Back in August, I discussed with you guys the necessary evil that is advertising on the blog. Specifically pop-up ads. I'll summarize it quickly for you. I hate them. You hate them. But for the blog to continue moving forward I need them.
However, I've been thinking about ways to possibly cut down on the amount of pop-up ads on the blog, while still being able to pay the bills around here.
With my family, job and what little social life I have at the age of 37, I barely have time to update the blog, so creating and selling merchandise just isn't feasible. And asking you guys to pay for content would never be an option. So, I developed an idea that would benefit both my readership and myself.
What I came up with is the opportunity for you guys, the readers, to guest blog for a fee. For $10 you can write an article, prospect report or interview, post a picture, video or podcast (obviously Rangers related) or produce anything you think might be interesting to your fellow readers.
Now, I know some of you might be concerned that the blog will transform into the The New York Rangers Blog version of the Bleacher Report, but I can promise you that all content will be approved and edited (because you know how well I edit) by TheNYRBlog staff before it is posted and it wouldn't be more than one reader post per day. My hope is that the money raised from these posts will help offset the cost of dropping the annoying pop-up ads.
I can't tell you the amount of requests I get from readers asking to guest blog, so I felt this idea will give my readership the chance to participate with TheNYRBlog while allowing me to cut back on some ads.
I know I sound like a corporate shill trying to cash in on the blog, but I really feel this is a win/win for everyone.
I've always said that TheNYRBlog is nothing without its readers and this is another way for you guys to help make the experience on the blog even better.
To be honest, I have no idea how this idea will be received, so I'd love to get your feedback in the comments section.
Finally, I do want to point out that not all advertising is bad. We Bleed Blue, Amity Harbor Sports, DisplayGifts.com and Ace Depot are a huge part of why this blog is so successful and I want to thank them for their support. I ask everyone to patronize them whenever possible.
I have the app roost that gives me all the blogs for NYR and your is the one I can't live without!! whatever you need I will contribute in any way!!! we need NYR Blog to live on!!! I always love the honesty on this blog!!! Keep it going guys!!!
Why not start a forum on here and have certain account tiers that people can pay for either monthly or annually? I'd gladly pay as well.
The only ads that bother me are the ones that have audio that comes on out of nowhere.
That being said, I think it's a great idea. And the idea of a donation button is not a turn off at all, just set up a paypal button and people would be glad to send you some green.
You run a fantastic blog and I love coming here to vent, chat, joke about everything NYR related.
Also want to commend you for keeping the blog always focused and respectful. The main reason why I do visit this blog more frequently than others, is that I believe most posters on this blog are respectful of each others' opinions, regardless of whether those opinions clash, and frankly, the tone you set for the blog has a lot to do with that.
I would be more than happy to make a donation or even pay a subscription fee for the benefit of the blog.
I'll maybe even throw in some extra cash if you can help get DelZotto traded. heh.
Love any and all creative ways of keeping this going, since this is definitely one of the few blogs I seek out (come for the expertise, stay for the sarcasm & breakfast ideas).
A couple of other ideas...
1) Soliciting people to do specific types of posts (player profiles, game recaps on certain days of the week - "fan recap Fridays" or what have you), etc., so that you know in advance that you have some content covered (this doesn't help as much with money, but it would help in getting you some of your non-hockey-related life back)
2) Donation watch parties: we could meet up at the Flying Puck (or wherever) to watch the game, and everyone could pitch in $5-$10 toward the blog. It'd raise money & allow for blog buddy bonding (with booze!)
Kevin, I am very much in favor of a Donation button. If you create one, I will be one of the first people to donate...maybe the first. :)
I think it's a Great idea because, not only would it reduce advertisements, it would offer readers new perspectives on Rangers news. When you added staff it made the blog much better. I just don't think that 10 dollars a day would do much to offset the cost of advertisements. You should look at a model like barstool sports where they design merchandise to sell on their blog. And if you don't have time you could have a contest for readers to submit t-shirt designs. I think people would be very willing to support the site by buying a cool shirt. And I really like the idea of a donation button. You would be surprised at how generous people are.
I know i'm a spoil sport - but i dont undersand what the reader gets out of writing a post and then paying to have it published? fame?
why not have a contest and ask your talented readers to submit designs for merch? pick a winner, upload, post a link to the store and BOOM. DONE.
readers would actually get something for their money and you won't be limited to $10 income per day.
you can sell on zazzle or elsewhere that require zero time/effort/money from you. you can just go collect your money and keep copy/pastin at your leisure.
Thank you Kevin for always looking for ways to improve this blog. This is now the only place I go for my Rangers news btw. Whereas I don't have the impirical knowledge of the NHL or Rangers (or the time) to be a contributor I would consider making a donation to help reduce advertising. You could make this the PBS of the hockey world :)
Good idea but you should put up a donation button. No pressure and I guarantee u would get good results.
