3 Sites I Write for and What I Think About Them

Updated on March 22, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

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I am an online writer. I write full-time, and my writing helps pay my bills. Over the years, I have found online sites that I love. I used to write for Examiner.com, but it went out of business to many examiners' regret. I had written thousands of articles there in dozens of categories.

Since then, I have always had at least two sites to write for in case something like that happens again.

Now, I write for three different sites. There are advantages and disadvantage to each one. In case you are looking for a site to write for, perhaps information found here will help you to decide to write or not write for any one or all three of the websites I write for.

Needless to say, these are my personal choices, and they are not to convince you or to sway you in any direction.

Writing for each site is like going to the car lot to pick out a car. You will find something you like about each one. However, there will be one thing missing from each one. Since you cannot purchase all the cars on the lot, you choose the one with the most perks that you like even though it doesn't have all the features that you like. Such is the case with online writing sites.

HubPages

I will start with HubPages since I have been writing on this site the longest, and since this article is on its site. However, I will give the same time and space to the other two sites.

I began writing for HubPages in on March 4, 2011. I wrote evergreen articles then that I am still getting paid for seven years later. The articles do not expire after 30 days like those on Blasting News.

When I began writing for Examiner, I did not write much for HubPages. I am glad I did not deactivate my account because after Examiner folded in 2015, I started writing more for HubPages. The beauty of that is I updated old articles that made the search engine treat them as new ones. Something as simple as changing a word in the title will cause the article to be updated.

HubPages is the one site where I can go back and change something. With Blasting News and Vocal, I cannot change something after it has been published.

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Blasting News

Based on the title of this website, you can tell that it covers news and what is trending from day to day. A blaster can write on any subject that is trending. The one thing I don't like about Blasting News is that a writer will get paid for his/her articles for only 30 days. Even though the articles continue to accumulate page views for the site after 30 days, the writer will not get paid for them. The site continues to earn money, but not the writer. It doesn't seem fair, but that's the way Blasting News operates.

I have had articles pick up steam on the 28th day with only two days left for me to get paid.

What I do like about Blasting News that the other two sites don't have is its bonuses. From time to time, the site has bonuses and contests. That is extra money that comes in from those activities. HubPages and Vocal don't have bonuses or contests.

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Vocal

Vocal is the new kid on the block. Even though I signed up for it months before, I actually started using it only a few days ago. I love it very much. It is too soon to tell how the pay is going to go, but the writing process is extremely easy.

Like Blasting News, I can't change anything once it is published. Also, there is no word counter on the site. I have to copy and paste my article into a separate word counter app to see if I have the minimum requirement of 600 words.

I love that there are two dozens categories you can write for. Besides, you can write in the first person. I consider Vocal being similar to a glorified blog. I usually write general information at first, and in order to get my 600 words, I can write personal information without having to document it.

My very first article was personal all the way through: "Reasons I Am a Writer."

After you write your article, you can choose to feature it in one of these categories.
After you write your article, you can choose to feature it in one of these categories.

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Comparisons and Contrasts

I believe the best way to compare and contrast the three sites is to show in a chart how each one of them works. If I write for another site, I will merely add another column.

CHARACTERISTICS
HUBPAGES
BLASTING NEWS
VOCAL
Years in Business
2006
2013
2017
Years I Begin Writing
03/04/11
01/11/2016
01/27/2018
Number of Articles Written
268
1,652
5
Standing with Site among other writers
88%
83%
Too soon to tell
Followers on the site
329
298
No community
Following on the site
466
298
No community
Writer Known as
Hubber
Blaster
 
