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The Woes Of Starting Over

Updated on March 18, 2015

Writing Sites That Have Shut Down

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Associated Content (AC) was purchased by Yahoo! [Voices/Contributor] around 2010-12, but was later shut down in 2014.
Associated Content (AC) was purchased by Yahoo! [Voices/Contributor] around 2010-12, but was later shut down in 2014.
Associated Content (AC) was purchased by Yahoo! [Voices/Contributor] around 2010-12, but was later shut down in 2014. | Source

Jumping Back Into The Online Writing World: Treacherous

A person can only imagine my dismay to return to my writing and blogging host sites, and come up empty. See, the fact of the matter was that I hadn't been actively writing on a few of the sites for more than a year, and of course this also caused a chain reaction to scan past their email notifications as well. Nonetheless, and needless to say I had missed the notifications warning me that the sites would soon be gone - along with all the articles and short stories I had produced.

I have to be honest, and state that I do have a tendency to ramble... thus, warning my readers in advance about the story I wish to share about my experiences on having to 'start over'. I want to share how my online content producing experience traveled several paths, to end up no longer active - along with my established online writing image.

The photos provided are images of logos for the sites I started writing for in 2006; they are no longer active, with no foreseen chance of coming back.

I was a bit reluctant to writing online at the very beginning. I had a fear of many things: my writing style wouldn't be accepted by the sites and/or readers; I wouldn't get paid as quick (and as much) as I anticipated; I still wasn't a big fan to the digital world. All of these anxieties were assauged once I started writing for Associated Content (AC) in 2006. The site was easy to use, offered extra writing opportunities, and I could easily get paid - after my earnings reached a certain amount. Things were going good with AC, but my earnings were growing slowly.

After a year with AC, I had started earning money for my articles. But I wanted more, and started searching for other paying sites to write for. I was ecstatic to find SearchWarp, a site hosted by a very friendly couple in southern U.S. Bruce and Judy gave the writer's world a welcoming home, with great potential to earn money while sharing your voice. I was hooked! I started earning immediately with SearchWarp - not only with my blogs and articles. I was earning money for being active within the site's community. Reviewing and commenting on other content would help me earn points and gain higher ranks within the network; I could also gain extra earnings for writing content on frequently asked questions. I had found my 'home' at SearchWarp, and had started earning at least $100 a month. I even received trademarked gifts from the SearchWarp family.

I Hated to See The SearchWarp Family Leave

Members of the family earned money and received great gifts.
Members of the family earned money and received great gifts. | Source

A few months of working on SearchWarp, and I found myself writing for AC on occasion. I would only write for AC once I seen a paying opportunity to write a local article. So, I started to check my assignment dashboard only, once a month. If there were no paying opportunities, I didn't want to write for AC.

Let's move ahead a few years...

Learning The Hard Way...

Things were going great in my opinion: I had a monthly income coming in on a regular basis, I was meeting new people and gaining friends all over the globe, and I was creating an online image for myself.

The sites starting changing... but, in a positive way - from what they told us.

AC was going through a transformation - to increase the viewing and paying opportunities for our articles. It seemed all good, and apparently was the new wave of growing within the digital world. I was okay with the conversion of AC now becoming a subsidiary of Yahoo! This allowed the content producers of AC to now have better writing tools and an expanded readership. The site added an academic course to help become better writers, and this would also help with gaining more opportunities to write for the partnering sites affiliated with Yahoo! But, of course this lessened my opportunities in a sense, because there were more competitive opportunities - and more complications to being reviewed in a timely manner, or even being accepted for a paid assignment. I was losing interest by the minute, but felt obligated to AC because they were my first 'writing job'. So, my monthly checking on assignments grew further apart until I rarely checked for any at all. Although I hadn't written for AC for a while, my articles were still earning - and that was a high point to staying on with what was now Yahoo! Contributor.

SearchWarp had taken part in the upgrading of sites as well. But they hadn't changed their name or anything yet. A few 'small' changes went down first: the format became more elaborate, offering the writers an even greater way to produce content and share stories. The company had expanded, and offered writers the opportunity to start their own hosting sites for blogs and articles - it was fantastic!

It wasn't until the latter part of 2012, or maybe 2013 when SearchWarp was forced to create an entirely new hosting site. They would soon become was forced to create a new hosting site for its writers, and became around 2012, 2013. was forced to create a new hosting site for its writers, and became around 2012, 2013. | Source

The one thing I'm grateful for is saving some files of the articles and short stories I had written. I'm glad I had, because by the time I decided to get back into my writing - and help pay some bills - the sites had disappeared. Of course, all of my articles and content on the sites disappeared into thin air, too. I was devastated as I search fervently for my sites. At no prevail, I soon realized my image online was a distant blur.

I had started noticing my monthly earnings from Yahoo! Contributor (AC) wasn't coming anymore, so I went to check my emails - and, that's when the brick hit me. An email from August of 2014 stated Yahoo! Contributor would be shutting down.

I immediately began searching for my other writing sites, and came up empty. A brief feeling like the world had ended encompassed me. What was I going to do?

Now, I had to start all over again: searching for new sites to write for, and get paid. This was going to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack: there were so many sites, but who to choose, and how does their site benefit my writing image?

The journey seemed almost hopeless, until I ran across HubPages. I'm just starting with the 'hubbing', but it seems profitable - and is similar to my previous home at SearchWarp. So, I'm jumping in and making a 'go' at it! Wish me luck!

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      Ranya Snowden-Shamily 

      3 years ago from Detroit, MI; Frankville, AL

      Thanks Mike! I totally agree with you... you can earn much more online. I appreciate you interacting with my article. Don't be a stranger (smile)

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      3 years ago

      When I was writing freelance articles for local publications, I was getting about .15 to .25 a word. I love the Internet era, but it has stimied earnings for writers. Tell me I'm wrong. Show me what I'm missing. I make more money doing videos, mediocre videos at that. By the way, nice article.


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