UPDATE, JULY 15, 2017
I can no longer reach TinyCent. To the best of my knowledge, it’s gone. My prediction about its chances proved pretty accurate. Blogbourne is also on the way out. It will be gone when its hosting expires in October. Current members can move their work to another site. Here’s how to move your work to your own sites.
Literacy Base still has 3803 “active” members, but at least some of those haven’t checked in for over two years. I don’t see a bright future for it, but
If you want an almost sure thing, stick with reliable (so far) MyLot. It does pay people, including me.
The rest of this post is historical. Reading it may give you a better idea of why it’s best to stick to writing on sites you own. Here’s the best way to start a blog of your own.
Don’t Set Your Hopes Too High for TinyCent
Is blogging at TinyCent worth your time and effort? My experience with TinyCent so far has not been encouraging. I tried to sign up for the purpose of reviewing the site, but I haven’t been able to complete registration after two weeks of trying. This post will explain why I don’t have high hopes for this site.
The Sign-up Process Seemed Off
I have never yet joined a writing site that asked for my phone number. TinyCent requires it at sign-up. They say it’s so they can contact you about payment information and payouts. Some members confirm getting these calls and having satisfying conversations with the owner. However other sites pay me through PayPal, and they never have asked for my phone number. Why does TinyCent need it? Do they suspect possible fraudulent activity from some of their members?
I presume the reason TinyCent asks for a birth date is to verify age. I never like to give that information to sites without a long track record, but it is required to sign up.
The last step in signing up is to wait for a verification email so they know the email address you gave them is correct. I never got that email. So I have never been able to log in to write anything. Even after emailing Naveen from that address and getting a reply and replying back, I have not been able to verify my registration.
TinyCent Support and TOS Seem Nonexistent
After not getting my verification email, I clicked the “contact us” link on the bottom of the login form. See form below. Black label at bottom was not part of screen shot. I added my comment to it. I cropped off site logos so as not to violate copyright.
TinyCentTerms of Service
5. INFORMATION DISCLOSURE TinyCent reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, including personally identifiable information, or to edit, refuse to allow or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in TinyCent sole discretion. In the course of using the Site, you may be required to enter certain information, including without limitation personal information. You represent and warrant that you will provide TinyCent with full, true and correct Information, and to update such Information on the Site promptly as reasonably necessary and as required by the Site.
Where is TinyCent Support?
In the screen shot above you will also notice a “Contact Us” link. If you click it, you will again land on the home page with no contact form in sight. It seems all links except the FAQ, site map, and Social Media links lead back to the home page. The site map link leads to a page of XML code. The social media pages don’t offer more than a better looking presentation of what’s on the site’s home page.
The fact remains that it is almost impossible to reach tech support if you aren’t a member. I have heard it’s just as hard if you are a member. I was going to delay writing this review until I could register and write something on the site, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to complete that registration. Maybe they aren’t letting anyone register anymore, but I don’t know that.
I was finally able to contact the site owner through WHO IS information. You can see that WHO IS information here.
In any case, I’m no longer interested in joining. I’ve seen enough from the outside to convince me that joining would probably be a poor investment of my time and effort.
Will TinyCent Pay its Writers As Promised?
Remember Bubblews? For a long time most of the writers got paid, and then some didn’t, and finally no one got paid anymore. TinyCent has paid some people I know at least once. Others are still waiting for payments they have earned. Meanwhile, we can apply some of the lessons learned from the fall of Bubblews to other sites, such TinyCent.
I just checked WebValueCheck.com for information on TinyCent, and it should help you see how much income the site may be making from ads. They estimate ad income at $4 daily as of today, August 27, 2016. I also checked their evaluation of my newest site, A California Life. WebValueCheck estimates the income of my site from ads at a dollar a day. The truth is that site’s income is closer to a dollar a month. So they may have also overestimated TinyCent’s income by quite a bit. I also checked SiteWorth, and its report may be of interest to you, since it contains a lot of data that may affect site income. It shows TinyCent earning less than WebValueCheck shows.
If TinyCent plans to pay people from ad income, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for payment. It can only pay from money that is has or borrows. Of course, it may have other income sources we can’t know about. The site will have to start making more income, though, to continue to pay the rates stated. Of course, the T&C state that TinyCent can reduce or eliminate compensation at any time — just as Bubblews did before it died and as BlogJob did in May, 2016.
My Advice Concerning TinyCent
If you are already writing on TinyCent, I wouldn’t invest too much more time into it. You will probably be disappointed, and I doubt if you will get paid too many times. I don’t expect the site to last very long. For the sake of Naveen and the active members, I hope I’m wrong. If I see evidence that my concerns have been addressed, I will update this post.
If anyone has a different opinion and some experience to back it up, I welcome your comments below. If you aren’t a registered member, do you think you want to become one? Why or why not?