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Widgetbox Introduces the Blidget Pro

Widgetbox has released the Blidget Pro product: the next generation of our successful Blidget tool. Also worth noting, it is our first subscription-based service ($3.99 / mo or $29.99 / year). The Blidget Pro is a far more powerful version of the Blidget - a tool that has converted nearly 100,000 blogs into widgets and served 2.3 billion impressions since its initial launch in 2007. It represents a major step forward – and the best way to give you a feel for its capabilities is with some samples (the full feature set is below). Please contact me if you are interested in learning more or how Widgetbox can help you and your company:

- Easily create viral, branded widgets without any code - Custom header, footer and/or body assets (jpg, gif, swf, png) - Tab integration for multiple feeds and formats - In-widget video integration for YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo (Hulu example) - New visual layouts (slideshow, brick-mode, headlines with images) - Custom widget linking (header, footer and/or body) - Premium promotion on -Widget analytics (installs, widget views, uniques)

The Trouble with As a Business (Perhaps Blogs For that Matter)

Want celebrity gossip? The online destination of choice is - which, according to Perez, boasts larger readership than People Magazine (the perennial #1 print magazine). That success has turned Perez into a star - he has his own MTV and VH1 shows, is seen in celebrity magazines galore and he's fetching sponsorship deals both personally on on his website.

So you would think that would be growing because of all of this. Wrong. Pageviews, uniques and visits are relatively flat (perhaps even down).

Why? Simply put:because blogging doesn't scale.

As Perez Hilton becomes more of a star, his focus clearly has shifted. There are fewer daily blog posts and, more importantly, fewer 'meaningful' blog posts (there is now lots of content about Perez himself). There is only so much time in the day and only so much juicy gossip.

Meanwhile, there are ways to solve this. Blogs like TechCrunch, Valleywag and others are hiring full staffs and publishing content more regularly. In fact, is quickly taking a backseat to TMZ - which is using its growing staff to out-pace Perez on all fronts.

Gawker is another great example. Sites like have strong traffic in their verticals, but they too become flat over time. Growth then comes from the larger network and increase authorship., for instance, is surging and is growing nicely behind it's increased authorship.

The GawkerNetwork:

Top Sites Reach Reach% 8,705,071 28.8% 5,701,369 18.8% 4,498,218 14.9% 3,247,225 10.7% 2,137,780 7.1% 1,966,213 6.5% 1,758,997 5.8% 1,721,438 5.7% 1,304,718 4.3% 1,297,423 4.3% 1,231,847 4.1% 1,154,466 3.8% 961,723 3.2% 471,975 1.6% 319,265 1.1% 9,543 < 0.1% 8,145 < 0.1%