Skip to comments.RimJob Cries Uncle! [from the DUmp]
Posted on 04/19/2012 5:38:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
RimJob Cries Uncle!
Last edited Thu Apr 19, 2012, 04:44 PM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
For fifteen years, the Wizard of the cesspool FreeRepublic has been beyond adamant that his little sewer would never -never- adopt an advertising, pay, or membership model. Well, what have we here?
... the beginning of the end? One can but hope.
"Alternatives to donor based, ie, freepathon business model" April 19, 2012 | Jim Robinson
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 16:22:35 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.
Yesssssssssssssss! Good for you Jim!
Good Lord you actually have the stomach for the DUmmy website. You’re a better man than I.
RimJob? That’s pretty lame. No wonder they’re DUmmies.
Received it in my email box.
Those filthy, soul-rotted, immoral, lice-infested, God-hating leftwingers must feel so threatened by FR that they have a 24 hour watch on the place.
Looks like they’re running scared.
How ironic, Progressives are all about change, but hoot and holler when somebody suggests a change...unless its a change to their own self-loathing philosophy.
The DUmpster never disappoints ... those folks are the very embodiment of sewage, bile, and vitriol.
The denizens of the DUmp are relentlessly stupid.
We have you covered Jim, the loyalty here will never be an issue.
Soooo.... since Skinner actually capitulated years ago, they think you are a loser?
I just can’t understand how libtard’s minds work.
Of all the choices, if I were you, I would try the membership model first, and only if that was not successful would I move towards advertising support.
But what features would you offer to the members?
"....and you did wipe your feet before coming back right?...no need for mad cow disease to spread around here"
Maybe donors should get a star by their name?
Maybe donors of the last quarter have their names in a different color?
I like the marketing idea best. Sell FreeRepublic merchandise. Maybe Rush would advertise it for ya once or twice.
Whaddya talking about? Some of the best laughs available are found there.One of my favorites is watching them pretty much demand the summary execution of any Indian (Asian,not American) who's managed to get a visa...a *legal* visa...to work in our IT industry."Go back home"..."don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out"...and much,much worse.
Yes,before you get to the laughs you're gonna blow your last meal on your keyboard,but sometimes comedy ain't pretty.
As for Jim Robinson...I'm surprised they aren't calling him a "tea bagger" while they're...well,I won't go *there*.