I pronounce the InfoBarrel forum DEAD
Caught that on the other thread, DD.
Is IB shutting down? The last few comments I've read on here sound pretty much like people are saying their goodbyes.
Did I miss some announcement?
No announcement, just a conclusion based on these facts:
1. No admin presence for months.
2. No admin response to PMs, Tweets or FB inboxes.
3. Constant error messages. No one can edit or publish an article. Each day it gets worse and worse. One day I could go in the "Edit" mode but not fix anything, now I get an error message when I attempt to make changes. I cannot even get into an article...and neither can anyone else.
4. Earnings tanking.
It appears that no one other than the writers appear to care. For me, this is exactly what happened on Zujava, with the exception that I was able to delete all of my articles on my own. That is why I am saving my work now.
Okay, thanks for the clarification.
Hey Rose, Amazon modules stopped working, I couldn't add any new articles, nor could I edit any older ones. Each day there was some new error, and now the Infobarrel train has come to a complete stop.
No one knows anything and basically "crickets" at the admin side of things.
I don't want it to fail, I kept adding when others had stopped, but it may have been in vain because no one seems to be steering this ship anymore. Maybe admin will notice that no new articles are showing up? Simply because there are error messages stopping us from adding new material. If you do write and you leave it in draft mode, you will never be able to get at it, some writers have lost hours of work.
Takes a lot for me to get ticked, but right now, I am seriously ticked.
I have been here a super long time, and never has this happened. We lived through changes with admin right beside us over the years, but we have been cut loose, in my opinion.
Ohhh, okay. I didn't know all that.
Yeah, Rose, the handwriting seems to be all over the wall. We've all seen the classic signs of the death of a writing platform, the most notorious of which is the lack of response from the managerial team to direct queries. The other thing is the inability to add new content. And, finally, this site was always responsive to cleaning out spammers almost immediately: spammers rule here now.
So, yeah, I've said my sayonaras, but with a very heavy sadness.
This is the least classy way they could do this, just blanking the people who for many years would have helped to earn them a decent crust.
Doing it this way shows a complete lack of respect or dignity. They are clearly just not deleting the site because its still earning them a few dollars, but it shows they have no pride or integrity.
They should either find a new owner for the site who may have a slim chance of salvaging something, or they should shut their doors and give people a bit of warning to remove their content.
I've been observing and its nothing short of a disgrace how they've just cold shouldered you all.
Yes its a business, when something isn't making money you focus your attention elsewhere. This business model is dead, most people get that, but to just blank people and leave them in limbo... holding their content hostage, it stinks.
I would certainly hope so too! All of my own content is backed up, but many published articles have been modified in some way. I'm concentrating first on articles I bought that I don't have backups for.
@Deborah-Diane I would agree with mommy3 that your own sites are the best way to go. It's the only way of having control. Although sites like this are no longer doing so well, the vast majority of my content here would go on a site of mine that's basically similar, but just me and a lot smaller. Transferring the articles will be a massive pain. I still have unpublished content from other sites that went and, assuming a very optimistic 30 minutes per article here, that would be over 600 hours just republishing, and I think most will take over an hour to post, format and interlink them all again. With that sort of time you wonder if it's even worth it.
It will most likely take me years to move stuff because I need to spend time on my more valuable areas as well. I will first move "nodal" articles that tie a lot of other together, often from having lots of incoming links, and my Elder Scrolls series, as they earn the most. Although it might make sense to set up more niche sites, I already have a few that I'm doing and I don't really want many more yet. It's a shame it's not worth hiring someone else to move everything! Some stuff will likely never get republished, due to obsolescence. Then there are all the comments which will be lost, and all the external and social links to them.
There are also a few recent articles that I lack the URLs of for looking at the WayBackMachine. It looks like the Excel sheet was another actually useful feature that was removed with the "upgrade" to the site.
If anyone wants to contact me if this site is no longer here, it's webmaster(@)egdcltd.com
If anyone is interested, Goody Guides is now accepting new writers. It is a small site that is overseen by three admins, one being me. It is centered around kids/women/craft types of articles.
The guidelines are reasonable and simple...articles must be unique and over 500 words. You do not make money from Adsense but from your affiliate links in each article. There are 2 links for the first 500 words, and it goes up to 3 links at 600. After that, it is one link (affiliate or to your own sites) per 200 words, up to 10 links for 2000+ words. You can read more about the guidelines here.
Photos that you use must be free to use and credited properly. No overly promotional articles (shopping cart a la old Squidoo) full of links.
I mentioned in another thread that my work also appears on Spacial-Anomaly, a fandom site for just about everything from retro to history. It is owned by another online writer Socki, who wrote on several other sites where my other work appeared. You can read the Writers Wanted page here to see if your work may fit. I know several of you already own work that would.
Moving articles is a drag, and I am only moving/saving the ones that make economic sense. There is no sense moving and fixing those that will not earn money ever again. Does it fit an existing site or blog that I own? Is it even any good? (let's face it, the old SEO stuff made money but it was hardly quality stuff. I had bills to pay!) As in real life, sometimes it is better to let something go and leave it behind.
And let's be real...articles with 2010 or 2012 dates are probably overlooked in the search engines anyway unless it is such a unique niche that there is little other information for the person looking for it. Life is updated on a constant basis. So your article with the old date, freshened up for 2017, may once again be a winner for you once you move it.
Don't forget ebooks as another source of revenue. I am presently updating mine so it will have more information from my Girl Scout leading experience. Maybe your articles, in a niche, will work as an ebook instead. No need to constantly update them to please them for Google. You can promote them any way you wish.
Life online is changing. I was alerted to the Google Fred update by another online writer. Content sites like this were supposedly hit hard.
Best of luck to everyone!
In the good old days, I would never have posted this - But those days are gone.
I am thinking of building a writers' and bloggers' forum, in the spirit of the IB fro 2010/11. Networking, helping one another, criticisms, suggestions. No earnings opps, except through 1 to 1 contacts (possibly JVs?)
Please email me Phil@MaXXers.com if you would like an invitation - Time scale - 15 May
Access to The Top 100 articles is no longer working, thus that list is inaccessible. I wish I'd taken a screen shot--last I looked 41 of the 100 were pieces I'd written.
I'll miss this place.
And the forum seems to be the only thing working here now. All other functionality appears dead.
I haven't found a single snapshot on the WBM for IB for this year as yet.
@mommy3 ebooks, in particular role playing game supplements, are probably my largest source of revenue now.
Is anybody else here waiting for payout? I reached $50.81 February 28th and today makes 49 days. The payout comes 45 days after you reach a $50.00 balance right? I checked my account settings and my Paypal info is in there.
They may blow it off all things considered.
LPerry - Please let us know if they do pay you. If not, there really isn't anything left here for the rest of us.
As I posted earlier on this thread, my payment is pending for this month if earnings would have been accepted for January,February and March.