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  • Posted by Jennie Phipps

WordCount Blogathon hostess Michelle Rafter asked all of us who were participating in this year’s Blogathon to include a blog about our favorite blogs.

Lots of subscribers to Freelance Success are bloggers. Some of them have been very successful at turning their blogs into significant profit centers. Check out the CitiesOnTheCheap.com network, founded by Jennifer Maciejewski, who is rapidly creating an impressive worldwide network of similar sites, many of them owned and maintained by Freelance Success subscribers.

Blogs lead to profitable work for lots of people. For instance, a subscriber announced on the forums recently that she had been recruited to blog regularly for a major employment website after someone from the company read her blog on a similar topic. Another subscriber is flying weekly across country to blog for a major airline.

Jen Singer, who just published her fifth book, Stop Second-Guessing Yourself – Baby’s First Year, credits her website, MommaSaid.net, a super blog, for getting her writing career off the ground.

Freelance Success lists dozens of other subscriber blogs on its homepage. Check out the right rail — and there is some really impressive work there.

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Yahoo! announced yesterday that it had purchased Associated Content – for an estimated $100 million. About a month ago, for the Freelance Success weekly newsletter, I interviewed Anthony Moor, who is heading up Yahoo’s local push. He said then that he was experimenting with having Associated Content provide local news in Detroit and Cleveland, and Associated Content had met the high quality standard he had set.

I hope in the end that this is good news for local news coverage and for freelancers, but I have my doubts. Digging up real local news is reporter intensive – and expensive if you’re going to do it right. Writers for Associated Content are mostly volunteers – people who are eager to be published because it contributes to their professional reputation in some way. But over the long haul, I doubt that’s sustainable. Writers and editors will ultimately require payment to do these jobs accurately and quickly day in and day out. I can see Yahoo! paying if it is able to attract high-volume traffic from local news, but it isn’t going to be easy and it’s not going to be cheap.

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