Yahoo! Contributor Network is coming to an end. Some people have complained that it was what Yahoo! intended to do with Associated Content ever since they bought it.
I don't think it is true that it was their original intent.
I am not angry about them closing. I am sad. It is true that I will have to look for other sources of income for myself. However, I am not putting the blame on Yahoo!
Ever since I joined in 2007, I have had a good time writing there. I met many great writers and am glad that they are now my friends. Writing for Associated Content and then Yahoo! forced me to learn SEO techniques and I found that I honestly love knowing SEO techniques. If it hadn't been for these companies, I never would have learned those things.
Of course, I wrote more than I used SEO. However, I did use SEO. In articles where I made sure to use SEO, I did quite well most of the time. Other times, the competition was just too high.
I'm sure that I will end up publishing articles here because I am not sure where to house other content where I can get some type of payment. I will probably want to write new articles for some places that I end up finding, too.
I will also be focusing on my schooling, God willing that it happens.
Mostly, I'm sad and nostalgic. I am also thankful for all the writer friends that I have made over the years. I only wish that Y!CN didn't have to end.
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