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UPDATE 25-Apr-2020: We have decided not to reject non-academic articles. Instead, such posts will be approved without cash credits. Only points will be given. You can continue to earn from AdSense from non-academic topics. If you want to earn cash credits from non-academic articles, you must post them in one of the sister sites mentioned below.
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    Important changes to ISC - We are switching to a true Academic Portal * REVISED *

    My dear members of ISC,

    UPDATE 25-Apr-2020: We have decided not to reject non-academic articles. Instead, such posts will be approved without cash credits. Only points will be given. You can continue to earn from AdSense from non-academic topics. If you want to earn cash credits from non-academic articles, you must post them in one of the sister sites mentioned below.

    Many of you have been with us for several years and have contributed a lot towards the growth of this site as a leading portal in India. You were with us during the ups and downs. You were with us when we were at the peak of the glory and during the worst times as well.

    While our name says "Study Channel", we were actually a platform covering everything under the sun. Our goal was to open up and allow our members to earn from every possible topic.

    However, the recent algorithm changes from Google looks at the subject matter expertise of the website in a particular niche and websites that talk generally talks about EVERYTHING do not perform well on Google Search.

    ISC wants to focus on Courses & Admissions, which was the original purpose of the creation of this website.

    Here is an important announcement:

    We no longer pay Cash Rewards for Articles not related to "admissions", "colleges", "universities", "schools", "educational institituons", "exams", "syllabus", "course material" and "courses"..

    The sections like Forum, Ask Experts, Jobs etc will remain as it is for now.

    Education could cover a broad set of topics, including:

    - What course to study
    - How to study
    - Exam preparation tips
    - Admission notifications and guidance
    - Admission interviews
    - Selecting colleges
    - Higher education
    - Overseas education
    - Book reviews
    - College reviews
    - Exam news and exam preparations

    In addition, we may allow a wide range of topics directly or indirectly related to academics, colleges, admissions and exams.

    However, the following topics will not be encouraged:

    1. Politics
    2. Government policies
    3. Tourism
    4. Religion
    5. Fashion
    6. Finance
    7. Taxes
    8. Investments
    9. Family and relationships
    10. Constructions, interiors
    11. Farming, gardening
    12. Gadgets, technology, programming
    13. Video games

    If you like to contribute non-academic topics in the articles section, you may do the same in the relevant sister sites of ISC. Here are some of the sister sites:

    1. Techulator.com - (Global) Technology, business, marketing
    2. dotnetspider.com - software development, programming, scripts
    3. FreeHealthChannel.com - Health, medicine
    4. IndiaReviewChannel.com - (India specific) Business, Marketing, Product reviews
    5. StudyVillage.com - Kids, parenting, worksheets, drawing, colouring
    6. IndiaTravelBlog.com - Travel, tourism
    7. Scooterguru.com - Scooters, bikes
    8. SportsVale.com - Sports
    9. FashionFundas.com - Fashion, dress
    10. InvestmentPaths.com - Money, finance, tax, investments, banking
    11. TheHappyHomes.com - Home improvement, building, constructions, interior designing

    We may eventually move out some of the outdated articles and non-education topics from ISC, authored by non-active members (not logged in ISC for more than 12 months will be considered as an inactive member).

    If you are an active member of ISC, your content and earnings will remain here.

