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 4:54 PM

First of all, I want to say that you guys are doing an incredible job of policing this site! I notice how often you let people know they need an image credit, or that their comment is spammy. I'm sure there is more going on behind the scenes too, and I really appreciate that.

I didn't see what the site was like before the influx, as I was one of the last to join the site. But I did notice that some of the "refugees" from the other site brought their bad habits here. Some seem to be trying to adapt, but others don't react to the friendly warnings at all. I'm glad Ashley has decided he can't afford to be lenient with plagiarism.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 15, 2014, 5:02 PM

Yes, it was your post I was referring to Lee Anne emoticon :smile:
And I agree that the ones who are looking for a quick buck will tend to drop off here for a while. And those who are looking for a positive writing experience will stick it out here. I think we need to invest in our community during this lull, and take the time to build the community we want to be part of.

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 26, 2014, 10:39 AM

One of the best ways I know is through either Facebook or Google+ to share posts. Google+ seems to be exploding now, but that might just be me and those around me. I love Facebook for sharing, and have several pages that I manage. I belong to many groups there as well.