On 15th March, 2017 writelearnearn.com closed. I first saw these news on Remarkable Freelance Writers in Africa facebook group. Spike Wyatt announced the sad news saying that the business was no longer profitable and he was therefore setting up another website spikewyatt.com where he will be working with writers to edit their articles.
Writelearnearn.com (WLE) has been running for three years since 2014. Personally, it has been a great blow to me and the team that I was mentoring. I used Writelearnearn to learn, write and sell my articles. I had also referred a total of 36 newbies. I had even gone on to write an ebook on how newbies could write, learn and earn on the WLE. I had so much mastered the WLE system that I had gone on to establish a warm relationship with Spike to the point of interviewing him on Kuza Biashara.
On 12th March, three years ago, I opened the original WriteLearnEarn Pro site.
Today, I announce that WLE is closing.
The pre-written content market is shrinking. It’s so easy to find a writer to produce bespoke articles on demand, to suit any budget, that even the highest-quality pre-written work can take months to sell.
A smaller market means fewer sales. That means more work (on average) for plagiarism checkers, quality scorers and in-house editors per sale, which in turn means lower per-hour rates.
Fewer sales also mean lower earnings and smaller profits for everyone involved. Given the number of hours that go into running WLE and the amount of money it makes, it’s not sensible to continue.
Instead of dragging on as long as possible and potentially ending on a sour note, I’ve decided to quite while we’re all ahead.
What happens now?
I’ve switched off the submissions page (you’ll see this message there). WLE will no longer accept new content.
You can access your existing content and I will continue to market it for the next 3-6 months (if it’s in the marketplace). You can leave your content on the site and hope for a sale, or remove it and sell it yourself. You retain all rights to your work until it sells.
All completed instant and fast sales stand: that content was purchased by and belongs to WLE.
All balances will be paid, whether you made the minimum or not, as long as your payment details are filled in accurately. If you have tiny amounts and use WU rather than PayPal, we’ll see what we can sort out. It will likely take months to work through liquidating everyone’s payments, so bear with me (that’s how business finances are – like banks, it’s a problem if everyone withdraws at once). You *will* get your money.
I understand that there may be bad feeling due to the sudden closure. Part of me would love to keep WLE running for ever but pragmatism must balance idealism.
Since 2014, WLE has tried to help writers from all over the world sell their content and improve their work at the same time. We’ve sold hundreds of articles and paid out thousands of dollars. It’s been a heck of a ride but it’s time to say goodbye and move on.
Please address all questions to the Admin Team.
Thank you for being part of the WLE adventure!
Owner-Operator and Editor-in-Chief
Now, What Next?
Now that writelearnearn.com closed, will that kill our writing spirit? No, we were writers even before Spike came and we will therefore move on with our craft. With WLE or without.
From the experience, I have learnt never to put all my eggs in one basket. The call to diversify has never been louder. Thankfully, there are other places where I can write on. I have for example started really cold pitching media companies.
Always Save for a rainy day
Companies are always going to close. With or without prior notice. It would be a good practice if we saved for that unseen rainy day such that when they close, we have some savings to live on.
Passive Income is the way
Earlier on, I wrote on how to make money through passive online ideas. It is now good time to make that actionable. Revisit the article here and read on how to make it.