Hi Forumistas and Forumvirates, I just thought I'd forward the unsolicited advertising offer (below), it being the least sleazy and spammy of these that's been directed to give at evolt.org in a long time. We get scads of spammy email "link requests" such as this all the time but I don't get spam like this at any of my other highly-spammed email addresses. I suppose evolt.org having a high page google page rank is what makes these marketers want links on our site so bad. Now, I am not supporting or promoting the idea -- but I just thought I'd toss this out there for discussion, wondering if there's any way to monetize this opportunity ...tastefully. As treasurer, I can assure all that we don't *need* additional funding. In fact, average revenue from the google ads on the browser archive has increased since November (I think corresponding with the IE7 release) and apparently isn't going to go back down any time soon. We're accumulating assets at the modest rate of $30 - $50 a month now, over and above our hosting expenses -- prior to November, out revenue and hosting expenses we right at even. So maybe discussing potential additional revenue streams is moot... but things do tend to change -- ServerMatrix (ahem, now EV-1.com -- whoops, I mean ThePlanet.com) has raised our hosting rates once already... and advertising revenue can be a fickle mistress at best :-) So, if we could control (and really liked!) the advertisers... for instance if the ads were for quality web development tools or cool hosted services that we think evolt.org visitors would be thrilled to try... A. Do you think putting text link ads on WEO (www. not just browsers.dot evolt.org) would be a cataclysmic error? B. What about just on search results pages? C. How about on the mailing list archives? D. What would we do with the extra money? We have an "accidental mission" BTW, now. On our IRS tax ID application I was forced to pick a mission (luckily it was multiple choice). We are an "educational non-profit" and (IIRC, IANAL, ETC,) must blow any and all of our money on expenses in the furtherance of that mission. I'm thinking it would be nice to be able to pay an author or two for their articles once in a while. What do you think? -dave ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sarah Wilson" <support at premiumseosearch.com> To: "evolt.org Administrator" <treasurer at evolt.org> Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:15 AM Subject: Your Website Hello, my name is Sarah. I'm interested in your website and wonder if you like to make an extra income from it (without really doing very much). We have many clients that are always interested in buying links on websites like yours. We will pay you the money and you just need to upload the link to your site, it's as simple as that. If you'd like to look into this further just drop me an email at support at premiumseosearch.com and we can take it from there. Just so you know, this is a one-time mailing sent by a person (me!) and you are not on any list. I am contacting you like this because we can help each other. Thanks for reading my message and I look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards Sarah Wilson Link Administrator This email is part of an on-going strategy by PremiumSeoSearch to enable our clients to achieve top 10 placements on Google, Yahoo, MSN, using their chosen search terms. More information about this service is available on our website at www.PremiumSeoSearch.com PremiumSeoSearch.com 61 Praed Street Paddington London W2 1NS England United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)845 0537325 My Email: support at premiumseosearch.com Website: www.PremiumSeoSearch.com PLEASE NOTE: This email is not spam, it was sent by an individual their sole purpose being to introduce ourselves to you with no obligation on your part and your email address has not been added to any list. We consider this to be a polite way to contact you and apologise sincerely if you have been inconvenienced in any way. Whilst this is the only email you will receive from me, and I again confirm you are not on a list of any kind with us, I am legally obliged to offer an 'opt-out' from future mailings from me; should you wish to exercise this right, please reply with "opt-out" in the subject field.