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I love this place it makes you think.
I've been thinking of doing "my own page" myself. I keep coming back to the question of how do you police/monitor it?
How have you got it setup? Are you using a precanned script? Can users build more than one page? Graphics?
Is it really all that attractive for users? What do you get out of it beside promo and power branding?
Firstly a quick update on the "tell a friend" button. It's not working particularly well yet, only had a handful of uses so far. I haven't publicised in my newsletter yet, hopefully usage will improve then.
The site in my profile was specifically created to allow dog breeders to create their own "website". Unfortunately it consists of 1000s and 1000s of lines of custom written spaghetti code. I would love to get rid of it, but with virtually no comments in the code. It would take months for anyone else to understand just how it all works :)
The basic page just allows breeders to input name and address type information, so there is no real problem in policing that information. The more advanced pages, which allow pictures and text cost cash to have, so again there is no real problem with policing. The biggest drain on resources, is answering dumb (and not so dumb) questions.
To answer your last question Brett
"What do you get out of it beside promo and power branding?"
Nothing other than sleepless nights and grief :(
I know this question probably belongs in another forum, but I would love to hear opinions on how I could try and earn some revenue from my site. I know the site is unique and is very good at what it does, it just needs to be marketed better (have I come to the right place :) ).
We do have good name branding, with my biggest search phrase referer now being "Champdogs", although we are not quite in the Yahoo or Hotmail league regarding numbers :)
I don't run any banners ads at all, this has been a consious decision to keep the site looking clean. I do like the look of Brett's Text ads, are they working well Brett ?
Brett if you want to try the site out to get some ideas, feel free to join and I will delete your info later.
I use Northsky's service as a co-branded feature. (they take about 50% of the advertising) and I tend to get a lot of signups (30-40/day) however, I do not see much traffic on the websites created by the users.
For me its just one more cool feature to add to the site.
So be very careful if you run a domain that is well ranked. You will not be able to control what your users do in terms of meta tags and content. Inktomi picked up a page that someone used for publishing passwords / cracks and that cost us a fair bit in good traffic.
Since this is a SEO forum, you may want to consider the side effects of several users submitting their sites to search engines and the effect it could have on your domains. I'm no expert, but I think it did hurt with Alta and Ink.
Appreciate the info Mark. I'm not real worried about the code - that is doable. I was curious if it was something off-the-shelf.
What is the url to your site Mark?
I mainly was trying out the system and working the bugs out of the fresh code. I want to start doing text ads on many sites, and this seemed like a starting point. (actually, I want to use the code mainly for PPC work). I knew I was jumping the gun on it just to get the kinks out. However; something surprising happened - I sold banner ads over as SEW due to the advertising here - just a case of contacts I guess. I took them back off for a bit for some biz reasons I'd as soon not mention at this time (they may reappear shortly).
Shri, I am not aware of any problems caused by our members submitting their pages to the engines. We control the META tags and we only have 4 or 5 new members a day so the volume currently would not be an issue. I am actually going to encourage them to submit their pages to the directories (yahoo, looksmart, etc) in my next newsletter. Do you think this is a good idea ?
Brett, I have sticky mailed you the URL. I think if I do advertising on my site I will sell it at flat rate, so I wouldn't need any click-thru code behind the links. I liked the way that your text ads grabbed my attention without being obtrusive. How did you find the click thru rate compared to tradditional banner ads ?