May We Advertise
On Your Web Site?
From: "Secular Singles"
To: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: January 06, 2002 6:27 AM
Subject: Can I advertise on your site?
I am the webmaster of a new dating website for atheists and agnostics called Secular Singles. It is located at http://www.SecularSingles.com. I believe a site like mine has some revenue potential so I am willing to spend money to promote it.
I would like to place banner advertising for this site on each of your pages. I would be willing to pay you [amount removed] monthly for this, and I can pay you by PayPal as soon as you give the okay and we agree on the details.
Let me know what you think.
I am an atheist and a freelance web designer, and I created and am operating this site in my spare time.
From: "Positive Atheism" <email@example.com>
To: "Secular Singles"
Subject: Re: Can I advertise on your site?
Date: January 06, 2002 9:58 AM
I hope you weren't thinking [amount removed] per page, as we have 3,200 pages! And I certainly hope you weren't expecting me to place a banner on each of 3,200 pages for [amount removed]!
Actually, I loathe commercialism so much that I'd shut this thing down before I'd accept a single advertisement (no pun intended). That's my current opinion, and I've only botched this policy once in over six years.
Besides, the moment I accept an ad, I'd have to remove perhaps one-fifth of the material I am now allowed to post for being commercial-free.
But the most important reason (the real reason) is that I loathe advertising, and would remove it entirely from my life except that I gotta call the phone company and there are these things called billboards and I do ride the bus.
I realize the web site suffers immensely: Oh, well! I'm not going to play that game! I'm not going to hustle my atheism. Not no how, not no way. I'll get what I get from sales of the magazine subscription, and I'll attract readers and visitors based upon the quality of the product that I put out. If that doesn't cut it, then there aren't any readers out there whom I want as an audience. I certainly don't want, as an audience, people who need advertising to be told what to do.
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