YAHOO Contributor Network, the good, bad and ugly

The Yahoo Contributor network

The Yahoo Contributor Network
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Is the Yahoo contributor network a sound alternative to hubpages. The answer is yes, it absolutely is. I've been writing as a yahoo contributor for years. The Yahoo Contributor network has several advantages, and many disadvantages when compared to a service like hubpages. First of all, let me tell you about the advantages. I once received 40,000 page views overnight on the Yahoo Contributor network for my article about Tim Tebow throwing for 316 yards. It was featured on Yahoo, and I reaped the benefits. I think that I made $50 on that one night total alone. If you look at my hubpages profile you will see that I have not broken 100,000 views yet, and only recently have I made the $50 pay out. Does this mean that the Yahoo Contributor Network is better, NO!

The Problems with the Yahoo Contributor Network

When I first stated writing for the Yahoo Contributor Network, it was called Associated Content. The Associate Content website was much like Hubpages with a community and support system. They would offer assignments with upfront payments so that you could work on your writing skills, while making a few dollars. I took up some of these assignments and my work was even featured on the front pages of Associated Content. This gave me pride and confidence with regards to my writing. I am an engineer by trade, so I always felt kind of inferior when it came to my writing skills. It wasn't until Hubpages, and Associate Content recognized my writing through their award systems, that I actually felt worthy of blogging. Yes, I needed the pat on the back and the support systems of both of these communities helped me tremendously.

The problem with the Yahoo Contributor Network, is that they do not value their writers. Not just me, I couldn't care less, but they are a really crappy company. Like I said, I wrote an article for them that had 40,000 page views in 24 hours. Not many people can say that. Do you think that they recognize my contribution? No. I have applied several times to be a featured writer on their site, and they NEVER got back to me. Like I said before, I don't think that I am a particularly good writer. I am an engineer with an analytical mind. Creativity complete with lively sentence structure, lots of adjectives, and deep vocabulary is not my forte. I am a fact based writer. I took technical writing classes, and some minor composition classes in college. I am not someone that is trained to write. I didn't expect the Yahoo Contributor Network to bend over backwards to make me a featured writer, but I did expect them to get back to me. I've applied to them 2 or 3 times, and I've yet to hear back on anything, other than a refusal on the political front. That was expected, because Yahoo is known to lean to the left politically.

The Good about the Yahoo Contributor Network

If you are a young writer the Yahoo Contributor Network will do you a few favors. Unlike hubpages the Yahoo Contributor Network has editors that will reject your work if it does not meet their standards. Actually, I have submitted work that is below my standards and they have accepted it, typos and all. But, they will force you to cite sources properly, or in some cases annoyingly improperly. They will work with you sentence structure to improve your writing. They will tell you what type of articles people are looking for at a particular time through their assignments. They will give you $2-$10 as an upfront bonus to your writing. There are a lot of good things about the Yahoo Contributor Network. I've used them to learn a lot of things about writing on the internet.

The Bad about the Yahoo Contributor Network

Like I said before, the Yahoo Contributor Network didn't get back to me on my featured writer application. So be it. They are a garbage company, I learned that while playing around with Yahoo answers when they threatened to close my account for being mean to people that disagreed with me. If calling an idiot an idiot is being mean, then I am guilty as charged. But, to close an account over some whiner is nonsense, and Yahoo has a history of allowing the whiners to bully them around. I wrote an article about Limbaugh after the Sandra Fluke (I so wanted to misspell her name) controversy and I was raked over the coals in my comments. Do you think that Yahoo deleted that vial puke? Hell no! It is fine for their contributors to be attacked and slandered in their uncontrolled comments. Yahoo is a sickening company when it comes to protecting its contributors.

The Ugly about the Yahoo Contributor Network

In all honesty, I don't know if it gets much uglier than the comments that I received on my Limbaugh article. But, I just stopped reading comments and collected my money. I wrote under my pen name so no problem there. You have to be smart when you are writing. One of the ugliest things that the Yahoo Contributor Network would do is publish my work late. I got to the point where I stopped contributing news articles to them because they would wait 3 days to publish my news. I wrote news from a right leaning view so maybe that was their problem. But, in all honestly, I think that they are just a crappy company that screws over writers from every ideology.

Would I open a Yahoo Contributor Network account? Yes, I think that you can learn some useful tips there. Would I write there exclusively, hell no! They are a crappy (almost used a different word again) company that will treat you like trash. So open an account. See what their writing guidelines are, make a few bucks, then write for yourself, and you will be much better off.

