Writers beware!

@allknowing (70817)
India
July 15, 2011 1:53am CST
With Bukisa and other sites that pay for the number of visitors that comment on your work creates a situation that the writer puts in very little effort to create master pieces. The writers here are always in a hurry to create articles that are devoid of substance and/or quality. With this scenario these writers are bound to lose their acumen to write quality articles. The joy of looking at a master piece far outweighs the few cents that one earns at such sites.
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
15 Jul 11
Quite true. I have just recently realized that when I wrote an article where I tried to put in my voice. I realized how badly I missed writing creatively as opposed to writing to please the machines. My new goal is still to earn some cents but start adding in creativity whenever I could with the aim to please the machines and the human readers.
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@allknowing (70817)
• India
15 Jul 11
When I first saw some sites offering payment to writers I jumped at the idea and registered and then when I realised that payment had a direct bearing on the number of page views I deleted my accounts. Many of those who visit have no idea of assessing or judging articles. There was one site called 'read bud' where one had to read the articles but those articles had some substance and were worth reading. That site turned out to be a scam and I don't think anyone got paid there for reading and rating them.
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
17 Jul 11
Hi Allknowing, you might not even know why the other writers come out with substandard articles. Some writers may really have a bad command of English, and they are using article writing to train them to write well, and improve their English. You may think of them as writing nonsense, yet the article may have taken more than two hours just to write. Some writers are not writing articles for the sake of getting a loyal readership. They may just want to get incoming links to their main websites or blogs. They can do that by having the author's profile with the link to their websites. In this case, they care more about the link than the quality of the content. More incoming links mean their blogs or websites can appear in the first few pages of search result for a given keyword.
@allknowing (70817)
• India
17 Jul 11
I perfectly understand. It is like cooking a mediocre meal just because.... when the one who cooks is an expert at it! Just my thought. What I wanted to highlight was that those who are good at it must not go there!
@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
17 Jul 11
Hi Allknowing, it does not matter really. If your content is good, and has enough seo elements, the search engines will bring readers to your content, and not to those lousy articles. I think the effect is only psychological, since you feel that the other writers do not put in as much effort. The principle of 80 / 20 is true in every case. There will just be twenty percent of the articles bringing in eighty per cent of the traffic. As long as you like to write, and readers come to read, it really does not matter how good or how bad the others are.
@rosegardens (3043)
• United States
15 Jul 11
They are there to make money, not make art. That is Quite unfortunate. The written word is losing it's lustre. I noticed that years ago reading newspapers and even books. I was still in high school and my English was impeccable, so I was able to spot poor grammar and other things that I cannot even remember the name of now! lol. I think a lot of people do not care about good grammar and punctuation, or even a good explanation. There are many articles I have read that have taken me nowhere and it is quite annoying, not to mention flabbergasting.
@allknowing (70817)
• India
15 Jul 11
I wonder what those great writers of yesteryears like Charles Dickens would feel if they were to see this trend. They must be turning in their grave. It should not be given the name 'articles' but something else, may be 'hotchpotch?!
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• United States
15 Jul 11
Another name is certainly in order, as they do not resemble articles but as you say hotchpotch. I am sure they are turning in their graves, as well as all proper English/Grammar teachers and instructors are.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I am not a member of Bukisa..but I think that Associated Content is like that. It is the number of visitors that depends on the pay. I wrote one article for them. I could tell right away they weren't for me. I like Helium better. There was another one called Triond that I thought about joining..but I haven't even had time for Helium in while. Thanks for the warning!
@allknowing (70817)
• India
17 Jul 11
It is really disturbing that this trend has spread like wild fire. I see it everywhere even so far as while they are testing you and they see no comments there by others you are told that you are no good, your English is bad, your grammar is bad and so forth. A dampener really who take this prognosis or whatever you call it seriously and really think they are bad. It happened to me but I had my head on my shoulders to believe them. I know my English is good.