One of the first flags, as previously mentioned, is slow moderation. Are your articles being moderated? Or are they just being delayed?
When an item is moderated, it isn’t just an A.I. Checking for obscenities or plagiarism, it is being read.
When the only ‘moderation’ is running an A.I. That is not moderation, that is slowing down your ability to publish, your ability to earn.
This trick is fairly common on sites which claim to moderate.
A site such as Mylot which publishes immediately, does, however, check for obscenities. The check takes less than a second.
If you had accidentally used an ‘I’ instead of a ‘u’ in shut, it instantly alerts.
This is just to clarify how fast an A.I. Works.
Real sites would have that A.I. Set as does mylot. Rip off sites claim to moderate but simply leave the item unpublished for a period of time.
It is not read.
You can prove this by posting something which is unfavourable to the site. If it were read, the Admin or Mod would contact you.
But there is the article, posted, because moderation is not happening,delaying publication is, and one can expect to find that one’s earnings will be ‘pending’ for weeks.