When you join a writing site, create a new email account under a new name. You join the site as New Name.
Type your article on your computer before attempting to upload. Always have a copy, even if it is rough and shoddy.
Typing fresh prose on a writing site is an opportunity to lose it.
Sites know if you are typing or pasting. Once you are pasting, they know you have a copy.
You don’t know if the site will last until next week, you don’t know if it is a rip. You join under a New Name just in case it tries to steal your work.*
Some sites let you publish until you near the pay out, then suddenly there are ‘glitches’.
This is to prevent you from gaining your coin.
Consider; the payout is $10, you have $9.21. The site is going to do everything in its power to stop you from publishing and reaching your goal.
Sites usually begin this trick a few days before their ‘cut off’, for example, if they calculate on your earnings on the 10th of a month, starting from the 7th day you will have issues publishing.
*I will discuss this point later.