September 14, 2009
Duncan Riley talks about the recent refresh of his news site The Inquisitr and it is interesting to see how he views the site more and more as a traditional news outlet. Besides the obvious visual changes and enhancements, Riley talks about the syndication deals we’ve reported on previously.
I’ve only touched on this side briefly, but we started syndicating content a couple of months back. We started with Bang Celebrity content, and started playing with AHN. As of two weeks ago we expanded our AHN deal so we take on much more of their content now. We don’t post all of it, and we’re trying to work around content that might be interesting. At the same time though, the mere fact that we’re syndicating content makes us more traditional news site every day; both deals are like signing on with AP or Reuters to a degree, and I’d hope it’s the start of something better again for us.
Be sure to read his post on the fourth Inquisitr refresh, and check out the new look. It is a step in the right direction says the designer in me…
Tags: Blog Design, Duncan Riley, Syndication, The Inquisitr
July 3, 2009
Duncan Riley has announced the addition of Paul Montgomery as the in-house sports writer on The Inquisitr. Montgomery is a journalist by trade, and with the addition the site now features a dedicated sports category.
Riley also announced a syndication deal with BANG Showbiz, which means that The Inquisitr can run up to ten stories from their celebrity content stock, as an addition to the regular celebrity coverage. Finally, Riley also announced a deal with GumGum for celebrity photography. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out, especially the syndication deal.
As for traffic, Riley reports that pageviews are down in June, 2.7 million to 2.55. He calls it a comfortable level.
Tags: BANG Showbiz, celebrity, Duncan Riley, gumgum, Paul Montgomery, sports, Syndication, The Inquisitr
June 8, 2009
You probably remember JR Raphael leaving Duncan Riley’s The Inquisitr to launch his own site. Well, there’s been an ad out where Riley’s been looking for a replacement. Over 400 applications (possibly more as you’re reading this) has been sent in, and the winner is…? Well, let’s start with who were not winners:
There were some amazing applicants based on experience, including an ex-CNN correspondent, a couple of TV ppl, maybe half a dozen newspaper reporters, and a range of people from very well known blogs.
Right, so who is filling JR Raphael’s shoes?
Kim LaCapria, based in New York, and obviously capable of writing an amazing job application. In fact, the application was so good that it prompted Riley to blog about it, which is something you might want to consider if you’re going to search for a new blogging gig.
LaCapria hasn’t started on The Inquisitr yet, but if you’re interested in her work you can check out Magic Satchel and the possibly NSFW Vice Vixen blog.
Tags: blog jobs, Duncan Riley, JR Raphael, Kim LaCapria, Magic Satchel, The Inquisitr, Vice Vixen
May 29, 2009
One of the initial writers on Duncan Riley’s news site The Inquisitr is leaving today. JR Raphael is a heavyweight in the tech sphere, with a contributing editor gig at PC World and a lot of other big workplaces under his belt. And now he’s leaving The Inquisitr to launch his own site, eSarcasm.
I caught up with both Duncan and JR for a brief interview about what sparked this move. Duncan had this to say:
JR Raphael was with you from day 1 with The Inquisitr. What did he bring to the table?
We were always fortunate to have JR’s services. I’ve never judged applicants by their resume alone, and always looked at writing style and eye for content, but in JR’s case I saw both. As well as writing for MSNBC, PC World, The Washington Post and Yahoo Tech, he’s also won two Emmy’s. Yeah, if that sounds like an insane resume to you, imagine how I felt. The resume should have frightened me off, but none the less he got the gig.
Tags: Duncan Riley, eSarcasm, exclusive, featured, JR Raphael, The Inquisitr
May 6, 2009
Duncan Riley’s site The Inquisitr is 1 year (and a day as I’m writing this) old, and it appears as if the goals were met. Just read this paragraph from Duncan’s post on the matter:
As I type this post, Google Analytics says we’ve delivered 13,059,144 page views in our first 12 months. The real figure is probably around 13.3 million, as we’re missing about a weeks worth of stats from various periods, but I’m happy with 13 million none the less. Our other vital stats: Alexa 11,341, Technorati: 225, Compete: 3,907, Quantcast: 1,756, Australian Blog index: 2, Australian startup index: 8.
Very nice, happy birthday then!
Be sure to check out the post on Paul Short joining as a permanent writer, with quotes from both him and Duncan.
Tags: birthday, Duncan Riley, Paul Short, The Inquisitr
May 4, 2009
Paul Short, who used to run a blog network called Bloglogic back in the day as well as being one of the initial 5 in b5media, has signed up as a permanent resident on Duncan Riley’s The Inquisitr. He’s been writing for the site for some time, at a CPM payment basis of sorts, but as of May 1st, he’s on the more traditional payroll. read more
Tags: Bloglogic, Duncan Riley, featured, Paul Short, The Inquisitr
March 25, 2009
Duncan Riley’s news blog The Inquisitr is looking to hire writers, and the payment model is CPM based. That by itself isn’t anything new, but being up front with the reasoning perhaps is, Duncan writes extensively about it on his blog.
Personally, I wouldn’t go for this model unless the numbers looked really really good, but it is interesting to see publishers looking for payment solutions in today’s struggling economy. It’s even more interesting to read about the reasoning behind the decisions, and knowing Duncan I think we’ll find out how this experiment falls out.
Tags: blog rates, CPM, Duncan Riley, The Inquisitr
March 2, 2009
Duncan Riley’s news site The Inquisitr continues to grow, this time setting a new monthly record in pageviews (2,315,920 if you want to know). As usual, Duncan is pretty open about it in a blog post. However, The Inquisitr is also a good example of how the economic situation is hitting sites leaning on ads. Duncan has let a writer go, which is the common solution these days.
Going forward we’ve done everything we can to run a lean ship. Our cost base is down, and despite being down a writer the traffic went up. However there are risks ahead. We’ll likely do less traffic this month (we tend to go on two month cycles), and a similar drop in advertising rates will hurt. The only question now is when will the online ad market bottom, and how much further will it fall.
As good an example as any on how online publications are coping with the current financial climate.
Tags: advertising, Duncan Riley, recenssion, The Inquisitr
January 16, 2009
Duncan Riley, the founder of the Blog Herald, now runs The Inquisitr, as you probably well know. And successfully it would seem, at least in the eyes of the folks behind the Australian Startup Index, who lists The Inquisitr at number 7 in the January edition. Duncan blogs about it of course. Congratulations are in order, I believe, so congrats Duncan with crew!
Tags: Australian Startup Index, Duncan Riley, The Inquisitr
November 6, 2008
Duncan Riley, the founder of the Blog Herald, continues to share his struggles with The Inquisitr. The site is no 6 months old, which means it is getting really interesting to see how it fares.
This from the wrap-up:
I say this every month but it still holds true: we’re not quite there yet, but the outlook is rosy. The notion that it takes 6-9 months to establish a blog would appear to be holding true: we continue to improve in content, engagement and page views.
Check out the full post on Duncan’s blog.
Tags: Duncan Riley, statistics, The Inquisitr