ROTOscouting readers are inquisitive by nature and ask many questions. Check out this FAQ of questions we receive many inquiries about.
Who writes for ROTOscouting anyway?
Check the Starting Lineup page for bios on contributors writing at ROTOscouting. The group includes authors with MLB front office experience, prospect writers from Bullpen Banter, and others with baseball blogging experience. Plus, we have passionate baseball fans with broadcasting backgrounds. You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger, or more diverse group of baseball writers anywhere.
Why do you charge for content? Who do you think you are?
I added the, “Who do you think you are?” part, but we do receive this question quite a bit. Once the season starts, many of our writers will travel to games to bring readers first hand prospect insight. One game is an 8-10 hour time commitment including money for gas, food, tickets, hotel, etc. This information is super premium content geared to the competitive fantasy baseball player. Those looks are the foundation for pieces here at ROTOscouting.
Plus, subscription sites are really the only workable model when the emphasis is baseball prospects. Those names do not drive enough traffic for ad programs to have success.
In the past few years, time has proven websites and writers who are not supported financially disappear. For ROTOscouting to add and retain quality contributors, they need to be compensated. Plus, the role of Managing Editor is exhaustive and requires a full time commitment. This is another reason many sites fail. In time, the effort going into successfully managing a website site far outweighs the financial benefit, so the individual running the site finds a “real job”. I want this to be my “real job”.
I want to subscribe, but how much is it going to be?
We have a base price for yearly, quarterly and monthly subscriptions and occasionally run sales or specials. Current prices can be found by clicking the blue banner or by triggering the paywall. Friendly reminders will also pop up from time-to-time when accessing our free content.
I was a subscriber to the ROTOscouting newsletter. Why can’t I log into the new website?
When the transition was made from a newsletter format to subscription website, I canceled all automatic payment profiles in PayPal. Every subscriber to both the free and paid versions of the ROTOscouting newsletter were added manually with most having an end date of March 1, 2014. If you are unable to access content at ROTOscouting, this is the reason.
Additionally, we’ve changed our payment processor and now use Tinypass.com. Once again, email addresses were manually from Leaky Paywall into the new system with correct end dates set. All automatic payments via Paypal have also been canceled. To resubscribe, simply set up payments again.
I can’t afford a subscription, but want to help ROTOscouting grow in other ways. What can I do?
In this day and age, social shares are as important as paid subscriptions. Every piece goes out on ROTOscouting’s social media networks. A Twitter RT, Facebook Share, LinkedIn Like, Google +1, or other type of share is vital to ROTOscouting’s long term success.
Additionally, many readers are members of message boards, baseball groups and fantasy leagues. Few realize just how many opportunities exist to help ROTOscouting grow exponentially by linking to a piece or two.
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Does your Paywall block me from all of the content?
NO! Readers are able to view two articles every two weeks free of charge. We trust our content will leave readers wanting more of it.
How do you pay your writing staff?
ROTOscouting has authors who contributing pieces in addition to Managing Editor Mike Newman. In spite of a tight budget, Mike strongly believes no writer should ever contribute for free. It’s a non-negotiable even though the staff has graciously offered to do just that. To tackle this issue, Mike has developed a revenue sharing program which will compensate authors on a monthly basis based on monthly gross income from ROTOscouting subscriptions. The more subscriptions, the more each author will earn for pieces contributed throughout the month.
What other incentives do you offer writers?
ROTOscouting is offering its writing staff a commission bonus for every new yearly subscription credited to his name. To earn this, the new subscriber MUST;
- Subscribe to the $39.99 yearly option
- Submit a contact form with the writers name and email the inidividual used to subscribe.
If one of our writers did not refer you directly, pick your favorite and send the contact form anyway. As the managing editor, nothing would make me happier than to see a contributor rewarded for his work.
In the future, we’d like to help our writers with scouting budgets, as well as materials and equipment for scouting.
What is YOUscout?
Mike developed a pair of scouting forms for readers and baseball fans to submit from the ballpark. ROTOscouting will always invite readers to be an active part of the baseball prospect conversation. Every baseball fan has the ability to sit behind home plate and jot down velocity readings, catcher pop times and home-to-first running times. Plus, the prospect writers you follow today all started somewhere, so why not at ROTOscouting?
Throughout the season, ROTOscouting authors will also submit reports from the park via the YOUscout forms. — These are players worth scouting, but not a full write up. Over the past few seasons, Mike has left names like Marcus Semien, Scotter Gennett and Evan Gattis on the cutting room floor due to lack of prospect hype. Those prospects are perfect for YouScout! Plus, others within the industry also plan to contribute. Our hope is for it to help ROTOscouting become a destination.
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