If I built a new revenue sharing site....
One which I invested a lot of time and a decent amount of money into, what topic / theme would you want it to adopt?
You don't need to know who I am, other than that I'm being serious, make a decent living running several successful websites including two in the Alexa top 50,000 which see a lot of traffic, and have a firm grasp on what has been happening in the world of 'revenue sharing' over the past few years. The business model is dead, this site is dying because its entire model is dying.
Niche specific sites however, they still work. So if I built a revenue sharing website, with all of the tools available to you on infobarrel plus many more, which niche would you want it to cover?
I have a unique revenue sharing model that I know I could achieve technically and would really like to put in action, somehow and somewhere, but I have no idea what niche I should pursue... so ideas please?
I'm looking at a 2018 launch, too involved in another new project at the moment.
I would say it should be something you enjoy.
If you are looking for some commonality between the contributors then logic would say it should be aimed at writers.
PS - I would need to know who you are, because I wouldn't contribute unless I knew and trusted you
Green living, off-the-grid stuff is popular. People are building tiny houses or living in R.V.'s full-time. There are a lot of products that can be promoted; tools, compost toilets, camping equipment, alternative power sources, solar water heaters, e.t.c.
Decided against this.
I think this business model is dead. Niche sites are the only way forward, and it would be difficult to find a sufficient number of people all interested in writing in a specific subject area.
Its also quite labour intensive, and with the way that the ad economy is these days with RPMs collapsing and about one third of internet users having adblock installed.... it just seems like something which isn't worth my time investment.
When you can get a great article written by a freelancer for something like $25 these days, it makes more sense to simply purchase 300 articles outright and then retain 100% of the earnings for infinity.
So I do completely understand why IB are knocking this on the head. It won't be keeping their fridge well stocked anymore.
I am disgusted with the way that they are going about this though. They had the option to communicate openly with their writers about the difficulties associated with this business model and openly admit that the site is struggling, prepare the writers for a possible withdrawal from the business. Instead they are leaving you all in the lurch and letting this place become a cesspit.
The only idea that I still like is a webanswers type site, with my unique randomized revenue sharing algorithm integrated within it, not with users adsense codes integrated. Think Quora but with the users receiving some nice surprises in their paypal account at the end of every quarter.... But I can foresee the problems now, with spam in the citation section. They'd be nofollow, but I can just see the constant battle to keep out bots or Indian spamming gangs.... I don't know how long it would remain fun.
I've taken to playfully calling this tactic a "Canadian firing" because it is effective and non-confrontational. I made up the term with some other business, but it is pretty applicable here, don'tcha think?
I truly believe that 99% of the writers here would understand Infobarrel not being able to sustain the owners the way it did before Google cracked down on everybody.
It's funny, even though I have 3 blogs, 2 websites, and a recently-purchased new domain, I still enjoy coming here to write for fun. My websites are "work", so I enjoy a change of scenery.
Working on your own sites can be lonely sometimes too. Infobarrel is like my neighborhood coffee shop. I pop in, check a draft, maybe publish something, look at my earnings , then hop over to the forum to see what's happening and who is talking to who.
That's what I am going to miss the most if this site goes down; the community of other writers.
I'm with you on that: this used to be FUN (at least, for me).
Can't really say I like the passive-aggressive way they're handling this. As you know, I'm a big fan of the truth, and always want to hear it no matter how bad it is. At least that way there's a clear course of action.