CNET hosts new Crave videoblog

There’s a new gadget videoblog, thanks to CNET. Hmmm, I’ve seen co-host Veronica Belmont before. Oh, yeah, she’s Ryan Block’s girlfriend as seen in my tour of “the Engadget Cribb.” Gadget love runs deep in that house! I read this all on Andy Plesser’s site where he has an interview with FM Media’s Chas Edwards. FM Media, founder John Battelle told me on Friday, has been expanding very rapidly. One blogger I know said he just got a $2,000 check for his blog from FM Media and that FM Media just had its first million dollar month of sales. Battelle also told me that they are rapidly expanding into audio and video too and that they’ve gotten some hosting deals that are dramatically lower than the $.14 a gigabyte fee I quoted before.

Anyway, Patrick and I are on our way to Berkeley to hang out with Dave Winer. Talk to you later.

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6 thoughts on “CNET hosts new Crave videoblog

  1. Robert, the 14c you are paying for bandwidth is very very cheap, considering what you are getting (a content delivery network that is very very fast). If your traffic isn’t big enough at the moment where you can justify using a CDN, then just fall back on regular colo and pay anywhere between $1k to $2k per month per 100mbit. It works out to be around 3.5c per GB xfer.

    You can buy that bandwidth in 10mbit chunks and scale it up to what you need (you will need crack-hot server guys though to keep everything running).

    Once you have your model working then you can migrate up to a CDN – CacheFly is 10-20 times cheaper than the other players in that market (Limelight, Akamai, etc.)

    Another tip would be to sell your sponsorships as just that – a sponsorship, not on a CPM basis. This is what most startup blogs/vlogs do and it means they achieve an effective CPM that is very high but don’t need to sell it that way.

    Your other option is to host ScobleShow on Omnidrive – we are launching at web 2.0 and would be happy to host the video’s for you (at much less than what you are paying now)

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  2. Robert, the 14c you are paying for bandwidth is very very cheap, considering what you are getting (a content delivery network that is very very fast). If your traffic isn’t big enough at the moment where you can justify using a CDN, then just fall back on regular colo and pay anywhere between $1k to $2k per month per 100mbit. It works out to be around 3.5c per GB xfer.

    You can buy that bandwidth in 10mbit chunks and scale it up to what you need (you will need crack-hot server guys though to keep everything running).

    Once you have your model working then you can migrate up to a CDN – CacheFly is 10-20 times cheaper than the other players in that market (Limelight, Akamai, etc.)

    Another tip would be to sell your sponsorships as just that – a sponsorship, not on a CPM basis. This is what most startup blogs/vlogs do and it means they achieve an effective CPM that is very high but don’t need to sell it that way.

    Your other option is to host ScobleShow on Omnidrive – we are launching at web 2.0 and would be happy to host the video’s for you (at much less than what you are paying now)

    Like

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