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.
Get lost, troll.
This is a CONSERVATIVE website, not a GOP cheerleading site.
I nominate this as funniest post of 2012.
Whatever you decide to do is cool with me. I, like you, do not like change. FR has been my homepage ever since I joined. I am NOT currently in the market for a new one.
NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! ABOVE ALL, NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!
I’ve done time on that site. It is proof positive that humans evolve at different rates. I think they’re at the early DUrasic stage. They whine better than most though. You must be doing something right. Keep up the good work and everybody donate who reads this site!
Ever notice almost all of their weak-kneed insults reference homosexual activity? Tea baggers, RimJob, etc, etc. Says more about the DUmmies, Kos Kids, Moron.Org, nutroots and the rest of that filth. Either they are latent, closeted, bi or conflicted. I thought the left LIKED homosexuality?
Guess what? Amazon.com is down. I guess being “commercial” doesn’t insulate you from down time. :)
I would like a viking kitty coffee mug.
A zot mug would be cool too.
I'm no fool and I know that given his way, a Romney presidency will wander all over the political spectrum.
But in that same no fool school of thought, I'm not going to fight battles that are already lost. Elections were held and my guy didn't win enough of them.
Personally I am putting time and money into electing conservative Senate candidates. That is where the real fight is now.
I thought Jim Robinson said we should never post anything from DU.
How about “donating means donor/subscriber doesn’t see fundraising solicitations”?
I'm surprised leftists consider those types of things insults at are. Don't they usually champion the right to engage in deviant sexual practices?
This group of people who style themselves as sophisticated and intellectuals nevertheless almost universally go for a cheap sexual innuendo snark as their first instinct. Funny, that...
$500 a plate dinner at JimRob’s house. Keynote speakers to include Allen West, Sarah Palin and the Newtster.
I completely agree. I wish that I could have bought my FreeRepublic bumper stickers and mousepad directly from a FreeRepublic store, as opposed to having to go to somebody else to make the purchase.
You're forgetting one thing. It's leftist. It gets a free pass on lots of things that would cause conservative organizations trouble.
What else have they got?
I also have a different favor in a private message. Thanks.
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