In September 2006, NewsFactor introduced a new service that gives an additional platform to bloggers to make their voices heard. For decades, big media dominated the information available to readers. But now, the phenomenon of blogging is evening out the playing field and giving bloggers the ability to be heard loud and clear. NewsFactor supports the blogging effort. We believe in blogging and make no apology to the mainstream big media.
NewsFactor is making its own audience available for bloggers to reach by showing some of the best blog posts to our readers. This brings benefit not only to the general phenomenon of blogging, but to participating bloggers, as well.
To make the most of the NewsFactor blog effort, it is important to keep certain issues in mind:
Benefits to Bloggers
1. A New, Bigger Audience - NewsFactor aggregates some of the best blogs, and presents them to our audience. In many cases, this is an audience that is being introduced to the blog for the first time, and this gives bloggers a whole new audience that is likely to go to the blog directly in the future through links that we provide. Readers are looking for interesting new content, so we encourage bloggers to publish in-depth, high-quality content.
2. More Branding - We promote the blog’s brand-name, and do our best to help turn it into a household name in the tech community. This effort acts basically as a free ad campaign for bloggers.
3. More Votes - Many bloggers include links to services like Digg and del.icio.us. We preserve those links and encourage our readers to vote for the blogs they are reading. This benefits bloggers by providing more voters for their blogs.
4. Higher Search Engine Ranking - NewsFactor has a fairly high search engine rank. By providing links back to participating blogs, we help boost the page rank of those blogs.
5. Prestige & Industry Recognition – When we list a blog as one of the best in the world, we add to the blog’s prestige. This is likely to translate into the blog being included in lists of top-ranked blogs.
6. More Traffic and Page Views – By providing links back to the original blogs and encouraging our audience to visit participating blogs directly, we send traffic to those sites. This is likely to result in more revenue for those blogs that run ads.
Protection for Bloggers’ Content
1. Bloggers Own Their Copyright - All blogs remain the exclusive property of their authors. Bloggers maintain 100% of their copyrights and we advise our audience that all rights are reserved by the original authors.
2. Bloggers Control Their Content - We aggregate the blog posts from the syndication feeds specifically created by bloggers. This means that bloggers maintain control of their blog posts, including what they write about, and how much of it is syndicated. Most bloggers prefer to syndicate their entire posts, while some bloggers syndicate only a portion of their posts. This is entirely up to each blogger. We do, however, encourage bloggers to syndicate their entire posts, because the goal of most bloggers is to present content that will attract readers to their blog, not superficial posts. The better the content -- the more benefit to the blogger and the more traffic to the original blog site.
Feedback for Bloggers
Readers are invited to provide feedback to blog posts by rating them.
Rating a blog entry is like expressing an opinion on it. Readers may rate an entry from zero to five stars. 0 is the worst rating, and five is the best rating.
How We Calculate an Average Rating
An average rating for each entry is calculated as follows: total score divided by the total number of votes. For example, if one reader rates an entry a '4', and another reader rates that entry a '1', then the average rating is 2.5.
How We Calculate the Total Score
A total score is calculated as the sum of all ratings for that entry. For example, if one reader rates an entry a '4' and another rates that same entry a '2', then the total score is 6.
It's that simple.
We also take the cumulative data for all entries for a particular source and calculate an overall average rating for that source. By 'source' we mean blog or news feed.
Flagging a Blog Entry for Objectionable Content
Our flagging system works in a very similar manner to that of blog*spot. If you know how blog*spot's flagging system works, you already know how ours works.
The flagging system is not a way to censor content. On the contrary, we welcome a broad range of opinions on any particualr topic -- even opinions that are provocative. The Web, and blogs in particualr, are based on the ability to express opinions freely.
If you simply disagree with a particular opinion expressed, please make your position known to the original blog publisher, in the comment area that usually appears below the blog entry on the original site. Please do not use the flagging system if you disagree with a particular blogger's opinion, even if their opinion is highly offensive to you.
The flagging system is a way for the community to regulate itself by pointing out blog entries or blogs that are harmful to our community of readers. Entries that are flagged a certain number of times will be examined by a moderator who will determine at his/her sole discretion which action to take.
To flag an entry as containing objectionable content, click the 'flag' icon at the top right corner of the page that displays the full entry. You will then be given the option of flagging the entry. You will also have the opportunity to change your mind and 'unflag' the entry.
If your blog has been recognized as one of the best, and has been added to our blog service and you have questions, comments, or corrections, or you would like to submit your blog for consideration, please use our contact form to reach us.