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Defunct Websites

  1. MomsTreasureChest profile image81
    MomsTreasureChestposted 2 weeks ago

    Webanswers, AskJeeves and Google Answers are just a few of my favorite websites that no longer exist, what are some some of your favorite or fun websites that are now gone?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Bubble News (or whatever it name was) was quite an adventure. Total mess, but I do believe I got close to a $1000 from them before it all went to hell.

    2. NateB11 profile image95
      NateB11posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I'm with PDS, Bubblews was great while it lasted. I made some money there and it was fun to write short pieces to say whatever I wanted. I didn't it treat it like a "writing" site, it was a way to blow off steam or throw out some thoughts that were running around in my head.

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        Mills Pposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Bubblews had good membership, but suspect leadership, in my opinion. I was around Epinions for almost its entire active existence - and it was far more rewarding to me personally than Bubblews ever was. Epinions pieces of mine and others can still be read, but can no longer be rated or specifically critiqued. The rewards were far greater there than they ever were at Bubblews - at least in my experience with both sites.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 11 days agoin reply to this

          Bubblews had zero chance of success, right from the very start.  Many of us were warning about that as soon as it launched.  We had seen that model before and knew exactly what would happen.

          Your posts were never actually earning anything.  Bubblews management was paying you, out of their own startup funds, for getting likes and views from other members.  They hoped that if the site got big enough, advertisers would pay big money to advertise on the site and they'd be able to make their money back and more.  Eventually they realised that would never happen, and they ran out of money, and that was that.

          Today.com did exactly the same thing.  Unlike Bubblews, though, they were then able to recoup their losses by selling their domain name to the Today program for a heap of money.

          1. NateB11 profile image95
            NateB11posted 10 days agoin reply to this

            Possibly the only statement I've read in the forums that actually describes exactly what happened with Bubblews. It was all really just a matter of them not being able to do what they set out to do.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image94
              Marisa Wrightposted 10 days agoin reply to this

              The stupid thing is that if they'd known anything at all about writing sites, they'd have known that model had been tried and failed several times before them.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image95
    Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks ago

    Interesting that you brought this up. I wrote a hub about "The Demise of Writing Sites: Bubblews, Persona Paper and Niume"

    You can find it in my profile listing.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this
      1. Glenn Stok profile image95
        Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Thank you for providing the link to my hub Marisa, since we're not supposed to link to our own hubs. I don't think paradigmsearch realized why I left it out.

        And thank you for your important addition in your comment you left there. Much appreciated.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Likewise, good luck finding it.

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image91
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 2 weeks ago

    InfoBarrel still exists, but it would be a complete waste of time to put any effort into anything there. It doesn't even matter if the page you create is awesome, it won't go anywhere. But I really did like the place when it was functional. I'm told they still pay out on time, but nobody is making much of anything there.

    Last I looked at it I was up to seventeen bucks. They paid me last, last December. I keep meaning to copy/paste everything I haven't already to blogger blogs. I don't care if they have duplicate content rules, their rules only mattered when their site mattered. I like my old content because I often had good ideas, but I only half assed them. These days I realize it is only ever useful to go all the way with whatever the topic may be.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image95
      Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Ah! The infamous InfoBarrel. I have a hub about that too: "Is InfoBarrel Another Writing Site That's Doomed?"

      Sorry paradigmsearch, you're just going to have to scroll for that. smile

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image91
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Totally doomed. They seem to have got their idea for it from here, but they didn't bother to evolve like this place did. Last I looked the two owner/admins showed up after being missing for months, to say that everything was fine, they'd fix the bugs, and the place was very much alive. But they're only going to do the bare minimum in maintenance. They just dropped that place and moved on to other internet projects.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          I remember, a  year or two ago, getting a series of emails from Infobarrel about how they were launching a new concept in writing sites and inviting me to sign up for the Beta on Facebook.   I did, and got a lot of upbeat, jargon-filled emails promising amazing things were about to happen, any minute now (without ever actually saying what the new Infobarrel would DO).  Then it all stopped, just as suddenly.

          1. NateB11 profile image95
            NateB11posted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            Had the same experience. I was reluctant to join that site in the first place and once I did join, I realized there was a reason to be reluctant. I eventually asked them to delete my account, which they did.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 2 weeks ago

    Saw them/it, thanks. Throwing stuff against the wall on your own website works.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image95
      Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Throwing stuff against the wall has its benefits, as long as you don't run into the wall yourself.

