Last February 2011, I published a short review about Factoidz at Triond. I highlighted the site as a leading community of writers who produce top-quality, highly-trafficked and widely distributed articles on factual and informational topics. Their commitment is to provide timely, fresh and well-written content to their dedicated reader base as well as people seeking information on the Web at large.
However, the site's page rank was down to 4 from 10 possible points compared to 7 from 10 possible points at the time when Google Panda was not yet active on kicking off poor quality content sites. This isshowing that until now Factoidz is still suffering from the powerful dropkicks of Google Panda. Added that there are numbers of negative complaints and feedbacks against the site from its own members/contributors as quoted below.
- "I am a writer for factoidz and so far I am not impressed. I have over 1,000 hits on an article I recently wrote which received 0, yes zero, earnings."
- "Factoidz is a Ponzi Scheme. You will write, your work will be confiscated and you will get nothing."
- "I am having a hard time becoming a Staff Writer. They have returned some of my articles that clearly didn't have any errors, and when I simply rewrote them, they got approved. I have 20+ articles now, but still have not been promoted."
- "Factoidz is the BIGGEST RIPOFF for writers on the web - period. I contributed dozens of articles that received thousands of page views and when I complained about not making any earnings, I was downgraded to "visitor" status and they are still making money on my articles."
When I opened an account at Factoids, I was told that at least during the first six months, I would have to publish at least one article on their site - if I failed my account will be deleted. For the past nine months, I did not share anything on their site but my account is still active. This signals that
This morning I received an alert from Factoidz stating that they had updated their policy which previously stated that in order to keep current; a Factoidz writer has to publish at least one new article each year.
They said, "Now, all accounts will remain fully active without any time restrictions or requirements on activity. Publish once, and provided you stay within our guidelines, you'll receive earnings for that work in perpetuity. Plus, you can come back and publish anytime you'd like without needing to reinstate your account."
The site strives to promote an active community while providing a very easy way to earn passive income - and they think this new approach will brings them more in line with this goal.
They further said, "As a Reviewer, you'll have admin abilities to manage the testimonials that appear on your reviews. We've also given you a link on your Dashboard to go back and quickly rate the services you've reviewed in the past."
In other news, the site has just launched user ratings and reviews as a part of their editorial Product Reviews system. Now, in addition to reading the written review that a writer has provided, readers can add their own 5-star rating to products and services a writer covers, as well as submit their own testimonials. The site thinks that this will add a new dimension to reviews to make them more useful to potential customers.
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