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Where do I write now? Everywhere is hurting post Panda.

By Edited Jun 23, 2015 6 9

So where do we write now? Well, first let me go way back. Well, not that far back, but back to February 2011. Google decided it had had enough of link farms. Places that duplicated content and all that goes with it. So they created a new algorithm, that was not the end of it though. And the cutely named Google Panda, had updates monthly, and also continuing. This has hit so many places that were good places to write, with a few bad eggs. But unfortunately the good writers got hit with the bad ones. Why? Because the platform that they wrote on went down in the ranks after the Panda attack.


How does this affect me?

Well, I only joined in February 2011, just as the Panda was gettings its claws out. I write here, on Hubpages, Rantrave and Webanswers, a few others, but these are the places that I concentrate on. Because these are shared writing platforms, the good go down with the bad, and they all got their views and ranks pulled. Some suffering more than others.


From the whispers on the grapevine, I have been told that the new Google algorithms prefer your individual sites to platforms, but still the platforms get more views than you could possibly dream of on a new blog. You are swimming in a vast ocean. 

If you are a new writer then the first thing you need to learn is that it takes a long time for your articles to age well, and there for start earning you any decent income. The Panda slap kind of made this a little bit longer, but not impossible.

Original content will always be kind, and now apparently so is social networking, so if you thought you could earn money simply by writing and not marketing, then you are in for an even slower ride. The best thing I can advise is delve into the forums here at InfoBarrel and lap up all of that great and free helpful information.


What I suggest.

I am no writing or marketing Guru, I am merely doing what so many others have done for me, sharing what I have learned. Giving it back, if you were.

My suggestion is do not get jaded by others that are having a depression in their writing or earnings, we all go through it, but do not let your fear of the unknown be tainted with those that are simply suffering burn out.

Write on at least 3 or more different sites, and make one of those your own personal blog. Blogger is a great place to make your own blog for free.

Hopefully one day we will see all the greatness that others saw online before Panda hit, until then it is a matter of working a little harder than before. I wish you all luck.



Oct 11, 2011 6:26pm
This was intersting. I don't fool with too much outside IB (my artwork is done on another site and my graphic novels on yet another), so I haven't been "hit" by anything. I do contract work for indicvudals, however, but that's their problem with wherever they post it. I like your clear explanation o the "problem", though. I'm kind of apathetci about most of the "business" of passive income wrtiing. I generally just write, link, have my publishing accounts set up, and hope for the best. Good stuff, though.
Oct 12, 2011 1:56am
Thank you Vic. That is what I was aiming for. Sometimes we forget that people are coming in as newbies with no clue about what every one is talking about. This is for those people, who don't want a theses on SEO, just what has happened and how it affects them.
Oct 12, 2011 10:25am
Thanks for your pov. I wrote for Demand Media Studios for years and all of a sudden, overnight, there were no articles to write. It was devastating for everyone there. DMS was actually not a great place to write ... they decided what subjects you could write on, provided the article titles (most were incredibly uninteresting and had to be extensively researched), required a very specific format, miniscule citations and they even dictated the "style," but they paid per article and they paid on time. Not much, mind you. Between $15 - $25 per 500-word article, but it was a way to get dependable cash flow for lots of people who didn't know how to do the marketing, tracking, etc. And the treadmills runs so fast that most people didn't have the time to learn it; like me, we had to spend every avaiable minute writing all the articles we could as fast as we could. The "trade" journals out there say that DMS was not hurt by Panda, but facts speak louder than hype. When the work vanished, I started looking to other sites and found InfoBarrel, Squidoo and Xomba. I love choosing the content I write and getting to be creative again, but it's a very complicated new world and I'm starting with absolutely no idea how it works or if what I'm doing is getting me anywhere. (I had no idea what SEO or RSS even was) I spend up to 20 hours a day (no exaggeration) trying to learn the new language of the internet -- which gets harder the more sleep deprived I get. Even articles on "the basics" assume the reader knows WAY more terminology than I think many of us do. I left a 15-year business career to pursue my dream of being a writer ... went back to school got a BA in creative writing ... got in a graduate program and got my MFA in creative writing ... finished a historical fiction novel ... and then get to work for maybe $400 a month (now it's MUCH less). Geeeze. I don't regret it; I would have regretted NOT doing it if I hadn't, but it's very, VERY tough -- and getting tougher, at least for the foreseeable future.
Oct 17, 2011 5:02pm
This is the only business where you can work twice as hard as before and earn less than half the money you earned before.
Oct 17, 2011 8:17pm
Good information in an easy-to-digest format. It is very tough earning a living as a writer, but no more tough that going to a job you hate each and every day.
Oct 20, 2011 4:47pm
Tom, we do it for love though.nay?

LL, Thank you. You are correct, I may not earn much at all, but my soul feels alive for the first time in a long time. Writing is probably the only career choice where you really do get a different experience every day and gain a little bit more knowledge.
Nov 2, 2011 2:53pm
I couldn't agree more with this comment and LL's too. My soul feels alive for the first time in YEARS too, and I'm going to do my best to try to create as much helpful and interesting content as I can.

Thanks for a great article, and many successes for us all! ; )
Nov 2, 2011 8:05am
Great article...I too wrote for hub pages. I have been writing to backlink my websites more than ever now. Thanks for the Info.
Nov 2, 2011 9:35am
Thank you for your comment Intellifax. I feel like every time I learn, something pulls the rug from under us. That is the difference between those that make it, and those that don't I think. We simply have to dust off and adapt quickly.
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