Themestream is gone, kaput, vamoosed, just like that! The first I knew was when two friends forwarded e-mails they had received, to me. I never received an email from Themestream itself. I went to the site to check and nothing was on there any different from usual. I began to wonder what was going on.
Since both of these friends were in England, with English e-mail addresses, I wondered if Themestream was just closing it's doors to foreign contributors unless they had an American bank account or something. I figured maybe that was why I hadn't received any email from them, since I'm currently in the US. Maybe I should have asked at Themestream itself, but I didn't.
Well, I went to the site this week and it is gone. Totally. Apparently, they have gone bust and can't afford to pay the contributors among their other creditors ... I guess that means they paid staff and then that was it. Or maybe the server they used, or maybe they still owe the server.
I am more than a little upset - they did not pay when you request, they paid quarterly when you had $25 or more in your account. I think $100 if you were overseas. Well, this would have been my first payment - $27 and change. I'd been so chuffed thinking that I'd get my first cheque from them. It's kind of dampened my mood somewhat.
On a more positive note though, they have said they will let people know if they are able to reopen at a later date, and I had all that exposure for my articles ranging on my poetry, and thoughts on early childhood education, travel, dining out, and other abstract ideas. I made a lot of friends and gained respect from a lot of my peers, so the experience was useful in its own way. I have now submitted some of those writings to another site writtenbyme.com and of course, dooyoo.com allows similar submissions. I still have Ciao and Epinions for my opinions.
It's just sad to see any of these sites go belly up, as they provide us all with a sense of community and allow us to express ourselves. The quality of some of the articles on the site was extremely high, equally as good and sometimes better than you get in print magazines on the shelves in the local newsagent.
I wish Themestream had asked their members if we would go to not being paid for a few months on reads, to have given them a chance to get whatever the problems they were having, sorted out. but to have kept what was already in our accounts until such time as they could afford to pay, say even 12 months down the line. I'm sure many of the contributors would have okayed that.
But alas! She is no more. Gone from my Favourites List. how sad.
The idea of Themestream was that you could write a short story or something and get paid for when people read it online. As far as I am aware, that was it, as I never actually got to see the site, although I had been planning to go to it for ages after I had seen it recommended at a writers conference. The site has now gone, but the idea is still a good one, and the site should have lasted a bit longer. But it didn’t. Dooyoo on the other hand, is still here. It wouldn’t take much to add a few sections to Dooyoo to let people add their short stories and other literary creations would it? What do you all think about having Dooyoo as the premier opinions AND literature submission site on the web? Over to yoo......
I have been a member of Themestream for nearly a year, and was quite pleased with the way this website functioned. When I first signed up, members were paid an introductory rate of ten cents per page view for all articles written there. The articles could be written on a large variety of topics, including enough variety to satisfy anyone's needs. The website was easy to navigate and had few limitations on what content could be written about. Subjects ranged from poetry, to writing, to health issues, to automobiles, and nearly everything you could imagine in between. Themestream paid quarterly as long as you had reached at least a $25 balance, and I was pleased to se my checks arrive as promised. Once I got my first check, I felt confident that my time there would not be in vain. Since the beginning, the pay rate was dropped to 2 cents per view, while the original articles still pulled in 10 cents each for quite some time. Then, the 2 cent reduction was made the standard for all articles. Along with these changes, we were no longer paid for guest visits as we had been in the past. Only member visits were considered profitable to the company. This was the beginning of the end for Themestream. Once considered a favorite writing site for many, Themestream became less and less proffitable to it's loyal members. They lost articles, and became less efficient than before. Just recently, Themestream announced that they were closing their doors. They stated in no uncertain terms that they would not be paying their members the money owed. This announcement was made only days before the site closed down and all articles were gone. I do appreciate that they announced their intentions a few days in advance, giving members time to retreive their articles for future use if desired. I was very happy with my stay there, and I'm very sorry to see them go.
