November 02, 2007

The TimesSelect Reader (Jon Garfunkel) - NYT paywall vs. Google and bloggers

The TimesSelect Reader is Jon Garfunkel's "8 parts and 21,000 words" examination of the New York Times having a premium, for-pay, service and

... whether the Times lost influence, or audience, or money over the last two years. Many entries in the blogs have been long on speculation and short on data. We have tried to fill in the data gaps here.

Readers here might particularly want to examine the section on TimesSelect, SEO, and Google:

Google may need the Times, but the Times is starting to rely on Google even more. Marshall Simmonds told me that 25% of the traffic to comes from all search engines.

Note also TimesSelect & Foreign Correspondence

Perhaps Friedman is more popular because he often tells us what we want to hear. Kristof tells us what we don't want to hear.

It's all an immense amount of work, deserving of extensive attention (which, not coming from an A-lister, it won't get - in fact, even if it did come from an A-lister, it probably wouldn't be read, though it'd be talked about).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on November 02, 2007 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Thanks, Seth. Once again I try mightily to reach out to the search engine land, and they just say, goo-goo, goo-goo (or something sounding like that).

It's not much of a scandal. I just was really surprised to learn that Google *had* indexed the NYT archives before, but it remained in the Google News Archives either because it wasn't technically "on the web" or because of the unspoken policy that Google doesn't like registration-based content.

Posted by: Jon Garfunkel at November 5, 2007 10:33 PM