Full of Fraud?
Things have changed at Factoidz. And it's now known as Knoji. The comments on this hub are most enlightening, I suggest you only skim through the information on this page (which reflect how Factoidz USED to work) and read the first hand experiences in the comments before you make any decisions on whether or not to sign up for the site.
What are Factoidz?
Factoids are factual and informational articles, much like a hub, though not usually as long, and heavy on useful knowledge.
Factoids are How-To's, DIY's, information and advice on subjects that others can learn from.
The typical Factoid is concise and specific. Tightly focused on one aspect of a topic.
At least 400 words in length, they're bite-sized pieces of knowledge.
Topics are split into channels and relate to the following subjects:
Addictions, astrology, beauty, business, cars, college, crystals, dieting, diy, dog training, dogs, etiquette, exercise, fitness, frugal living, gardening, gift ideas, green living, health, home business, home improvement, how to, internet, jobs, natural remedies, nutrition, parenting, personal finance, pets, photography, pregnancy, psychology, real estate, recipes, relationships, science, self help, self improvement, seo, spirituality, sports, stock market, travel, weddings, weight loss, wellness, wine and writing.
All articles published on the site go through an editorial approval process so the level of quality appears to be much higher than the usual publishing website.
What Factoidz Isn't
- It isn't a place to publish fiction.
- It isn't a place to post poems.
- It's not a landing page. It can't be used it to direct traffic straight to ones own sites or for affiliate links.
- It's not a social bookmarking site.
- It's not a blog. It's not a soap box for a mindless rant or to spout political agenda or religious convictions.
What Factoidz IS is a site for readers to learn. And for writers it's a place to earn.
How Factoidz USED TO Work
Just like HubPages, Factoidz is a tool to publish your unique knowledge as articles and earn revenue.
They want high-quality, original and unique factual articles.
The factoids should describe a topic, present information, give advice or explain how to do something.
Revenue is based on the the traffic they generate.
Articles can be voted up by the community, adding points and prestige to your ranking. The forum also has voting enabled, and even as the person responding you can be voted up (or down, depending on how bad your advice or behaviour is).
Duplicate content is not allowed. Much like HubPages stance on duplicate content, but the difference is while HubPages will give a HubScore penalty and also not allow outbound links on a hub containing duplicate content, Factoidz won't approve it at all.
Factoids, as the name suggests, shoud be be information based on fact rather than something that is purely based on opinion.
Here are some other points I have gleaned from the sites official FAQ and from the forum:
- You must be at least a level 2 contributor (you have published 3 or more factoids) to be eligible for revenue.
- Payments are issued at the beginning of the month for the previous month. You need a minimum of $1 in earnings.
- Factoidz is open to all people, in any country. To earn you just need to have a valid Paypal account.
- Submitted articles must be previously unpublished. Even if you're the original author, they don't want duplicate content. You are allowed to republish your Factoid content elsewhere, but honestly, it won't do you much good trying to compete against yourself.
- Regardless of how little content you add, you could publish nothing, you will continue to receive passive income from the articles you have previously published.
- Affiliate links within your article are NOT allowed
- It's not until your third article that you can begin to accrue earnings (unless you've been referred by another member which will instantly upgrade you to Contributor status and then you start earning from your very first article).
- They actually review every submission. And if its not up to scratch, they'll tell you. I've had a few points suggested, and after making the changes they suggested, I must say, the article was tidier, made more impact and was better off for it.
Factoidz User Levels
|Factoids published||User level||User title|
How Is Money Made Through Factoidz?
Factoidz pays between $1.00 and $5.00 per 1,000 impressions. These rates of pay is not determined by your User Level, but by the profitability of the topic and the quality of your content.
Each Factoid is "graded" by the editorial staff and it has been noted that if a regular topic article has writing that is exceptional, it can receive a higher payout rate.
By the same token, there can be a submission to a High Yield Topic (when you're logged in and you're on your 'dashboard' there is a section which is a list of High Payout Topics) and editorial standards for those are also higher than normal, if they're below par they'll be quickly rejected so be sure to bring your A game.
Factoidz used to be a site that shared Adsense ad impressions, much like HubPages, but a few months ago they changed it to paying per impression. By all accounts and from what I've seen in the forums, most prefer the change and it means more frequent payouts as there is no $100 threshold that Adsense has, you only have to earn at least $1 for the whole month to get paid.
