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Gawker Media Cuts Writers’ Pay Rates

The Gawker Media Network has substantially cut its writers’ pay rates, according to Radar Online:

[For] the second and…third quarters of 2008, the company has reduced the rate of pay per pageview. Other Gawker Media sites, including Jezebel, also had their pageview rate cut.

At the beginning of the year, the pay rate per pageview on Gawker was $7.50, according to Portfolio’s Felix Salmon; it went to $6.50 for the next quarter and it is now $5. (Other sites vary, based on overall traffic and ad rate.)

The article’s writer, Choire Sicha goes on to provide an opinion on Gawker’s pay model

The ultimate flaw in the company’s logic regarding its pay scheme seems obvious. The website’s income should escalate when the site’s pageviews rise—unless, for instance, some high-end advertisers regard it as too tabloid a product, and ad rates have dropped. (Unlikely.)

So more ad inventory—actual pages served—should mean more income for the company—particularly since Gawker seems to be mostly increasing in pageviews not attached to any writer. At the same time, reducing the cost of the creation of that inventory also gets the company more of the income that is attached to a writer. Kicking down less money to the workers seems, at best, cheap.

Read the full article here.

Performancing Blog Awards Winners has announced the winners of their 2007 Performancing Blog Awards. An excerpt from their announcement:

With help from our readers, Performancing chose 28 awards categories (one half of our collective brain wishes we could have done more, the other half wishes we had done less;-) and nominated six candidates per category.

With over 61,000 votes in one week of voting (Readers’ Choice) and ongoing behind the scenes deliberation (Editors’ Choice) we’ve selected the winners of this year’s Performancing Blog Awards.

Read the list of winners here.

Traffic Milestone for Shiny Media Sites

Shiny Media reports that its Pies football sites (Arsenal Pies, Chelsea Pies, Liverpool Pies, Manunited Pies and Spurs Pies) have attracted over 600,000 readers last November — more than the half a million readers per month by the end of 2007 they hoped for in the August launch.

The network isn’t stopping there:

We are now aiming for one million readers per month across the whole network by the end of the season.

Know More Media Reaches Two Milestones

The Know More Media blog network has achieved two impressive milestones in the past days, underlining its growing strength and importance in the blogosphere today.

Last Tuesday, Know More Media announced their 10 millionth visit in less than two years:

Know More Media started just over 19 months ago with a handful of authors willing to band together to deliver business news and information to an audience eager for niche business news and information. Since then our network of blogs has expanded to more than 50 active business blogs and has passed several traffic milestones.

The following day, the blog network revealed that they have just published their 50,000th blog post:

If we assume that the average post is about 150 words, we have published at least 7,500,000 words, which is roughly the equivalent of 75 average full-length novels. When I consider the technology, time, and human power it takes to produce that much original content online, it becomes truly astounding.

Congratulations to Know More Media for both feats.

Online Security Blog Launched by Google

Google Blog LogoTaking the initiative in the growing concern for blog sites that are being infected or hacked, Google has launched an online security blog to take on the issue at hand. Some of these malicious practices include that of browser hijacks and spyware infections, most of which are not immediately detected by the site owners and make the lives of online viewers very much inconvenient. Here is an excerpt from the latest move by Google regarding online security:

Online security is an important topic for Google, our users, and anyone who uses the Internet. The related issues are complex and dynamic and we’ve been looking for a way to foster discussion on the topic and keep users informed. Thus, we’ve started this blog where we hope to periodically provide updates on recent trends, interesting findings, and efforts related to online security. Among the issues we’ll tackle is malware, which is the subject of our inaugural post.

Malware — surreptitious software capable of stealing sensitive information from your computer — is increasingly spreading over the web. Visiting a compromised web server with a vulnerable browser or plugins can result in your system being infected with a whole variety of malware without any interaction on your part. Software installations that leverage exploits are termed “drive-by downloads”. To protect Google’s users from this threat, we started an anti-malware effort about a year ago. As a result, we can warn you in our search results if we know of a site to be harmful and even prevent exploits from loading with Google Desktop Search.

Source: Introducing Google’s Online Security Efforts

[tags]online security, blog sites, blog networks, blog news, google blog, google news[/tags]

Typepad’s New Web Page Creation Option Offering

The advent of blogging has served as a good alternative towards the usual web pages that people have been conceptualizing as of late and TypePad developers know this all too well. With this in mind, blog sites have become the ideal alternative towards putting up web sites, focusing more on content rather than images.

TypePad has offered a new TypePad page that allows users to setup websites as an individual blog. With the trend imminent, it is certain that this new offering will be taken up by millions. Here are some excerpts from this new development news of TypePad:

“If you’re a TypePad blogger, we know you’re serious about making a great blog. But what about the parts of your site that don’t fit into your blog? A detailed contact page listing all the ways someone can get in touch. What about a biography that explains just how you became such an expert on the topic you blog about? Or, maybe your business’s blog needs a good set of directions to your office, along with a map. A couple extra pages on your site would add a lot of power and flexibility to your blog.

With the new TypePad Pages, you can use all the power of TypePad’s posting tools to create as many individual web pages as you want. And those pages have all the power of TypePad’s widgets and rich media features, automatically inheriting the look and feel you’ve chosen for your blog.

