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 3:56 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I was just wondering what you guys duscuss in the part of forum which is paid to see...is that same like this one or some good looking red carpet area?


Lord Majestic

 4:13 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Perhaps posting of daily screenshot (showing something, but not all) from one of the interesting threads there would increase conversions.

This idea is free...


 4:22 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Check the home page, there are always clips from the back room.


 4:31 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm not allowed to say what I see back there but it's very much like the outside. While I have learnt a lot of stuff out here I've learnt one or two things back there which have more than paid the subscription. I read about 1 in 500 (maybe 5000) threads out here and about 1 in 5 threads in there.

The look and feel is the same, there is no moderation to post a Google thread ;) and everyone is a little bit more relaxed because what they say is not visible to the hoi polloi ;)


 4:50 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yeah! and once upon a time webmasterworld was a free forum for likeminded webwhatevers to discuss topics related to all things internet.

Now, like everwhere else on the web you have to pay for that sort of information.

The original pubcon for example, Free! Fantastic! Loads of great people getting to know each other and going home to rip each others ideas off. Brilliant!

Pubcon 645 or whatever its up to now costs like 2.5 million dollars just to get thru the door to listen to some "expert" from some SE or another telling you how much you gotta pay just to get 1 page crawled......

I'm goin home!


 5:16 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well how else are teh hosting bills going to get paid?

I do agree that the web is changing from free to pay as you go on some sites, thats life baby blue.


 5:29 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can always use the subscription fee as a tax deduction....


 6:09 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>Yeah! and once upon a time webmasterworld was a free forum for likeminded webwhatevers to discuss topics related to all things internet.

I'm famous for stating the obvious, but WW is still a free forum. BTW, before I was a mod and before there was a Supporter's forum, I sent in cash every now and then. The Supporter's forum was originally started for those who contributed and it grew from there.

>>The original pubcon for example, Free!

Great idea. But it grew also. Costs exploded, attendance fees grew. Hopefully BT gets to keep a little jingle in his pocket. Free interprise, and all that. Besides, the present format makes it much easier for those who are company employees to justify having the company pay the freight for the conference.

I'm goin home!



 6:14 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

just a query
does the moderators and other gets pay from the fees or its just for getting hosting and other charges of website


 6:41 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Moderators are volunteers.


 7:03 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

When you subscribe do you get a receipt that you could put through as expenses? (UK)


Karl :)


 7:26 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I for one am delighted that for a small donation, I can get all that extra information. The "free" forums are still virtually loaded with good info thats hard to find anywhere else. I am also amazed that this service was provided for so long, with Brett and company footing the bill.
Personally, I don't think being able to cover your costs is terribly greedy.

There are other options - such as figuring this all out yourself, or buying one of the widely published expert's books.

My subscription to WebmasterWorld Supporters forum is one of my most used and cost effective expenses.

The days of the free lunch are pretty much gone, and I don't expect anyone to buy mine for me.


 7:58 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

curlykarl: I'm planning to print and save the signup page which shows the pricing structure, and the welcome aboard email I received. That should cover it....


 8:00 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you :)


 10:50 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Forgive me. I had a bad day. My car failed the mot and I forgot to check my adwords.

Drunk some organic wine and chilled out a bit now.


 11:31 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

what is inside locked forum

.......... The eigth wonder of the world and a guarantee of making a fortune, all of the guys back there are millionaires that give away all of their secrets.............

OK back to the real world, the above scenario is for the moderators forum;

More than you think but not an instant recipe to get your site to #1 I think that stuffs pretty much covered elsewhere on the site. I joined up to find out what was in the supporters forum, it wasn't what I expected but I have found it useful and I have discovered things in there that you wouldn't see out here.

Is it worth the money?

That would depend on what you do, although most that join seem happy ;)


 5:41 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld is the greatest resource I have found for anything related to webmasters. I subscribed a few months ago, and am very happy I did.

IMO, it doesn't matter what content is in the supporters forum (although there is some great stuff in there). WebmasterWorld is such a great resource I had no problem forking over a hundred or so bucks for all the information I have learned from the free sections.

This site is completely ad free...which totally amazes me. Brett has done a tremendous job of keeping this a top notch site where most others would have cashed in. To this day there are no ads or any money making system on the site other than the paid forum.


 1:44 pm on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Moved from Foo.

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