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    Kung Fu Master Eathan's Avatar
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    One Cool Thing About Content Sites...
    Free stuff!

    I just received a shipment of five bottles of French wine, '05 vintages soon to be released in the states. The '04 of one of the wines is currently selling at close to $60 a bottle, another at $45 and on down.

    My price for the whole lot - drink it and post some tasting notes. I can do that...

    I don't make much money on my wine site, but I've received probably 20+ bottles of wine and champaign over the last couple years from wineries all over the world. It's pretty dang cool!

    I don't want to get into the content vs sales debate, but content does have a few nice fringe benefits...
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    Nice one Eathan! That sounds like a reason in itself to start a content site. The secret is always do it on something you have an interest in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    Nice one Eathan! That sounds like a reason in itself to start a content site. The secret is always do it on something you have an interest in.
    Exactly! I enjoy wine anyway, enjoy tasting it, enjoy writing about it and most certainly enjoy not having to pay for it, so it's easy content - a nice break from some of our less enjoyable sites.
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    lucky I am a wine collector and never got free wine

    But I agree all the stuff you get is cool

    I don't get wine but I get a lot of computers/laptops/monitors/routers/ various computer parts free.

    trade you a keyboard for a bottle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    lucky I am a wine collector and never got free wine

    But I agree all the stuff you get is cool

    I don't get wine but I get a lot of computers/laptops/monitors/routers/ various computer parts free.

    trade you a keyboard for a bottle!
    But see, if I stop drinking it, they might stop sending it...

    My collection is somewhat limited these days. Starting the new business hasn't left a lot of money for good wine (even if it is a write off), so the cellar has shrunken a bit.
    Eathan Mertz

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    Maybe I should start a beer website and when we have an Orlando aff meeting, beer is on me

    Definitely a nice fringe benefit Eathan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eathan
    Free stuff!

    My price for the whole lot - drink it and post some tasting notes. I can do that...
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    you alcoholic gold digger!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    Nice one Eathan! That sounds like a reason in itself to start a content site. The secret is always do it on something you have an interest in.
    Maybe!
    Quote Originally Posted by Eathan
    But see, if I stop drinking it, they might stop sending it...
    You fking bastard, we're all your friend's here, we can drink it for you, so you don't have to lose the contract!

    Just PayPal us those bottles to our PO Box, and we can fix the drinking part of it! .




    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sal
    ...we can drink it for you
    Not for all the smilies on ABW!!!

    Oh and Eric, if it takes off save a couple of IPAs in case I make it to Orlando.
    Eathan Mertz

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    Nice Eathan. I don't get any free bottles but I get a steady flow of free reviews.

    - Scott
    Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

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    I don't get a ton of free reviews (at least not a ton of non-spam reviews), but I just received 10 more bottles this morning! Woohoo!
    Eathan Mertz

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