KDnuggets Top Blogs Reward Program
To encourage more highquality and especially original contributions to KDnuggets, we announce KDnuggets Top Blogs Reward program, where we will pay the authors of top blogs published each month, starting with blogs submitted April 7 or later.
To encourage more highquality and especially original contributions to KDnuggets, we announce KDnuggets Top Blogs Reward program, starting with blogs submitted April 7 or later. Our current publication queue is about 3 weeks, so blogs submitted April 7 or later will be considered for publication in May.
We usually publish only 3 blogs per weekday, or about 6066 guest blogs per month.
For each month, starting in May 2021, we will determine 6 most viewed blogs published on KDnuggets that month (excluding blogs by KDnuggets Editors Matthew Mayo and Gregory Piatetsky), and will distribute $2,000 (USD) among the authors of these top blogs. If a blog has multiple authors, we will send the payment to the first author and it will be their responsibility to distribute it. If the author declines the monetary reward, we will be happy to donate the amount to the charity of their choice.
The payments can be made via Paypal, Wise (former Transferwise), Zelle, or even by check for US residents.
The top blogs for the reward program will be determined by the number of Google Analytics Unique Page Views (UPV) the blog gets in the first 21 days starting with the day of the publication.
This approach gives equal consideration to blogs published at the beginning, the middle, and the end of each month. For almost all blogs, we see that blog views drop significantly after 14 days, so using 21 days interval will allow us to recognize the top blogs each month and also reward the authors before the end of the next month.
While we appreciate and publish the reposts, the goal of this program is to get more great original publications.
Note: If an original submission was published on KDnuggets, the author may also publish it elsewhere two weeks after KDnuggets publication, provided they add a link to KDnuggets blog and text "Originally published on KDnuggets".
To submit a blog to KDnuggets, please follow the submission guidelines.
To encourage more original publications, we will multiply the original blog UPV by 1.2 and multiply the repost blog UPV by 0.4. Thus an original blog will earn 3 times (!!!) more than a repost with the same number of UPV. We then add all multiplied UPV, and distribute the total reward amount ($2000) proportionately.
See an example below.
Blog  UPV 21d  X  X×UPV  % of Sum6  Payment 

Blog 1 (repost)  92,598  0.4  37,039  16%  $318.37 
Blog 2 (original)  69,863  1.2  83,836  36%  $720.61 
Blog 3 (repost)  73,200  0.4  29,280  13%  $251.68 
Blog 4 (original)  49,163  1.2  58,996  25%  $507.10 
Blog 5 (repost)  33,469  0.4  13,388  5.8%  $115.07 
Blog 6 (repost)  25,352  0.4  10,141  4.4%  $87.17 
Sum6 = sum of X×UPV 
=  232,679  total reward $2,000 
We reserve the right to disqualify a blog if we find suspicious efforts to boost UPV artificially.
This will be a trial program for 3 months and we will evaluate it at the end of July and see how well it works.
Note: we will continue to publish top stories for the month and award badges based on a snapshot of UPV taken on the same day about 1014 days after the month ends, but will use a more fair approach described above to determine the monetary rewards.
If you have any questions, email me to editor1 at kdnuggets dot com or post your question below.
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