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Pay-to-Play Bust at Tulsa World Blog? Pssst: Jay Cronley misses you Trolls!

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How long has it been since the Tulsa World blog started limiting access to their entries? One week? One month? Do you even miss it, trolls? No? Me neither.

Apparently though their ‘humorist’ blogger Jay Cronley misses the trolls quite a bit, and has been paid good money to blog about you guys three times since the move. That is funny? Humorous? Interesting? Talking about the commenters on one’s blog is as interesting as talking about paint drying, and as funny as gall bladder surgery.

Was the payoff worth it or has throwing the ‘freeloaders’ reduced web traffic enough to offset the costs of paying for bandwidth? Anecdotally, it would appear that hot-button issues have not brought the pages and pages of comments they normally do. Case in point is the pathetic case of TPS Principal Lynette Dixon, who appears to be was falsely arrested for obstructing an investigation, and subsequently was conspired against by the TPS police.

This is burning burning up the KOTV blog (150 comments or so) but at the World blog not so much (50 comments or so). So evidently the message was heard loud and clear by the trolls: go find somewhere else to troll around – but understand we are going to bitch about you about when you are gone!


Written by thetulsan

April 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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  1. Today, Jay Cronley published his 5th column in just over a month, continuing to insult readers who disagree with and/or are unwilling to pay to read the TW online.

    “Death of newspapers greatly exaggerated” 05/20/11

    He just doesn’t get it.

    Way to alienate TW readers further, Jay.

    It’s amazing that he manages to fit his head up his posterior, given how large it must be.

    Pretty soon, the only comments posted to his columns will be from brown nosers who agree with him, which seems to already be happening. Everyone else will not bother to read him, if they’re still reading and posting at the TW at all.


    May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  2. The TW banned me, for harassment. LOL.. here I disclosed a TW employee who hacked into my account. she then started send obscenities and posted under my handle and proved it to them. TRUE.

    Took me eight months to figure out who did it. And when I showed Joe Worley.. who it was, he said he’d take care of it. I didn’t even get an apology. Nothing!

    Fight fire with fire is what thought they needed. I still have a subscription. I like the ads and the Scene.


    October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

  3. An October 6, 2011, article “PAYWALLS CASES IN 2011” posted on a blog shows that the Tulsa World actually INCREASED unique page views after the metered pay wall was installed, up 4.3%

    Aren’t you surprised? I am.

    Here’s another site page that tracks TW statistics (click on tab for “Traffic Stats” mid-page).

    The increase in page views might be due to some big stories reported on the TW linked to by other prominent sites, though. See the huge spike in views at the end of August? The Drudge Report posted a link to the 08/25/11 TW article “Inhofe lays long list of nation’s ills at Obama’s feet”

    The spike in daily page views at the TW mid-September is likely due to The Drudge Report posting a link to the 09/18/11 TW article: “Teen at center of rights suit: A federal agency alleges that a retailer did not hire her because of her hijab”

    Read more about how prominent websites boost traffic to news sites by linking to articles in this report:

    “How Drudge Stayed on Top” published 05/15/11

    Here’s archive page from The Drudge Report showing article links they’ve posted to the TW:


    October 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    • thanks for the intel. TW’s numbers are manipulated Jolie.. for real. When I was posting back in 2008, I noticed that new profiles were being created every hour. These profiles had similar styles.. They were sock puppets specifically TW paid socks. It was a dysfunctional forum. You saw some profiles that obviously violated their protocols yet they still stayed alive.. Crazy. Paid bloggers make on avg. .14 cents/post. Plus, for every hit, they make the sponsors a buck. It is all about marketing. I caught some profiles exchanging with themselves.. too funny. I am the ‘Blue’ those TW socks spit out.

      I think I remember you on there. It is a shame that they don’t trust their viewers to post.. They do have a nice set up. Jason, the webmaster, needs to stick with writing.

      They call it a pay wall.. duh.. yet when you place your browser on ‘private browsing’ you can read as much as you want. As for posting, one can do this too. Unless your IP is flagged.. 😀


      October 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  4. To follow up on my last comment:

    The October 6 blog article I linked to above shows statistics from March and May 2011, to demonstrate short-term changes (increase) in establishing a metered pay wall on the Tulsa World.

    In May 2011, The Drudge Report posted a link to a 05/12/11 TW article: “Inhofe views bin Laden death photos, calls for their release” which would account for the increase in unique page views to the TW.

    Here’s the 05/12/11 page on TDR: (The date and time stamp for the 05/12 TW article (arranged chronologically on the list is: 2011-05-12 23:59:59).


    October 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    • Interesting. They get more hits via putting their link on other sites. Yet.. the black wall will pop up.. duh.

      Private Browsing if you have Firefox.. put it on.. and you can post and read as much as you want. With google chrome, it called incognito… go to the wrench on the upper right hand corner.. Hit new incognito window, then go to your bookmarked TW. When the black out pops up again. Exit out and begin a new incognito session. It is all legal.

      They some how put an invisible cookie on your PC, so you cannot see when you don’t surf with the private browsing… Even if you clear your cache, it is still there. the private browsing prevents the cookie from uploading to your PC. Crazy stuff huh..

      Now, the WSJ is another story.. they have a firewall on their paid articles. Very expensive software. I think the TW can do the same.. if Lorton wants to pay.


      October 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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