Yahoo announces shutdown of contributor network after 9 years

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Yahoo has released a statement to all writers on the Contributor Network telling them that the service will shut down this July. The Yahoo Contributor Network allowed people to submit blogs for inclusion in Yahoo News and on various Yahoo verticals, giving citizen journalism a big platform to advocate new ideas.

Hosting thousands of blogs on a variety of topics from entertainment to food, the Yahoo Contributor Network awarded writers with ad revenue from articles that were hosted on Yahoo, but with the site now closing its doors, bloggers will have to go elsewhere to share their expertise.

Yahoo Letter to contributors

Dear Contributors,

You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we’re focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before Contributor.Yahoo.com closes. With the exception of content you provided to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you.

We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ for details.

It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

-The Yahoo Contributor Network Team

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