Monday, July 19, 2010

How Newspapers Can Make Real Money On The Internet

Charge by the comment line. Just like a classified ad.

Collect via credit card registration.

Even at a paltry $1 per comment - - but really, the longer the comment and the more it rants, the bigger the user fee - - this column could have netted the paper $153. This one, a few bucks less, but you get my point: Story after story, column after column, blog posting after posting - - there's gold in them there comments and no one can refudiate my reasoning

Others can sort out the issue of revenue sharing with the writer.


xoff said...

Excellent idea. Your check for this comment is in the mail.

Anon Jim said...

James - obviously economics or being involved with a for profit business is not your forte'.

Just do a little supply/demand curve analysis when the cost of making a comment goes from $0 to $1, and you will see what I mean.

Ron R said...

How would you define what qualifies as a rant? Would you use your own blog posts as a yardstick?

James Rowen said...

Mission accomplished.

James Rowen said...

To Ron: You bet.