Remember all those wikis that popped up all of a sudden? Heard anything about them for a while? Probably not. The reason is because they have all but died, but it’s not the idea that died, it’s the wikis themselves, thanks to a lack of fresh ideas, decent content and effective promotion.
The Million Dollar Wiki hasn’t sold a page for over a month. The most popular pages, like “Business” and “Make money online”, got stiffed without any Page Rank. Out of 1,050 pages sold, only about half of those are even indexed in Google. The pages don’t rank high in Google for the chosen keywords. “Network marketing”, for example, isn’t in the top 100 on Google.
The Million Euro Wiki was picking up pace, but the owners who bought it from John Cow effectively killed it with their lack of ideas. It’s been over a month since the 73rd page was sold, the blog is never updated, the forums are empty, there’s no promotion going on – it’s dead. Cow did a great job of building the MEW up into something people were visiting, but since he passed it on, it’s died in the water.
I think this proves that products either need to be innovative or have constant buzz. The paid wikis weren’t innovative and the buzz died down after a while. Furthermore, people just didn’t know what to do with their pages, so the fad was never going to last.
The One Buck Wiki seems to be doing a little better, with 1,514 pages sold and most, if not all, of those are indexed in Google, but how long will it last?
Paid wikis are dead.