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Blog for Netscape, Get Paid Like A Copy Kid. Oh Boy!

I admit it.

Whenever I come across an article with a headline like, “Blog for Netscape, Earn Big Bucks,” I am a complete sucker for it. I’ll read it in a heartbeat. And so I read yesterday’s piece over at Wired Online. It turns out that blogging impresario cum Netscape representative Jason Calacanis is offering up a deal he thinks you can’t refuse:

Put in at least 150 stories a month and we’ll give you $12,000 a year. (note: most of these folks put in 250-400 stories a month, so that 150 baseline is just that–a baseline).

Now, this offer is going to get a big response I know, so we’re going to have to limit to a dozen or so folks. However, I’m absolutely convinced that the top 20 people on DIGG, Delicious, Flickr, MySpace, and Reddit are worth $1,000 a month and if we’re the first folks to pay them that is fine with me–we will take the risk and the arrows from the folks who think we’re corrupting the community process (is there anyone out there who thinks this any more?!).

We’re gonna identify this people in our system as “Netscape Navigators,” and they will work with our full-time “Netscape Anchors” to build a community.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! $1,000 a month! $12,000.00 a … $12,000.00 a year? Twelve thousand lousy frickin’ dollars a year?

A person working MINUMUM WAGE makes slightly over $10,000 a year. So you’ll earn a bit more in a year than a minimum wage worker if you blog for Netscape, submitting 150 articles a month, which comes out to about five articles a day! Jolly jolly jolly!

Can someone explain to me why this is anything close to a good deal?

6 comments to Blog for Netscape, Get Paid Like A Copy Kid. Oh Boy!

  • Iroquois Honky

    Easy, opportunity. If you have the opportunity to do something better, you would do it. If you don’t have the opportunity to do anything better, then you would consider it. I make a lot less than minimum wage selling books online, but I can work in my jammies or in the middle of the night if hot flashes keep me awake, and I’m performing a service by recycling books. I also like handling and touching books. In the same way an alkie tends bar, I like to sample the merchandise, taking a sip here, a skim there and sometimes putting some book in the back to “read later in my spare time.”

  • Reason

    Err, yeah. Tack on the prep time and travel for a regular job and you’ve got a 9 to 10 hour day. Not counting the expense of ‘work’ clothes and gas and so on.

    If a fast typer/thinker can whip out a ‘story’ in about an hour, they’ve got $6.25 for each one… while sitting naked in bed and still getting weekends off.

    That IS a good deal. What kind of stories were those…?

  • Iroquois Honky

    As far as I can tell, they don’t actually write stories, they just identify links to stories on the news services they think will be popular. These are people who typically spend 2-3 hours a day anyhow surfing the news looking for stories they like. They get more points if they consistantly identify stories before other people do, so part of the game is to jump on a story and post the link fast before someone else does. The other part is to be able to identify what stories will be popular, as there is a rating system from other readers. Part of it is also developing a reputation so people automatically rate your links high without stopping to think too much.

  • Jim

    Right, Iroquois Honky, that’s my understanding too.

    I don’t understand digg.com and the like very much. I mean, I understand what they do, but I don’t understand their appeal a huge amount. What do you think of such sites?

  • Iroquois Honky

    I never saw a site like this before. I did click on one of the links about middle east and found it mildly interesting, but the other stuff, sports gossip and so forth was not worth my time. Yahoo has a similar service when you go to their website. I’m on Yahoo on a daily basis and usually I just glance at the headlines to make sure the end of the world is not imminent, but sometimes click on a story, especially now that their pop-up situation is more under control. If something really hot is going on, I start googling for it myself. I trust myself to find information that is useful to me a lot more than some kid who calls himself “dirtyfratboy”.

  • Alan

    One thing I’ve never really understood is how sites make money. It doesn’t seem that advertisers or spyware would pay that much or that someone could sell enough coffee cups with slogans to pay a mortgage–or have room to keep that many coffee cups around the house! I would imagine the number of hits a site gets could be translated into income, but I can’t imagine how.

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