Thank you for trying to respond, SimeyC . . . but it would still be nice to know! If there's 49,000 on the list then I can feel free to sign up and forget about it. But if there are only 60, well then I know two months from now I better be somewhat prepared - know what I mean? Somehow I can't imagine hundreds of people signing up though - it sounds pretty rigorous.
I was told to reapply in six months - so that's a pretty good indicator to me how long the list is. Oh well, I'll pursue other things then as I doubt I'll still be interested that far down the road lol.
I received my Apprenticeship blow-off today, and I doubt very much if I'm going to re-apply in six months as suggested. I don't need the money, either. I have a pension, and it takes care of the bills. And while I waited for an answer, I found an experienced writer/online publisher who has already helped me with all the online basics, and under her guidance, it will take me less than six months to learn. Doors close, doors open.
Like Randy, I saw success cruelly snatched away on Google's whim, yet it strangely hasn't put me off.
Well it did for a while, sort of. I had really needed the money and tried to compensate for the loss of traffic by writing a series of higher than normal quality of hubs, trying to get back in Google's good books.
It didn't work. Starting new subdomains did, however, and although my traffic has not yet returned to its previous level (across all my accounts) it is showing a promising upturn on all accounts except this one.
Now I just write for the love of it. If it makes me money too, that's great, but if it doesn't, I have nothing to lose.
As for staying power, why would I want to leave when this site, or people on this site (other hubbers actually, not the staff) have taught me so much about how to write for the search engines?
Plus there is a great community here if you stay out of the politics/religious forums
There you go, WryLit! You can't bank on a newbie. Many of them bail when they figure out that you have to WORK at the writing and everything else to make money. With newbies, you don't even have a crystal ball to help you out. They can bail at any time, and it's usually when they find out that online money doesn't come easy. And the yacht, the mansion and the foreign bank account will have to wait! Yuck, yuck, yuck.
Not much else to do here until HP straightens out the new formats. I don't want to waste my time publishing my already written hubs here until I find out if they are going to use the same ugly formatting on all hubs.
Why do you think they are vetting so many newbies lately? They know the veterans don't like the way things are looking and wish to shape the newcomers to what they wish them to be. Fairly basic business strategy. Turn out the lights.........
The "team," as you refer to them, have their own agenda, Lorlie. We are simply expendable has-beens who they feel are already "salted in" and are worthy of no more than passing interest to their plans.
There are plenty of wide-eyed gullible newbies to buy into their schemes just like we did originally. You'll notice they are concentrating on the very eager writers who they have purposely chosen to vet with their new AP program with a few favorites mixed in to give it a bit of false credibility.
They don't even go to the trouble of denying this being the case. But here's another chance for them to prove me wrong if they so choose. Duh!
Oh, hell no, Randy! You are going to write because you want to. I've been here nine months, and I've seen a lot of people leave. Yes, you can earn money here, but it's not what most people have in mind. They are truly disappointed and tend to waltz away. Yeah. In fact, I've cleared away some space for my yacht, and the neighbor on that side is pissed off.
Yes, you are right, Arlene. I only write now because I want to. Certainly not at the promise of earnings which can disappear literally overnight. I cannot imagine a more boring thought than to have to take lessons from HP staff.
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