Blogging Jobs Slowing Down?

Over on the Perfomancing Hive forum, I have been hearing a few people rumble about the decreasing number and per job rate of blogging and web related positions.

Some very talented and experienced people are starting to find it harder and harder to find new contracts that can pay their bills. Other bloggers are noticing a decline in advertising revenue.

Has anyone else experienced this? To me, this goes against my own thoughts that as businesses tighten their belts, they will want to transition to the web, where a larger audience can be found at a less expensive rate. Or is that not the case?

Has there been a slow down in blogging related jobs? Has their been noticeable drops in advertising revenue? Sure, big companies have cut their blogger pay, but does that mean the whole industry is suffering?

Please, if you have any insights on this, let me know in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Blogging Jobs Slowing Down?

  1. Matt Craven

    Short answer: No.

    Longer Answer: There are alot of bloggers that were able to find positions when the economy was flush that perhaps weren’t cut out for writing, podcasting, etc… now that the economy is tightening up they’re the first ones feeling the pain in the blogosphere.

    (and by both answers above I mean writing / blogging jobs for others)

    (I also don’t mean the particular poster on hive that started that thread when I stated the above)

    Advertising wise – it’s a tougher market for everyone – and I don’t think anyone really sees any major improvement in the near term – 2nd/3rd quarter 09 is the best estimate I’m seeing right now.


  2. Peter

    It is true. With outsourcing and the emergence of popular sites like Elance and many others, writers and bloggers are easily and inexpensively available for hire. This is the reason why people are hiring from these places and avoiding seasoned bloggers. You will ask for $100 to write a review; they will get it done for $10. I am afraid this trend will only get worse.

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  4. Darren

    I’ve seen a general increase in job numbers being advertised on my job boards – this could be that the boards are becoming more widely known though so it’s hard to know.

  5. Star

    Oh–do you mean how Craigs and bid sites have turned writing into a white collar Rust Belt? Yes, I have noticed that.

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