These sites mostly have a easy to learn writing system. Wizzley has the most flexible and extensive selection of tools. So the finished articles look great but the other sites have all the essentials you need. The Wizzley and InfoBarrel systems are very similar as are Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Bukisa so if you have trouble learning to use writing tools you would be able to swap easily from one to the other in these cases.
In general the sites have a single system that is used for writing articles. Bukisa on the other hand appears to be unique. It provides different tools for writing an article vs a how to guide.
All the sites let you use main affiliates like Amazon. The Wizzley system has the biggest choice of affiliates which means it's very easy to add products. I find I earn the most money from Amazon with my Wizzley articles.
Inserting links is only a problem in InfoBarrel. I had many articles knocked back for inserting just two of the following links:
- Articles I wrote on my other sites
- Articles that were added as interesting go to resources with no personal gain.
I found this problem has discouraged me from writing on InfoBarrel.
Being able to insert pictures is important for catching a reader’s attention and making sales through affiliates like Amazon.
All the sites have photo tools. But the Bukisa tool did not work for the entire time I used the site. This meant my articles had to be published without photos. Not good. Seekyt is fine if you only need one photo. But it can be temperamental if you need to add more than one picture. I found the format on InfoBarrel was too rigid for my liking. Wizzley is my favorite for adding lots of photos to my articles. It also lets you add Amazon products as pictures only just by inserting an easy Amazon code for the product you want. Love it!
Have You Written Enough Text?
Seekyt and TopicSpotter are the only sites that shows you when you have written the minimum number of words. On these sites the writing area border changes color. This is a very handy tool. With Wizzley you only know if you have written enough when you go to publish your article. Wizzley automatically lets you know how many words you need to add to meet their minimum requirements. InfoBarrel does an automatic word count for you every time you save your article draft. Bukisa does not provide this service so you will need to either cross your fingers and hit the publish button or check your word count via a Word document.
Final Words about Creating Articles
Wizzley, Seekyt and TopicSpotter have very active, helpful and friendly writing communities. This may not seem important but I have learnt a lot from my fellow writers. It's also nice to share the writing experience with others.
InfoBarrel is VERY strict about keyword density. This can make it very hard to write articles on topics that do not have alternative words to use like asthma. I didn’t find this community as active or helpful as the others.
Interesting question. I've not been actively writing for some time so I would not be the best person to ask now. Seekyt and TopicSpotter are run by the same person who you can contact. There is also a Q&A forum here on Wizzley. They might be your best options to check this out further (beyond checking out the current Terms & Conditions for each site). I hope you find the information you need. Definitely something you'd want to check out.
Hi, Susan. I'm researching writing platforms. I write as "Mia-Mia" on Squidoo. Unfortunately, Squidoo has been sold to HubPages. If I understood correctly, I just read that HubPages says it retain ownership and/or use of my photos and article content if I leave them, and that they can continue to use it for "a reasonable amount of time". Do Wizzley, Seekyt, or TopicSpotter do that?
Very much so:)
Thanks for taking the time to make this comparison. Keeping an eye on options is a good thing is this changing netscape.
I know the feeling Mira. I've wasted too much time using Dreamweaver rather than writing.
I too spent much time writing HTML with editors in the past when I could have been writing. Wasted so much time. Great article; thanks!
Great info! Thanks
One of the reasons I love these sites mysteeqz5. I like the variety rather than being restricted to a specific topic.