Revenue sharing sites have had their share of both praises and criticisms even before the Google Panda update. These types of sites have been considered as “sweat shops” and frowned upon by many established and not so established writers. At the same time, they provided other writers—novice and established ones, the opportunity to gain endless earning potential from their articles. While it may be true that some freelance writers earn only pennies from these sites, there are those who are luckier to have earned thousands of dollars from their articles on such sites alone. These lucky ones have served as inspirations to their peers to continue writing for these kinds of sites. With the new Google Panda algorithm, what does the future now hold for the writers of revenue-sharing sites?
Google Panda, also dubbed as the Farmer update as it is primarily targeted against content farms, low quality, and spam websites, have drastically affected the way revenue-sharing sites appear on searches. From the first page of Google, most of them have taken a plunge down into oblivion; becoming lost in searches, nowhere to be found anywhere on the first five pages of Google search. The new changes that took effect were essentially harmful to share revenue-sites, whose profits and income earning potential were heavily reliant on traffic as well as ad clicks and ad impressions. Since they could not be found on the first five pages of Google, the number of organic traffic to the sites plummeted down along with their supposed-to-be-income.
With the new Google algorithm change and the effect it has on revenue-sharing sites, it may no longer seem safe for writers to put their efforts into such writing sites. The earning potential of revenue sharing sites have dwindled to a large degree. This is not to say, however, that there is no longer hope for these sites as there are still ways to recover from the effects of Panda. The effect, harmful as it may be to many large websites, may still be reversed. As long as owners and administrators of revenue share sites find a way to counter the effects of the Panda update, such sites and their writers may still enjoy endless earning potential from the revenue-share model.
This is just my two cents on the subject . If you have other ideas, whether you agree or disagree, please leave a comment.