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Easiest systems for pay to play are one of two subscription based processors. One being ccbill.com a large company out of Arizona,
They have easy set up full client admin tools and a built in partnership system as well as the ability to except cehck and credit card. Then there is Ibill they have a bit steeper learning curve and are not quite as easy to set up .... You will need your own scripts or but them. With ccbill.com its pretty much add a .htaccess file and chmod there cgi script they provide. Both have weekly or biweekly payouts etc .... Are you thinking of making webmasters world and search engine world subscription based ? If so remember me if you use either one of these guys hahahaha
I think a years subscription would pay for my consulting fee hahahaha ; )
The other issue is competitition. If someone is offering similar services for free, even if they aren't quite as good, there is a possibility that the paid service will be perceived as a rip-off. Certainly, there are some people who won't pay for anything. These people will migrate to the free offering, potentially strengthening it in terms of traffic and user participation.
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A good subscription based model would be to charge for your newsletter, assuming you have a steady base, but once you start charging it won't grow as quickly.
Another good model would be to hold back portions of the site that have all of the new methods of SEO that you come up with basically access to your methodology.
Don't know how much this helps, but I can say when content goes from free to paid you're bound to lose a few people in any business.
I think some people may faint dead away if they knew who was all reading here. I would bet that we are in the top 20 sites on the net for referral strings that come from secure sites (eg, people talking behind closed doors).
I've went to school on this whole issue of subscription based sites, and I've learned more than I realized was out there. Thanks to everyone for the feedback. This thread and other other ones on pfp, breed email like rabbits. This is a smoldering hot topic, I'm sure we will come back to it in the next year time and time again.
If we assume that funding is needed ideally the best way to go IMHO should be the donation model. With the deal offered, 3x your donation credited to any future subscription fees, or a banner free view, ya can't lose. Think of it as insurance. That's a rather compelling value proposition to those who make regular use ofthe site. If there is a certain point that needs to be reached funding wise, maybe a thermometer type thing tracking contributions somewhere on the site.