Last updated: Aug 19th, 2013

Wizzley - A Review from a Publisher

And Comparisons to Squidoo and Hubpages

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Screenshot of Wizzley's homepage

Wizzley is a relatively new self-publishing website. It is quite similar to Squidoo, and also HubPages, two sites I have reviewed in the past. It markets itself as a "Writer's Community", and I think has a slightly greater emphasis on writing than these other sites.

Here I review Wizzley, and compare it to Squidoo and Hubpages.

Overall review

Wizzley is a younger site; it is not as well-established as most of the other sites in its genre, although it does seem better-established than Zujava, the site that I think it is most similar to.

My overall impression is that Wizzley is a fun and easy site to publish on. It has a very clean interface. It's not the best site for attracting external traffic, like search traffic, but I think the site is very well-administered and I feel pretty confident that the site will be on the up-and-up because of it, as other sites like Squidoo and HubPages continue to decline because of poor management.

Wizzley also is my recommended alternative of choice, among self-publishing sites of its genre.

Exmaples of my work on Wizzley

Here are some of my most successful or high-traffic pages on the site:

You can find more on my author page.

Wizzley vs. Squidoo

Wizzley is modelled after Squidoo more closely than after Hubpages or any other self-publishing site. The categories on the site echo Squidoo's categories nearly exactly, and the setup of modules is similar, although Wizzley's modules are more minimal.

Strengths or advantages of Wizzley

Strengths or advantages of Squidoo

There are a few other differences that I think as neither advantages or disadvantages; Squidoo has an extensive tagging system, and Wizzley does not. I like Squidoo's tagging system, as I think it helps me to discover related pages, and I suspect it may favorably improve search traffic, but it does take a considerable time investment: on Wizzley, because there are no tags, there is no need to do the extensive work for researching and adding tags to each page; I typically spend 15-30 minutes per page doing this, so it is a major time saver.

Other differences

One other difference is the payout system. Wizzley requires you to have your own accounts, like Adsense or the Amazon affiliate program, and then apportions out a certain number of page impressions (60% I think) to your account. Squidoo has its own recordkeeping system and pays you according to their algorithm. I find Squidoo works best for people who make only a few sales on Amazon, and Wizzley works better for people making many sales. I also find Squidoo works better for people who write on topics that attract a lot of traffic but don't have a high payout, whereas Wizzley works best for people who write on topics that attract a high Adsense payout.

In summary, I think Wizzley is a better site and I recommend publishing there rather than on Squidoo, at least for the time being. Squidoo may currently perform better on some counts, but I think Squidoo is a bit of a sinking ship. It is possible that the Squidoo team will turn things around, but for now I'm predicting that the site will continue to decline.

Wizzley vs. Hubpages

As a brief disclaimer, I really dislike HubPages and even wrote an article on how I think it is a scam some time back. But to try to be a little more objective, I think HubPages is more different from Wizzley than Squidoo is.

In summary, I feel very strongly that Wizzley is a better site than HubPages to publish on, more so than Squidoo. You can visit the site for yourself to find out.

Closing note: what would make Wizzley better?

I think the biggest weakness of Wizzley is that it still gets less traffic and visibility than similar sites like Squidoo. Time will be the true test of whether or not Wizzley surges in popularity to surpass its competitors. I believe that the site owners are on the right path and are doing a good job of keeping the site up.

You can help by checking out the site for yourself, publishing there, and/or sharing the articles, linking to them, and helping the site thrive. I do think the articles there tend to be higher-quality on average than the work published on other similar platforms, so I think you would be well served to look at material there before looking on other sites.

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