What site paid $.02 per page view before going bust?
January 17, 2006 8:30 AM   Subscribe

With talk of a flood of money to content sites, I'm trying to remember the name of a dot-com that went bust (maybe 5 years ago?) which paid $.02 per page view on articles written.
posted by jacobw to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Ha, so am I. Whenever anyone mentions gather.com I always bring it up but I can't remember the name! I used to be a member of whatever it was though. Just to confirm you're right though.
posted by wackybrit at 8:56 AM on January 17, 2006

If I'm not mistaken, the website in question was themestream.com.
posted by charmston at 8:58 AM on January 17, 2006

Check out the $.10 per page view rate initally offered by themestream.com. No wonder they didn't last long.
posted by teddymac at 9:08 AM on January 17, 2006

Response by poster: That's it!
posted by jacobw at 9:11 AM on January 17, 2006

It's worthwhile going back in dotcom history for perspective. However, there are things that can be accomplished today that weren't possible earlier in the 'net's history. I can remember when the demise of Suck 'proved' that there was no future in online content. I recall when it was said that the inability of Microsoft's SIdewalk to rule the local space (it was supposed to be the original local paper killer) 'proved' that future ventures such as AdSense and A9 could not be accomplished, because if Microsoft couldn't do it, who could?

There are a lot more people online than there were 5 years (in 'net years, a lifetime) ago, and there are a lot more ways to monitize pageviews. Google, Yahoo and other giants are also flush with cash in a way they were not 5 years ago. When the local newspaper dies, all that local ad money will demand a place to go, and the writing is on the wall as to where. Local content is, if not the next big thiing, near the front of the line, and whoever builds the best online value-added sites (and figures out the right payment structure) will reap the benefits. My opinion, anyway.
posted by humannature at 12:52 PM on January 17, 2006

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