Yahoo! Voices launches today is a new online home for more than two million pieces of original content, spanning thousands of different topics, created by more than 500,000 individual experts and enthusiasts.
"Yahoo! Voices replaces Associated Content as Yahoo! Contributor Network's official digital library. Associated Content was acquired by Yahoo! in 2010, and this transition into the Yahoo Media Network represents the final step in its integration with the world's premiere digital media company," said Yahoo.
"Voices is where consumers and advertisers will find the Web's most authentic perspectives and expertise on every topic in the world. It will contain the best content submitted over the last seven years, and continue to grow with new articles, video, and slideshows from the world's largest, most diverse contributor community," notesYahoo.
Adding, the company said, "Through our unique publishing platform (Yahoo! Contributor Network) and this new digital library (Yahoo! Voices), Yahoo! upholds and expands the scope of Associated Content's original mission: Enabling any individuals with specialized knowledge and experience to create original content, share it with an audience of millions, and often earn a portion of the revenue it generates."
How it works?
"Users claim assignments or submit stories on topics of their choice to Yahoo! Contributor Network. After review by a Yahoo! editor, stories that meet our Submission Guidelines are published on Yahoo! Voices or another Yahoo! destination like News, Sports, or Finance. By publishing on Yahoo!, contributors can share their voice with Yahoo! users around the globe and earn money based on the amount of traffic their stories receive," Yahoo explained.
Yahoo also announced of taking following steps to support Yahoo! Voices:
- Released revised Submission Guidelines that better define the content the company is seeking from community: unique, authentic perspectives from experts, enthusiasts, and citizen journalists, to complement Yahoo!'s broader editorial offerings.unique, well-written perspectives - especially first-person stories - from a range of experts, enthusiasts, and citizen journalists to complement Yahoo!'s broader editorial offerings.
- Retired more than 75,000 pieces of inactive and outdated content from Associated Content. "None of this content will appear on Yahoo! Voices, and only content that meets our revised Submission Guidelines will be accepted moving forward. Older content that doesn't meet these standards will be gradually retired or returned to the original author for editing," revealed Yahoo!.
- "We're asking contributors to revisit all of their previously published content on Yahoo! Voices, and use our flagging tools to report any content that should be retired. We're also asking contributors to point out especially excellent pieces that should be considered for one of our year-end Yahoo! Contributor Awards," notess Yaho.
- Yahoo! Style Guide ultimate sourcebook for best practices in online content creation is already sent to hundreds of top contributors; to celebrate the launch of Yahoo! Voices, we're spreading the wisdom further, giving this resource to thousands more contributors, said Yahoo.