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  • Marijuana, Merger Premiums & The Missing Ashraf Eassa 8 comments
    Apr 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    Tomorrow morning, I have an article coming out that features Ashraf Eassa, Seeking Alpha's #1 Writer, in which we have a wide ranging discussion on subjects from marijuana to merger premiums. Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from our discussion.

    You have been writing some terrific articles on Motley Fool recently. How does the experience compare to Seeking Alpha? Specifically, how do page views compare? What is you total number of page views on Seeking Alpha at this point? Might you surpass that on Motley Fool? Payments? Quality of the comments and reactions?

    Thanks for the kind words! I'd say that when I first starting writing for The Motley Fool, it was a "different" experience, but after a couple of articles and discussions with my editors, I was able to get into "the groove" and produce content that I was thrilled to write and that they were happy to publish!

    I don't know how to get a lifetime page view count, but it looks like over the last twelve months, I've garnered just under four million page-views on Seeking Alpha. I don't actually have a count for The Motley Fool, but I have noticed that my articles over there have a much larger spread between most popular and least popular. As far as payments go, it's an entirely different structure, although with initiatives like Top Ideas and Small Cap Insight (which pay out fixed amounts per piece), they're getting closer.

    Is your move to Motley Fool specific to your own circumstances or a move that you think would also work for others?

    I think they're both fantastic platforms and I see plenty of folks writing for both. However, for my particular circumstances, it made sense to make the move.

    For more from Ashraf Eassa, check back on Seeking Alpha tomorrow.

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  • Ocean Man
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    Motley Fool? Aw, man. I thought he was joining Motley Crue.
    11 Apr 2014, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • HFI
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    Yuck. I have a lot of respect for AE, but no respect for Motely Fool. The content there is just horse sh*t.
    12 Apr 2014, 12:51 AM Reply Like
  • bazooooka
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    Morgan is solid.


    Here are some others.
    12 Apr 2014, 06:19 AM Reply Like
  • Peter Larson
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    The free content, you mean.


    MF blatantly cheerleads for stocks they've previously rec'd to newsletter subscribers.
    14 Apr 2014, 01:31 PM Reply Like
  • Ruerd Heeg
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    Some foolish thoughts: we miss Ashraf, we don't like the foolish groove. Ashraf, please come back!
    13 Apr 2014, 02:47 AM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    4 million page views equates to $40k at 1c/view? Doesn't seem like much considering how incredibly prolific he was. Must have been thousands of hours.
    4 May 2014, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    Author’s reply » Were I an employee, I'm sure that it would be violating minimum wage laws.
    4 May 2014, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • Ocean Man
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    He was a college student with less than two years investing experience for a good chunk of that time, so it's not a bad salary considering that, so hopefully it vaults him upwards from there.
    4 May 2014, 03:11 PM Reply Like
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