Online Sites I Have Written for and What I Think About Them

Updated on September 1, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks makes a living by writing online about entertainment, celebrities, books, movies, foods, drinks, health, and spirituality.

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. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. 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 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 dealer to pick out a car. You will find something you like about all of them. However, there might be one thing you also don't like about 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 this article is on its site. However, I will give the same time and space to the other site.

I began writing for HubPages in on March 4, 2011. I wrote evergreen articles then that I am still getting paid for eight 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 after it has been published. 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 views for the site after that time, the writer will not get paid for them. The site continues to earn money but not the writer. I have had articles pick up stream after the 30th day, but I received nothing. It doesn't seem fair, but that's the way Blasting News works.

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Vocal

Vocal is the new kid on the block. I love it very much mainly because the entire process is quick and 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 at least two dozens communities 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. I no longer write for Blasting News.

CHARACTERISTICS
HUBPAGES
BLASTING NEWS
VOCAL
Years in Business
2006
2013
2017
URL
Hubpages.com
blastingnews.com
vocal.media
Date I Begin Writing
03/04/11
01/11/2016
01/27/2018
Number of Articles Written
901
1,652
82
Standing on Site among other writers
88%
83%
86%
Followers on the site
418
298
No community
Following on the site
513
298
No community
Overall Pageviews
1,485,867
no longer write for this site
39,325
Writer Known as
Hubber
Blaster
Writer
Article Known as
Hub
Article
Article
Article Format
Trending and Evergreen
Trending and Evergreen
Trending and Evergreen
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 promotions
Can promote Amazon products and your own
How to Write
First person, third person
Third person
First person, third person
Links
Can link to related articles
Must use two links only on Blasting News; could be yours or other blasters
Can link to own work and other related articles
Images and Videos
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 on 28th of each month; sent automatic
$10; make request twice a month
Can withdraw when payment reaches $35; Founding members can withdraw at $20.
Payment Source
PayPal; no fee taken out
PayPal; fee taken out
Stripe deposit directly into your bank account; no fee withheld
Payment
CPM Pageviews, AdSense, Amazon Products
Pageviews and ads
CPM Pageviews and online tips from readers
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
Check Pageviews
Updated several times a day
Updated twice every hour
Updated in real time; changes every time an article is read
Uniqueness
Published immediately by writer
Contests, Bonuses, Help from Social Blasters
Readers can give tips to writers if they like their work
Ads
Articles surrounded by ads
Articles surrounded by ads
No ads on page
Main Objections
No major objection
Articles expire after 30 days. If article is read after that time, company gets paid; writer gets nothing
Cannot edit article after it has been published

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.

Please share the name of your writing site in the comment section below. Also, please share your experience if you write for any of the above writing sites.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      MsJessyJonesy, I write for a living and have been doing it for many years. I see you just joined HubPages. Welcome aboard!

      Write as often as you can and you will see how rewarding it is to share your thoughts with others.

      Let me know if I can help you succeed!

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      revmjm 

      2 weeks ago

      MsJessyJonesy, I write for a living and have been doing it for many years. I see you just joined HubPages. Welcome aboard!

      Write as often as you can and you will see how rewarding it is to share your thoughts with others.

      Let me know if I can help you succeed!

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      MsJessyJonesy 

      2 weeks ago

      I enjoyed reading your article. I have been told over and over again that I should write. I never knew something like this could be a real possibility. You and all of the people who have commented on this article have truly encouraged me to move forward and try to write. Thank You!

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      Sharon Lopez 

      7 weeks ago from Philippines

      That's sweet! Thank you so much. Yeah, I can see that you really love this site. The number of articles you have here is quite amazing! I hope and pray for your continued success.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Sharon, I believe once you begin to devote more time to HubPages, you will find that it is one of the best writing sites around. I love writing on HubPages. Let me know if I can help.

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      Sharon Lopez 

      7 weeks ago from Philippines

      I write for Bitlanders during my free time. But the site will stop paying starting November so I need to find another site. I started with HubPages before but I could not devote enough time. I am trying my luck again on this site. Thank you for sharing a wonderful article.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      14 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Melesa Francis-Turner, I am always looking for new avenues to write. I want to write on my own blogs, but for some reasons, I don't understand how to monetize them. I am going to contact you for advice.

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      Melesa Francis-Turner 

      14 months ago

      Enlightening article. I prefer writing on my own blogs and hubpages though. I kile to concentrate my stuff in a few places.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      15 months ago from Richmond, VA

      The filled mind, that's great. I will read it.

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      The filled mind 

      15 months ago from East Orange

      I am working in an article as we speak hopefully i can have it published tonight

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      15 months ago from Richmond, VA

      The filled mind, I read your article when you first joined four weeks ago. I noticed that you haven't written an article since. One tip for you is to write often. Consistency is the key.

      It will also help you get the hang of it. I love writing for HubPages.

    • Shalon L Leonard profile image

      The filled mind 

      15 months ago from East Orange

      I really want to write for Hubpages full time, your articles help me to see that is possible.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      15 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Robert, I found a way not to worry about the $50 payout. I set a goal each month to surpass the payout and I do many times over.

      I love HubPages and hope it stays around for a very long time. I checked out some of your articles, and they are really good. I like your style of writing, especially the listicles. Therefore, I am following you so I will be made aware of your new articles when you write them.

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      Robert P Sullivan 

      15 months ago

      I agree the 50$ payout could be lower, but I think that may be their way of keeping people from just spamming a bunch of junk articles to get reach the minimum payout. Either way, I tend to enjoy Hubpages for it's quality content.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      20 months 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's Southern Kitchen 

      20 months ago from the USA

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

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

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      Eric Farmer 

      22 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      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.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

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

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Anne, for reading and responding.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      22 months ago from Belle Haven, VA

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

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      Eastward 

      22 months ago from Bangkok, 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 

      22 months ago from California

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

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 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 

      22 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.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 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 

      22 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

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      22 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 

      22 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 

      22 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 

      22 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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