A month or two ago we started seeing a lot of ads looking for bloggers for Today.com. They promised $5.00 per post, guaranteed for three months, plus bonuses now and again. The past couple of weeks, we noticed ads for Today.com changed from $5.00 per post, to $1.00 per post plus bonuses. So they lowered their rate of pay significantly in only a matter of weeks.
I heard from many bloggers today that Today.com sent them a note telling them their rate has been lowered to $1.00 per post plus $2.00 per thousand page views. They said this was based on a monthly review and hopefully things will change in the future.
Now, if Today.com promised their writers $5.00 per month for the first three months, they’re in breach of their contract to lower the pay to $1.00. Also, many of these bloggers just started working for Today.com. Is it fair to have their rate of pay lowered after only a few weeks of blogging? Everyone knows it takes time to build up a blog and bring in the traffic.
I encourage any Today.com blogger who signed on at a rate of $5.00 per post guaranteed for the first three months to show their agreement to their editors. I also encourage the Today.com bloggers to read their contracts. Did they say rates can be raised and lowered arbitrarily after each month’s review?
I don’t agree with the practice of raising a bloggers base pay up and down like that – and so significantly! It’s a big difference from $1 to $5. Why not $2 or $3 or $4 based on performance? Surely everyone doesn’t have the same exact traffic. Is it $1 because now Today.com is advertising for bloggers and only paying them $1?
Please, Today.com bloggers, shed some some light on this and tell us your thoughts.