I have recently done a set of comparisons between writing sites, using Compete.Com. The facts are surprising.
Expertscolumn is the ONLY writing site which has ascending during the past year.
Triond declined from above 200k hits to less than 100k in one year.
Hubpages counts its hits in the MILLIONS. It began at under 7 Million in May 2011, reached over 10 Million in October, began falling and is just above 8 Million today.
Wikinut, Bukisa, Knoji; all the known writing sites have declined, some by more than half.
Only Experts Column has gone from under Forty Thousand to over One Hundred Thousand in an inexorable rise.
What has Expertscolumn been doing right that the other publishing sites are doing wrong? Or what are they doing wrong?
1) Rip Off
Knoji has proven itself to be a major rip off within the first two months of its existence. Writers have become rather sophisticated over the past few years. The first mistake is the last. Knoji is a rip off. Hits and payments decline, not increase.
2) Irregular and Bad Pay
Wikinut pays badly, especially considering the effort required to gain a 'Star' page. Owned by an absentee landlord called 'Chief Nut' who no one has seen in years, it is clear that he has no interest in the site, in the writers and pays as infrequently and badly as he can.
3) No Community
One is very alone on sites like Triond, Bukisa, etc. There is no one there, no one cares. The drop in hits on Triond is direcly linked to this.
4) Low quality
The publishing of crap and the response of Google's Search Engine means that anything posted on what is called a Content Farm will be negatively rated. To put it into numbers, if you write on Triond, even if your title and keywords perfectly match searches, your article will be at the bottom of the list because starting on Triond one begins with a minus score.
So far, Expertsdolumn has been able to evade the errors made by others. Good Work!