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Moving content...or just moving on?

It feels like forever that I've been spending far more time simply moving content from one platform to another, instead of writing new stuff. There's been so much instability with writing sites over the past year that it seems to have become a guessing game where to keep things and have hopes of good performance.

First I was getting content off of , which was dying from neglect. Then I was getting annoyed with and moving things to which I thought had a more serious/writer-friendly much for that! Now they seem to be going after any articles geared towards any kind of affiliate sales in favor of Buzzfeed-style fluff.

Along the way Yahoo! Contributors Network shut down and I had over 200 articles there to decide how to rework. Some of them I put up on HubPages, and now I am moving them elsewhere again.

And dare I mention ? A lot of my stuff there WAS fluff, but I had at least some pieces worth expanding upon instead of just leaving there.

At this point I feel like the only safe place for a lot of my content, where I can have at least a chance of earning something from it, are my own websites and blogs. Because at least if they fail or soar it's because of me and my efforts, not the changing goalposts set by someone else. I have been moving some of my more sales-oriented and Christmas pages to Wizzley, which I'm liking more and more, but still...some morning I get up and just feel like, why bother? Just move forward and concentrate on writing new stuff where I want. Don't worry about the older pieces.

But at the same time I don't want to "abandon" content I know is good and at least used to perform well. Yet it takes time and is tedious to keep moving things. I can only tackle a few articles at a time, a certain number a week, before I feel like I'm getting burned out from it all.

Like this morning, I'm just going to work on one. And then I'm going to get ready to try to enjoy Easter with the family.

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Dragonfairy1 wrote on April 5, 2015, 8:37 AM

I've mostly just abandoned old stuff that I've published elsewhere, although some I'm reworking for my blog.

scheng1 wrote on April 5, 2015, 8:47 AM

My 3000 plus posts are still in Bubblews. I figure that they have paid for it, so I keep it there.

agvulpes wrote on April 5, 2015, 9:06 AM

I agree things are in a state of Flux at the moment! I'm mainly on Hubpages but they seem to be feeling the pinch like all content sites! It does seem logical to work on your 'own' sites :)

momathome wrote on April 5, 2015, 10:58 AM

I completely understand. I have over 40 drafts on here that I moved from Bubblews and they need to be rewritten/revised before I submit them. I moved them and saved them as drafts in a large batch but have only finished the revision process with a few so far. I, however, have given up writing online as a valid revenue source due to the reduced revenue. So my primary earnings sites are PTC, survey sites and online communities. They take less personal effort and the return rate is much higher.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 5, 2015, 11:08 AM

Moving content usually is a fleeting concept and probably will not amount to much additional money for you. In my humble opinion you are better off coming up with new, more relevant content, as it what search engines rank the highest.

MelissaE wrote on April 5, 2015, 11:30 AM

I've considered removing content and revising and publishing as an ebook. That seems to be where the real money is. I also write articles and essays and sell them online as educational resources.

Dawnwriter wrote on April 5, 2015, 12:28 PM

I have saved a lot of articles from Helium because many were 400-700 words long but on other sites I feel a lot of time is wasted copying and deleting stuff which can be used to write new stuff but I truly undrstand how you feel about your content.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on April 5, 2015, 1:20 PM

You are right about moving on. Wherever you may bloom best with your quality articles.

sockii wrote on April 5, 2015, 5:33 PM

It is not necessarily against the rules on most sites, as long as you delete the original posting and make sure it is de-indexed by google. One must review the rules on every platform and now how to properly removed former postings before relocating, But it's not that hard.

Specifically, PP's own FAQ puts it thusly:

" Am I allowed to post articles I wrote for another site, but no longer exist? (ie: deleted, site no longer exists, etc?)

As long as you wrote the original article, and you still own the rights to the article then you are allowed to repost it here if the original has been removed. If the content is still available then you must wait until it has been removed before posting here."

So it is wrong for you to tell people they cannot republish here as you have done above.

Last Edited: April 5, 2015, 5:35 PM

sockii wrote on April 5, 2015, 5:39 PM

I disagree. I have a lot of evergreen content (art tutorials, articles about the business of being a craft vendor) which have only done far better for me in the long run once I found the proper venue for them. Some I moved off Squidoo and HubPages which barely got any traffic whatsoever are now thriving and getting daily hits - and adsense revenue/ merch sales - on my own websites.

I do abandon pieces which were only written to fit a specific venue or aren't evergreen in nature, but a painting tutorial is going to be just as valuable today as it was 6-7 years ago when I first wrote it, provided I have the right venue for it. And I'm not going to waste what I know is useful writing and info on a bad platform.

allen0187 wrote on April 6, 2015, 12:16 AM

I agree that the best way to maximize the earning potentials of one's articles is by having these published in one's own blog or website. So far, that is something that I have yet to do. Hopefully, I get to do it in the next couple of months.

Good luck in this endeavor of yours.

Last Edited: April 6, 2015, 12:28 AM

sockii wrote on April 6, 2015, 7:36 AM

It's not "spinning" if you are simply republishing your own content as it was written before, just on a new platform.

And yes, one must follow the rules of a particular site. They are all different and should be checked each time you sign up somewhere new.

I don't really have any intentions of republishing anything here anyway; I only use PP for random thoughts and journal-type entries that don't fit elsewhere.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 8, 2015, 10:50 AM

I'm putting more work into my blogs rather than trying anymore new writing sites at the present, and reworking my old evergreen content for wherever is most appropriate. I've created archive sections on Old Roads Once Traveled and The Guiness Blog for some of my more personal content that is still of value but tied to a particular time/season/event that renders is unable to be rewritten as current. A lot of the Guiness material falls into that category, but it's still a good read and is background for much of his current writing.

valmnz wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:04 AM

I know what you mean. Like you say, a lot of Bubblews was fluff and so there it stays. I do still have some good pieces of which I was proud on Knoji (previous Factoidz) . But, they do still earn a few cents here and there. For me it's a case of moving forward.