Coming Soon… SuperLame! Friends Plus, Premium Service

Superlame! Friends Plus freemium features chartWe’re happy to announce an upcoming extension of the SuperLame! comic balloon services. Check out the chart for a quick glance at what we’ll be adding. Most importantly, SuperLame! will be adding storage and gallery features. Some other notable features include: easy sharing so you can quickly and easily link or embed your pictures anywhere on the web, you’ll get your very own premium space on SuperLame! as well, with a custom name at http://www.superlame.com/yournamehere. You’ll also be getting a number of other features we haven’t exactly pinned down yet, you know the whole beta thing and all.

So, what’s all this gonna cost you? How about a million dollars? No, too high? Ha, now anything lower will sound good! Muwah, ha, ha, ha! Okay, you know what, how about you just donate something, $5 or more a year and we’ll give you all of these great extras, plus any and all the new features we continue to add and come up with. That’s it, whatever you want to donate, starting at $5/year. Don’t let that stop you from donating more if you really want to however.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. What’s this service called? Well, “SuperLame! Friends Plus”, or just “SuperLame! Plus”. It’s like friends with benefits or something along those lines. Let us know what you think.

Right, and finally, we’ll be trying to give back to those that help us. You help us, we help you. You see, in addition to getting all the great new features for donating, you’ll also have the opportunity to get promotion of your own on SuperLame! That means, if you opt in, you can get your site, blog, pictures, name, art, product, whatever, promoted on SuperLame! We will have exceptions and we are partial to pictures and photos.

Thanks for using SuperLame! for all your comic balloon needs!

SuperLame! and Money. How to Monetize a Web App?

Money Eats Sites Like SuperLame!Okay, so, generally people like what SuperLame! does. We’ve gotten a lot of great press as well as many positive emails and comments. We really appreciate all the great feedback. That said, there’s currently no money being made, at least not enough to justify the existence of SuperLame!, add features, and improve the experience as a whole.

So, we’re looking at areas to continue SuperLame! while making at least enough money to run it. We want to know what you, the user, thinks about some of the options. Here’s a brief description of some of the options we could try.

SHOP

Create and sell branded and custom products, like t-shirts, stickers, photo prints, etc. We have recently launched a limited shop on SuperLame! Optimally, finding a company, something like CafePress, to partner with, and have products manufactured/made/printed on a per order basis.

FREEMIUM

You’ve probably seen a number of businesses take this model lately, at least in the web 2.0 world, (Flickr, Picnik). The idea is to offer a completely free basic or at least limited version of your product/service. Then, offset that by charging a small monthly/yearly/whatever fee to people willing to pay for an enhanced or improved experience with more features in a premium version.

DONATION

Offer everything for free and hope people appreciate it so much that they support it out of the kindness of their hearts. Also, begging can’t hurt.

AD SUPPORTED

You may have noticed some people around the internet using “banner ads”. These can be placed everywhere and anywhere. Most of the problems with these are the yielding of a very small income to large annoyance ratio.

SPONSORED

Find companies and individuals selling or promoting something. Sell them the opportunity to customize the SuperLame! site/app with such things as, custom backgrounds, limited edition features (special speech bubbles, extra fonts, etc.), initial branded pictures and photos to play with.

These are some of the we’re currently looking into at SuperLame! and we’d really like to hear from the community as to what you would like us to pursue. I have to say, we’re currently leaning toward the Freemium model. If you have any other options we should consider or advise please don’t hesitate to comment on this post or contact us. Thanks.