I have a gripe about ExpertsColumn that anybody interested in writing for them needs to hear. Bear in mind that the more I check out the features of ExpertsColumn, the more I’m interested in writing at ExpertsColumn. If you read my earlier blog about my first impressions of the website home page and the dashboard, you might be surprised. Yes, I had concerns about the site’s home page layout including the multiple spellings of ExpertsColumn, but the profile page layout is quite spiffy and blogging on ExpertsColumn would be worth pursuing. I dislike the fact that in spite of going through the process of creating a blog and the website seemingly accepting my information, no blog is created for me and I can’t find information to guide me.
Before giving you the downer news, I want to talk up ExpertsColumn’s awesome points and give credit where credit is due.
First of all, I had reservations based on the cluttered dashboard and that writing contests on the website were heavily promoted, turning blogging into a competition. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone goes into blogging with a competitive mindset, first of all. Write for quality and write blog posts that are appealing to your target base. If you do decide that you want to submit content for a blogging contest, bear in mind that you have to negotiate winning the competition with appealing to your audience(s). ExpertsColumn definitely promotes competition, but the great thing is that you can ignore the dashboard posts by looking only at the left side of your screen to your blog creation and article publishing icons are. I’ll be difficult to ignore the calls to competing in their monthly contests, but it’s not impossible if you decide to focus on quality blogging.
Second, today I visited a new location-my profile page. I don’t know if I expected much, but actually I love what ExpertsColumn did with the background image and the ease of posting messages to the profile. Right now the background image is what I consider “fire colors” (yellow, orange, and red) and black snowflakes and stars. I’ve used the word spiffy at least three times now, but let me use it again. There is nothing I adore more than a profile page that uses colorful and eye-catching backgrounds.
Unfortunately, I had no success in creating my first blog so that I could write my first article. I went straight to the icon for “create a blog” and filled out my blog domain name, my blog title, a description of my blog, the niche my blog would fit into, and selected “I want to earn from ExpertsColumn revenue” instead of the pre-selected “I don’t want to earn”. Everything was completed and I hit the “submit domain” button. I’m used to immediately getting my blog so that I can fix it up and write my first article for it. Sometimes instant gratification doesn’t happen, but I expect a quick “blog has been created” message to show up. On ExpertsColumn, I got no such feedback. It may as well be like my blog proposal was rejected, because my blog isn’t there. It wasn’t there yesterday and it wasn’t there this morning and it also wasn’t there this afternoon. To be fair to the support staff of ExpertsColumn, I did submit an email asking them how I can fix the problem I’m having last evening. I’m still waiting for a reply. In the meantime, I can’t recommend or not recommend ExpertsColumn because I can’t use them.
First of all, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to BlogJob user Henry for introducing all of us to Bitlanders, a social networking website that pays for your content (microblogs, blogs, and videos) about a month ago. I would never have been able to find it on my own and I think it’s important to give others credit when they point you in the right direction. So thank you Henry for your information on Bitlanders!
Now we can address the Bitlanders website directly. First, you can check it out by going to this link: https://www.bitlanders.com/. It’s relatively easy to remember and straightforward for finding, which is the most positive thing I can say for the website. Maybe I’ll add that if you remain faithful to posting content on the website you might get paid for it. I can’t promise payment because I haven’t reached that point yet, but the promise of the website is that with enough points you can exchange them for various online gift cards and bitcoins (whatever those are). Someone who’s more active on the website would be a better voice on whether you get paid or not. For now we’ll go with the idea that you do get paid. The third thing that’s nice about the website goes hand-in-hand with payment, so maybe we’ll call it Positive Point 2.5 or some catchy term like that. Check your account every day. You’ll likely find a “bonus” of some amount of points. This is the reason I personally keep coming back to the website. If we didn’t get bonuses, I wouldn’t bother.
- The content is shoddy. Now, to be fair to Bitlanders, this isn’t the fault of the website moderator. If users were more serious about posting quality content and acting as community moderators, this problem with one to two word comments or meaningless gibberish would clear up considerably. The only user that I can honestly point to and say “This man knows what he’s writing about” is “LarryOliver”. Most of the content is microblogs (which admittedly is my go-to activity) and people posting images that are enticing (um, visually appealing) but not of themselves and trying to get as many views as possible without posting anything of substance. If you are a serious blogger, I would not recommend spending your time and dedicatedly written articles on Bitlanders.
- The avatars are creepy. So, Bitlanders as a social network needed to brand itself in a noticeable way. The method chosen is to use animated men and women full-body avatars. They are…um, how to say this nicely? They look tacky and poorly-drawn! Yes, that actually is putting it nicely. The clothing and accessories are admittedly neat. If you enjoy playing online dress-up, Bitlanders is right up your alley. Since Bitlanders partnered with Indonesian pop star Cinta (not sure who she is, but she must be famous in that part of the world) as an avatar clothing designer and the face of Bitlanders you do have some really nice outfits. If Cinta hadn’t been involved, I don’t know that the outfits would be so plentiful and so appealing. That doesn’t change the fact that the avatars themselves are a total turn-off!
- The search button functions to a point (in which you can type in a word or a phrase and it’ll return results that are kind of what you were looking for), but there’s no good way of searching for specific content in microblogs, blogs, and videos. If the purpose of this website is that you are interactive with users and their content, you would expect that you could easily find their content. You can’t. The best way to check for new content is to repeatedly return to the website.
In short, I don’t recommend Bitlanders if you’re serious about posting content. It is purely for mindless social networking and playing dress-up. Maybe you do get paid, but right now I couldn’t tell you that either way. I don’t believe it’s a scam, but I wouldn’t recommend something to others that I’m not 100% feeling.