Selling digital news archives: The Austin Monitor gets it right

Within the last year the Monitor has doubled its subscriber base (source) Knowing the value of your publication’s content is essential to long-term success – especially when your publication’s articles and stories are not readily available anywhere else. Take for example, the Austin Monitor. This is a digital publication in a niche industry: reporting on […]

Lynchburg College Magazine focuses on its core content using WordPress and web based issues

Magazine: Lynchburg College Magazine WordPress Site: http://magazine.lynchburg.edu/ Lynchburg College, a small private college based in Lynchburg, Virginia is another great example of an college that publishes a magazine that’s taken its print version and created an additional web version in a user friendly, fabulous way. Their 50+ page alumni magazine, according to their editor, focuses […]

Lynchburg college magazine focuses on issues with WordPress and the IssueM plugin

Magazine: Lynchburg College Magazine WordPress Site: http://magazine.lynchburg.edu/ Lynchburg College, a small private college based in Lynchburg, Virginia is another great example of an college that publishes a magazine that’s taken its print version and created an additional web version in a user friendly, fabulous way. Their 50+ page alumni magazine, according to their editor, focuses […]

Harper’s launches metered paywall using our Leaky Paywall for WordPress

Harper’s is the second oldest print magazine in the United States and is making their way in the digital world. They recently decided to employ our Leaky Paywall to give readers 1 free article from their publication before requiring them to subscribe. This gives Harper’s three important benefits: Allows readers to sample a full article […]

Make them read the blurred text – get readers to subscribe

You run a metered paywall. Your articles are getting found in Google search and they are getting shared in Facebook. Your readers arrive at your site and comb through more articles. They are interested. They might subscribe. How do you encourage them? Do what the Austin Monitor does: Make them want to read the blurred […]

Publisher profile: Running a metered paywall and apps… together

Profile DKonPittsburghSports is a Pittsburgh sports news site run by the award winning journalist Dejan Kovacevic (DK). DK offers readers 2 free articles using a metered paywall. The paywall is integrated with his iOS and Android apps for centralized subscriber management. After a reader views 2 articles either on his website or in his apps, […]

Use WordPress issues to throw better parties

HOBNOB magazine wants to help you throw better parties Really… and it’s pretty cool. Their secret is packaging how-to articles (based on a party theme) into “issues” that you can read depending on what kind of party you would like to host. Want to host a party about things that are small? Check out the The […]

Use WordPress issues to throw better parties

HOBNOB magazine wants to help you throw better parties Really… and it’s pretty cool. Their secret is packaging how-to articles (based on a party theme) into “issues” that you can read depending on what kind of party you would like to host. Want to host a party about things that are small? Check out the […]

How to Create the Most Compelling Pitch to Subscribe You Have Ever Seen

So you’ve built your digital publication. You have protected your content behind a metered paywall. A reader hits the end of his free articles and it’s time to tell him he needs to subscribe (pay) to read more. How do you nudge him to fork up some $$$ and gain access to the rest of […]

“Things” to Sell: Sparking New Ideas for Publishers

My last post “Rediscovering the Sense and Economics of Publishing ‘Things’” was, I’m happy to say, well-received. We heard from publishers via email, Twitter, and phone calls that the post spoke to a core concern they’d been having about “the digital future” equaling a purely “free content” future. We, of course, argue that it doesn’t […]

Rediscovering the Sense and Economics of Publishing “Things”

From what I’ve seen through my work here at zeen101, the publishing world right now is taking one large step backward—and, in my opinion—that’s the right direction. The lavish promises of digital publishing have captivated the publishing industry for nearly two decades. The idea of instant publishing with instant worldwide distribution is quite compelling—so much […]

Berkeley Science Review: Impressive Issue-Based Digital Publishing

For over 10 years, the student-run and non-profit Berkeley Science Review (BSR) magazine has been publishing articles from UC Berkeley graduate students. The magazine serves to highlight the groundbreaking research occurring at the university. In just the last few years, the Berkeley Science Review jumped into the digital publishing scene. They’ve built an impressively powerful—and […]

The Baffler: Successfully Making the Leap from Print to the Web

The Baffler online magazine (first printed issue was published in 1988) is a highly-visible and beautifully-illustrated magazine with a large readership. The magazine offers subscriptions in print, online, or both. To make all this happen, The Baffler uses two of zeen101’s industry-shaping WordPress plugins: IssueM (free) and Leaky Paywall (paid). When used together, these two […]

Simmons College publishes an issue based magazine with WordPress

Here is a great example of a WordPress publication that features regular issues and also publishes a blog for in between news: The Field Educator What’s it about?  It is published by the Simmons School Social Work and according the about page: The Field Educator was created to promote communication and knowledge exchange among field educators in […]

Profile: Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Join Sean Plottner, the Editor of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and I for an inside look at running an alumni magazine at one America’s most prestigious colleges. Here is the transcript: Pete: Welcome Sean Plottner. We’re interviewing Sean Plottner. He is the editor of DAM Magazine, that is Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. It’s my favorite acronym in […]