The changes from Yahoo continue to shock and awe those closest to the website, including the thousands upon thousands of writers who received an email on July 2, announcing that the “contributors” could no longer publish articles on the sites that feature user-generated and assigned content. The news was also report on the official Yahoo Tumblr page.
“As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before Contributor.Yahoo.com closes,” read the email, explaining how most all of the content published on the Yahoo Contributor Network would be removed, except those that represented a work-for-hire situation.
As such, Yahoo provided “download” links for their writers to download existing content from their articles, given to them in HTML format because the rights for all of their Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert back to the writers.
“We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ for details,” the email from the Yahoo Contributor Network Team continued, leading the surprised writers to a link with more specific data about payments, publication rights, etc., and the currently pending content that would be automatically declined for publication.
For writers like this journalist, who was approximately writer #17,770 way back on August 16, 2006, the news is quite surprising that both Contributor.Yahoo.com and Voices.Yahoo.com are shutting down, with ‘Yahoo Voices’ closing their virtual door beginning at 11:38 p.m. on July 30 – and the Yahoo Contributor Network shuttering theirs by the end of August 2014. However, as with all ventures, one may close while a fresher and better venture awaits.
Final payments due writers for page views received through July 31, 2014, will be paid in mid-August, with writers urged to confirm their payments by August 14, 2014, at 12 am PST so they will not be forfeited.