As you may know, over the last few months we have had numerous debates on the subject of financing SFN. When we launched the site, we had no idea that it would become so successful so quickly and to keep it going, we need the network to pay its way.
We have had a lot of very generous donations in - thank you very much to those who have already donated- and it seems clear that the way forward, whilst keeping the site free to use for the majority of members, is to maximise advertising revenue. We’ve noticed a lot of commercial transactions being made via SFN over the last few months and this is fantastic for those involved but it doesn’t help us fund the site.
So we are making some changes…
From the 9th of October 2011 we will no longer allow commercial self-promotion. Anyone wishing to plug their business can do so via our very reasonably priced advertising packages.
You are still quite free to post links to businesses or services with which you have no commercial connection. So if, for example, someone asks about a hairdresser in Bordeaux and you can recommend one, please feel free to do so.
Obviously this new policy doesn’t apply to charities, projects and personal blogs and I’m sure there will be some ‘grey areas’ where we will be using our discretion, so bear with us!
And we will give everyone time to get used to the new policy. If you have any questions, please ask James or I. Thanks!