It had to happen didn't it. Themestream is now breathing its last gasps before it finally closes its doors on 13th April 2001. Like dooyoo, Themestream paid for reads. Unlike dooyoo - and I think this was the problem - Themestream was a non consumer site. Members were paid 2c per read on articles submitted, which could be written on just about anything from over 1700 topics. Popular topics were Travel, Film, TV, Sport and my favourite, the Paranormal, which was groaning with ghost stories, links to spooky websites and ghoulish facts. Each topic even had its own newsletter, filled with links to articles. Like dooyoo, the question is how did Themestream propose to fund their payments to members for providing content? Unlike dooyoo, Themestream has had a harder task. Whilst dooyoo finds it easy to attract advertisers due to their highly targeted approach, and the whole thrust of the site is to the consumer, with readers visiting the site to research potential product purchasing decisions, Themestream was more geared to promoting products in topic areas to raise revenue. A visitor reading on Themestream was more likely to be reading for entertainment, and maybe a little too far removed from being a potential consumer. This has eventually caused the downfall of Themestream, and when it closes its doors on the 13th April 2001, it is highly unlikely that any creditors will be paid - and that includes the contributors! I can kiss goodbye to the 44c that I earned - not much of a loss - but many contributers will be unable to collect substantial money that is owed to them by Themestream. If you have any articles that you posted on Themestream and didn't keep a copy of, make sure you go to the site and copy and paste them - or they will be lost forever. I visited the site, not to copy and paste any articles, because I always write them in word first
- or at least copy and paste them before I click on the button to submit them to dooyoo, but to delete my work. When I tried to edit the HTML, I was taken to a page explaining the current situation, and thus unable to remove my work from the site. Although we retain the copyright on our articles, Themestream is currently trying to sell its assets. In theory these assets should not include your articles, and I presume that Themestream will simply delete its content before it sells its hardware - if it owns any - but it strikes me that it is an ideal time for opportunists to steal your work and post it elsewhere on the web, seeing as the evidence that it was posted on Themestream will no longer be there. If you find your article/articles anywhere else on the web that you have not posted yourself, you should email the site concerned and inform them that you hold the copyright, and ask them to remove your article. In their email to members Themestream states that they will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the security of members personal information that is stored on their servers. The closure of Themestream begs the question - How safe is your personal information on the web when companies can go out of business with little or no warning? I would have appreciated the opportunity to remove my account from Themestream altogether. Here is the text of the email that Themestream sent me on the 12th April 2001: "Dear Contributor, Due to the current business climate, the Themestream web service will close its doors on April 13, 2001. It has always been our pleasure to serve you. And it hurts us to tell you that we are ceasing all business operations. Themestream is in the process of trying to sell some or all of its assets and negotiating with it's secured creditors. Although we won't know the outcome of these negotiations until they are c
...there was a very useful US Writing site called THEMESTREAM. But all that has changed from March 1st this year. Themestream had been paying contributors 2 cents per read from any source i.e someone not a member clicks on your article - you get paid, a member clicks on your article - you get paid. Better yet - any contributor that had posted an article before September 30th 2000 was getting 10 cents per read! That ended too as TS finally got to grips with their financial problems and put a stop to the minority of members who were bleeding the site dry. What do I mean? Well my husband had been writing on the site since around August last year and after a slow start he had ben getting a decent amount of reads for each of his articles. I also joined and wrote a few film reviews and so on. It was harder for me, because I usually don't get time to spend too much time on-line, so cannot read/rate/comment too much. Thus it has the effect that no one knew me. But even so, I was getting 20/30/40 reads and he had seen some of his travel articles get over 500 and at 10 cents each that was quite decent money. But some writers were promoting their articles on websites, in search engines and so on and getting 000s of hits. Some of these 'super-promoters' were picking uip cheques each quarter into the tens of thousands of dollars! Fantastic - but it could not last. On February 28th Themestream sent an email to all members advising them that as from March 1st, we would get 2 cents per MEMBER read (just like on here, members only count) and all the pre October articles would also get that much. Shock horror - everyone up in arms, but it had to come. These members who were earning mega bucks from their not-so-brilliant works had been bleeding Themestream dry. Now it is very difficult to earn much on Themestream however hard you try. The 'mega-promoters' have up and left. The site is still full of some very good quality work
, but it really takes a huge effort to get more that 10 or 20 reads - 40 cents for an article - not much of a return. You cannot just join and post some of the rubbish that you see on other sites. It is not an opinion site, but one more geared to proper writers, or at the very least, hobbyists of a good standard. The site does pay members quarterly if you have earnt over $25. I have my fears that the 1250 reads you need to qualify will be a loooong time coming - if at all as Themestream now struggle along to keep afloat. Sad, but true.