    The goal is to eventually become a purely academic-based website that talks about admissions, colleges, schools, universities, overseas education etc.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What will happen to the non-academic article I had prepared and going to post soon?
    Well, our editors will give some consideration for those and will be considered for normal cash credits for the next couple of days.
    What will happen to the non-academic topics that I posted few years ago?
    If you are still an Active Member, those topics will remain here and your earnings will remain.
    If I don't login for few months, will I become an Inactive Member?
    If a member doesn't login for 12 months, the member will be considered as inactive member.
    If I don't login for 12 months, will you immediately delete all non-academic topics written by me?
    May be or not. We have a background process where human editors will manually check content periodically and as and when they come across topics authored by inactive members, they will take appropriate action.
    What exactly ISC do with non-academic topics from inactive members?
    We take one of the following actions: 1. If they are still bring traffic to ISC, we may leave those as it is. 2. If the content is not of high quality, we may delete it 3. If the content is worth transferring to a sister site, we will transfer it to the sister site. We will create an account automatically for you in the sister site and keep the article in your own name.
    What will happen to my earnings from the article when it is deleted?
    When an article is deleted, your earnings from that will be lost and your overall earnings will be adjusted, even if you have already received the payment for that. There is a chance that your earnings may go negative. We will not ask you to pay us those amount but will not receive another payment from us until your earnings become positive and you reach the minimum payout level again.
    What will happen to my earnings from the article is transfered to a sister site?
    Your earnings in ISC will be deducted and you will earn the equivalent amount in the sister site. You will receive a payout from the sister site when you reach the minimum payout level in sister site as per the policies of the sister site.
    Will you reject/delete the non-academic articles in future?
    That will be up to the discretion of the editors. We will still allow non-academic topics but in most cases, it will be approved without any cash credits. They will still earn points and AdSense revenue.
    Do you allow very long articles?
    Yes, we do. In the past, we had recommended splitting extra long articles into multiple articles. That is no longer required. Articles can be up to 10,000 words long if that makes sense.
  • #694765
    Webmaster, I want access to StudyVillage.com. You are requested to please provide verification code so that I can register myself for this website.

  • #694771
    I have already posted some articles on travel-related topics and they are in the New Submission status. Also, I have a draft saved. Should I post them in the IndiaTravelBlog and accordingly you shall make arrangements to delete them from here (as there is no option for deletion of the article by the member herself)? Kindly guide.

  • #694773
    Is that mean no general topic would be allowed to be discussed in the forum. In that case many members like me would be handicapped contribute in future.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #694775
    From this post it is clear that right now the Article section would go under drastic changes and would focus on educational matters. Time being the Forum, AskExperts and Job sections would remain as it is. So till that time there is no problem in these three sections where we can continue posting our usual contributions. This shift would require that the members should also try to alien themselves in this new direction so that they remain with the site for a longer time in future. The details provided about the sister sites is useful and we would see where our interests lie so that we can register in them.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #694776
    But forum restricting to only discussing the education and allied matter will not have much thinking and contributions from members and general discussions would be off now.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #694777
    Poulami,

    Please convert those travel articles to "Draft" and post the same in indiatravelblog.com

    Dr. Deepali Gangwar, I have sent you a message on how to access studyvillage.com

    regards,
    Tony John
    Webmaster - IndiaStudyChannel.com

  • #694783
    I have submitted an article a few days ago and it's pending because of some clarifications. On 22.04.2020, I sent a message to the Lead Editor giving all the details and waiting for the approval of that article. Does this mean that my article will not be approved on this site since the status of that article is pending?

    I require another clarification. The sister websites mentioned here cater to particular topics. Is there any earning option for new articles that pertain to general and for knowledge sharing purpose? If yes, then in which website shall we post them?

    Sankalan

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #694797
    Re: #694777
    Thank you Tony sir for your prompt response and guidance. I shall act accordingly.

  • #694805
    I am happy to be an active member in ISC since last 9 years. As ISC is a complete composite channel till now I enjoyed posting various types of things of my liking. Personally I feel as a composite channel it attracts large number of members as it serves them to post their interesting choice. But for the management of ISC it is not worth useful means definitely they have to make changes to prosper themselves and also to benefit the participating members. As Tony Sir told if the members are active their old posts even though they are non-academic category may not be removed if they carry traffic. I request Tony sir if any of the articles going to be removed of a member, please inform them before so that the members may copy them so that they may use them in some other way. One more thing is, if an article is deleted you told the credit for that article will be collected from the present earnings and in my opinion is unfair. I wish all the best and welcome for the various changes you are bringing out for the development of ISC portal.