The TypePad interface you use every day to update your blog now lets you create a web page as easily as you’d write a post. (That means you don’t have to learn any complicated new tools.) And you can even set a Page to be the home page for your blog, so it’s the first thing readers see when they go to your URL. “
Go beyond blogging with TypePad Pages

[tags]typepad, blogging, blogger, problogger, problogging, web sites, web pages[/tags]

Google Introduces History Tracking

With the every gaining popularity of Google, the advanced ways to help enhance the various ways to make searching and other related online queries and needs has been among the priorities of the search engine giant. To date, it has now added another feature that of which is providing a history tracker to aid people from looking back at visited sites so that they would not have to do new queries of the same nature and simply go back towards the site they last visited directly.

The twist here is that saved cookies pertaining to the sites are not stored on the local machine. Google will host them for the user. Here is a better overview:

“If you remember seeing something online, you’ll be able to find it faster and from any computer with Web History,” Payam Shodjai, Google’s product manager for personalization, wrote in a post to the Google blog late Thursday. “It’s your slice of the web, at your fingertips.”

The feature works in a manner similar to the way in which web browsing software like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Opera do, recording a list of pages that have been opened. However, unlike a web browser, the data is stored on Google’s servers, and users can gain access to the information from any computer with an internet connection and a web browser. – Google adds history tracking to search engine

[tags]google, google history tracking, google cookies[/tags]

Anyone looking for cheap web hosting for his new website has many options. These days many web host are offering their hosting services at cheap prices. Even some wireless ISP providers have started this business as part-time income. For starting this type of business people need to have basic IT knowledge in the form of a+ certification. Other than this IBM exams can also prove very handy for novices.

Legal Search Tool Now Available at

As technology enhancements have been continuously implemented in most business organizations, educational and informative law articles, references and other necessary law materials can now be easily searched with the proper filters to get exact files and links to what people are really looking for.

Legal Search tool at

This innovation is a big boost to pinpointing relevant legal information through articles and blogs. It is surely a welcome addition towards minimizing the searching time needed to actually get what a querying person would really want to read on. yesterday launched a new search tool, called Quest, that allows more focused searching of legal sites than would a general search site such as Google. The goal, of course, is to deliver more relevant results. Quest provides two options for searches: search only the network of sites or search a broader collection of legal Web sites and legal blogs.

I posted my initial impressions yesterday on my LawSites blog. In the interest of full disclosure, this blog is owned by and my LawSites blog is part of the blog network. That said, I found Quest to be a significant improvement over previous options for searching the network of sites, which includes all ALM national and regional publications. As I wrote yesterday:

“A nice feature is the ability to filter search results by date ranges or by the content source or type. For example, if you search within the network, you can then filter results to show only those from the National Law Journal or The American Lawyer, or you can choose to see only results that come from court decisions or blogs. If you use the broader “legal Web” search, you can filter results by selected courts and regions.” –’s New Legal Search Tool.

A Boost for Online Businesses EXCEPT Blogs

Ban on Blogs?

So the prophecy on technology advancement has been fulfilled in a way, but blogging was never seen to be something that was included in it. Sure, there will be the familiar phrase that businesses need technology…but with bounds of course.

Blogging has been something that has provided an overall view of what to expect today, but however, the freedom of speech in blogging has slowly made people getting out of sync that they end up getting into trouble rather than benefiting from it.

Such has been something that most companies have seen today, hence leading to people preferring technology breakthroughs but excluding the use of blogs. The blogs are getting out of hand and this can be seen by their power in controlling their superiors today rather then the other way around. Hence this alone is a conflict that is posing a threat towards establishing better ties rather than creating gaps.

“I will venture to suggest that most managers are afraid of blogs. Very few blog themselves and when they do, it runs through the marketing or PR departments. Managers in general still worry about loss of control with blogs. Letting their employees and consumers into the conversation and allowing them their say frightens them.
That’s a huge mistake. Check out Jeff Jarvis’ post about Dell. He and Dell got into quite a pushing match some time about his terrible experience with a Dell laptop. He triggered a major rehaul at Dell that included building blogs and consumer conversation sites that helped the company remake itself and its reputation.

The great challenge to companies these days is to learn how to let consumers in, how to open a conversation with them that is honest and real. It looks like lots of managers have yet to get that signal. Wait until they get their own Dell Hell.” [Corporations like Web 2.0 but Not Blogs. They’re Afraid of Their Own People.

[tags]blogs, blog news, online biz, online investment, technology, e-commerce[/tags]

Weblogs Soaring but also Slowing

It was bound to happen but just like economics bloggers need to focus more on enhancing their sites rather than create new blogs everyday. The overall importance and impression that blog would have will not grow if they are not taken care of properly.


This is the reason why bloggers have opted to update their promising blogs instead of endlessly making new ones without any reason or intent. The potential benefits of blogs are slowly being addressed and this can be attributed to people staking claim to “blogging wisely”.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA — Online Weblogs mushroomed to more than 72 million this year, but growth of the increasingly divided blogging world slowed, an Internet search engine company said Thursday.

Technorati, which tracks the contents of the online personal journals, said that the number around the world surged from 8 million in March 2005 to more than 72 million last month.

But the rate at which the “blogosphere” is doubling has slowed from once every six months to once a year, said David Sifry, founder of the San Francisco company.

Technorati said in its “State of the Live Web” report that the number of daily blog postings climbed from 500,000 in March 2005 to 1.4 million, or 58,000 hourly, in March.

Sifry acknowledged that there were probable undercounts in some countries, such as France, where users of the popular Skyblog platform do not make it into Technorati’s database.

Differences in Weblog tools and techniques around the world make it tough to accurately track growth of the blogosphere, which is factionalizing based on cultures, according to Global Voices Online co-founders Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon.- Weblog universe divides as expansion slows, Middle East Times, April 5, 2007

[tags]blog news, weblog, blogger, problogging, problogger[/tags]