People trying to go to examiner.com are now redirected to a site called AXS.com. Where did it go?
My personal guess
The site’s performance was lackluster and failing. Here is a screenshot/estimate of the site’s performance in 2016, courtesy of similarweb:
The page had millions of pages of content and was receiving under 10 million views per month.
That isn’t good.
Still.. I personally wouldn’t dream of scrapping a site that gets 10mil hits per month, but hey why not. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Warnings released in Late June
Examiners (people who added content to Examiner.com) received this email notification in late June. Around July 22, the site was gone.
From the earliest days of Examiner.com, we have strived to provide a platform to connect readers with passionate contributors like you. Through billions of content views served we were able to create something unique together and we continued to support the platform over the years.
Media consumption has transformed dramatically over the years and our content initiatives have shifted with business priorities. To that end, we regret to inform you that Examiner.com has made the difficult decision to shut down operations. The Examiner.com website will close down on or around July 10, 2016.
Effective immediately, Examiner.com will stop taking any new submissions. Please take adequate steps to preserve your work. Examiner.com is not responsible for saving contributions, nor do we guarantee access to the contributor portal. Any payments you have earned pursuant to the Examiners Independent Contractor Agreement and License you entered into with Examiner.com will be paid to you up until the closing of the site and in accordance with our usual payment schedule and the terms of the Examiner.com Payment Policy.
Any questions or concerns should be directed only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that pursuant to the Examiners Independent Contractor Agreement and License, any and all communication that you receive from Examiner.com (including this email) is confidential information, and that such provision survives the termination of your status as an Examiner.
For those of you contributing to AXS.com, you will continue to be able to do so and will receive additional information in the coming days. The AXS content program will remain active and unchanged. If you are not currently an AXS contributor but would like to apply to do so, please do so here.
Again, we wish you success and thank you for all your amazing work and effort as an Examiner. It’s been a great ride.
Who owned the content on Examiner.com?
I am not 100% certain about this but it appears that people who wrote on Examiner owned their own content.
Were you an Examiner?
What do you think of AXS? Are you happy with the way Examiner handled the closing? What did you think of Examiner? Do you want to write for another site like Examiner?