Rates of Pay
|Rate||Payment per 1,000 views|
$3.00 - $5.00
$2.00 - $3.00
$1.00 - $2.00
$0.50 - $1.00
How Payments Are Made Through Factoidz
Payments are made via PayPal, so you'll need to setup a PayPal account if you haven't got one already. And it's a lot easier to get a PayPal account than an Adsense account.
The minimum payment threshold is just $1. So anything over that amount by the end of the month, gets paid out early in the next month.
Estimated Monthly Income
|Factoids published||Average monthly article views||@ Low payout ($1 per 1k views)||@ Medium payout ($3 per 1k views)||@ High payout ($5 per 1k views)|
Maximize Your Earnings
I'll be posting some tips here as I experiment with topics and utilize different methods of traffic generation. In the meantime though I will mention that when you reach Level 5 (Maven... 50 articles published) you can apply to become a moderator of a channel. Moderators earn higher Payout Rates of $4 to $8 per 1,000 impressions on all their writing. 8 bucks per 1k impressions!
But don't try to rush to get there. Quality is high on the Factoidz agenda.
Now that you've read all this, guess what, they've changed the rules.
There have been a lot of changes at Factoidz in recent months, none of which has been improvements.
Sadly, they have taken a good and beautiful thing, and ruined it.
So I've removed my referral links to the site. I highly caution anyone who wishes to sign up to the service..
I will publish more information soon on what changes have been made. If you're new to online publishing, beware of the swindlers and the sharks. I highly recommend signing up to HubPages if you haven't done so already.
qeyler on May 16, 2013:
Check to see if your stuff hasn't already been removed. Quac has deleted a lot of stuff...Secondly...if your stuff is still there, contact the Attorney General of California. Quac lives in California.
Glen (author) from Australia on May 15, 2013:
Shannon... you can't. Quoc won't remove your content. Effectively meaning he owns it. And he doesn't care what you want.
ShannonR. on May 09, 2013:
I'm an American...what can I do to get my work removed and my Factoidz account closed?
qeyler on January 24, 2013:
I love to re-read the comments ... one can see the Shills who poured in to 'defend' their Master, and how they fall silent. Everyone now knows that Factoidz was a Ponzi, that Knoji is a rip off..even old pig Walch got ripped...
ivanmarginal from Jakarta on January 14, 2013:
Very useful, thanks!
qeyler on November 01, 2012:
There's a new site...and if you can tell your sites by the users, that old pig Walch is Shilling for it; it's called expertspages...and I think we know, anything Jerry Walch involved with has to be crooked.
Glen (author) from Australia on November 01, 2012:
HiHopes... I only just saw your message. I almost did publish the first one! But then I started reading your second one.
I haven't been on here much because of offline work, study and opportunities.
I would love to hear more!
qeyler on July 14, 2012:
The fact that all the Shills, even Jerry Walsh has fallen silent is all the proof one needs that everything written about Knoji is true.
qeyler on July 13, 2012:
Of course Quac lies; many people on Factoidz would see they had 1k views at 10am then 500 at 1 pm. They'd see $13.43 then see $9.12. This is STANDARD QUAC. He used to work at Yahoo...emphasis on Used To and can never work for anyone again.
Knoji is an unapologetic rip off. No redeeming factors.
Smartypants on July 05, 2012:
Basically most Knoji writers are now writing "reviews" for companies. The articles are really nothing but cheap p.r. for the paying companies. Everybody knows copy writers are highly paid in the ad industry - but not at Knoji. Problem is, once you write for them, you can't get your article back or deleted. You are stuck to them like super glue. I think they fudge on page views also - inflate numbers to get more corporate customers; deflate page views to pay writers less. Advertised as high paying for reviews. Whatever. Sucks.
qeyler on July 04, 2012:
people were warned as early as March; before the site of Knoji was actually launched as to what it was...they might have listened is so many of the old Factoidz shills hadn't been running around attacking those who tried to send up the flare.
They are silent now because they are getting 8c an article.
the owner, Mike Quac, has never failed to exploit the gullibility of people.
athena09 from Philippines on July 01, 2012:
It's getting crazier and crazier there. Browse through the Help Forum to see how they treat their writers
qeyler on June 21, 2012:
What you do is look at the top of this page. Click on Start a New Hub. It will guide you through the steps. It is very easy
Norma Lawrence from California on June 18, 2012:
I have been a member of HubPages for 2 years but have not published any thing. Could someone tell be where I can find some ideas on what I should do to submit an article. I would really appreciate it. I am leaving Knoji and I need a place to submit articles.
qeyler on June 17, 2012:
Quac has speeded up the rip off on Knoji. In 4 months he's roped a lot of idiots onto his site, gotten their work for a few pennies, and is now, doing his usual Factoidz thing...that is syndicating what is good to sites all over the world and getting cash and locking out the writer.
