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The Daily Paul is like a giant electronic billboard on the side of the global information superhighway

The Daily Paul will be four years old on January 19th, and just four years prior, a site like this would have been nearly impossible for an individual to create.

In the early 2000’s, websites were completely static. They were simply broadcasts, devoid of any intereactivity, other than the ability email the webmaster. Strange to think, but a decade ago, there was no YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook, and one would have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to custom program a site like the Daily Paul.

Someone recently emailed me with the news that they'd secured a great domain name, and asked if I had any tips on a cheap and easy way to make it into a website like the Daily Paul, or better yet, if I'd like to help. It is not an uncommon for me to receive requests like that. I told him that I was sorry to break it to him, but that running a site like this is neither easy nor cheap. It is, for me, a 24/7 commitment.

To someone without experience in technology or in running a website, it must look easy. Easy as making water appear from your kitchen faucet. You just turn it on - what’s the big deal? Or as Arthur C. Clarke put it, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

But the magic of this site is not just the technology, but the people. Ron Paul brought us together, but it is the people that make this site special. The DP would not be here without you, regardless of your level of participation. And without the help of my crack team of volunteer moderators (the DP Mod Squad), this site would be overrun with spam and awash in flame wars in a matter of days. Without the programming expertise provided by Jaspreet Singh of Digitivity, the site would have ground to a halt long ago, tangled up in its own code. DPer Joη has contributed enhancements to the site that you have already seen, and more that we'll be rolling out soon. Marc Pope of Falcon Internet generously donates the dedicated server that powers the DP, and last year, the DP community bought a second second one in preparation for the coming onslaught of traffic.

As I hope you see, this site is a giant community project. It is not a faceless corporate profit machine, but a unique and special place of people. But there is one person that holds it all together, managing the personalities, the posts, the comments, the technology, the spammers and the flamers. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but that's the way it is. As Jaron Lanier eloquently puts it in, You Are Not a Gadget, "The places that work online always turn out to be the beloved projects of individuals, not the automated aggregations of the cloud." (p. 72)

Here's a look at some key statistics of the Daily Paul, provided by you, all in support of Ron Paul and the message of Liberty.

  • First post: 1/21/2007
  • Total number of posts to date: 153,769 (and counting)
  • Total number of comments: 1,625,351
  • Number of registered users: 32,133
  • Average number of daily visits: 22,729
    Daily page views: 43,219
  • Total number of visits since site inception: 42,403,507
  • Total pageviews: 85,130,455
  • Global traffic ranking (Alexa): 13,205 (i.e. 13,205th most popular site in the world!, out of literally millions!)
  • U.S. traffic ranking (Alexa): 3,665 (i.e. 3,665th most popular site in the U.S. )
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul:" 1
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul 2012:" 1
See the Chipin Page
for accurate totals

Now do you see what I see, the giant electronic Ron Paul billboard on the side of the global information superhighway that is the Daily Paul? It is here, serving up a dose of Liberty to thousands of visitors from all over the world 24/7/365. Dr. Paul inspired us, brought us together, and communicated the Message. You’re the ones writing it; I’m the one making sure that the billboard stays clean and brightly lit and doesn’t get vandalized or blown down by the wind.

Whether Ron Paul runs for president in 2012 or not, it is my intention to keep the DP going strong, for as long as possible. But I cannot do it without you. Because of recent legal action against me, I’m in a financial jam. There are still some things that I can't go into publicly, for reasons I can’t discuss. If you want to hear the full story, I'm putting it together into a private report that I'll be email out to anyone who donates at least $5.

The total goal for this fundraising operation, is $7,500 to cover legal expenses. Please use the chipin link, or see the DP's donation page for the snail mail address. Whether I reach that goal or not, I will still need to come up with ways to sustainably fund this project in the future. If you have any ideas, please feel free to email me, and thank you, always and forever, for your support.



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IDEA FOR MORE MONEY

1st - Advertise your advertising ability. You reach a huge audience and that should be known. Also I see a lot of ads that are not with Google or Blogads. Are those not paid spots? They should be - lol.

2nd - Maybe try Surehits. You'd provide quotes for car insurance and more. They pay pretty damn good too because they pay per CLICK, instead of signup. We're talking $5-$20 FOR A CLICK. But they pay net 60. Just another idea that might work here. It works for me but I don't have access to traffic like this site does.

