Rocketboom makes $85,000 per week!?!

Robert Scoble resigns from Microsoft “Yesterday I was talking with Amanda Congdon, one of the co-founders of Rocketboom. Her videoblog is now seeing about 300,000 viewers a day. That’s, what, a year or so old? Did you know that advertisers are now paying her $85,000 per week? That’s almost as much money as I made in an entire year of working at Microsoft.”

Robert Scoble mentioned this when he recently announced that he was resigning from Microsoft to join Silicon Valley startup PodTech.net (Woah!).

In revealing how this popular videoblogging duo is now drawing big checks, Scoble likewise believes strongly in the future of PodTech.net, which is uniquely positioned as a “podcast content creation” entity. It’s unique because most of the other podcasting services today are focused on podcast delivery technology, and not content creation. He’s pretty confident that there’s “a huge growth in the distribution channel for podcasts coming”, so he’s going there before it blows wide open.

I see that PodTech.net is currently promoting corporate podcasts, which leaves people like us still plenty of room to own a slice of this growing trend. If you haven’t started, perhaps now’s a good time to start podcasting / videocasting. If I had my way, I’d think that the weirder, the better!

UPDATE: A bunch of us bloggers are trying to figure out where Rocketboom’s mysterious advertising is. Read the comments…

7 thoughts on “Rocketboom makes $85,000 per week!?!

  1. I’ve seen you do videos, but will you? Begin vlogging, that is.

    Good eyecatcher for a title though, but you’ve not really answered that question. Is it true? Probably. Are you surprised? I am, especially considering their first advert was estimated to be worth 8,000 when they had about 130,000 viewers about half a year ago.

    I haven’t watched in a while, but if their rate has doubled to 16,000 and they’d have an advert every day, that would be about right. Only, I can’t remember seeing them. Maybe they’ve been doing them in too weird a fashion?

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  3. That thought did cross my mind… I do recall the first commercial they put up (solicited via eBay auction) and it was for an ATM machine distributor. There was suppose to be more of such commercials each week by different companies, including Earthlink, but I didn’t follow every episode to notice. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were product placements and even slight mentions “on air” to sell links. It’d be good for someone to get to the bottom of this… I’ve been puzzled ever since I wrote about “How videocasting is seriously funny business“.

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