What happened to you is going to happen to every single person who joins Knoji, save the Shills. The Shills, so hungry for that 50c will continue to support him. They will flock onto sites like this and as guests post crap and lies about people they don't know, trying to make it seem that they were locked off for ' breaking the rules.'
Most people are too stuped think; 'how would this Asole know that this other guy broke the rules? What, is there a public announcement forum thee? Are banners put on the site?' And know, that the guest user is a shill who gets 50c every time he she or it attacks another writer.
Lydia on June 17, 2012:
I do not know what is going on at Knoji. I tried to access the web site this morining and access was denied. I got a 403 error. I was able to start publishing again and I sent in 5 articles over 2 days and 3 were rejected and I was suspended from publishing again. I thought they had locked out my account but I tried to access articles written by 2 other writers and the articles show up but when I try to access them I am denied access. Maybe they have denied me access to anything that pertains to Knoji. On writer complained yesterday on the forum that they were shorted 130.00. Does anyone know why I keep getting a "access denied 403 error?" By the way there was nothing wrong with my articles. They said 2 did not meet their standards and 1 had grammar and spelling errors which it did not.
qeyler on June 14, 2012:
Factoidz was a Ponzi scheme. Simple as that. Just as in a Ponzi the first investors get paid, then reinvest and their money is used to pay the next set of investors, Quac uses the revenue from 'members' to pay his Shills and New blood.
Knoji is a dumbed down ugly Factoidz full of crap which pays less than any other site on the 'Net. And I'm talking Less than Hubpages, Less than Triond, Less than Wikinut.
It is pure rip off after your first 20 articles. During the 1 - 19 it is a 75% rip off; and fools think that the next article will net more.
Having been on numberous sites the basic point is that he fools other sites, i.e. Hubpages with threats of Law suits which are crap because he can't sue. It isn't libel when it is TRUE. And how many hundreds, thousands of people can post the exact same thing that is posted here?
Knoji is a dead loss.
Lydia on June 13, 2012:
Mike has a new venture at Knoji. He wants everyone that have a lot of followers on Facebook, Tweeter and other sites to sign up and promote Knoji. He is taking applications now. He has one writer that is "Autority" and a Moderator that has over 5,000 views on an article and has made 0 cents for view pay. He says it is because the article is not ranking high enough on Google. I has been over 40 days now and have not heard from anyone at Knoji.
Lydia Moitoza on June 11, 2012:
Knoji is no better than Factoidz. I have been suspended for over a month for grammer errors. I had published over 200 articles they were happy with and all of a sudden they decided they did not like my grammer. According to there rules I should have been back publishing in 10 days. Knoji has no rules and they still do not answer questions or address writer concerns. Many writers have quiet and gone else where. Mike is now concentrating on company reviews, coupon promotion and company snapshots. This was going good but now writers are complaining about pay. Some of the writers have received over 4500 views in a very short time on one article and have not received 1 cent in pay. Mike is blaming google and the change over from Factoidz. He says there are glitches and they are fixing them. This has been going on for weeks and the pay just gets worse. You can not run an article site without answering your writers questions and addressing their concerns. According to one of the moderators the articles submitted are Knoji's forever. I had never heard of that. There are sites that keep you articles for 1 year then you can do what ever you want. I read Knoji's terms and they said the writer keeps the copyright to their articles. You can request to have your articles deleted from their site but if they take care of that as well as they do answering question you will be dead first.
qeyler on May 15, 2012:
The Shills have fallen a bit quieter since Factoidz became Knoji. Firstly, the Cockup at Factoidz had the advisory going out to Members not to Staff WRiters. Secondly, Knoji is joke. It gives an activity 'bonus' of 30c and the articles are of very very low quality.
Glen (author) from Australia on May 14, 2012:
Lydia, it won't get fixed.
It is run and always has been run by a very corrupt individual.
300 articles and a poor excuse that you did not meet up to their editorial standards. If you didn't, then there shouldn't be a problem with those articles being deleted from Knoji. But no, Mike Quoc will continue to benefit and earn from them, while you do not.
Even if you did get a dribble of money thrown your way, you'd still not be earning what those articles are worth. He'll always be the one making the most money, and unfortunately due to his greed, he wants 100% rather than the 99% he was making off it when you were able to contribute.
