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More thoughts – nothing critical.

By on March 8, 2007

Three ideas occurred to me today. Sometimes good ideas happen in the oddest of places like the supermarket. Yeah, odd I know.

1) If we all decide to move forward there should probably be a few different groups given the skills everyone is offering. So for example we could have a content, technical, business development and strategy group. Unless each person that chooses to contribute works to their particular strengths, things tend to go ‘pear shaped’ fast.

2) Also, I should really put my ideas in a few PowerPoint Slides before the first group meets so I can share the context, objective and constraints that OJar faces. It is important that the people that are involved understand ‘why’ things are the way they are and/or are not as they are (confusing or badly worded, you decide)

3) Last point. When people do contribute to helping this site become a much wider reaching site then it is only fair that some form of ‘profit share’ mechanism is incorporated. There are several models to discuss. Each model has its own pro’s and con’s but I am of the belief that contributions should be rewarded. I don’t think money should be the motivating factor given the sites original mission but it is not unreasonable to come up with some kind of benefit or gift for contributing to the site after the sites expenses are covered.

Let me say finally, I don’t want point 3 to be the exclusive focus of this post, just something that will be discussed and addressed at some point in the future.

I know some of this approach seems a little ‘corporate’ but the only thing that lasts beyond the capabilities of a single person is an organization with defined roles. Hence the need to adopt this type of model.

— Michael.


  1. Netha

    December 26, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I think you hit a buslleye there fellas!

  2. alonewith2

    March 11, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I agree with Angelbaby. Some parts should still be free. However I think the majority of the “fun and play” sections should be for members who are premium.

  3. AngelBaby

    March 9, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I think that there needs to be some kind of something put in to place for people to still be able to come to the site without having to be premium…..I don’t think that the initial mission of Ojar should be forgotten. I am not real sure what all it takes to put a site like this together and keep it running, but I’d like to do whatever I can to help out.

  4. admin

    March 9, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    An affiliate program for Premium is a good idea. Definitely something to discuss when we start implementing new ideas.

  5. Freckles

    March 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I am a Do’er 🙂 I do about 6 or 7 things
    (Self Employed teach Defensive Driving and have 5 or 6 affilite programs that I make extra on)

    What about Affiliate URL where I can get a Commision on everyone I refur to Premium.
    They click on URL and they get a Cookie if they sign up for Premium in the future I get 10 Percent Commision on thier Signup Fee.Or some set amount.(Whichever Premium they choose)
    I get Money from different places for that.(Not a lot but some)

  6. admin

    March 9, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Everything is open to discussion at this point. But as in everything, the views of people that ‘do’ versus the views of people that ‘just talk’ is a differentiator that needs to be considered.

  7. Spike

    March 9, 2007 at 7:50 am

    As far as forming the different “committees”, would it be voluntary? Or by vote? The people on these committees should reflect a large spectrum of views, to get the most from them. I’m not in it for profit, but we could maybe find a way to use those profits to benefit the site, and all the members.


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