If you’ll indulge me, for this week’s featured noticeboard, I thought I’d explain what I’m doing with my own noticeboard, foodiesarah.notice.com where I’m experimenting with the ‘offers’ element of the n0tice.com experience. So, with boot on the other foot, I’ve attempted to answer the same questions we usually ask of our interviewees……
Why I set it up and who is involved.
I’ve run a food blog (www.foodiesarah.co.uk) for many years now. Originally it was a companion blog to a newspaper feature I wrote each week but, in recent years, it has expanded and become something of a passion project. But the blog doesn’t offer much scope to include offers or an easy way for other people to share things so I thought the noticeboard could answer both problems – plus I’m always looking to try out something new. In these days of squeezed spending we all appreciate a deal, so I’m hoping that using notice.com in this way will give people a chance to spot and share bargains – whether a restaurant offer or simply something cooking related like a cookbook swap.
The three best things about food blogging
1. Number one has to be belonging to a network of similarly interested people. Over the years I’ve been in touch with a large number of food bloggers across the north of England – some of them I only know from online contact, some of which I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person. All are passionate about what they do and having fun with their blogging. Check some out here.
2. Not exactly a ‘best thing’ but something which can lead to amusing scenarios is sneaking pictures of plates of food in restaurants. Getting a decent shot can be trickier than it sounds without drawing too much attention to yourself but I only review places that don’t know why I’m there so it’s a necessary skill to develop. I’ve only come across one place (Seaham Hall in County Durham) which expressly forbids snapping the food.
3. Being sent stuff to review. Very often these are things I wouldn’t dream of buying so being sent samples to try means I get pushed out of my comfort zone. Although it has to be said the occasional luxury goods are always a welcome treat!
What I hope to achieve with the noticeboard
As well as extending my blog with the offers element, I hope the noticeboard enables people to get more easily involved with sharing links to other food related content, blogs and events to help northern food bloggers join together and share what we do.
As a noticeboard owner, you can earn revenue by selling featured positions for classified listings or ‘offers’ as we call them, similar to the traditional yellow pages model.
You will earn 85% of the revenue generated on a noticeboard while n0tice retains 15%. There’s also options for using your earnings to support charities.
Posting an offer on a noticeboard is self-serve and free for n0tice participants. Offers can then be upgraded to a Featured placement for £1/day (or the equivalent base-level regional currency). Featured positioning includes both a visual enhancement and priority ranking on the page.
Payments are handled via PayPal which means we can support 25 different currencies around the world.
So, now in addition to already having custom design options, user moderation tools and site analytics, as a noticeboard owner, you will see a new ‘Revenue’ tab in the admin panel which tracks how much is earned.
Noticeboard owners have a pretty robust toolset now for running a community platform. The addition of an ad platform to the service should help make community management a self-sustaining activity for some and hopefully a profitable one for many.
There have also been several smaller features released over the last few weeks, too: geoRSS, media can be embedded with posts, multiple noticeboards per user, multiple admins per noticeboard, and more speed improvements.
You can also print your offer page to post on real world noticeboards…it includes a QR code and pull tabs with perforation lines for easy cutting.
There’s a photo of the printed offer page at the end of the presentation below which gives further details.