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Dan Abrams’s Empire Grows

The owner of Mediaite, Styleite, and three other properties is planning to add another three in early 2011, the New York Times reports.

Mogulite will cover famous business personalities, Mary Sue will be a technology news blog for women, and an as-yet-unnamed job board is “intended to compete with,” the NYT says. (Hellooooooo? We’re right over here!)

Much of owner Dan Abrams‘ success so far, says the NYT, comes from their ability to attract traffic despite their leanness. So the new sites will only take “a handful” of hires, and the pay starts at just $30,000 plus bonuses. But Abrams has not had trouble hiring so far—there’s certainly a cachet. And after these three launches, there may be more: a food site and a women-oriented site at least.

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Dan Abrams: “We’re Making a Profit”

For those working at Mediaite, here’s some good news. Founder of Abrams Media, publisher of Mediaite, Dan Abrams says his company will soon be profitable. And here’s some news for those wanting to work for Mr. Abrams, he’s launching three new sites.

Abrams spoke at an Advertising Week forum this morning, and he declared that his company “will be profitable in January or February,” according to Business Insider. He went on to defend digital media as a whole, particularly the sites that aggregate other news, like Mediaite.

“To suggest that digital media as a whole isn’t going to be profitable is ridiculous,” said Abrams. “If you’re doing good content and you’ve got devoted communities of people coming to your site, you’re not only going to be successful, but profitable. I’m not doing this because it’s a vanity project, I’m doing it because we’re making a profit.”

And, of course, the most important news for those looking for jobs, Abrams plans to launch three sites, but he did not appear to go into great detail about the new ventures.

New Media Blog Coming To The Market?

Our sister publication, FishBowlNY, has an interesting update to our Dan Abrams story, with exclusive content from Abrams and his right-hand woman Rachel Sklar. Check out the story here.

Media big shots are finally realizing the power of the internet. So of course the first thing they all want to do is run out and harness it for their own personal gain. First Arianna Huffington, then Tina Brown, now it looks like we may have Dan Abrams as well.

The New York Observer reports that chief legal analyst for NBC News has been meeting with top tier bloggers and writers around New York. “I think it’s very possible that I will pursue an on-line Web property that will include some level of blogging of and about the media,” Abrams acknowledged yesterday. Hopefully he’ll learn to spell “online” the correct way before he drops into the medium.

While Abrams would not say who he has met with, industry spies report the list includes Gawker political editor Alex Pareene, Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumenco, former New York senior editor Jesse Oxfeld, Portfolio blogger Jeff Bercovici, and The Observer‘s John Koblin (gee, wonder how The Observer got the scoop on this story).

So far there are no confirmed hires. It’s not clear is that is because of the tone of the blog venture itself or if its because journalist in general had a very poor reaction to Abram’s first internet project that he announced in November.

Last year Abrams announced he was launching a “global strategy firm” that would employ thousands of working journalist, bloggers, authors and recently laid off journalists to consult with corporations who were interested in forming new media strategies. While media professionals did sign up in droves, some questioned the ethical implications of such a position.

“I am always trying to find vehicles for my community of experts,” said Abrams. “If and when I create an additional web property of and about the media, the editorial side of it will be entirely separate and distinct from Abrams Research, the business.”

More information about the site and prospective salary ranges after the jump.

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