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Is Xomba a Scam? Nah! A Xomba Review

Updated on December 27, 2012
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Introduction

Hi! There are a million articles on the get paid to write site Xomba. As of the date of this article, I've hit my third month on Xomba and thought I'd try a review of my own. I'll be objective here. I'm not going to overwhelm you with phrases telling you how wealthy Xomba made me and all those other things people generally say in order in order for you to click a referral link. Such statements would be lies. I will shamelessly offer a sign-up link at the end of this article but that part is really up to you.



Brief Overview of How Xomba Works

The Xomba community writes 200 word minimum articles and 100 word social bookmarks on virtually anything.

Anyone can post on Xomba and you can write about just about anything you want within the Google Adsense guidelines. There is no editorial review so publishing is fast and very easy though Xomba is tightening the reigns on poor content and is moderating more often lately due to some policy changes.  Xomba has moderators to check for articles that violate their guidelines and policy.

You monetize your articles and social bookmarks on Xomba by signing up for Google Adsense and entering your adsense code on Xomba. Xomba takes 40% of any adsense earnings and you get to keep the other 60%

The Look

I'd dare to say that Xomba has a fairly childlish look to its website. It almost reminds me of the décor in a child's room. There is a lot of purple and green coloring. Each page has at least one comic strip-esque purple faced cartoon character.

This type of look is not a necessarily a bad thing. At the risk of appearing a bit amateurish, Xomba takes a chance with what resources it has to provide a very light-hearted, welcoming appearance that helps set it apart from the other more polished looking sites.


The Feel

Using Xomba is pretty simple. All you need to do is put down 200 words for an article or a 100 word introduction for a unique social bookmark. In some ways, the site is too simple though Xomba is making some upgrades. For example, their new rich text editor was upgraded to show you your word count. Not exactly revolutionary, but a big help to Xomba writers trying to make the minimum word count requirements.

You can add photos to Xomba and many writers do it but the process is not very user friendly at all, especially for a newbie. I typically add photos via URL code but I admit websites like Hubpages make it much, much easier.


The Pop-Ups

Eghad! The only part I seriously turn my nose up to on Xomba is some of their somewhat shady looking ads and pop ups that appear on their site. Now, in fairness to Xomba, I have never found any malicious spyware or anything of the sort planted on my computer after using Xomba. That said, I do get one of those annoying, large, blinking pop-ups every time I log onto Xomba.

Xomba also posts those cheesy, obvious, suspicious looking ads that say something like, "Congratulations! Your IP address is the winner."  etc etc.

If I had one wish for Xomba, it would be my hopes that they class-up this already great site by getting rid of that junk.

How the Website Runs

Like any site, certain functions on Xomba occasionally breakdown but this isn't often enough for me to complain. I've been on other sites where I was afraid to write an article for fear that it would disappear into oblivion the moment I hit the 'publish' button.  This is not the case on Xomba. While Xomba does experience glitches from time to time, their mechanics usually take care of it in a timely manner.

Xomba Staff and Support

Xomba has some of the best staff and support that I've experienced yet on the internet. If you have a suggestion to improve the site or just about any question you could ask, they personally respond to it. Response is fast too. Pretty impressive considering the array of sites that are totally unresponsive.


The Earnings

After 3 first months of being on Xomba, I focused on backlinking / bookmarking all of my eHow articles and then I began writing some articles and bookmarking other sites. At the time I had 363 bookmarks and 29 articles on Xomba. I know the basics, but I am not an SEO genius so I'm not drawing tons of loot. My first month I was pretty happy to have earned $8.63 on Google Adsense via Xomba. I figured it would snowball from there. The 2nd month really dropped off save at $1.31. The 3rd month it came back at bit around $9.12.

I was surprised that the drop off in the 2nd month. Admittedly though, I didn't put much work into it the second month. Maybe the lack of activity meant less exposure and caused the drop off?

That said, interestingly, my articles on eHow seemed to have jumped up in earnings since I've backlinked them on Xomba. Maybe the eHow articles just "matured" but for the past 3 months, since backlinking on Xomba I've went from almost $1 per day in residual eHow earnings to just above $2 per day. I haven't written for eHow in months either since eHow went to their new format. Maybe just a coincidence though. Xomba is a No-Follow site so page rankings won't improve.

BIG NOTE HERE.... UPDATE AS OF FEB 2011 ..... Xomba has recently forbid members from posting back links to their own blogs or websites. If you were thinking of posting articles here on HubPages, then bookmark/backlink it on Xomba be careful. You could very well be violating their policy and get banned.

