Author and Huffpo blogger Michelle Haimoff has cooked up a blog post about bloggers getting paid for writing for Huffington Post. It seems so radical: paying writers on the Internets.
Anyway, she writes:
According to TNS Media Intelligence, The Huffington Post’s advertising revenue from January through April 2009 was $3.4 million. So let’s round down and assume that ad revenue for the year is $10 million. I propose that The Huffington Post commit to spending 20% of its revenue rewarding bloggers. For 2009, this would be $2 million.
Not all bloggers will be rewarded. There are 4,000 bloggers that contribute to the site, and this structure only rewards those who contribute the most to the site’s business and editorial goals.
$2 million a year is $166,666 a month.
Every month authors of the 200 articles that receive the highest number of page views would receive $250 bonuses.
Every month authors of the 200 articles that result in the most time spent on the site would receive $250 bonuses.
Every month authors of the 200 articles that are of the highest editorial quality would receive $250 bonuses.*
We’d just like to point out this post is buried under the other 4,000 stories. It’s not featured on the sidebar. Also, we put in an email and asked Ms. Arianna Huffington what she thinks of the idea. When she gets back to us – we’ll post it.