How Online Writing Sites Destroy Themselves – Part 14

There are other tricks sites play to cut your earnings.

Some claim you ‘plagiarised’ an item. The fact this is a scam becomes clear when you are writing one of  those extremely original pieces, such as a thought you had in a dream, a report on a local occurrence, or your reaction to a  unique experience.

As the scammers who run trick sites aren’t particularly intelligent, they will make these false accusations. Don’t get angry, get out.

This was a practice used on the scam site, Literacybase. Literacybase is a scam which just stopped paying their writers. It is still up, and you can join, but it doesn’t pay.

Another trick, such as a  site going down frequently, or you being unable to upload an image when the site demands an image before posting, or incredibly slow moderation, are clear signs that the site is dodgy.

Real sites don’t play these games.


What do you think?

Written by jaylar


  1. Even worse, surely, are sites that allow members to commit plagiarism and then do absolutely nothing when the offended party complains. There are also sites that cease operating as live sites but still retain their presence on the Web. I have many pieces that I would like to offer to Virily but cannot, for the simple reason that they were written for sites that no longer exist, and should therefore be available for re-use, but were stolen and placed on a third site, which is now a “ghost” site. They will therefore always come up as plagiarised pieces, but it is not me who is the plagiarist!

    • I was lucky… I found a plag. piece and complained and it was taken down. On another site what I had to do was basically rewrite my item …

      I was lucky for it was a historical piece and the facts couldn’t change only my treatment of them.

      With fictional pieces you have to go through, change every name, every place. With the ghost site… it happened to me once… years ago… I did a search of my plag. piece and went like ten pages into Google and didn’t see it. So was able to repost with only cosmetic changes.