A lot of pay per view writing sites are closing down or changing their payment structures. Some are no longer paying writers at all, while others are changing their payment models in a way that is turning writers off in droves.
This isn’t a new thing. Back when Google Panda was first released, Suite101 changed it model and then shut down. Yahoo closed its pay per view model back in 2014, while Bubblews initially changed the way it paid and then just disappeared without notice. Now Blasting News writers are facing a drop in pay and Examiner has closed its doors entirely.
It begs the question over whether Pay Per View for writers is dying?
My Honest Opinion: Yes and No
I don’t like to be too negative about pay per view writing sites as they can be beneficial for some, but my honest opinion is yes, they are dying. But it’s not completely the model that is dying. After all, I continue to write for some pay per view sites and see some good results.
It’s all about the way sites adapt to changes that is causing them to die out. Those that are willing to make positive changes, focus on quality writing and content, and encourage writers to advance are still alive and growing.
I’ll use Hidden Remote as an example of this. When I first started at the site, I was making just $20-$30 per month if I was really lucky. Most of the months I didn’t even make $10. Then last year I started making $100+ per month. I put it down as a fluke at first but it’s kept happening. My views continually grow and I don’t put any extra effort into the pieces I write or the number of pieces I write.
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My Hidden Remote pieces continually show up well in Google search results, both normal and news. This tells me Google has good opinions about the site. In fact, a number of FanSided sites will show up, so it’s the brand as a whole that’s doing well.
Put this against Blasting News, which I continually see pieces do poorly. Topics that do extremely well on Hidden Remote do nothing on Blasting News. Some of this is the way earnings are stopped after 30 days of publication, but they’re also because the site isn’t looked favorably by Google. The site continually allows poor, click-bait to be pushed out, which people hate to read. It’s not surprising Google hates it too.
Sites Have to Keep Adapting
Sites that refuse to adapt continue to shut down. Those that adapt in positive ways, working with the Google changes rather than trying to cheat the system, continue to grow and expand. My articles on HubPages continue to bring in money, despite the fact that I don’t put any new content up there. Content on Wizzley still brings in views and I haven’t written there since 2014!
Hidden Remote and other FanSided sites are growing considerably. They have all worked with the Google changes, focusing on ways to offer excellent content to readers instead of cheating a system.
That tells me that sites that work with the changes are going to keep the pay per view model alive.
It’s Also Time to Start Your Own Site
One thing that I have also noticed is that my own blogs are growing. That’s because I’m working with the Google changes rather than trying to play a system. The earnings aren’t amazing, but they increase each month.
This tells me that now is definitely the time to start your own site if you really want to make money. Don’t expect the results to just role in. It takes work and effort. I believe that work and effort is worth it.
If you don’t, then you need to find the pay per view writing sites that are willing to make the positive changes. Don’t just look at the rate they pay. Look at the way the sites look, run, and adapt. Read writers’ reviews about their experiences and learn more about the brands, not just whether they pay a good amount for 1,000 views. You may be surprised that a site that pays $1 per 1,000 views will net you more on a monthly basis than a site that pays $5 per 1,000 views.
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