Update: After 6 months on Xomba my eHow articles are up from $2 to making about $2.50 per day. I've been bookmarking just very recently on Snipsly but otherwise I haven't done anything else on eHow except let the Xomba bookmarks help. Again, could just be coincidence, but it is good to see the extra income.

Recent Update: After about 6 months on Xomba ... and adsense my adsense revenue through Xomba alone is at $60. Not big bucks, but the bulk of my Xomba posts are simply bookmarks to my other sites and sites of interest. You only need to write 50 words so this does not take a lot of time.

Referrals, Xomba had a referral program where they rewarded users for bringing on referrals. Xomba has since stopped sharing additional adsense revenue with users who bring on new referrals. They said that Google no longer permits revenue sharing for referrals on their site. Xomba does add though that they still welcome referrals (they just can't reward you for it yet) and hope to come up with a different reward plan that fits the Google guidelines.

Even if they won't compensate me for signing you up, I'lI still shamelessly offer a subscription link if you'd like to sign up, though you certainly don't have to use it :-)

Is Xomba A Scam?

No way! Xomba is not a scam. Xomba as far as I can tell is completely honest and provides a good, basic platform for budding writers to get their articles on the web. You won't get rich but you can make money on Xomba. The staff is responsive and really seem to care. I have not experienced any suspicious activity on Xomba.

Update Dec 2012 OK, I'll Ask Again... Is Xomba a Fraud Scam?

UPDATE 12/27/12 I admit, I've been hearing more and more backlash over Xomba shutting down authors but still using the author's post for adsense income. If this is the case, the folks at Xomba are really killing themselves. I doubt that are a lot of their contributors are making a full time living on the site but the site itself does depend on the crowd sourcing (ie they need a lot of folks like us to write for Adsense share or even free) to create lots of content to maintaing good Google ranking.

I'm not sure where the long term benefit would be unless they are looking to dump the website. If you read the comments below you'll see they get progresively more critical.

Personally, I'd been dumped by Xomba years ago. I'm quite sure of the reason but as of late I've been receiving Adsense money from articles posted on Xomba so it isn't as if they are burning me for free.... that said.... I don't think the survey can like. Check out the comments below and you'll see there is obviously a huge disconnect between Xomba and their community.

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    • macteacher profile image

      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you. I'm always looking for Hubs about other writing sites. I'm still new to the backlinking thing, but now I know not to do it on Xomba if I try them out. What is our Hub tracker ID by the way? I'm confused about that. I'll keep an eye out for more of your hubs. Voted up!

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      Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for the info. They seemed promising but I guess I'll look elsewhere.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      I've heard Xomba mentioned before though I hadn't had the chance to check it out yet. However, after reading some of the comments here and the hub itself, it looks like, while Xomba might have been an okay site before, now, it doesn't look like it's a good idea to join said site.

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Thanks Diva... and also a big belated Thanks to Weird Histories and parkavithai for your comments. There has been mounting evidence over the months or even years about problems at Xomba. Thanks for sharing you insights

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      Diva 4 years ago

      Xomba’s best days seem to be over. In fact the site has gone into disrepute. Check the articles here:

      http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/adsense/zuWe6Jiy8O8

      http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/adsense/4V7izggJizw

      http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/adsense/xoSz3SInMZo/J9A1jMjjIpAJ

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      Weird Histories 5 years ago from West Midlands

      If you are still publishing on Xomba make sure you have copies of all your work and if they ban you request that they remove ALL your content. Google "Xomba scams" for an explanation of why. This once friendly site is going down hill fast.

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      parkavithai 5 years ago

      Xomba is a site where I made more than $200 within a year for 160 bookmarks, 2 articles. But recent times they tightened up their screws by introducing new terms and services. But that won't affect me to participate more on Xomba.

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      TurtleDog 5 years ago

      Sorry to hear that! Yeah, I 'm the first to admit that Xomba is tough. They stopped allowing backlinks back in Feb 2011. I've been dinged too by these guys. Very strict compared to earlier days.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Hmmm. I backlinked to my articles here on HubPages at Xomba. I read the rules and must say that I "thought" I was kosher. However, I must have violated the rules by backlinking to hubpages because I was summarily banned with no recourse. I think they should put an attention sign at the appropriate area on site so that you don't waste your time bookmarking articles from another article writing site. It would make things clearer and not waste an individuals time. Just my thoughts.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Xomba will ban you and will give you no reason. They are not a good site.