Themestream is another site similar to dooyoo but with a slightly different spin again. Themestream is an American site which is an excellent place to publish articles and reviews on a variety of different subjects and get paid for doing so just like dooyoo. The difference is that they are not so much interested in consumer reviews as those about virtually everything else. Yes, you can write about movies and video games, but you can also publish articles about such things as politics and social issues or just about anythingelse which takes your fancy. It is therefore more like a writers resource and an excellent site with which to complement your dooyoo activities. Themestream is quite easy to use although new users will find it a little difficult to navigate at first. The interface is quite different from that of the one seen here at dooyoo. To submit an article you must first go to the ‘contribute’ option and then choose from a list of subtopics those which suit your review. These include loads of different areas which means that the opportunity to find one which allows you to write about exactly what you want is likely to present itself. You can also add such things as graphics and specifiy search keywords so that other users can find your article when searching the site easily. Publishing is then simply a case of entering all the information, which is not that disimilar to that of dooyoo and then clicking publish. You are given the option of publishing it now or perhaps keeping it until another time to release, storing it on the database until you are ready to do so. Once published however, the article does not appear on the front page for all to see and then fade into obscurity, but instead, is sent out to users via a weekly email(if they have selected to receive the stream associated with the topic upon which your submission was written). This is the major difference between this and other sites of the same kind. Themestream users are ask
ed to specify their particular interests and select which ‘streams’ they wish to receive articles from when they sign up(although this can always be changed at a later date). They will then only receive email newsletters containing that week’s submissions for those categories, rather than for all categories. As a result, were you to be interested in say, movies and video games and nothing else, then you would receive a newsletter with reviews of movies and video games and would never have to worry about reading anything else on the site which had little interest to you. Good idea? I think it is in some ways, but in others it is quite restrictive and means that you may miss out on some really interesting articles and authors simply by narrowing your interests too far...however there is always the option to select all streams I suppose... The site itself looks very professional, although is as previously mentioned a little difficult to navigate and is also quite slow as well. Some of the options you have to select to get to the information you are looking for simply doesn’t make sense and therefore makes using it quite annoying but you get used to it eventually. I can’t say there’s much of a community spirit there either, and although there are absolutely loads of members groups and forums in such places as egroups at yahoo dedicated to themestream users, the emphasis here seems solely on making more money from submissions as opposed to anything else. Basically the themestream community is lacking with the emphasis being on money and nothing else. However, since they have had to create a cap on earnings for each individual opinion to $350 it is easy to see that a lot of money can be made here. One of the things I do like about themestream though are some of the additional features they have added in the last couple of months. You are now given the option to create your own ‘column’ much like that found
in a newspaper for instance, and publish articles on a particular subject. Therefore, if you have a particular interest in politics and have something to say about such matters on a regular basis then you can create your own column to do so. Themestream ask that you make a contribution at least once a week in order to keep the column open although my ones aren’t exactly updated that often and they haven’t terminated the column or anything like that so far. Having a column means that you can get regular readers who come to read your particular column about as often as they would read their favourite in any other kind of publication. Basically, its a good way of ensuring regular readers as long as you have something interesting to say. Another good idea is the Traffic Builders to enable you to get more visitors to your pages. Themestream seem to have a genuine interest in you being able to make money from the site, and you are able to submit your reviews to search engines etc to increase traffic. As I said, this site is similar to dooyoo and as such you do get paid for your submissions. The pay scale is not quite as good here as it is at dooyoo as you get nothing for actually submitting the article(as opposed to 10p at dooyoo) and only 2c for every registered reader(as opposed to 5p at dooyoo) although it is possible to get quite a large number of readers with very little work as long as your submission is interesting and has a snappy title which makes readers want to read further or you are good at self-promotion. As a result, the reward you receive is basically directly influenced by how good an author you are or how interesting your topic matter is to other readers. Again, people are encouraged to vote on how good they think your submission is and to leave comments but your article will only receive a rating after a certain number of readers have amounted(I have no idea how many this is, as it seems to vary quite a lot over the different categ
