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Yahoo Launches Contributor Network

 5:55 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yahoo Launches Contributor Network [yhoo.client.shareholder.com]
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today is inviting people to contribute to many of its most popular sites with the launch of the Yahoo! Contributor Network, a new platform for people to publish their creative content on Yahoo!. The Yahoo! Contributor Network is an evolution of the Associated Content platform and will bring contributions from more than 400,000 writers, photographers, and videographers to the Internet's largest media destinations, including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, and even the Yahoo! homepage, among many others.

"The launch of the Yahoo! Contributor Network is a great example of how Yahoo! is executing against its content strategy. In less than six months since the acquisition of Associated Content, we've completely retooled the platform in order to bring the people's voice to Yahoo!," said Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!. "Bringing this authentic perspective to Yahoo!'s most popular sites will deepen our engagement with the millions of people who visit us every day and provide new opportunities for creative contributors who participate in the Yahoo! experience."



 6:18 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Can I get a dofollow link for my efforts? If not, my content is put to better use on my own sites. It's not like my "contributed content" will mean much to Yahoo given that they have 400,000 writers but it will make all the difference to my own sites :-)


 7:52 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yeah I'm confused. Are they paying contributors, or just taking their content and publishing it?

What is the incentive? Perhaps I missed something.

EDIT: Nevermind, I found this:

Get paid. Earn money through up-front payments, exclusive assignments, and performance bonuses based on the traffic your work receives.


 7:55 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yeah I'm confused. Are they paying contributors, or just taking their content and publishing it?

Or are they just going to let copyright violating content thieves take our content and publish it on the Contributor Network?


 10:58 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

*yawn* what does yahoo offer, that any other service doesn't? when have they eventually burnt the last penny of their stupid dotcom investor money so we can finally get rid of them and don't have to listen to that pr crap over and over again. i mean, does anyone really need yahoo and their content? they are so damned replaceable. they simply have no usp. go die!


 1:11 am on Nov 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

in my country,few people use yahoo.and yahoo support the nofollow and dofollow tag?


 10:32 pm on Nov 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's a good strategy to get all your content written for what is likely to be basically nothing. I knew someone who signed up with Examiner.com and she got paid $1.00 per article and a few pennies here and there for the ads that showed on the ads. She was a retired TV/Print journalist and quickly gave it up after not earning anything and getting chewed out by one of the "crowd sourcers" or whatever the managers are called for something or other.

I think some of the About.com people actually do make something but then there are not 400,000 of them. It sounds like YAHOO! is aiming to becomes the largest broker of content out there.


 2:10 pm on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

I always thought the content on Associated Content was poor, so imo they need to retool more than the platform to compete with Demand Media and the other aggregators. Unless something changed recently.


 2:29 pm on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

there are at least 3 superior similar models out there, methinks one problem Yahoo will find is that there isn't enough income in this field to pay for all the corporate attention its going to consume, the writers making nothing will probably flee pretty soon.

then again, perhaps they know somat,,


 5:55 pm on Nov 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

You have to write 24 hours a day non-stop to make any money with AC and even then, it is a pittance compared to keeping the content on your own site and monetizing it with something like Adsense.

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