One last thing, my Yahoo Contributor Network Email

You may have read in press reports that Yahoo! recently confirmed an older file containing approximately 450,000 email addresses and passwords—provided by writers who had joined Associated Content prior to May 2010—was publicly posted on the Internet. This file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo! systems and services. This message is being sent to you because your email address was in this compromised file. We are taking important steps to address this issue and have now fixed the vulnerability that led to the disclosure of the data, deployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo! users, and enhanced our underlying security controls. For example, before accessing this account, you were likely prompted to validate your identity and create a new password.Additionally, given the high frequency of consumers using the same login information on services across the Internet, we strongly advise users to: • Change their passwords for any account they hold every few months,• Use a different password for each service or website, and• Create passwords with a mixture of characters, symbols, and numbers. We also suggest that you proactively monitor the activity on your online accounts (Yahoo! or otherwise). Specifically, be on the lookout for spam that originates from your email, and check your sign-in activity from time to time. If you see anything suspicious—like your account was accessed in Romania when you were home in Chicago—you should change your password immediately.You can also take additional steps to safeguard your Yahoo! account by:• Adding a mobile phone number to your Yahoo! account,• Adding a non-Yahoo email address to your Yahoo! account, and• Keeping your Secret Question & Answer up-to-date.Updating this information is important, because we use will it to protect your account if we suspect malicious login activity or if you need to recover your password. Please also be suspicious of emails that prompt you with links and say you must update your Yahoo! account information. Yahoo! will never ask you to provide your password or security safeguards like your Secret Question & Answer via email. If you have additional questions, please visit Yahoo!'s Security Center. We take security very seriously at Yahoo! and invest heavily in protective measures to ensure the security of our users and their data across all our products. In addition, we will continue to take significant measures to protect our users and their data. We sincerely apologize for this matter.Yahoo! Inc.

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

We share similar views on Yahoo Contributor Network -- and I, too, received that email. Yahoo dances to their own private drummer and always has -- as I pretty much do the same thing -- never the twain shall meet again. Good Hub and thanks for the info. Best/Sis

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dmhenderson 4 years ago from Missouri, USA

Interesting, useful hub, and thanks for the info. I will beware. In some ways the internet has democratized the writing business, opening it up in a way that the world of print never has and never will (for reasons that I don't blame on hard-copy publishers). It seems that in both worlds, however, you have to watch your back, and I think it pays off to help your colleagues watch their backs as well.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Angela. Now I only write for them if I get an upfront bonus and I can put a link to one of my other blog entries.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment DMhenderson. It is pretty cut throat on the internet so we should all look to learn from each others mistakes and experiences.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great hub and interesting post on Yahoo. It's amazing at how much the internet has changed through the years. Looks like the privacy issue will require adjustments as it continues to evolve.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It isn't easy to be secure when these companies continue to lose huge blocks of their costumer's information. Thanks for commenting Teaches

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Stilettos 4 years ago

Thanks for the very informative post. You've given me a great deal to think about before I jump into the whole online writing community. So, btw, did they ever get back to you?

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Let me check, no they have not gotten back to me. Thanks for the comment Stilettos and welcome to Hubpages.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

"The problem with the Yahoo Contributor Network, is that they do not value their writers." That is the truth. I started with them when it was Associated Content. It was a good system and I was proud of the few articles I posted there - one received an immediate pay of 3 dollars. I never got the money in my pocket but it's pretty standard to reach a threshold before payout when writing online so I don't hold that against them.

Then, I let it lie fallow for a year or two and when I tried to log back in, I was denied access. They had locked my account and gave me some standard pre-written reason only once on my login page the first time I tried getting back in - saying that my work had been published elsewhere so it was considered some kind of copyright infringement. I sent them an email and they basically asked for my social security number (for the 1099 I believe). Since I had never supplied that information, I was furious and wrote them several stinging emails that they had no right to confirm my identity with information they never had, and since I was still using the same email, that should be enough.

What's insulting is that they accused me of copyright infringement, yet they left all my articles up. After a barrage of emails refusing to give them more information and insisting they take down the articles, they finally did. I will never write for those idiots again.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the response Alexander Mark. I didn't write for AC long, but when I did they seemed much better. They paid me immediately, and so does Yahoo. Yahoo's promotion is horrible though. They will pay $5 for an article then let it sit there with 15 page views. Im not going to promote it for them, and it is their investment, so you would think that they would work on it. Another thing is the lack of editorial control. That is especially annoying. I wrote an article, and all of my TinyURL links went bad, then Yahoo/AC would not let me edit the article to fix my links. I was not happy about that since they were MY referral links.

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Interesting hub! I wrote for Yahoo Contributor (Associated Content) and they were good at first, but they can finicky. I think HP is the best overall. I didn't like the fact that they don't let you edit your articles!

Interesting hub


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment John. I didn't like the fact that you can not take down an article either. Even one that doesn't get any views.