ories, but this may be because of the numerous changes they have effected in recent times). If you are good enough(or good enough at self promotion) then themestream seems to be an excellent way to make a little extra cash. If you are interested in reading articles on a variety of different subjects then again themestream is excellent(far better than writtenbyme) for this as well as there are some extremely talented and witty authors who publish there. Recently they have ceased to pay for non-member reads which is a bit of a nuisance as far as the pocket is concerned...although strangely the number of reads I get seems to have increased since this change took place(?), but its still worthwhile as a second site outside of the UK where you can perhaps expose your dooyoo articles to a wider number of readers. As an overal rating I would have to give it a 3/5. The areas I feel it falls down on most are the navigation problems(searching is a bit iffy as well), community sprit and the fact that it only pays in US dollars which is a pain. Although I prefer it to somewhere like writtenbyme(which is becoming increasingly populated with sycophants) I would still not rank it above others like dooyoo and ciao for a UK user. It could work out to be very profitable, but if thats not yur sole intention for writing then you will probably become quickly frustrated by the site. Personally, the jury is still out for me and I tend to use it as another outlet for some of my dooyoo submissions rather than anything else at the moment, but as some of these are now approaching 100 reads I might consider paying it a little more attention in the future. Check them out and see what you think, you have nothing to lose but a few hours of your time.
Themestream was a great site with a limited future. The original idea was that Themestream would become what they termed "the number one enthusiast's resource" and thus they encouraged anyone and everyone to come along and write content for their site. As encouragement the site paid for all content on a per hit basis. At the start the rate was 10 cents per hit; this dropped to 2c in Autumn last year. But the idea was flawed. Based on the now limping revenue-from-advertising model, the money steadily ran out. The site attracted thousands of writers, some of whom were successful and actually gleaned "real-life" writing contracts through it, and some of whom were, to be generous, mediocre. There was a big community feel to Themestream, and some very obvious hit-for-hit behaviour going on as contributors racked up the hits and the cents and the dollars. Other users would bring readers to their articles by way of search engines and recommendation, and whilst the payouts were never huge they were a steady source of extra pocket money. Themestream was also a rarity in that it paid users worldwide, despite being an American based company. Victims of their own success, Themestream brought in a cap to limit the payouts on any given article. There were complaints, but the site traffic remained high and users churned out one article after another, many with dubious quality. Slowly the site started to show more and more signs of the heavy load and the "Sorry our servers cannot process your request" style messages became more frequent. The email alerts which inform readers of new content in their areas of interest have also suffered and frequently either fail to arrive or have duplicated content within them. This week Themestream angered many participants in their program by further reducing the maximum payout but also by limiting valid hits to those generated by people logged into the site. The known quantitie
s. The people they can advertise at directly. It's been a long time in coming and it was inevitable, but these changes were thrown up suddenly with no warning. Users are upset. Many are venting their anger. And the whole system has stopped working properly. If you're prepared to spend ten minutes navigating via multiple reloads then you might be able to get to what you want within the site - but most users aren't playing ball any more. Many were only in it for the money. There are plenty saying they will take their wares elsewhere and get true value for it in a proper paying market. No doubt some will, but for the majority the content created was fluff. That Themestream could pay for it for so long surprises me and it will be interesting to see the state of the site when the dust settles. Me, I made just over 200 bucks out of Themestream. It was a laugh while it lasted.
