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Another weird business idea, free advertising pitches...

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I am getting article submissions almost all the time, but 99% of them are basically sales pitch kind of articles, advertising some sort of a website or web service. They can even be full scale articles, but aimed solely at convincing people to go to that particular web site.

Of course, I don't publish that, but the amount of these sorts of submissions is telling me that owners (or possibly employees) of web businesses tend to write articles with some substance just to get the word of their site out.

This makes me think that maybe if someone would build a web site which would be meant to host exactly those kinds of articles (yes, basically including "sales pitch" articles) that it may be succesful. All those people who submit these sorts of things would have their stuff published in given categories and we could also have a voting function, top articles and all that. People coming to the site would up front know that what they'll see here are basically just advertising, but it may still appear interesting enough for people to visit, if nothing then out of curiosity. Some would even possibly visit to find the service they're looking for. Since articles would be categorized (by tags or fixed categories), that wouldn't be a problem.

Anyway, as many other ideas put forth this one may not lead to an actual realization. But who knows, chances are higher for realization of various ideas these days than before. 2007 is looking very bright for Libervis Network and we may see some new, even if experimental, projects sprung up to boost the LN revenue streams and influence to a point where it would be possible to shape it as a real self-sustainable company.

If ever done, Libervis Ad policy would apply to these articles. It'd probably be revised to fit the article-advertising sort, but the filtering would be the same.

Oh and where is the revenue part of this idea? Well, paid "featured" articles being put in the spotlight blocks of homepage and other significant pages, of course, plus normal text link advertising. Eye

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It could work, but I think

It could work, but I think the ones who would pay for the service are not the same as those who submit all that spam. The trick of this spam is to write a nice article, submit it to thousands of websites (probably automated), and some websites will let it slip through, possibly because they don't have a moderation queue.

But to make it work you have to offer more than just "pay to get on the front page".

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I second tbuitenh's

I second tbuitenh's thoughts, also I'm not sure why anyone would want to visit a site which is *just* ads - would you watch a TV channel which is only ads?

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someone is watching
dylunio wrote:

would you watch a TV channel which is only ads?

It exists. I forgot the name, but it exists. People are probably watching it, otherwise it wouldn't work. It's famous for that hideous electrical ab training belt thing.

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It exists.
tbuitenh wrote:
dylunio wrote:

would you watch a TV channel which is only ads?

It exists. I forgot the name, but it exists. People are probably watching it, otherwise it wouldn't work. It's famous for that hideous electrical ab training belt thing.

Oh, I class them as 'shopping channels' which are akin in my book to online stores; but I can see how they equate to ad-channels well.

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Well it might not be such a

Well it might not be such a good idea after all. It's just something that fell on my mind when I was looking over yesterdays' submissions..

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