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Hello Ladies,

As our community grows it becomes harder and harder to keep away spammers and keep a positive environment for our members.

One way to improve our users experience is to make our community more exclusive by way of premium membership.

Several months ago we implemented our “chat feature“, which allows everyone that are friends to talk to each other instantaneously. Since this feature has proven to be very successful, from now on if you are not a premium member, you can continue to interact with your on line friends through this feature, but will no longer have the ability to send private messages unless you upgrade. If a premium member sends you a message, you will be able to respond, but will not be able to compose a new message.

The upgraded premium membership allows you to enjoy many valuable features and the opportunity to be featured on our home page.

We thank you for you continued support and hope that you will take a minute to look over the features and consider upgrading to support our site.

Yana

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      Anonymous wrote Sep 21, 2009
    • Yana,
      Don’t all the ads provide the revenue needed to run the site?



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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 21, 2009
    • No, unfortunately they don’t.

      There are two ways to make money with online advertisers.  

      One: is to have millions of unique visitors (that requires a large budget to advertise on other networks and promote the site to drive the traffic)

      Second: Generating revenue from the sales of the products (Fab40 doesn’t have a product to sell) OR revenue from other advertisers that are selling something and pay commission. Meaning if someone clicks on a link that’s an advertisement Fab40 will make usually between 3 to 10 percent.  

      Unfortunately, after many discussion groups through Q & A on our site, many members indicated that they are here to socialize and not to buy.

      It costs a lot of money to develop the site of such caliber and maintain it.

      Without enough money from advertisers and not enough paying members how are we to maintain this powerful and supportive network?



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I think it’s a great idea and I’m behind you on this



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I believe it’s a great idea. And if you compare to sites that there is no cost (currently) like FB then chances are you have experienced all kinds of problems with their site.
      It has been rare that there have been ongoing problems on this site and I can’t believe it’s cheap to maintain it this way.

      I have nor prob with the prem membership....however I sure hope you plan on sending out a reminder when it’s time to renew.....



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I like the features I get as a premium member. Thanks!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I’m with you 100%. How often do you find a site that is large enough to interract with people all over the globe and yet small enough for the site creator to be hands on with issues like security and implementing features that serve its members. Other sites don’t have that.

      I love it here!



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      Deb Link wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I also love it here on Fab40.  I have been unemployed for almost 2 years due to a health condition and have no health insurance or income at all.  $40 right now to me is a lot of money....it would cover 3 months worth of meds for me.  This saddens me a little and yet I understand that this site is a business.



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      Mztracy wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • A thought:

      Maybe do a price tier...
      lower the yearly price for those who want o try it out.
      Then have a 2 year price, etc.

      1 yr 19.99
      2 yr 49.99
      3 yr 59.99

      And when you pay for a site, you have to ask what does the site have to offer me for my money? Definitely bring back the front page contests where you can opt in to win something. Offer a week of advertising [on the side or bottom of page] for paying members with premium. This gives those with merchandise site more exposure for their money.  

      When i had a pay graphics site, this is how it was done. I had a 100% renewal rate. After the first year, members paid for the multiple year. It gave people the option to check it out for a low cost, see if they liked it, and then they paid more the next year.

      Just a thought!
      estatic



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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • Thanks ladies for your continued support.

      @MzTracy great comments, here is my response:

      Every premium member is given an opportunity to be featured
      in our billboard. This is prime real estate on the site, at $40/year
      this is one of the cheapest ways to advertise directly to a targeted
      audience.

      As for contests, this requires (wo)manpower, a dedicated person to
      handle the logistics. You need to seek out manufacturers that are
      willing to contribute the product, you need to sign contracts and get
      commitment from them to deliver the product. In a course of a year,
      several vendors didn’t deliver the promised product and one even
      backed out in the middle of the contest. In order to make sure the
      winner receives the prize it is the expense that falls on Fab40.

      I realize that we as consumers have a mindset that the Internet is
      free, however, this is slowly changing. The advertising model isn't
      working for companies that do not have millions of users. Companies
      are going under because they can't handle the overhead that it takes
      to run an online company.

      Take TBD.com for instance. They launched in 2007 with 7 -9 million
      dollars in funding
      You would of thought that a site for men and women
      over 40 with 140 thousand members and advertisers on each page they
      have enough money to make it right? nope. After spending money on
      building the site and advertising it to the masses, in July of this
      year, they shut the site down, because they couldn't make it.

      Running a site is one thing, running a social network that is scalable
      to millions of users, with capability of sending out mass messages,
      having live chat, private groups, etc. is a whole different ball game
      that requires continued technical support, maintenance and upgrades.

      I agree that one has to ask "what does the site offer me?", and my
      answer to that is simple, if you have to ask, then it's not worth
      paying for.        

      I saw a post today on my dashboard  

      “It’s obviously about the MONEY and NOT the friendships.
      Imagine that we‘re only a $ sign”  

      So I have to ask, when someone writes a post like this, does this person
      think I have unlimitted amount of funds to continue to support the site?
      At the end of the day, we all have bills to pay, does anyone honestly
      think the site runs on candy canes and lolipops?  

      Fab40 really can't claim to be a success on the business model,
      however, I had a vision, a vision that has materialized ten times
      over. Women supporting women all over the world and making a
      difference. Call me naive, or delusional, but I still believe that
      with the help of our members we will figure out a sustainable business
      model to keep the show running, and will continue to grow our
      community and provide a place for women to connect, share and inspire
      each other.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • Well said!



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      Mztracy wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I’m behind you Yana. There was no way I was going to run my site for free. It was locked and there were no free memberships for my graphics/designs/etc.

      Maybe members who have business’ here can offer goods for the contests. I did and it was fun.

      As for the comment on your dash, that was completely uncalled for and well, RUDE! I am sorry they had such nerve.  

      I was just trying to help out with some ideas for those who may not have the funds.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • happyI’m with you as well Yana and Lord’s will I too will be renewing my premium membership again. Hi MzTracy and thanks!estatic



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • I love Fab40! Although I don’t contribute as much as other’s, I love reading all the blogs and keeping up with all the wonderful friends I have made here.
      I will continue to renew my membership!



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