(Update at the end) I cannot help but note that there are a) few opinions written on this site, and b) even fewer that are recent So, slipping into helpful mode, I will try to do two things. Firstly, a brief resume for those who have never been here. If you have writing aspirations, check this out. Themestream is a US based site, but don’t let that put you off. There are contributors from all around the globe – and wherever you are you will get paid. (I thought I should put that in early, for the benefit of my more mercenary friends) Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, this is not an opinions site like dooyoo or Ciao. Yes, you can review products, if you wish. But here you can write whatever your little heart desires. Fiction, short stories, poetry, subjects too numerous to mention. The Themestream world is your lobster. I defy you to write on a subject, on which there is no category to post (albeit loosely). There is no editing. You write. You post. Obviously, if you abuse this privilege, you will be dealt with. But if you are a genuine writer, you will find endless opportunities to contribute Registration is free. No personal details or shoe size are required. And once registered, you can contribute willy-nilly. There is no payment for a contribution (I must contradict some other contributors here), but every page read generates two cents. It may not sound much, but the hit rate can be surprisingly high. If I tell you that Themestream have recently introduced a “cap” of $350 per article, because they were having to pay out too much, that may give you an idea of the potential. The downside is that new contributions disappear into oblivion after a couple of days or less, and the rating system is obscure, to say the least. In the past, the secret has been to promote your Themestream pages outwith the site, via e
-groups, or any other legal means you can find. Because it is very difficult to get “ratings” in Themestream. And only if you are rated, does your piece remain accessible. Unrated articles soon disappear to page oatcake, and ultimately to archive (which in my humble opinion is a synonym for Recycle Bin). BUT Secondly, something new. Themestream have eventually responded to something members have been shouting for for ages. And indeed, achieving by the back door. Not up and running as I write, but in the pipeline. Themestream are creating a facility for you to add a hyperlink to any article you submit, taking your reader to other articles of yours, or ( more importantly), to your catalogue. Which at the moment you are not (officially) allowed to create. But, if the recent blurb is to be believed, Themestream are going to provide a facility for you to create your own catalogue. It all sounds too good to be true. Be assured, I will be trying it out. And I will come back and update this when this facility comes alive (if). And I will give you an honest opinion, sceptic that I am. More follows. *UPDATE* 9th Feb. It has come alive! There is now a range of facilities on offer to increase your traffic. Called "Traffic Builder", it is to be found in Contributor Central. Now I haven't road-tested much of this yet, but I'll tell you what I know. And forgive me if I don't explain it too well. I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to all this technology. Up until the other week, I thought a hyperlink was an over-active sausage. 1. Tell Friends is a fast-track way to email your Themestream articles or catalogue links to whomsoever you wish to pester. 2. Banner Creator (obviously) is a tool with which to create buttons and banners linking to your TS articles or catalogue,
to put in your website (unless, like me, you don't have a website) 3. Subscribe to Me Link An abbreviated URL going directly to your TS catalogue. 4. Article Links A facility to create abbreviated URL's for each of your articles. You can, of course, use these within your TS articles to encourage readers to visit more of your pages. Suggestions as to how best to use these facilities are offered in some detail in the Traffic Builder page, under the intriguing heading "Maximising Your Tools". I'm a new kid on the TS block, and I think I can make use of at least some of this. But browsing the site and studying the work of old hands, it is clear many have been doing most of this "by the back door" for ages. So I reckon this is TS recognising what's going on, and making it official. So, first impression - helpful, but probably not the best thing since sliced haggis pudding. The proof, as they say, will be in the eating.
