Knoji; Factoidz by another name

The Gall

On March 19th I received the following email:

In the next week, we'll be unveiling a
brand new version of Factoidz.The
new site will have a beautiful design,
and will be packed with awesome
features that truly enhance the
experience for both writers and
readers. We've selected you as one
of our most trusted members who
exemplifies the best qualities of a
great writer and community member
- and would like to invite you to
preview our new and improved version of Factoidz.


We're also contacting you because as one of our most
trusted community members, we'd also like to ask if you'd
be interested in becoming a Moderator
on our new site.
Your abilities as a writer will remain unchanged, but as a
Moderator you'll have new abilities to modify, edit and
remove content and overall help us maintain a high level
of content quality. You'll also be featured prominently
as a Moderator and will carry that title across the site.

Awesome

Let Me Announce:

I am one of the many, many people who was dropped from Staff Writer (where I earned the higher revenue) to Member (where I earn nothing) on Factoidz. My writing was confiscated.

My writing was not deleted, my writing was stolen. My articles remained on Factoidz, gaining revenue, a great deal of revenue for the site as well as adding credibility.

As my work was of such caliber, the Owner and Only Employee, Mike Quac,
captured it. This is not unusual. The best writers are ripped off, the mundane
kept as Shills.

At the bottom of this article were a number of comments loudly, and most believably, disputing what I have written.

(In fact, from the moment this article was published, until I was
forced to remove the Comment Capsule, there were so many
offensive comments written by 'guests' it was evident Quac
had sent his shills to attack me. This is a hallmark of the
Factoidz culture. Steal writer's work then blame them.
Each Shill, who on pain of demotion is impelled to attack
any detractor, using as many duals as they can).

This practice ended as EVERYONE who wrote for Factoidz was ripped off.

My story is not unique. There is an ever increasing number persons who have written for Factoidz who share my story.

Many people are easily conned by Factoidz. Its' Shill can be found in any Forum where you'll see attacks made on those who complain about being ripped off. Their usual restort is:

"You were kicked off for Breaking the Rules!!"

How would a member of a site know what transpired between that member and the owner? Especially on a site as secretive as Factoidz?

Let's Google

In a Search Box type Factoidz+rip off. On March 23, 2012 at 12:23 my time I got 77,800 hits.
Factoidz+scam done on the same date at 12:25 returned 34,300 hits. This is rather a high number; (on some days even higher).

Considering the number of complaints made against Factoidz, it appears that those who live in the United States and file a complaint get paid, those who do not live in the United States are targetted; in short, if you do not live in the United States writing for Faictodz is serving yourself for lunch.

Knoji

As is clear, Factoidz was a Ponzi scheme.
Revenue gained from the 'Member' articles are used to pay other writers; newbies and pet shills.

Having gone from 353,241hits in February to 248,353 in August of 2011 (this is after a major decline in 2010) Factoidz decided to take radical action.

The new site is Knoji. That is far enough away from Factoidz as to make the average user believe, (a few months down the line when the connection will be severed) that this is a new and safe site.

Many are unaware that Knoji is Factoidz. Type www.factoidz.com into your browser.

Guess what will load? Knoji.


Repentance say you?

The same articles that were written by "Members" on Factoidz, (Members can not write articles, hence these were written when the Member was a Writer/Staff Writer) are written by Members on Knoji.

These articles ought have been deleted.

As is clear from the email quoted in the first paragraph, Knoji is Factoidz in another incarnation. It operates under the same principles.

However, it is uglier, cheaper and of vastly lower quality.

Much of what was on Factoidz; the Best stuff, was written by those dropped to Members. Items were well researched and one could actually quote a Factoidz article.

Knoji is ugly. The colours are dull and there are no images. The first page of Knoji is boring and the articles are of low quality. There is nothing to read on Knoji.

Secondly, unlike the errors made on Factoidz where people could end a month earning $50, one is lucky to to end a monthwith $10 from Knoji.

As was the usual practice on Factoidz, that is, 'overpay' the new writer, get as much as possible, then drop them to member and confiscate the work, on Knoji this has been perfected.

The New writer gains a 'bonus' of a $1.00 on every new item. After about eight items this is dropped to 80c, then to 40c, then to 20c, then to 10c.

Considering how few hits an article on Knoji gets, and how many hits it takes to reach a whole One Cent, one earns more on Hubpages; even on Triond.

