Content acquisition strategies:
1. Aggregation (retrevo) - can be a good starting point but not an attractive destination. Scambait.
2. Skilled Labor (cnet) - easy to get started and usually highest objective quality but doesn’t scale.
3. Unskilled Labor (Turk) - easy to get started and scales some but hard to provide anything meaningful beyond simple classification. Techniques to get more discerning info push cost to unattractive levels.
4. Machine Generation - hard to start, hard to produce meaningful and flexible results. Generally poor human consumable results.
5. Crowdsourced (pinterest, Wikipedia) - impossible to get going, hard to maintain, easy to break. Fantastic subjective quality. Magical if achieved.
6. Vanity (Facebook, dribbble) - hard to get going, subject is generally fixed, hard to monetize due to ownership of content, privacy concerns.
These lines are not fixed. Google successfully combines many of these categories. Most top500 websites use more than one.
Thoughts?@1 month ago