Writing Site Updates: Wikinut

Forget Wikinut

Wikinut

I joined Wikinut in July of 2010 and published 35 pages. More than 1/2 of these pages were “star” pages meaning the moderator felt they were of high quality. Most of them were about working at home, freelancing and specifically about freelance writing. I was determined to make Wikinut work for me. However, as I wrote in my original Wikinut Review, earnings were creeping along and were growing at a very slow pace in spite of the fact that Wikinut claims to pay 50% of revenue. At that time I wrote “…My total page views since then are 39753 and my total earnings since then are £3.517. That is with 28 pages…”.  I continued to plow on and I published an additional 9 pages bringing my count up to 37.

Why I decided to give up

In July of 2011 I was averaging more than 1200 page views in a week on Wikinut and I had referred more than 10 people to Wikinut. According to their terms of service, I was entitled to a portion of the income that was being earned by the referrals as well. However, my earnings in July of 2011 were slightly over 5.00 EUR!  I was approaching 80,000 page views in a year. I decided that these pages were not failing, what was failing was my earnings.

Why that conclusion?

The earnings from Wikinut are supposed to be 50% of all revenue earned from advertising. Since most writing sites use AdSense, one would have to assume that the primary earnings source on Wikinut was AdSense. I decided to track this against my own blog to see if I was being unreasonable. In June, my blog had just under 2,000 hits. This is about what my Wikinut pages were averaging in a week!  Therefore one could decide that this is about 1/4 of the income that I should receive from Wikinut. Not so much. My AdSense revenue on my blog in June was $2.20 and on Wikinut, the same time period was .02 EUR – yes that is in Euro so it barely converts to dollars!

Now I might be a bit thickheaded but folks, something is wrong. My recommendation is that you gather your articles (guides, whatever) from Wikinut and get rid of them!  I earned $.39 on Squidoo from 2 (yes that is two) lenses at the same time that I earned less than 5 EUR from 37 Wiki pages. On Squidoo that means that I averaged 18 cents per page while on Wikinut I averaged the same .18 per page (for the entire year), but with hundreds of hits more.  Not really cost effective.

I have now moved my Wikinut pages off Wikinut (it took me 3 weeks to get them removed). Some are posted at Google as a Knol and others are posted at Squidoo as lenses.  I will do a review of Squidoo soon and talk about the earnings from these pages.

 

About Doreen Martel

Well-rounded freelance writer who contributes to various blogs, paid to write sites and revenue sharing sites. Doreen is legally blind and has worked at home for more than 10 years. She uses the lessons learned from this experience to enhance her writing and share information with others.

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