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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: altura

Last night, I didn’t understand what was going on in the forum because I haven’t been here in a while.

However, I now understand a bit just from reading one reply to you.

I will post my name in agreement with your excellent post.

Thank you for being so daring.


501 posted on 04/20/2012 11:36:18 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: altura; MizSterious

Bump in agreement, knowing I’ll possibly be banned.

I would hate that because I love FR. :o(


502 posted on 04/20/2012 11:46:57 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

I know the feeling. :(


503 posted on 04/21/2012 6:21:20 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: dixiechick2000

Thank you, dixiechick. My ‘daring’ days may be coming to an end.

I can’t reach anyone here and am getting black and blue from the abuse.

I’m going to just post on doggie threads and so on for a while.


504 posted on 04/21/2012 10:13:31 AM PDT by altura
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To: Jim Robinson

Isn’t it possible to both have donations and advertising?


505 posted on 04/21/2012 12:26:45 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Yes, but then we have to live with the restrictions and drawbacks that will be put on us by the fact that we’d be a for profit commercial venture and that we would have to comply with our advertisers wishes or lose the revenue. I believe going commercial would alter the nature of Free Republic.


506 posted on 04/21/2012 12:34:29 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

FR book that is a good idea.


507 posted on 04/22/2012 2:58:30 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 3 years. China makes everything taking U.S. ability to manufacture)
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To: onyx

Good morning.

Can we send checks? (I didn’t see the option on the link)

Thanks.


508 posted on 04/22/2012 3:26:58 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: altura

I am supporting the constitution party for president. Wee need to bash both Obama and Romney and tie then together. and have someone with guts to taken on the GOP-E. The two party system has failed. I am voting for Virgil Goode the nominee.


509 posted on 04/22/2012 8:21:29 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party 2012)
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To: MD Expat in PA

Apparently, no one gives a hoot about your idea.


510 posted on 04/23/2012 6:46:15 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: MizSterious; NittanyLion; Jim Robinson
You can be appalled...that's your right.

My point was to NittanyLion...as she appears/appeared to be calling Jim out.

If that's a problem with you.....take it up with Nittanylion.

511 posted on 04/23/2012 6:51:43 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; 21twelve; 240B; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; 3AngelaD; 4ConservativeJustices; ...

When Jim Robinson asks, it’s a good time for a topic FReep. My apologies for the off-list topic ping.


512 posted on 04/25/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Let Your FReep Flag Fly



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513 posted on 04/25/2012 6:30:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: altura

Bravo!


514 posted on 04/25/2012 6:31:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jim Robinson

I’d love to see a single banner by Ruger or Smith * Wesson.


515 posted on 04/25/2012 7:13:36 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: South Hawthorne

You can ask that question? In this economy, seriously?

I know some people that five dollars will buy a months supply of medicine.


516 posted on 04/25/2012 7:36:56 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

If sixty cents a day is going to deprive you of medicine, dump internet access.


517 posted on 04/25/2012 8:08:39 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: no one in particular

On the bright side, we may not have to go through the anguish of voting for Romney.

Or anyone, ever again...


518 posted on 04/25/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1191 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Drew68

INDEED.

Robust, healthy organizations can handle diversity (in a good sense) AND EVEN NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

VERY CONSTRUCTIVELY.

Others . . .


519 posted on 04/25/2012 8:44:10 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: cripplecreek

I think that is an excellent idea.


520 posted on 04/25/2012 8:53:34 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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