Yahoo! in bid to recruit thousands of paid UK writers

Yahoo! UK has announced plans to create thousands of news editorial contributors to the website.

The Yahoo! contributor network will see writers paid a small up front fee when they are commissioned to write an article, but there will also be performance-related payments based on the number of page views.

Yahoo! said it would pay contributors around 70p per 1,000 clicks. The UK website claims to reach a monthly audience of 26m unique users.

Potential writers begin by signing up to the network, and if approved they will be eligible for editorial commissions from the Yahoo! Team.

The website is on the look out for writers on parenting, fashion, beauty, technology , movies and showbiz for its news, lifestyle and entertainment categories.

Yahoo! said it was keen to 'deepen the pool of quality content". A spokesperson said that while up front payments are 'relatively small", if an article was featured on the front of the homepage it could get 'millions on the clicks and the rewards would mount up".

A similar network was set up in the US last year and now has more than 700,000 registered contributors, including almost 50,000 active contributors in the past 90 days.

On the anniversary of 11 September last year, a feature called "How did 9/11 change you?" received more than 1,300 submissions.

Yahoo! vice president Luke Beatty, who co-founded Associated Content (now known as Yahoo! Contributor Network) in 2005, said: 'Our hope is that by providing Yahoo UK's users with the opportunity to become a true, contributing part of the media experience, they will have elevated sense of engagement while adding voice and perspective."

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