Should we accept sponsorships from… poker sites? UPDATED

For the second time now I’ve received a sponsorship request from a Poker site. This poker site would like to pay us $500 in exchange for putting a link to their poker site on the sponsors page. I’m certain that this is just a way for these sites to boost their Google PageRank — a marketing campaign of sorts. They obviously cannot expect much traffic from us (that page was visited less than 5000 times last month), and I doubt that anyone would click on that link.

MusicBrainz/MetaBrainz has nothing to do with Poker, but we could always use $500.

I’m at a loss what to do. What do you think we should do?

UPDATE: The feedback I’ve gotten has been mixed, but the comment from Chris DiBona of Google cinched it for me — no poker links on MusicBrainz/MetaBrainz.

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8 thoughts on “Should we accept sponsorships from… poker sites? UPDATED”

  1. IMO it depends on how often you get requests from unrelated sites. If it’s a one time only thing, it’s not worth it. If it happens more often, you would have an extra source of income which can not easily be compensated, at least not in the near future. In that case you could create a separate sections for ‘Sponsor of interest’ and ‘General sponsors’ if you like.

  2. I say take the money… It’s not as if Musicbrainz’s good name is being sullied, and they are providing funds, simple as that.

  3. It will decrease the professionalism of the website. I would say not to do it for that reason alone.

  4. I think the ‘immoral’ bit is that it’s not targeted advertising (i.e. people who want to play poker see the ad and click on it) but rather an intentional ploy to leverage Musicbrainz Google-juice to push the site up in Google’s results undeservedly and for unrelated search terms.

    Effectively therefore it’s enabling a form of spam, and anyone who spots that connection is going to think less of the project.

    Assuming these guys know what they are doing and a link from that site is worth at least $500 dollars to someone, then surely there are other ways to monetize that?

  5. What you might not know is that $500.00 is chump change. Most affiliates get $50 to $100.00 per sign up so $500.00 is a little too cheap. Nice site. Best wishes.

  6. Several open source projects (like mantis) or non-profit organizations (like the w3c) earn money this way. A link on the w3c sponsors page costs $ 1.000 (one-time fee) and is mostly bought by search engine optimizers.

    You should think about this. If you sell perhaps 10 links for $ 200 per month each, you could have enough money to either buy a new server each month or pay half a developer (ok, maybe a third).

    I am not necessarily advocating this, just trying to show what you could conceivably get.

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