Why Do Good Social Blogging Networks Fail?
I just heard that World Famous Writers (formerly Elite Visitors) has been shut down without notice. Yet another writing site has failed, and writers are again left out in the cold. Apparently in this case, it was one of several co-owners and administrators who took it upon himself to delete the site without consulting the others. The other owners are left with no backup, so they can't just buy a new domain name and move.
The site had already changed its domain after one of the original owners ran off with funds that were supposed to pay users. After that, things were rocky. The site had actually stopped paying users altogether, and was asking them to continue posting content in the hopes that things would soon turn around. From what I hear, things were getting better.
Writers Have Good Reason Not to Trust
Social bloggers and web writers have been hit very hard in the last couple of years. Plenty of sites have closed. Some have failed to pay users monies that were owed. New and promising sites have failed to get off the ground, and even more established sites have had to make hard decisions about who can earn, and just how much traffic to their content will pay.
It's sad, because in many ways the hesitance to commit ends up hurting a site that started off well. And the fears of not getting paid turn into a self-fulfilling prophesy, because the site owners have promised to pay out more than they end up earning. Too many writers use the site as a personal diary, and their content has no SEO value. The only traffic on the site is internal traffic, and if a fair number of users come from regions of the world that pay little to no advertising revenue, even that traffic can't bring in enough money to pay what's been promised.
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