A Suggestion for Astrodienst
I wrote a suggestion to the Astrodienst team at www.astro.com on their forum today about offering registered users the option of paying for additional chart space once they hit the 100 chart limit. What follows is the suggestion I posted on their forum. If you agree with the suggestion then you should stop by that thread on the forum and express your support. Otherwise post a comment on this article and let me know what you think about the proposal, whether you agree or disagree. Here is the proposal:
I have a suggestion for the main website. A few weeks ago a number of people from the Association for Young Astrologers were at a conference and we were discussing what an important resource astro.com is for newer astrologers, and how everyone uses your free chart calculation service quite a bit until they are eventually forced to buy other chart calculation software. Eventually the issue of the 100 chart limit for registered users came up, and some people stated how they would often either have to delete certain charts in their list or register another account in order to cast more charts.
I have a suggestion for Astrodienst which would be mutually beneficial for both your company and for the astrological community itself. Here it is: for registered users they should have an option to buy more space in order to store additional charts once they reach the 100 chart limit. How you structure it would be up to you – for example it could be a one time fee, or an annual fee like the personal daily horoscope (I favor the former) – but the idea is that users are given the option of paying a small fee in order to store more than 100 charts in their account.
Since people are already apparently creating multiple accounts in order to store additional charts, or having to delete charts altogether, this would be a wining situation for Astrodienst, since many of these people would probably much rather prefer to just pay a fee in order to store additional charts rather than having to start separate accounts in order to circumvent the limit.
Not only would this help to bring additional revenue in to Astrodienst, but it would also make it so that astrologers would continue to use your chart calculation service for much longer, since for some people the only reason that they end up having to buy chart calculation software is simply so that they can store more than 100 charts.
This would definitely help to bring more revenue in to Astrodienst, but it would also be a very useful service for many astrologers who rely on your chart calculation service in order to cast every chart that they look at. For me personally, the only reason that I eventually bought chart calculation software is because I was tired of having to delete chart data in order to stay within the 100 chart limit on astro.com, so I know that I certainly would have paid for such a service if it had been available a few years ago.
I submit this suggestion to you in the interests of helping to continue to grow your business, as well as in the interests of the many generations of astrologers who are just getting started in astrology and who rely on your website for virtually everything. I call them the ‘astro.com generation’.
Keep up the good work!