As SGRS coasts along toward its inevitable entropic
demise – i'm tending to think more along the lines of ice than fire
– the question arises of how to prolong and sustain its useful life,
should existence require some nudging. Mainly, as questions of
survival can, this brings up the subject of money. Got any ideas how
this site can pull in a few bucks?
Ads are a popular standby, and it may come to that. Commissions from
book sales from Amazon and Barnes & Noble are perfectly doable,
though they may never amount to much.
But the gang at the Guru
Ratings Forum has been busy and creative. Here are two great ideas
advanced there, and my responses to them:
[In response to someone else's request to give their teacher a higher
rating:] Shh, between you and me, I see a money-making opportunity in
this for you. Plain old bureaucratic corruption. Contact
the senders and sell your buds! One price for raising the
bud-rating, another price for lowering it. A premium on
changes of more than one bud per teacher ($100 for a drop of one
bud, but $500 for a drop of two buds). But a volume
discount if a person purchases a two-teacher or five-teacher
package. -- Greg
Okay, now here's an idea with some real potential. I have to think
about how it will impact my integrity, but it might be manageable if
it's all done above-board: Have a fee schedule posted and indicate
clearly that a higher or lower rating has been paid for. Hmmm.
[And in response to a request to arrange a harmonium import:] Sarlo, you should charge commissions for all deals struck through your List, whether it is for harmoniums, ....shaktipat, ......or plain good old nookey stuff.
-- Laughing Guru
I guess i would have to depend on people's honesty to collect anything though.
And would that make me a pimp? And would commissions be fixed-rate coin of the realm or percentage in kind?
Hmmm. A few details to work out . . .
And from the site mailbag:
I just thought you might be interested in some feedback.
Immediately prior to you changing my url, I installed a commercial tracker.
So, from the time you made the change and put it on your Recent Additions
and Changes page, I have had 11 visitors who came to my page by way of your
Country Number of Visitors
Can I buy a "change" every week? LOL
Any more great ideas?