First some background:
Basically, there are two kinds of writers on , although some of us fall into both of these categories:
- Writers who signed up for free accounts through and participate in the . These writers put up articles on topics of their choice and are paid exclusively through a revenue share arrangement with . Articles written by these writers are identified as 'User-Submitted Article' under the author's name on the website.
- Writers who have applied and been approved to write for Demand Studios and are paid by them. Demand Studios writers write articles by choosing titles generated by Demand Studios and are paid either a flat fee or a revenue share, depending on the article. Articles written by these writers are identified as 'eHow Contributing Writer' under the author's name on the site.
- Providing a health insurance option for them.
- Creating a beta group of writers to be paid $80/article.
- Focus on the model in comments by Demand Media CEO Richard .
Having said all that, I will still continue to write at . Why? Well, the search engine results and article compensation are great. Additionally, if they do decide to discontinue the , I have no idea when that will be so I keep writing until it happens. It may be far enough down the road that I have time to generate some nice earnings in the meantime. Finally, if they decide to discontinue the there is always the chance that they will choose to 1. keep it open to existing writers or 2. grandfather in the articles that exist on the site and continue to pay revenue share on them. In any of these cases, it is worth my while to continue writing at .
The bottom line is that we just don't know what will happen withand, frankly, that is the case with any site we choose to write for. We are always at the mercy of those who own the site. That doesn't make it an inherently bad situation; it's just something to always keep in mind.
It is worth noting that the community managers have said there are no plans to discontinue the . I believe that they believe that to be the case so I take them at their word. What I am saying is that it is obvious to me the doesn't seem to be the focus of the site and that could result in the experience continuing to get more frustrating and less rewarding. Everyone has to make their own cost/benefit analysis when it comes to writing at or any site.
I will always be grateful to for introducing me to revenue share writing. I've learned a ton from the community and by writing there. I had almost no knowledge of or keywords or affiliate marketing before and now I do. And I've met some amazing people there (both online and in person). It's almost like is my 'first love' when it comes to writing and marketing. :-)
Whether or not you continue to write for (and, as I said, I plan to continue) it is to your benefit to diversify by writing on other revenue sharing sites and maybe even creating some sites of your own. I'm having a ton of fun (and some good results) writing for and I plan to expand to other sites as well. It just makes good sense.
The good news is that you can leverage the writing you've done at to help you on other sites. Write on the topics that have proven to be winners for you at . Create . Re-write your to your articles and earn a revenue share in the process articles in other formats and you have ready-made content for other sites. There are lots of possibilities and you may find yourself re-energized like you felt when you first discovered .
So that is my opinion for what it is worth. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on the issue.