Would you be interested in a PAID affiliate program for Agnostic.com? While we appreciate members who promote use for points (see [agnostic.com] ), a paid affiliate program would pay you cash (e.g., $1-5 per active member depending on their activity/points). I've written most of the software already to track our internal advertising. Yes, we are a 501c3 non-profit but can still spend money on advertising. A paid affiliate program might be able to get more members than we could by traditional advertising. Thoughts?
NOTE: this does mean is putting ads on this site but to pay people to put up ads elsewhere.
This would potentially create far more trouble than it's worth. We already have some people who make junk posts just for the points... now image how bad it might get if theres a fiscal incentive. I like that there are serious conversations on here. I don't want to have to wade through a bunch of people here only for cash to find them.
I vote no.
When you put $ on the table, you will be inundated by people only interested in getting some. Look how the quality of posts has gone down as the numbers have gond up already! I would prefer the occasional ad if you need revenue, or even just a place where we could donate......monthly or "as we can". Enough with the song postings, pdreadful poems, cat pix for points!
I truly confess I do not understand the economics of this site, and I say that with the greatest respect to the site administration and with appreciation of its existence, and would like a definitive explanation of how it operates, including this issue of advertising that is being discussed here. The site is well established now and many of us have shown our loyalty to it, so surely this is reasonable.
In California there is a Jr college called Goldenwest college in Huntington Beach Ca they have a tv station where they teach broadcasting, they most likely have affiliates. It could not hurt to contact them about a TV add. possibly becoming news that agnostics are running an add and that would be free advertising
The affiliate route has pros and cons -- I mean, there are several good affiliate management companies that I've worked with that will do all the work for you; you pay a fee and give them some marketing materials and guidance, and they do all the heavy lifting for you, for X (% or rate) of each qualified lead that signs up. But there's a balance to it, and there are definitely some bad characters out there looking to make a quick buck -- you definitely want to make sure those leads they send here are vetted, as opposed to someone just opening the floodgates to any warm body that can fill in a signup form, so they get paid. If you want to talk about it, I'd be happy to be a sounding board and help; I'm a design & marketing guy, w/ 25+ years in the business.