New Consortium Says If Others Can Monetize Better Than We Can... We Deserve Their Money?

from the please-explain dept

We've pointed out in the past how silly it is to be worried about various spam/scraper sites that take content from sites (including ours) and repost it on their own. Those sites never add any real value, but just repost the content. They get no significant traffic and retain no real audience. They tend to come and go pretty quickly. Worrying about them is a total waste of time (time that can be used making sure your own site is more valuable). Yet, apparently a group of publishers has put together a "Fair Syndication Consortium" that has decided that rather than go after these sites directly, it will simply try to get the ad networks that serve ads on such sites to hand over some money to the original content creators. As far as I can tell, that's basically the content creators saying "well, if others can monetize our content better than we can, we deserve some of that cash."

That makes no sense to me. If you can't monetize your own content better than other sites, you don't deserve to be in business. If other sites are actually getting traffic and ad revenue that you think you deserve, it means you're doing a bad job giving people a real reason to visit your site and to interact with your community. Simply demanding money from the sites that have done things better makes no sense. Of course, the reality is that most of these sites haven't done things better, and don't make any money. So the whole grandstanding seems rather wasted effort.

Focus on making your own site worth visiting. Stop worrying what others are doing with your content.

Filed Under: monetizing content, plagiarism, scraping, syndication
Companies: fair syndication coalition

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    Mike (profile), 22 Apr 2009 @ 11:09pm

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    I didn't say you put in no effort, but to claim it is a "tremendous effort" is flattering yourself !.

    No. I work 18 to 20 hours a day. I do a ton of extra research and talking to people, reviewing content. If you don't think that's a tremendous effort, then I don't know what to say. It's rather insulting that you think I don't put tremendous effort into this site. If you don't like it, go somewhere else.

    You obviously missed the point - techdirt don't monetize the content you create, but the content other people contribute.

    I'm not sure what you mean at all. What do you mean we don't monetize the content we create? We absolutely do.

    well you do if you want to e.g be a musician and make your living as a musician (and you don't want to be a marketing guy or a blogger because you want to be a musician).

    You are a very confused individual. We've shown exactly how musicians are making money, even if it's not getting paid directly for the music. That's the same with written content. You can monetize the content even if it doesn't mean getting paid directly for the content.

    I didn't attack you

    You come here every day and make false, inflammatory or insulting comments directed at me (referring to me as "the Masnicks" which is insulting and wrong).

    The fact that you appear unable to comprehend basic economics is your loss. But, please, don't waste our time.

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