My headline isn’t quite fair because no one was demanding that the “pay wall” at The Post & Email web site come down, but for whatever reason it has, reports Mike Volin on his Where’s Obama’s Birth Certificate? Blog Talk Radio program. An article appeared yesterday at the P&E with the official announcement that their content is now free. Editor Rondeau says that they have lowered their hosting costs, and will cover expenses with advertising revenue.
As I told Mike on the show, I think Sharon Rondeau gets some good scoops, and she can write literately. Obviously, I don’t agree with her birther conclusions.
You can like them on Facebook too.
I’m somewhat baffled by Rondeau saying they went to a subscription model originally because of expensive hosting. Their Alexa.com rank in the US is 423,782. Obama Conspiracy Theories ranks 248,361, way better, and I host for $20 a month, and could get along with a cheaper package, particularly nowadays where the site traffic is only half what it was in the heyday of the birther movement.
It would seem to this writer that the problem for The Post & Email is that, based on their ranking, hardly anyone reads them, and their impact approaches zero. No one wants to put all that time and effort into a web site that nobody reads. The P&E, which under the covers is a WordPress blog, appears to be trying to appeal to a wider audience. Are we seeing the next Huffington Post? I think not.