Writedge, Daily Two Cents, and other Harlow McGaw Media sites are closing down. They’ll shut their doors at the end of this month and the big question now is what’s next? Unfortunately, these sites are a string of other revenue share sites that have closed their doors. Over the last five years or so, we’ve said goodbye to Suite101, Bubblews, Squidoo, and Zujava, and so many more.
Is this a hint at the state of residual income sites now? Is this a sign that really they’re not worth it? That revenue share is dead?
I do think it’s another sign that you need to look at your own blogs. While I find revenue share beneficial at times, it’s the minority that work. I share numerous tips on how to make these types of sites work, but you’ve got to remember that you’re partially relying on other people. While you may be making money, not everyone else is. And it could work out financially negative for the owners to run the sites and keep paying.
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This doesn’t mean revenue share sites are completely dead
If you still want to write for residual income instead of putting the risk into your own blogs, that’s fine. However, make sure you put your focus on particular sites. One thing that Harlow McGaw Media has always done right is communication. Even now, we’ve had the warning that the sites are closing down so we can grab the content and move it elsewhere. The deleting of articles has been opened back up to allow for the content to be removed from Google, allowing for people to put their content elsewhere sooner.
Always look out for a site that is good with communication. This is one of the things I love about the FanSided brand. The writers are treated well, kept up to date with changes, and treated fairly.
Another tip is to look out for the brands. Look out for the sites that are owned by bigger companies. This means they have more money to put into promotion and are more likely to push for making more money in other ways. They want their sites to grow and want their business to expand, but also have the finances and leverage to do it.
You’ll want to look out for sites that are willing to work with Google and other social media changes. Those that know they’re not the target audience, so they need to work with the companies for the target audience. These revenue share sites are going to be the ones that succeed when there are future algorithm changes.
Do work on your own blogs
However, I do recommend not putting all your eggs into one basket and not just relying on revenue share sites. I also have private clients and I continue to work on my own blogs. Sometimes my blogs don’t get the attention they deserve and that is going to change. Harlow McGaw Media closing is a reminder that you can’t control other people’s sites. You can control what happens to the revenue share sites. However, you can control your own blogs.
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2 thoughts on “Harlow McGaw Media sites closing: Is there any hope for revenue share sites?”
You didn’t mention HubPages any spei cal reason why? I keep hoping it will survive longer. So far it seems to be trying to work to keep the site relevant in spite of all the Google changes. But I’m taking a close look at that, too, and I’ve been investing more time into my own blogs this past couple of years.
Unlike Harlow-McGaw Media and some other sites, there are some sites that have not shut down but they are no longer accepting new writers. HUBPages, as far as I know, is still accepting new writers. Like you, I also hope they survive. I am also hoping that Virily survives because that’s where a lot of my content is going. These are two revenue-share sites that are hanging in there!