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Online Writing Advice for Newbies - VII

Updated on August 29, 2017


I have broken the advice into various 'sections' so that each read will expose a different aspect of the various pitfalls of writing online.

When you first begin, as a Newbie, you often dive head first into any so called on-line writing site. In come cases you are ripped off, in some, abused, in others lose your copyright, and in others, all of the above.

Newbies are often tricked into shilling for disreputable sites They may earn a few pennies but have no idea what is happening.

Hopefully these articles will be a little bit of sunshine.

Read the TOS, do the Searches

The first thing you do, is read the
Terms of Service.

The next is to do a Search of the
potential site + Ripoff or Scam.

(i.e. Bubblews+Ripoff)

Read the information carefully.
Make sure you get what you are being told.

Note if there are disclaimers from other posters.

What you want to know is how other people have been treated by that site, before you invest too much of your time and work.

For example many articles which reveal the unpleasant facts of certain sites, such as the demised Factoidz, Bubblews, are followed by comments from 'guests' which hail the site to the heavens, and dispute any criticism.

These positive reviews are done by Shills.

Why would the average writer of this site, or any site, take the time to write a positive review?

The average member of this site, of any site, is not getting such fantastic benefits that they would waste a keystroke.

Hence, any time you read a negative review of the site, and there are a number of attacks on the negative review, those attacks are posted by Shills of the site who are PAID to do this.

To be blunt, I had to remove the Comment capsule on More Than One of my Hub pages dealing with this topic due to the attacks of Shills. Shills who are Paid by the Site to attack me.

This is not a one off.

When a writer posts;

"I was ripped off by XSite ...."

And a comment from some 'guest' bleats,

"That is because you broke the rules!!!"

The first thing that should come to your mind, is

"How would another user of a site know what transpired
between a user and the management?"

Check the Requirement for Submissions

Some writing sites demand a whole
heap of work.

Take Squidoo.

For them, a good article was over
3,000 words long, plus Images.

You won't really know all the
regulations until after you submit
an article. And it is rejected.

How many Hours did you Waste of Your life preparing that article which was rejected by a site which has no credibility whatsoever?

Another site, Wikinut, won't put you on the Star page unless:

1) Your article is about 1000 words
2) Lots of images
3) Lots of Back links
4) Lots of bold words

It's all done by an A.I. which looks for something like:

Five links
Five Bold Words
Five Images

Content isn't important.
If you look at Star Pages on Wikinut you'll get the gist of what I'm posting.

If you don't get a Star Page, unless you've written on a topic that will be turned up by a Google search or have networked it until your fingers bleed, you won't get many hits.

Squidoo was absorbed by this site and Wikinut no longer pays.

The Rule of thumb; if there are too many hurdles to jump... don't bother.

What's a Viril?

There are sites which adopt various methods to NOT pay a writer.

One of the easiest is to have long delays between the writer posting the item and the site publishing. This slows down the accumulation of views, and of course revenue.

If, for example, I was able to post an item about the Dangers of Flooding that Hurricane Harvey would cause, A DAY before it hit, I would have gotten millions of hits. But my article was sat on for two days, so that by the time it was posted, it was too late.

Another trick is to 'pay' the writer in monkey money. Instead of the;

10 views = 1c you get some kind of 2 Virils for View.

What the (*&( is a viril? How many Virils make 1c? Who knows... the mod will tell you that it changes each day!

Yes... I am not making this up. If you go to you will see how a site sucks in writers who will be paid in invented currency which has a changing value; meaning that the Owner's favourite Shill will be paid and YOU won't.

More pennies, Less Work

As of date, the only site that pays, not much but pays, is mylot.

It allows you to write as much or as little, and what counts are comments made by others on your work.

If no one reads you, you get nothing. If a lot of people read you, you get something.

You don't have to bold, image, link, write 3k words, blah blah. You post as much or as little as you feel like.

Gone are the days when online writing paid. Now, it's something you do during a coffee break, but it isn't worth the time.


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      qeyler 5 years ago

      Noose; Years ago I joined a particular Writing site. I was warned, both personally and publicaly by the articles of other writers. I didn't listen. I assumed that what these people were posting was 'their own fault' or for some other reason than the fact that the site stole the copyright and locked the poster out.

      Then it happened to me.

      And then I became one of those people writing about the site and being attacked from other Shills of the site

      And this went on until a lawsuit took that site down.

      What I learned from that is that people tend not to believe others. They tend to use their own current experience and assume that if another person had a bad experience it was the fault of that user, not the policy of the site. So what I would say, is there is nothing I can post here which will discourage you. It will only be your own experience which will prove whether or not what I post is true or false.

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      qeyler 5 years ago

      Dear Noosepaper; I suggest you get your own 'honest' opinion by joining random other sites and comparing your own experiences.

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      Caitlin Morrow 5 years ago from Birmingham, AL

      Would you mind elaborating on why Squidoo is a waste of time? Because you have to wait for a few months to see earnings or is it just impossible to earn anything? I stuck with Squidoo because I sold something from an Amazon module, but haven't had any sales since. I'd love some honest first hand opinion!

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      qeyler 5 years ago

      Squidoo is a waste of time; at least with Triond and Expertscolumn you know what's happening.

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      Caitlin Morrow 5 years ago from Birmingham, AL

      What a great article! It's true that you can often get rooked by websites. I'm on HubPages and Squidoo right now (and have only seen earnings from HubPages, but I know Squidoo takes a few months). I haven't heard of Triond or Expertscolumn, I'll have to give them a try!