Today everybody seems to want everything for free and it seems to become a common idea that free stuff should be granted to people and some even assume that they have the right of owning the free stuff and even complain about its functionality or quality. The ugly truth is that for everything free that one person gets there is another person who works for it or pays for it, or works AND pays for it. Sure it would be nice to have unlimited funds to just give stuff up for free, but the reality is that most of the people who put their hearts and souls into something don’t have much funds and some of them are plain broke. In addition to that there is another ugly side for the free stuff, it takes the ability from people to be able to earn something instead of just being handed out something.
I used to be in a band that was quite popular and a lot of people really liked our music, in fact they still come back to our Facebook page to let us know that they still enjoy our music. When I announced I was shutting down the project everybody was astonished to find out that a band like ours would cease existing. The bottom line was that I came home one day and I realized I couldn’t keep the project going anymore no matter how much I liked it, we’ve invested over $40,000 in equipment, promotion, etc. and countless hours of ours and we didn’t even get back half of it. The debt was growing in the money wasn’t coming in, so that was the end of it. The point is that everything of a quality you bring into the world requires time and investment, whether you like it or not, so does building and maintaining a good website.
Building a website has many initial and ongoing costs involved. Many for some reason think that ongoing website costs are domain and hosting fees, which to tell you the truth are funny numbers compared to other ongoing maintenance costs. Sure, if you’re just running a dead 2 page company website a very simple blog, things may not get too complicated, but that’s not what I call a website really.
Advertising on the website doesn’t really mean compromising website’s value. This is what Wikipedia© claims, and they seem to be proud of the fact that they don’t sell advertisements on their website and they operate with a really small team of people. So why is this bad you would ask? Wikipedia© is one of the most visited websites in the world, selling advertisement on it would allow them to hire many people, a lot of qualified people who stay home unemployed would have jobs and ability to provide for their family and themselves, instead these people are struggling, lives are being ruined while Wikipedia© stays free for everybody. A website like Wikipedia© needs not compromise the quality of its content because it sells advertisement, as a matter of fact they could get away with pretty much any terms of advertising, all they really have to do is just offer it. Instead they ask for donations to keep the website free of advertisement.
A quality website that grows and brings in revenue means quality positions to be offered for other people to work, earn and provide for themselves and their families, and that’s a beautiful thing; only idiots don’t like this. The bottom line is people need to be compensated for their time & their investment, because bills don’t get paid on their own & time is limited.