Duncan has an interesting post that sheds some light on the rate that Weblogs Inc pay some of their writers. The information was gleaned from a blogger who was given a Weblogs Inc contract but who decided not to sign up (see their account of events here). Duncan writes:
‘According to the contract, writers for Slashfood are paid $500 USD per month and are expected to write “125 monthly blog posts, along with monitoring of comments, responding to readers in comments, and deleting offensive comments. Posts under the goal of 125 will be pro-rated at $4.00 per post”’
I’ve seen the contract previously (or a different version of it) from another disgruntled but wasn’t going to publish anything about it because it’s not a public document – but I guess it’s all out in the open now after a link at metafilter.
Update: I’ve just spoken with another blogger who has had contact with Weblogs Inc and they told me that they’d been offered $5 per post to blog for them. I suspect the amount depends on a number of factors including the bloggers profile, the topic of the blog, the traffic levels already established on the blogs etc.