Sunday, 20 April 2008

Paying Users for Generating Content

A while back I mentioned user generated content, and wondered how long before forums and hosting sites that make money out of users content (eg from all the advertising that is on popular pages) would start paying producers for that content. of course, after hosting costs and overheads and profits were taken into account. So far I've only seen competitions and reader discounts, and no financial rewards. Until today, where I followed up a link to some videos on and looked at their

I like the fact that it tells you how much the producer makes for a certain video. Nice way to attract more content from the "I can do better than that" brigade.

There was a nice human drama playing out in one of the comment threads of a how-to-make-a-stove video. Someone alleged that the stove blew up when they followed the instructions and they were consulting a lawyer. Whether genuine or not, it opens up content providers and hosting companies to abuse. Be careful when giving advice online.


Abcol@Altens said...

hot news: fig rolls are disappearing from shops - faster than petrol (can I have my money now)

GuyP said...

More prizes instead of actual cash I'm afraid, but still - you might be interested in the Homemade Mountain Movie Awards over on

Required: internet access, digital camera, love of the hills
Not required: professionalism, expensive kit, seriousness!

GuyP from lfto

AktoMan said...

Aye, I saw the comp write-up in last month's Trail mag. Think you've got a good balance between old and new media there: lot of info in the mag, backed up by additional info online.

Seeing as you're here ... will there be mention of the pro-wildcamping petition in Country Walking? Almost mentioned Trail, but you moved away last year, IIRC.

Hope the family's well.