Blogs for sale

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 2, 2005

Anyone who thinks blogs can’t make money should check out Gawker. This growing stable of blogs just added Lifehacker, a slick tech site sponsored by Sony. Dan Gillmor reports that Sony will pay in the range of $25,000 a month to sponsor the new site. The deal also includes some ads on Gawker’s other tech site, Gizmodo. The question, of course, is whether these are really blogs or simply commercial web pages. Fact is, the line between the two is fast blurring.

Reader Comments

Julian

November 24, 2005 7:22 PM

Blogs as a personal medium and channel of self expression have been long gone. There may be some interesting projects out there but for the most part they have already crossed the line, not once, not twice, but by a long shot.

Bob

February 20, 2006 2:25 PM

I disagree. Non commercial and personal blogs are, in essence, a stream of conciousness. As long as humans have a need for self-expression blogging will remain a valid channel.

vitaliy

March 29, 2006 8:33 PM

It doesn’t surprise me. Companies will be paying for advertising on blogs since this promotion looks more trustworthy than text adds on google’s home page.

Tony

February 16, 2007 9:57 PM

The better blogs are derived from channels of self-expression. The less expressive a blog comes across, the more it comes across as contrived corporate tool. For this reason companies tend to face great difficulties in creating authentic blogs that appeal to today's consumer.

PvB

February 23, 2007 12:32 AM

Hi!
A blog is not personal the moment it's on the web... You can't sell Your soul without feeling the need for something in exchange. Some bloggers want to bring attention to themselves. Some want to sell their services or products. Some want to just simply earn money on the time they spend on it. Yet their are some that do it because that makes them feel good (that's why I say that blogging is the schrink's nightmare :-). Still it's something in exchange. Whatever we do we want to get something back (even when charity is the issue we do it to make ourselves feel happy or satisfied that we made something good doing bad things all the time :-).
Why do companies sponsor bloggers and blogs without really anybody having a problem with that? Because marketing is eating it's tail - the product. Nobody really cares about the need of the product because a company or a blogger will make You think You need it. They will brainwash Your head to convince You how much You need to have it. Since the 80's or beginning of the 90's we have no way to really escape from the commercial side of life today...
When the solar storm will arrive and blast all the power stations - we'll get back to basics and for all of use addicted to the Internet and other technical gadgets this will be a real nightmare. Only the Amish people will not see any difference :-)

PS. Sorry for such a long one... had to spit it out somehow :-)

Bloggeries

January 12, 2009 9:07 AM

I know this is an old thread but as more and more people get into blogging there will obviously be more blogs for sale. I think it's a market that will pickup in the near future.

modemjane

December 7, 2011 11:13 PM

Finally, huawei released its fastest Mobile Hotspot at 21mbps download speed under HSPA+ technology in August, 2011. As the upgraded version of Huawei E583C Wi-Fi mobile pocket, Huawei E586 MiFi Hotspot has attracted many eyes from beginning of this year. But some comments said it’s the first mobile WiFi device that could support up to 21Mbps download speed. Actually, as I know, ZTE MF60 3G mobile Hotspot has been in the market for at least one month earlier. ZTE MF60 adapt the same technology and could also reach peak rate at 21Mbps. Obviously, Huawei E586 and ZTE MF60 WiFi Hotspot are competitor to each other. As a consumer needing a high speed 21Mbps Wi-Fi pocket, you may feel puzzled which one to choose? Let’s have a look what’s the difference.

Following the classical design of Huawei E5, HUAWIE E586 Wi-Fi hotspot is in black or silvery color. ZTE MF60 looks also cool, light and like a shell. But the color may vary for different operators. They both have OLED screen, on which displays data such as battery life, data consumption, connection speed, connection quantity, signal strength and browsing time. Actually, in practical experience, there is no much difference of the two models. Besides they both could support up to 21Mbps download speed, they could also reach up to 5.76Mbps upload speed. And to meet requirements form different market, the Huawei E586 has three branch types, E586s-1, E586s-2, E586s-3, within Huawei. The differences lie in their supported bands:

E586s-1: HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 2100MHz, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850 Mhz
E586s-2: HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 2100/900MHz, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850 Mhz
E586s-3: HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 2100/1900/850MHz, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 1900/1800/900/850 Mhz


Although no official statement. we believe ZTE MF60 also has two or three configurations for different markets. From the above the specifications, we can’t determine which one is better to choose.

As the Wi-Fi Hotspot, ZTE MF60 could support up to 8 users to get internet access at same time. But Huawei E586 could only support 5 Wi-Fi-enable terminals. By USB cable, they could work as USB modem and then one more user could get internet support. From this point, ZTE MF60 MiFi Router seems better than HUAWEI E586. And what’s more interesting is that ZTE MF60 is much cheaper than Huawei E586, possibly because Huawei E5 has gained great reputation in global market based on its good quality and worldwide followers, just like Apple. If you like the brand more, Huawei E586 should be your first consideration. But who will be the final winner, we think market and time will tell.

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