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I came across an interesting site today (Eat, Sleep, Publish) in my quest to see what business models others are using for pay-for-content blogs since my little blogging experiment is starting to get a bit more involving than I ever anticipated. I was shocked to find so little info on the topic, implying how difficult it is for media concerns to actually charge for content (see my ramblings on this topic below). I found the aforementioned blog to be interesting, so decided to see what his Google Page Rankwas in order to see how popular the site is. While I was there, I decided to see where I stood in the scheme of things, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at the results. BoomBustBlog has a page ranking of 6 (out of a possible 10). That puts me in the very top echelon of blogging sites, despite the fact this blog is not even a year and a half old yet and the fact that I charge for premium content. 

I feel compelled to say thank you to all of the regular visitors and contributors who made this possible. Below is a Google Page Rank chart of some of the most respected and well trafficked blogs and sites on the Internet.

 Blog Name Category Google Page Rank Primary Revenue Model Comments
Google Portal site (Web's top 100 trafficked sites) 10 Search driven ad model  
Yahoo Portal site (Web's top 100 trafficked sites) 9 Search driven ad model, Banner ads  
Arianna Huffington's Huffington Post Political commentary (Web's top 100 trafficked sites) 8 Banner ads  
Barry Ritholz's The Big Picture  Macro-economic analysis and commentary 7 Banner ads Moved from central blogging platform, thus may have reduced rank
Seeking Alpha Financial commentary aggregation portal 7 Banner ads  
Nouriel Roubini's RGE Monitor  Macro-economic analysis and commentary, global macro news and analysis aggregation
7 Banner ads, subscriptions (institutional rates, ex 4 or 5 digits and up), has free content
Reggie Middleton's (that devlishly handsome fellow!) BoomBustBlog.com Fundamental and forensic corporate analysis, financial and macro-economic analysis and commentary 6 Subscriptions only (institutional rates, ex. 4 or 5 digits and up), has free content
Moved from central blogging platform, thus may have reduced rank
Calculated Risk  Macro-economic analysis and commentary 6 Banner ads Moved from central blogging platform, thus may have reduced rank
Mish's Global Economic Analysis  Macro-economic analysis and commentary 6 Banner ads  
Yves' Naked Capitalism Financial and macro-economic analysis and commentary 4 Banner ads  

 The chart above is definitely not an exhaustive listing of the quality blogs, just an anecdotal sampling of some of the widely followed or well known blogs (and mine tooCool). What this should tell readers is that the online media magazine/newspaper is without a doubt the way of the future. As newsprint companies are going out of business, some blogs are thriving, and making money to boot. I feel good about the progress of the blog, since it was never intended to be a commercial venture, but stumbled upon revenue by mistake (as I am sure at least a few of the blogs mentioned above were as well). BoomBustBlog is also the youngest of the blogs by far, and as my readers probably can attest to, the spiciest and most cynical as well.

Again, I humbly say "Thank you" for all of your support. More on my musings on old vs. new media:

  1. A change is gonna' come 
  2. Continuing the conversation of the future of main stream media.., 
  3. The Future of Main Stream Media, pt 3 
  4. Sometimes, to grow, you must stick to your core competencies 
  5. Time Warner and the MSM pt. 4
  6. Has the Web and the Blogosphere ushered in the Death of Radio?