In case you are wondering what the yahoo contributor network is, here is a little description culled from their website: “Yahoo Contributor Network is a platform that allows you to share your voice and expertise with Yahoo’s online audience of more than 600 million monthly online visitors. Once you register as a contributor, you can start submitting articles, videos, and images – on any topic you choose – and claim assignments to publish on Yahoo sites like Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo TV, omg!, Yahoo Shine, and Yahoo Voices. Better yet, you’ll have the chance to earn money every time you publish, and your earnings are practically limitless with Yahoo Contributor Network.” The decision to shut this down leaves me with more questions that answers. Like,
The network gets over 600 million online visitors monthly so you would wonder why shut something like that down. As a writer and a web platform owner, it makes me question what real success on the net depends on.
Are we so engulfed with celebrity news that people no longer read other quality content? Why was yahoo finding it hard to sustain? Was the competition just too much, I mean they do have the wikis’, the abouts’ and the e-hows of the internet to compete with. What exactly are people interested in on the internet and how do you sustain in a world where unique content is almost impossible to achieve due to so many people doing the same thing you are? Anyways, In the email they sent, they stated
“You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we’re focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15”
and the email ended with
It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
In all decisions to end something, there must have been great consideration. Sometimes I wonder if the net is being monopolized. One thing comes to mind, Facebook and their algorithms but that is a topic for another day