Has today.com gone bust?

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  1. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    There were a few Hubbers who were writing at Today.com.  The whole site seems to have disappeared now?

    Edit:  I just found this blog post:

    http://www.elliotsblog.com/partners-at- … y-com-6521

    Microsoft bought the name and killed the site.

    I guess it's a cautionary tale for all of us who write on revenue-sharing sites.  Today.com bloggers basically lost everything - the site is now forwarded to the Today show site.

  2. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    I earned 49$ in cpm model before they switched to revenue sharing. And obviously i lost that money,and they dont reply to emails anymore. i don't trust  revenue sharing percentage as well. Use these sites just for backlinks.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    I was lucky - I joined when you could start two blogs at once, so I managed to break $50 in my first month by doing a post per day in each blog.  Sure enough, they cut me back to revenue sharing after that so I cut my losses and left.

    Of course, they then cut off my access to the blogs and claimed they would delete them - but they never did.

    I just feel sorry for all the poor schmucks who were still working on that site before it went bust.

  4. EmpressFelicity profile image70
    EmpressFelicityposted 8 years ago

    That's a bit scary, actually.  Makes you wonder what would happen if Hub Pages was bought out by Microsoft, Yahoo or Google.

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image61
      Mrvoodooposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It is.  I've invested quite a bit of time and effort here, as have the rest of you, and I'd be pretty damn pissed off if something like that happened here.  And thinking about it I should imagine it will at some point (although I hope I'm wrong).

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think it's less likely to be a problem somewhere like HubPages.  Microsoft didn't give a damn about the site - it just wanted the name Today.com.  It was quite happy to throw away everything else.

      HubPages isn't quite the same kind of name.

  5. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    To everything you just wrote, OUCH!

    Liss was writing there.

    It sucks when sites don't do the right thing. Associated Content has just been bought out by Yahoo, but just prior to that they made an announcement that they'd no longer pay non-American contributers. With a BS reason to do with the IRS. I can say it's BS because if it were true then Squidoo wouldn't be able to continue paying non-American lensmasters.

    And then there's Factoidz... a site run by one person, who has decided that anyone wanting to leave the site (because when there's problems he doesn't respond to emails) that he'll close their accounts, but keep their articles.

    Thank goodness for HubPages.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I'm still bitter that Today.com froze my account right before a payout of $50 last year.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Seems a lawsuit against Microsoft is on order. They must have bought the debts along with the domain name.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        This was over a year ago. Don't think it would go very far.

        1. Pearldiver profile image81
          Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Then research the takeover details and submit an account. You can do far more than $50 worth of damage to them just by publishing a hub on the issue hmm

        2. darkside profile image79
          darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I don't think it would go very far either.

          Don't hate Microsoft for what today.com did. But you can hate Microsoft for plenty of other reasons big_smile

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      As you know UW, they did that to a lot of people.

      The good thing is that now, you could republish all that content.   I'm not sure what the legal position is strictly speaking, but let's face it - Microsoft doesn't care and I doubt the former owners of Today.com will come chasing you either!

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hopefully I can use my blog title again, it was a good one

        Never mind, someone else has it.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Maybe you could do a variation?

          I've just spent the morning reposting my blog content as Hubs.

  7. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    food for thought in this thread. hmm

  8. yoshi97 profile image64
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    Unfortunately, it proves the old adage ... never put all of your eggs in one basket. sad

  9. yoshi97 profile image64
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    Microsoft buys and shelves a lot of good things. Foxpro is one of the foremost that comes to mind. Their process seems to be ... buy the competition then negate their existence. Unfortunately, it seems to be working pretty well. sad

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Unfortunately,  I didn't save my postings.

 
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