I think that RHP is still not Russ's and Chris's "day job." Thus, they probably don't see RHP as their ticket to long term fiscal security and wealth deep in to retirement. The hints that I get from this come from their own comments, and by the speed (rate, slowness) by which they implement some relatively simple and straightforward improvements (note: i am not a code monkey, so i don't have a clue about how complicated some seemingly simple things can be.)
Anyway, I think that RHP will expand and grow with some simple improvements:
1. improved "sexier" graphics, or graphical interfaces, or whatever they call that stuff
2. reductions in cheaters (if that is ever possible)
3. "real" rewards, e.g., physical "trophies" for major tournaments and things like that
1. implement positive recommendations faster
2. boot obvious cheaters faster
3. pump up the graphics and displays per suggestions that members say they'd like to see
4. offer tournament and clan championship and league trophies, even if they are only small certificates or little plastic toy type things
Just some off the top of my head suggestions. I don't mean any of these to be either critical or terribly serious. I'm just doing what GB asks us to do, and that is toss out our ideas.
Originally posted by coquette I think that RHP is still not Russ's and Chris's "day job." Thus, they probably don't see RHP as their ticket to long term fiscal security and wealth deep in to retirement. The hints that I get from this come from their own comments, and by the speed (rate, slowness) by which they implement some relatively simple and straightforward improvements (note: i am ly serious. I'm just doing what GB asks us to do, and that is toss out our ideas.
Great way to kick off the brainstorming session, Coquette. Now how about a second pass.
Little more, please. More? Sound like Oliver... *porridge bowl held out in two hands*
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby How about an "RHP Chess Hall of Fame Room"... with all the event names, dates, winners and trophy
graphic prominently displayed (for all to see, for all time) and easily accessible, right here at the site.
This is an example of what I meant by recommendations not being implemented. If I went back to my early days of my membership, I recommended a "Hall of Fame" type of space. It was discussed but never implemented. It's not big deal, but I think that it would be a nice "showcase" for the site and might increase the membership. I also don't see why it isn't already done. Still, I think that RHP is really about chess and it's a great place to play. I came here from YAHOO (a total joke for chess), and the USCF page (a great place to play for members of the USCF), but RHP is THE WORLD!
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby Would guess that the annual RHP revenue stream depends largely upon billings to site advertisers, with subscriptions providing a lesser
portion of floor revenue.)
Nearly all the adverts I've seen on the site are through bog-standard pay-per-click systems. A generous estimate would be that they generate $0.05 to $0.10 per click, so in order to match the revenue from a subscription that would mean a non-sub would need to average around 300 - 600 clicks per year. On average I'd guess that realistically that the average non-sub makes around 20 clicks per year.
I'd say that the subscriptions make up around 80% of the revenue from the site which probably only just covers the web-hosting and domains.
Originally posted by Daemon Sin You can get that style of advertising as well, but the pay-per-click style is more common these days.
During my time of non-sub, I hardly even looked at the ads. Much less did I click of any of them. I was just blind of them.
A company (I know of) offered me a deal: I had a link to their book-store, and I got 10% of the sales of all new orders (once) from any client coming via my home page. Didn't generate much to me, however.
I think that I've contributed to a few more members, some of them being subs today. I've done it by recommend the best chess site on internet. Yes, I really mean RedHotPawn, silly! 😏
Recruiting would be easier if I had some fliers or affiches to put on the tables, and bring up on the notice board. Well designed of various shapes would be a great help for this. Perhaps in Word format, so I can translate som of its texts into my local language. The target is of course my local chess club, but also local tournaments.
So this is my proposal #1: Design fliers and affiches for local recruitments.
And my proposal #2: All members of RHP - If yoyu like this site, let other know! Your local OTB chess club andlocal tournaments are a very good target.