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Rick Blair Joins Street Fight as Adviser and Columnist

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Rick Blair Joins Street Fight as Adviser and Columnist

When you want to know how to make money in hyperlocal publishing, you can’t go wrong by turning to Rick Blair. The former CEO of Examiner.com led that business’s innovative, and occasionally controversial, push into a new revenue model for publishing. Under his leadership, the network grew to to 1.5 billion page views, more than 1 million articles and regularly ranked among the top 10 most trafficked news sites.

Turnover Hits Examiner.com Brass

Rick Robinson

Turnover Hits Examiner.com Brass

Lots of movement of the executive kind at Examiner.com this summer. Some of what we’ve noticed in just the past weeks: Rick Blair, the company’s CEO, is gone after essentially coming out of retirement to help get the company rolling along a path toward gigantic traffic numbers. You can find him near the beach in North Carolina growing his interest in social investing more than content farms…

Street Fight Daily: 04.07.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 04.07.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

Examiner.com CEO Rick Blair doesn’t like the implication that his network of hyperlocal sites is effectively a “content mill.” He describes “examiners” as specialists in old-school and new media reporting with a local flair. (Mediabistro)…

Groupon is taking another move beyond its core deal-of-the-day business with the launch of home and garden deals. This, like its recent location-based changes, are part of a broader strategy to better match offers to specific interests of its subscribers. (Crain’s Chicago Business)…

“We are entering what might be called Hyperlocal 2.0, and the market is still up for grabs,” writes Tom Rosenstiel. “But how to produce local content remains a mystery.” (Washington Post)…