For those who enjoy the write and read opinions there is another site, which is US, based that you can join? Themestream is a very similar set up to Dooyoo but lacks the style and flair and can be a little tricky to get the hang of. You do not receive any money for signing up or referrals but instead you receive $0.02 for writing one and $0.02 for everyone that reads your opinion. You can rate opinions too but you wont actually get a star rating on your opinion until it has been read numerous times. The categories are similar to Dooyoo, with additions of others such as religious, learning and mind and body to name a few. There is the option to leave a comment on someone’s opinion should you wish, and you can add authors to your subscription list. This works also for categories, where you can subscribe to your favourites and get email updates weekly. The downside is that although you can see how many people have read each of your opinions, you are not able to see who they were or what they rated it as, you merely get an overall rating. Writing is quite easy, you click on contribute and a pop up menu comes up, you merely go up one level at a time and then select the category you want or one from its sub menu. A good advantage here is that there is no limit to the amount of opinions you put in each category. This site allows you to add pictures to your opinions and seems to allow almost any size. This I find particularly good if you are writing about something personal such as a pet or particular item you want people to see. It is then previewed for you to make any last minute changes before it becomes live. It also seems anything goes on this site, from recipes to poems, I have even seen peoples personal photo collections! It may seem a very low amount to earn but from the very few I have written I have found that you do get a lot of reads, my first opinio
n has 106 and I only added it several days ago! As for paying they say once your account reaches $20 then it is transferred into your bank account. So no waiting for cheques and I have read follow ups to say that they do pay and promptly. So if you are looking for another site to try your hand at then give it a go, after all you have nothing to lose…well only more of your time! www.themestream.com
Whatever hobbies or interests you have Themestream is the web site for you. Their address is www.themestream.com I have never come across such an unusual web site, it caters for virtually everyone covering topics from the arts to cars, motorcycles and trucks and parenting issues to sports to name just a few and under each topic there are loads and loads of subtopics such as football, running, discipline, motor racing, politics and computers. What is also unusual about this site is that all the articles on it are written by normal people like you and me although some of the writers also have qualifications in the fields that they are writing about in most cases they are mainly writing about their own experiences, hints and tips in the particular area on information under discussion. Once you decide what topics you are interested in you can request, free, a weekly or daily newsletter and then you will receive via email copies of all the new entries that have been submitted to that area in the time scale you have specified. This is really great it means you don’t have to keep checking the site and get all the up to date info. You are asked to rate the article. If you submit any articles you can also earn money based on the ratings that you receive for your article so this obviously encourages the writers to submit the best articles that they can. I am so glad that I found this site I have read so many great articles and many have been very helpful.
If your thinking of using Themestream.com as another place to air your opinions, then think again. They are not after opinions, they are after articles, and writers can get paid for people viewing their articles. They do not get paid for actually publishing their articles to the website either, just 2 cents for each time its viewed. Your obviously not gonna get rich using this resource, but thats not what themestreams about, its aimed at passionate writers who enjoy people reading their work and arent to fussed about the money. So, if you are a writer, amatuer or professional, im sure you've got loads of content for a site like this. Don't make the mistake that i did and think that it is a site to air your opinions.
Themestream is a US site, much like a more upmarket version of dooyoo - in a way. Whereas we usually will write opinions/articles on a variety of topics from the relatively mundane to the complex, from 75 words up, on Themestream you are encouraged to put a 'bit more literary effort' in. Articles on interests from such as Sports, Arts, Movies and Motors to the 'Art of Cooking', 'Mind, Body and Soul' and Politics. You get paid for the amount of people that read your article, so it makes sense for your writing to be as top notch as you are able. Many contributors are professional, semi-pro or budding writers in various fields. For many of them it is the 'buzz' of writing more than the quest for cash. You do get paid 10c per view and you are encouraged to try to 'market' your articles. Post links in message boards, newsgroups etc. There doesn't seem to be much of the quick fix 'rating rings' going on as it is more difficult to actually find your posts The quality is definately there and the eight articles that I have so far posted have been read a total of 40 times. At this rate I am not likely to 'get rich quick', but the site say that they are aiming for a masive media launch in September. They are currently in 'preview mode', obviously trying to get as much stuff written prior to the launch. It is a very useful site for those of you who wish to show off your writing skills and maybe regularly post long opininion - but for the 75 word, 10 posts a night merchants it's not a goer - I'm afraid
This site is for writers to upload their articles. When a page is viewed, the author gets paid. This is great if you are used to getting nothing when other websites and ezines use your articles whereby you only get a resource box leading to your site in payment. This site looks extremely good. It's fast and has literally thousands of articles on there by loads of different writers. You get paid 10c per page view and after uploading about 30 of my articles over the last few days I am already up to $22! NOT BAD for doing nothing (apart from uploading the articles). Apparently there is going to be a big consumer launch in the Autumn (or Fall) and the page views are going to go up rapidly (goody!), also although at present one can only be paid in dollars, this will soon be changing, plus you can get your cheque held back until it is of sufficent value to be worth cashing in the UK. A great resource for both the writer and people looking for good quality, informative and entertaining articles.