Sucker Punched By today.com

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Services for Real Estate Pros with R & D Art

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.

Comments (5)

Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Danny - Wow, very interesting.  I couldn't make out what Dave said in that forum.  Any chance you can email it to me Danny?

Mar 13, 2009 08:42 AM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru

Jason, if you click on it, it grows.

Mar 13, 2009 09:07 AM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

It does not seem like a very good business practice to insult or harass your writers. Nor does it seem like the wisest thing to not honor your agreements and basically tell those you have an agreement with to pound dirt. I am sure that for you and most of the writers it is more about respect than the pitiful amount they pay, or used to pay.

Mar 13, 2009 10:02 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Yikes - if I got that email I would think it was spam - there are so many errors and typos.  I think they better keep paying for content.

Liz

Mar 13, 2009 12:05 PM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Snob Alert****

I would think that a guy that's the owner of that type of blog platform/business would know how to compose a letter, spell and use correct grammar.

You'll feel better for having the free time vs the money, believe me.

May they go in peace.

Mar 13, 2009 01:20 PM

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