Or a dunk tank.
I have to say that I come to this website everyday to get my Ranger news that I feel is reliable and honest and while I am not an expert enough to post my own articles, I would be more than happy to pay to help you keep the ad content down. (The ads make it tough to load the pages sometimes.)
What about instead of charging a fee that everyone must pay, you would ask people to donate what they can afford to help you keep the site running smoothly?
This way you're not forcing anyone to pay and those who can afford to donate a little more (I would gladly give 20 bucks a year) can offset the ones who cannot afford it or don't want to donate.
I think this is a great idea Kevin. It's a way to get more readers involved plus help you out. Don't know why you think people would perceive it negatively - if they have a problem with it, they don't have to contribute anything. Honestly, running a blog on my own, I have no idea how you do it with everything else you have to take care of so I see this as helping in two ways - money plus less content you have to create!
I like the idea of guest blogging (and I would volunteer to proof-read the blogs LOL,) but I also like the idea of asking people to pay for having access to the blog. I think that $10 per year would not offend or discourage any of the rabid Rangers fans - and we are all of us rabid fans, aren't we? A PayPal account could be easily set up for such payments - I would call them contributions to the cause. The non-paying readers could still have an access to the headlines.
Honestly, the ads don't bother me at all, but if this is something that can help you out then I'm all for it. That hiatus you took from the blog scarred me for life. I'm for anything to help avoid that again!
@shoot_the_goalie Crap! That should have been the fundraiser. Raise money for a "Trade Del Zotto" campaign. Dammit! Appreciate the kind words.
@esolomon28 Really surprised to hear the interest in a donation button. I thought for sure that would be a turnoff. Figured the content idea would at least offer something in return.
@YinzerinCT Hey, long time no talk Yinz. I get a ton of requests to guest blog as well as complaints about ads. So I figured why not combine the two.
Not only will the readers get to express themselves more than they can by just commenting they can help rid the blog of some ads.
What's the difference between selling merch or a blog post? Still asking for money.
Just because you don't want to write on the blog doesn't mean others don't.
Also everyone is trying to sell merch. So I decided to try something different.
Just using that old entrepreneurial spirit. The same you do when selling your shirts.
@Betweentheworlds Ha! Appreciate the kind worlds.
@AnnoyingJoe SATHER in a dunk tank would raise billions.
@AnnoyingJoe We'll see. As I said below, we'll see how this goes and take it from there. Thanks for the insight.
@RangrrrGrrrl That might be something I look into if people aren't into this. We'll see. Thanks for the idea!
@Kinguin Crank Yankers was a great show!
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) The one negative aspect I thought might arise is the perception that the quality of content on the blog could suffer with this idea. But we're going to make sure everything is edited and screened for quality assurance.
@genetics73 I've thought about that, but, again, I don't like the idea of asking people to pay for content. Plus I doubt my blog host Bloguin would allow it.
@BrendyJohnson I thought about doing that, but I figured this was almost like a donation only the reader gets a little something out of it. Didn't want to just ask for money.
@Kevin DeLury @esolomon28 im down for the donation too. i would also one day probably drop 5-10$ to write a blog. offer both , come up with a cheap sticker/magnet design that you can send to donaters. even a 10 cents sticker gives incentive, gives sense of community ,promotion and 100% NYR. i would certaintly want to represent my favorite blog/team with a sticker in my venice, CA apartmen, maybe even 1 for the had hat ya know? good luck
LONG LIVE NYRANGERSBLOG!!
@Kevin DeLury Makes sense. I wouldn't even think of that because I couldn't imagine you or one of the guys wouldn't look at it before posting lol
Add a Donation link anyway! I'd send $10 in a heartbeat as I already get enough back as a simple reader! Hell, I rarely comment but I feel strongly enough to now to say that allowing someone to decide to donate isn't a bad thing!
@Kevin DeLury Haha! Well I meant you would make sure it wasn't something that would hurt the site. If you need proofreaders, I would be more than happy to help :-)
@johnAMIRANTESrug Yeah, I would never water down the content on the blog. I doubt I'm even going to get a lot of submissions anyway.
when Kevin's not available to be drunk or dunked MSG has a built in drunk in ken daneyko. the best part is he wouldn't even remember being dunked, he would just think he pissed himself again.
@johnAMIRANTESrug Going to call the Rangers and pitch this idea as intermission entertainment. Getting sick if watching three idiots running around in a giant puck suit.
I think both Kevin and the thrower should be drunk. but Kev has to wear floaties, we don't need anyone drowning. this could generate a lot of revenue...after booze costs.
@johnAMIRANTESrug Was that drunk tank or dunk tank?
@johnAMIRANTESrug I like the sound of that!