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SkyPip Writing Site Review
SkyPips, The New Writting Site
I just got an email 10 minutes ago about this new site, SkyPip. Being an old Bubblews user and a present Hubpages user, although mostly inactive, I have my toll of experience on websites that pay their users for generating content.
If you yourself come from a similar experience, unless you write for Hubpages, you must know that this is darn hard to make a living out of. Side income is a more proper word. SkyPip looks very similar to Bubblews, and many other websites that tried to imitate its style. Bubblews sunked, died, Kaboom! Ok, maybe it is still around, but is only a shadow of what it used to be.
Bubblews used to pay its users loads of money for each view. And they did pay, at first. I believed I made around $500 dollars in a year publishing articles on Bubblews. In the end Bubblews didn´t pay me an additional $500 dollars they owed when they went bankrupt. Hopefully this won´t happen to SkyPip, but can this site flourish? That depends if the creators learned from others mistakes. Searching online for SkyPip Review I only found site data saying it was born 17 days ago, so history remains to be written here.
SkyPip Payment System
SkyPip Payment System
The first aspect that tells me SkyPip has a chance is they payout, it is not great, which makes it very realistic.SkyPip will pay its users 90% of every revenue produced by advertising.
90% sounds breathtaking, but it really isn´t if the site has no SEO rank, and as of September 2015 the site is brand new. It still needs a year to prove itself to Google, and most of the content generated on these writing sites, if not closely monitored by the admins, is not high quality. Hubpages has survived the ages by being strict about every piece of content that is publish here.
So there isn´t much chance of ranking high on Google and generating tons of revenue from external traffic, for that the best option is this site.
SkyPips is what I call I micro blogging site. Not so micro as Twitter but 250 words per article make it micro. The best way to make revenue is by socializing with others across the site. And here is where SkyPips goes wrong. There is no way to follow other users. You can click on their names and see what they have written but not follow them or message them. BIG MISTAKE.
The great success of Bubblews during its reign was how addictive the community was, they worked together, we threw Friday parties together for god’s sake!
Payment Per View
They do not hide that aspect from you, that is what is says on their terms once you join. And revenue payment can change whenever they like, that is also in the terms and conditions which is normal in this industry.
Is the pay too low? No, like I said, that is the payment necessary for the site to make a living, especially with only 10% earnings from advertising. But they will have a tough first year harnessing the army of writers needed to make that 10% worthwhile.
The minimum payment in SkyPip is $20, payable through Paypal once the goal is reached.
How fast can a user expect to reach these $20 dollars?
With steady writing, meaning 3 posts a day (the maximum a day are 10), I would say 3 to 4 months, and that is only if the posts are of high quality.
Right now users face an advantage. As there are very few new users those who publish have a high chance of being featured on the home page, just like Bubblews did. Being in the home means possible hundreds of views from prospect users, and there always are.
Being featured on the Homepage is the best money making strategy right now, so go with topics the admins might consider worthwhile.
If you have worked with WordPress before SkyPip will be a stroll in the park, if you haven´t prepared to work from the background.
SkyPip works directly from a well-recognized WordPress template, it is the same Bubblews used in the end and that made other copycats used. I guess that makes this site a Bubblews copycat as well, with the minor difference that when writers register they get an author user in their WordPress.
I actually like this aspect, as WordPress already comes with nice functionalities that cost nothing to the developers.
SkyPip Home Posts
Before I end this review, which I will enhance with the passing of time, let me highlight the key aspects to take in mind if you are thinking of writing for SkyPips:
- Minimum words per post, 250.
- No external links, although I believe it is possible to link your own internal content, and you should.
- Every post should have at least one featured image, that is the photo in the WordPress on the right-down corner. You can insert more photos through the button “Media Content”. It is smart to give it a keyword name, description, alt text etc. Once you insert the image click on the “pencil button” to edit once more, and fill in the image title for more SEO potential. Make the photos unique or copyright free.
- No affiliate links, bummer. But obvious.
- No ad blocker
- And most IMPORTANTLY, NO “Hello World”, “Hi!” or any other potato posts that have no search-ability. Unfortunately I have already seen many of those which proves they are not moderated fast enough.
This is the part I did not like, once I removed the ad blocker from this site pop-ups began to spring-up. The bad kind, very scammy looking. Viewers who come will run away once they see those pop-ups creating a huge bounce rate which in turn will lower SkyPip´s SEO potential. Not good, not good at all.
So Is SkyPips A Good Writing Site?
I will give it a try for a few weeks to see how it goes, but the most solid of all user earning writing sites is this one, Hubpages.
And to not leave this question open, the balance is more to the negative side than to the positive right now. SkyPips does have some interesting features, but so far is just looks like another cheap copycat of a model that failed with Bubblews.
Is SkyPip a Good Writing Site?
© 2015 David Trujillo Uribe