The Huffington Post Bloggers Want a Share of the Pie

Written by Amit Agarwal on Feb 9, 2011
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Arianna Huffington recently sold her popular news website The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million and estimates suggest that the deal will make Ms. Huffington richer by as much as $100 million.

The Huffington Post has an army of few thousand bloggers who contribute on everything from politics to entertainment to tech and a majority of these contributors, if not all, aren’t paid a dime for their work. They get fame but no monetary rewards.

Now some of these Huffington Post contributors are demanding a share of the pie. They’ve setup a Facebook Page, appropriately titled Hey Arianna, asking Arianna to “give a little back to the unpaid writers who built the Huffington Post.”

This $315 million buyout by AOL, along with her $4 million annual salary as part of the deal, was built on the backs of hard-working writers who never saw a dime for their labor.

Many of Huffington Post’s most productive contributors broke news and provided astute analysis to regular beats, allowing Huffington to avoid hiring a paid journalist for the same coverage.

The celebrities who contribute to The Huffington Post will continue writing as they aren’t doing it for money anyway. However, the unpaid army of bloggers that painstakingly creates those photo galleries and other search optimized content that brings in millions of visitors to the Post have every reason to feel unhappy at the current “work for free” arrangement.

Thanks Pragati Verma for the tip.

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