Seattle P-I reporter (and friend of the 'Vine) John Cook had a note in his blog last week entitled "Lack of Ads Concerns Newsvine". The post was written after our unveiling of the Newsvine Earnings page and subsequent explanation of progess made on the advertising front.
We're happy to say that since that time, the sell-through rate on Newsvine has improved dramatically thanks to the efforts of FM Publishing and their sales staff. A little patience on behalf of Newsvine and the community is starting to pay off with ads this month from the likes of Apple Computer (!!!), The New York Times, CNBC, Ing, Disney, JetBlue, and a host of others. All of these great companies advertising on Newsvine, and guess what? No bouncing George Bush heads, no seizure-inducing screensaver pitches, no popunders, and nothing else that would detract from the user experience of the site.
This is a major reason why FM and Newsvine are working together. We both believe in showcasing tasteful, relevant advertising around tasteful, relevant content. We're still in the beginning stages of developing the site and helping contributors monetize their content, but this month represents a big step forward.