Updated November 8, 2010:
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I received an email announcing Fortitude's 10/10/10 relaunch and detailing various the latest changes to the online magazine. I remain not interesting in paying to get paid for contributing and read that the membership fee has increased.
The venture continues to struggle. Fortitude lists the details of its latest version and requests support through a menu of links at the bottom of the page.
Updated July 19, 2010:
The owner sent out a "Fortitude reboot" announcement today about a new approach and changed algorithm that will put 50 percent of all submissions on the front page (guaranteed). But payments have been cut back or eliminated to allow the site to stay up and running.
Fortitude stopped growing and faced closure soon after launching on July 7, but a re-start is being tried instead. Did writers hesitate to sign-up because of the small chance of getting published on the front page under the original system?
I think contributor sign-ups at Fortitude lagged and almost stopped because the magazine charges writers a membership fee for the privilege of submitting extra-high-quality pieces, that take longer to produce, in exchange for chances to receive relatively low to very low, token-level payments.
Also, once I signed on for a free "scout" membership, I found the system wouldn't allow me to upgrade. So I couldn't have changed my status and paid the fee if I had wanted to.
Fortitude, "a daily magazine for being human" by Nick Oba (formerly of Qondio, formerly Qassia, a site where writers generate ad revenue and "do follow" backlinks by adding content called "intel") is signing up writer-members, by invitation only, until its official launch date on June 7.
Here is your invitation from me, with my code: http://fo.rtitu.de/1127!
Fortitude accepts writing in any format about any topic.
An automated, algorithmic and anonymous community review system that was developed at Qondio assigns a score to each piece. (Members get paid two cents per review to encourage reading and rating).
Any submission that makes Fortitude's front page gets paid $10 to $100. Click through the link above to read more about the magazine's review process and payment details.
Uh oh. It costs $23.88 per year or $1.99 per month to join as a writer and reviewer.
But reading through and rating 33 or so pieces every day would offset the membership dues.
Fortitude's business model requires a high volume of submissions and ongoing rating of new pieces by all members. Charging dues might motivate participation — or discourage sign-ups. We'll see.
Whether Fortitude is offering a good or fair deal, or not, I doubt it is a scam, because Qondio is endorsing the project. My invitation came from Qondio's owner (who probably invited all of Qondio).
Along my way of sampling content sites, looking for a writing home, I published a few blurbs on Qondio and didn't find it captivating. But I can vouch for it as an honest venture with SEO value.
Fortitude has no SEO value, by design, so there is no competition between the two.