I think you could remain afloat.
Posted Jul 25, 2002 19:04 UTC (Thu) by Deno
Parent article: The end of the road
Maybe the problem isn't in the fact that 'market isn't ready to pay for you',
but in the fact that you don't ask for money in the optimal way? I don't know how many readers you have, but I suppose the number must be quite big. Let's say one milion visitors, and at least 100k of the readers who come again and again.
I find each of your issues worth at least one dollar (that's the price I give out for my daily newspaper!), and I want to keep you around. That's $48/year which you can have from me for the service you provide (I don't need any special members-only stuff). If you can get this ammount from 10.000 readers, you should be fine. Assuming that my estimate above is correct, getting 10.000 "donators" should not be a big problem, under one condition:
You need to organise the fund-raising better: look at the way blender folks are rising money, and learn something.
Your readers have given you some good hints too (DO SAY HOW MUCH YOU NEED!), and I've written a little story on MandrakeForum
which may also help you too.
One more thing: add a possibility to state which sections are interesting for your donators - that way you'll know what to cut first in case you find out that mony isn't enough to feed you all!
PS: I've forwarded $20 your way today, and you can have $30 more from me in the fall - assuming you are still around and I haven't lost my job.
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