  5. Linda BookLady profile image82
    Linda BookLadyposted 2 weeks ago

    I used to write for a site called "Written By Me" back in about 2001 . . . that went down. Also, Squidoo..... and Gather. Remember Gather?

    Edited to add: JournalSpace ... at one time a nice site that was sold off and became a spam trap.

  6. MomsTreasureChest profile image81
    MomsTreasureChestposted 2 weeks ago

    I really liked Bubblews too, I think there was a 400 character minimum and you could add pictures.  It was fun to write about a variety of things with short and sweet pieces.  At first I didn't think we'd get paid, it seemed too good to be true, but sure enough we did,  It was fun while it lasted!

  7. theraggededge profile image97
    theraggededgeposted 2 weeks ago

    AltaVista sad

  8. Coffeequeeen profile image88
    Coffeequeeenposted 2 weeks ago

    Yes, I also wrote on Bubblews for a few months.  Shame that went down the pan as I liked writing on there.  Got a couple of payouts too.

  9. TessSchlesinger profile image92
    TessSchlesingerposted 2 weeks ago

    Associated Content which was sold to Yahoo. There were two or three others at that time. I have forgotten their names.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image95
      Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      When Yahoo bought Associated Content, they included the Yahoo! Writer's Academy. I took their online writing lessons and received Level-3 Certification from Yahoo in 2013, before they closed down. Did anyone else study from their lessons?  I learned a lot about how to write online articles. It's different from writing for books or magazines.

      1. RonElFran profile image97
        RonElFranposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Glenn, I also went through the Yahoo course and found it extremely helpful. So much so that when I knew Yahoo Contributor Network (YCN) was shutting down, I decided to keep a copy of the entire course. The title was "Writing for the Web 101," and it covered everything from basic rules of writing for the web, to rules of grammar, SEO basics, how to write effective headlines (titles), and much more.

        I was really sorry when YCN shut down. It was the place I put my shorter pieces of about 800 words or so, with the longer articles coming here to HubPages. In fact, YCN was the first site where I actually received a payout for my writing. I still haven't found a good replacement.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image95
          Glenn Stokposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          Thanks for that feedback Ron. It's good to know someone else here had taken advantage of that course. I went through all the steps you mentioned as well.

          That's great that you got a chance to save a copy of the entire course. I wish I had done that, but they shut down too quickly. At least I had my articles archived, and I already published them on HubPages with additional content added.

          I did get paid from Yahoo too. It was a surprise that they shut down the YCN.

  10. fer-nie profile image82
    fer-nieposted 2 weeks ago

    I used to like Yahoo Answers, actually. Then again, I've never been exposed to anything else in the past.

  11. ChadCrouch profile image78
    ChadCrouchposted 11 days ago

    Quora is definitely one of my favorites but it ain't gone though.

  12. Solaras profile image93
    Solarasposted 11 days ago

    Interesting that no one has mentioned Squidoo here.  Have they all moved on to their own personal blogs and websites?

  13. paperfacets profile image91
    paperfacetsposted 11 days ago

    Squidoo. The pages earned some money, after it was sold, the pages earned zero money in two months.
    I have two websites now, moved articles to another platform, and now after a few years I am earning $ here on HPs. My work pace is very slow, though.

  14. Rupert Taylor profile image96
    Rupert Taylorposted 11 days ago

    Suite 101 had several incarnations but it wasn't selective enough about what it published, even though it had a decent staff. It shrank and shrank until it was just one guy running the thing out of his garage. He made extravagant promises about relaunches that were going to blow our socks off. Never happened.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      Suite101 and Squidoo both had the same problem - they were generalist sites (i.e. containing articles on miscellaneous different topics).  That model was doomed to failure from the moment the first Panda update was launched by Google back in 2011.  At the time, Google declared war on "content farms" and their definition was broad:  there was a famous interview when Matt Cutts talked about Google's desire to wipe out content farms.  When the journalist pointed out that better-quality sites like HubPages had also been affected, Cutts' response was something like, "Yes, I'd expect that."

      Look back and you'll see that almost every generalist site has failed since then, for that reason - Google is out to get them. Those that have survived - except HubPages - are one-man-bands which limp along, offering their members little or no income.  I think HubPages' survival has more to do with its founder's determination than anything else!   For a long time, I was sure he would eventually throw in the towel - but now that HubPages has the niche sites, I'm hopeful - they are specialist, not generalist, and that's what Google wants.

 
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