Many bloggers have tried to find a business model for blogging, but Steve Gibson's figured out a way to make money off the bloggers themselves. He relies on suing them. Gibson is CEO of Las Vegas company [URL="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/07/copyright-trolling-for-dollars/"]Righthaven[/URL], which purchases the copyright to newspaper content and then sues bloggers and websites that use the articles without obtaining permission. The company, which was formed in March, has filed 80+ federal lawsuits against those using articles from the[I] Las Vegas Review-Journal[/I]. Currently he hopes that Stephens Media, which owns the [I]Las Vegas Review-Journal[/I], will allow him to expand his business to other …

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It seems the FTC has issues new regs covering the review of products by bloggers. Below is the link to the Yahoo news piece on this. Basically, under the new regs, bloggers who are reviewing products have to disclose if they are paid in cash, gifts or freebies for their reviews. Many on this forum have discussed this type of blogging in terms of transparency and honesty. Obviously, these regs will make it easier for consumers reading such reviews to understand where reviews may be skewed. Additionally, this will cut down on the number of review opportunities that are available. …

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For the bloggers on this network, do you welcome PR and corporations outreaching you for publicizing their products or services? Or are you offended? I just read this article that inspired me to write this post: [url]http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1007248[/url]

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Many social media monitoring tools measure and find influencers. So if you had experience with such service, what do you think? Do you think it has helped your business finding and outreaching these influencer bloggers? What do you think?

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