Staff Writerit will close the doors on its Voices and Contributor Network programs. You can read the official announcement letter below:
Dear Contributors, You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we're focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we're constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before Contributor.Yahoo.com closes. With the exception of content you provided to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you. We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ for details. It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. -The Yahoo Contributor Network TeamThese two programs had operated under the Yahoo! name ever since they were purchased from the Associated Press 9 years ago and had, since then, been a base of operations for thousands of freelance writers. It was a way to edge oneself into the writing industry and leave their mark by producing a growing portfolio under a well-regarded brand. Just ask me – I had been writing with them since 2012 and it’s largely because of the program that I’m where I am today. One can only speculate that this news is following Marissa Myers’ decision to “tighten” the Yahoo! brand by bringing everything back to home-base in Sunnyvale, California. Even from a purely business perspective, though, it’s perplexing. Would the corporation not make more money for themselves by keeping the businesses open and taking a large percentage of the cash made from views? A Contributor Network user with a pedigree could only make upwards of about $2.00 per every 1,000 views, so it’s not like they were breaking the bank for the big Y!, and it’s really more of a slap to the face to its user than anything else. With that said, one can’t afford to sit around and mope in the freelance writing industry. My recommendation to users migrating from Voices and the Contributor Network, as I am, is to host their material on other websites immediately after they take down all articles on August 1. For websites similar to how YCN is set up and how it pays out, you can check out HubPages, Seekyt, or Examiner, though for those in it primarily for notoriety, I totally recommend applying for a position with PopWrapped. We’re always looking out for new writers and we are in the Top .5% of all visited websites around the globe! Joining us would give an amazing boost to pages you choose to promote in certain articles because of how high-quality the backlinks would be. Furthermore, we here at PopWrapped strive to produce top-notch work while having fun along the way. I’ve never worked with a more close-knit, fun-loving set of people, and you’ll be amazed at how well we work as a team. Plus, it’ll make for an amazing addition to your resume for any experience citations that you may need down the line! If you need some cold hard cash fast, though, check out Slicethepie. It’s a music review site that pays you an average of .05 - .15 cents on the spot depending on how high-quality its automatic checkbot decides it is. The snips you’re required to listen to are only 90 seconds long, so if you’re a fast typer, you can make a dollar in about 10 minutes. Yeah, it’s not the end-all way of doing things, but it’s effective if you’re persistent and need a few extra bucks! No matter where you choose to lay your hat next, I urge you all to not give up on your writing. We’re all writing because we enjoy it. It’s a passion of ours, and you should never give up your passion. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!