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My very bumpy online journey

This post is in response to &AbbyG 's A smorgasbord of writing sites!

http://www.personapaper.com/article/28045-a-smorgasbord-of-writing-sites

When I first started writing online, I joined a site called Helium.com . It became a very integral part of my life because of some very wonderful people and also because it polished my writing and taught me a great deal about expressing myself.

After the sad demise of Helium.com, I looked all over the Internet for websites where I could indulge in my love for writing and meeting people from all over the world. I then found # Bubblews and joined the site. It was a great experience, I made quite a bit of money though not as much as some other people seemed to make and then the site just crashed on our heads, destroying our dreams and to be very honest, our faith in such sites and their admins.

I then joined # Persona-Paper . It is a great site with very nice, friendly community. For those who are new or might be considering joining, here, we get one coin for every comment that we post on other people’s posts and two coins for each view we get on our own posts. The current exchange rate is $1.5 for every 1000 coins. It is a rather slow process but still I enjoy writing and interacting with people here.

I had also simultaneously become active on # CGP-Gallery . I had submitted some 110 posts there, had redeemed once (but no payment). I was quite near my second payment but after reading a gazillion posts about the absence of admins and non payment to almost every member, I decided not to bother with that site any longer.

Then I joined # EliteVisistors and that was also a horror show. Allegedly, one of the admins ran away with all the money and left the writers high, dry and fuming.

EV then became # BestWriters but it proved to be very short-lived too. The admins are asking people to write for points which might convert into money someday and as we all know, someday is not a day of any week in any calender.

I had also tried my luck at Postanyarticle and earned about 12 cents there but became very bored and DTC . It is a great site but its revenue is has also greatly decreased.

So for now, I am active only on Persona Paper. There are sites like Mykites but I am in no mood to be experimented upon like a guinea pig any longer.

So here's my rather bumpy journey. Honestly not much in terms of cents and but still I feel enriched my friendships formed and experiences gained.


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FourWalls wrote on March 27, 2015, 11:34 AM

I do most of my online writing for free, believe it or not, on my own (non-monetized) blog.

The problem with most of the writing sites that have popped up and disappeared as quickly, in my opinion, is that they have no regard as to who or what gets posted (e.g., all of the plagiarism that caused Bubblews' problems). One of the best things about Persona Paper, and one of the reasons I think the membership is so relatively low here, is that you must submit an "introductory" post to prove to the admins here that you can write coherently and originally. The plagiarizers rarely get in the door here. That may keep the membership down, but it certainly keeps the quality up!

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 27, 2015, 12:14 PM

I think it's time someone took those non-paying sites to court. I bet it's possible. A claim was made and people invested a considerable amount of time, energy, resources and hope in those sites. They should be exposed as scams that they are and punished accordingly.

crowntower wrote on March 27, 2015, 12:26 PM

The only thing that stand out is Persona Paper.. Lol! Well I am glad that met you here Dawnwriter and the rest of the group and of course cutest cats all over here. Hahahah. Bubblews breaks my hearts a lot of times, and the last was so traumatic, that I stop involving with them, and just visited the sites for a few friends that I miss heheheh. God bless.

CoralLevang wrote on March 27, 2015, 12:46 PM

It certainly seems that there are more and more that pop-up and then disappear rather quickly.

valmnz wrote on March 27, 2015, 2:01 PM

My journey hasn't been quite so bumpy, but does involve a number of sites. I do still write on Bubblews though not as much as I used to.

FourWalls wrote on March 27, 2015, 2:50 PM

I concur, but it would be a moot point. The sites would either declare bankruptcy and shut down, or, should a class action be successful, the lawyers would get most of the money.

McIntire wrote on March 27, 2015, 3:04 PM

Seems a lot of us here have experienced the same things with writing sites. Here, I just decided to blog without doing it to make money off of it. It's great to meet new people and make online friends. The bank is great, don't get me wrong. The $ was the reason I posted on other sites. Now, i'm more interested in sharing my world with others who are like-minded.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on March 27, 2015, 4:16 PM

That, unfortunately, is the sad part. The systems all over the world seem to be rigged to the benefit of the scammers for now (at least the more clever ones).

Kasman wrote on March 27, 2015, 4:52 PM

My first site was Squidoo, which I loved. When it sold to HubPages I didn't like that at all (not my kind of site) so I left. Bubble Ooze was my number one site for a year until it crashed and burned. A short spell with CGP Gallery, TSU, iWriter, DTC and a very brief flirtation with Constant Content. I am also a member of a couple of special interest sites to do with hillwalking and tropical fish and occasionally write the odd article for them (but they don't pay) and that's all. Persona Paper is my main site now and when it finally gets it special sections set up they may well be a home for my longer posts and all my ex-Squidoo stuff.

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bestwriter wrote on March 27, 2015, 7:32 PM

I have lost count of my 'writing sites' registrations. Some I stuck on and some were closed. At the moment this is the only place I am writing at.

MommyCharm wrote on March 27, 2015, 10:46 PM

I have only been with three paid to write sites- Bubblews, Helium and now, Persona Paper.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 28, 2015, 8:51 AM

Have you tried HubPages? I admit I don't make a lot of money there because most of my articles are not ones that I can plump out earnings with Amazon or E-Bay product sales but you get paid from ad views and if you join Google Adsence you can also get paid from them. Great community and helpful admins.

Koalemos wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:23 PM

My first site was Mylor, were I was active for about 7 years. I then went to Bubblews and still visit there.
Like yourself I did try several sites in vain.

ViperGirl85 wrote on March 29, 2015, 12:28 AM

I should try doing this someday, as my first online writing website (well the first one I joined, I mean) was Associated Content; later known as Yahoo! Contributor Network before they closed down.

And CGP Gallery has until April 2nd -a month after my own due payment- to start paying members or I'm out. I haven't posted on there in weeks, and I have a feeling I'll be writing the "I'm out" post on April 3rd.

scheng1 wrote on March 29, 2015, 3:18 AM

Too bad the original Helium management sold out to a listed company.

carolscash wrote on March 29, 2015, 7:57 AM

I am sad to say that I also have spent a lot of time at the same sites and now I feel like I must be very careful about where I write. I am still doing a little at Bubblews because I have such good connections there. I also lost money twice at EV/Bestwriters. I am still looking for a good site, but I enjoy my time here so I am still here.