Eric Olsen of the wildly successful, pop-culture site, Blog Critics, discusses how he runs an internet publishing business with over 700 independent authors. In this episode, Eric answers questions and talks about lessons he has learned and how others might address similar challenges.
Here are some of the questions we asked Eric:
- What was your inspiration in starting Blogcritics?
- Where does a person start in turning a blog into a money making effort?
- How do you manage the growth and the quality of over 700 contributors?
- What is the story of the “wee little pepper?”
- Do you make a profit from the site and is it enough to live on?
- What is the revenue creation model for your site?
- How has the nature of the relationship with product and service providers changed as you have grown and how do you manage the volume?
About Eric Olsen
Over a 20-year writing, editing and media career, Eric Olsen has written in depth on a vast array of topics including politics, current events, world affairs, popular culture, music, music industry, digital technology, opinion and commentary, etc., for periodicals, books, TV, radio, and the Internet.
Popular culture writer for various publications including Playboy, Billboard, Alternative Press, Option, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Hear Say, Cleveland.com, etc.
Editor/Author: Networking In the Music Industry (Rockpress, 1993), Encyclopedia of Record Producers (Billboard Books, 1999).
TV: Music critic for Fox 8 Morning show 2000-2001; host and writer of Dancevision music show in Canton 1993-1995.
Radio: Founder, host, producer and programmer of “Cool Tunes,” one of the most highly-regarded and longest-running specialty music shows in the country: WRQK 1990-1994, WENZ 1994-1996, WAPS 1999-2002.
Founder of Blog Critics, “A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, and technology continuously updated.”