New York Times stoppt Online-Abo

New York Times Logo Die New York Times stoppt ihr aktuelles „Online-Abo“ für Teilbereiche Ihre Online Website NYTimes.com. Grund dafür ist die Entwicklung im Internet: Die Einnahmen von Online-Abos sind weit geringer als potentielle Werbeeinnahmen.

Zudem konnten Artikel über Suchmaschinen wie „Google“ oder „Yahoo“ sowie via direkte Links von Blogs zwar erkannt werden aber nicht öffentlich gelesen werden. Viele Besucher sind dadurch verloren und verärgert worden.

What changed, The Times said, was that many more readers started coming to the site from search engines and links on other sites instead of coming directly to NYTimes.com. These indirect readers, unable to get access to articles behind the pay wall and less likely to pay subscription fees than the more loyal direct users, were seen as opportunities for more page views and increased advertising revenue.

“What wasn’t anticipated was the explosion in how much of our traffic would be generated by Google, by Yahoo and some others,” Ms. Schiller said.

Many readers lamented their loss of access to the work of the 23 news and opinion columnists of The Times — as did some of the columnists themselves. Some of those writers have such ardent followings that even with access restricted, their work often appeared on the lists of the most e-mailed articles.

Link to Article: Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site

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