What are the important guidelines for writers that should be followed to prevent being demoted and getting banned from the online writing site? Here are things that should be borne in mind while writing in Factoidz, a fast-growing online writing site.
Many online writers are not mindful of the terms of online writing sites and even the social media sites they join. This is the reason why they get banned or demoted in their status as a writer. This results to lowered earnings and overall disgust and frustration about the site or writing as a whole. But who's to blame? It may be the writer himself because he is not keen about the website's policies. Thus, it pays to pause a little and read thoroughly the terms and conditions and the important reminders provided in the online writing sites before joining, and also periodically check if already a member of the site. You may be heading towards the ravine for all you know.
Terms and Conditions Change
In a fast growing site such as Factoidz, terms and conditions may change through time because of the behavior of the incoming traffic in the site as well as the nature of its writers. To match the progress made along these concerns, the Factoidz management must make changes that will strike a balance both for writers' and the management's interests alike. Management actions need to be implemented to keep the site running (pay the electric bills, the employees and administrators, improve or expand it, recuperate investments or any other purpose it wants to achieve) while accommodating writers' interests, primarily that of earning substantial income for their painstakingly written articles (this is only true for the serious ones).
Reasons for Change in Policies
There are many possible reasons for change in policies. More spammers may be coming in and transgressors of the terms and conditions can lower the quality of online articles submitted in the site. This will lower the page rank of the writing site which is bad for a site that relies on incoming traffic. As webnode.com, a website creation company, succinctly put it "Traffic is the lifeblood of any business". More traffic than usual for just an individual may mean that certain unfair or undesirable practices just to get more views are applied by some writers which need to be addressed. And even some writers (if you may call them that) just plagiarize content from other writers. Some, lazy to write original content, simply copy in toto their own content written somewhere and post it in another online writing site. That will be okay unless the online writing site, like Factoidz, wants original articles.
Getting Less Earnings Than Usual?
Some may be puzzled why they seem to be getting less earnings than usual, get many returned articles or even banned from the site. This is because they have not read the important sections in the terms and conditions.
In Factoidz, the following terms and conditions and what they mean, are the crucial elements that need to be followed or you risk your account. You may be demoted, and ultimately, get banned. The important phrases are highlighted by the author and inserted his own understanding of the information (in parenthesis and italics) to help clarify the points:
What type of content should be published on Factoidz?
Factoidz focuses on articles that are factual, informational guides on specific topics. These should explain how to do something or provide detailed and well-researched facts about a particular subject, or provide a list of resources or tools to help the reader accomplish a goal. Text, images, and video, and should be formatted into paragraphs and sections to make them easily scannable (This is important to make your article more search engine friendly). Opinions, anecdotes and color commentary are now accepted but the primary focus of a Factoid must be to provide usable information and facts.
How are the earnings calculated?
Earnings are based on a combination of three major factors, i.e., traffic generated by the article, content quality or uniqueness, and active participation in the community of writers or answering readers' questions, among others:
1. Traffic: More traffic to articles means more earnings. In general, traffic from search engines will earn the highest rates (Writers, therefore, should devote time in finding out which keywords work best. Use this author's tips in Six Surefire and Nonintrusive Tips to Drive Website Traffic to Your Online Articles).
Important Note: Utilization of traffic acquisition tools, services, or swaps is strictly prohibited (This means you should not use the service of SEO companies but just rely on search engines bringing traffic to your articles). If Factoidz management detects any irregular traffic patterns (this means sudden spurts or spikes in your traffic all or most of the time while having only a few articles; see this author's actual spurt in traffic due to one article) your status as a writer will be immediately and permanently suspended.
2. Content quality/uniqueness: Factoidz editors monitor the overall quality of writers' submissions. As a writer develops his/her reputation as an expert in a field or as a good writer, his/her rate of earnings will increase over time. Quality means that the articles should be error-free (make sure you use the integrated spelling checker and for the staff writers, read thoroughly your work before publishing), selection of unique and engaging topics (unique means nobody thought and wrote about it before, a rather thought-provoking piece which is quite a challenge), use of clear and elegant writing style, and submission of good article formatting and spacing (This one important factor related to aesthetics is overlooked by many). The primary indication that you did it right is the amount of traffic your article brings in.
3. Active participation on Factoidz. Active participation means that writers should publish frequently (writing at least an article or a batch of articles every three days) and contribute their knowledge in the forums. Factoidz encourages this by providing a bonus in earnings (although this author is not aware if there is any note given that this bonus has been given to anyone; but he noticed occasional small additions to his earnings, aside from the regular daily increases).
Factoidz only publishes content that is original and unpublished on other websites. You may publish your articles in other sites but you should make sure that these are published 30 days after you publish them on Factoidz. Any violations of the duplicated content policy will result in immediate account closure (see Editorial Guidelines and Policies in the Write Factoid page).
Are Links Permitted?
Links are permitted but these links should contain additional information about your article's topic. Those links should be made in websites that have high-traffic and are trusted. Factoidz does not allow any affiliate or promotional links within your Factoids, nor any links that are included with the intent to promote a website or service (this author wonders if having the Factoidz promotional link is also included but the next sentence may provide the answer). Factoidz, however, will make an editorial determination for links when your article is reviewed.
Knowledge is power. So take time and read always the terms and conditions of a given website to prevent mishaps and avoid complaining about the online writing site's policies just because you didn't read their terms and conditions.
If you are not yet a member of Factoidz, it's high time you click the link below and enjoy exposure as a writer while at the same time earn significant income for your effort. Just make sure you did your best such that you are able to build a good reputation that will attract more readers to read your stuff. Who knows, you will discover the hidden writer in you.
Source of Terms and Conditions: https://knoji.com/help/faq.php.