May I suggest you check out this hub: https://hubpages.com/literature/zujava for a site that won't rip you off. Or even get started here at hubpages: https://discover.hubpages.com/community/howhubwork
Lydia on May 11, 2012:
I started with Factoidz and then it went to Knoji for less than 5 months I have published over 300 articles and all of a sudden I got suspended because my articles did not meet their editorial standards. I have over 85,000 views and I have made less than a dollar on my views. I also write articles for 2 newspapers and 3 magazines so I know I can write. I also have a degree in journalism. They do not know this. I love to write so am looking for a site I can publish animal and travel articles on. I also like to submit recipes.
I agree with you the site is getting bad and there is no support for the writers. It was a good site so I really hope they get thing fixed. They have tightened up their requirements on publishing that you will have to be a professional.
qeyler on March 25, 2012:
I cracked up
qeyler on March 25, 2012:
BTW...The Factoidz/Knoji Shills are out! One has used the nick Hellen and another Martin and left an email address..Ride@ymail.com.
Can you believe these jerks?
Marie - former Factoidz writer on March 25, 2012:
Re: Factoidz, now doing business as Knoji.com has transferred my articles to their new site after I repeatedly ask them to be deleted from Factoidz. I own these aticles, not Factoidz nor Knoji; they are copyrighted and used on my own website. People write me that Factoidz-Knoji is plagiarizing my articles. I do not get attribution, payment, or a profile on Factoidz or Knoji - it says the author - who is me and un-named, has 0 articles 0 votes 0 followers when in fact I have and had over 100 articles, over 200,000 views and 257 followers. If Factoidz a/k/a Knoji does not remove ALL my artiicles I will continue to write on Facebook these injustices by singling me out and not others on their site(s). I will continue to give attention to this matter until it is taken care of until Mike Quoc deletes my articles and anything that has to do with me on this this site. That includes putting them under another name like you've done to others in the past and still do. That is major corruption. I never signed anything or agreed to the terms that this site continually changed. I stand by the original terms which they have breached. My titled articles are googled right to Factoidz/Knoji(F-K) and still have advertisers on them which means F-K are receiving income on them, income I never received as stated in original TOS. I will be the first negative on Knoji's Better Business site and issue a statement on Google that I am the owner of these articles and not you. I trust you will do the right thing and delete all mention of my name and all of my articles as you have done for past Factoidz/Knoji writers and I expect the same consideration for me.
There is a spreadsheet circulating of all the many, writers who have been wronged by this website. They were never told why they are 'cut' off and their articles are still being published by them. Many of them have the original TOS which states they will receive future remuneration for their articles. The TOS have been changed many times without notice and/or these writers agreeing to them. Once you write for them, they will demote you, never contact you personally to tell you why, will ban you from the site and your statistics, not allow you to update, delete or change your articles and use your breached copyrighted articles for their monetary purposes.
qeyler on March 24, 2012:
Many of those who posted 18 months ago gushing about Factoidz are now complaining because the same knife stick sheep, stick goat.
The policy at Factoidz has been, for the past two years, to get about 100 good articles from a user, paying a bit more than other sites, then drop them to member, confiscate their articles, use the revenue those articles generate to play the shills and to top up new writers accounts.
Due to the various LAW SUITS Quoc has changed the name of Factoidz to Knoji. He hopes to fool the public into joining what is Factoidz; a copyright eating ponzi scheme.
Glen (author) from Australia on March 24, 2012:
Beware of Knoji. Different name, same sinister owner.
knoji.com is a wolf dressed up in sheeps clothing.
Chen Lee on January 23, 2012:
I am on the fence about Factoidz, I have several good writing friends who are long time writers with the site, and they have said great things about it and recommended it to me. Now that I read this discussion I'm a little confused and concerned.
Another point of confusion: when researching Factoidz I investigated their history with the Better Business Bureau they have an A- rating, and when I looked there were no reports of anyone having issues with the site. Why haven't people here taken steps to protect other writers and report your problems to the BBB? If you just report it, it would show up at least, and be a signal to other writers (many look up the BBB record before signing up).
I'm going to ask some more people and see what they say...
Glen (author) from Australia on January 19, 2012:
So I'm not credible because you are unable to understand the message "Your comment has been submitted. However, it may not appear until it has been approved by the author." after you've made your post?
liane on January 18, 2012:
I am convinced now that Darkside is not credible.
