First time posting.
I've started a new website for people to vent and write over the top/funny/angry responses to frustrating work/client situations. If the mods permit it, I will post the link, but I'll hold back for now so I don't come across as spammy.
The idea for the website came as a result of my own frustrations. I wanted a way to vent without burning any bridges with clients and bosses.
I'll give you the details first, and then I'll ask what I need to know:
1. Readers submit their messages through a special form on the site that collects their email address and asks permission to subscribe them to a mailing list.
2. The messages are then vetted and posted anonymously on the website in a special section so that others can read them.
3. When submitting a message, the form asks for the email address and requests (optional) permission to subscribe you to a mailing list. I intend to create a weekly newsletter with a curated list of best entries for email subscribers.
I've already created a number of initial posts, and intend to create more to give the site an initial content load.
That's the bare bones framework.
Obviously, I'd like to grow this and monetize it, which is what I'd like to hear your thoughts about. I'm also going to list a few ideas that I have, and I'd like to hear your feedback about those too please.
- I'm thinking of adding a blog (written by myself) about topics that might interest the audience. Initial topics could be about handling difficult situations in the workplace. Then as time goes by, I could send out surveys to find out what the site's followers wanna read about. The blog would be for attracting organic traffic. Do you think I should spend time on this?
- Once I have a bigger audience, I'll start running surveys to discover common interests and pain points, and then sell products/services/affiliate offers accordingly. Any recommendations on this approach?
- I could have a section for google ads. Do you recommend this? Would it make sense in this context? Since the website relies heavily on creating a feeling of trust so that people post, I'm concerned google ad banners might kill that feeling.
- I'm thinking of creating facebook ads to get the traffic going. Also thinking of targeting to specific segments of freelancers and employees and using a customized landing page to really speak to their specific situation. What else would you suggest?
That covers my initial, broad questions. Any help would be truly appreciated.
Thanks a ton :-)