I just closed my Xomba account. Here are the new rules from Xomba:
•We no longer allow affiliate links or advertisements of any kind.
•Posts may not simply promote your content from other sites, including personal blogs.
•Content may not contain excessive keywords, URLs in titles or anything that could be considered spam.
Havn't bookmarked on Xomba for a few weeks. The new rules seem foolish, don't think will use the site anymore. Thanx a lot for sharing the info.
I stopped using Xomba when they required 100 words before posting... too much for too little....
That's what you should be doing when you are bookmarking anyway is presenting a great short commentary that will either get them interested enough in the topic to click an ad or to click through to read your full article. For best results this commentary should be slightly different on every site you bookmark to that shares revenue. Some of my best Google clicks ever have come from social bookmarking revenue sharing sites with my best click ever for over $3 coming on InfoPirate. Waste of timeI don't consider that to be a waste of 10 minutes tops to do a bookmark for the potential for clicks like that for the life of the link.
Just my opinion though,perhaps you've not done as well on them.
that really sucks. i was originally going to try to link my hubs there, and use it to write film reviews on classic films. however, if what your saying is true, then i may end up canceling my xomba account now.
Yes I read this yesterday as well Sophia. Here's how people will get around it though. You will see groups of people writing articles on there and linking to other writings by the other writers in the group. Sort of like a link co-op if you will. In this way all in the group will still have the potential to earn from their Xomba impressions,but all will still be getting the traffic benefits as well. This kind of thing already happen everywhere on the internet and I even considered at one time getting a group together here on Hubpages to try something similar but a little more complex. There are actually sites that do this and have it as a paid monthly membership as a backlink placed by someone else holds way more power than one you place yourself.
@ Benjamin. Yes, you're perfectly correct. I suppose I like to keep things as simple as possible.
What a bummer, I was just getting started with Xomba and I love that purple alien vampire
Sophia I looked for your socialmonkee hub but couldn't find it . . can you tell me the title of the hub? tks!
@Mike, sent it to you privately. We're not really supposed to put our links on this page.
Ok, forgot about that, thanks Sophia
Well hell, if those are the new rules why would anyone post anything there then? They may as well stop letting others make articles there,,,,
Oh, yes, and they removed the 'delete' button 'temporarily.' That's how I find out. I went there to find the delete button and it had vanished. So I did a search for it and came up with the new rules posted a few days ago.
So you can't have the article title in the URL?
They're dropped payment from 100% Adsense to 60% Adsense?
Too much effort for too little reward. My two cents on that.
i thought xomba's adsense payments were always 60 percent. your telling it used to a 100? wow, that's amazing. im sorry to hear that.
hmm..that makes me wonder if this other site i write on called flixya will start to do the same thing now. i know they pay about 100 percent of the adsense to you there, but it doesn't allow you to bookmark stuff like xomba used to for hubs. i'll have to keep an eye out for that.
My personal opinion is that all these sites are going to begin to slam down on using their sites for referrals and for duplicate contents. As a result, because writers simply won't be able to use duplicate artilces, there will be fewer articles. Ergo, there's going to be less profit. Ergo, they're going to drop the percentage.
This has to do with Google's ruling that they won' tbe indexing duplicate copy. Xomba pretty much indicated that a lot of this had to do with Google's new rules.
I have no fight with them. However, my stuff for HP hits the search engines before my stuff for Xomba, so it's the better bet. Also, I don't earn much from Xomba.
Xomba has never shared 100% of its Adsense revenue. It used to be 50% but they just moved it up to 60%. It's all right in their blog:
@Venrad. That's interesting. I must have misread something. Thanks for letting me know.
they're just trying to improve the site from being a place to place links, I'm sure other sites that want to improve will do the same.
the link is helpful.
You're absolutely right and I have no issue with that, but as I wrote in my hub about www.socialmonkee.com, I didn't want to spend time writing articles just so that I could backlink. I also didn't feel ethically comfortable with it. That said, I prefer to focus on just one site and as Hub Pages is working for me, I'm going to stick with this.
I was never a big fan of Xomba, I backlinked there for ages but haven't bothered so much in a while..I just couldn't get comfortable with it, it was ok I guess.
Thanks for posting this.
I just read the rule change over at Xomba and headed here to see if anyone had updated HP users on this.
And you did!
Links - Nofollow
No self promotion
No accidental grammar mistakes
Keyword researched articles (stuffing) not allowed
No rants ( )
Writers Only site with less commercial intention
... Enough reasons to quit. Sayonara. Xomba.
I quit writing on Xomba a long time ago, I despise how they treat their writers.
For starters, they used to provide do follow links, then one day they started 'changing' do follow links in to no follow links around 3 weeks after a post was published. When people finally started picking up on this the owners simply said, well we did put it in our ToS, because freelance writers all have time to re-read every websites ToS every week for unannounced changes...
60% is not a bad payout rate, I would personally recommend you heavily research a site that offers you 100% ad impressions, usually they offer you 100% ad impressions ONLY in one ad spot, which then has to compete with at least 3-4 more adsense units, a chitika unit and in text advertising. When a site says it is giving you 100% of ad impressions, you are generally getting about 20%-30% at most.
I see what Xomba is trying to do, hell, I make sure content written on my site is high quality. But they are oging about it the wrong way. You need to treat your writers with respect, they are the ones who create the foundation for your website, it is one of the reasons Hubpages has done so well.
Xomba treats it's writers like garbage, it makes changes that benefit itself primarily, and they seem to have little regard for their writers welfare OR rights.
My advice would be to write in other places.
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