  • #694807
    Sir, I have two published articles on Kolkata. Third article I am writing related to Kolkata only. I was supposed to submit the article earlier but due to time constraint it got delayed. Such articles I believe help the students for various projects, assignments, debate and discussions. Will ISC accept such articles or not? If no, then in which sister site such articles will be accepted? Kindly throw some light on it and guide me.
    shampasaid

  • #694813
    Change and updation is needed in anything. For any business to sustain itself and grow in an environment of competition, it has to adopt suitable changes and updating. So Tony has done the right thing for the growth of ISC.
    I wish all the best for his efforts to bring fruits to ISC with high growth all round especially revenue growth.

    In any changing environment only the fittest will survive. So the members also have to adjust ,adopt and adapt to the new systems and environments. I hope most of the current ISC members will try to orient themselves inthe best way in the new changed situation also. Initially of course, any change is difficult to align and orient.

    From whatever is writen in te thread as well as the doubts and concerns posted as responses, I al;so have one or two doubts and concerns:

    1. If ISC is going to delete the articles, then let the authors be free to use it as they want. ISc should release the copyrights.

    2. Authors may want to keep the articles in print or soft form with them. So informatiomay be provided to the authors before deletion.(What is the best way to have prnt copy of one's article in ISC as of now?)

    3. I am not clear about the FAQ answers regarding earnings. Howcan the earnings be negative? What causes recovery? Need elaboration .What does the statement "When an article is deleted, your earnings from that will be lost and your overall earnings will be adjusted, even if you have already received the payment for that. " mean?

    4. Many members have some adsense revenue in their adsense account , but less than the payment threshold. So these members will lose all that. Why not associate the same adsense a/c to any other suitable sister sites so that they will continue to earn, or at least not lose it immediately.

    5. Probabaly the sister sites wre not used by most ISC memers, and hence they have not familiarised with them. Now it needs some time for them to be familiar with the sites and to select the suitable sites for their activity. I suggest that the current active members should be given some starting bonus points or CC to encourage them in their activity in the siter groups they join because of the change.

  • #694908
    Thank you VEnkateswaran for your very valuable comments. Here is my comments for your queries:

    >> 1. If ISC is going to delete the articles, then let the authors be free to use it as they want. ISc should release the copyrights.

    We won't be deleting any quality articles. We will only delete very low quality, outdated, irrelevant articles written by members who no longer visit ISC for more than last 1 year.

    >> 2. Authors may want to keep the articles in print or soft form with them. So information may be provided to the authors before deletion.(What is the best way to have print copy of one's article in ISC as of now?)

    As I said above, we are not deleting any of the useful articles. However, some of the travel/finance/health articles may be moved to the sister sites, that too only with explicit permission of the authors or only for authors who are not longer visiting ISC

    >> 3. I am not clear about the FAQ answers regarding earnings. How can the earnings be negative? What causes recovery? Need elaboration .What does the statement "When an article is deleted, your earnings from that will be lost and your overall earnings will be adjusted, even if you have already received the payment for that. " mean?

    The earnings part is not related to FAQ. What I meant is, when an article is deleted, obviously, the cash credits for those deleted articles will be lost. If the articles are moved to sister sites, those earnings will be deducted here but will be added there.

    >> 4. Many members have some adsense revenue in their adsense account , but less than the payment threshold. So these members will lose all that. Why not associate the same adsense a/c to any other suitable sister sites so that they will continue to earn, or at least not lose it immediately.

    AdSense revenue is not affected. We are just discouraging non-academic articles but you can still post other articles either here or in the sister sites and continue to earn AdSense revenue.

    >> 5. Probabaly the sister sites were not used by most ISC members, and hence they have not familiarised with them. Now it needs some time for them to be familiar with the sites and to select the suitable sites for their activity. I suggest that the current active members should be given some starting bonus points or CC to encourage them in their activity in the siter groups they join because of the change.

    All sites sites of ISC functions exactly same way as ISC. It is not feasible for us to give any welcome bonus since we do not earn much from any of those. For example our sister site www.indiatravelblog.com makes average US$ 1 per day from AdSense, which is about $30 per month. Our hosting expense alone is more than double of that. Most of the AdSense revenue from the sister sites go to our contributing members and we do not make any profit.

    regards,
    Tony John
    Webmaster - IndiaStudyChannel.com

  • #694918
    One challenge for me is that if my non-academic articles get deleted or shifted, I have to revise my goal post of 2000 articles and shift it further over the horizon! My main worry, though, is that the articles shifted to the other sites will not get the same level of AdSense earnings as they are getting through ISC.

