Did I sell my soul to a company?

July 24, 2007 at 2:52 am (company, fun, images, marketing, photography, pictures, Uncategorized, work)

OK, so I’m assuming that some of the people viewing this are doing so because of my random comments and posts about www.photrade.com.  As I post comments, I kind of feel like a sell-out….am I a spammer (such a dirty word)?  Me?  No.  I have integrity.  So…..whats the dillio?

A few months ago I started working with this company www.photrade.com.  I think that we have a breakthough business model that really will help bloggers.  So, I’m here, trying to spread the word.  That is the nasty, naked truth.  I feel so strongly that this is a great idea that I want to tell people about it – in whatever ways possible.  And yes, that may mean posting comments about the site on your photo blogs.  Honestly, I really think that this site will help the blogging community in so many ways.  

 If you have the patience to read another few paragraphs I’ll tell you why.  First, bloggers are a large, (and quickly growing) powerful group, yet few companies are actively creating products to meet the needs of bloggers.  Second, there are TONS of online companies making mucho denero off of traffic generated by users without rewarding the users.  We believe that people who bring the traffic should be rewarded.  Sooooo what is our business model……..to make a photosharing site specifically for bloggers AND reward them for driving traffic to our site.

How is photrade different?  2 ways: First – we have great blogger features.  We have a photrade badge that lets you post a photo collage on your site, we have cool uploading tools, make photos easy to share and we let you comment, tag and rate photos.  Second (and more importantly) we create revenue for our users.  Users can earn money from ad revenue when they host photos on their site or through our proprietary Picture In Picture Adversiting, which puts the ad right in the photo.  Users can also earn money by selling their photos for any price.  If you are a photographer, or even a blogger with great photos, you can earn money every time someone orders one of your prints.

 So, to answer the question – did I sell my soul to a company?  The answer is no.  I really believe in the vision of photrade and think that this site can help so many people.

Sorry if you felt “spammed” or like I was taking advantage of your comments, but seriously, try the site and tell me what you think.  We really are committed to making the best blogger photo site and would love to hear your feedback and ideas.

 Help spread the word.  Help us help you.

 

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4 Comments

  1. idrewf said,

    Well, nice to know you’re an actual person. Your comment got flagged as spam though. I appreciate your comments on my blog but just leave the ad for your site out or it will keep getting flagged.

  2. harmonia said,

    Thanks for your comments on my blog! Your pictures are wonderful!!!

  3. chot said,

    hi thisiswhyimhot, nice knowing u…u have have a great picture! if u free pls come mu fhoto album at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pseudo_hatred/

  4. Shawna said,

    Hey there. It was fun meeting you at BlogHer! I sent in some feedback to the “info@phototrade.com” email address but never heard back. You might want to post links to you and/or Andrew directly if no one responds to the generic email address. Also, Andrew asked that I email him so could you tell him I tried but couldn’t find a direct email address for him? Thanks! Good luck with the site!

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