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      divaroktz 6 years ago

      Hi friends. Xomba is no longer the user friendly site it used to be. It has indulged into seroius mistrust and stealing of authors income by hoodwinking them. Please read the articles below to know more:

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Xomba-A-Writing-Co...

      http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/t...

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      Adam 6 years ago

      I've heard too many horror stories about Xomba to even consider signing up for their "jobs." They claim that plagiarism is wrong, but ban people while still retaining said people's articles. They're criminals, and should be treated as such.

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      Karen Banes 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for this very comprehensive answer! Seems the new rules at Xomba are creating quite a buzz on the internet. The trackers issue is worth knowing about, and She Told Me was also on my list of sites to check out so I'll be keeping an eye on that. Thanks again for responding so quickly and with so much detail!

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Hi Karen!! Great, great questions. These answers are subject to change at any time. Keep in mind, I love Xomba, continue to write for them, but I don't represent them so check their TOS from time to time. That said, there are a few things as of this date I can answer with certainty.....

      1) You can NOT backlink to your own content anywhere

      2) As of this time, you are allowed to link to other people's content, but you must believe it to be interesting to others and present it with interesting and original content (not just "Hey I found this great article on making more money with good SEO check it out..." etc

      3) As of this time, if you already linked your own work, they will not remove it. So if you backlinked your own Hub before the rule changes it'll still be there.

      4) One point I'll mention... since, so far, Xomba is allowing backlinks to hubs not written by yourself, be sure to use your Hub tracker link. Xomba allows trackers.

      5) One more point, "She Told Me" still allows backlinks to your own content. I pick up extra cash there. Not a lot, but it works. I linked an article reviewing STM above. STM does not allow Hub trackers though, so you'll have to use the 'normal' URL.

      Hope that help! Thanks for the comments!

      I'll add a link above called "Feb 2011 Rule Changes" to give you a summary of what is happening if you want more info. The staff uses the comment threads heavily to clarify some good questions.

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      Karen Banes 6 years ago from Canada

      OK This is VERY useful to me. Doing a lot of research into ways to create backlinks to my blog (and hubs)and pick up a little extra revenue at the same time. Xomba was looking good until I read your update here. So, just to clarify: No longer a possibility for backlinks to your own content, but still a source of revenue if you just bookmark others content? How about if we hubbers bookmark each others content? Is that OK? (Always good to drive traffic to the sites you're active on I think, even if not directly to your own content!)

      Just out of interest, what happens to all the content you've already posted with backlinks to your own content? Does that all remain in place?

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by kcflight! Many big changes overt there at Xomba. Should be interesting! The biggest change for me is that I can no longer backlink to my own articles. It became part of my writing habit to write a bookmark/backlink back to my HubPages articles but now Xomba says they are looking out for that.

      Thanks again!

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      kcflight 6 years ago

      Thanks for the informative hub. I just starting using Xomba. I'll see if I can survive all the new rule changes there.

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Honestly SweetMarie83, I need a stalker in my life. I'm hurting for attention :-)

      Xomba, surprisingly, is probably my best earner as far as the Adsense sharing sites go. You are doing the right thing bookmarking too. About 95% of my Xomba income comes from bookmarking. 5% from articles... but try some articles too :-)it might work for you better.

      Be sure to use your hubpages referral tracker URL (via share button at the bottom of the articles you want to share) when linking from Xomba back to Hubpages. You'll have more revenue potential than just using the hub's URL (which is fine too). SheToldMe doesn't like trackers but Xomba does.

      Thanks for the great comment!

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great review! Xomba was the first site I joined when I started writing online and it's actually from there that I followed you over here to HubPages a few weeks ago (sheesh, that sounds stalker-ish). I started out writing a few articles but branched out to other sites and now just use Xomba to post bookmarks. I had a friend tell me that she knew people who never made money over there but it's not to hear that you do, and not just take it from 'a friend of a friend of a friend'.

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment (I'm way behind on mine). Yeah... the ad is pretty bush-league. Fortunately it is the only one that comes up on my system instead of a bombardment of pop ups. Overall, Xomba is a legit well intentioned site.

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      Nick Malizia 7 years ago from USA

      Good hub. Thanks! I was a little worried that it has kind of a small population, but it looks promising. Downside is, like you said, that creepy advertisement. I looked for a second then I was like "Yeah...that's probably not a good one to click." LOL!

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      TurtleDog 7 years ago

      You are welcome!

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      Angel Scent 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the information