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West Seattle Blog is an online-only hyperlocal news operation that covers several neighborhoods in West Seattle.
The site was founded in December 2005 by Tracy Record as a personal blog but became a news site in 2006. In 2007, Record and her husband, Patrick Sand, began selling ads and working on the site full-time. It has a dozen contributors.
By 2008, West Seattle Blog was making enough money to support the family, making it Seattle’s first self-sustaining online local news organization. The blog reported 9.3 million pageviews in 2010, up 12 percent from the year before.
Demand Media, founded in 2006, is an online media company that quickly grew to prominence by algorithmically assigning and publishing stories based on user-demand signals, such as search and social media trends. It typically pays authors a low sum of money for these posts, often about $15 per contribution, and assigns posts only when it believes…