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It Was Fun While It Lasted

It's the end of an era. Yahoo! has decided to shut down the Yahoo! Contributor Network entirely. I'm not surprised, since they've been gradually shutting down a lot of the programs within YCN that gave writers opportunities to make money on top of Performance Payments. The good news is that all rights to my articles will revert to me, allowing me to sell them elsewhere, if possible.

I will be archiving copies of all of my articles as they appeared on Yahoo! for my records. You have until July 31 to go through my profile and check out any articles that interest you, because I will still get whatever Performance Payments accrue during that time.

I'm not actually too upset: writing for Yahoo! was fun, and I got a lot of great comments from editors over the years. But this would be a good time to turn my focus towards writing projects that could potentially earn me more per piece.

Thanks for reading and sharing all these years!

My Yahoo! Contributor Network portfolio: http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/alycewilson/

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author_by_night
Jul. 3rd, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry. But I AM glad you still have the rights to your stories.

I wonder if some of the problem was that some contributors drew a lot of ire? But I'm not sure whether they were contributors, I just remember there being articles that got a LOT of nasty feedback. But that's been over the past several years, so I'm not sure why they'd pull the plug now. :/ *Hugs*
alycewilson
Jul. 5th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I doubt that has anything to do with it. The Internet being what it is, any article that gets a hit count in the thousands is likely to attract some cowardly, nasty comments. That happens more or less on every platform.

Personally, I believe that Yahoo! probably just wants to head in another direction. I heard recently that they will be offering the next season of "Community" as a Yahoo! exclusive. They've also successfully launched an entertainment program hosted by Michael Yo. My guess is that they felt their money is better spent on acquiring new technology and material for their multimedia endeavors, rather than being tied to a system where they were obligated to pay incremental amounts every month for written content that might no longer have been serving their overall goals.

Of course, that's all supposition, because they did not share their reasoning for the decision.

At any rate, like I said above, I'm grateful for the experience and intend to springboard ahead.
alycewilson
Jul. 5th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
And I should also add that I'm extremely grateful for their decision to return the rights of all of our content to us, since for any of the articles for which we receive upfront payments, we had agreed to grant them exclusive rights. So the fact that they are returning those rights to us is very significant!
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