    Anyway, all these years we've all been in the development of ISC together, as you said, through its soaring heights and its turbulent times. Let's collectively take this partial "lockdown" of non-academic articles as a challenge to make ISC into the niche site of academics that the admin. is looking for. Let's take baby steps towards that goal, just as ISC took its first baby steps with Timmy Sir laying the foundations, helping us to earn and learn. One fine day we will look back with pride on this date as the starting point. Let's stay upbeat and positive.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #694926
    Pardon me for this question regarding the update: how will allowing non-academic articles help build the niche? Points and cash credits are internal matters of ISC: I just want to see it from an algorithmic perspective. Even if non-academic articles are henceforth approved without cash credits, the matter remains all the same for the bots! How will that serve the main purpose of the earlier notification?

  • #694946
    It is better to give a cut off date and suggest all members to post only education related information in all sections of ISC and as you have already specified several other sites for various topics, we could post in that site.
    By considering this suggestion neither we loose the cash credits nor the adsense. Over a period of time the site will be full of educational information. Hope it links your ideas.

    Lead the leader

  • #694957
    Suppose I want to join the sister site StudyVillage.com to submit articles on knowledge sharing topics; then, what should I do? Kindly let me know.
    shampasaid

  • #694974
    I already have an account in studyvillage.com but have never posted any article. Can I post my biology project there? Is it allowed to post-school project at ISC? I have only used this site (study village) for getting worksheet for my children.

    Sir, I visited site today and found no activity for last some weeks. Similarly I am a member of mp spider but have forgotten user Id and password. I also do not remember which email I have used in my account. can I also contribute there?

    Honesty is the best policy.

  • #695002
    Poulami, you are right. Allowing non-academic articles with just points will actually harm our goal of building the niche. However, we are trying to balance - allow members to continue earning AdSesense and slowly move towards academic niche. By not giving any cash credits, most authors will not posts non-academic articles here. They will post the same in sister sites.

    Let e try to answer some other queries.

    We have discontinued all regional sites like mpspider.com, maharashtraspidercom etc. We no longer allow content posting in those sites. Past content will remain there.

    StudyVillage will be active.

    regards,
    Tony John
    Webmaster - IndiaStudyChannel.com

  • #695006
    Many thanks for taking your time to answer my question, Sir. I have understood the point.

  • #695322
    Dear Tony Sir, Kindly let me know if my articles that talk about concepts and their practical applications on Human Resources Management, Marketing or Strategic Management and so on are considered "academic".

    Of course, the articles of mine can and will be understood by any B.Com student and now MBA student. Can we consider such articles here?

    Or should I write about them in another website you have mentioned? Please do clarify. Thank you Sir.

  • #695716
    I think the way I made the announcement as a bit confusing. Or, confusing a lot.

    Anythng in the world can be considered as "academic". What I really meant is, we want to promote content related to "admissions", "colleges", "universities", "schools" and "courses".

    On that perspective, your topics do not fall under the category that we want to promote in ISC.

    regards,
    Tony John
    Webmaster - IndiaStudyChannel.com

  • #695717
    Hakimuddin Kuwakhedawala,

    >> Can I post my biology project there?

    If it is helpful for students less than 10 year, it is okay to post. The site is for little kids.

    >> Is it allowed to post-school project at ISC?
    If it is helpful for a student, then it can be posted.

    >> I have only used this site (study village) for getting worksheet for my children.
    That is the main type of content encouraged there.

    >> Sir, I visited site today and found no activity for last some weeks.
    Right, there are not many active people there. You can start contributing and make it live

    >> Similarly I am a member of mp spider but have forgotten user Id and password. I also do not remember which email I have used in my account. can I also contribute there?
    MPSPider and other regional sites are no longer accepting content

    regards,
    Tony John
    Webmaster - IndiaStudyChannel.com


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