InfoBarrel Writers - Let's Share our Twitter Handles and Support Each Other
I don't tweet, but my Google Plus profile has all my links (under the "About" tab): https://plus.google.com/u/0/107889574670988423996
And that may be a good thing, because I've seen a similar revenue sharing site sold on flippa before for about $10,000.... the new buyer claimed that the writers' contract was with the previous owner as per the name of the entity in the terms of service, locked them all out, kept all of their content on the site, changed the author name to 'admin', kept 100% of the revenue, and then told complainers to take the matter up in a civil court with the entity they had a contract with, claiming that his contract was with the seller and they sold him the site and the articles.
First lines of the terms of service:
1. Essence of Agreement. InfoBarrel is a service of My Passion Media Inc. (collectively referred to as " InfoBarrel "), owning and operating the www.infobarrel.com Internet Site (the "Site"), that offers you a free publishing platform for the purpose of publishing original content and materials in any field of interest, whether in written, visual, audio, video or any other technological form supported by InfoBarrel (the " Original Content" or the "Materials "), under and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
If Joe Blogs Media Ltd buy this site from My Passion Media Inc., then you have no contract with Joe Bloggs Media Ltd and you'd better hope that the contract between the two stipulates that Joe Bloggs Media Ltd won't own the content.
However, if the site stays up, even though it will be totally neglected, My Passion Media can still continue to accrue residual income from it.
This is tricky business because lots of original content ( with ads on them that make money) are a strong selling point. They advertise residual income to entice. If they give notice to the writers, they will come in droves to delete their pages.
I was naive about the whole process. When Seekyt.com was sold, the Admin did give us notice. I left my 400-plus articles alone thinking they would be okay because the next owner would surely be as nice.
The new owner locked down access to our profile accounts immediately. It was a MAJOR fiasco for me to get in there and DELETE more than 400 articles. There way no way that new owner was getting my content!
I had lunch today with Domestic Diva (@divaonline1) and we talked about InfoBarrel. We originally met in person when we were both writing for eHow about 8 years ago and realized we were writing articles about the same places. We messaged each other privately and decided to meet in person.
Today, we talked about all the sites which have shut down or changed dramatically over the years ... eHow, Squidoo, Seekyt and, now, InfoBarrel. My income from Hubpages has also dropped, although I may try to update some of my articles there and revive them.
The old sites where we used to promote our articles, such as InfoPirate are also gone or have become much less effective.
It is very disappointing to see what has happened in the online writing world, but I guess everything changes and we must accept it.
I am continuing to follow the writers here on Twitter, GooglePlus and Facebook, however, so I can keep promoting your articles. We writers need to stick together as much as we can!
So many gone...Xomba, Snipsly, Post-Ur-Own, Triond ( I think?) Bukisa that locked out the writers, Zujava. Yes, I remember InfoPirate. I actually enjoyed some of the bookmarking sites back then. One I recall was named I Told You So, or something like that.
Some people were earning a pretty penny just on bookmarking sites back when Google would rank 50 words.
It was called 'She Told Me'.
WebAnswers, Flixya, are two others that went.
Ah, yes....that was it; She Told Me. I also remember one that was just for InfoBarrel articles. BarlRol or something close to that.
Yes, Triond has definitely gone and what happened there was eerily similar to what is happening to IB now - total admin neglect, no site maintenance, admin never answering enquiries, declining revenue, etc.
Thanks for adding me Deb
I often wonder if twitter etc does work, I know people retwitter and like on FB but how many people just retweet and never ever read the articles. If that is the case how does that help?
It might be a good idea to connect via Facebook. We could set each other up as friends perhaps. There is also this IB Facebook page which was set up some time ago:
shar-On - I have had a lot of luck promoting my articles on Twitter, especially now that I have built up over 2,500 followers. It makes a huge difference in the number of views my articles get on my blog.
HLesley - I joined that Facebook InfoBarrel page years ago. It used to show up on my feed when people would post to it. I guess no one posts on it much any more, because I cannot remember the last time I saw the InfoBarrel Facebook page pop up on my Facebook feed. I guess that is another example of how things have slid.
Ok tar. I was just curious if people actually read articles or just retreated.
Any update as to the status of the website?
@classicalgeek (I use this name everywhere except pinterest, where that was taken--classicalgeek2 there.
I'm blogging but posts are slow go especially with my current writing block.
Browna86 - I just started following you on Twitter. Good luck with your blogging.