While I could have updated my original Inquisitr review, there were too many changes and comments that I wanted to make. It seemed to make more sense to create a new review for the new pay model.
If you want to read my original Inquisitr review, you can find it here. This will go over the older payment models and problems with views.
The new payment model is designed to remove some of the fears that writers have had recently. There was a minimum average view count that you would need to keep your place as a writer on the site. I was just hitting it each week, but there was always the fear that my views would dip one week. It’s a shame because the site was once excellent for views. It’s the only site that I’ve found has dipped in views, especially so dramatically!
What Is the New Payment Model?
Rather than an average view count, you’re now paid in terms of points. There are different points for different things you do. The most important and relevant one for myself is the view. For each 1000 views, you get a point.
Each point is worth a set amount depending on the amount of points you gain. Considering the views I get and the fact that only view points are relevant for me, I’m not likely to hit the 100+ points to get a higher pay, so I look at it as $5 per point.
You need to have 2 points a week to be paid.
That should be easy, right? Well there are deductions that happen. If you have spelling errors, issues with duplicate articles, or problems with images (just examples) then you will lose points. You can find yourself in a negative with your first article if you’re not careful!
The points do reset each week, though. That means if you ended up in a negative one week, you wouldn’t have to write for months without pay until you got back to 0.
Inquisitr’s view is that this payment method is fairer for all writers. There is more ability to test different types of articles, since you’re paid for the total views that come in and not relying on an average amount of views.
Are There Other Changes?
It’s not just the payment model that has changed. The number of articles you need to write a week has also changed. This has been good, as you now only need to write one a week.
This has been positive for me, since it means I get to test this new payment system to see if it’s worth it. Last week was good, but I’m not too sure about this week. Like with any new site, I’m going to give the changes a month at least to decide if they are worth it.
Last week I did make more with one article compared to the amount I’ve made with three articles over the last few months. So for one a week, it could be worth it, especially since the pay is still weekly.
Of course, there’s no average minimum that you need to worry about now, which does allow more freedom and security. The only minimum you need to worry about is getting the 2 points. So technically, there is a minimum of 2,000 views, but there are other ways to earn points, such as being one of the three Editor’s Picks for the week.
However, the pay day has changed. The payments were usually paid by the Wednesday, with most payments made on the Tuesday. Now the payments won’t be made until the Thursday.
The Skype messages about your payments are also going to be a day later than normal. I’m not sure if you find out if you’ve had any points deducted during the week, since I didn’t get any deducted last week. It is possible that you won’t find out about your total points until the Wednesday now.
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When Were the Changes Shared?
This is my bug bear with the changes. We didn’t find out until the payment model change until the day before the new system was going to be in place. While it may be considered fairer and it did work out in my favor, it may not have worked out in everyone’s. Some people were writing 10 a week to get the $15 per article guaranteed minimum. It will be much harder to get to $150 now, so people won’t have had time to factor that in.
Also, the announcement about the payment date change was last minute. We only learned on Tuesday that our payments wouldn’t happen until Thursday!
These sorts of changes should have been shared with more warning. People rely on weekly pay.
Should You Write at Inquisitr Now?
I honestly can’t answer that question just yet. Right now, the system looks a little fairer than it used to be, especially if you just want to write one or two a week. However, it’s not going to be better for all.
If you have a lot of spelling errors in your posts, it’s not going to be worth your while. If you’re relying on hundreds of dollars a week from the site, it’s not going to be for you. Last week I made $40 for the one article. This week I think I’m on track for $25. We’ll see how it goes and whether I can push out older articles that are still relevant and boost the views.
Personally, I found the payment model change slightly confusing. It feels like jumping through a lot of hoops to earn lots of extra points, which I’m just not interested in. I’m focusing on the points for the views and that’s it. The pay is now more on par with the likes of Blasting News, which I don’t rate that highly.
I’m going to play around with this for a month or so and I’ll check back in with you in September with an update.