Beginning today, all Newsvine writers and seeders can access their earnings pages. Hooray! This release comes with a caveat, however:
Although the site has tripled its unique visitors since May, recording our best month ever in July, you may have noticed that ads have been very slow to roll in. This disappoints us, because even though we're now visited by several hundred thousand users a month, the site (and all other sites within the FM Publishing family, including Digg, Fark, Metafilter, etc.) still has a high level of unsold inventory. To the average web user, less ads is a good thing, but we're very concerned about helping you monetize your content and paying our own bills as well!
Our repping firm is almost as new as we are, so we're giving them a good solid chance to increase sales, and we hope to see the results in the coming weeks. Selling ads on new properties is not as easy as one might think.
So what does this mean for you, the contributor? Well, it means that the current number you see on your earnings page just represents the one ad we ran for a couple of weeks in June, so it may seem pretty low. It obviously does not reflect any contributions before June, or in the month of July. We're not able to give "real-time" earnings for several reasons, the most important being that there is a lag between when page views are registered and when the advertiser approves and executes payment. We're working to make earnings as real-time as possible, but for now, you should expect a month of lead-time. This short delay also allows us to account for page-view fraud.
We appreciate you bearing with us as we continue to make Newsvine the best place to read, write, and influence the news. Traffic has never been better, we continue to receive great press and interest, but advertising is just taking a bit longer to get going than we would have hoped. Our promise to you from the beginning remains unchanged, however: Where there is money to be made off of your content, you should make most of it. Read, write, and seed for the love of it, and the rest will come naturally.