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Alternatives to donor based, ie, freepathon business model?
Click here if you wish to continue the donor based business model and free participation for all ^ | April 19, 2012 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 04/19/2012 1:22:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

I've checked with an ad agency. We can probably raise the funds we need to operate FR at our current level and at the current market price for online advertising if we run a banner ad at the top of every page and at least one rectangular ad in the above the fold body of the page and a couple rectangular ads in the sidebar. If that doesn't generate enough revenue, we can also run pop ups or pop unders and we can even run audio and video ads if need be. But of course, if we go full bore commercial, we'd have to insure strict copyright compliance with very brief excerpting of all articles to avoid lawsuits. And the agency would require that we install a filter to censor out any bad or unacceptable words in our posts.

Or, of course, there's always the membership model. We could setup a members only system where paying members get full access and non-paying members get throttled back, etc.

I don't like either of the above models and think we'd soon lose a lot of our readers and participants. Of course that may happen anyway if we can't fund it and if we cannot get our equipment problem under control, or if my refusal to vote for or support an abortionist/homosexualist/statist who has plans to install ObamaCare, er, I mean RomneyCare into all 50 states runs everyone off.

The donation model has served us very well since 1997 when we first started using it. It's very clean, uncomplicated and we attract participants who perhaps can't afford membership dues but do want to join the discussion and join our rallies, protests, prayer sessions, etc. And the advertising model would probably bring in the revenue, but it comes with strings attached.

I'm sure there are other ways and ways to combine features of various models, sell books, cds, gear, etc, offer no ads for paid subscribers, etc, even ISP services, but all of these also complicate matters.

I'm an old dog and I like to avoid new tricks, new complications, additional overhead, additional accounting, additional rules and regulations, etc, wherever possible. I like to stick to simplicity and with what works.

Thank you all very much for your continuing participation and support.


TOPICS: Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; commercial; dues; fr; freepathon; freerepublic; jimrobinson; memberships; merchandising; noncommercial; zot
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To: Jim Robinson

My AGV popped in to warn of tracking cookies at both sites.


141 posted on 04/19/2012 4:27:30 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Randy Larsen; Jim Robinson
Free Republic Premium Membership
FRPM $1 a day gets you Free of the adds!
Freedom isn’t free anymore Jim.

Given that my AGV immediately popped in at both Newsbusters and Drudge, I would want a Premium Membership that blocked all ads.

142 posted on 04/19/2012 4:30:43 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Remember what happened to Rush Limbaugh!

The libs contact your advertisers and threaten to boycott them unless they drop you and poof! no advertisers!

We live in a uncivil times and the revenue loss in mass of advertisers would be instant bankruptcy for FR!


143 posted on 04/19/2012 4:32:58 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worse Rinos ever!)
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To: Randy Larsen; onyx; Jim Robinson; All
BTTT!

144 posted on 04/19/2012 4:35:29 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: libertarian27; Jim Robinson
"I just searched for 'FreeRepublic t-shirts' and that link and a few more popped up...so someone(s) is making money off your product.

What's up with that, Jim? If these are FReepers, they need to at least pay a premium. (Hopefully they do already.)

While I'm at it, add another one that will pay $10 for new monthly donations over $30 per month - anytime throughout the year, not just during FReepathons.

I don't want to see FR have to move to paid membership (pay to post) - just the software to handle that would give John fits. Neither do I want to see ads come here.

Maybe we should consider a more obvious and permanent reminder that this is a user supported site - automatically on every thread created.

145 posted on 04/19/2012 4:35:38 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: FReepers

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146 posted on 04/19/2012 4:35:49 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: onyx

Yup and that’s another big drawback to advertising. They track you everywhere. I was interested in buying a couple items recently and googled them. Ended up purchasing a rollaway bed from Amazon and some hardware and hand tools from another online outlet. Now wherever I go I get ads for beds, mattresses, tools and hardware. I’ve been targeted as a buyer in the market. And ever since then I’ve noticed that I get targeted for any item I google or look at on Amazon.


147 posted on 04/19/2012 4:36:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: Jim Robinson; libertarian27

Is FR trade marked? If not, can we? Most regular FReepers would purchase the merchandise.

It may not eliminate FReepathons all together, but I’m sure it would put a great big dent in them.


148 posted on 04/19/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: wendell dertah

Hey Wendell, you wouldn’t know a real man if you saw one, coward.


149 posted on 04/19/2012 4:38:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: onyx
AdBlock Plus

It makes the interwebs tolerable.

150 posted on 04/19/2012 4:38:45 PM PDT by tomkat ( ... shall NOT be abridged)
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To: wendell dertah

I would ban you myself if I could, and also kick the sh!t out of you too if I could catch your cowardly a$$!


151 posted on 04/19/2012 4:42:15 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worse Rinos ever!)
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To: Ron C.; onyx; TheOldLady

I have no idea on whoever may be merchandising t-shirts or anything else. They are not connected to us. I have given permission to people who ask to print our logo or name on banners and signs etc, for tea parties, rallies and events, but not for merchandising.

Thank you very much, Ron!! Will alert the NMD Sponsor team!!


152 posted on 04/19/2012 4:42:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: Randy Larsen

+1


153 posted on 04/19/2012 4:43:35 PM PDT by tomkat ( ... shall NOT be abridged)
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To: RedMDer
Ditto on what you said there RMD!!!!!!!!!!

100%

154 posted on 04/19/2012 4:44:34 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: NoGrayZone

No, trust me on this. It wouldn’t even pay the overhead of merchandising much less a dent in our fundraising. And definitely not worth the risk of going commercial.


155 posted on 04/19/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Geeez. What a colossal PITA. AVG blocks the tracking cookies, but their warnings are also a nuisance. AVG showed Drudge’s site with three tracking cookies, and Newsbusters’ with four! All seven went into a file for deletion once I reboot, which is another PITA.


156 posted on 04/19/2012 4:46:43 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Jim Robinson
"They track you everywhere."

Jim (and any other FReeper that hasn't done it) you need to go to this link download and install Ghostery (hope you're using Firefox) - that is the best way to stop anyone from tracking your browser use.

157 posted on 04/19/2012 4:50:10 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Randy Larsen
Dang!!! I like the way you think Randy Larsen.

Well said in my book.

159 posted on 04/19/2012 4:50:27 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Jim Robinson
"And definitely not worth the risk of going commercial."

Did not even think about that angle. You're right, cr@p!

160 posted on 04/19/2012 4:53:01 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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