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HELP keep the internet free boycott pay sites ! http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2768421,00.html
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As the owner of a web site I have a question... how are people supposed to maintain their sites if they can't charge for them? A popular site can cost $200 per month to maintain. With advertising revenue plummeting to mearly zero, how should webmasters keep their sites up and running? I am curious to know your solution.
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
As the owner of a web site I have a question... how are people supposed to maintain their sites if they can't charge for them? A popular site can cost $200 per month to maintain. With advertising revenue plummeting to mearly zero, how should webmasters keep their sites up and running? I am curious to know your solution.


Go to http://www.arstechnica.com/ and see their solution. Basically they provided a value added premium subscription option. All the content on the site is free, but you receive certain benefits if you support the site by purchasing a premium membership. Their program has been very successful so far.
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I heard a rumor that Ars isnt doing so well and might go under.
 
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Jon "Hannibal" Stokes, Ars' senior CPU editor, assured readers that "all content on the Ars Technica Web site is and will always remain free." But Ars needed to do something to keep the site running without filling its pages with ads.
"Ars is not a profitable enterprise. That's OK, because we never set out to be. But it is no longer becoming feasible for us to run the site out of pocket...We're serving more pages than ever, but making less on advertising than we were in our first year of existence," stated a note posted on the site Thursday. "Now that times are rough, we're coming to you, the community, for support rather than some large corporate sponsor."

 
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