Last year, in the wake of the Panda changes, a new website was born called Wizzley. Wizzley was created by three people that I knew from Squidoo, Achim “Chef Keem” Thiemermann, Anne Corcino, alias nightowl, and Ron Passfield, and two young German developers, Simon Steinberger and Hans Braxmeier, who I didn’t know, but who had previously created PageWizz, a German site.
The idea behind Wizzley was to take the best parts of other article sites like Squidoo and Hubpages, and create a new site that would be viable after Panda, and would be easy to use for publishers and readers, and have excellent technology behind it. I was lucky enough to get on Wizzley before the site went public, and when I was first making my way around Wizzley, there were plenty of bugs, and German phrases floating around. Right from the start, I was impressed by the priorities the Wizzley team had to keep the site highly functional, and fast, while taking care of problems literally in a wiz.
Wizzley is about 9 months old now, and has really taken off from its promising beginning. In their most recent development, Wizzley has implemented something that members of Squidoo and Hubpages have asked for years ago, which is access to other affiliate programs beyond Amazon and Ebay. Wizzley has done this by partnering with VigLink, an affiliate distributor that works with many of the large retailers that are familiar as household names.
Wizzley is still in its infancy. It is not even one year old. However, if they keep progressing at the rate they have been, there is no question that they will continue to be a leader in the online publishing field. One of the main reasons that Wizzley has been so successful is the fact that the Wizzley team actually listens to their membership. They want to retain a high quality publisher team, and to keep them, they are taking suggestions, keeping out the spammers, and working to keep the quality of the articles on the site high.
Simon and Hans have been extremely responsive to developmental issues and bugs. They do not do everything that is suggested, but they do tell people why if they don’t. ChefKeem is the public face of the staff, keeping an eye on the articles, and the forum. And Anne, is a serene moderating presence in the forums and in tutorials. At this time, Ron has not been taking an active role.
Because of the team behind Wizzley, the site is attracting experienced publishers, who do not have to taught how to write online. Many of the publishers are experienced authors from several other sites, which means that they jump on the news and changes so fast, it is incredible. If you have been waiting to see how Wizzley does, I would say, don’t wait any more. This site is here to stay, and it is a lot of fun. And not only that, members are already making money.
I do not think that I can say enough good things about the team behind Wizzley. I am just glad to have the opportunity to work with them each and every day, and to see where their agile minds are taking us.