Supporting MGoBlog-the economics of the site

Supporting MGoBlog-the economics of the site

Submitted by Yooper on October 20th, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I am relatively new to following MGoBlog on a regular basis and enjoy it very much. The info is timely and informative, and quite often fun, even with the occasional panic or the squabbles about how many points one should have to be able to post, etc. Brian is a very skilled writer, and many of the contributors are really clever. When someone provides a service I find of value, I think they should be compensated. For that reason I recently sent a modest donation via the link provided. It got me thinking about the economics of the site and how we can best support MGoBlog. I did review the various info about the site, but, being new here and somewhat unfamiliar with the blogging world, I had a few questions about how Brian makes this thing work economically and how I can maximize (for MGoBlog) my participation.

While it may be a labor of love for him, it is a commercial enterprise we want to be successful. There seem to be the following revenue streams:

1. Direct Contributions. I have never seen an appeal for donations, which I appreciate. However, is there some expectation that readers will contribute, for example upon joining, once a year, or to celebrate getting invited to a bowl game? Also, are there periodic drives to raise money to offset the cost of upgrading the site?

2. Advertising Revenue. Obviously, ads are sold directly or generated through some service, and presumably the more eyeballs the greater the revenue. But is the revenue greater if one clicks through to an advertiser, whether or not you actually buy something? Also, are hits the most important thing? For example, if I am going to look at the site 10 times during the day is there more revenue generated if I visit 10 different times or if I just say connected for several hours?

3. Indirect Revenue sources. If I want to visit another site, does MGoBlog receive revenue if I get there via a link from MGoBlog?

4. Other sources. Brian writes for other online sites. I believe he mentioned that he is compensated on a salary or per submission basis. Does he also benefit directly if we visit those sites and how do we maximize that benefit? Thanks in advance for the responses.

ESPN: UM 2011 Class Remains Unranked

ESPN: UM 2011 Class Remains Unranked

Submitted by 2014 on October 20th, 2010 at 2:22 PM

We're not in the top 25. OK, I guess that could be true theoretically at this point in the season. But...

According to our man Tim's Diary, this does not compute:

http://mgoblog.com/diaries/big-ten-recruiting-class-rankings-10-17-10

Our average recruit ranking on ESPN is 78.17 vs. Nebraska's average of 75.85. Nebraska has 13 commitments, we have 12.

Nebraska is ranked #15. We are not ranked.

Am I missing something other than the obvious "ESPN blows" response?

edit: link behind paywall added:

http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/recruiting/classrankings

CFB Spreads This Weekend: Who You Like?

CFB Spreads This Weekend: Who You Like?

Submitted by brewandbluesaturdays on October 20th, 2010 at 2:12 PM

So since this a bye week I will be enjoying basically the only Saturday of the season where I get to be an innocent watcher and have my hopes dashed not becuase of a loss by the Wolverines but by a loss of money. I think this weekend is looking like a tough week to pick games against the spread. The only games I like and am considering taking are, Auburn (-6.5), Sparty (-5), and the Domers (-7) and I am considering taking them in a PARLAY. What do you guys think what games are you taking?

Go Blue!

Inexact Science of National Championships

Inexact Science of National Championships

Submitted by blueheron on October 20th, 2010 at 2:08 PM

SIAP, even if it was a couple of years ago.  As some of you may know, the Bentley Library has a page devoted to Michigan's eleven national titles:

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/misc/natchamp.htm

As noted there, "Determining a college football cational [sic] champion has never been an exact science."

Leach interested in Minn. job

Leach interested in Minn. job

Submitted by ish on October 20th, 2010 at 11:36 AM

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/20/mike-leach-open-to-…

i know this possibility has been discussed on the board, but i don't recall seeing an overt statement by leach that he might be interested. 

with the inclusion of nebraska, i kind of hope minnesota remains a cellar dweller.

Iowa Stats

Iowa Stats

Submitted by Ziff72 on October 20th, 2010 at 11:24 AM

 

I was going thru my betting site and I was looking at the match up between Iowa and Wis this weekend and I was a little shocked to see Iowa a 6 pt favorite over a team that just obliterated #1 OSU.  This caught my eye looking thru the stats of Iowa.  For those of you still worried abou this offense against good Big Ten defenses look at he how other teams have fared against Iowa and then look at our stats.  The other thing that is interesting is the defensive statistics don't look so bad.

 

IOWA - Season Results

  Team Stats Opp Stats
Date Opponent Score SU Line ATS Tot. O/U Rushing Passing TO Rushing Passing TO
9/4/2010 E ILLINOIS 37-7 W   -   - 39-179 21-26-256 2 24-65 13-20-92 0
9/11/2010 IOWA ST 35-7 W -13 W 45.5 U 50-275 11-20-204 0 25-78 20-44-197 3
9/18/2010 @ ARIZONA 27-34 L 2.5 L 45 O 26-29 18-33-278 1 30-63 28-39-303 3
9/25/2010 BALL ST 45-0 W -28 W 45.5 U 44-256 21-29-306 1 31-56 8-19-56 2
10/2/2010 PENN ST 24-3 W -7.5 W 40 U 36-122 16-22-227 1 23-54 22-42-247 1
10/16/2010 @ MICHIGAN 38-28 W -3.5 W 53.5 O 36-135 17-24-248 0 42-187 30-44-335 4

Is Denard Still a Heisman Contender?

Is Denard Still a Heisman Contender?

Submitted by IllegalShift on October 20th, 2010 at 11:04 AM

As a fan I hate to say this, but Denard Robinson is hanging on to the Heisman race by a thread. Two weeks ago after the Mich St loss, we still had him in the #1 spot when people like ESPN had already knocked him out of the race. 

So my question to all Michigan fans is, does Denard deserve to still be in the Heisman race?