I have been a blogger for today.com for a long time. I originally joined because I loved to write about sports. The additional pay of $1 per post and $.0022 per unique visitor was an added bonus. When the opportunity came through to add another blog through them and earn more money, I jumped on it. It was at this stage that the issues began to grow and frustrations developed between the staff as well as its members. The biggest hit came when Today.com reversed the contracts that they gave all of these VIP bloggers and stripped the pay per blog away from them.
The founder of today.com cited this as being necessary because of the decline in the quality of work that was being posted. With that said, the quality could not have been that bad as today.com went from a page rank of 3 to a 6 just in the time that I was there. Once the money for the second blog was removed, that is where the proverbial shit hit the fan.
Dave, the top administrator (and owner as I understand it) basically started telling bloggers if they did not like it, then leave. My issue to that is if it were not for ALL of the bloggers on today.com, they would have never gotten to where they are today. With that said, all the bloggers starting hitting the forums and it got nasty. Dave posted a final message to the bloggers in the forum and this very message is the reason why I left today.com for good.
Dave is correct in the fact that we need to value our time. He states "One thing is people are undervaluing their time....." The problem is, today.com is the one that set the price to begin with and everyone agreed to that price by signing up. All they are wanting is what is RIGHTFULLY theirs and was taken away.Dave closes out stating that today.com must do what they need to in order to survive in this market. He also refers to other avenues of revenue that have been gained by the hard work of all of these bloggers.
In the end, today.com can be the winner and the loser. If they keep telling their writers that they do not care if they leave, they will soon have no bloggers. Without bloggers, you do not have advertisers either.
One thing that I learned a long time ago is to take care of the hand that feeds you. $30 month is easily replaced, however, 1500 bloggers are not.