Content & Culture for a Dollar

Amazon just created MP3 clip widgets that pay 10% payout on MP3 downloads. You can create a list of your favorites as content, while displaying ads. Those who run large communities may be able to make a decent income selling culture.

If you are a member of our community I wrote a post about why I think Google Friend Connect is a bad idea for most web publishers.

Andrew Johnson has a good post on why Yahoo! as a content company is a failing strategy. While Google and Amazon are expanding in many directions, Yahoo! is forced to contract due to their high editorial costs.

Mozilla Corporation may create a service around aggregating usage data. Yet another great example of giving away something and building value around it.

Published: May 15, 2008 by Aaron Wall in publishing & media


May 15, 2008 - 4:19pm

Amazon's affiliate program has consistently been the worst performer by far over the past year or two. Their same-visit purchase cookie is super restrictive - I imagine this applies to MP3's as well.

That widget takes up a lot of space (and attention), cluttering any page it's on - just for the potential to earn 10 cents IF someone decided to whip out a credit card on the same visit? Or maybe I just don't spend enough time in the part of the web where these things will be popping up.

May 15, 2008 - 5:15pm

I am not saying that it is great for an SEO blog, but for a site like metafilter or as a popular Facebook widget or something it could do quite well.

And in some cases I think you get credit on second purchases, etc.

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