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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

So even if I had gained access to my articles, I wouldn't have been able to edit or take them down. In the world of online blogging, that doesn't seem right - except when they give you upfront payment I would say. They have a bad business model when it comes to their contributors.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

If you didn't get an upfront payment then I think that they will let you edit them and take them down. I just wish that there was a way to remove my name from some posts that I don't want to have under my account anymore.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I may never be a millionaire or a famous writer, but I am very happy with Hug Pages and the community I've met. After reading your hub I certainly wouldn't want anything to do with the Yahoo Contributor Network, money or no money!

Voted up.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

thank you tillsontitan, YCN isn't too bad, but they could be so much better. They don't do any kind of referral bonus that I know of either, so Im not saying it for that. If you like to write about current events, then it can be good. The problem is that you need to be a featured writer to make sure that you get published on time. Then the problem is that no matter how many applications you send or follow up emails you write, they don't get back to you. Well, they did send me a couple emails telling me how busy they are. So, yes, maybe they are an entity to avoid. I'm glad that you convinced me there ;)

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chloelozano 4 years ago

I agree that the "higher powers" at Y!CN do no value their writers. I had an issue not long ago that required me contacting them and have yet to receive a response back. I also was a feature writer before Yahoo! took over but when I reapplied after everything changed no one responded.

I dislike the fact you cannot publish display only articles immediately like you could when the site was still Associated Content. A time lapse between submission and publication can cost you MAJOR page views if the article is time sensitive.

I will say I do like the fact Yahoo! still offers upfront payments, small as they may be. They are one of the few sites out there who actually still do that.

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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Chloeloano. I've given up on the featured writer thing. I was trying to do some baseball stories for them. I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the sport. I applied 2 times and I sent them follow up emails. The only thing that they ever sent back was their standard "we are busy" email.

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Poshbytori 3 years ago from 1545 Union Lake Road, Commerce, MI, 48382

I used to make between $200 - $400 a month with Yahoo - (This was back when they were called "Associated Content"). I stopped producing content for them around late 2008 / early 2009. I do not know any of the updates since that time, besides an email stating my account my have been "hacked" - which, ironically, did result in my personal accounts being "hacked" (read my content). Regardless, back then, the pay was like $1.50 for every 1,000-or-s0 page views plus the upfront pay of $6-$12 per article. As time progressed, pay dropped down to as low as $3 for an article - with them owning exclusive rights.

I can honestly say, if you write about one REAL niche, then open a blog through / and do it all on your own and keep all of the profit. If you are "group writing" or have a variety of topics, then a place like Hub Pages is great.

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michiganman567 3 years ago from Michigan Author

I like hubpages. Their ad program works out pretty well. Plus publishing a story is really easy. You are probably right about the niche blog though. I don't know how well hub pages does with those. Thanks for the comment Poshbytori

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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

Very helpful and enlightening.

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Hawaiian Scribe 3 years ago from Hawai'i

Thanks for this hub. I feel the same way. I started with Associated Content and really liked it. I don't like writing for Yahoo. They have terrible customer service and it takes forever to publish anything. With hubpages, you can have a hub up within minutes after you finish it. I've gone back and forth on an article I submitted, but it was only for minor issues. It can take a week to get an article online with Yahoo. Another thing I don't like is when I check on their Assignments, which are topics that Yahoo is seeking articles on. In the job description, a lot of the time, they'll specify that they are looking for "young writers". They're really targeting the under 30 crowd. I have 26 evergreen articles listed on Yahoo, and I'm lucky to make $2 a month on them. I don't write anything new, but I'll list articles I wrote that either didn't sell or were school assignments. So at least I have them listed somewhere working for me and I include links in the articles to hubpages and other sites I write on. The only positive is that the Yahoo Contributor Network ranks very high on Google. If someone is searching your name, Yahoo will either be #1 or #2 usually. Hubpages is nowhere on the first page of Google. I shared your article on Google+. Aloha, Stephanie

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michiganman567 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the share and read Stephanie. We aren't alone with our lack of satisfaction from Yahoo.

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Lowdown0 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a great Hub, just what I wanted to know. I've been frustrated with Yahoo taking so long to publish the three pieces I have with them. This Hub helps me realize it's not worth it. I kept seeing contributors with high views but they are gone... not writing anymore there, what wrong I thought.

I am conservative as well and have my own difficulties at times at Allvoices, they are left leaning for sure, but publish my stuff right away. Anymore I like Hub pages the best for articles. Thanks.

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michiganman567 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Lowdowno. I can't really think of anything worth writing on Yahoo. News is a waste of time unless you are featured. You should write anything that is evergreen on your own blog or Hubpages to sell your own brand. Maybe sports would be alright on Yahoo?

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