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Yahoo Voices is Closing Down

I just got an email from Yahoo saying that it will close down its content site, Yahoo Voices, at the end of July. This is saddening. I have been with them since 2008, and it will be weird not to have them around. It was actually a site called Associated Content when I first joined, but it was purchased by Yahoo not long after (within a year or two, I think). The pay wasn't spectacular, although if you published more, the rate improved, which I think is a cool concept that Persona Paper could use to encourage more participation and reward the more productive members.

Yahoo Voices has been having some pretty serious glitches, lately, and there has been much discussion in the member forum about that, especially because we hadn't been told much. One woman commented that Yahoo has a history of purchasing a promising property (like Associated Content), and then neglecting it and eventually closing it down. In Yahoo's defense, they have had AC for quite a while, and I don't think they neglected us until very recently, which is probably after the decision to close the site had already been made.

Fortunately for those of us who have published on Yahoo, all rights to our content revert to us, so we are free to submit elsewhere. Over the years, I have had some highly popular articles on that site (one of my articles has over 180,000 page views), and since it would no longer be duplicate content, I could certainly see posting that successful content right here so that Persona Paper can get the views!

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JanetHunt wrote on July 2, 2014, 2:20 PM

I had been there since 2009. Met lots of nice folks! I guess the thing to do now is make sure we have copies of all our content!

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 2, 2014, 2:33 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I haven't logged in for ages and I think if you don't log in consistently, Yahoo stops paying. I think they stopped paying me around January. I kept meaning to contact them to get my account started back up. I know once you log-in they then resume royalty payments. At the time, I think it was around $10 per month for me.

I'm glad you let me know so I can copy all my pieces before the site shuts down.

AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2014, 2:49 PM

AdrienneJenkins - You're welcome! They are making a final payment on August 15th, so if you reactivate yourself, you might get a little something.

AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2014, 2:51 PM

JanetHunt - yes, I am definitely going to have a project to work on this week! I do have most of my articles saved, though. There's probably going to be a lot of copypaste in the online writing world over this! ;)

AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2014, 2:52 PM

Oh, and we met at Yahoo, too, Miss Janet! :) It's nice that we've stuck together at Bubblews and Persona Paper :)

JanetHunt wrote on July 2, 2014, 3:04 PM

AliCanary I am glad we met and it stuck! LOL! Oh, hey, they have a download key, so you don't have to copy and paste if you'd rather do it that way!

AliCanary wrote on July 2, 2014, 3:15 PM

JanetHunt - oh, thanks! Good to know.

CoralLevang wrote on July 2, 2014, 4:12 PM

I signed up on 12/19/2008. I'm right there with the rest of the copy'n'pasters!

ohcaroline wrote on July 2, 2014, 6:45 PM

I'm sorry to see a content site go down, even though I never participated.

allen0187 wrote on July 2, 2014, 7:08 PM

I would think so, yes.

Scootermac wrote on July 2, 2014, 11:44 PM

Suite 101, Helium, now Yahoo Voices...There are no doubt other content sites that have shut down recently or are probably not far off doing so. Places like Bubblews and PP have made most of these sites untenable - Is HubPages still going strong?

poddys wrote on July 3, 2014, 3:40 AM

I plan to re-write and publish the content that is still relevant on my own sites. Currently saving everything before the site disappears, but I am confident I will earn more from my own sites if I feature the content there.

AliCanary wrote on July 3, 2014, 11:37 AM

Scootermac - not sure, but I don't recall hearing anything. I think Squidoo is still going on, and a few sites have started recently, like Full of Knowledge and Post Any Article (they are sister sites) and My Two Cents (I think that's the name). There's also a review site that looks great (visually--the graphics are beautiful), but isn't paying anything yet, although they will let you use your Amazon Affiliate account. I don't know if any of them have any potential.

WordChazer wrote on July 11, 2014, 6:48 PM

I thought Suite101 was still going in some form or other? I was kicked out around 18 months ago and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, as it made me look for freelance writing work with real proper paying clients to fill the void left by not being able to write on the site any more.

AliCanary wrote on July 12, 2014, 2:24 AM

WordChazer and & Scootermac - I've had quite decent results with oDesk, but alas, I operate better without benefit of deadlines!

WordChazer wrote on July 12, 2014, 7:33 AM

I use elance and fiverr. My fiverr is stupidly silly busy at the moment and I can't keep up! ;-D

AliCanary wrote on July 12, 2014, 10:55 AM

WordChazer -I think elance and oDesk merged, actually. Good for you on the fiverr!