CES Podcast & Blogger Haven Kuddo’s to Waggener Edstrom

Over the past two days Andy McCaskey and I have been enjoying having access to a blogger / podcaster only suite at the Wynn hotel that was provided by Waggener Edstrom, they recognized early on that Podcasters and Bloggers would not have access to the press facilities onsite at CES. AMD provided HP Media Laptops and the folks at Waggener Edstrom provided the suite, bandwidth and even brough in food and drinks on their dime.

Companies like this understand the importance of the blogging and podcasting community, my hat is off and my deepest Thanks to the great team their, that welcomed us in and really took care of us.

Additionally thanks to AMD for providing the Laptops!

[www.waggeneredstrom.com] [www.amd.com]

125 articles a months for $500.00 sounds like slave wages to me!

I found the Wired article “Can Bloggers Strike it Rich? quite fascinating and a bit shocking. If what Wired came up with is true then a significant number of people that are blogging for Weblogs Inc. are not getting paid very much.

If you do the math, based upon comments that Jason puts out on how they are going to do a million dollars in adsenses this year along with the other stuff he likes to brag about all the time, the $500.00 a month wage seems really low, of course the boss and the staff have to be paid a regular wage. It appears those doing the heavy lifting may be getting robbed. Speculation on my part of course.

If they came to me, and wanted 125 articles a month and offered $500.00 a month to blog, I would not know to laugh or be insulted, especially if the contract had a exit clause that said I could not write on a subject for six months. That would be a deal killer.

Considering an article I wrote for a major magazine several months ago was 600 words and I was paid $500.00 in return for services rendered it seems to me writing 125 articles a month for $500.00 amounts slave wages. [Wired]

Flagging Blogger Content a Joke

I have been using the Flag blogger content option to try and draw attention to weblogs that have been setup for spamming. I think I am about two weeks into flagging accounts and have been tracking those that I have flagged and guess what.

Nothing has been done to them. Obviously it takes about 5 seconds to look at some of these sites and realize that spammers are using them. So the question I ask why are the not being killed off.

I am not about to keep flagging accounts if the end result is no action. Some of these sites are infringing on copyright so I suppose that will have to start sending e-mails to that effect as it seems they cannot control their services.

Solution:

1. When a person signs up for a blogger account get a credit card
2. Put in the terms and services that if you use the account for being weblog spam that a one time fee of $500.00 will be charged to the credit card.
3. This will allow us re-course legally if the infringing site does not take the material down.

More Weblog Search Sites joining the Party

I have not really been watching my raw log files for blog specific search engines, at least not until today when I found and article about a new blog that had not yet been discovered by the big search engines and was able to look at the traffic for a couple of days before getting slammed by the big boys.

I was aware of most of these sites but had not paid much attention to them, I think though it is time for a closer look. [Labnotes]

These are the Blog only specific search engines that have been crawling the Labnotes website feedster, icerocket, blo.gs, syndic8, blogpulse, blogslive, topicblogs, and omni-explorer.