A new website

A few days ago I put up a post about what you would pay for an instructional DVD set by me. Here is an alternative plan.

The new site would have (among other things) a daily article during the week and a weekly video on subjects ranging from the swing, my views of PGA Tour player’s swings, to course management and how to hit different shots.

It would have a chat room where I will schedule chats at different times to talk golf and a message board for discussion of articles, videos, all of our golf games and golf in general.

The message board where you could post your videos and questions about your game.

I also plan on possibly having some games, like fantasy golf and maybe a video game or two. I want to have something for everyone.

It will eventually be the best golf website on the net. There is going to be a small fee to cover the cost of the site and some for my time and effort. I am thinking between $5 and $10 a month.

Videos would be part of the premium subscription, while other things, such as the message board, would be free to all comers.

What is free and what is part of the subscription is still up in the air.

I would hope you will all vote and give an honest answer.

EDITED-I want to charge a small amount early that I can use to bring traffic, and then eventually make it free when I can get enough ads.

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12 Comments

  1. MSGolfer

    Try to do one thing better than everyone else rather than trying to compete with the best of GolfWRX/EA Sports games/Gotham Golf Blog/Secret in the Dirt/Etc…at the same time.

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  2. Calvin

    Well I certainly don’t only “come here because it’s free” so I have to vote for the $5 bargain. That said, if I am paying out money in any amount on a contractual basis then I would expect a more responsive effort from you than you have shown toward your readers who very often have excellent comments and questions that go un-remarked upon. I guess I am saying that there is some question in my mind whether you might “walk off the course”. This is something that would require commitment and sustained effort from you or it can’t succeed.

    I hope you do it. I really like the concept and I “come here” because you are without fail honest about golf and the swing. That is rare for some reason; I have bookmarked a lot of golf swing sites and this and one other are the only ones that bring me back.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I try and answer every question. I guess I don’t respond to enough of the statements that are rebuttals to things I said.

      Plus, don’t you think that is a bit of an odd statement to say to someone who has written a new article nearly every day for 3 years?

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      “I hope you do it. I really like the concept and I “come here” because you are without fail honest about golf and the swing. That is rare for some reason; I have bookmarked a lot of golf swing sites and this and one other are the only ones that bring me back.”

      That is one of the reasons why am struggling to figure out why I am not getting more traffic…so I need to make it better.

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  3. woody

    It’s already the best golf website on the net…the only one with regular entertaining, thought-provoking content.

    Tough choice: it’s natural for somebody to want to get paid for their work, and it’s natural for people not to want to pay.

    The more you want to make it worth the price, the more of your time it would take.

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  4. Exilgolfer

    What you are talking about is the “Freemium” model (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium), which has been widely used in the tech- and startup world. It got a lot of pro and cons. The free part of the service is usually financed with advertisement (at least they try to…).

    People in general have a hard time paying for content, that they can find somewhere else for free. So you should be very careful, what you charge for. Exclusive video lessons could certainly be something, that some people would pay for.

    But if you are becoming the best golf site in the web, your traffic should be so high, that you make serious money from ads.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I want to make it very cheap early and then eventually make it free when I can get enough ads.

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      • MSGolfer

        Why not just get a few large investors early so its free? You will need some wildly new and valuable content to drive up internet traffic while you’re charging.

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  5. Sean

    I agree with MSGolfer’s first comment about setting yourself apart by doing one thing really well vs. trying to be all things to all people. Without knowing your cost structure, I think $5/mo seems like a good price point. $10/mo seems a little steep in this day and age of the 99-cent app, but I also think you get what you pay for. Any thoughts about a multi-month subscription?

    As far as content goes, what I find lacking in today’s magazines and forums is more of the “mental” content, especially open and honest insights from someone who has played professionally – what are your strategies for certain layouts, how do you get around a course when you don’t have your best game, how do you practice, how do you prepare for a big round, how do you try to settle yourself when coming down the stretch (even for a $5 Nassau when you’re trying to close the deal for bragging rights). That, along with general swing thoughts on how to hit certain shots (high draw, controlling trajectory/spin, etc.), would be valuable.

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