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Does linkbait work in print?

Online, ‘linkbait‘, well done, is a proven source of traffic. Those catchy, often scandalous-sounding and sometimes deceptive headlines, coupled with juicy gossip, wild speculation or blood-boiling content may not necessarily deliver much in the way of value to advertisers, but for many publishers, it’s a staple diet.

But what about print-based linkbait? Can some of the tried and true linkbait techniques work for, say, a magazine?

Is Tumblr important, or just a distraction?

Tumblr, which has been described as a publishing tool that’s somewhere between Twitter/Facebook and a full-fledged blog, is a fast-rising star in the crowded world of social media. It recently passed the one billion post mark, and it counts some pretty prominent publishers, including The Economist and Newsweek, as users.

The latest recognizable name in publishing to jump on the Tumblr bandwagon is The Atlantic. It doesn’t know what to expect from its Tumblr experiment, but it’s getting involved with Tumblr nonetheless.

For sale on the cheap: another struggling magazine

The carnage in the print world continues. The latest big-name publication to go up for sale: 77 year-old Newsweek.

The magazine, which covers U.S. and global news on a weekly basis, has,
like many print publications, seen its subscriber base erode over the
years. That has made it hard to run as a sustainable business. Newsweek
lost nearly $30m last year, and just over $16m in 2008.