Ok le titre est un peu accrocheur mais c’est ce que déclare pouvoir perçevoir Jason Calacanis (fondateur de Weblogs et employant 120 bloggers sur 90 blogs, une vraie industrie) avec les revenus de Google AdSense…l’année prochaine !)
On est loin de mes 0,9 euros depuis l’ouverture de ce blog….
Sinon le journal Wired a publié un article sur les revenus des gros, grands bloggers actuels et les chiffres sont plutôt pas mal :
- Les 2 bloggers de Gawker gagnent $5,000 par mois
- Defamer: entre $7,000 and $10,000
- Gizmodo: $7,000 à $8,000
- Et Fleshbot: $7,000 à $8,000
Demain j’arrête le conseil…
Ci joint l’article de Wired:
When it comes to the profit potential of blogs, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, calls himself a skeptic.
It’s a surprisingly pessimistic perspective coming from the Brit who has launched a network of 13 theme blogs — including Fleshbot (porn), Gawker and Defamer (gossip), Gizmodo (gadgets) and Wonkette (politics). His most popular properties (Defamer, Gizmodo and Gawker) report between 4 million and 6 million visits per month and millions more pageviews, he and his top talent have been featured in articles in the ink-and-pulp press (Wired, The New York Times Magazine) and Denton rarely misses an opportunity to trumpet ads on his sites for blue-chip companies like Absolut, Audi, Sony, Nike, Viacom, Disney and Condé Nast.
So you can forgive his competitors for not buying into his deflationary spin: As David Hauslaib, founder of Jossip and the newly launched Queerty, put it: « Nick infamously downplays the profit potential of blogging the same way Tom Cruise’s sister-slash-publicist Lee Ann DeVette pretends his relationship with Katie Holmes is authentic. Even people outside the industry know it’s a sham. »
Hauslaib credits part of Denton’s success to his ability to keep mainstream publishers away from his medium, guaranteeing he’ll be the biggest player when media buyers come knocking. But Hauslaib believes there are plenty of seats left in the arena. There could an additional handful of gossip sites to compete with Gawker (and Jossip, for that matter), and ad dollars would continue to flow in.
« I’d love to see another half-dozen professional gay blogs surface that, in theory, would compete with Queerty, » Hauslaib said, « but more importantly, they’d be validating the space and attracting even more ad dollars for everyone. »
This is a theory that Jason Calacanis — the founder of Weblogs, who Denton refers to as his « endlessly entertaining rival » — subscribes to. Calacanis is perhaps the blogosphere’s biggest booster. I half expect him to claim that blogs will one day provide the cure for world hunger, cancer and bad hair. But he deserves credit for spotting a business opportunity at a time when many people viewed blogs as a digital wasteland (complete with typos, bad grammar and lowercase letters running amok).
Calacanis employs 120 bloggers and publishes 90 blogs — including Engadget (which covers consumer electronics) and Blog Maverick, typed by billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban — with his writers making anywhere from $200 to $3,000 a month. (One presumes Cuban doesn’t do it for the money.) On average, Weblog salaries are about a quarter to half what a mid-level editorial job would pay, without the daily office commute.
« Not to mention (bloggers) get to write about the topic they are most passionate about, » said Calacanis, who claims to be on track to collect more than $1 million in Google AdSense payments over the next year. « So, for our folks, it is like they are making money off their hobby. Think a scuba diver or video-game player making $500 to $1,500 a month writing about scuba diving or video games. »
What do you have to do to earn $500? Publish 125 entries a month, monitor comments, respond to readers and delete offensive comments — all for about $4 a post. At least, according to a contract leaked to the internet last month.
Naturally, Denton, for one, isn’t impressed with Calacanis’ wage scale (« We pay rather more than that ») or his business model (« It’s easy to launch hundreds of websites, but much harder to establish brands, online as much as off »).
Whether you are Calacanis, Denton or Hauslaib, to create a profitable blog requires much more than a keyboard, an internet connection and too much caffeine. You need a talented writer entertaining enough to hold an audience, a consistent publishing schedule, content worth linking to by other bloggers and worthy of press coverage, marketing savvy to sell advertising or enlist third-party networks and, as a culmination of all of this, plenty of traffic.
Says Hauslaib: « If a blog debuted with virtually zero startup costs, then it takes little to earn a profit. One ad will do it. But at the bare minimum, a lone blogger will likely need to attract high four- to five-figure daily visitor figures to even attempt a blog-based livable wage. »
Which led me to ask Nick Denton how much he earns from his blogs.
« We’ve never gotten into the numbers, » he said. « We’re a private company, and we prefer the focus to be on the stories (rather) than on the business model. »
Well, how much does he pay his bloggers? The amount floating around the internet is $2,500 a month per blogger plus traffic bonuses, courtesy of a talk Lockhart Steele, Gawker Media managing editor, gave at New York University last spring.
Denton claims that was supposed to be off the record, « which is why we haven’t done any more events at NYU since. But whatever. » Patrick Phillips, the adjunct instructor who organized the event, supplied me with two e-mails he had sent Gawker that stipulated the talk would be tape-recorded and used as a basis for an interview to be posted on his website, I Want Media.
« The most common number quoted has indeed been $2,500 per month, » Denton continues, adding that it’s wrong because some writers produce more than others and get paid accordingly — « but it’s not embarrassingly wrong. »
I run some numbers by him that I picked up about his pay structure.
I say the two bloggers at Gawker earn about $5,000 a month.
Defamer: Between $7,000 and $10,000 a month.
Gizmodo: $7,000 to $8,000.
And Fleshbot: $7,000 to $8,000 a month.
« Your numbers for the individual writers are particularly wild guesses, » Denton replied. « And they are embarrassingly wrong. If you’re making them up — nice try! If not, you’ve been misled. Badly. »
Or there’s a third possibility. Perhaps I’ve just experienced the Denton deflationary spin machine.