Advertising is a big industry, we can use add supported services, we can earn money by having others click on our adds, we can even earn money with viewing adds in some programs.
I like to think “free” means something sucks. I sure know great free services but if they offer a payed product it almost always is better as..
I also think the person viewing the adds is doing the work. An add powered service may appear free, in reality they earn add revenue. This may or may not be more as enough it doesn’t matter, it’s still the viewers money in the developers pocket. I figure we are old enough to buy our own things? We are more as capable to judge and pay what things cost.
Now that made me think… “What if free things could be dramatically improved by charging a small fee?”
I imagine a blog posting could cost money. 50 cent or 2 € for posting it – that would be something I could afford.
I imagine a page stuffed with advertisement would be acceptable if the viewer earns money by viewing it.
– just the 2 ideas so far would mean A Blogger has to visit 3-20 blogs to earn back his posting. I would be even more motivated to view the new posts knowing the bloggers payed to post em.
I imagine a comment could cost 10 cent? Why not? It sounds like it makes sense? no?
If a comment would cost 5 € I would expect a serious reply? If that doesn’t appear others can see how it doesn’t. Deleting a comment should return the credit to it’s owner.
Google questions works some whut like that but that community is build from people in the mood to be helped or in the mood to be payed.
For bloggers it would only present some means to be taken more seriously.
I can’t help but think that a lot of people would be happy to earn a few coins by viewing your blog. Just imagine earning 20 cents by reading this posting. That would be fun! (Google makes around 5$ for each search result you view)
Not-free could also mean getting payed for writing posts. I’ve seen programs offer 300 000 articles about almost any subject, reading those mass generated writings gave me the shivers. It was cold and death-boring content, really scary! So, I figure paying to post and earning by reading could be a formula. Greedy people can shut up and serious questions can be answered.
Say it costs 2$ per post, we only have 10 adds per page, and a page view earns 20 cent.
20 cent divided by 10 adds is 2 cent. 2$ divided by 2 cents is 100 adds.
For the add we make a short introduction of our post, possibly with a small image. Then the viewer earns 2 cent for viewing your add and makes another 20 cent by clicking it.
We are not in a hurry so the 100 adds could take a few months to run out. That way the service can create a buffer to balance out the flow.
The advertisers have already payed you 2 cent, you don’t need to click their add. Still if you want you can.
This way it would be easy to store the add-click history and make it search-able for the user.
Building a safe payment system is so hard that filtering out automated surfers before payday is relatively easy. A few simple questions like “click the green dot” will do the trick. If human verification is slow it will happen more often. Posting a comment should be proof enough of being a real person. If the cash balance is low we also ask less questions. If you earn 20 bucks per day you will have to view the pages a bit longer and click few more dots. On the other hand, a user spending more as he earns should not have to do reality check ups.
Some bloggers have far to little to eat, other bloggers have far to few readers for the size of their budget.
Sure, people will create sweat shops to read our blogs. Do we really care? I love the idea people could make a living by reading this shit I write. That would rock the banana boat.
A friend of mine called it a service for rich snobs. I think she forgot we are the rich snobs on this planet. So, lets get your fat lazy ass into the comment box and write a few words for our sweat shoppers. You are obviously not willing to pay them 2 cent each, the least you can do is make a fool out of yourselves here. :D