That being said, some people prefer to stick with revenue share models. If you’re one of those and are on Wikinut, you’ve likely seen the update that the site is closing down its payment option. It will still allow you to post and keep your articles up, but you won’t earn anything from them.
In other words, you’re writing for free.
It’s your choice whether you do it, but I don’t recommend it. Why?
Wikinut Doesn’t Get Enough Traffic
There are times that writing for free can be beneficial. But on a site like Wikinut, that isn’t the case. The writing site just doesn’t get enough traffic. It doesn’t have a good page ranking for backlinks, either.
There will be even less content shared on the site in 2016. That means your exposure will go down even further. If you were thinking of using it for samples, think again!
What’s the point in writing for free if you’re not going to benefit from it?
By the way, I can judge the lack of traffic from the fact that the announcement mentioned the site isn’t earning enough. Earnings online are linked to your views.
There are Revenue Share Sites That Do Still Pay
Even if you love revenue share sites, there are plenty that still pay people. Yes, the revenue share model is a dying one. Adshare is starting to lose its appeal, and there are other ways to make money blogging.
However, I do still recommend a number of sites:
- The Harlow-McGaw Media network of sites, including Daily Two Cents, Writedge and The Daily Voice News
The ones mentioned above don’t just rely on AdShare. They allow you to include your own affiliate links. HMM sites all give you 100% of your affiliate earnings, while the other two are on a revenue share model.
Your Own Blog Is Better for Samples
You may still think that writing on Wikinut will give you a place to put samples, especially if you have topics that don’t quite fit your blog. It may have used to be, but there are other revenue share sites for that.
All in all, your blog is a far better place for samples. You have a site that shows off your writing skills that you have total control over. You get to decide on the layout and whether/when it will close.
With other revenue share sites, you don’t have that control. This is why I will always believe that having your own blog is far better for making money writing, but revenue share sites certainly still have their benefits.
You’ve got three choices with Wikinut now. The site owners understand that some people will want to remove their content and delete their accounts. That is an option available. However, you could keep your current content up there and just not write anything else, or continue to provide content for the site. Either way with the latter two, your content will be there for free. Do you really want that?