Article Known as
Hub
 
 
Article Format
Trending and Evergreen
Trending and Evergreen
Evergreen Only
Word Requirement
No minimum but 700 words get more views
2,000 characters (notice this is characters and not words)
600 words
Products
Can promote Amazon products
No product promoting
Can promote Amazon products
How to Write
First person, third person
Third person
First person, third person
Links
Can link to own work
Must use two links only on Blasting News; could be yours or others
Can link to own work
Images
Provide as many as you want; video
Main image at top; Twitter, Video
Main image at top; provide as many as you want
References
References or sources optional
Must provide source of information
No sources required
Application Process
Provide writing samples
Provide writing samples
None
Pay Out
$50 by 28th of each month; sent automatic
$10; make request twice a month
Can withdraw when payment reaches $35
Payment Source
PayPal; no fee taken out
PayPal; fee taken out
Stripe deposit pay directly into your bank account
Payment
CPM Pageviews and AdSense, Amazon
Pageviews and ads
CPM Pageviews and online donations
Likes
Passive Income; article is published automatically by writer without having to wait for reviewer; can update articles; read by HubPage community; has word counter; can include lots of fun stuff such as charts like this one, quizzes, surveys, etc.
word counter so you can see how many words you have typed; pageviews and pay appear on dashboard every half an hour so you can see how much you are making
Writing process is easy; passive income; can use own links; no resources required; can chose your own from among two dozen sites for article to be placed
Dislikes
$50 payout could be lower
30-day expiration; cannot revise article after submission; no community; cannot link outside of site
No community; cannot revise article after submission; no word counter
Uniqueness
Published immediately by writer
Contests, Bonuses, Help from Social Blasters
Readers can pay writers if they like their work

Conclusion of the Matter

No matter how easy an article is to write, and no matter how good it turns out to be unless it is promoted well, you will not see any profits.

Promote your articles on social media and among family and friends. The more you promote, the more your articles will get read. The more your articles get read, the more money you will make.

Writers

Please share your writing sites in the comment section below. Also, please share your experience with any of my three writing sites.

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        Margaret Minnicks 13 days ago from Richmond, VA

        Margie, Thanks for reading my article about my writing sites. I write every day and enjoy it very much especially since I get paid for doing so.

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        Margie Lynn 13 days ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

        Margaret thanks for the great information! So easy to read the comparison chart.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Eric, thanks for your feedback. I will check you out on HubPages.

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        Eric Farmer 2 months ago from Phoenix Arizona

        I have heard of Vocal before but right now I mostly focusing on HubPages because of how easy it is to use. Plus writing for Hubpages is good practice.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Windy Grace Mason, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my hub.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Thanks, Eastward, for reading and commenting on my article.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Thanks, Anne, for reading and responding.

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        Windy Grace Mason 2 months ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

        Thanks again for your wisdom! Very well-written, useful, and thoughtful hub!

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        Eastward 2 months ago from Phuket, Thailand

        Nice work comparing and contrasting HubPages, Blasting News, and Vocal. It's interesting to see how they all measure up.

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        Anne Cox 2 months ago from California

        Very thorough, well-written, and helpful, Margaret. Thank you.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Thanks, Tim, for reading and commenting. I am always looking for new sites to explore.

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        Tim Truzy 2 months ago from U.S.A.

        Excellent article. I like the details you provided about these sites. I'll be sure to check them out. Diversify and expand. Wonderful.

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Thanks, Tamarajo, for reading and sharing your opinion. HubPages does have a lot of good things about it.

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        Tamarajo 2 months ago

        I have to say I will stick with Hubpages. I don't think I could deal with not being able to change something once it is published and not having a word counter would be aggravating.

        Informative article

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        K S Lane, thanks for reading and for your comment. Yes, check out Vocal. I like it so far.

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        K S Lane 2 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

        I'm not sure if I like the idea of Blasting News, but Vocal sounds promising. I might have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendations!

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        Margaret Minnicks 2 months ago from Richmond, VA

        Louise, Blasting News is just what it says. It is a trending news site about breaking news. I write there most of the time, but I am leaning now toward writing more for Vocal. I have an account with Virily but have not checked it out yet, but I will and then add it to my chart.

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        Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

        I write on Hubpages, but I've never heard of Blasting News or Vocal. I also write on Virily though, which is a blogging platform.

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