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In January 2018, I made the decision to quit writing at Inquisitr. In a new update on this Inquisitr review, I share why I don’t regret the decision three years on.
First, you can read my original post about the decision to quit, with the update at the end.
It’s time for another update on the writing site known as Inquisitr. While I could have put in a quick update on my last Inquisitr review, I’ve decided to make another post. Why? Well, this is a big one.
You should be able to tell that from the title. I’ve quit writing at Inquisitr. I unofficially stepped back just before Christmas but made it official this week. I’m sure there are plenty of people wondering why.
If you haven’t read my previous reviews, they’ll be a good place to start. You can read them here:
Sadly it is the income. It’s not worth the return on the investment anymore. Surprisingly enough, a site that pays $1 per 1,000 views (Hidden Remote) is netted me 300% more than Inquisitr, which works out to be about $5 per 1,000 views.
That rate of pay was back in 2018. I can’t tell you what the rate is anymore.
I can’t even understand why this is. Well, okay, I put more effort into the other site. But looking back over the last few months (in fact since the change to the payment system has come in), Hidden Remote has continually made me at least 100% more than Inquisitr. And that’s with similar amount of effort in the beginning.
In fact, there was a month where I wrote 8 articles for Hidden Remote and 12 for Inquisitr and I made $100+ more on Hidden Remote. It just didn’t make sense to me and was actually really demotivating.
The final straw at Inquisitr
The final straw came at the end of December 2017. I went two weeks where I wasn’t even making enough to payout. And Inquisitr doesn’t roll your points over. So if you only get 1 point ($5), that doesn’t roll over to the next week.
So two weeks of just 1 point per week meant nothing at all, whereas with a rollover policy it would have been $10.
Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed. So I just refused to write anything the next two weeks.
I don’t have the time to create content for nothing. Nor do I need to. Inquisitr isn’t exactly a site I used for my resume. There are plenty of other sites that I use for that because they’re more in the style of articles and blog posts other Entertainment sites want and I’m more comfortable writing them.
On top of that, Inquisitr forced changes on Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and more. They wanted a “professional” image. Which is fine, but it doesn’t always suit a freelancer.
And quite honestly some of the elements I changed have affected my Facebook page. So now I’ve quit, I’m changing them back!
It feels quite refreshing to quit writing at Inquisitr. I do have a 90-day option to return without going through the handbook and I know people who still write there. I’m keeping an ear to the ground to see if things change.
This is part of the reason I don’t burn bridges. Things may change positively. Until that happens, I’ll stick to where I’m currently writing.
My time is worth more
I’m going to spend my time a little differently this year. One of my clients has temporarily cut work back (long term, I’m not worried), so I have some spare hours on my hands. I’ll be using that time to fill in the gap that leaving Inquisitr has left.
That will mean marketing to new clients again and looking into some of the sites that I’d love to write at and putting in pitches. Plus, I’m going to spend more time here and on my other blogs.
I’m making a few changes to this blog, so expect to see them happen over the course of the month.
I don’t regret quitting since this Inquisitr review
Since writing this review, I’ll admit that I don’t regret quitting. I never did go back after 90 days, and for the most part, I’ve forgotten all about the site.
I sometimes see it pop up in a Google News alert that I get for particular shows, but very rarely. There are times someone sends a post to me as an idea to run a similar topic, but again, it’s very rare that happens.
The most I think about the site is when this post pops up in my Google Analytics. It’s one of the most read posts on this blog, because I’m sure some of you are looking for places to write. It seems even more common since March 2020.
Since getting more time to concentrate elsewhere, my income from Entertainment writing has skyrocketed. Admittedly, I do write more, but it’s also been worth it in terms of investment.
I also feel more confident in my writing. Something I didn’t share in this Inquisitr review is that I constantly looked out for the chance that I would be included in a cull of writers. If you don’t get the views the site expects, you’re gone.
That’s not the case at any other site that I write at. And if you’re not getting the views, there’s support instead of just a “you’re not getting enough views, do better” type email.
The site also deducts points for various “infractions.” It felt like I was in school again. One of the infractions was typos, even the simplest of typos that could go unnoticed by the writer (because we all know that everyone will miss one typo now and then). The site was paying editors by deducting pay from writers.
There will always be some stress in my life, but there’s a lot less of it by not writing at Inquisitr anymore. And I certainly don’t recommend it to anyone.
You can read more about why I don’t regret my decision here.
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