Unlike Hubpages and Triond, Knoji captures your copyright. Knoji claims that 10c it paid you is for the article you wrote.

You can believe this article or not. You can join Knoji, or not. If you join you find out everything I wrote is true.

You have been warned.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Comment Section was demanded removed


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Writing for Knoji is a waste of time.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Writing for Knoji is a waste of time.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Writing for Knoji is a waste of time.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Here is the issue you and I and a few thousand others know the exact parameters, but dare we try to clarify, to spell out the methods, we will be censored, because of the great power of the o


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

The problem is tht so many people want to write and so many sites want to rip them off.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Since I have spoken out here, earnings dropped, can no longer edit my work, cannot ask or answer questions, and have been flagged for spam, which I have complained about to them, yet no response as usual. Now the new dupe for selected writers, looks like the newbies are being picked is for writers to select assignement articles, write them, post them on Knoji and the dupe is he is allowing them to repost only these articles to their other sites with idea of getting paid twice. He forgot to mention PANDA, and duplicate content reprucussions, and writers are not seeing it.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

What I have learned is that his 'power' is enormous. He can tell any writing site that this article is 'defamatory' and the site will, without reading delete it or order it deleted. This is the answer to the constantly repeated question as to how and why this scam could persist so long.

I understand that there were people as early as 2010 who were posting warnings, and many of them were kicked off those sites and their articles deleted.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

But how can a nobody be able to control other sites.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

He contacts the site and says something like this:

"You have published an article which is defamatory. I have contacted my legal team and intend to pursue action against you. You can avoid this by deleting the article. "

99.9999% of all publishing sites don't read the articles and will immediately delete the item or order the owner to delete it .

Triond is the most cowardly of all sites. It just deletes without evening sending a message. This is because they don't care.

When the item is published on a blog or a site with some guts, it isn't automatic. But in most cases he gets what he wants because he knows how to play the sites.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

He does this all of the time. One writer told him to go ahead and do it, over 2 years ago, and nothing was done. Well, I guess his writers are defaming companies being they are writing reviews on companies without using their products. The stuff he hits sites like this for, create a blog, and post it there.

I know from comments I am reading, get in emails, that the stupid trolls are happy. One got promoted to expert. So if they are happy, they are hitting all the sites again. They use up all of their time looking for writers, and what they are doing, they don't have time to write, yet they are supposedly the top earners.. Maybe a bit of incognito cash is going to them.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

We went through some serious Ponzis in my country so I am so familiar with the style and actions. the basic Ponzi is effective because there are always those who proclaim the validity of the scam.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Just checked my account. Now my SEO that was Medium has been pushed to low for the same articles. My earnings were listed,but not put in my Pay Pal Account. Here we go again, Quoc not paying.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

A friend of mine who joined to prove me right/wrong states that he is now SEO 'Low' and made 10c this month.

What I love so much about Quac is that he knows the public so well, knows how to rip them off and no matter how many times he does it, he still gets over.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

I have not published anything for over a month, and don't plan on doing so anymore. But I will get my articles that I have published there, at least the ones I want if any. I just love copy and paste.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Factoidz was attractive and made people think thy were reading something of value. No matter how many times I go to knoji I am struck by how very crappy it looks.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Knoji is garbage now. But the same old practices of cheating writers has not changed.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

No, it hasn't and the 'joke' is that the site is such rubbish tht how or why anyone would join is beyond rational.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

Because the trolls are the only ones getting paid, and their payments are decreasing again promote, promote, promote. People get hooked up on the claims of a couple of hundred dollars a month for writing product reviews UNTIL they join and reality slaps them in the face. I think the most I ever made for one month was 15 bucks when it was Factoidz and that was even if I did not publish anything for the month, now it is like 3 bucks or less. This month I earned, but did not get paid. Well, Mike Quoc can use my 3 bucks and buy a Happy Meal if he can find one at that price.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

I made over $50.00 a month on Factoidz, just before they cptued my work. I had no intention of participating in anything that in anyway was connected to Quac. A reader joined Knoji to prove me right/wrong and pretty much gives me the $15 to $5 to 10c style.

Put it like this, guys who write articles about replacing a toilet seat aren't what I would call a 'writer'.


Rena 23 months ago

You are so awesome for helping me solve this mytsery.

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