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3:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What if we would start a pro software App store for webmasters? Everything you need from the time you pick up the pen to put to napkin, we could cover.

- pens, napkins.
- editors. text, wysiwug
- operating systems, servers.
- webhosting
- validators
- tools
- software sites
- it could go on and on
4:08 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Sorry Brett, I don't get what you mean. Is that a pro App store where WebmasterWorld would supply these for startup businesses (for example) or is that a place where people can promote their own "products"?
4:36 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I would tread in that direction with great care. A lot of members here represent software companies, obviously.

I'd expect WebmasterWorld to leverage its strength by providing a discussion forum glued to each product sold in the store. But then you risk partisan posting, slamming, shill reviewing, etc. The same ToS rules must persist.

You've already got pens though. Official note-taking napkins would rock - made of a heavier weight tissue that doesn't rip under the punishment of a ball-point. Why not sell some merch? My WebmasterWorld rear-view mirror was stolen, and one can never have too many T-shirts.
5:12 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Tempting, is it? But you'll note how publishers like NYT and Time-Warner and others do not do this type of thing. Many have actually tried. They failed.

This is a very different business.

OK, maybe the napkins. But, otherwise, not a good idea. But, kudos for thinking of it--there isn't a publisher who has not thought of it.

It works both ways. Some try to publish or do content. You know how Comcast keeps trying to get into the content biz? Ever seen any of their "shows?" Awful. Major fail. I mean, you can hear them at the meeting! "Yeah, why now? We could do this!" Nope.
5:15 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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No... this is not the right place for that.
5:33 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I vote NO. Keep this as a webmaster community. Stick to what you're good at. However, DO allow free and open discussions of SPECIFIC products available in the marketplace.
7:53 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't know... Having purchased just about every noteworthy SEM software application available it would be nice to have a single location where they could be found - and even discussed. So many apps do *not* do what they claim or they are not nearly as useful as they sound on paper.

It would be a great addition, but the pitfalls are several as has been addressed.
8:06 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I would not mind getting a WebmasterWorld discount at different vendors instead of WebmasterWorld selling software directly. That would drive some business.

The larger your post count, the larger the discount!
8:45 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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how 'bout reviews by senior members of key sem/seo/etc software?