My comment about Factoidz was deleted.
Darkside.. please do not stop us from simply telling the truth about our experience at Factoidz.. it is better than any other site and I stand by it!
liane on January 18, 2012:
Any website that is large enough will have a few disgruntled people..
I am a proud writer on the Factoidz website and personally prefer it to any other out there!
qeyler on January 18, 2012:
Ruby, what you have written is NOT TRUE. Factoidz is a Ponzi. You may, unwittingly, have been made one of Quac's shills, to run around and claim how wonderful the site is.
The vast MAJORITY of writers WILL be ripped off. They will have their earnings plummet, or they will be locked out of the site.
If you read all the posts, esp. Darkside, you will have a very accurate portrait; first elation and lots of $$, then rejection, drop in earnings, then...lock out.
Ruby Samy on January 18, 2012:
I have a positive experience with Factoidz and have been writing for the site since Jan 2010. Factoidz is indeed the best paying website on the internet. I get my highest earnings from factoidz. And with the new activity bonus the earnings have increased a lot. I have come across many people complaining but in reality if you stick to factoidz and write regularly you can indeed make a decent amount monthly. I have expereince with helium, triond, bukisa and many other writing websites but to me Factoidz is the top writing website.
qeyler on December 05, 2011:
Duchess, and others, Factoidz is a Ponzi. Quac bathes in the money he rips off. His Shills, poor sick animals, aren't as vociferious as before.
Duchess OBlunt on December 02, 2011:
Wow, I am so happy I searched this subject on HubPages before I tried out this particular site. Your article and the comments have really given me pause. And for that I am grateful. Thanks to everyone who shared your experiences!
Viewpoint59 on August 05, 2011:
I am a Factoidz victim. There are hundreds like me. It is definitely a ponzi scheme. It is the game of a single swindler. I was lured into the trap about a year ago.
The trap is set like this. There are a few writers of the site who are with the fraudster and they are given a share of the loot. The would tom tom their gain and new writers sign up. They would be paid higher than other sites and they would work more. When it reaches above 100 articles, the grab starts. First you may be demoted from a staff writer’s status to a writer’s. For this some fake violation may be alleged. Then you may be made just a member without any pay.
First the income will go up. Then it will stay for a month. Then it will begin to decline. Finally it will reach a few dollars or cents, virtually your content is stolen.
You cannot delete your content. If you delete it from each page. The thief will reload it. Even if you ask for an answer a hundred times, you will not get a reply.
When I reached 50 articles, I got nearly $50. So I worked hard and reached 80 and I got nearly $100. I was excited and in a few days I reached 100 and next pay was around $100. I was still excited and reached 250 within a month working most of my time. Then my payment came down to $60 dollars. I asked for an explanation. I was demoted to “writer”. I again wrote; a few of my articles were deleted and I was banned alleging a fake violation. I had raised the issue at the forum. Similar many other issues were alive at the forum and the stink was spreading. So the writers’ forum was shut down without any explanation. No I am placed as a writer with a monthly payout of around $4. I have repeatedly requested to delete my account and content. But no avail. The thief has stolen my 265 articles. All unique content. The initial payment lasted only for 2 to 3 months. A ponzi scheme.
A lot of victims have written about the story of the thief at several online forums. Now to escape it he is writing on his own site in others’ names defending the site. Also he writes at many places on the Internet in others’ names to defend the site. You must read this link http://thissitetaken.weebly.com/mike-quoc-creator-
Other link for further research on the factoidz scam
Sara Valor from Southern, USA on July 14, 2011:
Just a note to let you know the link above is no longer working to prevent the public from learning more about the truth behind the Factoidz scam owned by Mike Quoc. It stayed up for about 2 days before being hidden from public viewing. Clicking it now will only take you to the front page of the Factoidz scam...
Sara Valor from Southern, USA on July 11, 2011:
Great new article concerning the factoidz scam, but you need to check it out before it is deleted. Read, share and let others know before this info is gone...
Linda Smith on July 08, 2011:
I am not seeing dollars per 1000 views. Views earn a penny maybe a few pennies.
Bonuses for product comparisons etc, that are up to $10, or $20, etc end up being less than one-half of those amounts. If a comparison bonus is $10 max, expect to get paid $4-5 at best. The earnings continue to drop.
Glen (author) from Australia on May 04, 2011:
Thanks for the update!
Sara Valor from Southern, USA on May 03, 2011:
Hi Darkside, I just want to make a note of the latest update on my blog.