ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Woes Of Starting Over

Updated on March 18, 2015

Writing Sites That Have Shut Down

Click thumbnail to view full-size
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 I want to share how my online content producing experience traveled several paths, to end up no longer active - along with my established online writing image.

The photos provided are images of logos for the sites I started writing for in 2006; they are no longer active, with no foreseen chance of coming back.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 SearchWarp.com family earned money and received great gifts.
Members of the SearchWarp.com 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 WryteStuf.com.

SearchWarp.com was forced to create a new hosting site for its writers, and became WryteStuff.com around 2012, 2013.
SearchWarp.com was forced to create a new hosting site for its writers, and became WryteStuff.com 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!

Losing Your Online Image From Closed Sites

Did you write for a site that is now shut down?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ronyae profile imageAUTHOR

      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)

    • profile image

      miked1919@ 

      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.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)