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Wikinut Has Changed its Terms



You can't even earn peanuts at Wikinut anymore.
You can’t even earn peanuts at Wikinut anymore.

Wikinut Will No Longer Pay Writers

I have not paid much attention to my three articles (nuts) on Wikinut in some time because Wikinut really wasn’t paying enough to merit my spending time writing there. I had signed up after Bubblews started to go downhill and some of my online friends were writing there and seemed to like it.  I didn’t really like having to have all my articles approved by a moderator before I  could post, and I didn’t like the way  they paid, so I was never enthusiastic enough about the site to post much. I pretty much let my posts sit there and occasionally I promoted them.

Today when I opened my Facebook group The Writer’s Door, the group owner had posted an announcement from the Wikinut site. The meat of it is that after December 10, 2015, they will no longer share revenues with writers. They will only provide a free publishing forum so members can continue to be read. They will pay members who have earned enough to be paid the December 10 payment. One last payment in will be made in January. From today on there will be no more money earned for page views and user activity. New sign-ups will also  be suspended while the site is updated to reflect the changes in the terms.

What You Can Do with Your Wikinut Account

Current members are offered three options. First, they can continue to write without expecting to earn anything for it. Second,  they  can stop writing new content, but leave their content up for people to read. The last option is to delete one’s account and one’s profile and pages. I have chosen the last option.

The owners of Wikinut say they’ve been forced to make this decision because the site was never profitable and because the financial incentive of revenue sharing caused the usual suspects to defraud the site with fraudulent clicks on ads. Too many people were also using ad blockers. You can read the rest of the details in the Wikinut Statement.

This announcement follows one by Seekyt recently that they have changed their payment plan to direct pay to approved writers instead of any kind of revenue sharing. Several other revenue sharing sites have also closed completely in the past few months. It appears this is the direction content writing sites are going. If you have not backed up your work on any sites you publish on, this is the time to do it.

What the Future Holds

If you have depended upon these sites for income, I think you can expect them to produce less in the future. Even those that remain like HubPages are not paying as well as they used to. I think whatever future there is for writing online  for income is in freelancing or in owning and writing on your own sites. I’m not even sure we’ll be able to count on free hosting from Blogger or WordPress.com indefinitely. I don’t think we can depend on any site to be here forever.

What are you doing to prepare for having sites you write on shut down? Wikinut, Zujava, and Squidoo gave notice. Bubblews and some other sites did not. The handwriting is on the wall. How will you get ready for the inevitable? Or do you think I’m  wrong?

 




14 Comments

  1. The best plan is to start your own blogging, be at Blogjob and learn about everything blogging so you could monetize it in the future unless you could be earning in the future from blogging.

  2. Although I’ve not written for this site, I respect their approach. No matter they paid peanuts, but they always played for 6 long years and finally they were honest enough to accept that they couldn’t continue anymore..

    • peachpurple, so you must have work posted there. I’ve already closed my account and notice that my work is gone, now, too, as I was hoping. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about, unless you haven’t reached your payment threshold and won’t be eligible for a payment by the time they pay. Just make usre you get your work copied. I saved mine as complete web pages so I can see exactly how they looked.

  3. I like the fact that the site owners let everyone know. I don’t think they gave enough notice. but at least they didn’t close up shop and have the posts disappear or taken the names off and claimed as there own. Like another site did.

  4. Back up and print…which reminds me, I’m behind! (Most of my Blogspot sponsors don’t actually use the Internet; they order printouts of what I’ve posted instead. So I have some of the e-mail files and printouts already, but it’s easy to get behind.)

  5. I see what you’re saying.

    What I want to know is: why you think the free site platforms blogger and wordpress won’t make it?
    Also, as you know, many people are afraid to build their own sites because they’re not sure if they can focus on blogging and all the tech matters.

    So, how do you deal with tech matters on your independent websites? Have you had any spam or attacks on your independent sites? What is your advice for those who are timid about doing their own site?

    Thanks Barb for addressing this issue. It’s important.

    • It’s not that I think free Blogger and WordPress are about to fail — I’m just not sure they will remain free. There’s no guarantee that any site will survive. That’s wy keeping back-ups is so important.

      AS far as tech matters go, I use WordPress for most sites now. I use the same theme on most so I won’t have to learn a lot of new themes. I do an export before every major update, and I keep my sites updated to protect them. I have strong passwords. So far none of my sites have been hacked.

      My advice for those starting their own sites would be to go with WordPress self-hosted blogs. If you feel insecure about installing it yourself, the tech support of your web host can help. I use Hostgator for my main site and its blog. I have used them for years. I think that affiliate link leads to a special deal for hosting. The installation is very simple, but tech support people have walked me through it since I wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Once you set it up, it works pretty much like it does here, except you have more options and more interesting ways to display affiliate links.

  6. That’s one site I never tried. I’m glad you didn’t put much time or effort into it.

    I hope you’re wrong about the writing being on the wall, but this is becoming an alarming trend with writing sites lately.

  7. Ah the answer to my question. If I delete my account will the articles disapear? Mine are going to blogspot. End of. If they are keeping the advertising they are not earning off my back for free.

    • I’m not sure. Did you check the site to see if you’re still listed? Is your work still there? If so, I’d try to delete my work first, after backing it up. That’s what I did. I just wish I had time to move everything instead of working on taxes.

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