Why I Am Not Writing In Wikinut (Yet)
This article is not about bad mouthing the website “Wikinut”. Rather, it is about making their Terms of Service clearer to every writer who plans to take part, write, submit, and publish their contents to Wikinut.
One of the problems of many web writers is their carelessness when joining a writing site. When one writer gives credit to a certain website, many writers blindly follow their advice. Some who do follow do read the website’s Terms of Service but most other writers just follow blindly. It seems to me that many writers have the motto “Strike! while the iron is hot”. Most often, it is a good motto. But it can also be a dangerous belief to have especially when a person impulsively does things without taking things into consideration and not knowing what he’s getting himself into. And that can cause so many misunderstandings and distress on the part of the writer in the future.
To be honest, I am as guilty as any writer who does not read a website’s Terms of Service to heart. I’ve already planned on joining Wikinut blindly without really reading their Terms of Service. I did scan through that section but found myself bored so I didn’t read them any further. Until I found in some of the comments in the articles regarding Wikinut that you cannot reclaim what you have already submitted to them. Another disadvantage I have read is that they will charge you if you do not participate in their site. These claims of course had made me think twice if I am still interested in joining. But then, I couldn’t just take their words for it. I must read their TOS to make sure these writers are not giving unjustifiable comments about Wikinut.
One of the comments I have read is that you cannot reclaim what you have already submitted to them. In their TOS, they did say that once you submit content, you grant them a permanent irrevocable perpetual right.
Just My Opinion
I’m not sure what this means, but I am taking the word of the writer on this one. I think it may mean you cannot reclaim your articles or whatever medium you have submitted. If you are a writer who can write fast and you can easily think up a new article within minutes, this part of their TOS shouldn’t be a problem for you. Go ahead and submit your articles on this site. Besides, if you are really good, this is a new revenue stream that you can take advantage of. But if you are a writer who has difficulty finding new topics to write about, you just might want to think twice about joining it. Because it’s hard for you think up a new topic, you would want to maximize the potentials of your articles as much as possible. Of course, you would want to choose a site that lets you have the freedom to handle your articles the way you want to handle it.
In another one of the comments, it has been said that they will charge you if you are a member but do not participate in their site.
In their TOS, they say that they will charge their member £0.50 (or currency equivalent) monthly after a member is deemed inactive in their site. A member is deemed inactive if he or she does not log in to their account for about 365 days. They will continue to do this until the account becomes active again or becomes nil.
Just My Opinion
That’s fair enough. And I am aware that there are people who sign up to a website, leave a few articles there and then suddenly forget about it. This part of the TOS is their way of cleaning up their site and close accounts that are dormant anyway. It is probably just their way of keeping their site clean and organized. Some writers may think it is unfair but my opinion states it otherwise. Of course, for most us, having the freedom to log in and not log in is something that we want to have. In the end, even if I somewhat agree with this TOS, it still feels better if logging in is not made mandatory in this site.
Wikinut, by the way, is a site that pays its writers in pounds (£) through paypal. The revenue shared is through page views. If you are looking for a different revenue stream, you might want to look into Wikinut.
Many writers say that they get many page views for their articles in Wikinut. In fact, they claim that they get more page views here than anywhere else online.
Even though writers in this site receive many page views, the cpm equivalent of their articles is very small.