If you are unable to log in to the HuffPost Contibutor Network blogging platform, you should know that the system has shut down. Most people think it shut down due to a pending lawsuit and so that HuffPost could control the direction of their content.
Where do I contribute now?
For years I have tossed around the idea of creating a place for people to write. If you are interested in this please email me. I have no solid plans in place but I imagine a coop of sorts where writers can write without worrying about some company pulling the plug or deleting all of their content with no notice at all.
Did HuffPost do this due to SEO problems?
Earlier in 2017 HuffPost NoFollowed all outbound links from contributors. The program sucked and anyone could join and it was heavily spammed. I would have killed it also.
Will HuffPost delete the content?
For the moment it seems as if all old content is still live on the site and I have not heard that they will be removing old content. It appears that previous contributions are safe.
Why can’t I log in to the HuffPost Publishing Platform?
If you missed the memo, on January 18, 2018, HuffPost scrapped the blogging platform, just like the scrapped their old name, Huffington Post.
Authors attempting to log in are now greeted with this strange page which just says “Oops! Looks like you are in the wrong place.”:
They did not mention the $23.5 million lawsuit, but they did email contributors this:
Dear HuffPost Contributors,
When HuffPost launched in 2005, it introduced a group blogging platform that revolutionized and democratized online commentary. It allowed teachers, parents and protesters to share space with celebrities, politicians and CEOs while trading ideas on the pressing issues of the day. Over the years, more than 100,000 contributors have posted on the site, with many of you posting from the start.
Today, with the proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web, people have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online. At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices. The same has proven to be true on our own platform.
It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to close the contributors platform on our U.S. site. Going forward, when you log in to the portal at contributors.huffingtonpost.com, you’ll see that you are able to access your previous drafts and published posts — and unpublish those posts if you choose to do so — but you won’t be able to post anything new. We won’t be taking down or making any changes to previously published content ourselves.
We’ll still be publishing commentary on the site, we’ll just be doing it at much smaller scale, collaborating with writers to share smart, original ideas and making sure that we’re lifting up the voices that have been left out of the conversation in the past. We hope to keep hearing from many of you in the future, and more information about how to pitch us your ideas will be published on the site.
Thanks for being an integral part of the HuffPost community. Your bold, thoughtful contributions to HuffPost’s contributor platform have helped to make us what we are today, and we are so grateful and proud to have had you with us in this endeavor.
The HuffPost Team
Were you a HuffPost contributor?
I put an article or two there myself!
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