WEB I'm thinking about doing something I said I never would... :noes:

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  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    I'm thinking about charging a monthly fee for premium features on ClearCheckbook.com :noes:

    The site as it stands right now will always remain free... but I'm thinking about adding a few "premium" features and charging a small monthly fee for them.

    Some of the added features would be the ability to import CSV files (right now it only does QIF, QFX and OFX files). I would also increase the functionality of the search page and make the reports pages much more dynamic.

    I'm trying to think of a few other features I could add.

    If I charged $3/month and only 5% of my current user base paid that, I'd be making a little more than $3,000/month.

    I think this would be a great way to have some backup money for my goal of freelancing full time by this Fall :x:
     
  2. Necromancer

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    3/month isn't bad, especially to the dedicated users. As long as there's enough 'extra' to make a premium, sounds like a very plausible route.
     
  3. Necromancer

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    I just signed up btw, I've been wanting to use this for a while. Nice site.
     
  4. rwdftw

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    If you are going to charge, charge a higher number. The people who'll be willing to pay, will see no difference between $3/month and $10/month.

    Personally I think you should make a whole lot more features for it before charging, to make it worth it. Like ability to work with tax software, quickbooks, paypal integration, WAP.

    Also add adsense, and banner ads, and make one of the premium and add "no ads" to the feature list for premium accounts
     
  5. drpepper

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    i think you should do it man. you've put a lot of work in to it, its time to reap the rewards. besides, nothing is changing for the normal user. it would be worse to throw in some advertising instead.
     
  6. MrBrotato

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    :ugh: I would.
     
  7. rwdftw

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    just lie and tell the users that the reason you have to charge is because of the insane bandwidth and hosting costs you have. Then use google to find some pictures of servers and tell them you just spent $5,000 and need to recoup the costs.

    Then make one of the first blog replies say something like "OMG OMG Dude we are totally behind you, whats $10/month anyone who doesn't pay is a commie"
     
  8. rwdftw

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    its obviously a great business decision otherwise fazle wouldn't be doing it:rofl:
     
  9. RaginBajin

    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    I think 3.00 is a good price. You got places such as Quicken Online that is charging 2.99 a month for their product. So I would stick with that.

    Seems like you are on a good track.
     
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    i love the site, use it all the time on my iPhone too!
     
  11. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    stop trolling, or i will let glen deal with you
     
  12. pkr

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    Hell yeah do it bro
     
  13. rwdftw

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    trolling? Where? We are just discussing ways for a site owner to monetize his web property, just because you choose to see parallels with OT, thats your problem.

    And hey what works, works. Making paying you a money an issue of honor/charity is a great way of making people eager to pay you.
     
  14. Browning

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    :rofl:it's what he does best
     
  15. pkr

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    they see me typin
    they hatin
    i'm trollin
    glen5689 gonna catch me typin dirty
     
  16. TurkeyChicken

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    I disagree about the cost. I think charging any more than $5/month would be too much for people to pay.

    I've received several emails from people saying they'd have no problem paying 3-5 bucks per month to use the service as is right now.

    I'm making a list of all the "advanced" features and think I have a good starting point. it'll still be a few months before I'm ready to roll it out though.

    I just think it's about time I make some money off the site and use it to propel myself into more freelance stuff and working for myself full time.

    As for adsense, it doesn't work on SSL encrypted sites. I could use banners, but I hate them and think they're a poor way to make money.
     
  17. Kevin

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    See you emo fags later.

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  18. Kevin

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    And yes, people will care about what they pay especially when its a site designed to help them with their finances. People who track their money like this don't usually spend it like its going out of style.
     
  19. Jesse

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    You could always start charging for the main page access :hsugh::hsugh:
     
  20. rwdftw

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    just put a bunch of credit report affiliate links on your site
     
  21. TurkeyChicken

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    :rofl:

    sheeet, for $600M I would have sold that shit out too.
     
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    :rofl:
     
  23. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    sure we all knew what you was getting at
     

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