Skip to comments.Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site
Posted on 09/17/2007 9:25:23 PM PDT by neverdem
The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.
The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspapers archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.
In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.
The Times said the project had met expectations, drawing 227,000 paying subscribers out of 787,000 over all and generating about $10 million a year in revenue.
But our projections for growth on that paid subscriber base were low, compared to the growth of online advertising, said Vivian L. Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of the site, NYTimes.com.
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 wasnt anticipated was the explosion in how much of our traffic would be generated by Google, by Yahoo and some others, Ms. Schiller said...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
But how can I ignore them if they won’t stay away?
Thanks for the link.
In other news, I’ve decided to stop charging people for the privledge of picking up dog crap in may back yard.
The New York Times has a website?
Damn. Just when Dowd and the other vermin were fading into obscurity.
Uh-Oh...you mentioned the dowdy one. You know the rules - we’re waiting for the CZJ pics! :-)
UGH, you deserve some really bad luck today for inflicting that harridan’s image upon us..... :^)
But I will be happy when the inevitable CZJ pics show up......
That was evil...eeeeeeevil!...my eyes are still recovering. As penance, you must imagine you have just woken up beside...that...and inadvertently gazed upon her before she’s had time to trowel on makeup...and feel yourself slowly turning to stone....
In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.Thanks neverdem. Good news. I want to find those "North Pole melting" hit pieces from circa 2000.
November 11, 1956:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 New findings of "atomic timekeeping" suggest that North America' may be heading into another major Ice Age ...
I’m sure the NYT politburo will keep it that way. :’)
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