I also visit affiliate marketing forums and I wonder if they would not be interested in purchasing text links on this site. The DP would give them good link juice from Google. Just some thoughts. :)

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you for the tips

I'll look into them. Another DPer is also helping me out on ad strategy, I'll be working on that this weekend.

What are you going to do with your site - Alternative News Media? That is a great name.

He's the man.

Good luck on the ad strategy,

Good luck on the ad strategy, it's a bit of a crap shoot. As for that domain name, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with that. I've gone in circles but got sidetracked on other projects.

C'mon Daily Paul users, let's BLOW $7,500 out of the water!!!

A donation to this site is not just a donation to Michael Nystrom. It is a donation to support the ideals of liberty that insprire us all.

Let's blow the goal of $7,500 out of the water. With the amount of monthly users this site has, we can surely hit $15,000.

We need to continue to prove that there is no other political movement as fired up, as educated, and as passonite as ours. Remember, revolutions are always started by the minority of thought.

If you are reading this, there is no reason not to make a donation today.

I donated yesturday, after reading Michael's post, I transfered another $200.

Just my two cents...

The Red Coats are coming!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you, friend.

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He's the man.

Thank YOU Michael! I've

Thank YOU Michael! I've learned so much because of the Daily Paul and would never be able to repay the knowledge I have gained! I'll be sure to donate some with my next paycheck!

Thanks, Michael!!

I've been a member here for a little over a year I guess, but this is my first post. I campaigned for Dr. Paul in Iowa as part of Christmas Break for Ron Paul in 2007 (back when I was a mere 22), and my life hasn't been the same since. I probably check the site 15 times a day to stay up to date on the Paul(s) and the community. I just wanted to say thanks, keep up the good work, and Ron Paul 2012!!

Big hugs*))

Thank you -- the biggest battles are still ahead of us.

I Salute your work and urge those that read my words JOIN US!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I probably click the refresh

I probably click the refresh button on this site ~50 times a day to see what new posts are out there.

It's one of my favorite websites. Thanks for keeping it online Michael.

Only the acceptance of the truth can defeat systemic evil.
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http://www.statenullification.com

tasmlab's picture

+1

Me too!

Currently consuming: Morehouse's "Better off free", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

Hear,Hear!

The chances of an artist painting a masterpiece is one in a million.It even comes down to the person viewing it to determine the viability of master piece status.The brush strokes,The color blending,The wait even in the drying between layers of colors are all factors in the determination of a piece of art work.

Mr.Nystrom,What you have done here is a work of art that can only be appreciated by someone that can read between the lines and see the value of it as a whole.We must step back and look at the picture for what it is.

What has been done here is a masterpiece for the ages.

Thank you Mr. Nystrom and the DP for the chance to be but one brush stroke of this masterpiece.

ATruepatriot.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

for you my friend and for Michael

The Eagles - Love Will Keep Us Alive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqTLlHkfSC4

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

How you doing Tomasz?

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If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

DP -- one shining Lantern

when things go bad all of you will eat the pigeons you feed today!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I gathered the where with all to contribute ..

If there are 30,000 registerd users then many are passing by and going along for .. thats ok .. but it would seem if each gave $1 frn then that would cover .. the upgarde .. legal fees.. thats another matter ..

reedr3v's picture

Michael, you've turned into a great writer

as well as a great webmaestro.

did you read http://www.dailypaul.com/node/1

He was pretty good writer to start!

Free includes debt-free!

Wow, what a great

analogy. Can you tell if those are all different people visiting?

Heck, I'm on here at least a dozen times a day reading and rechecking for interesting comments. Wouldn't it be awful if half of all the numbers were the same six people who are addicted to the Daily Paul. LOL

I think you should have tours of the Daily Paul World Headquarters and charge admission. lol

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

Michael Nystrom's picture

;)

Ha ha - the same six people. You me, and everybody else.

It is hard to tell if they're all the same or different. Different sources give different results.

Compete.com estimates 230,000 monthly unique visitors, which only averages out to about 7.6K per day, which I'm certain is low.

http://siteanalytics.compete.com/dailypaul.com/

But that is a fun site to mess around with.

My internal numbers, from piwik are in the high 20-thousand range.

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Hey, tours of World headquarters, there's an idea!

He's the man.

Michael Down with Alexa.com stats

they lie...

I am sure as it happens with my site the real stats are much higher.

I did experiments...NWO Alexa LOL

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

NOW we're cookin!

Lets get this sucker done!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Liberty veins lead to it...

to it THE VERY HEART -- of the grassroots revolution.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15