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Demand Media: Etsy And Pinterest Will Feed Interest In Creativebug Demand Media: Etsy And Pinterest Will Feed Interest In Creativebug

As previously reported, Demand Media announced today that it has acquired arts and crafts e-learning site Creativebug as part of its push to expand into paid content offerings. During a recent earnings call, the company expressed such an initiative, leading …

Demand Media Expands Into Paid Content With Creativebug Demand Media Expands Into Paid Content With Creativebug

Demand Media just announced that it has acquired CreativeBug, a provider of online video workshops for arts and crafts. The property should fit right into the company’s content network, which it plans to split away from its domain registrar business. …

Pew Finds 65% Of Net Users Have Paid For Online Content
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When it comes to paying for online content, there are lots of outlooks.  Some people subscribe to multiple news sites and spend hours on iTunes every week.  Others set the Pirate Bay as their homepage.  Now, following a study, Pew’s claimed that 65 percent of Internet users have paid for digital content at some point.

Note that the past tense definitely applies here; Pew’s question included the phrase "if you have ever paid," so it’s hard to draw conclusions about future or even current spending patterns.

Would You Pay for Twitter if You Had to?
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Update: It appears there are some people out there that would pay to use Twitter if they had to. MG Siegler points to a survey from film critic Roger Ebert who would pay for Twitter, along with about 20% of his followers. Make of that what you will.

Is the New York Times Jumping the Gun on Paid Content?
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There has been a lot of talk of late about how the New York Times would probably be moving towards a paid model for its online content. The newspaper has now come right out and said that starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get "a certain number of articles" for free every month, before asking to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the print edition would receive full access to the site for no additional charge.

Google Changes How it Handles Paid Content

Google has made a change to the way it treats its "first click free" option for publishers. The option was designed for legitimate publishers to get around Google’s cloaking policies, which discourage the showing of one web page to a crawler while the user sees something different.

80% of Consumers Would Not Pay For Content
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As you’ve more than likely heard by now, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in an interview last week talked about the possibility of blocking search engines from indexing News Corp. publications’ content. While this may or may not actually happen, it is one of the latest (and biggest) examples of a publisher taking the position of search engines hurting them rather than helping them.

A Loophole For Paid Links
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It seems it was only a matter of time before the cleverer element of the SEO world developed a workaround for Google’s penalizing of paid links. The workaround involves a pretty creative "dynamic" linking strategy, and it’s playing a little bit dirty.

Reuters Snares Content Deal With IHT

The International Herald Tribune agreed to an ad revenue sharing deal with Reuters that will monetize a new business report from the two news organizations.