Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yahoo! Voices Changes

As I previously mentioned, Associated Content is now Yahoo! Voices.  As part of the change, Yahoo! Voices has apparently decided to go through and purge several of the articles on the site.  (Apparently 75,000 to start and more as times goes by.)  The strange thing is how they are going about it.  I have two articles that were published over one year ago that I received e-mails regarding stating that they were rejected for publication.  The e-mails were written as if I had just submitted the content for review so the wording was weird given they had been published for over one year.

With the first article, it was "rejected" but in reality de-published for taking content from other sources.  It was a list of the 2011 Oscar winners, so obviously that is content that is published numerous locations and there really aren't a variety of ways to write it a different way.  Annoying, especially given it had gotten a lot of traffic in the past few months with talk of the 2012 Oscars, but no big deal.

The second article was "rejected" for upfront payment because it was too short.  The ridiculous part about that is that I have already received an upfront payment for that article.  In fact, I received upfront payment for that article in January, 2011!  So again, what are they going to do? Take the money back?

The only frustrating thing is that when the articles are "rejected" they are not only un-published (just because the 2nd article wasn't good enough for an upfront payment doesn't mean it's not good enough to be published) but you don't have the option of going back & editing the articles to resubmit.  The only options are to view the article or delete it.  At least you can view it which gives the option of cutting & pasting the article and either rewriting it for Yahoo! Voices or submitting it to another paid to write site.  I haven't decided which I'm going to do.  The 2nd article is a local article and considering I am the local writer for my neighborhood on Examiner, I will likely edit the article to make it more timely and relevant and fleshed out and submit it to Examiner.  The Oscar article isn't really worth much, but I may try to publish it some place like Bukisa or Triond to get the occasional view.  If I were patient I could also create a Hub, Lens, or Page on Hubpages, Squidoo, and Wizzley respectively regarding the 2011 Oscar winners and use it to promote the DVDs of the movies nominated on Amazon to try to gain affiliate sales.  I already have a lens like that ready to go for the 2012 Oscars.

Has the change to Yahoo! Voices affected you? What are your thoughts on the change?

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