Spain's Google News Shutdown Is a Silly Victory for Publishers | WIRED

Overall, group members were getting about 5 percent of their traffic from Google News, according to the Journal.



Well, okay. But where I work, at least, a 5 percent traffic dip wouldn’t exactly be something to celebrate, much less lobby lawmakers to effectively codify. And as GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram says, the damage could be worse. The chief data scientist at Chartbeat, a web service many publishers use to monitor real-time reader traffic, told Ingram that the average falloff in the hours since the Google News shutdown was more like 10 to 15 percent.



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