A lot has happened since Threadwatch launched about two months ago and I've been thinking hard about several directions we could take to make this place even better.
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So, What's Happening?
Firstly I'd like to cover more areas within the general field of internet marketing and search in particular. This is going to happen, but will not affect or dilute what happens here already :)
I plan to put together some sub-domains for various branches of the Threadwatch site where, should it interest you, you can read about mobile marketing, more in-depth search industry news and a few other things that still have to be worked out.
There will also be, in the new year, some subscriber only sections and services. This site must pay it's way, but in my view must not drown itself in advertising and offers. So, with that in mind the sensible way to go seems to add more value to the site at a premium.
This does not mean that any less effort will go into what we are creating now, it also does not mean that any kind of "elite membership" will be required to hang out here and have fun :)
What it does mean is that should you want more information and more options on that information you will have the opportunity to get it, and get it in the usual no nonsense Threadwatch style.
What will it Cost?
This has not been decided, but i can tell you that we're not talking pennies here. If we are going to add value, then it will be real value, not some silly members club affair. You're probably looking at in excess of $1500 a year.
The new services and information on offer has yet to be fully nailed down, though a decent roadmap has been drawn up. Please forgive me for keeping the details to myself for the moment, all good things will come, trust me.
I've had numerous people suggest to me that they would like to "donate" to Threadwatch - in order to support the site and have always politely refused as I just feel that this is the wrong way to go for us. Im not ungrateful for the offers of course, it goes almost without saying that i view them as a massive show of faith and vote of confidence, so thanks.
But, the development of the upcoming services (mostly information based) does not come cheap so i have a proposal for anyone that wants to help, and get a bargain in the process:
Here's the Deal
If any members feel they would like to help, you can paypal me at the address below. What you will get for such a "leap of faith" is 1yrs subscription to the services that will be offered in the new year.
As these services are a bit of a mystery at present, and will undoubtably not appeal to every single member of TW i'd suggest that $50 would be amply sufficient. This way, if it turns out that what is offered doesnt suit you, you're not out of pocket by any large amount.
This will help me enormously, i will be doing it regardless so please dont feel obliged, but if you have expressed an interest in contributing in some way previously, i think this is a nice way to do it :-)
You Can Pre-Subscribe via Paypal
For variable amounts use "firstname.lastname@example.org" as the person you want to pay. For quick and easy 50 bucks hit the button below.
Please include your username as the comment or pm me and as mentioned above, whatever the final cost of subscriptions settles at, you get it free for 1yr.
Any questions, fire away...